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

“Lights Out at 11pm”: A Show of Force at City Hall

Town Hall, stock photo

Email Address: $5 $10 $25 $50 $75 $99 Other Other:$ “Lights off at 11pm”: It’s the event that the whole city was talking about, and last night, we really had a show of force with the city.  Tuesday night, speakers from all parts of the city showed up to talk.  There were bar owners, brewers, patrons, real estate agents, brokers, …

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“Lights Out” Council Session: TODAY at 3:30

Remember, TODAY, there will be a hearing about the “Lights Out At 11pm” proposal, officially known as the “Balboa Overlay”. It will be today, Tuesday, March 10th, at 3:30pm at 100 Civic Center Drive Newport Beach, CA. Almost undoubtedly, the council will proclaim that “nobody is talking about shutting down businesses after 11pm”, but if you read the proposal, here: …

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Two Papers in Two Days!

Thumbs Up by Mike Glenn

AWESOME! We made Two papers in two days! 1) On Friday, the Newport Beach Independent came out with my commentary in their Forum section which debunks the so-called “reasons” for “Lights Out After 11pm” (aka “Balboa Overlay”). You can read it as the top story, here: http://www.joomag.com/magazine/newport-beach-independent-newspaper-march-6-2015-edition/0205102001425660216/p9?short 2) Saturday, the Daily Pilot published a bit in their Mailbag section describing the …

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American Flag

Our friends at the OC Register have this story covered best right now.  A vote of 4-1 has vetoed the flag ban at UCI.  More details here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/council-653464-flag-ban.html

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Dixon Puts Fire Rings to A Vote… Again.

Family by the Fire Rings, photo credit unknown

Only 6 short weeks after a majority voted to restore the fire rings, Councilwoman Diane Dixon has decided– at the last minute– to put this measure back on the agenda, yet again.  You usually don’t put the item back on the agenda until you think you have the votes to carry out your wishes, so she may have convinced a weak link to …

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Spring Forward on Sunday!

Daylight Saving Spring Forward

Remember that Sunday morning we set our clocks FORWARD by one hour! Daylight savings has to do with energy savings, particularly in old factories.  By slightly adjusting the clock to account for the changes in the sunrise and sunset times, employers were able to save money on heating and electricity. Remember, this Sunday on March the 8th, “Spring Forward” into the new …

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Throwback: Balboa Ferry

Don’t you love the Balboa Ferry?  We’ve all taken countless trips on it, and it’s been here as long as anyone can remember.  Newport’s historic Beek family built the ferry service back in 1919, and have been running it since. Here is a collection of some great shots from the 1930s, and one from the 1920s! The original ferry prices were just a nickel …

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Throwback: Footloose (31 years ago)


Whoops, we missed this anniversary!  On February 17, 1984, “Footloose” was released.  This movie was released over 30 years ago, making fun of a small, backwards town whose City Council was literally trying to ban dancing and rock music. Thankfully, America has grown in the last three decades and we now realize that music and dancing are actually enjoyed by human beings …

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Hail Hits Newport!

Hail In Newport, by 56th St Resident Blue Smith

We had our time to make fun of the rest of the country, but Newport Beach is now experiencing some chilly weather of its own.  In fact, we have been getting hail today across the coastline.  Hail reports have been coming in from as far as 56th and Seashore all the way down to Balboa Peninsula near Bay Island. Hail is caused …

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Dixon Admits Intent of “Lights Out” Proposal is to Strip Property Rights

Seizing Property

After much public pressure, Councilwoman Diane Dixon and City Manager Dave Kiff have recently confessed that the intention of the Balboa Overlay (most commonly known as “Lights Out After 11pm”) is even worse than we thought.  Its intention is to literally strip property rights from building owners.  If passed, it would mean that the city of Newport Beach can essentially come up with rules and …

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