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

Less Than 48 Hours to Register to Vote

Your Vote Counts

Monday the 2nd– is the final day to register to vote for 2015’s election cycle on the 37th State District.  You can do it online by clicking right here.  There is no cost to do so, it only takes about 90 seconds, and if you aren’t already registered, there is literally no reason not to do it right this second. This will give …

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Sound off: Balboa Pier or Newport Pier for the Ben Carlson Statue?

Ben Carlson Statue

Ben Carlson was the best of men.  Without hesitation, he gave his life to save another.  Private donors are stepping up to the plate to create a statue in his honor– a statue which will also serve to honor the sacrifices that all lifeguards make. Our group, SaveNewport, stepped up to the plate and donated into 5-figures to the cause. …

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Fear-Mongering by Council Raises Ethical Questions

Bad Math

Last Tuesday, the Newport Beach Police Department was the star of the show at the Town Hall meeting where the public was promised a reason for the “Lights Out At 11pm” proposal, a proposal officially known as the innocuous-sounding “Balboa Overlay”. Instead, what the public received was two-fold: 1) An outright refusal to answer the question of “why is this being proposed” …

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Throwback: Lido Theatre to Lido Live

Lido Theatre

The Lido Theatre was opened in 1938, and the first film it played was Bette Davis in “Jezebel”. The reason for that was Davis lived nearby in Corona Del Mar and traveled by the site daily. Upon stopping by, she told the owner “they had better open with my picture.” And they did. Davis also is responsible for the sitting parlor …

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DUI Checkpoint on Friday

DUI Checkpoint

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at an undisclosed location in Newport between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI Checkpoints are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence. This is a …

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PLEASE ATTEND: “Lights Out” Meeting: Tonight at 6:30pm

Town Hall, stock photo

PLEASE SHARE & PLEASE ATTEND the Town Hall meeting at OLD city hall (on Balboa Peninsula).  3300 Newport Blvd at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 17th. Today the reasons behind the “Lights Out” will be announced.  Expect the explanations to be specifically designed to calm the crowd. Expect to be told that everyone is over-reacting. Ask what the purpose is of spending taxpayer dollars …

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Sign the Petition against “Lights Out at 11”

We need your help!  Please SHARE this status with your friends, and encourage them to sign the petition as well!  Our council believes that a majority of people have such disdain for late night businesses that it warrants new government involvement in businesses open beyond 11pm.  As we all know, this is the work of a few very vocal people with an agenda. …

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Throwback: Balboa. The Historic Fun Town.

Dick Dale Plays at the Rendevous Ballroom

Balboa has been known to be the center of entertainment for the better part of a century. Built on a fishing and shipping industry, this beautiful spot gave the start to some of the worlds most famous personalities– even including the Righteous Brothers, and Dick Dale, pictured here.  Heck, all the way back to the 1930s we were even inventing international dance …

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Balboa’s “Lights Out at 11” passed: City Staff moving to regulate

Prohibition

Last night, city council passed the authorization to request city staff to begin gathering proposals for regulations to build the Lights Out ordinance. This ordinance seeks to establish “performance standards and regulations specific to balboa peninsula in order to address the affects of on-sale alcoholic beverage service.” This is targeted only to establishments open past 11pm. This is not the final …

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Balboa Peninsula’s Proposed “LIGHTS OUT AT 11”

I'm from the government and i'm here to help

Your presence is desperately needed tonight to speak against the Lights Out ordinance which seeks to apply additional rules and regulations to businesses open past 11pm on Balboa Peninsula. We are a tourist destination and people come here to have a good time.  People enjoy good times, and reasonable people enjoy others having a good time, too.  Because we are such a densely populated …

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