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Save Dog Beach Hats are Now Officially Available!

As you all know, our Dog Beach by the Newport/HB Jetties is currently under attack, with one of our councilmembers proposing a solution of enforcing a leash-law in the area, which obviously, would completely destroy all the fun that happens in Dog Beach! Instead of bringing the item to a Study Session, the Newport City Council has referred the issue to Parks, …

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Give Blood, Save a Life (and get a free meal!)

It’s really not as gruesome as it sounds.  Come down for lunch today and give blood, then enjoy some grub and drinks courtesy of the American Legion, located at 215 15th St on Balboa Peninsula, between 10am and 4pm. Aside from actually saving peoples lives, there are some really great selfish reasons for giving blood, too! As the weather heats up, giving blood will help …

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The Old Blockbuster Building, a Crony Deal for a False Cause

So you know the Blockbuster building that was recently a Wachovia Bank at the West end of the Balboa Peninsula? Did you know that this is in the process of being torn down?  Everyone says it will “increase parking”– but will it? The building itself was highly controversial, with some seeing it as one of the peninsula’s most unique and beautiful structures, …

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Be Wary of Superbowl DUI Drivers (and Don’t Be one yourself!)

After the Broncos win the Superbowl tomorrow, please be careful driving home as there will be a lot of angry Panther fans.  There will also be a lot of drunk drivers.  Don’t be one of them. DUI Checkpoints are likely, but so far unannounced.  You can check http://savenewport.com/traffic to see traffic jams caused by either checkpoints or just regular traffic jams …

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Newport Council Pursues Bailout Money for Taxi Companies

Last city council meeting, the Newport Council unanimously decided to beg the county for $224,430 in new taxpayer funds in order to create a commercially unsustainable taxi industry on the peninsula, or bail out an existing one (depending on which angle you want to view it from). As everyone knows, there is no problem getting from Newport Pier to Balboa …

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Celebrate Newport Landing’s 30th Birthday with 40% Off!

Today is the birthday of one of Balboa’s most beloved restaurants, the Newport Landing.  As they are celebrating 30 years of history here on the waterfront, they are offering patrons a whopping 40% off their already reasonably priced menu items on both their upstairs and downstairs menu (alcohol beverages are not discounted). For those unaware, the menus are largely the same, but the …

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DUI Checkpoint on Friday

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tomorrow, Friday, January 29th, 2016 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 …

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Petros Says We Have Money to Burn, But Won’t Fix our Failing Sewage System With It

Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros (Dixon endorser and Woody’s Wharf anti-dancing crusader) recently penned an article saying that we have $25 million just sitting around ready to spend for capital improvements, but instead of fixing the sewer system which has been neglected for decades and is crumbling beneath our feet, he wants to build another monument– this time, it will be …

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Throwback to The Fun Zone (when it was fun) & How We Got to Where We are Today

Ah, the good ole days.  Back when Balboa’s Fun Zone had not just the great Ferris Wheel (which still remains) but also had the sidewalk rides, the bumper cars, the scary dark ride, the carousel, and countless other family-owned businesses in the FunZone complex. Sushi 21 was another great amenity which was forced out of their space by ExplorOcean management, and Newport …

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My Open Letter to Council on Dog Beach

First, thanks for understanding on my extended absence.  Things have been busy at work, and as you know I only do this in my spare time– but this one is a good one: About 24 hours ago, I sent a letter regarding Dog Beach to Newport’s City Council and copied in reporters from the DailyPilot, OCRegister, Newport Indy, and the OC …

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