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Register to Vote!

Today marks the time where there is only one week left to register to vote in the California June primary. Voting registration is a simple process that takes about 2 minutes to do– and in California, you can do it all online! Registering to vote is as simple as filling out this form: https://covr.sos.ca.gov/?language=en-US Can’t remember if you are registered to vote …

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Invasion of the Tuna Crab

Tuna Crab photos by Balboa Island resident Tim Hamilton

First, sorry for the delay in posting.  Work has been swamping me, and as you know, being an activist requires both time and money.  Last week I was missing out on the first part in pursuit of the latter! While I was focusing on my software company, we had tons of critters visiting… literally.  Millions of Tuna Crabs washed ashore over the …

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Pet of the Week – Biscuit

Look at this little Chewbacca!! Newport has a lot of great dogs in need of great homes and great owners… And we’ve got the perfect pup for you to rescue who desperately needs a forever home. From the shelter: “Meet Biscuit!  She is a 2 year old Shih Tzu mix who we saved from the Orange County Animal Shelter.  She has an adorable …

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Even More Expensive Than The Bunnies…

Newport Beach City Hall and Bunnies, photo by Mike Glenn

Newport Beach sparked off a heated argument when they spent $220,000 out of the playground budget for city hall to instead purchase gigantic rabbits.  Small-government types spoke out loudly, calling it the embodiment of fiscal irresponsibility.  One of our councilmen made his election centered around the expense, even making a commercial to “blow up the bunnies”. I guess the council has a short …

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This Should be Interesting… (Presidential Race)

About once every 6 months or so, I write about a national issue, so excuse my derivation from the normally Newport-centric topics– but I think you’ll like this. Last night, Trump won the election in Indiana, prompting Ted Cruz to drop from the race.  This leaves Trump vs Kasich and no matter which way you cut this one, Trump is …

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To Protect and… “Serve”?

Each year, the Newport Beach PD hosts a fundraiser called their “Tip-A-Cop” event (I like my title better!).  Police employees will serve as “celebrity” hosts and servers at Javier’s (7832 Pacific Coast Hwy) today between 5pm and 9pm.  Newport’s own Deputy Police Chief McGill will be there from 7pm until 9pm. So why are they serving? Does our PD need second-jobs?  No, …

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“Team Newport” Officially Jumps the Shark

At the last city council meeting, Councilman Scott Peotter proclaimed that Councilman and then-Finance Chair Keith Curry has been abrasive and has had a personality issue for “years”. Mayor Diane Dixon followed, claiming that people have literally cried to her privately about Curry’s behavior. To be fair, Curry is far from a snugly personality– but as Peotter said in his own …

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Happy 100th Birthday, Newport Harbor Yacht Club!

Today is opening day for the American Legion, but yesterday the Newport Harbor Yacht Club had their coolest opening day in 100 years… their one-century birthday!  NHYC held an Opening Day Race on Saturday, which had a couple of dozen contenders, all racing from Long Beach to Newport Harbor. But as you know, we’ve got tons of yacht clubs in Newport, and the Opening …

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Pet of the Week: Marley

As the codification of Dog Beach moves forward, if you don’t have your own pup, you’re gonna be missing out on seeing them appreciate one of the best spots in the world for dogs to be– oh, and their companionship, too.  Newport has a lot of great dogs in need of great homes and great owners… And we’ve got the perfect pup …

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Dirty Old Wedge Shatters Records, Gets One Last Showtime

Balboa's Wedge, photo credit unknown

As many of you already know, the movie Dirty Old Wedge is about bodysurfers and our world-famous surf-spot, The Wedge.  Created by Newporter Tim Burnham, this movie originally had 2 showtimes scheduled for the Newport Beach Film Festival– and they sold out. So they added a 3rd.  And they sold out. So they added a 4th.  And they sold out. …

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