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Pet of the Week: Leia

Look at this adorable little creature.  Seriously, click on the link for the full image. Do you know someone who is looking for a dog?  Newport has a lot of great dogs in need of great homes and great owners… And we’ve got the perfect pup for you to rescue who desperately needs a forever home!  BUT WAIT, if you …

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DUI Checkpoint Thursday Night (TONIGHT)

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting roving DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints Thursday, June 22nd 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.  They also cause significant traffic delays, so …

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Here Come the King Tides!!

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 back in January and measured a little over 6 feet, 6 inches.  This one will be measuring just above that, at 6 feet, 8.4 inches (above 0.0ft — standard sealevel).  Friday evening at 9:08pm will …

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Big Surf & Riptides Today through Thursday

Balboa's Wedge, photo credit unknown

The Wedge sure took a pounding this weekend with waves generated by a South Pacific storm, and tomorrow, Wedge waves are projected to be 8-10ft these will be the highest of the current South swell peaks. Surfline predicts 6-7ft waves, and we can expect the structure of The Wedge to double those sizes, with this particular swell peaking on Thursday!  But find …

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Happy Father’s Day!!!

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers far and wide!  No kids come with manuals, and I’m sure we could have all been better kids.  But if winding up being a good person is any measure of success, the fathers of the vast majority did a fantastic job.   Call your dad or do something good in his memory!

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Scott Peotter: Dog Defender

After 19 months of battling between local, regional, county, state, and federal governments, Scott Peotter has had enough of the bureaucracy, and he has agendized our Dog Beach access! Scott was first-in when it came to supporting the Dog Beach, so this isn’t some stunt he is pulling in response to the people who dislike him because they say he is a big …

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Charlie’s Chili Celebrates the Big 50 Year Celebration!

Photo courtesy Orange County Archives. Photo by Werner Weiss, from the Werner Weiss Collection, Acc#2013.6.

If you grew up in Newport Beach anytime in the last half-century, you’ve definitely eaten at Charlie’s Chili by the Newport Pier! This Friday from 7am to 10pm, Charlie’s is offering a big “thank you” to everyone for their support in the last 50 years, and kicking it off for another 50 more! In honor of their own birthday, they’re …

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Pedersen Drops Another Bomb on Dixon

Wow, if you didn’t catch last night’s council meeting,  you really missed it.  I’ll let Jon Pedersen just explain it in this column, this is straight from the sheet he read off: Mayor Muldoon, Council Today I want to discuss the environment, in particular our harbors and our beaches, for without them we surely would not be Newport Beach. There …

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How Newport Government Works. (Part 1)

Recently, there has been a lot of confusion about how local government works and who votes on what– this seems to stem from the multiple meetings with Dog Beach, which is definitely well beyond Civics 101 that you might have read previously, so I’ll do my best to explain this with as little ambiguity as possible! First, we’ve got cities. …

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The Bike Ban: By the Numbers

Back in February of this year in her Townhall meeting, Councilwoman Diane Dixon proposed getting rid of all bicycles on the boardwalk.  I asked how many injuries happen per year in order to warrant this, and she said she had no idea, but that it was “a whole lot, trust me”. So, I utilized the Public Document Request Act and …

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