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Grace Leung

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Grace Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Our next City Council meeting is tonight, Tuesday, July 23. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here

Study session begins at 4 p.m. and we will have an overview of the State-mandated Organic Waste Recycling requirements. Over the last 19 years, the State of California has passed a number of regulations requiring cities to implement recycling programs. The first program required residents in all cities to reduce their waste by 50 percent by the year 2000. The City has been in compliance with this requirement since that time. Commercial recycling was implemented and became mandatory in July 2012. Organic recycling for commercial properties became effective in January 2019 and will become mandatory for everyone in 2022. The cost to the City for non-compliance can be as high as $10,000 per day. The mandates require cooperation between the City, the residents, the business community and the waste hauling community. Staff has been working to update both the City’s Municipal Code and waste hauler franchise agreements so that the City can come into compliance and enforce these state rules. The City Council will consider amendments to the Municipal Code and Franchise agreements in September. 

The Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: On the consent calendar is the purchase of Rule 20A credits from three cities, which will allow us to complete phase 2 of Underground Utilities District No. 22a on Balboa Boulevard. The acquisition provides $354,833 of credits, purchased for $195,158 – $0.55 per dollar. Phase 1 of this project began this month. 

For public hearing is the 2019 Drinking Water Quality Report on public health goals. The City is required to hold a Public Hearing every three years to present a Drinking Water Quality Report and how the City’s water compares to Public Health Goals and to standards. As is common in all water systems, not all goals are met. However and most importantly, Newport’s water system meets all state and federal drinking water standards.

I am pleased to present for Council consideration the proposed Employment Agreement with Jeff Boyles for Fire Chief services. Following an open and highly competitive recruitment process, I selected Assistant Chief Boyles for the Fire Chief position. With Jeff’s extensive experience and skillset, along with his knowledge and dedication to this community, we will have an exceptionally well qualified chief taking over from retiring Chief Duncan. Among his many accomplishments, I am especially grateful for Chief Duncan’s employee development and succession planning efforts and leaving the department in very capable hands. The Employment Agreement provides for salary and compensation terms. 

Under the terms of the agreement to provide destination marketing services to the City, Visit Newport Beach is required to submit its Business Plan Supplement and FY 2019-20 Budget for City Council review and/or approval. Visit Newport Beach also serves as the administrator for the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District and is submitting the District’s FY 2019-20 annual report and FY 2019-20 budget for review and approval. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review was provided last week. In case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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