Mike Glenn

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

King Tides Flood Peninsula

Ever think that you’d see a car driving UPHILL on the dock to board the ferry?  With King Tides last weekend reaching a massive +7.1 feet Saturday night– larger than I’ve seen in the decade+ I’ve been watching– the bay easily overcame seawalls in areas of town, including by the ferry: By J&K streets near the Wedge housing tract, and other areas …

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King Tides Return!

Flooding by Catalina Kurt

King Tides are coming to Newport Beach, bringing the highest tides of the entire year– this year, we have FOUR of them!  Very unusual! The last King Tide event was just last month and ties us for this month, at 6 feet, 8.4 inches (above 0.0ft — standard sealevel).  Saturday evening at 7:58pm will be the peak, but Friday and Sunday at the same time …

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West Nile Virus Mosquitoes Confirmed in Costa Mesa

Last week, the OC Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that multiple mosquitoes found and tested from Fairview Park in Costa Mesa were confirmed to have the West Nile Virus. They immediately treated the area with mosquito-killing plumes, but to imagine that they eradicated the problem would be naive. To protect yourself, make sure that you and your surrounding neighbors …

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Dixon Taunts About “Trolley Success”, Instantly Regrets It

Bus Replacement by Ashley Jacobs

On the week of July 4th, I received an email from Councilwoman Diane Dixon about the trolley, attempting to taunt me with its “success” at extracting more riders from the free market than anticipated. Her email is here: Mail – Trolley She basically just said that they were receiving twice the amount of riders than anticipated. I wrote this back: That is …

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Throwback Thursday: Who the heck was Finley?

This weekend I took a trek to Newport Island and noticed that a main street there was called Finley Ave, which immediately made me remember the Finley Tract that was recently flooded by a Seawall damaged by a construction company.   Who was this Finley guy, and why is his name all over the place?  Was he a Newport founder? …

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Local Food News

Lots of local food news today! First, today At Wienerschnitzel you can grab $0.56 hotdogs all day today.  This is to honor their 56th anniversary, and will include both of their two top-selling dogs, the mustard dog and the chili dog, which normally sell for $1.49 and $1.69, respectively.  There is a limit to 10 per guest, so if you …

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Surf’s Up! …Waaaaay Up!

Hurricane Eugene is sending its regards with a heavy medium south swell rising up from the south!  The South Swell began arriving today and will be hitting in full Tuesday and Wednesday High tides today (Monday) are at 11:32AM and 10:20PM High tides Tuesday are at 12:07PM and 10:54PM High tides Wednesday are at 12:45PM and 11:32PM Estimates from Surfline are that the waves will be about …

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Is Dog Beach Closed? Hardly.

If you had read the Daily Pilot’s article, you would have thought that the Dog Beach was never going to be legal.  The actual story is that nothing could be further from the truth, and Dog Beach is going stronger than ever before.  When we reported on June 26th that Dog Beach was back, it was in regards to the beach itself, …

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Ben Carlson’s 3-Year Memorial

Ben Carlson Unveiling - Cover by Jamie Dow

Three years ago, on July 6th, Ben Carlson lost his life off the shores of Newport Beach in some of the roughest waters ever seen off our coast. Now, the Ben Carlson Foundation, Hurley, and “Dirty Old Wedge” producer Tim Burnham are teaming up to build a movie around the event.  You can watch the teaser, here: https://vimeo.com/224380091 On his monument, …

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TRAFFIC: Plane crashes on 405 and Macarthur, Streets At a Stand-Still

This morning, a plane crashed on the 405 near Macarthur.  The plane crashed on the freeway and burst into flames, which were extinguished by fire crews.  Roads were initially closed but re-opened, however traffic is backed up for miles in either direction, so if you are planning on being in the area, a trip on the surface streets instead of …

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