A dog named "Trouble" runs in the water at Dog Beach

Dog Beach Timeline

Since December of 2015, we have been your advocates on behalf of keeping the Dog Beach at Santa Ana River Jetties.  We’ve been working with (and fighting with) local, regional, county, state, and federal governments for over 18 months now, and recently finally found the sole cause of Dog Beach not being official, and specifically who in government has been going behind-the-scenes to promote the anti-dog policies we have been seeing popping up.  I’ll be detailing that over the next few days (there is a lot of information to compile here, so forgive me for not doing it today.  However, as a refresher, here a few items on a timeline:

Date Event
December 8th, 2015 City poll conducted regarding MOU via mySidewalk, poll to end January 8th 2016. mySidewalk caught inaccurately counting votes, own employee Derek Stowell, quality assurance, counted as voting.
December 8th, 2015 SaveNewport posts info regarding City Of Newport beach poll
December 11th, 2016 Diane Dixon quoted “dozens of emails from residents” “Before we do anything, I want to make sure there’s community support”
January 1, 2016 Commentary Jon Pedersen “Unsanctioned Dog Beach is cost effective, enjoyable” Daily Pilot
January 15, 2016 Barbara Venezia “Passions flare over Dog Beach” article Daily Pilot, Glenn does PRAR finds one complainer, “Stephanie”, with just four emails to Dixon.
February 2nd, 2016 Commentary Gary Reasoner ‘City hall interference is “Dog Beach” overreach
February 23rd, 2016 OC Register “Newport Dog Beach could see new enforcement
February 25th, 2016 Telephone call with Valerie Schomberg head ACO, confirming that “adjacent to” Dog beach is as far away as 54th St, nearly one mile (4,900 feet) to east. Only 12 off leash citations in all of 2016
March 1st, 2016 Carol Jacobs, Laura Detweiler prepare staff report recommending MOU with County. Jacobs wildly misrepresents activity at Dog Beach via Power Point presentation, is booed by crowd.
Calls for service data from City NB ACO head Valerie Schomberg uses fraudulent data i.e. “adjacent” to Dog Beach means as far away as 54th st, nearly one mile
March 1st, 2016 Parks, Beaches, Recreation Commission votes 7-0 to a record standing room only crowd to deny MOU and explore expansion of Dog Beach
March 2nd, 2016 Daily Pilot “Panel wants Newport to pass up patrolling “doggy Disneyland
March 2nd, 2016 Commentary Nick Louis (Board member Newport Shores) Owners, pets form friendships at Dog Beach
March 4th, 2016 Newport Beach Indy “Commission keeps Doggy Disneyland” beach rules intact” by Sara Hall
March 14th, 2016 Commentary Bruce Boyd “Visitors to unofficial Dog beach should respect neighbors
March 21st, 2016 Email to Kiff regarding accurate minutes of PBR reflecting recommendation of motion from Ron Cole to council to include discussion of expansion of Dog Beach
March 24th, 2016 Carol Jacobs follow up email with verbatim minutes of PBR meeting, minutes not accurate
April 15th, 2016 Michelle Steel hold press conference at Dog Beach announcing proposal to legalize off leash. Mayor Diane Dixon and Scott Peotter are verbally and physcially assaulted by rabid anti dog beach Newport beach transplant Vivien Hyman
April 15th, 2016 Daily Pilot “Dog beach would get official status under county supervisors proposal
April 23rd, 2016 Voice of OC “Supervisors vote to lift Leash Requirement”
April 26th, 2016 County of Orange Supervisors vote 5-0 to allow off leash
April 26th, 2016 OC Register “County legalizes off  leash Dog Beach” Jordan Graham
April 27th, 2016 Daily Pilot “Dog Beach may soon be official” Hannah Fry
April 29th, 2016 Newport beach Indy “OC Supervisors Unleash ‘Doggy Disneyland
May 12th, 2016 OC register “County Vote on Dog Beach delayed over birds
May 17th, 2016 Doug Lithgow, VP Sea and Sage Audubon Society writes “There are no known instances of dogs catching birds, especially terns, at the Least Tern Preserve. They are very agile” ‘Sea and Sage is not against the de facto Dog Beach at the Santa Ana River”
May 17th 2016 Daily Pilot “Worries about birds delay county vote on officali Dog Beach
May 1, 2016 Diane Dixon appoints David Granoff, anti-dog beach activist, to Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
June 1st, 2016 Assistant City Attorney Leonie Melville relents and provides unredacted communication from Deputy Chief David McGill to Valerie Schomberg regarding allowing cats on Dog Beach as a matter of “equity”
July 7th, 2016 Daily Pilot “Dredging project likely to wipe away “Dog Beach” Hannah Fry
October 3rd, 2016 NBC LA “Dog Swept into storm drain
October 5th Daily Pilot ‘Dogs death in storm drain near “Dog Beach” raises safety issue “Hannah Fry”
October 22nd, 2016 Daily Pilot “Final Vote on allowing Dog Beach delayed” Hannah Fry
November, 2016 City Installs signs on poles into sand near dog beach in an attempt to delineate city / county boundaries. Signs read “<  Please leash up Thank You / Dog Beach > Residents complain, vandalize signs
November, 2016 County completes draft Initial Study at cost to taxpayers of over $30,000
November 17th, 2016 City Newport Beach responds to Initial Study citing protection of views from PCH bridge, demands County conform to City NB Dog beach hours
December 14th, 2016 U.S. Fish & Wildlife/Ca Department Fish & Wildlife craft joint letter to county questioning veracity of biologists and Initial Study findings. Includes Dept of Interior ‘Special Protection Zones”.
Mandates annual training for Beach Driving Operations Training Course, discontinuing sand grooming, beaches  cleaned by hand crews with special Snowy Plover training. No permits for surf camps, beach volleyball.
December 14th 2016 California Coastal Commission letter to County of Orange questioning findings of licensed biologist conducting Initial Study of no development, no land form alterations,  no impact to listed species
January 26th, 2017 Barbara Venezia ‘Dog Beach issue is on tight leash




Do not ban off-leash dogs at dog beach!!! Regulars at Dog Beach know that off-leash dogs are not problematic. If, there are some which are, then address the problem dogs.
If there are problems with waste, address those who create those problems.

The public OVERWHELMINGLY supports keeping DOG BEACH a place for DOGS. Newport Beach has some of the longest coastline in Southern California and Dog Beach only accounts for roughly 100 yards. Let dogs have their small stretch of beach.



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Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport, owner of the software company Devion, the VP of Newport Beach's Republican Assembly, Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge, an outspoken taxpayer advocate, and a sworn alternate voter for the Orange County GOP. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at michael.glenn@devion.com