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Dixon’s “Trolley” Kills the Downtowner

The quirky but super-functional and omni-present free transportation system that has been on the Balboa Peninsula for years is officially being shut down in Newport Beach.  The last day of ridership will be on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st, 2017– their two year anniversary. With a strong start as a passion project operating on thin margins by two local peninsula residents, the Downtowner grew from …

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Blackies 11th Annual Halloween Surf Competition

Photo of Jarred Olson by Tom Cozad

This Saturday the 28th will kick off the 11th Annual Halloween Surf Competition by Blackies.  Officially, the kickoff starts at 7am, but many people arrive about 30 minutes earlier for the festivities and costume show-offs.  In the past, the kids to arrive have received prizes.  Prizes are also awarded for the costumes, traditionally worn *while surfing*. Typically, the party lasts a …

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The Bungalow is Not a Drive-Thru and Neither is Cassidys

When someone says “Do you wanna hit the Bungalow?”, make sure you clarify exactly what they mean. Today at about 8am, a driver drove directly into the newly remodeled patio at the Bungalow.  The status of the driver or their sobriety level were not immediately available. Longtime readers will remember when a Hadley car run into Cassidy’s at 9am just over a …

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Flashing Sidewalks: First and Final Chance to Tell Council How You Feel

At the last council meeting two weeks ago, this item was continued due to time constraints.  This week, it’s back on the agenda– but only for one day. Today is the first and FINAL chance you will get to talk about the flashing crosswalk issue.  What is normally a two-week process has been compressed into just one day. The city …

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Rudy’s Re-Opens

Sometimes, we get it wrong. Last Friday, we reported that Rudy’s had closed.  That was accurate: It was closed for a heavy refresh. It re-opened on Saturday under new management. I spoke with the new owners– I mean new investors and new managers– and they seem to be passionate about reviving the place, and are revisiting the menu to make …

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Rudy’s Has Closed

UPDATE FROM RUDY’S OWNER TODD CARSON: Rudy’s has not been sold! We are simply remodeling. If it was sold we would have to transfer the liquor license! Please know what your talking about before you publish! You need to retract that entire article immediately !!! PLEASE NOTE THE AFOREMENTIONED WHEN READING THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE PRESERVED FOR JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY, BELOW: For years, …

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Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Meteor Shower

TONIGHT will begin the peak night to watch the Orionids meteor shower, starting from the 20th to the 22nd of October.  Actually, it will technically be Friday morning– but you get the drift!  The waxing gibbous moon will be out the during the evening hours, but it will set before the prime time viewing hours. Halley’s comet is actually to …

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300 Gallon Raw Sewage Leak Closes Beach

1,000 feet north and 1,000 feet south of Balboa Pier is closed to water-goers due to a 300-gallon raw sewage leak from a pumping tank below the pier into the ocean water today about 11:15am If you are looking to enjoy the waves, please find another location until at least Sunday.  To stay up to date with this area, you …

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Test of the AlertOC Emergency Notification System

On Wednesday, October 18 at 10 a.m., the City of Newport Beach will be testing its emergency notification system, “AlertOC”. All landline phones are automatically enrolled in the system and will be called. If you have registered your cell phone, that number will also be called. AlertOC is a countywide notification system which allows cities to notify community members of …

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Dixon And Peotter Propose Banning Aerial Photography

Arial Photography Drone by Andys Arial Adventures

If you thought the “ban list” that Councilwoman Diane Dixon continues to try to push onto a relatively free population was complete, you’d be wrong.  Last Tuesday, the City Council had a hearing on drones, where Kelsey Brewer with the Association of California Cities (OC) spoke at the request of Dixon. Dixon was joined in her quest by Councilman Scott Peotter. …

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