The Week in Review

A weekly newsletter from City Manager Grace L. Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Community Members:

The city’s Information Technology and Harbor Department teams have upgraded the Newport Beach mobile app, MyNB, to include an interactive map of Newport Harbor. Boaters using the app while out on the water can now easily find their own location in relationship to nearby harbor amenities such as public restrooms, public docks, fuel docks and pump-out stations. 

To access this feature, download the MyNB app for iPhone or Android and click on the “Newport Harbor” tab. The interactive harbor map complements other app features such as paying bills, reporting service needs and issues such as graffiti or streetlight repair, tours of the Civic Center (including the sculpture garden and native plant areas) and more. 

The city has also created a business-card sized promotional piece (shown below), which will soon be available at public and private facilities in the Newport Harbor area, such as boat rental businesses, to help make the harbor more accessible to residents and visitors. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to download and utilize the MyNB app for a variety of helpful uses. Download the MyNB app here.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

Registration Now Open for Summer Recreation

This summer the city is offering hundreds of camps, classes and swim lessons for kids. Adults can enjoy classes such as sailing, pickleball, dance, language, boxing and yoga. We are even offering new classes for your canine friends. There are free family fun activities this summer, including Movies in the Park and July 4 events.

You can read more about the full summer program in the latest edition of our quarterly Newport Navigator recreation guide

Residents will receive the guide directly in the mail, and copies are available at City Hall, community centers, library branches and at hotels throughout the city.

Public Safety Day Highlights Police, Fire Depts.

The Newport Beach Police Department hosted the annual Public Safety Day on Sunday, May 15 alongside the Newport Beach Fire Department and Newport Beach Lifeguards.

The event featured Police Department tours, kids’ activities, a food truck and demonstrations by the police and fire departments. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope you will join us in August for the National Night Out event. 

Drought Watch: Howald Park Upgrades Save 2.3 Million Gallons of Water a Year

The City of Newport Beach prides itself in providing top-quality parks and recreation facilities. Each park and play field is carefully designed to meet the needs of our community and reduce impacts on the environment wherever possible. 

Recent improvements to Grant Howald Park were made with sustainability and water conservation in mind. The new synthetic turf multi-purpose sports field and new waterwise gardens are expected to save 2.3 million gallons of water every year.

City Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Leadership Program Through May 30

The city’s Recreation &Senior Services Department is accepting applications for Teen Leaders, ages 13-16, for the Teen Leader Program. The program gives teens the opportunity to work side-by-side with recreation staff on either the Summer Day Camp or Marina Park Sailing & Boating program.

Teen Leaders will earn community service hours by working with city staff and assisting with youth participants at the beach and on excursions during Day Camp, or assisting with sailing classes and renting stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and sailboats to the public. No boating experience is needed.

The application deadline is Monday, May 30. For more information, click here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public Works Springs Into Summer Beach Mode Part 4: City Parks

While the city’s beach areas receive a lot of attention, crews are also busy at various city park areas, where maintenance and repair activities are underway.

Crews are restoring and replacing various park amenities that have fallen into disrepair, such as benches, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and barbecues. Park barbecues are stripped of corroded surfaces before a protectant sealer is applied. In addition, several park renovations have begun at Arroyo Park and at the L Street Park, where irrigation is being renovated, and sod and plants are being installed. 

At several natural bluff areas, city staff and contractors are removing erosion control measures installed to prevent erosion from winter storms, such as sandbags and tarps. In the city’s natural areas, staff and contractors are busy installing California native plants and spreading native wildflower seeds at locations such as Castaways Park, Sunset Ridge Park, Back Bay View Park and the Groves Bike Trail, in anticipation of spring and summer growth.

We look forward to another amazing summer season as we work with our community to keep Newport Beach beautiful.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well mobile crisis response team is now operating in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and EMTs, and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well team: 

–Transported two people experiencing homelessness to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Transported a minor to the Adolescent Stabilization Unit at the Be Well campus for treatment.

–Transported a person to the Sobering Station at the Be Well campus.

–Conducted 37 outreach interactions with residents and people experiencing homelessness.

Residents Encouraged to Report Sightings of Unusual, Suspicious Vessel Landings

The City of Newport Beach is aware of recent ocean waterway landings by small vessels known as “panga” boats, which are often used to transport migrants illegally from Mexico into the United States. Such vessel landings occur along the entire California coast, including two instances in Newport Beach during the month of May.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the lead agency in all cases of illegal immigration enforcement. CBP conducts investigations and takes enforcement action along the Orange County coast, including Newport Beach.

The City of Newport Beach encourages residents to notify the Newport Beach Police Department at 949.644.3717 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) if they witness any suspicious activity or unusual vessel landings. This information will enable the Police Department to assess the situation and notify CBP agents as necessary. In addition, suspicious vessel landings can be reported directly to CBP by calling 800-BE-ALERT or 800.232.5378.

On the Agenda:
City Council Meeting for May 24, 2022

Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, May 24. Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

A special joint meeting of the City Council and Finance Committee will begin at 4 p.m. Agenda items include:

–A review of the proposed annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The $331 million proposed operating budget is balanced with a strong projected surplus of revenues over expenses. The proposed General Fund budget of $276 million reflects a full rebound from the pandemic and a return to the city’s historical trendline of revenue growth.

A study session will begin at 4:30 p.m. Agenda items include: 

–A review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 Capital Improvement Program budget. The CIP budget proposes $71 million in spending for projects, a figure that includes $26 million from the Fiscal Year 2020-21 year-end surplus and $10 million of America Rescue Plan Act funds from the federal government. These funds will be utilized to fully fund several significant projects, including the Library Lecture Hall, Junior Lifeguard Building and phase one of the Balboa Island drainage improvement project. 

The regular session begins at 6 p.m. Agenda items include:

–A lease agreement with the Newport Ridge Community Association to develop, operate and maintain pickleball courts at Newport Ridge Park. The proposed 30-year lease would permit the city to use a portion of Newport Ridge Park to develop eight pickleball courts. Six courts would be maintained and operated by the city for use by the general public, and two courts would be maintained and operated by the association for use by its members. 

–An ordinance amending the Newport Beach Municipal Code 14.15, Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Program. The amendment would update the municipal code to include, among other changes, compliance with current state requirements, a procedure for declaring local water shortages and establish requirements within each shortage level. This amendment anticipates further water conservation needs in the city given the increased severity of statewide drought conditions. 

See the full agenda

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, May 24

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

Zoning Administrator Meeting

Zoom – 10 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting

Civic Center Community Room

100 Civic Center Drive – 3 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 6:30 p.m.

See the full schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, May 20 and is subject to editing so the information is current.