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Volume 2, Issue 17                                                                         February 27, 2017


 
 
 

Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Finally, Museum House comes before Council this week

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Feb 28, the Museum House project comes before the Newport Beach City Council.

There are several choices the Council can make. The first one is to rescind the previous approval by the prior Council of the project. The Council would waive the reading of the ordinance and vote to “rescind all approvals for the 100-Unit Museum House project,” and then come back March 14 for a second reading to terminate it.

Or, the Council could direct the City Clerk “to return at a future meeting with resolutions calling for an election to the electorate.”

If the Council calls for a vote of the people, there are several important issues that would arise. First off, the City’s 2016/17 budget has no line item to cover the costs of a special election.

According to the City, “depending upon the attachments that are mailed to the voters, the cost may range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars” for the vote.

Could the finish line be in sight? Probably not.

Here’s what is still out there. The Orange County Museum of Art is suing the City under the premise that the font used in the 1,100 page petitions was too small.

I can hardly see a judge overturning nearly 14,000 signatures gathered by Line in the Sand calling for a vote.

One thing is for sure, I’m glad I’m not the fundraising person for OCMA who is going to potentially have to go back out into the community at some point to fundraise.

Then there’s Related California. They followed all of the processes to get the project approved and now are probably feeling that they’ve been harmed. Could a lawsuit against the City follow if the project is rescinded? All I can say is that I’ve heard rumors to that fact.

The bet, however, is that the Council people have realized what a lightening rod this project is and with the 2018 elections less than two years away they want to distance themselves from the project as far as they can.

Remember, in 2018, Scott Peotter, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Diane Dixon and Mayor Kevin Muldoon will be up for re-election.

Adding to that, there are already rumblings throughout the community of potential new candidates for Council lining up.

Tuesday will certainly be interesting.

A couple of additional clarifying points: If an election is called, it would have to be held at least 88 days later. Now if the project is rescinded or loses in a vote of the people, the project cannot be revisited by Council again for a period of one year.

I’ve given a lot of credit in these columns to Line in the Sand to get the project to this point. However, the other side has compelling arguments also: 1. It’s a beautifully designed project and 2. Related California has committed upwards of $21 million in developer fees to the City.

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Police Files

Building collapse results in emergency evacuation

On Friday, Feb 24 at 11:27 a.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a structural collapse call at 4341 Birch Street in Newport Beach. Units arrived on scene and discovered a soffit that was cantilevered from the roof of the building, had collapsed. The soffit and roof were undergoing some type of repair. The cause of the collapse is currently under investigation. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collapse. 

Newport Beach Engine 67, Newport Beach Truck 63, Newport Medic 63, Newport Beach Battalion 6, Newport Beach Building Department and the Newport Beach Police Department all responded to the call. In addition, Costa Mesa Fire Department USAR 86 was also dispatched to the call. Over 15 personnel responded from three City of Newport Beach departments as well as the Costa Mesa Fire Department. 

Upon arrival, first in units ensured that everyone had been safely evacuated and assessed the building’s structural integrity. The building sustained damage primarily to the side of the collapse. Once the building was safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. The City of Newport Beach building department also assessed the building and determined that it was safe to re-occupy. Access to the area outside of the building where the collapse occurred has been blocked off until the area has been cleared of debris and secured. 

In addition to the building, three vehicles parked next to the side of the building also experienced damage as well as a wooden fence that runs along the side of the property. 

At this time, there is no cost estimate to the damage caused by the structural collapse.

From a press release

Counterfeiters manufacture more than 1,000 false marks

On Wednesday Feb. 22 at 2:40 p.m., Newport Beach police officers went to the 7900 block of Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach to arrest two counterfeiters.

Nancy Nam Dang, 39, and Juan Romero Villela, 36, both of Midway City, were arrested for manufacturing more than 1,000 counterfeit marks.

They were booked with bail set at $20,000 apiece.

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach

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Take Five: Steve Scott returns to participate in Spirit Run, again

By TOM JOHNSON

Had a chance to catch up with Steve Scott last week. Scott obviously is one of the greatest runners in American history. He attended college at UCI before embarking on a running career that took him around the world and to the top of his profession. Today, Scott coaches at Cal State San Marcos, where he has built one of the most successful NAIA collegiate track and cross country programs in the country. At San Marcos he’s led their women’s team to three National Titles and the men’s team to a runner-up for the National Title. Scott returns each year to the Spirit Run (Sunday, March 12) where he participates in the elite mile, but also uses his name and fame to attract and work with kids at the event.

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Steve Scott, one of the greatest milers in U.S. history

Q: Why do what you do for the Spirit Run, year-after-year?

A: I have a special love for kids, so this gives me the opportunity to spread the word about track, cross country and running. It’s about getting kids exposed to running and helping to keep them fit. I see too many kids overweight, so if I can expose them to running and show them that it’s fun, then to me that’s rewarding. Too often we’ve looked at running as a punishment, like with a coach yelling, “Take a lap.” Running should be fun.

Q: What are your proudest memories of your storied running career?

A: The World Championships in 1983 (Helsinki) where I won a silver medal and then when I set the American record in the mile.

Q: What were your major disappointments?

A: The Olympics in 1984 (10th place)…I was coming in as one of the favorites. Instead of following my normal routine I let nerves get to me and then did things differently. I felt like the whole country was depending on me.

Q: What is training like today versus during the peak of your career?

A: At the peak of my career I would run 80-90 miles a week, fast. I’d average about 5:40-5:50 for 15 miles. Now, it’s 20 miles a week at a 7:30 pace. My wife said when we got married, “I married an Olympic athlete, you need to stay looking like one.” So I get on the scale every morning and that dictates my run.

Q: If you weren’t a runner, what would your fallback position in life have been?

A: I probably would have been a firefighter…definitely something in public service. I also looked into the FBI. But then my running career took off and I figured I could make a good living doing that.

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Newport Beach lifeguard tryout applications due today

The Newport Beach Fire Department will hold a competitive tryout for the position of Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Trainee on Saturday morning, March 4, 2017. Applications are on the City website at www.newportbeachca.gov and are due today, Monday, Feb 27 by 5 p.m. Applicants will compete in both a 1,000 meter swim and a 1,000 meter run-swim-run on Saturday. The top finishers will be invited to an interview scheduled for the following week.

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The top candidates from the combination of these events will be invited to complete the City of Newport Beach hiring process, including a physical and background check.

After successfully completing the hiring process, candidates will be invited to a 100-hour training academy to learn essential lifeguarding skills. Classes will be held on weekends this Spring. The training classes focus on Ocean Rescue Prevention and Techniques, City Municipal Codes and Policies, CPR and First Aid.

The City is looking for dedicated, aquatic-minded individuals with a strong desire to serve the public.

The Tentative Tryout Schedule:

8:30 a.m. - Check-in/Arrival on Saturday, March 4 at Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters at the Newport Pier (No applications will be allowed at this time.)

9 a.m. - 1,000 Meter Competitive Swim approximate start

10 a.m. - 1,000 Meter Competitive Run-Swim-Run approximate start

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Stump the Stu

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s an elephant? 

This “spot” would certainly make Dr. Seuss proud...however, don’t know if Theodore Geisel surfed. That said, where is this Jason Maloney Art? 

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

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Newport Heights: Blue Collar to a Golden Ribbon

By DUNCAN FORGEY

After the “discovery” of Orange County by the Portola Expedition in 1769, the face of indigenous California would change forever. Franciscan missions represented a different way of life in New Spain. Ranchos were deeded to loyal friends of the King. This included 62,000 acres distributed to the Yorba and Peralta families with the vast Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Jose Sepulveda obtained Rancho San Joaquin which represented much of todayʻs northern Orange County. Most of this huge piece of land would later transfer to the Irvine family. The coastal portion included Newport Heights, the bluff hosting Hoag Hospital, Cliff Haven, Harbor Highlands, Westcliff, Baycrest and Dover Shores.

The beaches, islands and harbor areas were not desirable in the 18th and 19th centuries due to their inability to pasture cattle or grow crops. Newport Harbor would sit idle until it was “discovered” in 1860. Decades later, Newport Harbor will be developed to compete with harbors in San Diego and San Pedro.

In those early years, Newport Heights and the hillsides of Corona del Mar were suited for cattle and agriculture and therefore remained an important part of the early Ranchos and the Irvine Ranch. As the towns of Balboa and McFaddenʻs landing expanded in the harbor region, most residents preferred to live “down the hill” near the sea.  “Goat Hill” a moniker for Newport Heights and Costa Mesa remained a place for farming. As the population grew, the Marinerʻs Mileʻs expansion, between the current Arches [A Restaurant] and Bayshores, resulted in many commercial businesses and a Pacific Coast Highway bridge, connecting Corona del Mar in 1926.

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Aerial shot of Newport Heights and Mariner’s Mile, 1931

In 1917, Newport Heights was incorporated into the City of Newport Beach. A key reason for this was the purchase of 1,700 acres by the Townsend-Dayman Investment Company. It subdivided “Goat Hill” into “gentleman farms” selling for $300 an acre. An increasing marine-related industry and a spirited oil boom in Huntington Beach brought an influx of new residents into the area. This resulted in 200 sales. In the 1920s and 1930s, the automobile made travel easier, so people expanded desired distances for working, shopping and vacationing. The heights and bluffs of Newport Beach were in the right place at the right time.

Earl Stanley (member of the State Assembly from 1948-1958 and personally responsible for a law prohibiting offshore oil rigs off of Newport Beach that has protected our horizon to this day), was one of Newport Beachʻs unsung developers. Stanley started out selling real estate for J.A. Beek on fledging Balboa Island in its early years.  Additionally, he was there for the dredging and building of Harbor Island and the boundary fiasco at Beacon Bay. In 1941, the Irvine Company asked him to sell 258 lots in Bayshores, another waterfront community in the tradition of Lido Isle. He then moved up the hill to Cliffhaven where he sold parcels on Pirate, Signal, Kingʻs and Snug Harbor roads.

Prior to that, Cliffhaven was nondescript except for nice vistas and a large gulch full of flora, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, snakes and critters. The area is now the well known Environmental Nature Center which provides approximately 28,000 annual visitors the chance to see 15 different native California ecosystems. Cliffhavenʻs early residents were blue collars working around the harbor with boats and wharfs, in the oil fields, or at Rosan Manufacturing on the Coast Highway. They purchased lots that were oftentimes large and oddly shaped in Cliffhaven. Even the standard lots, the Heights provide a much larger living area than the standard 30-foot rectangles sold surrounding the bay.

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Newport Harbor High School

In Spring of 1921, a long struggle for a high school in Newport Beach commenced. At the time, Santa Ana High School was the school available and kids were forced to travel, via red car or bus. City leaders were adamant about the need to expand the educational opportunities for the children of Newport Beach. With an expansion of Santa Ana Union District east to Tustin, the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa saw an opportunity and jumped on it. The process began and after nearly a decade, groundbreaking took place on our new high school on June 16, 1930. Newport Harbor High School opened with 200 students, and a faculty of 14.

Members of the St. Andrews Church held their first service at Baltz Mortuary in Corona del Mar, as the “Chapel by the Sea.” In 1947, the congregation bought land across the street from Newport Harbor High School for $15,000.  Dedication for their new church took place on September 10, 1950. St. Andrews Church would soon take a leadership role in the growth of Newport Beach until 2004 when it found itself embroiled in an angry fight with residents of Newport Heights over its planned 35,948-square-foot addition to the existing campus. A compromise was eventually met and a new but smaller rebuild was completed.

In yet another controversy, the residents of Newport Heights fought successfully with an eminent domain fight against the State of California. During the governorships of Edmund Brown and Ronald Reagan, Californiaʻs Department of Transportation wanted to create the Pacific Coast Freeway. This large freeway would travel via Fifth Street in Corona del Mar, across Newport Center and the Back Bay and then take out homes on Kingʻs Road and Cliff Drive. This was to be done so occupants of automobiles would have “ocean views” to enhance their travels. If successful, it would have resulted in the destruction of some of OCʻs most valuable oceanview land. Needless to say, Cliffhaven would have become a Cliff Hell. It was defeated with a united and aggressive response by Newport Beach residents.

The latest fray in the Heights is the battle to underground electrical wires. Thought of as an unnecessary expense, Newport Heights residents voted it down in mid-2016. Developers of Lido Isle placed all its electrical wires underground as far back as the great depression. Elsewhere, Newport Shores, as did portions of the Peninsula, dropped their overhead lines transforming the neighborhoods in a positive way. There are other older beach neighborhoods that are in constant negotiations with the city regarding undergrounding. The battle in Newport Heights will likely rise up again in the near future.

On an adjoining bluff, west of Newport Heights, the Hoag Hospital Foundation bought 20 acres for $20,000. By 1952, a 75-bed hospital was built on the site for under $1,000,000. It opened its doors with 68 staff physicians and 60 employees. Today, the Hoag Health Network serves approximately 30,000 in-patients and 350,000 out-patients every year.

The ambience of the old blue collar neighborhoods has slipped into what Wikipedia calls “upscale neighborhoods.”  With the new homes maximizing square footage, the days of gentleman farms is long gone. Kids chase soccer balls instead of butterflies while playing outside has given way to games on the big screen in “great rooms.” Each time another “grandma-grandpa” house goes down, it is a step toward the “mega-mansioning” of Newport Beach. Cottages are being replaced with top-of-the-line beautifully appointed 5000 +/- square-foot shoe boxes. The bigger the better seems to be the motto of the day in Newport Beach blufftop living.

So, if you grew up in the Heights and walked to all three schools (Heights Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor) rest assured that thousands of kids are still experiencing the same Ozzie and Harriet lives albeit in much larger homes. As one of the Newport Beachʻs finest “family” neighborhoods, the Heights remains in high demand.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


ENC welcomes microbiologist Nancy Caruso

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will host a presentation by marine biologist and founder of “Get Inspired!,” Capt. Nancy L. Caruso on March 23 at 6 p.m.

As part of the ENC Adult Speaker Series, Caruso will share how we can change the world through community-based restoration projects.

“Nancy is a dedicated marine biologist who is doing incredible work to conserve kelp forests,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “She is the perfect guest to inspire the community to conserve local wildlife.”

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Microbiologist Capt. Nancy Caruso to speak on kelp forests

Caruso began The Orange County Ocean Restoration Project, which has highlighted the importance of conserving kelp forests along our coast and trained 5,000 students to grow giant kelp in their own classrooms. To further her conservation campaign, she started a nonprofit organization called “Get Inspired!” to restore kelp forest ecosystems by teaching children to raise white sea bass and green abalone, and return them to kelp forests.

Guests will enjoy an open house with appetizers and wine from 6 - 7 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7 p.m. This is an adult only event. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, which are available at encenter.org.

The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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Fishermen with their marlin catch in 1947 at the Balboa Angling Club. The Club’s motto today is “Once you’ve joined you’ll be hooked for life!” Catching fish like this would hook anyone.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org

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Richard Blade to spin the tunes for Parent Dance Party

DJ Richard Blade

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The Corona del Mar Middle & High School Foundation will hold a Parent Dance Party on Saturday, March 18, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Newport Beach Country Club. The Event will feature legendary ‘80s DJ Richard Blade.

The goal is to raise $400,000 to fund the reconstruction of the unused library into a Learning Resource Center – a state-of-the-art student meeting, study and collaboration center.

The CdM Foundation Board recently voted and approved a $400,000 allocation of funds that may be the biggest single donation contribution in the school’s history. It approved the full first phase to completely remodel/renovate the main campus library.

If approved by the NMUSD school board, the CdM Foundation will use the donations to add multimedia, tablet stations, private student project rooms, a full class tech room, improved private office space, team tech work areas, a parking lot main entrance, smooth flow to/from the Student Resource Center (SRC), all the furnishings, a tablet support station and much more. 

Many research sources, periodicals and certain books will be migrated to electronic format, while specified fiction and other more commonly checked out books will be more efficiently shelf organized: all to make the most efficient use of space and various technological opportunities now available in modern education. 

Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has raised $11 million and has funded the following capital improvements:

Currently funding new Student Health Center and Attendance Office,

Currently funding new Technology Room in the Enclave,

Currently funding new game field for soccer and lacrosse,

Currently funding new athletic lockers with boosters and PTA,

Renovated the Quad area,

Renovated the athletic fields,

Renovated the gym foyer and new trophy case,

Painted the exterior of the entire school, landscaping and resurfaced 

the parking lots,

Pressure-washed the entire campus and repaired leaky roofs,

Renovated the Little Theater.

For ticket information on the Parent Dance Party, visit cdmfoundation.org.


Hometown fundraiser attracts competitors from throughout Southern California and beyond

Most Newport Beach natives and long-time residents know Spirit Run as a school fundraiser and community event. Many have fond memories of cheering for their children as they raced the mile and visiting with neighbors at the expo. But who were the people they didn’t recognize? Who were those kids in green who flew past them in the 10K?

Roughly half of Spirit Run registrants live outside the Newport-Mesa area. This year Strava Track Club, an elite running team, is traveling from Northern California to compete. Equalizers, the team in green based in Tustin, always has more than 100 children and many adults at the event. Why Spirit Run, a Newport-Mesa school fundraiser? That’s simple, the prizes.

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Equalizers, the team in green at the start line

Spirit Run arguably has the most impressive prizes of any race around. This year, they will be better than ever, including a $2,600 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile. At most races, the cash purse is won by a handful of elite runners. At Spirit Run, less than half of the purse is offered to elite competitors. The majority is available for 42 men and women in seven age groups from age20 to 89. Serious, non-elite runners have a real chance to win.

Spirit Run also offers more than 250 non-cash prizes for ages 4 to 89. The most popular are gift cards for food and dining. Spirit Run is offering 150 of its most coveted food prize – free pizza every month for a year at Blaze Pizza, Fashion Island. New prizes include the Yard House “Burger & Brew” for 50 adults to win in the Open Mile, and lunch or dinner at Lazy Dog Café for 12 Dog Mile participants. The youngest children enjoy Baking Betty’s cookies. Other prizes include Spa Gregorie’s massage certificates and $50 gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Asics.

During Spirit Run, there are multiple races and participants may compete to win in as many as they’d like. For years, Olympic Silver Medalist, Julie Ertel, has competed in the 10K and 5K to win prizes.

“I love all the prizes, that is what motivates me,” Julie said. “I’ve done a couple of Spa Gregorie’s massage days with friends and my family heads to Blaze Pizza every month.” This year Julie will add the Sub Elite or Open Mile for the chance to win cash or a Yard House “Burger & Brew.”

According to Diane Daruty, Spirit Run’s race director, not everyone is fond of the prizes. “With 13 consecutive racing events over a four-hour period, it’s very challenging for our timing company to finalize results and determine prize winners at the event,” Daruty explained. “They often question why Spirit Run can’t have fewer prizes like the other events.”

But Spirit Run is different than other events and the prizes have become part of its lure. As a nonprofit dedicated to fitness, it is committed to celebrating its athletes, particularly children, and awarding them for their hard work. Moreover, the prizes allow more sponsors to be part of the event. These sponsors benefit Spirit Run by donating prizes and promoting the event to their customers. Most importantly, the participants love the prizes.

Dan Deuel, who competes in two or three races each year sums it up best: “It’s kind of like going to an Easter egg hunt where everyone finds something,” Duel said. “At the end of the event the question is not if you received booty, but how much!”

For more information, and to register for Spirit Run, visit www.nmspiritrun.org.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s Guide at what’s going on in and around City Hall

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

For the next 10 days or so, please try not to use MacArthur Boulevard. At all. Just don’t. I promise you you’ll be happier; and similarly….

Please consider clicking here to sign up for a weekly e-mail about traffic advisories in the city. It will help avoid future curse words and one-fingered waves. No, this isn’t a perfect way of letting you know stuff like this, but it’s OK. And we need to further upgrade this technology (per what Mayor Muldoon has asked for) and that’s coming. But for now, this is a good tool to avoid gnarly road construction areas.  

The Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, Feb 28, starting at 4 p.m. (Study Session) and 7 p.m. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The 4 p.m. Study Session will be focused on some Newport Harbor-related issues – like onshore and offshore moorings. The Newport Mooring Association (NMA), along with our staff and representatives of the Harbor Commission, have been working on further modifications to some of the mooring rules and regulations adopted 3-4 years ago. Council will be briefed on that plan, and offer Council’s thoughts before it comes back to the Council as a formal item for adoption in a few more weeks. The other items on the agenda for Study Session – also about the harbor – are a range of miscellaneous updates from eelgrass to dredging to gosh knows what (staff has broad leeway for this update).

Then the Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. Items include:

Earlier in the school year, we adopted some parking changes around CdMHS to try to balance the needs of area residents, parents, students and teachers. So far it seems to be working out OK. We’ll memorialize some of those changes, including the new street sweeping day (Monday morning) via a consent item.

There is a public hearing planned on a seven-unit residential condominium project in Santa Ana Heights (western side) off Santa Ana Avenue. The Planning Commission approved the project in November 2016, but a neighbor appealed it to the City Council.

A couple of big dollar items follow that item, these being construction of a new water main near Lido Village and West Newport ($3.15M!) and a contract that tags onto the County of Orange’s sand management work near the Santa Ana River mouth. This latter effort (at $785K) will bring some of that sand to Balboa Island, China Cove and parts of the Balboa Peninsula. We’ve lost some sand (OK, it’s never really lost – it just goes offshore for a while) due to the storms, so this is helpful and comes at a good time.

And then finally (drumroll please), the Museum House project comes back to the Council for a decision following residents’ submittal of a petition to put this 100-unit residential condo project in Newport Center (at the current OC Museum of Arts location) to a vote of the NB electorate. Council has a couple of choices: (1) they could rescind the approvals for the Project – doing so would stop the Project; (2) they could decide on Tuesday to come back at a future meeting to place the matter before the voters, picking a time and date for that election at that time. Under the latter action, the project is stopped until/if the voters approve it. As I note all of this, there are a few court cases going around that could change these plans/actions.    

That’s pretty much it for the agenda. In the category of random notes and/or Dave’s infamous long-winded education bits:

Thank you for your patience with last weekend’s storm response. That was a wallop. We had fallen trees, leaning trees, ocean pier damage (mild), a foot of sand on the Ocean Front Walk, and branches and leaves all over the place. Our hard-working Municipal Operations Dept. (MOD) crews have pretty much gotten the community back to normal, and I thank them for the work they did. They are a great group of people who care a lot about the community. If you have any issues that are residual from the storm, or want a tree looked at, please don’t hesitate to contact MOD at 949-644-3055.

The next gathering of Women in Newport Networking is coming up on Thursday, March 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. here at the Civic Center’s community room. WiNN’s special guest speaker is OC Supervisor (and current Board Chairman) Michelle Steel. To RSVP, click here.

Is the drought over? Is it? Please, can it be over? Even as the rain poured down upon us, this is a stubborn drought. So it’s not over. Why? It has to do with how we in Newport Beach get our drinking water. Remember that about 70 percent of our potable water comes from a huge groundwater basin beneath HB and Fountain Valley (thus FV’s name) administered by the Orange County Water District (OCWD). The other 30 percent comes from surface water systems (Colorado River, CA and Fed Water Projects, etc.) administered by the Metropolitan Water District and its OC affiliate (MWDOC). MWDOC has declared the drought over. Good for MWDOC. But that’s really in words only, because MWDOC doesn’t have that power. But that’s still just 30 percent of our water.   

Read how OCWD respectfully disagrees with MWDOC. The most important issue for the other 70 percent of our water is the current level of the OCWD groundwater basin. The Basin is down (from where it should be) by about 400,000 acre feet of water, following years of drought draw-downs. This year’s storms (to date) are projected to add about 80,000 AF, leaving a deficit of 320,000 AF. That’s still a big deficit. FYI, the basin is recharged both by stormwater and by injection of highly treated wastewater.  

To learn more about this, click here. So no, as hard as it is to see when the rain has been so great, our drought really isn’t over ‘til the basin is recharged more. But the City will still work with the State and our OCWD/MWDOC partners to review our conservation goals and restrictions to see what makes sense for us – giving you (hopefully) the maximum flexibility to moderately conserve in the manner you see fit.  

Back to MacArthur Boulevard – good news, the end is in sight. You will want to avoid MacArthur basically at all times. Even when lanes are not closed, the pavement isn’t fun to drive on. And when lanes seem open right before you and it looks clear, that can be deceiving. You go around a turn and you’re stuck – stuck for a while. Dang, that happened to me and I should know better. Good alternatives are: (1) Jamboree, (2) Newport Coast, (3) finding your way to San Miguel; or (4) Marguerite to San Joaquin Hills to San Miguel to Ford/Bonita Canyon. Please know that this is daytime work – in part because we have residents that live along this route (the grinding is quite loud) and the paving material (rubberized asphalt) needs a certain air temperature for it to set properly.

As always, thanks for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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Harbor High to hold College Knowledge Night

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The 18th Annual Newport Harbor High School College Night will take place on Wednesday, March 8.

Sessions include: University of California; California State University; SAT/ACT Preparation & Timeline; International Baccalaureate Diploma; Highly Selective College Admissions; Essay Writing; NCAA Eligibility; Fashion, Police Academy and Cosmetology programs; Attending an East Coast School; Community College Transfer Programs; Abroad Travel Program (outside table); Financial Aid & Scholarships; and Attending a Private University.

All students and parents are welcome from all high schools in NMUSD.

For additional information call NHHS Counseling at 949.515.6304.

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Seaside Gallery & Goods to hold floral workshop

On March 20, come join Kathe Hayden, floral designer, for a fun and informative Floral Design workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seaside Gallery & Goods. Hayden has more than 30 years experience, and will walk participants through the process of creating a unique and beautiful arrangement.

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From (L-R): Workshop participants Ruth Jolley and Lisa Hovagimyan share their succulent creations

Held in the picturesque Pelican Courtyard, attendees will create a personalized floral arrangement. The cost is $55 per person, which includes hands-on instruction, and all supplies and flowers. You are welcome to bring your favorite pruning shears or scissors. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

For more information and to register online, visit the website at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor’s Annual Fundraising Benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” is holding an online auction that continues through March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 10 gala with dinner and dancing from 6 - 11 p.m. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Newport Harbor High School gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Contact: For the online auction, visit www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For more information, contact Diana Long, Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.supportnhhs.com

Gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation gives $500,000 a year to enhance student programs at Harbor High

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 4

3rd Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual wine event, bringing together 30 of Napa’s finest wineries and epicurean cuisine created by Chef Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca. Each vintner will showcase and serve their finest wines during the wine tasting as well as during dinner. Evening Schedule: 4:30 p.m., Wine Tasting Reception; 7 p.m., Dinner & Wine Pairings along with live auction festivities. Tickets: $650 with table sponsorships available. Benefits CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Contact: 949.872.2552, www.napainnewport.org

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

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Guests Genevieve Bechtold and Robert Emery enjoy last year’s Napa in Newport Wine Auction

Pacific Symphony | Pacific Coast Wine Festival, Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m.

Tenth Anniversary Pacific Coast Wine Festival features extraordinary wine tasting of exceptional wines from the premier wine producing regions of the world, silent auction offerings including fine wines that range from cult and storied artisanal wines to wines that need no introduction, a gourmet dinner with wine pairings, and a live auction of rare and exceptional wines and unique travel opportunities. Tickets: $375-$1,000. Proceeds support the education, community engagement and artistic programs of the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.876.2364, www.pacificsymphony.org

Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Pacific Symphony

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Pacific Symphony performs at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

34th Annual Spirit Run: A Race for the Schools | Sunday, March 12 beginning at 6 a.m. The longest running youth road race event in Orange County features courses for kids, adults, elite runners and even a new dog mile, so walkers and runners of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Sixteen Newport-Mesa schools will be represented and other schools can join in via the “Dash for Cash” fundraiser. In addition to the races, there will be youth & fitness and dog expos. Spirit Run celebrates its competitors with an array of prizes including a $2,000 cash purse in the Elite and Sub Elite Mile races. To date, $300,000 has been donated to benefit education and athletics in the Newport-Mesa School District.

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Elite Mile

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Runners are ready to take off at Spirit Run’s Elite start line

Olive Crest | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Orange County, Friday, March 17 from 6 - 10 p.m. Get ready to have a great time supporting the children and families of Olive Crest. Join Honorary Chairman, the legendary Vince Ferragamo, for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember with all the trimmings. Enjoy live authentic Irish music and dancing, a live auction, whiskey sampling, and more. Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at-risk children and to preserving the family...”One Life at a Time.”

Contact: Diana Cheek, 714.543.5437, ext. 1125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.olivecrest.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 1/2 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $500, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19. 

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.com

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21. The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies theat CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets will be available by mid-March; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

CHOC Childrens Two Guys

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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | Childhelp Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic, Tuesday, May 16.

In 2016, more than $500,000 was raised for children who are served by the programs of Childhelp. Enjoy a fabulous day of golf with unparalleled ocean views, followed by an awards dinner. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,250 - $50,000. Awards Dinner tickets only, $75. Seeking auction items. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational evening will welcome more than 400 community and business leaders for dancing, dining and a live auction, as well as honoring longtime friend and donor Julie Hill.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.choc.org/glassslipper

Takes place at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

Takes place at the future home of OCMA at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.


Ash Wednesday blessings at Starbucks…really!

Ash Wednesday

Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees of St. James the Great Episcopal Church will be offering Ash Wednesday blessings and administering ash crosses at a local Starbucks on Wednesday, March 1. 

Rev. Voorhees is the vicar of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, and with her congregation remains locked out of their Newport Beach church building because their bishop wants to sell it to a condo developer. 

She is frequently called the “Vicar of Starbucks” because she often conducts meetings, administers pastoral care and other church business, and sometimes ministers to customers at local coffeehouses.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the 40 days of Lent, during which many Christians forgo indulgences and luxuries. The first day is often marked with a ritual blessing in which a cross of ashes is applied to worshippers’ foreheads.

Rev. Voorhees will be at the drive-through Starbucks from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and 12 - 12:30 p.m. located at 450 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach: first, LP-certified Deaf-Friendly City

Late last year, the City of Newport Beach installed tablet devices with an application-based technology to connect individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or are non-English speaking with City services. According to LP Connect, a division of the Language People, Inc. and the Deaf United World Alliance Foundation, Newport Beach is now recognized as the first, LP-certified, Deaf-Friendly City.

On March 10, the City and the Language People will celebrate the achievement by hosting a community event at Marina Park, located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. The event reception begins at 6 p.m. and presentations are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. by Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon; Lisa Wrench, CEO, Language People; and a member of the deaf community. The open house event will conclude by 9 p.m. Community members are invited to learn more about this unique service. Language People staff will be in attendance to demonstrate the technology. Refreshments will be served and parking is free.

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Tablet connects users to city services

Mayor Kevin Muldoon envisioned providing access to government for every citizen including the deaf community. The Language People’s proprietary video remote interpreting mobile application provides an on-demand interpretation service. Using a tablet with the Language People’s app, visitors are connected virtually to an interpreter. The interpreter assists the visitor and the City staff by breaking down the communication barrier using American Sign Language or a variety of other spoken languages.

“When I first envisioned the need to connect all residents and visitors with City services, I did not think the City would be leading the way,” Mayor Kevin Muldoon stated. “It’s an honor to be recognized as the first, deaf-friendly city in the nation.”

This free service is available to visitors during regular business hours at the following City facilities:

Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach

OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach

Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

City Hall in the City Clerk’s Office and the Permit Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach


CdM Chamber Networking Mixer at Bayside

Bayside

The Corona del Chamber of Commerce will hold their Sunset Networking Mixer on Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bayside Restaurant.

Enjoy an evening of networking, and great food to include heavy appetizers and wine. Cost: Chamber members, free; non-members and community friends, $20. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 949.673.4050, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Artist Outreach Project for seniors

The Picerne Family Foundation in Newport Beach is conducting an Artist Outreach Project, giving accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to share their passion and expertise with underserved members of our community.

Selected artists, age 55 and older, contribute to their community by providing educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic art experiences to underserved groups. These art experiences are intended to reach people of any age group who might not otherwise have opportunities to enjoy the benefits of quality arts programs.

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Artists applying for the grant propose the arts programming they wish to provide, identify the population they are interested in serving, and choose a local nonprofit to collaborate with. To be eligible for this grant, artists must be at least 55 years old, and live in or plan to serve people in Orange County, South West Los Angeles County, or North San Diego County. Sixty-three percent of artists have continued their porjects beyond the grant period.

The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Picerne Foundation at 949.267.1517 to discuss their plans for an Artist Outreach application.

For more information and to submit an email, visit www.picernefoundation.org.

The Picerne Family Foundation is located at 5000 Birch St., Newport Beach.


Most awarded new musical of 2015 to debut at Segerstrom Center

An American in Paris

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This stunning musical takes the stage at Segerstrom Hall

An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a two-week engagement April 25 - May 7, 2017.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

Tickets, on sale now, start at $29 and are available online at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 6, 2017 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Moments Between Oceans, Continuing through March 24. This collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life, along with shots from nearby Balboa Peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan is on display at Central Library. Amling’s passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. His first professional camera was a Hasselblad 501CM with an 80mm lens. Although he has attended many different photography classes, most of his experience has been through experimentation and hours of trial and error. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the U.S. in Colorado, Oregon and California as well as traveling internationally to Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Greece. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the photographs are located throughout the lower level of Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Moments Between Oceans” is a photographic collage of seashell life 

Medicine in Your Own Backyard: Diagnosis, Management & Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, Feb 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Pranav M. Patel, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UC Irvine Health. Patel is also Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and Associate Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine. Patel is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He specializes in invasive and noninvasive approaches to treat coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart valve disease. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Feb 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by the Mariners Branch to make fun crafts celebrating Mardi Gras! For ages 3-8; children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Let’s Talk Tech: Axis 360 & Overdrive, Feb 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Georges Braque

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Georges Braque was influential in the development of Cubism

Beyond the Canvas: Georges Braque, March 1 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Georges Braque was a major 20th century French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. His most important contributions to the history of art were in his alliance with Fauvism from 1906, and the role he played in the development of Cubism. Braque’s work between 1908 and 1912 is closely associated with that of his colleague Pablo Picasso. Their respective Cubist works were indistinguishable for many years, yet the quiet nature of Braque was partially eclipsed by the fame and notoriety of Picasso. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Orientation: Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the record collections available through the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Through this class, participants will be trained to perform basic and advanced searches in these two powerful genealogy databases to learn how to start or grow your family tree. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, March 2 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan on food and seating. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to Pam Smith, 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, March 2 from 4 - 5 p.m. There’s a party to wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday and you’re invited! Come enjoy stories, crafts and birthday cake in honor of everyone’s favorite children’s author. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

The Witte Lecture Series: Joe Nocera, Inside the NCAA, March 3 at 7 - 8:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has written numerous columns about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its corruption. Nocera examines the massive following and media draw of the world of college sports – a world that makes millionaires of coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners, while the players themselves receive only scholarships for their talents – scholarships that don’t necessarily guarantee an education or a diploma. Nocera’s latest book is “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.” Tickets required. Limited seating. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joe Nocera’s “Inside the NCAA” provides an inside look at college sports

Once Upon A Time…Drop-In Crafts, March 4 from 12 - 3 p.m. Spark their imagination and create crafts from some favorite fairy tales. For ages 3-8. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Making Memories for Children – Art in Spring, March 5, 12, 19 from 2 - 3 p.m. Join in a paint party! This series of three classes gives children ages 7-12 the chance to create an 11x14 canvas painting under the instruction of a teacher from Timree Paint Studio in Newport Beach. Each class will have a different painting theme, so take part in one, two or all three classes and see what you can create! Part of the Making Memories for Children series sponsored by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets: $90*/$95 for the series; $35*/$40 per individual class. *Foundation member discount. Purchase tickets at www.nbplfoundation.org. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Book Discussion Group: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, March 8 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Sessions are free and no reservations are required. Attendance is welcome, even if you haven’t finished or read the book. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. For more information, www.nbplfoundation.org.

LEGO “Block” Party, March 8 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration is required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lenten Series, March 8 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. St. James the Great and a team from IBM Watson will explore emerging technologies in a five-week series about the latest trending technologies and how they are being applied. This first session is an overview of the current trends in technology to include: What is Big Data, Machine Learning, Cognitive Learning, Autonomous Intelligence and how these types of technology help us today and what the future looks like. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Future lecture dates: March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 6 will take place at the Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Fabulous Fridays @ 4, March 10 from 4 - 5 p.m.  Spring Gardening – Kick off your weekend with some fun and fabulous stories and crafts. Children ages 4-9 will enjoy listening to engaging stories and creating a special craft to take home. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California, March 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is an arts education organization. Founded in 1989, for more than 25 they have offered a diverse range of musical training and community service programs for instrumentalists of all ages and ability levels. CYOSC rehearses and performs at Community Centers throughout the City of Irvine, sponsor professional development for emerging teachers, and are an Artistic Partner of the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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Community Youth Orchestra offers training and programs for instrumentalists

Pokemon Clay Party, March 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Make Pokemon creatures out of clay, and make your very own Pokemon to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 5-9. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. 949.644.3076.

Library Live Presents: Book Buzz Night at the Newport Beach Public Library, March 15 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your love of books – and book-loving friends – to get an insider’s look at the new books that are creating the biggest buzz in the publishing world. For this night of books, the NBPL Foundation hosts representatives of two major publishing houses: Penguin/Random House and HarperCollins. These publishers’ reps will share previews of their newest titles for spring/summer 2017 and will be available before and after to discuss all things book-related. This event is ideal for book groups and will include a gourmet offering of refreshments from baker & olive, as well as book totes, catalogs and bound book samples while offerings last. This event is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate


DUI Arrests

Suzanne Zizzi, 51, Sherman Oaks – Saturday, February 25

She was also charged with child cruelty causing injury. Bail was $100,000. 

Thomas Weston Creato, 71, Corona Del Mar – Saturday

Haifa Omar Abdulaziz Alomair, 24, Newport Beach – Friday, February 24

Ryan David Meline, 35, Huntington Beach – Friday

Konstantin Shilkov, 27, Buena Park – Friday

Omar Nazif, 43, San Clemente – Friday

Evelyn Ortiz, 21, Tustin – Friday 

Ashlee Elizabeth Vingle, 31, Newport Beach – Thursday, February 23

Ramiro Ortiz, 23, Houston – Wednesday, February 22

He was also arrested for commercial burglary.

Tu Anh Nguyen, 41, Huntington Beach – Wednesday With a Prior

Mary Margaret Linn, 54, Costa Mesa – Wednesday With a Prior

Incident Reports

Saturday, February 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Shane Patrick Burke, 20, Harrisonburg

Mikael Erik Hastrup, 27, Stanford

Orchid Avenue | 400 Block | Petty Theft

Packages with contents valued at $6,758 were stolen. 

Newport Center Drive | 900 Block | Burglary

A business was entered and $4,190 worth of merchandise taken.

Dover Drive & W. Coast Hwy | Drugs

6:29 a.m. Bradley Jay Bauer, 61, Whittier, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Avocado Avenue | 900 Block | Shoplifting

3:36 p.m. Nina Angela Tinawin, 21, Tustin, was arrested for shoplifting with $500 bail. 

Dorchester Road | 4800 Block | Drugs, Alter Imitation Firearm

5:35 p.m. Newport Beach resident Devin Michael Kelly, 26, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and for altering an imitation firearm. 

Friday, February 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Lindsay Cazarez, 23, Costa Mesa

Del Mar Avenue & Elden Avenue | Drugs, Lost Property

3:37 a.m. Stephanie Ann Shough, 34, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and for appropriation of lost property. 

Jamboree Road | 4600 Block | Warrants

4:38 p.m. Yaseen Mohammed Syed, 24, Irvine, was arrested for eight warrants: two for being under the influence of a controlled substance, two for possession of drug paraphernalia, and four for possession of narcotics. Total bail was $82,500. 

Pescador Drive | 1100 Block | Drugs 

4:49 p.m. Shane Garrett Clarke, 27, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $10,000. 

Thursday, February 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

James Joseph Lane, 40, Holbrook

Sandcastle Drive | 900 Block | Burglary

A residence was entered overnight and $10,600 in property was stolen. There were no signs of forced entry. 

Santa Barbara Drive | 800 Block | Failure to Register

9:57 a.m. Alexander Garrett Brown, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for failing to register with a new address. Bail was $20,000. 

Wednesday, February 22

Bradbury | Burglary

A residence was broken into and $4,700 in various items stolen. 

W. Oceanfront | Petty Theft

2:32 p.m. Jose Martin Medina, 22, Anaheim, was arrested for petty theft of bicycles. 

Newport Center Drive | 400 Block | Burglary, Conspiracy

5:20 p.m. D’Marco Aaron Hal, 18, Oakland, was arrested for burglary from a vehicle and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was $20,000. 

Newport Boulevard & Hospital Road | Warrant 

9:02 p.m. Robert Childs Evans III, 43, Aliso Viejo, was arrested on a $20,000 warrant for false checks.

McFadden Place & 21st Street | Petty Theft

10:20 p.m. Moreno Valley resident Nicole Paula Diaz, 27, was arrested for petty theft. 

Tuesday, February 21

San Miguel Drive | 2600 Block | Shoplifting

A subject shoplifted $1,723 in goods from a business.

Santa Isabel Avenue & Irvine Avenue | Warrant

1:32 a.m. Joshua Stephen Bowman, 23, Irvine, was arrested on a $1,500 warrant for driving on a suspended license. 

Walnut Street & Newport Shores Drive | Warrants, Burglary Tools, Drugs

2:03 a.m. Timothy Brent Adle, 47, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools. He was also arrested for four warrants: two for driving on a suspended license, one for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $28,500. 

Farad Street | 700 Block | Drugs, Burglary Tools, Lost Property, Warrant

3:47 a.m. In Costa Mesa, Scott Warner Thomas, 29, Torrance, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of burglary tools, and appropriation of lost property. Christopher Maximilian Muld, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a $10,000 warrant for reckless driving. 

Via Lido Nord & Via Cordova | Drugs

4:04 a.m. Pedro Flores Jr., 27, Loma Linda, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.