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Newport Seeks to Double Water Rate Charges on its Citizens

Remember Newport’s water supply that we’ve been writing about for years?   The one where we could get cleaner water from Costa Mesa at half the cost? Instead of cutting your water bill in half and providing cleaner water while eliminating $45 million in ongoing line maintenance costs for our city on line repairs and employees, Newport Beach City Council is …

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Happy Veterans Day, Today!

Veterans Day

Yesterday the Marines may have gotten their day (and happy birthday to them!), but today is dedicated to all veterans.  In fact, if you are a vet, many companies would like to honor you on this day dedicated to you and your service.  Here are a few nationally recognized names, and their attempt at giving back: • Get a free …

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Why is Newport Beach Still Using More Expensive Less Clean Water?

California Water Drought

For over a decade, Mesa Water– who already provides about 9% of Newport’s water service– has been wanting to partner with Newport Beach to provide water services for the area.  Why?  Because one of their biggest costs to deliver water isn’t the water itself– it’s literally keeping the operation going to clean, pump, and service the water base station.  This …

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Newport Beach Drinking Water Contaminated

The Environmental Working Group has recently released their water reports for Newport Beach, and the results are not good.  They have found 24 contaminants in our drinking water, with 13 of them exceeding EWG Recommended Guidelines.  Of note, many of these contaminants in our water supply (like Chloroform or the chemical that made Erin Brockovich famous, Chromium!) have zero federal …

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BJ’s Closing on Balboa Peninsula

A sad note that after 41 years of service to the Balboa Peninsula, the BJ’s Pizza at 106 Main Street will be closing.  The Balboa Pier restaurant was a classic for many, and while competing with a young and energetic pizza environment next door cannot be an easy task, many insiders note that the opening of Cruisers actually added another …

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Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” TONIGHT!

Remember that Saturday tonight– technically Sunday morning– we set our clocks BACK by one hour, so that 1:59am actually 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 (then-very-expensive) heating and …

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Hail in Huntington

This morning, at about 8:30am, hail was reported in our neighboring city, Huntington Beach by SaveNewporter Stephen Schnack. Sure, this wasn’t the “hailstorms of lore”, but hail in Southern California is a rarity only seen once every 5 years or so, so this event is unique and fun! Did you see it?

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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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Rudy’s Set to Re-Open with New Name, New Owners

A few weeks back on Oct 13, a source told me that Sharkeez purchased the old Rudy’s location.  While those real estate records haven’t come back yet, the alcohol license has been submitted to the ABC and is finally showing on the site as confirmation that yes: the owners of Sharkeez are planning on opening up a new concept there, tentatively …

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Tides Change in Dixon’s Attempt to Run for Assembly

“Don’t apply if you can’t count your votes”– this suggestion is given to everyone who applies for a political party endorsement. The OC GOP Endorsement and the OC Democratic Endorsement is given to (usually only one) candidate per position, per party on any given election cycle.  This endorsement unlocks partisan money that essentially waits by silently until the party of …

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