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City Spells Out Stance on Marijuana

At last week’s Speak Up Newport meeting, Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis and Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp clarified some misconceptions about the recently legalized use of recreational marijuana. They reiterated that marijuana is legal for adult use only. Adults 21 and over may possess up to one ounce of marijuana or up to eight grams of a concentrated version. Adults may...

Museum Sues, Asks Court to Find Petition Against Condo Tower Invalid

The petition opposing the Newport Beach City Council’s approval of the controversial condominium tower, Museum House, should be found “deficient and voided,” according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 6 by the Orange County Museum of Art. OCMA is asking the Superior Court of Orange County to invalidate the referendum petition, which has been headed up by Line in the Sand. Newport Beach City Council...
Posted On 14 Jan 2017



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Incumbents Hold On to School Board Seats

  Despite an impressive number of votes and neighborhood support for a team of challengers, the three incumbents on the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board will retain their trustee positions for the next four years. Martha Fluor, trustee of...

Council Approves Updated Local Coastal Program

The Newport Beach City Council announced Monday that the city’s Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan and categorical exemption was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission in Half Moon Bay last week. The program allows...

Banning Ranch Developer Sues Over Coastal Commission Denial

Newport Banning Ranch, LLC,  filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission last week challenging its recent denial of the controversial mixed-use project. The lawsuit, filed Nov. 4 in Orange County Superior Court, seeks $490 million...

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Young Entrepreneur Rocks Clothing Scene

A few years ago Vladimir “Vlad” Frierson was inspired to design stylish, high-quality clothing at an affordable price. Rocksteady Clothing was born. At that time, he was just 11 years old. “Some people look at me.. They think I’m too young to run a company,” Frierson said. “People really don’t...
Posted On 16 Aug 2013

Community Can Help Kickstart Local Companies

Being a part of something big is now easier than ever. The website kickstarter.com allows people to fund creative projects and businesses. Kickstarter is an online site for people to help crowdfund creative projects. Launched in 2009, the site allows artists, designers, filmmakers and others to...
Posted On 16 Aug 2013

CdM Drugs Holds Open House July 25

CdM Drugs, a family owned boutique pharmacy that has offered concierge care services to residents of Newport Beach and Corona del Mar for more than two decades, will hold a Grand Opening Celebration and Open House on Thursday, July 25, at its new location at 2865 East Coast Highway in Corona...

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Public’s Help Wanted in School Arson Investigation

Authorities are seeking help from the public after a fire broke out at a local school last week. Newport Beach police and fire departments were called to the scene at Ensign Middle School around 4:30 a.m. Friday. “The first police officer on scene observed that the school’s gym was engulfed in...

Local Environmental Activist Fern Pirkle Dies

By Andrea Adelson | NB Indy Environmental leader and preservationist Fern Pirkle died at her Corona del Mar home on Nov. 11. She was 90. Pirkle was the founder and president of Friends of the Newport Coast and led the fight against the Irvine Company to preserve as open space nearly 10,000...

Retired Airline Pilot Cooks up a New Life

Before the introduction of aircraft-specific iPads issued to cockpit crews, pilots would pack their carry-on bags with manuals that measured many inches thick.     Retired American Airlines Captain James Whitehead, 71, of Balboa Peninsula, still finds himself traveling to “work” with a...



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Under Cover: ‘Books and Brunch’ at Festival of Arts

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is back for the summer, and this year, it brought with it a new attraction. “Books and Brunch,” designed to allow attendees to connect with some of today’s most popular authors in an informal setting, over brunch. This Sunday, July 24, will offer...

The OC Fair Wants You to ‘Get Your Fair Face On!’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s finally here: The Orange County Fair! Yes, we love the OC Fair, and every year look forward to tasting the new decadent foods, sampling award-winning wines, trying our luck at carnival games, checking out the arts and...

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Off the Menu: Time Trial–Blaze Versus Lemonade

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Fashion Island has plenty of restaurant options, but if you’re going to catch a movie at the Island Cinemas and you only have 15 minutes...

Off the Menu: Chef Pascal’s Garden, Custom Tequila at SOL

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Chef Pascal Olhats is the mastermind behind the popular Café Jardin at Sherman Gardens in Corona de Mar, but he also has Pascal’s Jardin...

Off the Menu: A Taste of The Bungalow and Big Fish Tavern

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Seven lunch items for $5 each—at The Bungalow? Sounded too good to be true, so Christopher went to The Bungalow in Corona del Mar for...

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Regatta Season

Weeks ago I mentioned we were off to an enthusiastic start of the sailing season. Lately the wind has been cooperating with the many local regattas. Last weekend saw a successful Senior Sabot Nationals held out of Lido Isle Yacht Club. A large fleet was in full force. Nancy...

Calling All Anglers

While some of the previous days have reminded us that “June Gloom” is not just a slogan, some of our days had sunshine. We received a call from the Isthmus at Catalina two Saturdays ago and the weather couldn’t have been better. The water was warming up and the Bass were biting....

Lynn’s Spin: Tales of an American Granddaughter

Like most Americans, I come from a family of proud immigrants. My grandmother’s family made the harrowing trip across the Atlantic from Ireland in the late 1800’s and opened the Murray Baking Company in Los Angeles. As a kid I remember the story of my great- grandfather, having...
Posted On 03 Jul 2014

Middle of the Night

* During the first campaign of President Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton ran an ad asking who you would prefer to be in charge in event of an emergency phone call in the middle of the night. Her ad ultimately became a reality with all the recent crises in the U.S. government the...

Mailbag: Proposed Extension of the JWA Settlement Agreement

The environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed amendment to the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement, originally reached in 1985 and set to expire in 2015, has been released and comments are being accepted now through 5 p.m. July 8 at [email protected] I would...

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