OC GOP Endorses Diane Dixon

Last night, the Orange County Republican Party endorsed Diane Dixon, who– while she has voted in favor of some very specific tax reductions for herself and her friends– has voted for every single tax increase that she has ever been able to vote on.  She advocated government taking over businesses in the private sector (like killing the Downtowner), seizing property …

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“Bird” Scooters Flock to the Balboa Peninsula

Photo by Steve Moses

This weekend, hundreds of electric scooters were dumped in “nests” throughout Balboa Peninsula without any announcements or previous marketing to the area.   Friday night, about 50 arrived in the 32nd street area, and by noon on Sunday, over 200 were launched throughout the peninsula. Immediately, there was much confusion about how to use the things, but the process is very …

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City Moves a Lifeguard Position to Top of Lido Bridge. Seriously.

Well, we all knew that good things weren’t meant to last. Since the event of the kid who intentionally jumped onto a boat and injured two women occurred, the city is now taking serious action to stop people from fulfilling a generations-long Newport tradition: Jumping from the Lido Bridge. Starting yesterday, July 26, the city has put a lifeguard on …

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Dog Beach Raided… on Independence Day (This time, under Mayor Duffy Duffield)

In an unbelievable turn of events, 2018-Mayor Duffy Duffield has picked up where 2016-mayor Diane Dixon left off: Having police attempt to close Newport’s last remaining Dog Beach, which has been operating as such for 101 years, this year. By conducting a coordinated raid with County agents, Newport PD and OC officials blazed through sacred doggyland with firearms at their …

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Kid Jumps from Lido Bridge and Hits Boat

We’ve all seen them jumping, and many of us have made the leap ourselves from the Lido bridge.  We all knew it was only a matter of time before someone decided not to use a spotter, and landed on a boat. Yesterday at 2pm, someone landed on a boat. From the perspective of the woman taking her boat out on …

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The Heatwave Continues… for Two More Weeks!


With the average high in Newport coming out at 72 degrees, these last few weeks teetering in the upper 80s (and even breaking 100 in some areas) has been sweltering– especially for a population that doesn’t often have air conditioning. But if the forecast from is correct, we aren’t going to have much of an escape for the next …

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HUGE Waves at Wedge Tuesday and Wednesday!

Newport Wedge by Sean Olsen

Today, Surfline is reporting a forecast of at least TWELVE FOOT waves at the Wedge… so you know what that means!  The structure of The Wedge often double those sizes, and is sure to attract a ton of tourists– especially during the summertime– so if you want to check it out, consider a rideshare or riding a bike. The Swells are huge, …

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To Protect and… “Serve”? Javiar’s Tip-A-Cop Event on Monday

Each year, the Newport Beach PD hosts a fundraiser called their “Tip-A-Cop” event (I like my title above better!).  Police employees will serve as “celebrity” hosts and servers at Javier’s (7832 Pacific Coast Hwy) on Monday the 23rd between 5pm and 9pm. So why are they serving? Does our PD need second-jobs?  No, they are raising money for the Special Olympics right …

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Signs About Ben Carlson Get Neighbors Upset- CASH REWARD

Photo shot by Jon Pedersen

Just before the 4-year anniversary of Lifeguard Ben Carlson’s on-duty death, someone began posting stickers in the Newport Heights area, advertising for a “Did Ben Go?” show, supposedly hosted by a “Dr Haish Baum”. So, we did what we do best: We dug. First, there is nobody by that name registered to vote in Newport Beach– nor in the entire …

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Epic Rocket Launch at 5:12am on Friday!

UPDATE 12:50pm 7/18: We regret to give you the update that this rocket launch has been delayed by nearly week.  The next scheduled launch date is not until Wednesday, July 25th.  The launch time has also changed to 4:39am, which means that liftoff will be occurring too long before sunrise for the rocket exhaust to be illuminated by the sun. …

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