Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

FBI conducts early morning raids at homes in both Newport and Laguna…no arrests or charges reported as of yet

The FBI office in Los Angeles confirmed to Stu News that raids were conducted at homes in both Newport Beach and Laguna Beach early Tuesday morning, Feb. 27.

Unconfirmed reports pointed to allegations of a potential Ponzi scheme that was thought to have defrauded investors out of funds.

FBI agents were witnessed removing a number of boxes and bags from one of the residences in question.

The FBI referred Stu News to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego for additional specifics on any arrests and charges. Those inquiries have not been responded to as of yet.

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So, yesterday was the Leap Day of Leap Year. Of course, it’s the 29th day of February every four years. Do you have any reason as to why we do this?

Well, here are some multiple choice answers to choose from: 1) it’s so we can make fun of people born on that day that they’re only 10 years old after 40 years of life; 2) because calendars were incorrectly printed a number of years ago and they’re still trying to get rid of them all; 3) it’s done to keep the months in sync with annual events, including equinoxes and solstices; it’s a correction to counter the fact that the Earth’s orbit isn’t precisely 365 days a year.

Okay, if you answered either 1 or 2, shame on you! Never ever question your children again as to whether or not they’ve done their homework!

Yes, it’s the correction, number 3, of what I mentioned above.

It was probably best said by one Younas Khan, a physics instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a recent U.S. News & World Report article on the subject of Leap Year.

“Without the leap years, after a few hundred years we will have summer in November. Christmas will be in summer. There will be no snow. There will be no feeling of Christmas.”

This isn’t just something we recently figured out, mind you. No, it was discovered way back in ancient times when the Julian calendar hung on the ruin walls.

The extra day has been accounted for in one fashion or another since way back then.

According to one Nick Eakes, an astronomy educator at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the solar year is precisely 365.242 days.

So there’s truly no perfect solution by just adding a quarter of a day every year to equal the full day after four years. It’s still slightly short.

But, don’t ask questions, just go with it. And still laugh at those people mentioned above that are only 10 after 40 years.

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Great news…if you ventured down by Marina Park last spring and witnessed our local high school water polo teams partaking in a match in the water of the bay…it will happen again this year.

Newport Harbor High School Water Polo Coach Ross Sinclair has announced that the Sailors will take on Corona del Mar in both boys AND girls Battle in the Bay action on Wednesday, May 22.

Times and details to come.

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The state mandate requires 4,845 new housing units to be placed in the City of Newport Beach by the end of the decade. Where do they go? What kind of houses are they? Will there be affordable units? How will the city maintain neighborhood character? What about traffic impacts?

The city is currently amending the City’s Land Use Element, adding a housing overlay zoning district citywide, and adopting new design standards to provide for these new housing units. What does all of this mean?

Speak Up Newport will feature Assistant City Manager & Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis to speak on what is proposed, and how the city plans to get there at their Tuesday, March 19 meeting in the Civic Center Community Room.

The program will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 pm., followed by the program from 6-7 p.m.

Residents may also view the program via Zoom.

The meeting and reception are free to attend. To view on Zoom, register here.

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Guess who was seen hopping into Fashion Island today? If you said a gimpy Santa Claus, wrong time of the year. However, if you said the Easter Bunny, you deserve a chocolate covered Cadbury Crème Egg.

The Easter Bunny will be holding court on the Atrium Lawn from today through March 30. Photo opps are available.

Normal hours, dependent on weather, are 3-7 p.m. today; then 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Sundays.

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If you’ve ever spent even a night at Hoag Hospital this should be important to you. A save the date for the Choose Nursing Choose Hoag Luncheon has been announced for Thursday, May 16 at the Balboa Bay Resort. The event is planned for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Since its inception in 2004, Choose Nursing, Choose Hoag has played an important role in providing philanthropic support to nursing through education initiatives and academic scholarships.

For more information, contact hhfevents@hoag.org, or call 949.764.7513.

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One can only imagine that you’ve been waiting all of this time for tickets to this summer’s OC Fair to go on sale. Well, today is that day.

The 2024 OC Fair will run July 19-August 18, open Wednesday through Sunday with controlled capacity. This year’s theme is “Always a Good Time!”

General admission ticket prices are $13 weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday) and $15 on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Admission for seniors (60+) and youth (ages 6-12) is $9 every day and children 5 and younger are free. The OC Fair will cover the online admission ticket fees. General parking is $15. Daily admission is restricted; this is the fourth year the Fair will use a limited-capacity model and days are again expected to sell out.

There’s also the Every Day Passport which offers fairgoers access every day – and any day – of the Fair with no reservations or restrictions for the one price of $60, with sales being limited to 10,000 passports.

The reason for the controlled capacity is to give fairgoers more elbow room, shorter lines and easier parking accessibility, while reducing the impact on neighboring communities.

The Fair will open each day at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. For tickets, go to https://ocfair.com.


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