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By TOM JOHNSON

Flyer distributed to Newport Beach homes reminds us of the ugly hate that unfortunately remains in the world

Fair Game Tom Johnson newLRA Stu News Newport reader, requesting anonymity, emailed a copy of a seriously disturbing KKK flyer that was distributed to homes in the San Bernardino Ave. area of Newport Beach this past Sunday morning. The flyer appears to be from a group identifying themselves as the “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

The flyer lists a 24/7 telephone hotline number and website that encourages “white people to stand up for their heritage.”

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan list themselves as a “white supremacist and antisemitic organization styled after the original Ku Klux Klan.” Their website claims their aim is to “restore America to a White, Christian nation founded on God’s word.”

The organization lists their headquarters as Pelham, N.C., after their founding in 2012.

According to a Newport Beach Police Department spokesperson, “A report was taken for the incident. As an active and open investigation, there are no further details (to be) released at this time.”

Mayor Brad Avery, upon learning of the flyers, issued the following statement on behalf of the city, “My Council colleagues and I were disappointed to learn of the distribution of recruitment flyers by a hate group in a Newport Beach neighborhood this weekend. Unfortunately, this is a common tactic used by some hate groups today. We condemn the group’s ideology and assure our residents that the Newport Beach Police Department is actively investigating to determine the individual or group responsible for distributing these materials in our community.” 

In checking with the NBPD on local codes or ordinances, I was told that the distribution of flyers like the one in question is not illegal, and arguably protected by the First Amendment. 

That being said, it’s still disturbing to know that that type of hate permeates in our society.

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If you’re getting antsy and wanting to shop at the anticipated new Mother’s Market and CVS stores replacing Smart & Final in the middle of Corona del Mar, you’re going to have to wait a while longer. 

Councilmember Joy Brenner has been informed by the building’s landlord, Mark Moshayedi, that “due to unforeseen and much needed roof safety improvements” the openings will be significantly delayed. 

“Although expensive and time consuming, these measures are necessary to ensure the integrity of the building and safety of those who work and shop there.

“Best estimates as of now are that Mother’s Market will begin improvements in early July, with an anticipated opening in November. It appears CVS is still on schedule to begin their improvements in 2022.”

Moshayedi said that it’s fortunate that the tenants changed because of the roof being in serious need of repair.

Thanks Joy, always on top of District 6.

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents their monthly WAKE UP! Newport meeting this Thursday morning, April 1 at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Chapman University President Daniele Struppa, Ph.D.

Grab a cup of coffee and Zoom in to find out plans for the University moving forward and their update on reopening. Dr. Struppa will also discuss the overall impacts COVID-19 has had on college education.

The meeting if free, but you have to register to get the log-in info.

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Have you received your COVID vaccination yet? If not, and assuming you want one, the good news is that the state is expanding eligibility to anyone 50 and up effective this Thursday, April 1 and that is not an April Fools’ Day joke. Then, just two weeks later, vaccines will become available to anyone 16 and up assuming the supply holds up. 

All that being said, according to the state, it will still take months to get every Californian vaccinated who wants to be.

Reports are also saying that effective this Wednesday, the OC Fairgrounds will become another vaccination site in Orange County.

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Finally, sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. Sunday afternoon in Newport Beach was an example of that. It seems that 80-year-old Ernest Adams, of Newport Beach, was out getting some exercise on a beautiful day when he was killed by a suspected drunk driver near Newport Harbor High School.

So often I feel guilty just sitting around in my chair at home watching the latest sports on television on a lazy afternoon, and here’s Mr. Adams out apparently taking care of his health when his life comes to such an unexpected sudden demise.

Godspeed Mr. Adams.

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