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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CHP Does Emissions Stops Outside of NHYC

Yesterday afternoon on West Bay Avenue in front of the prestigious Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the California Highway Patrol was stopping cars at random for “Smog Compliance Tests”.  These stops are done supposedly to get emissions data for future auto standards. It is important to note that these stops are completely voluntary– so if you have gotten in your car …

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Do You Park Overnight on Public Streets? LAST DAY TO VOTE TO KEEP IT.

PLEASE SHARE. This is your final chance to vote keep it legal to park on the streets overnight in Balboa without getting a paid permit from the city, as the city is trying to ban it.  We covered in detail here: The reason for this?  Here: How to stop it?  Print this out, here: Fill it out, then mail it, …

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Flood Warning, King Tides TODAY

Flooding by Catalina Kurt

Streets flooded during highest tide in decades, just as the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a Flood Advisory until 11pm on Saturday. Yesterday, the prelude to King Tides may have been showing up the King Tides themselves (scheduled for today) with a swell from Hurricane Fabio. Yesterday’s tides were scheduled to be 6’7– not small by any stretch, but …

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If You live in Balboa, You Should Vote Now

Throughout the last 3 weeks, Mail Campaigns have been sent to property owners and residents inquiring about voting for or against creating parking passes for street parking, prohibiting users from having night-time visitors park near them unless the City approves of them. If you live in the area, you know how much of a pain this will be for you.  If you …

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City Council Taking Vote to Block Balboa Residential Streets

The City Council is going to force all residents between the streets of Island and Adams Street to register their cars with the city if they wish to park overnight.  The enforcement will be monitored by a roving car with a computerized, automatic license-plate reader which will log your license plate into a database.  If you want someone to spend …

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4 Years Ago Today, We Lost Lifeguard Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson Unveiling - Cover by Jamie Dow

On July 6, 2014, Ben Carlson was lost off the shores of Newport while on-duty as a Lifeguard of Newport Beach.  His act of heroism effected people well beyond the reaches of Newport Beach. Today, waves are huge, approaching 10 feet in the normal spots and nearly double that at the Wedge, the sun is beating down on us pushing …

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10 FOOT Waves, High Heat on Thursday and Friday!

Balboa's Wedge, photo credit unknown

Today, Surfline is reporting a forecast of TEN 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 after the 4th of July– so if you want to check it out, consider a rideshare or riding a bike. The Swells are supposed …

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A Day to Remember

Today, let us remember the time in which we rebelled against an oppressive government that did not represent the interests of its own people, taxed too much, and did not allow for personal liberty. Through a violent bloody revolution against many of our friends, neighbors, and even our own families, we secured freedom… for the first time in recorded history. …

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