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City Bans All Rentals in Newport Beach

Last Friday at 4pm, the Newport Beach City Council decided proclaim authority over– and to ban– short-term rentals until May the 20th.  That’s 7 weeks of rentals that the city is telling homeowners they cannot recoup.  From a legal point of view, what the city has effectively done is seize the property.  And therefore, the city is on the hook …

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Earthquake: Did You Feel It?

Did you feel it?  That 4.6 was just upgraded to a 4.9– a real gentle rumbler. At 6:53:18pm today, an earthquake sent its waves through Newport Beach. The quake was centered at 33.493°N 116.504°W, about 80 miles due East from Newport. You can find more updated information, here: http://scedc.caltech.edu/recent/Maps/Los_Angeles.html and here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci39126079/executive For more information about how to be prepared, check out our award-winning Civilian …

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Newport Beach Decides Now is The Time to Test Sirens

Emergency Sirens on Balboa Peninsula

Today at Noon, Newport’s Tsunami Warning System will be tested, audibly. The city claims that they regularly test these sirens on the First Friday of each month, but they usually just test the rotation of the devices, not the sound.  This time ‘around, the city intends to make sure that the sound from the sirens reach the intended coverage areas.  …

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The Crab Cooker is Taking Shape!

Some non-virus news! With the interior walls being built out and the second floor nearly finished, the Crab Cooker recently posted this photo of their current progress in rebuilding. It is looking like it will be done with its rebuild right around the end of summertime– hopefully, the virus will have passed by then and the government will let us …

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“City” to Close Boardwalk

Boardwalk Closing this weekend starting today around noon, according to District 5 councilman Jeff Herdman and the city’s new Public Information Officer. Barriers will be installed into the sand 20-30 feet, blocking access to transit pathways.  Normally, this would require a vote of city council and approval by the Coastal Commission, but Jeff Herdman explains in the links above that the City …

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Catalina Closed, Beach Parking Closing, City Dog Park Closed

This past weekend, Catalina Island has begun seriously discouraging all visitors to the tiny four-thousand person island, as medical facilities would be instantly overwhelmed should the virus takehold there.  They asked to distribute this to anyone who asks:  http://savenewport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Document_20200323091249-001.pdf The City of Newport Beach has closed fitness equipment, fields, all sports courts, and the dog park as of today. [link] Tomorrow, …

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Street Sweeping Ticketing Paused for COVID-19

For the Coronavirus outbreak, all street sweeping enforcement has been stopped until further notice, according to the city of Newport Beach. While the street sweeping will still be occuring at the regular schedule, no enforcement on the parking will be issued, according to the city today.

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The WuFlu and You: How this Virus Outbreak Will Go

Download this interactive spreadsheet and watch the virus numbers spread. This site is normally about local news, but after waiting nearly two weeks and seeing the absolute, total, and complete failure of both regional news sources and the absolute, total, and complete failure local government to communicate virtually anything of value about this disease or our futures, I’ve decided to …

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Remember to “Spring Forward” this Sunday

Daylight Saving Spring Forward

Remember that Sunday morning we set our clocks FORWARD by one hour, so that 2am-2:59am never even happens that day, and one minute after 1:59am turns into 3:00am Daylight savings was invented to save on energy costs, 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 …

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Super Tuesday Results!

Results

Super Tuesday Results are in! Well… Sort of. At the time of this writing, a percentage of the KNOWN votes cast have been counted, with provisionals, absentees, and mailed ballots still left to come over the next several days.   In fact, OCVote is showing 0% of precincts reporting in Orange County according to the OC Registrar of Voters.  We will …

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