Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. 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

Oooh, That Smell. Did You Smell that Smell?

Balboa Peninsula Photo courtesy of Don Logan

Last night and this morning, if you encountered a terrible smell along our coast, you weren’t alone.  SaveNewporter Dave King alerted this to us at 10pm last night, and SaveNewporter Chris Wells did the same at 9pm– a big thank you to both! In a very-welcome shift of events, Mr. King also located the mysterious cause: At about 9pm last …

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DUI “Stop & Check”, Friday Evening

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI Checkpoints on Friday at 8pm 2:30am at an undisclosed location in Newport Beach (usually at the top of the peninsula, or by the police station on Jamboree) so be prepared for traffic delays. DUI Saturation Patrols are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to …

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Council Meeting Wrap-Up: Bird Scooters, New City Manager, Higher Taxes

Last night the city council had a pretty eventful list of things to decide on.  The session kicked off by appointing a replacement for current City Manager Dave Kiff’s retirement.  Starting on August 31st, the city will be managed by Grace Leung, who is the current Assistant City Manager (and Acting City Manager) in Irvine, and was the Finance Director in …

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Sierra Club gets Dog Beach All Wrong– and Mayor Duffy Duffield Follows Their Lead

PLEASE SHARE & TAG FRIENDS It is very well-known that one of the main reasons that Newport Beach is going against Dog Beach under Mayor Duffy Duffield is because the Sierra Club has decided that Dog Beach is bad. Sierra Club is an environmental activist group who has a track record of being extremely loud but not always very accurate …

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The 12th Annual Hi-Time’s Chili Cook-off SUNDAY

Sunday, August 12th is the the day the world-famous Hi Time Wine Cellar Chili Cookoff is happens from noon until 5pm! The 12th annual celebration goes to benefit the Boys and Girls Club in the harbor area.  Last year, the event raised $32,750.32 for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange County– SO CLOSE to matching the $35,000 raised in 2015!  Hopes are …

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Fire on Saddleback Mountain

If you look in the skies above Newport towards Saddleback Mountain, you have probably seen the– oh, yep, you just saw it. That plume you see is a massive fire at Holy Jim Canyon on Saddleback Mountain. It’s a bit outside of Newport but it definitely could affect us if the wind changes with its smoke. With one of the …

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Political Donations Released for Q2 2018

As the political scene for 2018 heats up, political figures and PACs throughout our city are heating up. NOTE: At this point, Diane Dixon has NO COMPETITION for the November 2018 election in District 1. PLEASE let me know if you would like to file against her.  I have pulled preliminary papers for that district (meaning: I have filed to …

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Lido Bridge Jumper: Arrested!

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has arrested the Lido Bridge Jumper, 27-year-old Costa Mesa resident, Cody Green. Cody Green was taken into custody outside of his home in Costa Mesa at 12:15pm yesterday, Friday August the 3rd, after receiving the case from the Newport Beach Police Department on July 31st. Cody Green is accused of jumping from the bridge on …

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Nobody is Running Against Diane Dixon. Want to Run for Council?

Dixon Budget

At the time of this publishing, Diane Dixon is running unopposed for district one yet again. It is shameful for any politician to run without any opposition, as it strips the voice of the public to voice dissent or opposition. The process to run takes takes just a few minutes to fill out paperwork, and then collecting 40 signatures to support …

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City Tells “Bird” Scooters to Get the Flock Out

Bird Scooters by Steve Moses

Birds– the popular scooter that landed in Newport Beach last weekend– suddenly vanished Tuesday morning. One citizen commented on social media that she had emailed Councilwoman Diane Dixon, who assured her that “the City, Code Enforcement and the NBPD are on it!”— the next day, the scooters had vanished.  I called representatives for Bird to ask what happened, and they said …

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