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Museum House Gets Newport Beach City Council Approval

Newport Beach City Council approved the controversial 25-story, 100-unit condominium tower known as Museum House in Newport Center on Tuesday. After more than three hours of discussion between city staff, council members, project proponents, and members of the public, Council voted 6-1 in favor of the residential project. Councilman Tony Petros dissented. “I am confident this building will...
Posted On 01 Dec 2016

Banning Ranch Saga Continues

The Banning Ranch property will be back on the agenda next week for the California Coastal Commission. But this time, just the current and future oil operations will be discussed. In September, the CCC denied a proposed mixed-use project by Newport Banning Ranch, LLC, which manages the planning and entitlement for the owners of the surface rights. Now, the owner of the mineral rights is...



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News from around the city of Newport Beach. Newport Man Arraigned for Posing as Fire Marshal A Newport Beach man was arraigned this week for posing as a fire marshal and charging small businesses across Orange County for fraudulent inspections....

Student Drinking Causes CdM High School to Cancel Homecoming

Corona del Mar High School officials have cancelled the upcoming homecoming dance, pep rally and related activities after a number of students were reportedly intoxicated during the Battle of the Bay football game on Sept. 16. CdMHS Principal...
Posted On 23 Sep 2016

Freedom Cyclists Ride Into Newport Beach

A group of cyclists are planning to ride into town Sunday in an effort to raise awareness and funds towards putting an end to human trafficking. The Freedom Ride 2016 will began in Bend, Ore., on Sept. 9 and finishes in Newport Beach on Sunday....
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

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Local Teens Spruce Up Their Wardrobe

A pair of local teens recently took their love for surfing, skateboarding, art, and music and rolled it all into one simple and stylish clothing line. Andrew Boukather and Cole Friedman, both 16-year-old Corona del Mar High School juniors, launched Spruce Clothing in May. “We try and do...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012

‘Cash Mob’ Keeps Toy Boat Afloat

A cash mob of customers flooded Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Tuesday, helping the iconic Corona del Mar toy store stay afloat after an announcement last week that it was in danger of sinking for good. The cash mob was hosted by Southern California radio station KFI AM 640 and talk show host Bill...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012

UPDATED: CdM Toy Store Faces Possible Closure

**UPDATE: A cash mob is being planned for Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat tomorrow, with radio host Bill Handel expected to broadcast live from the store from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. “They are in danger of closing so come by and purchase a toy to help keep the store open. Even if you don’t...
Posted On 25 Jul 2012

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Charity Spotlight: Angelitos Card Week Kickoff

South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court was filled with hundreds of supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire on Wednesday, Oct. 5 when volunteer auxiliary group Angelitos de Oro kicked off its 15th annual Angelitos Card Week with a preview reception and luncheon....

Benefit: Pacific Symphony Celebrates 10 Years in Segerstrom Hall

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Has it really been 10 years since the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall opened its doors? Christopher remembers the opening concerts and celebrations on the arts plaza in front of Segerstrom Center, but what stood out among the...

Benefit: Crystal Cove Seaside Soiree Raises Spirits and Support

Crystal Cove Alliance hosted its 14th annual Soiree last month on a bluff overlooking Crystal Cove. Presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill, the always sold-out fete raised a record-breaking $418,000 in support of the nonprofit’s mission to preserve the cultural, natural and historic resources...



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Artscapes: Artist Marilyn Minter is Pretty Dirty

Artist Marilyn Minter has a way of making viewers feel both pretty and dirty, disgusted and mesmerized. Those emotions are on display in “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” at the Orange County Museum of Arts in Newport Center through July 10. This is the exhibition’s only West Coast...

Under Cover: Checking Out Tech Toys at Newport Library

With our world becoming increasingly reliant upon technology, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. It’s funny to recall that 20 years ago, we frequently made the 500 mile drive from our home in Northern California to visit family here in the south without the benefit of any...

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Off the Menu: Women in the Kitchen–Our Favorite Female Chefs

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale So many restaurants, so few female chefs. We dine out several times a week, and realized that most of the meals we eat have been created by male...

Off the Menu: Paso Robles Wines Prove Popular in Newport

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Catherine hails from Napa Valley and knows how good those wines are, but even she admits that Paso Robles rivals Napa in quality and creativity....

The Winery on The Water

Chef and restaurateur Yvon Goetz captures joie de vivre through his food at the restaurant’s new Mariner’s Mile location. By Allison Hata | Photos by Jody Tiongco Some may find it unusual that...

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Blue Skys and Coastal Commission Blues

The weather last Sunday was the beginning of a major change back to Southern California winter weather. On Saturday it was 85 degrees on our harbor and Friday was just as nice. Our unique harbor was full of yachts on those days and it couldn’t have been better for this time of...

Annual Toshiba Classic Returns to Newport Beach

Some of the most notable names in the world of golf are set to tee off this week at the 19th Toshiba Classic, held at the Newport Beach Country Club March 11 – 17. Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Elkington, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts,...

Freedom from Religion

Whenever I stop by the Corona del Mar post office to mail a package, the man at the counter asks whether it contains anything liquid, fragile, perishable, flammable, or potentially hazardous. If I’m mailing a book, I like to reply, “Well it does contain ideas.” He never rewards...

When Politics Worked

I’ve been writing columns for the Newport Beach Independent since 2011. My appearance back then caused a few readers to write in and complain what a “liberal rag” the paper was becoming. It was ironic in some ways because the editor at the time, Roger Bloom, was...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

Let It Go

Do you feel overwhelmed by kids and even adults who are walking around singing or humming “Let it Go” from the Walt Disney hit, “Frozen?” Few people realize that Idina Menzel, who sang the song, and Lea Michele are twins separated at birth. You can’t deny that they look very much...

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