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By TOM JOHNSON

City busy with short-term lodging requirements and boardwalk safety…and a birthday celebration awaits

Tom headshot 8.25.20New rules were initiated for short-term lodging at Tuesday’s Newport Beach City Council meeting. First off, renters would be required to be 25 years or older, and property owners would be responsible for their renters’ parking violations.

Those issues passed 4-3 and will return for a second vote on October 27.

Some of the other items being considered by Council are requiring STL renters to stay for a minimum of three nights, limiting the number of STL to 1,550 units and making the STL permits transferable to immediate family members upon death of a permit holder and also transferable to a new owner with the sale of the property.

At least one item requires approval from the California Coastal Commission.

The Council is trying to find a compromise between property owners, residents and potential renters.

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Next time you feel like speeding down the Newport Beach boardwalk, DON’T!

City Council is looking to raise “sidewalk” speeding tickets up to $200. 

It’s an attempt by the city’s Oceanfront Boardwalk Safety Program to curb bad behavior. 

Current posted speed limits of 8 mph dot the boardwalk; however, city staff is looking at posting even more signs. 

Also being considered are eliminating electric bikes and scooters.

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Business improvement districts are established for certain business types or certain business areas to pay an additional tax or levy to fund marketing or projects within the district’s boundaries.

Newport Beach has a few.

One is the Newport Beach Restaurant Business Improvement District which markets our local restaurants.

This week the City Clerk’s office announced a new member to their board. Congrats to Micah Schiesel of The Lounge Group

The Lounge Group operates a number of establishments in town including Helmsman Ale House, Malarky’s Irish Pub, Stag Bar, Dory Deli and Blackie’s By The Sea.

The term is for one year.

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It’s October 1926. The St. Louis Cards beat the New York Yankees four games to three in the 23rd World Series. Babe Ruth becomes the first player ever to hit three home runs in a World Series game.

A.A. Milne releases a new book titled Winnie the Pooh.

The National Broadcasting Corporation forms NBC.

The Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky.

A hurricane in Cuba kills 600 people, signaling the first-ever signs of “global warming.”

Oh, and Paul Salata is born in Los Angeles on October 17.

Salata would go on to a celebrated career at USC in football and baseball, before heading off to the NFL.

Fair Game Paul Salata football card

1950 Bowman football card featuring Paul Salata

In 1976, Paul would introduce Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach to the world honoring the last draft choice each year of the NFL.

Happy 94th birthday, Paulie.

Join in the fun tomorrow (Saturday) between 3-4 p.m. for a drive-by birthday celebration from his daughter Melanie’s front lawn at 2406 Francisco. Singing, yelling and waving is encouraged!

Yell loud…at 94, you just don’t hear like you used to.

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According to www.ussailing.org, congrats are in order to Newport Beach sailor Alex Curtiss and Huntington Beach’s Jake La Dow who earlier this month won the US Sailing’s 2020 Championship of Champions sailing in the Lehman 12 class.

The team won six of the overall 21 races during the competition, placed in the top four in 17, and won the event by 44 points.

The Balboa Yacht Club was the organizing authority.

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I’ve brought up Julian Dunn more than once in this column. His dad, Richard, was a writer and sports editor for me for years at the Daily Pilot.

Julian battled cancer through most of his young life and succumbed July 19, 2013 at nine, after a five-year battle with brain cancer.

Dad Rich has just released a new book available through Amazon titled One Pitch Wonder. It’s a tribute to Julian and his heroic battle, and a memoir of Rich’s career as a former professional baseball player and lifelong sportswriter.

Good stuff, check it out.

Fair Game One Pitch Wonder

Courtesy of Amazon

B-t-w, as a footnote, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store does a fundraiser annually in Julian’s name. The money raised goes to help fund Julian’s Lego Corner at CHOC

This year’s the effort raised $15,130.

Nice job!

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