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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council looks at what could be in store for Marine Ave.

Fair Game Tom NewNext Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m., the City Council will look at changes/enhancements to a potential revitalization plan for Marine Ave. on Balboa Island.

The changes are described as a “traditional” or “classical” look.

Here are some of the findings and initial observations going into the discussion. There is a “well established appearance and streetscape choreography existing; the aging trees are in decline; there are drainage issues; and construction phasing presents challenges.”

A committee for the potential project has been gathering input for the last several years and here’s what they’ve come up with: “trees must be replaced; repave walkways completely; desire upgraded lighting including café lights across Marine Ave.; canopy trees are preferred with some palms mixed in to add height; use of tree grates in walkways; maintain street geometry but consider ‘bump-outs’ at intersections and two mid-block locations; implement enhanced crosswalks; and reduce clutter.”

There’s a lot to it. The community is invited to attend and offer further input. Design plans and drawings will be available for observation.

B-t-w, there is some major opposition being formulated by the Balboa Island Preservation Association (BIPA). They’ve heard about the possibility of the trees being replaced and are not happy. Supposedly, they’ve hired an independent arborist who has confirmed that the eucalyptus trees in that area are in “general good health.”

The city’s findings disagree. They probably are influenced by the eucalyptus tree that fell a few years back near Irvine Ave. and 17th St./Westcliff that killed a young woman.

In any case, expect this opposition group to express their concerns when the issue is opened for public comments.

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OpenTable is an online restaurant reservation system. It was founded back in 1998.

This week they released their list of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America.” Newport Beach made the list with none other than the Rusty Pelican Restaurant located smack dab overlooking our bay.

The Rusty Pelican says that they offer “seafood fine dining in a relaxed space, with views of Newport Harbor from an outdoor patio.”

They’ve been a Newport Beach dining destination since 1972. 

Speaking of the Rusty Pelican, they also made the list of the Wine Spectator’s “Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers.” They were presented an Award of Excellence.

Other Newport Beach restaurants recognized with the Award of Excellence were Bayside Restaurant, The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and The Quiet Woman. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Andrea at the Resort at Pelican Hill and Mastro’s Ocean Club all were recognized with the Best of Award of Excellence.

Cheers!

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Orange County has always been known as a Republican stronghold. Well, that has changed in recent times. For those counting, there are now more Democrats (547,458) than Republicans (547,369). Another group totaling 440,711 have no party preference listed. 

Speaking of Democrats, Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1:30-3 p.m., the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWDC) will hold a special Day of Action at the Oasis Senior Center.

Here’s what’s in store. Their goal is “to effect change in Senate leadership by voting Mitch McConnell out of office.”

So, the NBWDC will provide attendees with postcards, pens and stamps to undertake a letter writing campaign to Kentucky voters.

If you want more information, go to www.NBWDC.org or call 949.423.6468.

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Did you find yourself sitting in the dark Wednesday night? If so, you were part of an Edison power outage due to “failed overhead equipment” near 17th St. and between Monrovia and Placentia.

The outage lasted from 8:23 to 10:27 p.m. affecting 2,800 customers. The area of the outage was south of Shalimar, east of Monrovia, and north and west of Dover Drive.

Always good to have candles and a match, or a flashlight on hand just in case.

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Okay, you’ve been waiting on the sidelines trying to decide, do I go to the Lobsterfest this Sunday or not? Well, I don’t mean to be pushy, but only 50 tickets remain.

Here is a reminder of what’s in store: fresh Maine lobster, a grilled NY strip steak, all the other fixings and live entertainment from the Pinch Me! Band.

Monies raised go to some good causes.

The festivities are on the Civic Center green from 2-7 p.m.

For tickets, go to www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com