Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 97  | December 3, 2021

Fair Game


General Plan Update Steering Committee to increase in numbers after complaints

Fair Game Tom JohnsonThere were complaints about the make-up of the General Plan Update Steering Committee from the community, particularly from Line in the Sand.

Well, to overcome the issue and not delay the process, the council agreed Tuesday night to add two more people to the committee in the coming weeks.

One name being bandied about is Tim Stoaks, a candidate from last fall’s city council race.

Stoaks would add “balance” from the Line in the Sand side.

Just to throw another name into the mix, how about former city councilman Tony Petros?

Tony understands the process and would add a lot of expertise to the committee. Plus, I’ve heard Tony would be interested.

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Can you believe the Hoag Classic (formerly the Toshiba Classic) golf tournament is just a couple of weeks away? Play will take place at Newport Beach Country Club on March 6-7 for the Legends Pro-Am and then the official tournament over the weekend from March 8-10.

Lots of things to participate in, including Breakfast with a Champion featuring Darren Clarke, volunteering opportunities, Womanology and Military Appreciation Day, to name a few. Check out the week at

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The Orange County Museum of Art may be in the process of moving, but that’s not stopping them from presenting six new exhibitions of works from Pacific Rim artists and a seventh show featuring objects from the museum’s collection.

The presentation is called OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA.

“The season of exhibitions by artists Diego Berruecos, York Chang, Victoria Fu and Matt Rich, Fritzia Irizar, UuDam Tran Nguyen, and Hiromi Takizawa continues OCMA’s proud history and trajectory as a leader in presenting the freshest art of our time,” says Todd D. Smith, OCMA’s director and CEO.

You can see it all at South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

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Reminder, the 36th Annual Spirit Run will take place Sunday, March 17. Monies raised go to schools. Register at

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Things will apparently get more comfortable for students at some Newport-Mesa Unified Schools. The Board of Education agreed to put out contracts to install air conditioners at seven schools: Back Bay High School, Ensign Intermediate, Harbor View Elementary, Newport El, Newport Heights Elementary, Mariners Elementary and Whittier Elementary

The costs of the projects will be some $25 million.

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Speaking of schools, March is Inclusion Month. As such, the district is selling T-shirts with 100 percent of the money raised going to students in special education.

To get a shirt and support the effort, go here.

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The City is looking to upgrade Grant Howald Park. The new amenities would include synthetic turf athletic fields, new playground equipment, an upgraded picnic area and updated restrooms.

Grant Howald Park is 3.1 acres and has been serving the community since 1954. It’s located in Corona del Mar with Fifth Avenue frontage.

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At the recent city annual planning meeting, one idea that came up was moving the restaurant location on Newport Pier closer to the shore.

There are a number of reasons, including costs.

Stay tuned.

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