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Last Day to Register to Vote

In Newport Beach we have a population of about 87,000 people, and a whopping 32,000 of them aren’t even registered to vote.  Today is the last day to register vote!  If you are not registered by 5pm today, you will be unable to vote in this upcoming election.  You can register online right here, in just 60 seconds: I spoke with …

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Do You Know This Man? Police Need Help in Identifying Stabbing Witness

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and a witness for an investigation for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The crime occurred on Sunday, May 13, 2018 somewhere near 1:00 a.m. in the area of Newport Blvd & 28th St on Balboa Peninsula. This did not appear to have anything to do with the …

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Jeff Herdman Joins Dixon’s Crusade, Illegally Leaks Files to Lawyer Suing Newport

Last Tuesday’s councilmeeting was a real whopper.  Councilman Jeff Herdman (who I lost the election to in 2016) admitted that he leaked confidential files to a lawyer (Phil Greer, who also unsuccessfully ran in 2016 against Will O’Neill) who is presently suing the city on behalf of people supporting the rumors begun by Councilwoman Diane Dixon and her friends, claiming that four or more …

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Bio-luminescent Red Tide Coming to Newport?

Red Tide Glow by Peter Kragh @

Red Tide happens a lot, but the Lingulodinium polyedrum bacteria isn’t always present in them.  This time, it’s there, and that’s the cause of the Red Tide Glow moving up the coast from San Diego since Monday. The Lingulodinium polyedrum– often abbreviated as “L. polyedra”, but best known by its gangsta-rap name “L-Po”– is a bacteria which releases a bioluminescent glow when it is disturbed.  …

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Yacht Club Opening Days

We screwed up bigtime this year and missed some of the opening days for the Yacht Clubs around the harbor– here are who’s already had em, and who is coming up next! First, Newport Harbor Yacht Club is celebrating its 102nd anniversary.  Their new building is really coming together now, and I can’t wait to check it out when it is …

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Did You Feel the 4.5 Earthquake?

Did you feel it? At 4:49:33 AM today, an earthquake which immediately registered as a 4.5 sent its waves through Newport Beach.  The quake was centered at 34°01’01.2″N 116°46’55.2″W, about 12 miles Northeast of Beaumont.  Yes, 71 miles from Newport sounds like a long way away, but that shaker definitely woke this author up all the way down here on Balboa Peninsula! You …

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Rocket Launch Saturday Morning @ 4:05am

This coming Saturday at 4:05am Pacific Time will begin a two-hour launch window for an Atlas V (Atlas 5) rocket.  This rocket will be– get this– carrying THREE Mars-bound spacecraft, and will be taking off from the south Vandenberg Air Force Base.  This is going to be the first-ever inter-planetary mission to launch from the West Coast. Immediately after launch, the …

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DUI Saturation Patrols on Cinco De Mayo Weekend (Starting TODAY)

Newport Police

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols for the Cinco De Mayo Weekend, on Friday and Saturday at 6pm to 3am throughout the city of Newport Beach– so be prepared for potential traffic delays. DUI Saturation Patrols are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are …

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Tsunami Sirens Going to be Tested for the First Time

Emergency Sirens on Balboa Peninsula

Tomorrow (Friday, May 4th, at noon), Newport’s Tsunami Warning System will be tested for the very first time since installation over a decade ago. The city claims that they regularly test these sirens on the First Friday of each month, but they have only ever really tested to see whether or not the sirens rotate– not whether or not they …

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Mr Irrelevant is Ready for Newport Beach!

Of the countless people vying for the position, Trey Quinn was selected for the NFL.  He was the final person who made the cut, joining an impressive league of the most elite football players on earth.  However, he was picked as the last of the elite, which always makes for a good ribbing.  In Newport Beach, we lovingly call it… Mr Irrelevant. …

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