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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 38  | May 11, 2021

Fair Game


2510 W. Coast Highway Project continued to May

Fair Game Tom JohnsonYou can’t say I don’t listen to our readers. Notice my accompanying picture to this column. Several of you have written me in recent days saying, “lose the mask.” 

Okay, done. But watch what you wish for, you may get tired of looking at this mug moving forward.

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If you’re like me and watched the City Council meeting on Tuesday, you already know that the controversial issue concerning development of the 2510 W. Coast Highway Project was continued to the second meeting in May.

I believe it was the right outcome considering all of the unanswered concerns brought up that evening.

Both sides were well represented. 

Former Mayor Will O’Neill’s motion to continue allows both sides ample time to develop answers to the questions and concerns that the other side has presented.

It’s a difficult process because at the end of the day you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Previously I commented that if you don’t like something, then “vote ’em out,” referring to our Council people. That was probably abrupt. We charge our electeds to make the difficult decisions in these kinds of cases, and rightfully we should judge them on a complete body of work and not just one or two issues.

All I can say is that I’m glad it’s them and not me.

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I’m going to address what is a difficult subject for me, and that’s asking advertisers to support our product. Why am I doing it? Because here’s a classic case of what regularly happens to us. A major retailer or company sends us an extensive list of calendar items and write-ups on all of their events asking us to publish them. And sure we’d love to help, yet, when we ask those same entities for advertising support, a common reply is “it’s not in the budget.” 

The same happens with some of the local PR companies. They send us all of their stuff requesting placement for their clients in Stu News. So they’re getting paid, but when the ask for advertising is extended to them it goes nowhere.

Quite simply, it’s frustrating. It makes me want to pull my hair out. Of course, I’m mostly bald, so that wouldn’t help. But you get my point.

One other point, our advertising rates are so inexpensive that virtually any local business can take advantage of them, and with that goes our support on so many other areas. And don’t forget, we also deliver to what we consider a very loyal audience in our very strong marketplace.

Please also be assured, we’re going to continue on either way to regularly enhance our product. But with more support we can bring in more people to add more content, thus opening up new avenues of coverage.

Support of us also protects a community voice and environment where your voices can be heard on controversial subjects of importance.

Lastly, I also remind all that no matter what, advertising doesn’t influence editorial coverage on a controversial issue. We’ll continue to report on issues as we see them. 

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Travel + Leisure, a travel magazine and website that has 4.8 million readers, recently released a list composed by WalletHub of “The 10 Best U.S. Beach Towns to Live In.” Guess what, Newport Beach was ranked Number 4.

Here’s what they said, “Newport Beach was among the top 15 cities for health, education and quality of life. There’s plenty to see and do across the city’s 10 neighborhoods, including boating, hiking, water sports, whale watching and more.”

Here’s who else made the list: 1) Naples 2) Lahaina 3) Boca Raton 5) Santa Monica 6) Sarasota 7) Kailua 8) Carlsbad 9) Encinitas 10) Vero Beach.

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While we’re on the subject of tourism, the Hornblower you’ve known in the past for cruising our Bay, wining, dining and celebrating weddings, is now known as City Cruises by Hornblower

The change is really a re-packaging of the overall company, putting underneath one umbrella all of their offerings. That footprint “spans 111 countries and territories, and 125 U.S. cities.”

To see what they’re doing locally, check out their Mother’s Day offerings at

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Life takes funny twists and turns. Years ago, after a brief stint working in radio, I attempted to move over into newspapers. Lo and behold, a woman named Madelon Maupin gave me that first opportunity in Northern California. The rest, well, is history.

One day several years ago, I’m doing something in Newport Beach and run into, who else, but Madelon, who is now living here in town. Go figure.

Anyway, Madelon now offers biblical leadership classes that combine her years of leading companies with her passion for biblical studies.

If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

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Yesterday started three days of the National Football League (NFL) draft. It’s that time of year our favorite teams restock and reload for the upcoming season.

By now everyone knows who was drafted No. 1 yesterday. But as we’re seemingly accustomed to here in Newport Beach, what’s really important is who will be that last draft choice, Mr. Irrelevant, when the final announcement comes in sometime tomorrow afternoon with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ #259 selection.

Paul Salata started this phenomenon back in 1976, showering that final pick with a party in his honor in Newport Beach.

The town eagerly awaits you Mr. Irrelevant #259.

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