Lighting of the Bay: Friday from 3pm to 6pm

Lighting of the Bay

Join us for a unforgettable day of Holiday entertainment! Just a day after the rush of Thanksgiving comes to an end, the Back Bay will be adorned with unique Christmas decorations! Lighting of the Bay Program (5:30pm) The Back Bay will be starting off this years program live performances by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar High School Choirs …

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Tupelo Junction Opens in the Old “The Porch” Location

For those who frequent Santa Barbara, you have doubtlessly tried the famous Tupelo Junction Cafe there.  Known for its kitchen and their dog-friendly environment, the prime location in Santa Barbara closed exactly one week ago today, presumably so that the owner could focus on her shop in Newport, as she is a Corona del Mar resident. The kitchen and bus staff are going …

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Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!

Meteor Shower

The morning of November 18th (night of the 17th) will begin the peak night to watch the Leonids meteor shower, which officially started on the 6th and lasts until the 30th of November.  The new moon will be out at noon and will set at about 6pm, giving this meteor shower prime visibility. Maximum meteors: around 20 meteors per hour. Velocity: 44.1 miles/sec When: As usual: The best …

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The Newest Scoop on Rudy’s

When we initially heard reports from multiple employees that Rudy’s had been bought, we printed it up to let everyone know.  The person who owns the building and had owned the business for years wrote us very upset and demanded that we clarify that the new people he brought in and that he had been reportedly introduced as the new “owners” were …

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What the Heck is Newport Council Doing Now?

Today at the council chambers in both the 4pm Study Session AND the 7pm Council Meeting, the city council will establish an official committee to begin pushing a General Plan Update in the City of Newport Beach.  A General Plan Update is normally something that happens every 10-15 years, but this particular update is happening at a disturbing time and …

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One Year Later: Thank You

One year ago today a small team of passionate people and myself had an incredible showing against the huge and well funded political machinery in Newport Beach. As they spent approximately $500,000 in total, we spent just a fraction of that– about $30,000– and came within a margin of error of victory.   Not bad for a first try with …

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Update on the Diane Dixon Lawsuit

It’s been a long while since I updated on the lawsuit between myself and Councilwoman Diane Dixon (backstory, here:  Essentially, Dixon directed the use of taxpayer resources to conduct an investigation into an activist (that’d be me) so that she could spout bad things about them from the dais whenever they spoke against one of her unpopular measures.  Sadly for …

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Don’t Forget: “Fall Back” Sunday!

Remember that Sunday morning we set our clocks BACK by one hour, so that 1:59am happens twice in one day. Daylight savings has to do with energy savings, particularly in old factories.  By slightly adjusting the clock to account for the changes in the sunrise and sunset times, employers were able to save money on heating and electricity.  Sorry, “Simpsons” fans: it has …

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Recall Scott Peotter Group Hits Their Goal

Scott Peotter, Joy Brenner, Mike Toerge

As everyone knows, Councilman Scott Peotter has been up against a recall recently.  It all started about two years ago when he got very vocal about his outdated opposition to gay marriage.  Since his election, he has joined Councilwoman Diane Dixon on a number of controversial items including implementing a plan which got rid of the exact same number of fire rings as …

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Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween, beachdwellers! Tonight is a special night and remains one of my favorite holidays, to this day!  Remember that some people still use “live” candles in jack-o-lanterns, so baggy-clothed costumes for the young ones need to be watched carefully to ensure they don’t get too close (and also so they don’t trip!).  Inspect all candy.  Smile.  Greet your neighbors. …

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