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Big Grunion Run (& Shore Fishing) Starting on Monday!

Are you a kid, a kid-at-heart, a fisherman, or a cook?  One of the last big annual Grunion Runs is happening this on Monday! Grunion are a species of fish that spawn on the beaches after new or full moons during the summertime, and joining in to watch or participate in the grunion run is a famous pasttime for our long history …

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The Numbers are Out! (Most of them, anyway…)

The deadline for returning campaign disclosures was yesterday, August 1st. These campaign disclosures release the information that was available from the beginning of the year until July 31st. I previously stated that if an incumbent doesn’t have $20k in the bank, it’s a sign of them not being able to be taken seriously at this point in the game. Yesterday, …

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Campaign Disclosures Coming this Week

Tomorrow is the deadline for city council officials to turn in their work, so let’s look at how they are doing so far, and who they face as opponents going forward: First, a comprehensive list of everyones financial disclosures can be found here: http://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/city-clerk/filings/campaign-disclosure-statements Our city council candidates who have filed early are: Brad Avery:  who has over $16k cash on-hand …

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Balboa Arcade Closing After 70+ Years

“The times, they are a-changing.” Nothing truer can be said about the Bay Arcade which– aside from the Ferris Wheel– a rare icon left standing in Fun Zone since the city-funded ExplorOcean destroyed the kid-friendly Scary Dark Ride, the Bumper Cars, the Merry-Go-Round, and the Nautical Museum (along with all of its treasures, which are now “lost”).  The Arcade will …

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Is Our Council Appointing Criminals to Commissions?

If you remember over a month and a half ago, SaveNewporter and Lido Isle resident Jon Pedersen confronted the council about Dixon’s fast-tracking of the anti-dog-beach Dave Granoff to the Parks, Beaches, and Recreations Committee. Granoff sniped the position from women who have been active in the community for years.  A public document request showed only two, but two more females called me …

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King Tides Flood Peninsula

Ever think that you’d see a car driving UPHILL on the dock to board the ferry?  With King Tides last weekend reaching a massive +7.1 feet Saturday night– larger than I’ve seen in the decade+ I’ve been watching– the bay easily overcame seawalls in areas of town, including by the ferry: By J&K streets near the Wedge housing tract, and other areas …

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King Tides Return!

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 just last month and ties us for this month, at 6 feet, 8.4 inches (above 0.0ft — standard sealevel).  Saturday evening at 7:58pm will be the peak, but Friday and Sunday at the same time …

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West Nile Virus Mosquitoes Confirmed in Costa Mesa

Last week, the OC Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that multiple mosquitoes found and tested from Fairview Park in Costa Mesa were confirmed to have the West Nile Virus. They immediately treated the area with mosquito-killing plumes, but to imagine that they eradicated the problem would be naive. To protect yourself, make sure that you and your surrounding neighbors …

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Dixon Taunts About “Trolley Success”, Instantly Regrets It

Bus Replacement by Ashley Jacobs

On the week of July 4th, I received an email from Councilwoman Diane Dixon about the trolley, attempting to taunt me with its “success” at extracting more riders from the free market than anticipated. Her email is here: Mail – Trolley She basically just said that they were receiving twice the amount of riders than anticipated. I wrote this back: That is …

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Throwback Thursday: Who the heck was Finley?

This weekend I took a trek to Newport Island and noticed that a main street there was called Finley Ave, which immediately made me remember the Finley Tract that was recently flooded by a Seawall damaged by a construction company.   Who was this Finley guy, and why is his name all over the place?  Was he a Newport founder? …

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