Fair Game


Apartment complex evicting residents for planned housing units; and, speaking of housing, problems ahead

Fair Game Tom NewWord on the street from residents is that eviction/move-out notices are being delivered to residents of Mariner Square apartments at 1244 Irvine Ave. The parcel of land, surrounded by Irvine Ave., Mariners Drive and Rutland Road, is being rumored for a housing development.

This is the second time in recent months that renters faced this future. The first time notices were delivered, they were then rescinded, with ownership claiming they were committed to the apartments.

The property is managed by Alliance Residential.

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While we’re on the subject of housing, Speak Up Newport focuses on the issue tomorrow night (Wednesday). The program title is “Housing Crisis in Newport Beach?”

Is that true?

The program will look at a new state mandate that calls for 4,832 new homes by the next decade. 

Where will they all go?

What about Banning Ranch?

How carved in stone are these housing bills coming out of Sacramento?

Seimone Jurjis, the City’s Community Development Director, will be the featured speaker to answers these questions and more.

The program takes place in the Community Room at City Hall, with a reception beginning at 5:15 p.m., followed by the program at 6. 

Program leader, former Mayor Ed Selich, promises time for a Q&A.

This is important. Find out how and if you will be impacted.

No RSVP is needed and the program is free. Just show up!

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Friday night, Nancy Gardner is going to be celebrated as Citizen of the Year and the Bungalow Restaurant’s Jim Walker honored as Business Person of the Year

Both have done so many wonderful things for this community. And, obviously, we’re a little partial to Nancy for all of her incredible contributions made to Stu News Newport.

The event takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the event are still available through the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at

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Are you a dog lover? If so, you may be interested in the fact that a dog park might be in the cards for West Newport’s future in Sunset View Park

Sunset View Park is located above Coast Highway in the area of Hoag Hospital.

The Newport Beach City Council is expected to vote on a proposed dog park there at the Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting. This is an issue that definitely has two sides and, if you’re on one side or the other, you need to be vocal.

Here are a couple of things to note. First, the City owns the land, and the project apparently has the funds behind it to cover costs.

People wanting the pooch park are urging residents to email the councilmembers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. voicing approval or by calling 949.644.3004 and leaving a message. All seven councilmembers will receive your emails and transcripts of your phone calls.

And, if it’s really, really important to you, then show up at the Council meeting and let them know. That’s how it works.

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Got to meet Jeff and Annabelle Olsen last weekend. Nice folks. And, they’re doing some pretty incredible things up at the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club, so you need to check it out this weekend.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., they’re going to open the doors to the riding center. Meet the instructors and volunteers, explore the programs, see how there working with both people and animals, and, most importantly,  just fall in love with the animals they’re recused. 

Oh, and that list includes horses, obviously, donkeys and goats.

It’s going to be a party with food, music and drinks.

Check it out at 20262 SW Cypress St., Newport Beach.

For more information, check out their website at

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Our local football teams continue to march on in the playoffs. Corona del Mar won again Friday, beating Santiago, 49-0.

The Sea Kings play Cajon (San Bernardino) on Friday, Nov. 15, at a neutral site to be determined. Cajon is 9-2 and comes off of a 42-14 win over St. Francis (La Cañada Flintridge).

And, don’t forget about the Sailors, as Newport Harbor, 8-3, beat St. Anthony late, 35-32.

Next up, Monrovia, 10-1, at Davidson Field, Thursday or Friday. Monrovia beat Santa Fe last week, 41-0.

Speaking of championship runs, keep your eyes on the Newport Harbor Water Polo team. The Tars are 25-3 and seeded number 2 in Division 1. They beat Oaks Christian last Thursday, 11-8.

Next up is Loyola, who sits at 24-5. The two teams met once during the season with NHHS winning 10-9.