Volume 7, Issue 64  |  August 12, 2022

Fair Game


Balboa Bay Resort to pamper pets, with proceeds benefiting animal rescue

TOM MARCHJust when you think you’ve heard it all, I present to you the Balboa Bay Resort’s new target clientele…DOGS! That’s right, beginning Wednesday, July 6, the BBR will begin offering their Pampered Pooch Package.

The Pampered Pooch Package is designed to give celebrity treatment to dogs. That means a variety of stylish, delicious and entertaining amenities upon check-in.

Starting at $150, the Pampered Pooch Package features all this:

–Custom swag bag of Balboa Bay Resort branded items and treats.

–“Paws and Repeat” photo station so guests can post content for their fans.

–Choice of Balboa Bay Resort bandana or bow tie. Guests who post a photo of their pet to social media tagging@balboabayresort will be eligible for their Pet of the Month contest featured on Instagram. All Pet of the Month winners will be entered into a drawing at the end of the year to win a free two-night stay.

–Dog menu options at A + O Restaurant | Bar and in-room dining, featuring rice with ground chicken or beef.

–Photo shoot add-on at Dogma Pet Portraits Studio in Costa Mesa with transportation provided to and from the studio.

“At Balboa Bay Resort, we know the dog is often the star of the family. Now you can give them the celebrity treatment when you travel,” said Francine Slosser, director of marketing. “This package includes everything your furry friend needs to feel welcome and pampered.”

A portion of the proceeds from the Pampered Pooch Package (PPP) will benefit the nonprofit Lovebugs Rescue, a foster-based animal rescue that works with overpopulated animal shelters to lessen the number of animals being euthanized unnecessarily.

Fair Game goldendoodle

Courtesy of Dogma Pet Portraits Studio

The Pampered Pet Package offers up a great photo opp at Dogma Pet Portrait Studios

Here’s what you need to know: PPP will be available for purchase beginning on July 6 and good through the end of the year. And, don’t forget, Wednesday, August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day…so, you might want to make plans early.

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Heal the Bay just released their latest Beach Report Card that assigns letter grades from “A-to-F” for some 500 California beaches.

Two local beaches scored perfect water quality grades in all three segments year-round (Summer Dry Grade/Winter Dry Grade/Wet Weather Grade): Corona del Mar and Crystal Cove.

Most other areas in Newport Beach also graded out well, the only exception being Vaughn’s Launch that officially made the “Beach Bummer List” with a grade of “F”. That grade reflects sites that have levels of harmful bacteria.

A link to the complete 2021-2022 Beach Report Card, including all grades, can be found here.

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The CdM Foundation announced this week that a 60-year anniversary for Corona del Mar High School is planned for Saturday, Oct. 22.

The plan for the day includes an Open House and Community Jubilee on campus from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and then an evening fundraiser at the Newport Dunes called “Rock the Endowment” from 6-10 p.m.

The fundraiser will include a music fest featuring The Side Deal, The English Beat and Flashback Heart Attack.

The CdM Foundation is seeking sponsors and donors for underwriting purposes and is already offering tickets to the event. Go to

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Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard participants received an unplanned but important lesson Wednesday morning upon their arrival to the waterfront. Due to weather situations that included lightning strikes off the coast, lifeguards temporarily closed all beaches from Newport Pier to Corona del Mar as a precaution while the storm cell moved through.

According to Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, “lifeguard instructors (were) keeping our junior lifeguard participants off the sand and monitoring the weather pattern. If necessary, they will shelter all junior lifeguard participants and employees in various locations.”

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Speaking of the chief…the new Peninsula Fire Station #2 is having an open house this coming Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments, along with a ribbon cutting.

Fair Game SNN fire station 6.24

Courtesy of City of Newport Beach

Rendering of the new Peninsula fire station #2

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Well, if our Mayor, Kevin Muldoon, seems a little grouchy at this coming Tuesday’s Newport Beach City Council meeting, cut him some slack. It just may be that he’s not getting enough sleep. Think changing diapers.

Kevin, wife Heather, and son Cannon, earlier this week welcomed newborn Taylor Anne

And early pictures show that she’s very cute.

Congrats Muldoons!

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Remember the elections…seems like months ago. Anyway, here’s our final look at the unofficial results (minimal votes continue to trickle in) and who is advancing on to November.

U.S. Representative 47th District 

*Katie Porter (D) – 86,719, 51.71%

*Scott Baugh (R) – 51.765, 30.86%

Amy Phan West (R) – 13,944, 8.31%

Brian Burley (R) – 11,950, 7.13%

Errol Webber (R) – 3,341, 1.99%

State Senator 36th District

*Janet Nguyen (R) – 120,124, 57.30%

*Kim Carr (D) – 89,503, 42.70%

State Assembly 72nd District

*Judie Mancuso (D) – 59,003, 43.31%

*Diane Dixon (R) – 58,120, 42.66%

Benjamin Yu (R) – 19,111, 14.03%

OC Supervisor 5th District

*Katrina Foley – 64,877, 41.76%

*Patricia “Pat” Bates – 34,458, 22.18%

Diane Harkey – 28,800, 18.54%

Kevin Muldoon – 27,223, 17.52%

B – Newport Beach/Direct Election of Mayor

#No – 15,374, 58.62%

Yes – 10,852, 41.38%

(* Advances to November Election Day)

(# No defeats Measure)

Other key races around OC included District Attorney Todd Spitzer who easily outdistanced a field that included runner-up Pete Hardin. Spitzer received 62.49% of the vote and seems well on his way to a November victory. 

Cottie Petrie-Norris, who currently represents Laguna Beach but is moving to a new District, defeated Steven Choi in the newly redrawn 73rd Assembly District while getting 56.22% of the vote; and, Michelle Steel outpaced a field of three others with 49.03% of the vote in the 45th District U.S. Representative race.

One race that remains too close to call is the one featuring current OC 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett in a race for a November spot in the 49th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bartlett is currently running third to Democrat Mike Levin. Brian Maryott, who’s in second place, leads Bartlett by five votes…that’s right, FIVE…as of last evening. 

Bartlett was up by four as recently as Tuesday. Both Maryott and Bartlett are Republican. The winner battles Levin in November. 

And, other than at some point announcing the final count between Maryott and Bartlett, election coverage for the Primary is done. No more, until November.

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