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Dixon Admits Intent of “Lights Out” Proposal is to Strip Property Rights

Seizing Property

After much public pressure, Councilwoman Diane Dixon and City Manager Dave Kiff have recently confessed that the intention of the Balboa Overlay (most commonly known as “Lights Out After 11pm”) is even worse than we thought.  Its intention is to literally strip property rights from building owners.  If passed, it would mean that the city of Newport Beach can essentially come up with rules and …

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Sound off: Balboa Pier or Newport Pier for the Ben Carlson Statue?

Ben Carlson Statue

Ben Carlson was the best of men.  Without hesitation, he gave his life to save another.  Private donors are stepping up to the plate to create a statue in his honor– a statue which will also serve to honor the sacrifices that all lifeguards make. Our group, SaveNewport, stepped up to the plate and donated into 5-figures to the cause. …

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Fear-Mongering by Council Raises Ethical Questions

Bad Math

Last Tuesday, the Newport Beach Police Department was the star of the show at the Town Hall meeting where the public was promised a reason for the “Lights Out At 11pm” proposal, a proposal officially known as the innocuous-sounding “Balboa Overlay”. Instead, what the public received was two-fold: 1) An outright refusal to answer the question of “why is this being proposed” …

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DUI Checkpoint on Friday

DUI Checkpoint

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at an undisclosed location in Newport between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. DUI Checkpoints are claimed to reduce drunk driving mostly by deterrent, but also serve to actively arrest those who are driving under the influence. This is a …

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PLEASE ATTEND: “Lights Out” Meeting: Tonight at 6:30pm

Town Hall, stock photo

PLEASE SHARE & PLEASE ATTEND the Town Hall meeting at OLD city hall (on Balboa Peninsula).  3300 Newport Blvd at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 17th. Today the reasons behind the “Lights Out” will be announced.  Expect the explanations to be specifically designed to calm the crowd. Expect to be told that everyone is over-reacting. Ask what the purpose is of spending taxpayer dollars …

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Balboa’s “Lights Out at 11” passed: City Staff moving to regulate

Prohibition

Last night, city council passed the authorization to request city staff to begin gathering proposals for regulations to build the Lights Out ordinance. This ordinance seeks to establish “performance standards and regulations specific to balboa peninsula in order to address the affects of on-sale alcoholic beverage service.” This is targeted only to establishments open past 11pm. This is not the final …

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Balboa Peninsula’s Proposed “LIGHTS OUT AT 11”

I'm from the government and i'm here to help

Your presence is desperately needed tonight to speak against the Lights Out ordinance which seeks to apply additional rules and regulations to businesses open past 11pm on Balboa Peninsula. We are a tourist destination and people come here to have a good time.  People enjoy good times, and reasonable people enjoy others having a good time, too.  Because we are such a densely populated …

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New Ordinance Proposes “Lights out at 11pm”?

Prohibition

A new ordinance proposal which people are calling “Lights Out at 11pm” seeks to establish “performance standards and regulations” on Balboa Peninsula businesses open past 11pm… I think we all can see where this is going. How on earth can they do this; you ask: They can’t simply cause a business to change their hours, right? Simple: The proposal will mandate an update …

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Balboa Parking Meeting: Chaos in a Packed House

Town Hall, stock photo

Last night’s meeting was disorganized, to say the least. I arrived on-time to a packed venue with standing room only. I found no agenda packet in any easily-accessible area. They could have been there, but they were certainly nowhere near the entrance, and I was not about to wade through the crowd on a mission to find a paper that …

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Crime Rate in Newport at Historic Low

Newport Beach Police

Police have a tough job.  They constantly struggle with who is a threat, and who isn’t.  While we all hate speeding tickets, and parking tickets (and noise enforcement on the 4th of July!), there is one thing where Newport Beach Police really shine: Overseeing a low crime rate.  Last year was the lowest-crime year Newport Beach’s RECORDED HISTORY.  That’s pretty awesome. Here’s …

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