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Woodys Wins! (And Dixon Dupes us Again)

Woody's Wharf Sign Newport Beach Picture

Woody’s Wharf has gone through a long, hard, expensive, and emotion-wrenching rollercoaster ride in its legal battles with the city, but last night in a 4-3 vote, they finally prevailed. First, I need to issue a correction: You may have seen my articles where I explained that Dixon had struck the deal with Woody’s, and I welcomed her to the good …

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You Wanted it, You Got it: The Stag Bar Returns!

After years of behind the scenes efforts by management of the District Lounge, the old Stag Bar will be returning– but this time, with pizza! As you may have noticed, the last several months the District Lounge has undergone a huge renovation and expansion, creating an indoor/outdoor dining area, kitchen, and adjoining door to the longtime watering hole that everyone is …

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El Nino Now “Too Big To Fail”, Say Scientists

These hot streaks in October remind us that El Nino is still in full effect!  We have heard about the impending El Nino for several years now, but this one is definitely the most noticeable in local weather patterns– and now NASA scientist Bill Patzert has proclaimed this El Nino event “too big to fail“. We originally covered some of what …

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My Newest Column in the Newport Beach Indy

Friday, the Newport Beach Indy published my latest article regarding Woody’s Wharf.  You can pick this up in the front of most public locations, and find my article on Page3, or you can read it here:

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Banning Ranch blocked, Lido Hotel approved

Wednesday, a meeting took place at the California Coastal Commission, a board created to approve or deny any developments which may affect coastal access.  Loads of people were in attendance, both to promote the Lido Hotel (on the old City Hall property) and also to rally against development in Banning Ranch.  Coastal Commission staff recommended approval on the former and rejection …

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HB High School has Gone on Lockdown

UPDATE: As of noon on 10/6/2015, the school is no longer on lockdown. This is a bit outside of Newport, but I know that many Newporters have close ties or even children here, so I am covering it: At about 10am this morning, Huntington Beach High School went on lockdown after unconfirmed reports of an ex-teacher running around naked with a gun. …

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Explosions in Lido Injure Four, Cause Peninsula Blackout

Multiple reports of an underground transformer explosion in Lido Village came rolling in at about 3:20pm on Monday afternoon, causing a power outage that affected the seaside half of Balboa Peninsula (the Bayside miraculously remained on).  During the explosion, some reports indicated that flames were shooting higher than some of the buildings, which would be consistent with the stock photo, above. Three …

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Peninsula Residents to Experience Major Road Closures for 2 weeks.

ATTENTION PENINSULA RESIDENTS: Starting Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 16, northbound Newport Blvd. between 30th Street and 32nd Street (near the old Albertsons) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to facilitate the replacement of water pipelines from the 1920s. Street closure signs and detour signs have been posted, but to save time, make a left at the …

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Update: Victim in Hit & Run Accident Fully Recovered

About 6 weeks ago, we reported on the Hit and Run incident on Balboa peninsula, which sent a 14 year old girl to the hospital after she was struck on her bicycle by a vehicle on E Bay Ave and Anade. While the family would still like to keep things quiet, I am happy to report that she has made a …

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Newport Loses the Cheyenne, aka the “Google Boat”

One week ago today, the Cheyenne left the Newport Harbor after Chris Miller, the Harbor Resource Manager, decided he simply didn’t want to renew its permit any longer (even though they were paying mooring fees and producing revenue).  The owner appealed the decision in early August, but later that month the hearing department denied the appeal.  The decision was made after Harbor Commissioners Paul Blank, Duncan McIntosh …

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