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Landsea Homes lauded in three prestigious awards competitions

Landsea Homes continues to emerge as one of the best homebuilders in all areas of the industry. The Newport Beach-based company recently earned a total of eight wins at three prestigious awards competitions honoring the developer’s continued excellence in architecture, sales, interior design, home innovation and home building.

Landsea Homes lauded Lido Villas

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The kitchen and dining room areas in Lido Villas

Winning in five categories at the 2019 SoCal Awards annual competition, this recognizes superior achievements in all aspects of new home development. The company’s community, Lido Villas in Newport Beach won Best Architectural Design-Attached Home Plan, Best Interior Merchandising of an Attached Home Plan Priced $750,000 and over, and Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Community.

“It is incredibly humbling to be honored by Orange County residents, our homebuyers and our peers in the homebuilding industry who recognize our dedication to excellence in construction standards, customer satisfaction and strong passion for what we do,” said Tom Baine, division president, Southern California, Landsea Homes. “These top honors reflect our experienced and hardworking teams’ commitment to providing high quality and outstanding service.”


CdM Christmas Walk seeks volunteers

The 41st annual Corona del Mar (CdM) Christmas Walk is calling all elves! If you are able to volunteer your time, perhaps there will be something extra special in your stocking this year.

The CdM Christmas Walk takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 and the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill the following fun volunteer positions with many shifts available:

–Event Set-up

–Fireman’s Grill Hot Dog Sales

–Ushering & Welcoming Vendors and Sponsors

–Beer & Wine Garden Servers

–Beer & Wine Garden I.D. Checks

–Beer & Wine Garden Ticket Sales

–Chamber Booth – Welcoming and Drawing Ticket Sales

–Event Breakdown

Meet at the Lower Bander Restaurant Parking Lot at 3201 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. To sign up, click here.

This event benefits the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program.


CdMRA to host board meeting on Thursday

The Corona del Mar Residents Association Board (CdMRA) hosts its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The guest speaker is Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, who will provide an update on City issues and her year as mayor.

CdMRA to host board meeting Diane Dixon 11.19

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Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon is the featured speaker

All members are welcome. The meeting is held at the OASIS Senior Center 801 Narcissus Ave., Room 5, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.Cdmra.org or call/text 949.478.2454.


Central Library celebrated Digital Saturday

On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Newport Beach Central Library invited the community to enhance its technological literacy at Digital Saturday.

Digital Saturday showcased the library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, audio books and online databases, with attendees also exploring the Media Lab, Sound Lab and Tech Toys available for loan. A 53-foot Digital Bookmobile was in the library parking lot throughout the day so that readers of all ages could learn about and engage with digital books from Overdrive.

Central Library celebrated two browsing

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The Digital Bookmobile Team was excited to welcome 128 patrons onboard, where they were shown how to access their library’s digital collection through the free one-tap reading app Libby. The Southern California Digital Library houses more than 12,500 unique titles of e-books and 4,500 unique titles of digital audiobooks. Excited library staff helped patrons find their way to the bookmobile, while OverDrive’s Digital Book experts helped patrons download Libby onto their smartphones, tablets and much more.

Central Library celebrated two at computer

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

What’s next for the Library Lecture Hall? Council could tell us tonight

Fair Game Tom NewI was busy putting together another issue of Stu News Newport the other day and, as I’ve become accustomed to lately, I added in a letter to the editor from the parties on both sides of the proposed Library Lecture Hall issue. Both sides have been busy penning their thoughts.

The Lecture Hall, if approved, would be approximately 7,000 square feet with seating for 275.

A new hall would be located next to the Library, hence the title “Library Lecture Hall.” It would potentially include a ticket booth, connected lobby, restrooms, a green room for guests, a room for audio-visual and the all-important  sloped-floor that would offer better sight lines.

The cost of something like all of this would run around $7.6-$8 million, of which 50 percent would be covered through a “promised” private fundraising.

It’s planned to go to a vote Tuesday night at City Council to begin moving ahead.

So where does it stand?

Paul Watkins, Vice-Chair of the Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees, has been adamant with his support of the project, and, as vice-chair, that would seem to be expected. Watkins points out the many uses for such a hall, and how beneficial such a hall would be for the local community. 

Bob McCaffrey, on the other hand, says “NO,” primarily because he doesn’t want taxpayers to pay for it. McCaffrey is the self-appointed Volunteer Chairman of the Residents for Reform

The $7.6 million price tag is what McCaffrey takes exception to. Bob rounds up to $8 million in his claims and says it’s too much “for 6-7 annual high profile speakers sponsored by the Library Foundation.”

The “6-7” Bob refers to might be a little on the low side in my estimation, considering current Library programing offers Library Live, Medicine in Your Backyard, the Witte Speakers Series, It’s your Money, Wake Up! Newport, Speak Up Newport and separate events for the Library Foundation, Newport Mesa ProLiteracy, Friends of the Library and more.

But, let’s not let facts get in the way of a good argument.

McCaffrey, to his credit, has offered up some alternatives. I don’t think they’re quite in line with what the Library folks are aiming for, but let’s see.

For example, he’s mentioned the high school theaters at both CdM and NHHS. Well, the Newport-Mesa School District has said “no” to that idea. They say they’re already filled with their activities. 

He’s also mentioned the auditorium at Oasis Senior Center, yet, similar problems exist there with no sloped flooring, a lack of permanent seating and the other extra accoutrements lacking that would make it a complete facility.

Next up!

Last week McCaffrey did get buy-in from Lido Theater owner Fritz Duda on use of the Lido. Nice!

However, I doubt Duda would want to donate the facility, which would mean extra costs for the library that are currently not factored in. And then, using the Lido a couple hundred times a year would probably interfere with Duda’s actual plans for running the Lido as a solvent business.

The plus side is, he does have a popcorn machine.

So, where are we?

Well, I’m happy to say that I took it upon myself to run the numbers on the new Rams’ Stadium, SoFi, as they call it, being built up in Inglewood

Parking certainly wouldn’t be a problem. But, it’s filling those 80,000 seats that I can’t quite get my arms around. However, I’m reminded that we’re not actually using facts here, so, we’re still good. Right?

Rent for the year of the stadium might require using the entire City operating budget, which, again, could be problematic. But, I believe we could just stop community policing, firefighting and filling those annoying potholes around town. Then, we simply cancel everything going on, let the parks grow over and oh, those seawalls? I say just let the town flood.

Sounds like a non-starter.

So, all of that considered means the stadium is probably not an option, which brings me back to a 275-person Lecture Hall proposed to be built right next door to the Central Library at a cost of $7.6-$8 million, with half raised by the library folks.

You know, I think we might have something here. I hope the Council will concur.

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SPORTS: Is CdM football on a roll or what? Saturday they beat Cajon (San Bernardino), 42-14. Quarterback Ethan Garbers threw for six TDs, wide receiver John Humphreys caught three of them.

Next up for the 12-0 Sea Kings will be Alemany (Mission Hills) in the semifinals on Friday.

And that’s not all. Newport Harbor football is also still alive and well. (Or, as Eric Longabardi says, “The band has another gig!”).

Friday night the Sailors beat Monrovia, 24-20, to move onto the semi-finals in Division 9 next week against Highland (Palmdale). Site to be determined. 

Speaking of sports, congrats also to the CdM girls’ tennis team who beat Marlborough (Los Angeles), 11-7, last week to win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. It’s their second title in three years and 10th section championship for the program’s history.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Mateo is here to say hello. At the perfect age of three years old and a poodle mix, you couldn’t ask for anything more. A little shy at the first meet up but sweet, humans grow on him pretty quick. Mateo loves playtime, and we can consider him a little Einstein. If you’ve been looking for that “non-shedding” pup that is filled with zest, we’d love to introduce you to Mateo. 

Pet of the Week Mateo

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MEET MATEO

If you are interested in finding out more about Mateo, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 949.644.3656, email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information related to the shelter’s undertakings, please feel free to visit the shelter’s affiliated nonprofit’s website, www.FONBAS.org. FONBAS (humans and furries alike) looks forward to making your acquaintance. 

Also, consider becoming a founding member of an incredible nonprofit that supports the city’s efforts with providing wonderful opportunities to our stray, injured, ill and owner surrendered domestic pets.

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


A day in the wilds at the Buffalo Ranch in Newport Beach

By DUNCAN FORGEY

We are jittery with excitement. Mrs. Brown, our teacher at Newport Elementary School, sensed that something was coming. Yes, it is Peter’s birthday and he is throwing a party. It is not going to be a typical party with paper hats, paper plates, hot dogs, ice cream, cake and a piñata. No, this one is going to be something really special. In hindsight, Peter’s birthday would turn out to be one of those grateful moments that even as a senior citizen, it seems only like yesterday.

Newport kids today want to go to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, teen musical concerts, a super-hero movie or stay at home with bounce houses, live horses or clowns. Unlike modern day kids, “old Newporters” were blessed with an endless expanse of open space surrounding them, contrasting with 21st century Orange County – an endless city where open space is an endangered species.

The year is 1956 and nine 7-year-olds are giddy with an opportunity to do something new. We gang up four boys and three girls and pack into a 1955 Cadillac and a 1948 Chevy Woody. Our version of sexism goes along with the 1950 social norms of “boys will be boys” and “girls should be girls.” It is not a form of prejudice, but a reality of post-World War II times. 

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Newport Elementary class, 1955-1956

There are no seatbelts, nor I-pads or videos to entertain us. So, both cars are loaded with excitement. At times when it seems like our youthful energy will explode like a pressure cooker, all it took was a stern voice and rules of engagement handed down by our parents kicking in quickly to calm the scene.

After the drive to a distant and sleepy Corona del Mar, we turn left up a two-lane MacArthur Boulevard. We drive a couple miles surrounded by the vast expanses of the Irvine Ranch. It was in the middle of this bare land that we came upon our destination: The Buffalo Ranch. Being the same distance as the dump, we felt like it was “out in the middle of nowhere.”     

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Photos of Buffalo Ranch by Robert Geivet, 1955

Courtesy of the Orange County Courthouse Museum/Orange County archives

The Buffalo Ranch, the west’s largest herd in the 1950s, is still delineated by a bronze bison at MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon Drive

For naïve, small-town kids of the 1950s, the opportunity to be around cowboys, “Indians” and buffalo is truly a day made in heaven. Owner Gene Clark, a building contractor from Kansas, leased 115 acres of rolling hills from the Irvine Company and imported 72 buffalo, creating the largest herd of bison in the west.

We turn right onto the property and see Porter’s Western Store and a white silo named “Buffalo burgers.” What a sight. There is a real wooden barn with fences. Chickens and peacocks are running all around. There is not a sign of stucco anywhere and very little cement. It is Old West style, and we feel like we have just arrived in a different era. 

Driving through the dusty ranch, we are up close and personal with the huge animals. This makes us go crazy. With heads sticking out windows and arms waving, we yell to the docile animals like they were old friends. Each of us tries to be the first to discover something new and then announce it to the others.

“Look. Up there on the hill. That one is huge,” yells Craig.  “No, over there. Look, he is bigger,” counters Billy. “Look at those two running,” interjects Judye. “Boy, they are really big. How would you like to be in a stampede?” challenges Bob, acting as the local cowboy expert.

The ride seems as if it takes hours. Our imaginations exploded with thoughts of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Annie Oakley and last Saturday’s live appearance of Cowboy Bob at the Lido Theater. Weekly episodes of Gunsmoke, The Rifleman and The Lone Ranger were family favorites we watched on our small black and white RCA TVs.

These animals are intriguing and beautiful in an “old west” sort of way. For those of us living near the Pacific Ocean, all we know about the wild west is what Hollywood wants us to know. Now, we were up close and personal with these giant beasts. They are as foreign to us as African elephants. Distant zoos, yearly fairs, Barnum and Bailey circuses and David Attenborough nature films were our only connection to nature outside the abundant seaside eco-environment where we lived.

One thing is for certain: We were never taught about the indiscriminate slaughter of these once dominant animals. The American Bison numbered nearly 60 million 9,000 years ago. They roamed from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. Our American species range in size from 9 to 11 feet and weigh 701 to 2,205 lbs. Both their meat and thick coats made them targets for Native Americans, but it was the rifle in the 1800s and the Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show that unleashed an unrestricted carnage of bison by so called “buffalo hunters.” Commercial hunting combined with diseases bought by settlers and their livestock, resulted in an apocalyptic reduction of their numbers to 541 by 1889. Protection and restorative efforts have resulted in today’s number rising to about 40,000, mostly in national parks and reserves.

After our cruise through the ranch and time with these wonderful beasts, we gathered into a large Indian tent. Chief Push-Ma-Ta-Ha and Chief Geronimo III were the real “Indians” at the Ranch. They are there to talk about the Native American experience slanted with 1950s perspectives. Once in the tent, Chief Push-Ma-Ta-Ha sat us in a large circle and lit a small fire in honor of Peter’s special day. Because our love of the west is defined by Hollywood and movies like Broken Arrow, Distant Drums and Fort Apache, there is a general belief that Native Americans were an obstacle to burgeoning America and the “Manifest Destiny” movement.   

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A chief on the Buffalo Ranch shares Native American stories

Chief Geronimo chants in his native Athabaskan language and tells us deep and philosophical stories about animals and nature. He is talking of things close to our heart, but which were not as exciting as the battles of the central plains that we saw in the movies. Native American philosophy about nature and the spiritual value of the earth was in its infancy among mainstream America. Both chiefs treated us with great kindness and respect. Chief Push-Ma-Ta-Ha give each of us an “Indian name” which holds great importance to the chief.

Due to miniscule attention spans and a driving hunger, the true significance of what we were being told would be lost until decades later, when the plight of Native Americans and their reservations became a widely known story.   

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The Buffalo Ranch served up buffalo burgers, beans and sody pop

Our next stop is the silo, where we feast on 55-cent buffalo burgers, 20-cent buffalo beans and 10-cent “sody pops.” Mimicking our favorite cowboys, as each of us ate, we pretend we are on the plains of Wyoming getting ready for a buffalo hunt. On the way back to the car, we ride on an old fire truck, a miniature train and walk through “Yungins Zoo” with barn animals, pheasants and more peacocks. Quite a diverse menagerie for kids used to seagulls and seafood.  Heading back to the beach, even though our energy was subdued with fatigue, we were full of banter about the old west and our favorite cowboy or “Indian.”

Less than a month ago, I drove to the corner of MacArthur and Bonita Canyon. Here, I paid homage to the bronze-like sculpture of a buffalo that now stands in plain sight, yet invisible to the never-ending flow of cars whizzing by at freeway speeds. New residents of Newport Beach, always in a rush, don’t notice the humble beast honored on the roadway, nor do they think about the near extinction of an entire species. To this day, those of us who are “war babies” have a mixed love and a subdued guilt about certain historical events that transpired in the growth of this great nation. But, if history is not spoken and/or taught or more importantly if the younger generations do not listen, we may be destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over. 

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Duncan Forgey, a lifelong resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Corona del Mar Plaza revitalization is complete

Corona del Mar Plaza storefront facades

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Photo by Lana Johnson

Corona del Mar Plaza has completed its renovation, which includes new landscaping, paver replacements, enhanced storefront facades, updated outdoor gathering areas and improved parking to increase traffic flow


Fall beach days

Fall beach pier

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Warm temps have made for perfect fall beach weather


Flashback Friday is here...and we want your mug

Flashback Friday harkens back to yesterday...and we think it’s fun that our readers have been submitting their “mugs” so others can try and guess who is in the photo.

We want yours!

Send in a treasured photo from your past. It can be of you, your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member...you get the idea. Include who is in the photo, when it was taken and any interesting things you can share about the pic.

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday to post in Stu News on Friday, to end the work week on a high note.

Please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


NMUSD high schools celebrate Kindness Week

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is celebrating Kindness Week with a variety of activities.

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) activities:

–Sunday, Nov. 17: Students decorated two walls – one is filled with posters, the other has a wave that states, “Catch the Kindness Wave,” and it is a mosaic of all 2,400 student names.

–Monday, Nov. 18: “Be kind post it notes” went up all over campus by lunchtime.

–Wednesday, Nov. 20: Every NHHS student on campus will get a reusable water bottle in order to reuse and reduce single use plastic to “be kind to the ocean.” Also, every day at break and lunch through Wednesday, the students will be writing notes of encouragement to each other, “kindness grams,” and then they’ll be delivered on Friday.

NHHS celebrates Kindness Week

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Newport Harbor High School posted “kindness grams” last year

Corona del Mar High School (CdMHS) activities:

–Monday, Nov. 18: Students opened doors for others, showed an educational video on daily challenges and passed out kindness wristbands.

–Tuesday, Nov. 19: Students will take time to smile at others as they pass them in the hallways and pass out buckets full of candy, stress balls, bubbles, etc.

–Wednesday, Nov. 20: On “Wellness Wednesday,” students will give teachers a “high five.” There will be beaded friendship bracelets circulated during lunch, and “kindness grams” written during breaks.

–Thursday, Nov. 21: Theme TBD, but students will write “kindness grams” during breaks and a beach cleanup video will be viewed.

–Friday, Nov. 22: Theme TBD, but “kindness grams” will be delivered, hot cocoa will be shared before school and a beach cleanup video will be viewed.

All NMUSD High Schools: On Saturday, Nov. 23, join Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Back Bay, Costa Mesa, Estancia and Early College high schools for a Beach Cleanup at Balboa Pier from 9-11 a.m. (arrive by 8 a.m.) Roll up your sleeves to help keep our beach clean and receive a commemorative T-shirt. Bring reusable water bottles and they will provide granola bars. A free parking code will be provided. Meet at 1 Balboa Pier, Balboa. The public is invited to help culminate Kindness Week.

Editor’s Note: Kindness Week happenings took or will take place at NMUSD Costa Mesa high schools, as well.


NB Chamber to hold Sunset Mixer at GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos on Thursday

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) invites you to its November Sunset Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos.

GuacAmigos is an authentic Mexican food collaboration developed by Playboy Playmate Nicole Dahm and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The restaurant features fresh food and fine tequila in an upscale casual atmosphere with colorful Latin accents, skate and snowboard memorabilia and an amazing Newport Harbor view.

Newport Beach Chamber tacos

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Inventive tacos served up at GuacAmigos

Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a great atmosphere. There is a no-host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and opportunity drawings.

Cost: NBCC members are free; guests, $35. Reservations are not required. Metered street parking and public lots are available with $8 valet parking.

GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos is located at 2607 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

For more information, call Pam Smith at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, 949.729.4411 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 11.19.19

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Well, these men are having fun! Check out those matching suits. That’s because, in the early 1900s, you could rent your bathing suits when you came to Balboa. It certainly made dressing for the beach a breeze.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sand, surf and sun

Sand Surf drone

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Photo by Emily Kaszton 

A bird’s-eye view of our breathtaking shore


Spirit Run: team building for a cause

Is your company looking for a team building activity? What about one benefiting charity?

Consider Spirit Run’s new Company Team Building Program. Register your team to run or walk together at Spirit Run on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Fashion Island. You can also choose a Spirit Run charity to benefit from the team’s registration fees. Go the extra mile and solicit tax deductible donations for the charity through Spirit Run’s online fundraising platform. Spirit Run charities support schools, youth sports teams, international student exchange programs, military connected families and children, and lost, abandoned and injured animals.

Spirit Run Adult 5k

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Adult 5k start at Spirit Run

With 15 running and walking events, Spirit Run has something for every age and fitness level. Adults can run or walk a mile, 5k, 10k, or all three. Recruit family and friends to your team. Youth events include the Youth 5k, 1/4- to one-mile races for age 4-18 and a Toddler Trot. Families participate together in the Family Mile or 5k Family Walk. Even your four-legged BFF can run or walk with you in the Dog Mile.

In between races, enjoy breakfast and live music, wind down with a massage, and shop and gather health and fitness tips in Spirit Run’s Youth, Fitness & Dog Expo. If you brought them, the kids will love the rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mini skate park, and many more activities at Camp Newport. Bring your dog or adopt a new one at the Dog Expo.

Spirit Run 5k Family Walk

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Take part in the 5k Family Walk 

Spirit Run has many features for successful team building. Physical activity has many health and social benefits, but not everyone is up to the challenge of typical team sports activities. Spirit Run allows your team to choose a distance and pace appropriate for everyone on the team. Also, rather than competing, the team will encourage one another as they run or walk to the finish line. They will bond further knowing their physical achievement also helps the charity they chose. Finally, the team will enjoy time together out of the office, on a beautiful Sunday morning, runnning, or walking along the palm tree-lined street circling Fashion Island.

Spirit Run Dog Walk

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Participate in the Dog Walk with your beloved furry friend

Spirit Run suggests ways to enhance your team’s experience. Train together for Spirit Run at its evening training Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Newport Harbor High beginning January 6, 2020. Show team spirit by completing your event in team gear and afterward, compete in the “Spirit” themed costume contest. Visit the Evening Training Program Page here and Spirit Features page here for details.

Spirit Run Family Team Building

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Family Team Building

In its 37th year, Spirit Run is a Newport Beach tradition celebrated by generations of Newport Beach families. It also has many prominent, long-time sponsors and supporters. Find out why Steve Scott, Olympian and World Record Holder for the most sub four-minute miles, attends Spirit Run every year in this six minute Spirit Run 2019 Video here.

Newport-Mesa companies, sign up your team to run for a cause at Spirit Run at the Company Team Building Page here. Visit Spirit Run’s website at www.nmspiritrun.org for event details.


Gardner and Walker honored at celebratory gala

On Friday, Nov. 15, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala at the Balboa Bay Resort to celebrate the 2019 Newport Beach Citizen of the Year, Nancy Gardner and Business Person of the Year, Jim Walker, the first time this latter recognition has been bestowed. A gathering of more than 220, including our civic leaders, past Citizens of the Year, members of the Chamber’s Commodores Club and community supporters shared a cocktail reception followed by an evening of a sit-down dinner along with camaraderie and goodwill, all commemorating the accomplishments and achievements of two outstanding individuals to our city.

Gardner Nancy and Jim

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2019 Newport Beach Business Person of the Year Jim Walker and Nancy Gardner, Citizen of the Year with their awards

Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber, kicked off the festivities with a welcoming introduction.

Gardner Steve Rosansky

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Steve Rosansky welcomes guests at the gala

Next, guests enjoyed lively conversation during a delicious three-course dinner. The meal began with an arugula and spinach salad with poached pear, dried cherry, candied walnut and gorgonzola cheese in a port wine vinaigrette. The second course was glazed beef short rib, golden potato puree and baby root vegetables. And, to satisfy the sweet tooth, dessert culminated the meal with a chocolate trio bombe.

Gardner Jill, Bill, Marie

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(L-R) Jill Johnson-Tucker, Bill Hamilton and Marie Case at the reception

Comments by Mayor Diane Dixon followed, sharing that this was the 70th year we have celebrated Citizen of the Year.

Master of Ceremonies was Rush Hill, former Newport Beach Mayor and 1997 Citizen of the Year, who made introductions from the podium. Each of this year’s esteemed recipients shared their heartfelt thoughts and gratitude.

Gardner Paul and Grace

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Paul Watkins, vice-chair of the Newport Beach Library Board of Trustees and Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Gardner Liddy, Scott, Dorothy

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(L-R) Liddy and Scott Paulsen mingle with Dorothy Larson

Gardner Jim and Kay Walker

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Jim and Kay Walker


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Homeless Update – The Homeless Task Force met on November 13 and voted to recommend to the City Council to restructure the Task Force as an Ad Hoc Council Committee to allow for a more rapid response to issues related to homelessness. If the Resolution to restructure the Task Force is adopted by the City Council on November 19, the Ad Hoc Committee will still hold regular public meetings regarding the City’s strategies for addressing homelessness. The Homeless Task Force thanks the seven residents for providing their expertise and insights to the City’s process and as a continued resource to the Ad Hoc Committee. 

General Plan Update - Listen and Learn Workshops – In the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 12, The General Plan Steering Committee held its first Listen & Learn workshop related to the future General Plan update. It took place within Council District 2 at the 16th Street Recreation Center (870 W. 16th Street, Newport Beach). With just about 50 community members in attendance, the room was standing room only. Those in attendance listened to presentations focused on the General Plan, as well as the topic of the night, which was the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) determination of 4,832 units for the City of Newport Beach and what it means for the General Plan and Housing Element. 

Attendees also participated in digital live polling and hands-on activities. One activity was deciding community values where each table had to prioritize its top five values and report out to the larger group. The second activity invited the attendees to determine where the current State-mandated 4,832 units should go. Overall, the evening was very productive with a lot of information shared. This was just the first of seven workshops. Community members are invited to attend any of the workshops. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

–November 20, 6-8 p.m., Newport Coast Community Center (O’Neill, Council District 7)

–November 21, 6-8 p.m., OASIS Senior Center (Brenner, Council District 6)

–December 3, 6-8 p.m., Central Library Friends Meeting Room (Herdman, Council District 5)

–December 11, 6-8 p.m., Bonita Creek Community Center (Muldoon, Council District 4)

–December 12, 6-8 p.m., Marina Park Community Center (Dixon, Council District 1) 

For more information and to get involved, please visit www.NewportTogether.com.

Seismic Design Seminar – The Community Development Department held a Seismic Design of Buildings seminar that addressed the new code changes for design of buildings and structures in this active seismic zone. The discussion focused on new provisions for site-specific design as it relates to seismic near fault sources. The seminar provided illustrations for design methodology, content and understanding seismic design requirements. The seminar will help design professionals to design compliant buildings and also assist City staff with understanding enforcement of the upcoming new code regulations. 

Cottage Preservation Update – On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Planning Commission is scheduled to review revisions to the proposed cottage preservation code amendments. The Planning Commission originally reviewed the proposed amendments on October 17 and voted to continue the item to allow staff additional time to revise certain aspects of the amendments. Staff has since incorporated changes to address their concerns raised, including clarifying the applicability of the program, prohibiting short-term rentals, and reducing the amount of expansion permitted. The intent of the amendments is to provide a voluntary, incentive-based option for homeowners seeking to remodel, but preserve traditional beach cottages. Typically, cottages do not provide all the code-required parking and additions are limited to 10 percent of the existing floor area. The amendments would allow larger additions (up to 50 percent of the existing floor area or 500 square feet, whichever is greater) without providing the minimum code-required parking when the project would result in the preservation of the cottage character and building envelope that is representative of traditional development patterns in the City. Eligible projects would also receive relief from a building code valuation threshold requiring building code compliance as new construction. 

Newport Village Mixed-Use Project: Notice of Preparation and Public Scoping Meeting – Department released a notice of preparation and initial study for the Newport Village Mixed-Use Project (PA2017-253). 

The proposed project consists of the construction of 122 residential dwelling units and 128,640 square feet of existing and new nonresidential floor area. The design includes a new publicly accessible waterfront promenade and 827 surface, structured, and subterranean parking spaces. The existing bulkheads would be reinforced and capped along the waterfront. The proposed marina design would add headwalk sections, a new gangway, and reduce the total number of slips from 68 slips to 63 slips. 

The notice of preparation includes an invitation for public input regarding what should be studied in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The 30-day public comment period runs from November 8, 2019 through December 9, 2019. An electronic copy of the notice of preparation and project summary are available online: www.newportbeachca.gov/ceqa and hard copies are available to view at City Hall and public libraries. All comments or other responses to this notice should be submitted in writing to: Makana Nova, Associate Planner, City of Newport Beach, Community Development Department, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.644.3249. 

The City will also conduct a public scoping meeting where attendees can learn more about the proposed project and the EIR process. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. 

Insider’s Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting on November 19 – Our next City Council meeting is (tonight) Tuesday, Nov. 19. Items that may be of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed here. 

Study session begins at 5 p.m. for this meeting and includes a discussion on proposed changes to the City’s ordinance on short-term lodging, as recommended by the Council Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee has met several times and received public input on potential revisions. It is anticipated an updated ordinance will be introduced in early 2020. 

The regular session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: On the consent calendar is the restructure of the Homeless Task Force, as recommended by the task force on November 12. The restructure into an Ad Hoc Council committee will provide greater public participation directly with Council members and allow recommendations to be made in a more expedited and efficient manner. 

Also on the consent calendar is the proposed consolidation of two existing waste collection contracts into one for commercial refuse removal services, following a procurement process. The single contract, to CR&R, provides for more efficient administration and expanded service terms to ensure compliance with new state laws diversion program requirements. 

For public hearing is approval of conceptual design for the Superior Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge and Parking Lot Project. This project includes a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Superior, and two design options are presented for Council consideration. The project also includes a larger replacement parking lot and a recreational area. Based on feedback from the community, three alternatives for the recreational area are presented, with a dog park included as one of the alternatives. If the concept design is approved, the project will move into final design and construction is estimated to begin summer 2021. 

Also on public hearing is consideration of a water rate increase. Water rates have not increased since 2014 and adjustments are needed to fund the increased costs to purchase and pump water, to operate the system, and fund the water system capital improvement program. To properly sustain the water system over the long term, 7.4 percent increases each year for 5 years is recommended. The average rate increase for the first year is approximately $3.38/month per household. The first rate increase would be effective January 1, 2020. 

On current business is approval of a project design consultant for the proposed new Central Library Lecture Hall building design. At the March 12 Council study session, City Council endorsed support for this project and in July established the Library Lecture Hall Design Committee. The committee reviewed design consultant proposals and recommends Council award a contract to Robert Coffee Architects + Associates. The proposed fee of $637,670 includes developing four conceptual designs, attending community and committee meetings, and presenting concepts to Council. The fee also includes the next phases of final design and planning approvals and preparing the construction bid documents. The time necessary to complete all of these phases and award a contract for construction is estimated to be 18 months. Project construction would be anticipated to begin summer 2021.


Artisan Marketplace coming to the ENC

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., when the Artisan Marketplace takes place at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC).

Be a positive part of the local economy by visiting the ENC and shopping for handmade gifts – perfect for the holidays – from more than 50 local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable arts and crafts. Food and music add to the festivities.

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Your friends and family will love that you cared enough about them to think about our planet when you purchased their unique gift. You’ll love spending the day in nature, instead of at a shopping mall.

The entry fee is $2 and goes directly to the ENC’s environmental education programs. Click here for more information.

The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Carols and Classics: Holiday Organ Spectcular to dazzle on December 17

Marvel at the 4,322-pipe, $3.1 million king of instruments that is the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ as the musicians of Pacific Symphony join forces with concert organist Todd Wilson for another grand “Holiday Organ Spectacular.”

Programming a musical cocktail of sacred and holiday music alongside traditional organ works, the evening will be sure to reflect upon the season’s joyful festivities. Musicians from the Symphony include the evening’s host Barry Perkins, trumpet; Mindy Ball, harp; Dennis Kim, violin; Meredith Crawford, viola; and Elliott Moreau, bassoon and saxophone.

Carols and Classics organ

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The 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ

The “Holiday Organ Spectacular” takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Single tickets start at $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This concert is part of the Symphony’s 2019-20 Pedals & Pipes Series, a trio of concerts showcasing the hall’s William J. Gillespie Concert Organ, and is generously sponsored by Valerie and Barry Hon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Clippers recognize Early College High School teacher

Early College High School (ECHS) teacher Anne Lawrence was selected as the 2019 Outstanding Teacher as part of the LA Clippers Teacher Appreciation Program. She was recognized for her hard work and dedication to students. 

Lawrence has greatly influenced students as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) senior seminar teacher, in addition to her regular role as a math teacher and more at her school. She also serves as a California College Application Success Campaign committee member and developed the feature sophomore project, a project where 10th grade students create a virtual nonprofit organization, to be a community-involved experience.

Clippers recognize Early College High

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Anne Lawrence

“Mrs. Lawrence is extremely committed to our students, always willing to do what it takes to ensure their success,” said ECHS Principal Dr. Dave Martinez. “She never ceases to amaze me, and we are proud to have her on our team.” 

Lawrence was recognized at an on-court ceremony on November 7, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This is the third year in a row that an ECHS teacher has been recognized by the Los Angeles Clippers.


Mesa Water supports scholarships, educational resources through Christmas Fantasia

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) is sponsoring Vanguard University’s 23rd annual Christmas Fantasia at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the event benefit Vanguard’s music students, scholarships and educational resources. Both the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Vanguard University are Mesa Water customers.

“As part of our outreach efforts, Mesa Water supports institutions in our service area, including Vanguard University, which promotes academic excellence in Costa Mesa and beyond,” said Shawn Dewane, Mesa Water Board president. “Our sponsorship directly benefits students, and we are pleased to give back to our community by championing academics and the arts.”

Mesa Water supports scholarships

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Throughout the school year, Mesa Water also provides water education assemblies for fifth-grade classes at local elementary schools, and participates in the Children’s Water Education Festival, which is annually attended by more than 7,500 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Orange County students to learn about water resources.

Christmas Fantasia will be held Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $28. The performance features beloved carols and musical masterpieces performed by Vanguard’s nationally recognized vocal and instrumental ensembles.

For tickets and to learn more, visit www.vanguard.edu/fantasia. 

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mesa Water District is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and unincorporated Orange County including John Wayne Airport.


Open Gate International raises nearly $250,000 at inaugural Amuse Bash

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and wife Deidre Pujols, founder and CEO of Open Gate International, hosted the inaugural Amuse Bash on November 2 at The Renaissance in Newport Beach to raise funds to continue to equip those in vulnerable life situations with culinary and life skills. More than 200 supporters gathered together to raise nearly $250,000 to elevate the life changing work of Open Gate International.

“We are deeply grateful to our community of supporters for being a part of the inaugural Amuse Bash and making it a tremendous success,” said Deidre Pujols, founder of Open Gate International. “We are proud to be part of a community that shares our belief in the value of helping survivors find their way, and with their support we will be able to provide even more individuals with a path to stand on their own and create a future for themselves.”

Open Gate International Deidre and Alex Pujols

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Deidre Pujols, founder and CEO of Open Gate International and husband, Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols

The event kicked off with a VIP meet and greet with the Pujols, followed by a cocktail hour featuring Albert’s private wine label from Engine House 25. After mingling, attendees were seated for a three-course dinner beginning with a salad of golden beet carpaccio, watercress, frisée, candied pecans, blue cheese, thinly sliced red onion and an apple cider vinaigrette. The featured entrees included guest’s choice of balsamic glazed chicken breast, pan seared salmon or seasonal squash ravioli.

Jason Mercado, a 2018 graduate of the culinary program welcomed guests and invited each to learn more about the nonprofit through graduate stories like his. Judy Lamborn, executive director of Open Gate International, then shared the nonprofit’s mission and how the mission comes to life in the lives of students both nationally and internationally.

Following dinner, Deidre Pujols shared her hopes for the future and invited guests to be a part of that journey. Kicking off the live auction, Albert shared a few words of support for the work his wife and the team at Open Gate International have done and are planning to accomplish in the future.

Open Gate International Mark and Stephanie McGwire

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Major League Baseball star Mark McGwire and wife Stephanie

Live auction items included an Angels VIP Diamond Club Experience with on-field batting practice and six Diamond Club seats and Private Dinner at the Anaheim White House with the Pujolses and Chef Bruno Serato. Additional live auction items included a five-night stay at the Pujols’ personal residence in the Dominican Republic (airfare included), where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy two rounds of golf, meals prepped by a private chef, access to resort amenities and more. A Moldova wine experience was also included in the auction, including a six-night stay at a high-end resort in Moldova, a tour of the Moldova wine country with Deidre and more. Last, but certainly not least, a three-night stay at the Montage in Cabo San Lucas with airfare included, two spa treatments and much more was auctioned off to the highest bidder.

As dinner and the live auction wrapped up, guests were invited to dance the night away to an upbeat performance by Liquid Blue.

In addition to the Pujolses, other special guests in attendance included former Major League Baseball star Mark McGwire and wife Stephanie, Urban Decay Cosmetics Wende Zomnir and husband Tilly’s board member Doug Collier and Top Chef Amar Santana.

Open Gate International Judy Lamborn

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Open Gate International Executive Director Judy Lamborn

 “I have big dreams and goals for our headquarters in Orange County and beyond. There is more work to be done,” said Open Gate International Executive Director Judy Lamborn. “One hundred and thirty-two students have graduated from our program in Orange County, and I would love to stand in front of you next year and say that hundreds more have successfully graduated with the skills and tools to succeed, locally and around the world.”

Open Gate International identifies vocational opportunities throughout the world that will provide vulnerable individuals with the opportunity to gain independent economic success. The organization develops free programs with top-tier professionals, while integrating life skills and job placement assistance, to help those served achieve sustainable life success.

For more information on Open Gate International, visit www.opengateintl.org.


OCMA offers panel discussion with artist Carolina Caycedo

On Saturday, Nov. 16, stop by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) at 3 p.m. for a special event: Panel Discussion | Sacred and Healing Waters; Fluid Memory in Orange County.

Celebrate the opening of the second phase of artist Carolina’s Caycedo’s exhibition and join a panel discussion with a reception to follow. Caycedo is discussing her new work in the context of climate crisis and drought in Southern California with indigenous scholars and activists Cindy Alvitre, Angela M. D’Arcy and Charles Sepulveda. Their conversation will explore what we can learn from how the rivers across Orange County used to flow and flood, and enduring ways of inhabiting our planet.

To RSVP, click here.

OCMA offers panel discussion Caycedo exhibit

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Artworks by Carolina Caycedo at OCMA

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA is located in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. It is the museum’s temporary venue while it builds its Thom Mayne-designed new home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Admission to and parking are free. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.ocmaexpand.org.


SCAPE gallery to hold artists’ reception

On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m., stop by SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar to enjoy a free artists’ reception and view its new exhibition titled Ruminate showcasing 17 artworks by six artists.

Selected for their quiet, controlled energy, each artwork reveals meticulous and innovative use of materials. The personnel at SCAPE refer to the work in this exhibition as “slow art.” 

The featured artists include Anna Bogatin Ott, Gregory Hayes, Joseph Cohen and Eric Beltz. In addition, view artwork by Marrietta Patricia Lies and Miya Ando. The Ruminate exhibition continues through Saturday, Dec. 21.

SCAPE gallery Bogatin Ott art

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“BV21,” acrylic on canvas over board, 20x20” by Anna Bogatin Ott

Anna Bogatin Ott’s visual imagery explores ideas focused on the transient and intimate beauty found in nature; its order, its harmony and the purity of natural imperfection are an important influence. Her creative process is a meditative practice by way of her repetitive brush strokes. The quiet vibration of each work invites viewers to experience visual sensations that are contemplative and peaceful.    

SCAPE gallery Gregory Hayes art

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 “Untitled (OB),” acrylic on paper, 32x32” by Gregory Hayes

Exploring how paint can be used as a medium through various tools and techniques beyond the brush, Gregory Hayes reinterprets what it means to mix colors and present patterns through everything from his mathematically inspired paintings on canvas to his organically intertwined works on paper. “My objective is to heighten the viewer’s sensitivity to subtle variations and to reveal that pictorial complexity can be achieved through a restricted vocabulary,” Hayes stated.

SCAPE gallery Joseph Cohen art

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 “Proposition 471,” pigment, diamond dust and varnish on birch, 41x35.5” by Joseph Cohen

Joseph Cohen has always been interested in the specific investigation of material and the diverse responses reached through engagement with the Art Object. His Proposition series reveals a play between both the physical and chromatic natures of paint, which allows the substance a sensual viscous nature.  Paint can flow, drip and carry the brushstroke’s gesture, while at the same time being governed by the laws of gravity, measured geometrically and formed mechanically. “By creating a chemical conversation, I am enthralled with the incessant change of pace, a slowing-down, that allows the viewer the opportunity for contemplative exercises of the mind,” Cohen said.

SCAPE gallery Eric Beltz art

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“Twenty-Five Inch Sun/Holy Flower of the North Star,” graphite on bristol board, 25x25” by Eric Beltz

Highly rendered and rich with patterns of triangles, diamonds, hexagons and circles, the drawings of Eric Beltz offer a visually dynamic field that captures the wonder of gazing into the unknowable vastness of space. Each drawing explores cosmic weightlessness, mind-bending reflections and pattern as a way to conjure up the magnetic forces between planets, moons and stars. Under close observation, the black and white drawings vibrate and create phantom colors that play with optical perception. “I have not used color in my work for 10 years but have stumbled across a method to make my grayscale palette bleed chromatic hallucinations,” Beltz shared.

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.scapesite.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Controversial bayfront project begins long road to development with “scoping meeting” Wednesday

Fair Game Tom NewNext Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Civic Center, there will be an important scoping meeting to discuss a critical portion of Mariner’s Mile and what its future holds.

The area in question for discussion is made up of two parcels of land located on opposite sides of W. Coast Highway. One is 5.3 acres and the other is 4.1. Existing on the site presently is a mix of retail, marine-related commercial, boat rental, service uses, office and surface parking lots. 

Think A’maree’s on one side and boat sales on the other.

The eventual project would entail demolishing existing structures (except A’maree’s and boat sales offices across the way) and then redeveloping by constructing a mixed-use development.

What would be included is 122 residential dwelling units, with 14 condos on the A’maree’s parcel and 108 apartments across the way.

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Map of the proposed project sites on Mariner’s Mile

There would also be 128,640 square feet of nonresidential, made up of 96,905 sq. ft. of existing and new office, 19,820 sq. ft. of boat/vehicle sales and 11,915 sq. ft. of existing and new retail/food service.

Add to that a publicly accessible waterfront promenade and 827 surface, structured and subterranean parking spaces.

A marina with somewhere between 63 to 68 slips would also be included.

According to the City, the following discretionary approvals would be needed: 1) Approval in Concept (would require Coastal Commission review); 2) Coastal Developmental Permit that allows the construction of the project and planned uses in the Coastal Zone; 3) Conditional Use Permit that allows a parking management program; 4) Major Site Development Review which considers the scope of the project and allows for adjustments of heights; 5) Tentative Tract Map that merges the underlying parcels and allows the condos; and 6) Traffic Study that considers what the proposed increases in vehicle trips would mean pursuant to the City’s Traffic Phasing Ordinance.

Other actions would require coordination with Caltrans for improvements involving the public right-of-way on W. Coast Highway.

This will be a controversial project that is certain to see opposition from residents above the Mariner’s Mile area and, almost certainly, SPON.

You can read more about the Notice of Preparation at www.newportbeachca.gov/ceqa.

Obviously, the public is urged to participate in discussions of the magnitude that will potentially affect our community.

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To bee or not to bee, that is the question. If you decide it’s to bee, then mark down Saturday, Nov. 23 for Beekeeping – The Basics. It takes place at the OC Fairgrounds beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

If you want to join the party, you must register by Thursday, Nov. 21 at www.ocfair.com/gardenclasses.

 “Participants will learn about the history and folklore of honeybees, their importance in pollination and hive social structure. There will also be a discussion on problems bees are facing today.”

You’ll also find out what you can do to help their survival. Finally, there’ll be a tasting to end the day of, what else, honey.

It’s $5 to cover materials and/or handouts.

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We have a new store to add to your Christmas shopping plans this holiday season. On Sunday, Dec. 1 the Balboa Island Museum and its Museum Store will participate with some 1,100 museum stores worldwide.

The BI Museum will offer up some unique items including books, jewelry, children’s products and home accessories.

Purchases will “support the missions and programs of each participating institution” worldwide.

On that particular day, shoppers will receive 10 percent off and members 20 percent.

The Balboa Island Museum is located at 210 B Marine Ave. in, where else, but Balboa Island.


Flashback Friday: Answer

Nancy Gardner, seen above at age 5 and Jim Walker, at age 3, will be recognized tonight when the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce honors them as the 2019 Newport Beach Citizen of the Year and Business Person of the Year, respectively, at Balboa Bay Resort. Congratulations Nancy and Jim!

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Flashback Friday

May I have this dance?

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Here is our Flashback Friday...harkening back to yesterday...and we hope you can guess who it is.

Clue: He might have pulled on her pigtails back then, but tonight, how about a dance?

Good luck guessing this one. The answer appears today at the bottom of Stu News.

Send in a treasured past photo! You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. Or one of your special friend.

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line and include who is in the photo, when it was taken and any interesting things you can share about the pic. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


School’s out, surf’s in 

Schools out surfs in

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After-school Newport Beach surf session


Surfing into sunset

Surfing into wave

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Catching a wave during another lovely fall night in Newport


Orange County Coastkeeper earns 4-star rating

Orange County Coastkeeper’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the nonprofit a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates. This is the third time Coastkeeper has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

“Orange County Coastkeeper’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Coastkeeper to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Coastkeeper.”

For more information on Orange County Coastkeeper, visit www.coastkeeper.org.


Newport Dunes names Alex Santander as new general manager

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has announced the appointment of Alex Santander as the new general manager of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. 

Santander has more than 15 years of luxury hospitality leadership experience and comes to the Dunes from the Hotel Coral & Marina in Ensenada. There, he served as general manager for nearly three years and led the transformation of the resort from a AAA two-diamond rating to a four-diamond rating. 

Prior experience for Santander included serving as managing director of Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, and before that, as a general manager at the Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resort & Spa, a AAA five-diamond resort. 

His first job in the hospitality industry was as general manager of the Mexican chain resort Caesar Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality from Anáhuac University in Mexico. 

Newport Dunes names

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Alex Santander

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Alex Santander to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort,” said Jacob Gelfand, vice president of Terra Vista Management. “Alex brings unique and valuable hospitality expertise to his role as general manager, and with his diverse skill set, attention to detail and passion for providing unforgettable experiences for our guests, he has already proven to be a tremendous asset to our growing team of talented individuals.”

“We are excited to work with Alex and his team as he repositions Newport Dunes for the future,” said Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin. “His background, particularly as an operator of high end international hotel properties and his experience with the Mexico Tourism Office, makes him well suited to his new job. He has an infectious spirit and is wonderfully engaging. He will fit right into Newport Beach and we are already enjoying working with him.”

Born in Mazatlán, Mexico with Turkish and Spanish heritage, Santander grew up in a family of doctors. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became internationally certified in drug and alcohol counseling and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree before taking the leap to follow his true calling in the hospitality industry. 

“I feel very strongly that no matter what you do in life, you have to do it with passion and commitment,” Santander said. “After meeting the wonderful team here at Newport Dunes, I realized that our values are very similar, and management’s vision for the future of Newport Dunes aligns with my expertise.”

Santander’s role will be instrumental as the resort continues to enhance its luxury accommodations, further its commitment to environmental stewardship and strives to create more meaningful experiences for guests. 

Newport Dunes is home to a waterfront RV resort, featuring luxury RV accommodations, charming cottages, a 442-slip marina, boat launch ramp, bike and watercraft rentals, a waveless beach and swimming lagoon and SoCal’s largest inflatable water park. 

The resort also offers venues and catering for beachfront weddings and corporate events and hosts year-round live entertainment.

The Newport Dunes has reinvigorated discussions on a planned three-story, 275-room hotel by recently embarking on an environmental impact study.

The Bayside Family Resort Hotel, if completed, would be situated on the west side of the resort’s lagoon.

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, visit www.newportdunes.com.


Take Five: Meet Jack Couffer, CdM cinematographer, director and author

By AMY SENK

Corona del Mar resident Jack Couffer’s career has taken him throughout the world, from Burbank to Africa and beyond as an author, cinematographer and director. Couffer, who will turn 95 on December 7, is a prolific writer, and his most recent book, My Boss, Walt: Making the Disney Wildlife Shows, was published earlier this year and is available on Amazon. I caught up with him to find out more.

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Jack Couffer

Q: You’re a successful cinematographer, director and author. Can you tell me about the book – what it’s about, how long it took to write, your favorite part?

A: It’s about (my) lifetime activities. It didn’t take long to write. I’d say I spent, on and off, a month writing it. I don’t have a favorite part, but the favorite episode of my life happened very early. I had just begun taking assignments from Disney as a cameraman covering wildlife, and I took a trip. The producer there knew I had a sailboat at the time, and he suggested that I sail out to the Galápagos Islands, which wasn’t a good idea because being skipper of a boat is full-time, and it wouldn’t have given me time to do anything else. Anyway, myself and my partner, Conrad Hall, hired a small, 35-foot ketch and sailed to the Galápagos, where we stayed for a year. And it was the most exciting time in my life. At that time, in the 1950s, nobody went to the Galápagos. There were a few settlers there. Now, Galápagos has even got a road on it. But at that time, it was the wildest part in the world you could go to, and the wildlife was extremely interesting. We just lived off the land. We lived off the fish and goat meat from wild goats. We were there nearly a year, 10 months. It was the most exciting part of my life.    

Q: You were nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography for the 1974 film Jonathan Livingston Seagull.  What was your most memorable experience from working on that project?

A: It wasn’t a very memorable experience, actually. But probably getting seagulls in flight from a helicopter. My associate, who was also shooting film for it, was following up, doing the same thing, and the helicopter crashed and killed both the pilot and the cameraman. I figured I was lucky I wasn’t on that flight. Jonathan Seagull, that wasn’t an exciting project except for the fact that it was a very important book at the time, widely read for some strange reason. I never did like the book, actually. But I was happy with the work I did. I think it was great fun filming the seagulls in various attitudes and numbers. There was no way it was going to win anything.

Q: I’ve read about your amazing background, how you were on the Channel Islands collecting for the LA County Museum of Natural History on your 17th birthday when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and your party was marooned for two weeks when all ports were closed. Tell me about the bat project that came about after that, and about your Bat Bomb book.

A: It happened this way. A Pennsylvania doctor, retired, visited Carlsbad Caverns (in New Mexico) and saw this flight of bats. He knew nothing about them, but he learned enough about them from the naturalists at Carlsbad Caverns. He learned that, A, they hibernate; B, they can carry their weight in flight because the females carry their babies in flight, sometimes twins. He put that together and said, “Look, if we can figure out how to get them to hibernate, put them into artificial hibernation, we won’t have to feed them, and they live, and if we build a tiny bomb that we can attach to the bat, we know that if they are flying before dawn, they go into secretive places to spend the day. They fly into attics and barns and places like that.“ It was his idea to develop this bomb that would attach to bats and would do that job. We spent quite a bit of time at it. First of all, learning how to make active bats go into hibernation. We did all that work in some Texas bat caves where there were millions of bats. It wasn’t like it was something with some endangered species or something like that, because the bat would burn up, too, in our development. And that project actually went forward until we had it perfected. It would have worked. But it was very top secret; we knew nothing of the atom bomb, of course. The atom bomb was considered more effective. And so that’s what was finally used. But we were ready to actually use the bat bomb.

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Jack Couffer, in his book, “My Boss, WALT,” shares his story as a cameraman, making Disney wildlife films

Q: Did you know Walt personally and do you have any funny stories to tell?

A: Well, I knew him. Out of all of the hundreds of employees at Disney Studio, he knew me by name when he saw me, and I thought that was pretty good. We met a few times. I wouldn’t say I was a personal friend of his. I was an employee that he knew about and appreciated what I did. I had lunch with him once or twice in the green room, which is at the studio, sort of the best of the two restaurants. He invited me to lunch a couple times, and we chatted. I knew him well enough to like him. He wasn’t often smiling. That’s why this picture (on the book cover) is incredible, really. He was a likable guy. As far as being my boss, he delegated the actual bossing to producers. But I do have a funny story about him. His favorite artist, the one who painted that picture of my place in Africa (hanging on office wall), he was one of the primary Disney artists, he and a couple of other guys were having lunch with Walt. And Walt, as you know because it killed him eventually, was a great smoker. And he was just about to light up a cigarette and reaching for his lighter, and the guy sitting next to him pulled out his lighter, struck it to light his cigarette, and set his mustache on fire. And the guy that painted this picture was sitting across the table from him, and he took his glass of water and threw it at his face.

Q: What is your next project?

A: My next project is to finish the book I’m working on, which is based on a film I did and sold to Disney called The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle. I’m about halfway through it. I haven’t been attending to it much lately, but I will get back on it. I will finish that book, and that will be my last book for sure. I’m quite proud of the fact that I’ve been able to write this book (My Boss, Walt); not many guys my age could. It’s not easy for me to write any more, but I do enjoy it. It’s a way to spend my time productively. 

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Amy Senk is a longtime resident of Corona del Mar and a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Digital Saturday tomorrow at the Newport Beach Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) invites community members to enhance their technological literacy at Digital Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach.

Digital Saturday will showcase the library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, audio books and online databases, as well as explore the Media Lab, Sound Lab and Tech Toys available for loan. A 53-foot Digital Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot throughout the day so that readers of all ages can learn about and engage with digital books from Overdrive.

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The 53-foot Digital Bookmobile will be on hand during Digital Saturday

Detective Shawn Dugan from the Newport Beach Police Department will start the day off with a special program on cybersecurity, identifying different types of fraud and current fraud schemes that are prevelent in our community, and showing attendees the best way to protect their digital data.

Staff will be on hand to introduce customers to the library’s eBranch and to show them how to access valuable research materials, genealogy databases, online legal reference materials and student resources, and create projects using state-of-the-art software and technology. A current library card and Google or Apple ID password is needed for instruction on downloading ebooks and magazines to personal mobile devices. 

All library customers are invited to enter a drawing for $100 gift certificate to Fashion Island and other prizes.

Digital Saturday Program Schedule, Saturday, Nov. 16:

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Overdrive Digital Book Mobile will be in front of Central Library

10 a.m. - Cyber Security presentation by Detective Shawn Dugan, NBPD

11 a.m. - Introduction to the eBranch and digital apps: Flipster, Kanopy streaming video, Libby and RG Digital magazines

12 p.m. – Children’s Online Learning Resources in the Children’s Room

1 p.m. – Introduction to digital resources: Rosetta Stone language program, Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com and Legal Reference

2:30 p.m. – Grand prize drawing for $100 Fashion Island gift certificate

All programs will last approximately 30 minutes and be held in the Confernce Room next to the Media Lab. No reservations are required.

For more information on Digital Saturday, contact the Newport Beach Public Library at 949.717.3800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Don’t miss the CdM Chamber holiday networking event at The Bungalow

Join the CdM Chamber of Commerce for a special Holiday Networking event at The Bungalow on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the downstairs fireside patio.

Share in the camaraderie of community friends and neighbors with some holiday cheer, music and indulge in gourmet appetizers.

Dont miss the CdM Chamber drinks

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Bring a friend and add business and social contacts. Admission to the event is free to CdM Chamber members and $20 for guests, which includes networking, a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, music/vocalist and a festive atmosphere.

There is faster check-in with an advanced reservation, so RSVP here. Valet and street parking are available.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050.

The Bungalow restaurant is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


JWA September stats show passenger increase

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in September 2019 as compared with September 2018. In September 2019, the Airport served 859,174 passengers, an increase of 0.3 percent when compared with the September 2018 passenger traffic count of 856,688. Commercial aircraft operations decreased 3.2 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 88.6 percent when compared with September 2018 levels.

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Total aircraft operations decreased in September 2019 as compared with the same month in 2018. In September 2019, there were 26,218 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 6.3 percent decrease compared to 27,987 total aircraft operations in September 2018.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.8 percent of the total aircraft operations during September 2019, decreased 8.6 percent when compared with September 2018.

The top three airlines in September 2019 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (275,410), American Airlines (142,219) and United Airlines (138,707).


You Must Remember This: The Corfmans

By NANCY GARDNER

The houses are falling. It seems like every day another familiar place bites the dust, which means there are fewer and fewer places that I can associate with people I know or knew. Two that still remain were owned by the Corfman family.   Their first CdM home was on Jasmine, a sort of indeterminate Modernist two-story I walk by all the time. They then moved to a vaguely A-frame design on Driftwood in Shore Cliffs, which also still exists.

I came to know the Corfmans very well, because I married their son, Jim, but before I knew him, I knew his older sister, Judy. I don’t mean knew her as in, “Hi, Judy.” I mean knew her the same way I know Jennifer Lopez. She was a senior and a song leader at Harbor – in other words, a star – when I was a freshman. The distance between us was about as great as the distance between me and JLo. I can remember thinking what it would be like if she or one of her fellow song leaders would ever actually notice me. Unfortunately for my self-esteem, she graduated before I started dating her brother, so I didn’t get to rub Garland sweaters with such an august personage.

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Judy Corfman (top left) and her fellow song leaders at NHHS

Jim became a personage in his own right at Harbor, where he was a star of the swim and water polo teams. He then went on to USC, where he again prevailed in those sports, swimming freestyle on a world-record-setting relay team and missing the U.S. Olympic Team by a fraction of a second.

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Jim Corfman (bottom, second from left) and his Harbor High swim team. Noteworthy is Ralph Rodheim, to this left.

Bob Corfman, their father, was an attorney, not a judge as mine was, as I occasionally reminded Jim after we married. Bob had an office in Santa Ana for a number of years, and then was appointed to the bench. However, as I continued to occasionally remind my then husband, he was simply a judge while my father was the presiding judge. And then, of course, my father was an APPELLATE COURT JUSTICE while his father was only...a judge. As a judge, Bob developed a reputation for being rather impatient with lawyers in his courtroom – to such an extent that he was eventually named the worst judge in Orange County in a poll of attorneys. I did my best, but it was hard to resist bringing that up occasionally as well. None of this had anything to do with the eventual divorce.

Bob was also peremptory in his personal life. He would sit there in the morning at the breakfast table reading the paper and drinking coffee. When he wanted more coffee, he rattled the cup in the saucer and Betty, his wife, immediately got up for a refill. I didn’t have to occasionally remind my then husband not to try that particular trick. He was smart enough to know that while I might not have a great arm, at close range I wasn’t likely to miss.

As for other houses, there’s a white one on Goldenrod that I refer to as the Callas house, because Billy Callas and his family lived there while we were all growing up. Billy stands out in my mind because he could do handstands and flips, and also because his family was quarantined in the house during a polio scare.

I’m probably the only one who remembers that, but there’s another house that almost nobody in the village will forget. The owner lived there for a number of years and recently sold it (although remaining in CdM). The house is on a corner lot and very open, and I don’t know how he ever got anything done because nobody passed by without stopping for a chat. Years from now, I’m quite sure the new owners will still be greeted with, “Oh, you live in Paul Blank’s house.”

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, longtime resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold November Sunset Mixer at GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) invites you to its November Sunset Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos.

GuacAmigos is an authentic Mexican food collaboration developed by Playboy Playmate Nicole Dahm and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The restaurant features fresh food and fine tequila in an upscale casual atmosphere with colorful Latin accents, skate and snowboard memorabilia and an amazing Newport Harbor view.

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Inventive tacos served up at GuacAmigos

Come discover new business relationships while enjoying a great atmosphere. There is a no-host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and opportunity drawings.

Cost: NBCC members are free; guests, $35. Reservations are not required. Metered street parking and public lots are available with $8 valet parking.

GuacAmigos Tequila & Tacos is located at 2607 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

For more information, call Pam Smith at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, 949.729.4411 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


District-wide community workshops planned for General Plan update

The City of Newport Beach has launched a new community engagement effort called Newport, Together and will host a series of interactive workshops to involve citizens in discussions on community values and the City’s future General Plan Update.

Seven Newport, Together workshops will be held throughout the city, one in each City Council District, during the months of November and December. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what the General Plan is and why it’s important to the community. They will also be asked to discuss community values, and what’s working and what’s not working in terms of the current General Plan.

District wide community workshops planned

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Map showing Newport Beach City Council Districts

All workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. and will take place on the following dates: District 2 – Tuesday, Nov. 12, 16th Street Recreation Center, 868 W. 16th St.; District 3 – Thursday, Nov. 14, Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road; District 7 – Wednesday, Nov. 20, Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road; District 6 – Thursday, Nov. 21, OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.; District 5 – Thursday, Dec. 3, Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave.; District 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 11, Bonita Creek Community Center, 3010 La Vida; District 1 – Thursday, Dec. 12, Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd.

The City is hosting one workshop in each Council District to ensure that resident input is gathered from all areas of Newport Beach. The meetings are open to all community members and citizens are welcome to attend a workshop in a district other than their own if a different date better fits their schedules. For information on finding your council district, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/government/city-council/find-your-council-district.

The workshops are part of a series of community fairs, workshops, pop-up events and community dialogues that will be held over the winter and spring months to listen to and learn from the Newport Beach community about the General Plan and its future update.

All activities hosted in-person will also take place online on the City’s Newport, Together interactive website at www.newporttogether.com.

The Newport, Together listen and learn process is led by the General Plan Update Steering Committee that was appointed by the Newport Beach City Council earlier this year.


Who knew there was a housing shortage in Newport Beach? Speak Up Newport will explore

Are you aware that there’s a housing crisis in Newport Beach? Did you know that Governor Gavin Newsome has mandated that Newport Beach must accommodate 4,832 new homes during the next decade? In fact, he could likely increase that number in January.

The question is, where will they all go?

Well, those and other questions related to housing will be addressed by Seimone Jurjis, the Community Development Director for the City of Newport Beach, at the Wednesday, Nov. 13 Speak Up Newport meeting in the Civic Center Community Room.

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Newport Beach Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis

Here are some thoughts and issues to consider in advance of the meeting: the Governor has signed 18 new housing bills, five of which are on Accessory Dwelling Units, one of which will allow up to three dwelling units on any residential property.

So, where will these three units be allowed? Is there HOA protection allowed?

Where will 4,832 new homes in Newport Beach be placed? 

What will happen to the 1,375 new homes already allowed in the Banning Ranch?

Hear the discussion and answers to all of these questions and more.

Jujis has served as Community Development Director since August 2017. He oversees a department of 70 personnel and an annual budget of $13 million. His department processes and permits more than $1.2 million annually in real property investments in the City. Seimone has spent the last 26 years working in both the private and public sectors holding the positions of Chief Building Official, City Engineer and Director.

A reception precedes the discussion and begins at 5:15 p.m., hosted by The Bungalow restaurant, followed by the presentation and then a Q&A.

There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary. 

The Civic Center Community Room is located at 100 Civic Center Drive.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a nonprofit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. Founded in 1979, it meets monthly, presenting a public forum to hear topics of interest to the local community. It produces the Mayor’s Dinner each February, featuring the Mayor’s annual State of the City address.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Apartment complex evicting residents for planned housing units; and, speaking of housing, problems ahead

Fair Game Tom NewWord on the street from residents is that eviction/move-out notices are being delivered to residents of Mariner Square apartments at 1244 Irvine Ave. The parcel of land, surrounded by Irvine Ave., Mariners Drive and Rutland Road, is being rumored for a housing development.

This is the second time in recent months that renters faced this future. The first time notices were delivered, they were then rescinded, with ownership claiming they were committed to the apartments.

The property is managed by Alliance Residential.

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While we’re on the subject of housing, Speak Up Newport focuses on the issue tomorrow night (Wednesday). The program title is “Housing Crisis in Newport Beach?”

Is that true?

The program will look at a new state mandate that calls for 4,832 new homes by the next decade. 

Where will they all go?

What about Banning Ranch?

How carved in stone are these housing bills coming out of Sacramento?

Seimone Jurjis, the City’s Community Development Director, will be the featured speaker to answers these questions and more.

The program takes place in the Community Room at City Hall, with a reception beginning at 5:15 p.m., followed by the program at 6. 

Program leader, former Mayor Ed Selich, promises time for a Q&A.

This is important. Find out how and if you will be impacted.

No RSVP is needed and the program is free. Just show up!

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Friday night, Nancy Gardner is going to be celebrated as Citizen of the Year and the Bungalow Restaurant’s Jim Walker honored as Business Person of the Year

Both have done so many wonderful things for this community. And, obviously, we’re a little partial to Nancy for all of her incredible contributions made to Stu News Newport.

The event takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the event are still available through the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at www.newportbeach.com.

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Are you a dog lover? If so, you may be interested in the fact that a dog park might be in the cards for West Newport’s future in Sunset View Park

Sunset View Park is located above Coast Highway in the area of Hoag Hospital.

The Newport Beach City Council is expected to vote on a proposed dog park there at the Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting. This is an issue that definitely has two sides and, if you’re on one side or the other, you need to be vocal.

Here are a couple of things to note. First, the City owns the land, and the project apparently has the funds behind it to cover costs.

People wanting the pooch park are urging residents to email the councilmembers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. voicing approval or by calling 949.644.3004 and leaving a message. All seven councilmembers will receive your emails and transcripts of your phone calls.

And, if it’s really, really important to you, then show up at the Council meeting and let them know. That’s how it works.

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Got to meet Jeff and Annabelle Olsen last weekend. Nice folks. And, they’re doing some pretty incredible things up at the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club, so you need to check it out this weekend.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., they’re going to open the doors to the riding center. Meet the instructors and volunteers, explore the programs, see how there working with both people and animals, and, most importantly,  just fall in love with the animals they’re recused. 

Oh, and that list includes horses, obviously, donkeys and goats.

It’s going to be a party with food, music and drinks.

Check it out at 20262 SW Cypress St., Newport Beach.

For more information, check out their website at backbaytrc.org.

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Our local football teams continue to march on in the playoffs. Corona del Mar won again Friday, beating Santiago, 49-0.

The Sea Kings play Cajon (San Bernardino) on Friday, Nov. 15, at a neutral site to be determined. Cajon is 9-2 and comes off of a 42-14 win over St. Francis (La Cañada Flintridge).

And, don’t forget about the Sailors, as Newport Harbor, 8-3, beat St. Anthony late, 35-32.

Next up, Monrovia, 10-1, at Davidson Field, Thursday or Friday. Monrovia beat Santa Fe last week, 41-0.

Speaking of championship runs, keep your eyes on the Newport Harbor Water Polo team. The Tars are 25-3 and seeded number 2 in Division 1. They beat Oaks Christian last Thursday, 11-8.

Next up is Loyola, who sits at 24-5. The two teams met once during the season with NHHS winning 10-9.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Meet Junior, the perfect husky, who scores a 10. The best large dog in the world…truly. Friendly, he loves everyone and is totally playful. At around four-and-a-half years of age, he’s been tossed around, but not anymore. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter is set on ensuring that he is adopted into the home that should have been his all along. If you’ve been waiting for the dog that will add only amazement to your world, than Junior is your “man.” There really are no words to describe how astounding he is. All interested adopters with the space for a large breed dog are invited to stop by the shelter to meet Junior.

Pet of the Week 11.12.19

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MEET JUNIOR

If you are interested in finding out more about Junior, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 949.644.3656, email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information related to the shelter’s undertakings, please feel free to visit the shelter’s affiliated nonprofit’s website, www.FONBAS.org. FONBAS (humans and furries alike) looks forward to making your acquaintance. 

Also, consider becoming a founding member of an incredible nonprofit that supports the city’s efforts with providing wonderful opportunities to our stray, injured, ill and owner surrendered domestic pets.

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Arts Commission announces 56th annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission recently announced the date of the 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition. The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1-6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Arts Commission announces exhibition

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Photo by Ryan Miller

This annual juried event will showcase more than 300 pieces of original art at the Newport Beach Civic Center location, an open modern venue where guests can enjoy a festive atmosphere of art, music, food and wine. Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and in the Central Library parking lot.

The Call for Entries will be announced on the City of Newport Beach website at www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts in January 2020. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach reopens after $2 million transformation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast celebrated its second official reopening with the Newport Beach location after a five-month, $2 million development as part of its “Pursuing Greatness” campaign – a $7.1 million total investment into all of the club sites and cities it serves. Accommodating up to 150 kids and teens, the beach-inspired facility offers members the chance to achieve their greatest potential through a hyperactive learning and mentoring environment.

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Club members enter the newly transformed Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach for the first time

The grand opening is the culmination of the nearly two-year “Pursuing Greatness” campaign, which has enabled Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast to immediately increase its capacity to serve more kids and families, expand student and family programming services and enhance the local community. Using the nationally recognized IMPACT model, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach implements a holistic approach to youth development, motivating members to graduate on time, plan for their futures and prepare for success.

 “This Pursuing Greatness campaign has enabled us to create multiple learning environments for 21st century education and mentorship,” explained Robert Santana, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. “Thanks to the support of many people and organizations, we have successfully transformed our Club sites to accommodate the growing needs of the communities they serve. The positive impact on the youth in our service areas will last for generations to come.”

Boys & Girls Club youngsters

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Youngsters interact with robotics

The Newport Beach location has five STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) labs equipped with 60 Google Chromebooks and 25 new Apple iPads, all accessible for daily “IMPACT model” programming, and a fully renovated basketball gym. Also included is a Maker Space, or a 21st-century woodshop, which includes 3D printers, robotics (VEX robotics, Sphero, OZO bots, Makey Makey, Little Bits Code Kits), an engraving machine, greeting card maker, interactive floor games and more. 

An essential component of the neighborhood since 1971, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach is in the heart of Eastbluff and primarily serves students from Eastbluff Elementary School and Corona del Mar Middle School. Club members participating in the structured daily routine of academic reinforcement, physical fitness, and enrichment opportunities have immediate access to a learning and mentoring environment designed to help them reach their greatest potential.

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(L-R) Robert Santana, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, Mayor Diane Dixon and Wayne Pinnell, board chair at the ribbon cutting 

Boys & Girls Club of Newport Beach is located in East Bluff Park at 2555 Vista Del Oro, Newport Beach.

To learn more about the new Clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, visit www.boysandgirlsclub.com/pursuinggreatness.


Bay Island from above

Bay Island drone

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Photo by Kevin Pellon (Instagram @socalsnapz)

Beauty and boats along the bay


Could Newport Beach see a playground for the elderly?

By AMY SENK

When I was a very young and wide-eyed cub reporter in Kansas City, I came to know a KC parks commissioner whose passion was playgrounds that were accessible for disabled kids. This was in the early 1990s, and I had never thought about such a thing, but I was intrigued at the idea of spinning merry-go-rounds that kids in wheelchairs could roll up onto, or swings for bigger kids, or sandboxes that were raised high enough for all kids to reach.

I’ve had friends who have told me they appreciated that Newport Beach offers beach-accessible wheelchairs, and I’ve chatted with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill about the idea of having city playgrounds with options for everyone. So when City Councilmember Joy Brenner recently posted on social media about a playground for seniors, it caught my attention.

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A special needs swing at Coastal Peak Park

“Oh, I think OASIS needs this, perhaps just off their parking lot at Marguerite and Fifth (avenues),” Brenner wrote on Halloween. Several people responded positively, including Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.

Brenner linked to an article that had photos of seniors on low-impact playground equipment and described all the options, including fitness steps and ramps, cobweb floors, zig-zag pipes, throttle bars and stretching boards. Besides fitness, the article said, the senior playgrounds decrease loneliness and have been built for decades in Asia and Europe.

I spoke to Brenner about this idea, and while she said the city has too many near-term expenses to make it a priority, she would love to have staff research it further at some point.

“It’s worth investigating,” Brenner said. “It’s an idea I’d like to look at. I’d like to know more about it. It would be a way for seniors to just have fun, to socialize.”

Laura Detweiler, the city’s recreation and senior services director, said the city already has outdoor equipment at Marina Park that is mutigenerational and is similar to what Brenner suggested, but not an entire playground.

Could Newport Beach see Marina Park

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Multigenerational, low-impact equipment at Marina Park

Additionally, the city offers four beach wheelchairs, two each at the Newport Pier and at Big Corona, available first-come, first-served, for free in two-hour increments. And city playgrounds all have a variety of ADA components and surfacing, including the special needs swing at Coastal Peak Park.

 “We are currently evaluating other parks to add more,” Detweiler said.

It is wonderful the city keeps adding options for special-needs kids and seniors, and I agree with Councilmember Brenner that a playground for seniors near OASIS would be wonderful. I hope it happens one day.

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Meanwhile, Seaside Gallery & Goods collective will celebrate five years in business at a public, free event to be held from 10 a.m.-5 pm. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 124 Tustin Ave. The event will include holiday makeup tutorials and staged holiday table displays and floral designs, organizers said. Seaside Gallery & Goods features locally made and curated items from about 20 artists and small businesses, all based in Orange County. In addition, in-store offerings include home décor, and gifts for men, women and infants.

Could Newport Beach see Seaside

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Seaside Gallery & Goods

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Also, mark your calendar for the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s holiday networking event that takes place again at The Bungalow in the downstairs fireside patio from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The event is free for members and $20 for guests and includes music, appetizers and a free glass of wine. The Bungalow is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway. Also, the chamber’s annual holiday luncheon will take place at Five Crowns Restaurant from 11:15 am.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Call 949.673.4050 to RSVP.

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


Hoag earns straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group has awarded Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for its hospitals in Newport Beach and Irvine. Achieving the nation’s top honor for patient safety, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

Hoag earns straight

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“It’s an honor for Hoag to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for patient safety and quality,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and chief executive officer. “We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality health care to the communities we serve and it is a privilege to be acknowledged for that nationally by Leapfrog.”

Leapfrog collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals.

For more information about the Safety Grade or to view the list of state rankings, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.


You can join the studio audience this week for the taping of World’s Greatest Motivators

This week is the second filming of the series World’s Greatest Motivators, a live TV taping in front of a studio audience at the Balboa Bay Resort on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14.

The World’s Greatest Motivators is a 13-week television series that will air beginning in January 2020, on national and international broadcast to more than 370 million household viewers.

The two-day filming lineup includes internationally acclaimed motivators Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, John Assaraf, Dr. Rev. Michael Beckwith, Sharon Lechter, Blaine Bartlett, Cynthia Kersey, Shanda Sumpter and Brian Tracy, via a previously filmed segment introduced by Erik Swanson.

Both days include the opportunity to hear some of the world’s top motivators, but also an elegant gourmet lunch. Wednesday will also include a Party on the Bay complete with a live band, networking opportunities, hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails featuring special guests.

The public is invited to reserve a seat to this exclusive filming and to become a part of the live television audience.

For more information, go to www.worldsgreatestmotivators.com.


Don’t miss the CdM Chamber holiday networking event at the Bungalow

Join the CdM Chamber of Commerce for a special Holiday Networking event at The Bungalow on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the downstairs fireside patio.

Share in the camaraderie of community friends and neighbors with some holiday cheer, music and indulge in gourmet appetizers.

Dont miss the CdM Chamber

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Bring a friend and add business and social contacts. Admission to the event is free to CdM Chamber members and $20 for guests, which includes networking, a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, music/vocalist and a festive atmosphere.

There is faster check-in with an advanced reservation, so RSVP here. Valet and street parking are available.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.673.4050.

The Bungalow restaurant is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


ENC seeks high school volunteers

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program for the ENC’s upcoming Winter Nature Camps.

Students will gain experience and responsibility and learn more about the nature around them along the way. Volunteering for the ENC will not only enhance students’ resumes, but it will look great on college applications too.

Although this is a volunteer position, applicants must interview to be eligible. Students, not parents, are responsible for communicating with ENC staff regarding the Leaders in Training opportunity.

ENC seeks high school students

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Applications for Winter Camp LITs (December 23, 24, 26 and 27; December 30 and 31, and January 2 and 3, 2020) are being accepted now through November 2019. Winter Camp LIT Training, required for all participating LITs, takes place on December 18.

Once ENC receives a student’s application and reference form, they will make contact to schedule an interview. Experienced LITs, that have volunteered as LITs at the ENC in the past, need not submit a reference form or interview.

To download the application, visit https://encenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LIT-App-Updated-Oct.-2019.pdf.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org


Join Little Lido Kids Club on November 21

On Thursday, Nov. 21 from 10-11 a.m., bring the kids to Little Lido Kids Club at Lido Village Books. Join in the fun with music, a reading of Thankful by Eileen Spinelli and enjoyable crafts.

Thankful is an endearing and engaging book that reminds children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

Join Little Lido Kids Club

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RSVP at http://bit.ly/LLthankful by Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. Attendees will also enjoy discounts by participating merchants in Lido Marina Village.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Ste. 102, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 11.12.19

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Are those Red Coats in the Newport Harbor? Why yes, they are. Because in 1973, on the 200th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, the Sculling and Punting Society hosted a reenactment with the Sea Scouts of the famous historical event.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Honoring a veteran

Honoring a veteran

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Photo by Madison, Social Captures

Recently released from the military after six years of service, this veteran is captured along with his German Shepherd in silhouette


World Affairs of Orange County to hold lecture event on November 20

The World Affairs Council of Orange County will present a lecture event featuring Professor Larry Diamond on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Club.

Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. For six years, he served as Director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. The professor will be discussing his newest book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.

The professor has served as an adviser to numerous governmental and international organizations at various points in his life, including the U.S. Department of State, United Nations, World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a founding co-editor of the National Endowment for Democracy’s Journal of Democracy.

Diamond’s research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy.

Ticket prices vary. To register, visit www.worldaffairscouncil.org, or call 949.253.5751.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Splashing waves at sunset

Splashing waves sky

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Photo by Stan Sievers (Instagram @stansievers)

Purple skies grace the shore during another spectacular fall night in Newport


Sunday Salute supported veterans with disabilities, raised $190,000+

Each year, Veterans Day celebrations honor the service and sacrifice of our military. This year, the community of Newport Beach celebrated with a special fundraiser to support wounded, injured and ill veterans on their journey to fulfilling civilian lives.

Dubbed the Sunday Salute, the event brought together military heroes and their supporters for a beautiful afternoon at the Balboa Bay Resort. Underwritten by generous sponsors Ruth and Roger MacFarlane and hosted by honorary committee members Chris and Steve Alessi, Jon and Melinda Muller, Stan and Mari Frome, Sue Mears, Linda Merrell, Roger Lockhart, and Kim and Jim Montgomery, the Sunday Salute was the first Orange County event to support the National Wounded Warrior Center (Center). A capital initiative of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES), the Center will provide comprehensive education, health and wellness, and therapeutic recreation programs for veterans and active duty service members with disabilities seeking support and direction in their civilian lives.

Sunday Salute supported veterans three people

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(L-R) Debra Faris, Colonel Willy Buhl, USMC (Ret.) and Rene Nesselhauf

During the event, Colonel Willy Buhl, former commander of the Wounded Warrior Regiment battalions at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune, highlighted the importance of opportunities that help disabled veterans discover new skills and passions. He introduced Captain Sarah Bettencourt, USMC retired, who spoke passionately of her seven-year struggle to find meaning and purpose in her life after losing her military career to a debilitating neurological disorder. Skiing and spending time with other veterans with disabilities while participating in DSES programs inspired her to establish a sled hockey team in San Diego, qualify for the Paralympics, and become a mother to two beautiful boys. She credits DSES’s therapeutic recreation camps with giving her new life. “Once built, the Center will help other veterans, like me, live their lives again,” Bettencourt said.

Sunday Salute supported veterans salute sign

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With the help of auctioneer Keith L. McLane, who led a raucous Make a Difference Paddle Raise, the Sunday Salute generated more than $190,000 for the National Wounded Warrior Center initiative. DSES has raised more than $9.7 million toward the creation of the Center in Mammoth Lakes and hopes to be ready for construction next year.

More information and opportunities to support the campaign for the National Wounded Warrior Center can be found at www.woundedwarriorsmammoth.org.


Spanish Harlem Orchestra makes Segerstrom Center debut with holiday show

As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, the award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Samueli Theater for two performances at 7 and 9 p.m. Known for setting the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York-style, hard core salsa, the renowned band rings in the holidays with a festive show: Salsa Navidad. Spanish Harlem Orchestra keeps the musical legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) alive, and most recently garnered a 2019 Grammy® Award for Anniversary, its latest release and sixth album.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra 11.12

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Single tickets start at $39 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Samueli Theater is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Santa is coming to Upper Newport Bay on November 17

Santa is making an early appearance! On Sunday, Nov. 17 from 12-4 p.m., Jolly Old St. Nick is coming to the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 

Come join the holiday festivities which include arts & crafts, cookies & cocoa and best of all...get your picture taken with Santa (make sure to bring your own camera or phone).

Santa is coming to Upper Newport Bay

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With the beauty of Newport Bay as the backdrop, there will also be other photo opportunities with some live critters and displays. Make sure to shop at the center’s gift shop, where there will be specials for that afternoon only.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the mission of protecting and preserving our Bay.

Be sure to make a reservation for the time slot and the total number of people in your group. The cost is $5 per person. Clickhere to purchase tickets for a designated time slot. Ticket sales end Saturday, Nov. 16.

This is a family-friendly event, but please leave your furry or feathered family members at home for this one.

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.

For a calendar of happenings at Upper Newport Bay, visit our Calendars section here.


Flashback Friday is here...and we want your mug

Flashback Friday harkens back to yesterday...and we think it’s fun that our readers have been submitting their “mugs” so others can try and guess who is in the photo.

We want yours!

Send in a treasured photo from your past. It can be of you, your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member...you get the idea. Include who is in the photo, when it was taken and any interesting things you can share about the pic.

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday to post in Stu News on Friday, to end the work week on a high note.

Please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) – On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council reviewed and approved a final draft RHNA allocation methodology. A new alternative methodology submitted by the County of Riverside, which redistributes regional housing units from inland to coastal areas, gained traction and was approved by the Regional Council. This alternative methodology results in an increase for Newport Beach’s allocation from the SCAG staff recommended allocation of 2,751 units to 4,832 units. Most cities in Orange County see a significant increase in units under this new alternative methodology. SCAG will now release the approved methodology to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their review and comments. Once HCD makes a final decision on the methodology, there will be an opportunity to appeal. 

Community Members Invited to Workshops on a Future General Plan Update – The City recently launched a new engagement effort called Newport, Together and is hosting a series of interactive workshops to engage community members on their values and how those may relate to the General Plan. Workshops will be held in each City Council District from November to December 2019, for a total of seven workshops this year. Residents and community members will be asked to share community values and assess what’s working and what’s not working in the current General Plan. 

These are the first workshops in a series of community fairs, workshops, pop-up events, and community dialogues to listen and learn from the Newport Beach community about the General Plan and its future update. 

The Newport, Together workshops will begin after Veterans Day with workshops in District 2 on November 12 at the 16th Street Recreation Center and in District 3 on November 14 at the Back Bay Science Center. Through these workshops, community members will gain a better understanding on what the General Plan is and why it’s important to the community and can share the community values with the City and whether the values are reflected in the current General Plan. All activities hosted in person will also take place online on the City’s Newport, Together interactive www.NewportTogether.com. For a full schedule of workshops and for more information, click here. 

Over the next year, the City will host more opportunities for the Newport Beach community to explore and assess the current City of Newport Beach General Plan in preparation for a future General Plan Update. The Newport, Together listen and learn process is led by the General Plan Update Steering Committee, which was appointed by City Council earlier this year. 

CDD Third Quarter Activity Report (July – September 2019) – The Community Development Department third quarter activity report is now available at www.newportbeachca.gov/cdd. The report compiles operational statistics to illustrate the volume of business activity that the department handles on a quarterly basis. Over the summer months, the Building Division reporting numbers decreased slightly from last quarter, but the public Development Services counter remained very busy. During this time, Code Enforcement maintained their response time service levels with increased new case workload, inspections, notices and citations. Planning Division also maintained their service levels by reviewing and completing 80 percent of their plan checks at the public counter. Lastly, the Systems and Administration Division answered 5,902 phone calls, which equates to 88 percent of all call volume answered by a live person and digitally archiving 136,764 plans and documents to the City’s document management system. Past reports are also available at the website listed above. 

Highlights of the Orange County Council of Governments Technical Advisory Committee – Last Tuesday, Planning staff attended the Orange County Council of Governments Technical Advisory Committee (OCCOG TAC). Important items discussed included the following: 

Connect SoCal Forecast 

A representative from the Center of Demographics Research (CDR) provided an overview of the SCAG recent request sent to all cities in the region. SCAG is requesting each jurisdiction to review their growth forecast to be used in SCAG’s Connect SoCal plan (2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy) and verify that all current entitlements are accurately reflected in the draft forecast. 

Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) 

An update was provided that SCAG will not pursue litigation against HCD regarding regional housing need determination of 1,341,827 units for the region. SCAG legal counsel determined that there are no legal grounds to pursue the litigation and that HCD did comply with State Law. 

General Plan Housing Element Update Timeline – While the City is currently undergoing a community-wide engagement and outreach effort as part of the future update of the General Plan, it is becoming apparent that the Housing Element will need to be reviewed and updated in advance of any bigger update. 

The Housing Element was last submitted to and approved by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in October 2013. State housing-element law requires the General Plan Housing Element to be updated and approved by HCD every eight years. As such, the next due date is October 15, 2021. With the recent vote by the SCAG Regional Council on the RHNA allocation, the City would be required to plan for approximately 4,832 units during the upcoming eight-year cycle. With this potential requirement, it is anticipated the Land Use and Circulation Elements will also require updating. If significant Land Use Element changes are included, a vote of the electorate will be necessary due to the City’s “Greenlight” initiative outlined in Charter Section 423. This special election would add approximately three months to the timeline and means that the City must start reviewing and updating its Housing Element as soon as possible. 

November 6 GPUSC Meeting Recap – The General Plan Update Steering Committee (GPUSC) met on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the City Council Chambers. The GPUSC recapped the Newport, Together community fair event that occurred on October 26. Approximately 300 to 400 community members attended and at least 150 people registered to participate and receive updates. Beyond the physical presence, the City saw over 90,000 impressions from news media including the Daily Pilot, Stu News Newport, and the Newport Beach Independent. Along with this increased presence came an uptick in www.NewportTogether.com visits with approximately 900 unique visitors in the last 30 days. 

The GPUSC also received an overview of the upcoming Listen & Learn workshops that will be occurring within each council district and provided feedback on the overall format, as well as the content of the workshops. It was determined that an emphasis should be placed on the potential production of new housing since the State-mandated regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) will be close to finalized. The RHNA will dictate how many new housing units the community must plan for during the next cycle, so community members will participate in activities relating to the suggested location and type of new housing in the City. 

As a continuation of that discussion, the GPUSC also discussed a tentative timeline showing the Housing Element due date of October 2021 and backing in the necessary steps to get there. The GPUSC agreed that the timeline was very aggressive, but necessary to meet the State-mandated deadline. As such, it was recommended that staff draft a request for proposals (RFP) related to the update of the General Plan with an emphasis on the Housing Element, Land Use Element, and the Circulation Element. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

For additional information, the Committee’s page is found here. You can also check out the General Plan Update webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/gpupdate

Harbor Department Launches “Get Ship Shape” Program – Earlier this week the Harbor Department introduced a new trial offering to its off-shore mooring permittees, the “Get Ship Shape” program. Effective immediately, Sundays through Thursdays, on a space available basis, individuals who store their boats in Newport Harbor at one of the City permitted off-shore moorings, may schedule complimentary three-hour use of a guest slip at Marina Park. While making use of the slip, boat owners may perform vessel wash downs or other cleaning, host appointments with service providers, load and unload supplies or conduct similar activities that would otherwise be difficult to organize from the off-shore moorings. Use of water is free. Use of shore power is subject to a $12 fee plus metered use. 

This amenity is intended to assist City mooring permittees with keeping their vessels clean and well cared for while in Newport Harbor. The program is not intended for conducting maintenance activities which could be disruptive to other marina guests, or which are better suited for a work-dock setting. Additional information about the trial program is available by calling the Harbor Department at 949.270.8159. 

Beach Maintenance Crews Prepare for the Winter Season – As part of Public Works winter season preparation, wind-fencing was installed at multiple locations along the beach including the oceanfront street ends adjacent to the Newport Pier parking lot, the west side of the Newport Pier parking lot, and other various locations. The fencing prevents wind-blown sand from overwhelming oceanfront parking lots, bike trails, walkways, and street ends. Beach crews will continue to monitor the fencing throughout the winter during regular maintenance and clean up schedules. The fencing will come down before the Memorial Day weekend. 

Additionally, as part of winter season activities, the log boom was also installed at the Aquatic Center coordinated by our Beach Maintenance staff with our contractor Chuck South. The log boom collects and traps trash and debris that come down the San Diego Creek on its way to our beaches. It is typically cleaned twice during the winter season and will also be removed before the Memorial Day weekend. 

Recent Shred Event Update – On Saturday, Nov. 2, the City’s Refuse Division held a shred event at the Corporation Yard located at 592 Superior Avenue from 8 a.m. until noon. City staff unloaded bags and boxes for shredding from 196 vehicles, as CR&R crews conducted the shredding services. Staff welcomed residents, checked identification and inquired where residents learned of the event. This information can be helpful for effectively communicating with residents regarding these types of events in the future. 

The Newport Beach residential refuse contract with CR&R provides two annual shred events for our residents, held in May and November. The next shred event is May 9, 2020. 

Underground Utility Assessment District Construction – Civil construction work for the undergrounding of utilities in West Newport Beach continues to progress. The contractor has completed all work for AD 116 and is just about wrapped up with AD 116B. The contractor is currently working in the alley between 46th and 45th Street south of Balboa Boulevard. The work for this last alley should be finished by next week after which the contractor will work on installing mainline crossings for Balboa Boulevard. 

Public Works Receives APWA 2019 B.E.S.T. Award – The American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the Public Works Department the 2019 Building Excellence Shaping Tomorrow (B.E.S.T) award for their work on Bayside Drive Road Improvements. 

The award category was for Traffic, Mobility and Beautification. Mark Thomas provided engineering services for this project that included traffic calming measures to increase safety as well as landscape elements to beautify this scenic drive along Promontory Bay. Bayside Drive provides the main access to multiple neighborhoods, a retail center, and Balboa Island. The corridor experiences a high volume of bicycles and pedestrians. The project included traffic signal improvements, improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities, retaining walls, landscaping, and pavement rehabilitation. 

A portion of Bayside Drive is located at the busy intersection/entrance to Balboa Island. Balboa Island is home to many residents and is a popular tourist destination. Aside from the ferry, the corridor currently serves as the only vehicular entrance to Balboa Island, so special construction considerations were taken into account. The majority of the work was scheduled in winter months to reduce conflicts with residents and tourists during the busy summer season. This helped to minimize impacts to local businesses, residents, cyclists, and pedestrians that regularly access this community. The City of Newport Beach scheduled night work while paving the bridge to maintain access to the Island. The bridge was paved in a single night to expedite restoring full access to the Island. 

This Public Works project improved circulation for pedestrians by linking a new sidewalk segment to a mid-block crossing to access a retail center. Traffic calming improvements included enhanced buffered bike lane striping with high visibility legends, curb bulb-outs and new striping to narrow traffic lanes, new landscaped medians to beautify the neighborhood, and new decorative median striping. The project also modernized the traffic signal operation at Bayside Drive/Marine Avenue intersection and the Bayside Drive mid-block crossing. This crossing also implemented an updated angled pedestrian refuge area for enhanced visibility. The B.E.S.T. Awards will be presented at a luncheon scheduled for early December. 

AQMD Reimbursement for CNG Vehicle – In 2015, the Utilities Department purchased a Compressed Natural Gas Vactor heavy-duty Truck aka Sewer Cleaning Truck. Staff applied for a grant at that time and (finally) the City has just recently received a reimbursement check for $30,000 from the South Coast Air Quality Management District as part of their Mobile Source Reduction Control (MSRC) grant program. The big yellow CNG Sewer Vactor truck has been in operation since February 2016 and plays a vital role in keeping our sewer system clean and keeping our environment healthy.


Project Access gala raises $284,000+

Amid the colorful characters and images of the magical Emerald City from the beloved movie The Wizard of Oz, nonprofit Project Access recently marked its 20th anniversary at a fundraising gala themed “There’s no place like home.”

The event earned more than $284,000 to support vital on-site health, education and employment services provided by Project Access to low-income families, children and seniors. Project Access’ first resource center opened in Santa Ana in 1999, and since then, its presence has grown to more than 70 communities across the nation. By 2020, Project Access anticipates serving more than 20,000 individuals.

Project Access Bill Hirsch, Kristin Byrnes, Jonathan Webb

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(L-R) Project Access Co-founder Bill Hirsch, Project Access CEO and President Kristin Byrnes and Project Access Co-founder Jonathan B. Webb

Highlights of the gala, which was held Saturday, Oct. 19 at AV Irvine, included actors portraying Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion, who posed for photos, led attendees down the yellow brick road to their seats and also danced for the audience. The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch were also on hand. 24 Carrots provided catering. 

Project Access gala guests

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 (L-R) Project Access gala guests Brock and AJ Andrus with Chris and Lisa Young

Green-tinged images of Oz were projected on the walls of the event space, and an imaginative multimedia presentation kept the theme going and underscored the accomplishments of Project Access. 

Project Access CEO and President Kristin Byrnes, a resident of Newport Beach, cited the organization’s history and addressed what the future holds for the resident-based services provided by the nonprofit that will help stabilize and strengthen a growing number of communities.

Project Access Dorothy and friends

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Dorothy and her three friends who “followed the Yellow Brick Road”

She thanked the organization’s developer partners and acknowledged Project Access founders Jonathan B. Webb and Bill Hirsch, both of Affordable Housing Access, Inc., Newport Beach, along with its volunteer board of directors and advisory board.

For more information about Project Access, visit www.project-access.org.


Rock, Paper, Scissors comes to Argyros Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unveiling a new free community event, tomorrow afternoon, November 9 on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza – “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

This production will feature live music and DIY (Do It Yourself) activities. While local artists take the stage, discover what zines are all about, where to find them and how to make your own. Create a mixed media zine to take home, customized with your own Polaroid® photo. Let your creative side show, creating your free tote with Hit + Run Screen Printing experts, designing your zine and creating your personal statement buttons.

Rock Paper Scissors Argyros Plaza

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Enjoy the festivities while listening to rocking soundtrack live music that will inspire your inner DIY spirit. Chulita Vinyl Club – Santa Ana kicks off the party spinning their favorite rock repertory. Oscura Luna spikes the energy with their dynamic Xicana soul surf rock n’ roll. While Lily Waters brings it home with their soulful vocals and powerful harmonic melodies. Pause between bursts of art-making and enjoy one of the drink specials and tasty bites from George’s Café.

Performance Schedule:

–1-1:45 p.m.: Chulita Vinyl Club

–1:45-2:45 p.m.: Oscura Luna

–2:45-3 p.m.: Chulita Vinyl Club

–3-4 p.m. : Lily Waters

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 660 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


World premiere of Academy award-winning composer Elliott Goldenthal’s new work

Enter the concert hall doors at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for an electrifying evening nodding to classical music’s past and present with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko, Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony.

Before Kholodenko’s passionate showcasing of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and the orchestral power of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the night begins with a world premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal’s tribute to Maestro St.Clair: “October Light: Adagio for Orchestra,” a lush cinematic work.

World premiere pianist Vadym Kholodenko

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Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

“Beethoven’s Seventh” takes place Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Single tickets start at $25. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and a preview talk begins at 7 p.m.

This concert is part of the Symphony’s 2019-20 Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Mannheim Steamroller returns to Segerstrom Center for one night only

The beloved holiday concert “Mannheim Steamroller” returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall as part of its 2019 Christmas Tour.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of founder and creator Chip Davis’ annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry. This year’s show will feature the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects.

Mannheim Steamroller returns

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Mannheim Steamroller graces Segerstrom Hall on December 1

Single tickets start at $59 and are available for purchase online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Spirit Run 2020 to celebrate community spirit

Spirit Run is celebrating its 37th year on March 1, 2020. This would not be possible without the support of our local community. Therefore, Spirit Run 2020 will celebrate community spirit in a big way!

The run will feature its new “Community Spirit” logo on its event shirts. Also, each finisher of a Spirit Run race – adult, youth and canine – will receive a medal with this logo.

Spirit Run 2020 costumed competitors

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Costumed competitors at the 2019 Spirit Run 

Spirit Run will also host a Spirit-themed costume contest. Dress to show your school, team, community, or USA “Spirit.” Compete yourself, with your family, friends, school, team, or even with your dog. Prizes will be awarded in the following divisions:

–Individual Adult

–Individual Child

–Team (family, friends, school, etc.)

–Dog & Human

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with other “Spirit” ideas. Visit the Spirit Features Page (www.nmspiritrun.org/costumecontest) for details.

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Spirit Run began with a 5k and youth dash and has evolved to offer 15 running and walking events for every age and fitness level. For a list of adult and family events visit the Adult, Family, and Dog Page (www.nmspiritrun.org/adultfamilydog); for youth events, the Youth Page (www.nmspiritrun.org/youth).

Feeling a little out of shape to run or walk at Spirit Run? Consider Spirit Run’s Evening Training Program. It begins Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 and continues Monday and Wednesday evenings at Newport Harbor High, culminating in Spirit Run. The program offers regimens for children, families, and adults. Visit the Evening Running Program Page to learn more (www.nmspiritrun.org/eveningtraining). 

Aside from being a tremendous community event, Spirit Run’s net proceeds benefit youth fitness and education. Any school can participate in Spirit Run’s fun and funds. Visit the School/Team Page (www.nmspiritrun.org/partners) to learn more.


Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club to hold open house on November 17

The Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (BBTRC) is holding an open house on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with food, music and refreshments.

Scheduled festivities include speaking with BBTRC’s professionally PATH-certified instructors, parents and riders. Come meet BBTRC’s rescued horses, donkeys and goats, and watch riding demonstrations. The BBTRC is also celebrating the end of a remodeling project, so come see the improvements. This event is free of charge.

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Courtesy of Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club

The BBTRC is grateful to its supporters who have made it possible for the club to help improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children, youth and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities, especially the underserved in our community, through therapeutic horseback riding and other unique activities.

Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club is located at 20262 SW Cypress St., Newport Beach. For more information, www.backbaytrc.org.


Be part of a special Digital Saturday at the Newport Beach Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) invites community members to enhance their technological literacy at Digital Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach.

Digital Saturday will showcase the library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, audio books and online databases, as well as explore the Media Lab, Sound Lab and Tech Toys available for loan. A 53-foot Digital Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot throughout the day so that readers of all ages can learn about and engage with digital books from Overdrive.

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The 53-foot Digital Bookmobile will be on hand during Digital Saturday

Detective Shawn Dugan from the Newport Beach Police Department will start the day off with a special program on cybersecurity, identifying different types of fraud and current fraud schemes that are prevelent in our community, and showing attendees the best way to protect their digital data.

Staff will be on hand to introduce customers to the library’s eBranch and to show them how to access valuable research materials, genealogy databases, online legal reference materials and student resources, and create projects using state-of-the-art software and technology. A current library card and Google or Apple ID password is needed for instruction on downloading ebooks and magazines to personal mobile devices. 

All library customers are invited to enter a drawing for $100 gift certificate to Fashion Island and other prizes.

For more information on Digital Saturday, contact the Newport Beach Public Library at 949.717.3800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digital Saturday Program Schedule, Saturday, Nov. 16:

10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Overdrive Digital Book Mobile will be in front of Central Library

10 a.m. – Cyber Security presentation by Detective Shawn Dugan, NBPD

11 a.m. – Introduction to the eBranch and digital apps: Flipster, Kanopy streaming video, Libby and RG Digital magazines

12 p.m. – Children’s Online Learning Resources in the Children’s Room

1 p.m. – Introduction to digital resources: Rosetta Stone language program, Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com and Legal Reference

2:30 p.m. – Grand prize drawing for $100 gift certificate

All programs will last approximately 30-45 minutes.


Good Morning CdM features Newport Harbormaster Kurt Borsting

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce presents Good Morning Corona del Mar on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7:30-9 a.m. Come meet Newport Harbormaster Kurt Borsting, who will share an informative update on all operations of our Newport Harbor. 

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Newport Harbormaster Kurt Borsting

There will also be updates from the following representatives of our local legislative offices: Newport Beach Councilmember Joy Brenner, District 6; Congressman Harley Rouda, 48th District; Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, 74th District; Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, 2nd District; along with information on the toll roads. 

Bring a friend or colleague. No RSVP is necessary, and the event is free of charge with complimentary refreshments.

Good Morning Corona del Mar, a monthly discussion group, takes place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.CdMChamber.com.


Mesa Water District honored with Rose Award

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) was recognized as a 2019 Rose Award winner at the Orange County Taxpayers Association’s (OCTax) 9th Annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Award Dinner, for Mesa Water’s Business Improvement Process Implementation (BiPi), which has resulted in an estimated $6.3 million in cost savings for the District over 10 years.

The awards recognize the best of individual, business and public agency taxpayer policy practices.

“Mesa Water is one of the most efficient water agencies in the county. Their continuous fiscal stewardship and business improvement efforts earned them a coveted OC Tax 2019 Rose Award, highlighting Mesa Water as a leader in taxpayer policy best practices,” said Carolyn Cavecche, president and CEO of the Orange County Taxpayers Association.

 


Newport Beach Foundation’s “A Community Celebration” honors civic leadership

“A Community Celebration,” hosted by the Newport Beach Foundation, (NBF) took place on Thursday, Nov. 7 at The Resort at Pelican Hill. NBF is comprised of young professionals who strengthen our community’s current and future leadership through education, research and advocacy by participating in the Distinguished Citizen Program.

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NBF Chair Joe Stapleton and Vice-chair Antonella Castro

Guests filled the Mar Vista Lower Terrace to mix and mingle, as they enjoyed a buffet station with pasta, seafood ceviche and roasted vegetables. Tray-passed hors d’oeuvres included smoked salmon turnovers, potato pancakes with bleu cheese and roasted tomato, and truffle mac and cheese. Beer and wine were paired with the delicious samplings.

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Kate Malouf and John Reed were honored with “Future Leader” awards

The evening celebrated and recognized those outstanding individuals in Newport Beach who have and continue to make a difference, as well as honoring Distinguished Citizen Program participants.

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Will O’Neill and his wife, Jennifer

The inaugural NBF Community Anchor Awards were bestowed upon:

–Past Leader: Homer Bludau

–Present Leader: Newport Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Will O’Neill

–Future Leaders: Kate Malouf and John Reed

–Visionary Leader: Mario Marovic

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Ashlea and Mario Marovic

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Debbie Snavely, GM Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and Gary Sherwin, president/CEO Visit Newport Beach are avid supporters of NBF

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(L-R) The Wortmanns – John, Anne, Devon and John, chairman of the Balboa Bay Club’s board of directors

The NBF announced it will be partnering with our local high schools to recognize graduating seniors who display outstanding leadership skills at their school, civically or through philanthropy. Will and Jennifer O’Neill stepped up to donate $1,000 at the event, as the first seed money to support this scholarship fund.

The ceremonies culminated with the Foundation celebrating the second class in the Distinguished Citizen Program receiving their Foundation pins. 

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NBF’s graduating second class in the Distinguished Citizen Program

For more information about the NBF Distinguished Citizen Program, visit www.NB-Foundation.org.


Spectacular city sights

Spectacular city drone

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Newport Beach showing another wow-factor moment


Flashback Friday: Answer

If you guessed Linda Leonhard, President & CEO of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce, you are correct! The photo is of Linda at age five in 1970.

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Flashback Friday

Cute as a button…

Flashback Friday 11.8.19

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Here is our Flashback Friday...harkening back to yesterday...and we hope you can guess who it is.

Clue: Who knew she’d grow up to be one of the “Village People”?

Good luck guessing this one. The answer appears today at the bottom of Stu News.

Send in a treasured past photo! You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. Or one of your special friend.

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line and include who is in the photo, when it was taken and any interesting things you can share about the pic. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


NBPLF seeks community support for 275-seat proposed Lecture Hall at City Council meeting

The Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees has a proposal going before City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall to consider awarding a design contract for a proposed 275-seat Library Lecture Hall on the Central Library campus. The organization invites locals to show support by writing and emailing a letter to the Council and by coming to the meeting to share commitment to the Library and the valuable programming it offers to the community.

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Quick Facts:

–Proposal is to award a design contract to begin the design process.

–Proposed project is for a 275 seat, state-of-the-art Lecture Hall facility to be used for Library programming organized by the Library, Library Foundation and other civic and partnering organizations.

–Current programming in the Library Friends Room annually hosts more than 72,000 program participants for more than 200+ events. Demand has outgrown the flat-floored community room facility with poor sightlines, outdated audio-visual capabilities and uncomfortable chairs.

The City Council meeting on November 19 at 6:45 p.m. takes place in the Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Free parking is available in the Central Library lot and in the Civic Center parking structure. The Library issue should be concluded by 8 p.m.

Letters may be sent the week of November 11 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy City Clerk Leilani I. Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the proposed Lecture Hall, click here to view the Library Trustees’ presentation to the City Council on March 12, 2019.

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) enthusiastically supports the Lecture Hall and hopes to see locals at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:45 p.m.


On the Harbor: Meet Justin “Lawman” Law

By LEN BOSE

The year was 1997. I was 35 years old and weighed about 200 pounds and was sailing in a sabot during the BYC Macho Men’s regatta. The class I was in was called “Super Sized” or something like that. I had knee pads on and could not figure out just how to position myself in the boat to make it go any faster, so I just stayed on my knees in the middle of the boat. While rounding K mark and heading toward the finish, a wide-eyed 12-year-old kid, who had started 10 minutes behind me in the “Bitesize” fleet, had the gleam in his eye of a young white shark. He roll jibed his boat perfectly and jumped from rail to rail in his sabot, then streaked by me as if I was a speed bump on 16th Street. The thought of luffing him was fleeting to no avail. I got a quick glimpse of the boat name, “Lawman,” as he flew by. The Lawman never looked back, as he won the event that day...and I don’t think he’s looked back since.

Justin “Lawman” Law was born in 1985 and started sailing at the age of 3. “When we moved to Corona del Mar we lived across the street from Ed Carpenter. He bought my first sabot and together with my father, Larry, we refinished a 1970s Holder sabot in the garage and then I started sailing,” Law recalled. As a junior sailor, he finished second in two different sabot nationals then attended Newport Harbor High School, where he teamed up with his long-time crew and good friend, Adrienne Patterson. During the early years and winning many high school regattas, the team of Law and Patterson became F.J. National Champions; they still sail FJ’s 19 years later, together.

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Justin “Lawman” Law as a junior sailor

Law then packed his seabag and headed to St. Mary’s College of Maryland. During his four years of college, Law was an Honorable Mention sailor his freshman year and an All American sailor the next three years, while becoming a finalist for “Sailor of the Year” his senior year. There are only three finalists noticed each year, so it’s very close to being an award in itself. During his last year in college, he started a 470 Olympic campaign. “Today is not the best time to start an Olympic campaign, but I had never learned more about sailing than I did at this time of my life,” Law said.

On his return home from college, he became the head coach of the NHYC and Newport Harbor sailing teams. During his first year as coach at Harbor, his Alma mater, the team won the High School National Championships. “Which was one of the coolest things ever,” shared Law, with pride in his voice.

I already knew the answer to this question when I asked him what type of sailing event he prefers to compete in. “Team racing, it is like chess on the water. You have to be fast and know what to do next. I really enjoy the aggressiveness and tempo of team racing along with having teammates,” Law said. The “Lawman” has been on the winning team of the Baldwin Cup, which is our harbor’s most prestigious team racing event, five times to my count. His most memorable win was the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championships in Rutland, Great Britain.

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Competitive drive propels Justin Law to success on the water

My next question was, “What personal characteristics keep you on top of most of the sailing events you enter? “I have put a lot of time on the water, be it Catalina 37s, Harbor 20s, Sonars. I really love being competitive. Obviously, I am way too competitive; I would not have been so successful without that competitive drive.” That drive was a big part of the NHYC win at this year’s Lipton Cup with Law on the helm for the first time. He had been a part of two other Lipton Cup teams in the past, sailing in J105s. The Lipton Cub has a long and distinguished history in California for skippers and crews which includes the names of many of the world’s best sailors. “At this year’s Lipton Cup, SDYC did a great job and the boats were all very well matched. Many of the teams had done the Lipton Cup before and did an outstanding job, which allowed me to concentrate on the tails and the J-105 heel angle. The boats get overpowered pretty quickly and there is only so much you can do, so if you can drive to a certain heel angle you are going to be pretty fast. During the regatta, we focused on our starts and improved them, by being aware of having space and speed on the starting line.

“Some of our success was due to the fact that three of our crew members had sailed Catalina 37s all summer together and were aware of our heel angle, wheel time and downwind lanes,” Law said.

While I had Law on the phone, I took the opportunity to try to increase my sailing performance on our harbor and asked him what to focus on while racing and how to sail better? “One needs to focus on controllables; there are many variables in sailing, and some are controllable. For example, what you are doing before, during and after the race, preparing your boat equipment, how are you preparing yourself mentally and physically. Being dressed appropriately, eating and drinking enough. It really all comes down to thinking about the things that you can control,” Law said. “When sailing in Newport Harbor, it is very wind-driven; I like to watch the progression of the day, watching the flags. Over the years, the harbor does come to be predictable, so it’s trying to remember what works and what doesn’t. Then making sure that you do just that and not get distracted from what works. Remembering the Lido Lift, remembering not to go deep right in the Lido corner, looking for the lefty just below the NHYC moorings. Newport is an amazing place – it is very predictable and an easy place to sail,” Law said.

I took this last tidbit of information onto the racecourse last weekend, and I did rather well with it. “If you were to draw a line from the tip of Lido straight toward Bay Island and you are on port tack and below that line, you will probably get headed down into Lido, where one will run into the Lido Lift. But, if you are above that line, sometimes you will get that little lefty twist, so you don’t have to own the right,” Law explained.

So what’s next for the Lawman? “I would like to do more keelboat invitational yacht club events like the NYYC Resolute Cup. With a win there, one receives an invite to the NYYC Invitational which is the largest Corinthian event for yacht clubs. That’s the one I want next,” Law said.

I’ve been very fortunate to sail with Law to Hawaii, twice down Baja and one extremely challenging and memorable run down the coast of California aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon. Just so happens we won all four events and I continuously remind him that he makes sailing fun.

Sea ya!

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.


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Annabelle’s story

By LANA JOHNSON

For many of us, a roof over our heads, a safe place to sleep, a solid education to pursue a desired career and exemplary medical care within close proximity are “qualities of life” we take for granted.

But for the boys living on the streets of Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala, Uganda, where their voices are insignificant and they are shunned from their communities...their dreams might never be realized, if not for the caring graces of the Streets To Success Foundation. Its mission: Improve the livelihood of children living on the streets of Kisenyi by empowering, educating, counseling and providing shelter and medical care to the children currently and formerly homeless in Kisenyi through their outreach and sponsorship program. 

The Foundation is comprised of individuals from around the world who have come together with a devout mantra: “A future where no child is left living on the streets and where access to education, health care, and basic needs are available to all children, regardless of societal status.” 

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(L-R) Jeramiah, Ham, co-founder/co-owner Annabelle and Jeramiah in Kisenyi at outreach

Leading this team is Annabelle Brigandi, 21, a resident of Newport Beach, who attended Newport Harbor High School, along with Aoife Buckley, 28, from Ireland, who together co-founded/co-owned the Streets To Success Foundation in May/June 2018. Annabelle met Aoife in February 2017, so they knew each other for over a year before beginning the Foundation. It started because the ladies went into Kisenyi every day to see the boys and provide them with food, water, a chance to bathe, medical assistance, and offer occasional activities such as basketball and dance classes. Their goal was to start a nonprofit dedicated to helping these youngsters. The situation in Kisenyi was worsening, with the boys subjected to more and more danger, and they decided they couldn’t sit back any longer. No matter how small, they were determined to make some type of impact. At this point, Annabelle was already sponsoring two of the boys from Kisenyi, so it made sense to form an alliance.

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Nurse and co-founder/co-owner Aoife Buckley in Kisenyi with Jamil

The founders/owners’ training and backgrounds meshed. Annabelle works with people with special needs as a caretaker and teacher. She knows first aid, CPR, BLS [basic life support], Management of Assaultive Behavior, CPI [crisis prevention] and is experienced dealing with challenging behaviors. As a Registered Disability Nurse, Aoife handles the majority of medical needs; however, if a larger case arises or she is away, then the youth go for assistance at a local clinic. She is also a trained counselor.

Together Annabelle and Aoife empower vulnerable boys who have been forced to live on the streets due to varying conditions at home. There are upwards of 15,000 street boys in Kampala (the largest city in Uganda), with Kisenyi comprising 53 percent of them. Kampala gains approximately 16 new street boys a day. Forty-four percent are between the ages of 5-10 when they come to the streets of Kampala.

According to Annabelle, “Although these innocent, young children have escaped abuse, poverty, or death of a family member(s), they are often turned a blind eye to. The people who are supposed to be their advocates and protect them are the ones who actually reinforce the negative cycle of abuse. This makes it extremely difficult for the boys to not only escape the streets themselves, but also the ‘street boy’ stigma that comes with it.”

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Boys at Outreach Baluku, who are now sponsored by Streets To Success, and in the Foundation’s safe home

Annabelle’s program hosts around 50-100 youth. How they decide which child is brought in is based on several factors, but basically the boys have to be sober and exhibit good behaviors – all concurrently. Also, the boys making an effort to talk about their future with regard to schooling is a positive. They allow boys upward of 25 years (and no age minimum) to have the opportunity to enter the Foundation home – a safe haven – which accommodates 30 people, including staff. Currently, there are 24 boys there. The home is for kids on school holiday, kids that go to trade school, and kids hoping to be sponsored soon. Within the home, they do basic health care as well as some education in both lifestyle (crafts, gardening, cooking, etc.) and basic class studies. The hope is to connect the kids back with their families if they desire and the situation is deemed safe. The program encompasses all genders, ages, sexuality, nationality or any other factors. Medical assistance is provided free of charge. They also do HIV testing, whereby anyone is allowed to come and get tested for free.

What about curriculum? The Foundation has paired with an excellent boarding school in the Entebbe, Uganda area, which the boys attend for primary and secondary education. According to Annabelle, “Kids Pioneer is a primary school run by a Danish woman, with the majority of the staff being Ugandan natives. Their basic day is similar to western ideals of education with art, music, computers, religion, local language, English, reading, writing, P.E. and science. There are extra classes for kids that need additional help in any subject. Primary school goes from first to seventh grade and then you attend secondary school which equates to our middle and high schools. Regarding physical activities, there is lots of dancing, boxing, group runs, bike riding, swimming/beach days, yoga, and basic workouts like push-ups, etc. They also offer boat rides on the lake, movies, and ping-pong and soccer teams.”

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One of the first photos taken of the boys off the streets

The Foundation seeks your help with respect to sponsorships, as the children don’t realize even the smallest of luxuries. Your support would provide: housing (in and out of school), living necessities, school supplies, clothing/shoes, medical checkups and treatments, nourishing food, health and hygiene products, additional educational assistance and mentoring to help the youngster discover their true worth and value.

According to Annabelle, “Cost [of a sponsorship] will vary from child-to-child, as each child is different and will need different schooling, medical care and housing. Sponsors pay in full for their first term at least a month before the term starts. At the end of each term, the boys stay in the Foundation home free of cost, unless a sponsor desires to donate – whether to the organization or a specific boy – for their break.” First term is typically around $370-$470, terms after that will be around $200-$275. For secondary school, they have teamed up with Kisubi High School, that follows the same break/term schedule as primary school. Typically, secondary school will be more expensive then primary school, and secondary is 4-6 years, total. First term will be roughly $530-$600 and the following terms will be $400-$450. Each term is around two and one-half to three months and break is anywhere from one to three months.

The Foundation also works with various trade schools where the boys can learn to become welders, electricians, mechanics, beauticians, etc. Trade school costs vary from trade to trade, but typically it runs $200-$300 per term. Because it is a trade school, the duration is for 1-2 years (with each year varying from three to four terms.)

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Two smiling boys – Beckham and Bashil

Streets To Success acknowledges the importance of positive mental health for the boys before, during and after their education. In order to give them the best care, an opportunity for successful education and a bright future, they provide adequate resources to promote a healthy mind set. Some of the boys have been participating in one-on-one therapy to help healing with past traumas they have endured. To sponsor a boy for only their therapy sessions, the cost ranges from $50-$100 a month and can range from roughly 3-6 months based on the specific needs of the child.

“You can decide to sponsor a child for either therapy or education, helping with their specific needs,” Annabelle explained. “So, if a child doesn’t require therapy then you wouldn’t be able to offer a sponsorship for therapy...the same goes with sponsoring their education. However, you can always donate to their general funds/donating to a specific cause, such as a month’s worth of food, clothes for outreach, etc.” They do request when you sponsor a boy, you are also taking in consideration their education needs. No one can predict the future, but the worst thing would be for a boy to lose his sponsorship and have to drop out of school. Each child is their own unique person and the Foundation wants to ensure it accommodates to their strengths, hopes and dreams, so each sponsorship is unique as well.

“If the kids [from on the streets] express a desire to go home, we do our best to give them a chance to bathe, eat some food, and give them transport home. Sadly, around 60-70 percent of the boys we send home end up coming back to Kisenyi,” Annabelle shared.

The Foundation conducts home visits one to two times a year and keeps in contact through phone calls. They strive to repair any strains on relationships and work toward the boys eventually going home permanently. The time frame varies, but the stay in the Foundation home leans more toward the boys finishing their sponsorship fully in the house before they go home – if they decide that. 

With Streets To Success still being fairly new, no child to date has finished his sponsorship, as most are still in school. Some are estimated to finish in the next one to two years.

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Annabelle with Owori, Paulo and Okolong at Kids Pioneer Primary School

 “The hope is that all the boys stay in touch and even if the Foundation isn’t still providing them a sponsorship, we can still help in a variety of ways, such as providing advice and emotional support, and to come together for Christmas and holidays. Even if the boys are living on their own and independent, they still have a group of people to rely on and call ‘home’,” Annabelle shared.

And for dreams to become reality? “For the boys individually, our dreams are for them all to be healthy (mentally and physically) and happy. As for the organization as a whole, a massive goal is for one day to purchase our own land and build a new house fitted perfectly for the boys with a football pitch, swing set, a garden and farm,” Annabelle said.

In the meantime, they are working to pay for a Christmas party at the beach for the boys on the streets and in the house.

“These boys are so much more than their past...so much more than their poverty, trauma and where they sleep/slept at night. They are funny, smart, cheeky, athletic, kind and sensitive. They are so lovable and deserving of everything the world has to offer – and not because of what they lack, but because of what they do have,” Annabelle concluded. 

For more information and sponsorship, visit the website at www.streets-to-success.org.

Editor’s Note: Annabelle’s time has been scattered over the nearly last three years. The last time she was in Uganda, she was there for a year. Currently, she is back in Newport Beach for four months, until she heads back to Uganda for hopefully approximately a year again. Aoife, as well as the local staff and various volunteers, are on the grounds currently, overseeing both the Foundation home and the boys in Kisenyi. These boys and this Foundation are passions of both Annabelle and Aoife, whose dream would be to carry this on forever.


Salute to Veterans this Saturday at OC Fair

On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the OC Fair & Event Center and Orange County Employees Association are hosting a free community celebration in honor of Veterans Day.

“Salute to Veterans” will include free hot dogs for all attendees, family-friendly activities, entertainment and a Veterans Resource Fair. Opening ceremonies for the event will include a city address by Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley.

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Emmy-Award winning newscaster Ed Arnold will help emcee a dedication and unveiling of the A-4M Skyhawk Aircraft at 11 a.m. in front of Heroes Hall. The aircraft was relocated last month from the Civic Center in Santa Ana. Representatives from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation will join former A-4M Skyhawk pilots in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The event will also feature a plaque dedication for Thomas P. Clark Jr. in the Heroes Hall Walk of Honor, as well as a cake-cutting ceremony with the United States Marines in honor of the 244th U.S. Marine Corps birthday.

Admission is free, however, a food drive donation is greatly appreciated.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Take Five: Meet Bernadette Olsen, founder of Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club

By AMY SENK

Raised in Germany, Bernadette Olsen was 14 years old when she took a job and learned how people with disabilities can be transformed by riding horses. Olsen is a veteran rider, instructor and coach as well as an advanced PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International instructor, and her lifelong dream was to bring a therapeutic riding club to Newport Beach. In 2007, she created the nonprofit Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (BBTRC) using land donated from her former roommate. The club on Cypress Street now provides sanctuary for rescued horses and other animals and also helps special-needs clients. I caught up with her to learn more. 

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Bernadette Olsen, founder, Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club

Q: What is a typical day like for an instructor at the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club?

A: After caring for the horses – turn out, grooming, exercising them, making sure they are safe and sound – and the other animals on the farm, donkeys, chickens, goats, instructors welcome the volunteers who are going to assist the riders at the lessons. While the instructor prepares the arena (props, toys, exercises, lesson plan), the volunteers get the horses tacked up and lined up. The riders are greeted by the instructors and the sessions can start – putting a helmet on, preparing carrots for rewarding the horses, getting on, the whole lesson, check-out. We have about five lessons in a row per day, mainly after-school hours). Instructors coordinate the feeding of the horses by the volunteers and wrapping up at the end of the day.

Q: How many riders do you currently work with in the program?

A: We currently have 22 riders coming once a week and are starting some adult programs, or equine therapy with groups, eight at the time. That brings us up to about 30 clients per week.

Q: How many horses do you have, and do you have a favorite?

A: We have seven horses and two donkeys. Half of them are rescued from slaughter or abuse and retrained and loved to regain trust in humans. They all reward us by being so gentle, patient and safe. The other half are older, senior horses or unwanted horses. Their experience and wisdom make them really mellow and slow. They are all our favorites!

Q: Can you share a special memory, perhaps a really inspirational experience a rider had?

A: It was written by a mom. “This is Mason’s Story. Mason is an 8-year-old boy who has many challenges. At 5 months old, Mason was diagnosed with a rare condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia causing him to be blind, have cerebral palsy and major developmental delays (not walking or talking) amongst multiple other complications. The first day he rode Skippy, they had an immediate friendship that brings Mason more joy than anyone else could provide. Aside from their unbreakable bond, Skippy has helped Mason to make so many improvements. Mason has increased communication, listening and following directions and expressing commands to Skippy. Riding Skippy has also helped improve posture and mobility. Today, Mason can communicate with words and started to walk independently. Skippy and the entire staff at BBTRC have been such a blessing in our lives and we hope Mason can continue to be part of something that brings him so much joy, happiness and progress.”

Q: There will be an Open House event on November 17. Can you tell me more about that?

A: The BBTRC is holding an open house on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. There will be food, music and refreshments. Scheduled festivities include speaking with BBTRC’s professionally PATH-certified instructors, parents and riders, and watching riding demonstrations to see our work and watch our horses do their magic with their special-needs partners. Come meet BBTRC’s rescued horses, donkeys and goats. We are also celebrating the end of a remodeling project, so come see the improvements. This event is free of charge.

Editor’s Note: To learn more about the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club located at 20262 SW Cypress St., Newport Beach, come to their Open House and visit their website at www.backbaytrc.org.

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Amy Senk is a longtime resident of Corona del Mar and a monthly contributor to Stu News Newport.


Bank of America volunteers gathered to support Operation Gratitude

With Veterans Day just around the corner, Bank of America volunteers gathered in Newport Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to support Operation Gratitude by writing letters and making holiday cards to thank heroes for their service to our country – and coupon clipping.

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(L-R) Bank of America employees Denise Soscia and Shirley De Silva make holiday cards for deployed troops, veterans and wounded heroes

Bank volunteers wrote more than 100 letters of support and appreciation and clipped manufacturers’ coupons for personal hygiene items, food/snacks and first aid supplies. The letters, cards and coupons will be included with care packages sent to deployed troops, veterans, wounded heroes and first responders.

Bank of America letters

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Letters of support for our military written by Bank of America employees


Library Live to present Dibi and Herbie Fletcher

On Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m., the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents Library Live with Dibi and Herbie Fletcher – The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf (2019).

Dibi Fletcher is a writer, unofficial chief operating officer of the Astrodeck surfing equipment company and matriarch of the Fletcher family. Herbie Fletcher is a prolific and legendary surfer, shaper and entrepreneur. They owned the Clark Foam Franchise for the Hawaiian Islands, Herbie Fletcher Surf Shop in Dana Point and currently own Astrodeck.

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“The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf (2019)” will be available for sale and signing during the Library Live event

The book is Dibi’s reflection on the mark that she, Herbie, sons Christian and Nathan, and grandson Grayson have made on the worlds of surfing and skateboarding. Contributors to this Rizzoli publication include Mike Diamond from The Beastie Boys, Steve Van Doren from Vans, artist Julian Schnabel, surfer Kelly Slater and photographer C.R. Stecyk III.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for NBPLF members. The lecture and Q&A take place from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a book sale and signing until 9 p.m. Reserve tickets by visiting www.nbplfoundation.org/content/Library-Live.html or calling 949.717.3892.

The event takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Balboa Bay Resort names new General Manager

Fair Game Tom NewMarina Dutton has been named the new general manager of the Balboa Bay Resort. Dutton has most recently served as general manager of the Costa Mesa Marriott, an HEI Hotel & Resort.

Dutton replaces Sam El-Rabaa, who recently resigned his position.

The BBR features 159 guestrooms and is situated on the bayfront of Newport Beach.

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The Newport Beach Foundation hosted a wonderful celebration last evening at The Resort at Pelican Hill, under the stars on the Mar Vista Lower Terrace.

The event celebrated the graduating members of the Foundation’s first two classes of their Distinguished Citizen Program. The program teaches the attendees the “key components that form the foundation” of Newport Beach through a series of classes. It’s also important to note that the attendees are selected from a pool of applicants.

During the evening, the Foundation also recognized a number of community leaders with their inaugural Anchor Awards, including restaurateur Mario Marovic and former Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau.

The crowd was comprised of literally a who’s who of Newport Beach, including Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill and his wife Jenny, City Councilman Kevin Muldoon, Chairman of the Balboa Bay Resort Board of Governors John Wortmann and his wife Anne, Joe and Sarah Stapleton, Police Chief Jon Lewis, Rush and Linda Hill, Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin, City Attorney Aaron Harp, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa General Manager Debbie Snavely, and 50-75 of the sharpest, most polished, next generation leaders of Newport Beach.

It was a grand evening. The organizers are to be commended. Newport Beach is in good hands moving forward.

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There’s some good tennis going on in town at both the Newport Beach Tennis Club and The Tennis Club through this weekend. It’s the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, the finale of the fall collegiate tennis season.

The event started Wednesday featuring 128 of the nation’s top collegiate singles players, 64 men and 64 women, and the top 64 doubles team, 32 men’s teams and 32 women’s. 

It’s the lone event on the collegiate tennis calendar that features competitors from all five divisions playing in the same tournament. So what does that mean... all five divisions? Well, it’s Divisions I, II and III, plus NAIA and Junior Colleges.

It’s big enough that both the men’s and women’s singles finals will be streamed live on ESPN3 and re-aired on ESPNU.

The men are playing at The Tennis Club, located next to Newport Beach Country Club. The women are at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, next to Ralphs off Eastbluff Drive. The finals for both men and women will be played Sunday at Newport Beach Tennis Club.

It’s the first time this event has come to Newport Beach. In 2017 it was played at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and last year it took place in Arizona at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.

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Speaking of sports, don’t forget about Corona del Mar’s football run for the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Championship. The Sea Kings, 10-0, take on Santiago (Corona) tonight at Davidson Field at 7 p.m.

Santiago should be preparing for the shellacking, as their record is just 3-7.

Newport Harbor also made the playoffs with an at-large berth, despite losing their final three regular season games. They’ll play St. Anthony (Long Beach) at Clark Field in Long Beach at 7 p.m. The Sailors are playing in Division 9.


BREAKING NEWS

Man arrested for discharging firearm in inhabited dwelling

On Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8:32 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s (NBPD) Dispatch Center received a report of a possible domestic disturbance inside a residence in the 800 block of Irvine Avenue. Officers responded to the residence and contacted Jesse Taylor Sweeny. Officers determined the suspect had discharged a firearm inside his apartment, but there were no associated injuries. Sweeny was taken into custody without incident and arrested for the listed charge.

During the initial response, an NBPD School Resource Officer at Newport Harbor High School initiated a “Lockout” on the campus through school administrators due to the proximity and nature of the call. A “Lockout” limits campus ingress and egress while still allowing students and faculty to continue with normal school activities inside the classrooms. Once the investigation revealed there was no ongoing threat to the school, the school resumed normal activities.

According to NBPD, Sweeney, a white male, is a 24-year-old resident of Newport Beach.


The toys come to life at Pacific Symphony’s Nutcracker for Kids

Watch the children’s toys, mice and music all come to life with Pacific Symphony presenting the Nutcracker for Kids in time for the holiday season. Join Associate Conductor Roger Kalia and Orange County’s acclaimed Festival Ballet Theatre at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for a journey through the Land of Sweets, a grand holiday sing-a-long and a chance to meet a special guest flying in from the North Pole.

Nutcracker for Kids takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with two performances at 10 and 11 a.m. This concert is part of the 2019-20 “Family Musical Mornings” series that consists of five, 45-minute concerts designed for children aged 5-11, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank.

The toys come alive

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Look forward to a Musical Carnival at each concert, encouraging children to test drive instruments, interact with members of Pacific Symphony and participate in themed crafts. Activities start at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers. Tickets start at $50. 

Dynamic and innovative, Conductor Kalia is a respected collaborator with orchestras and artists alike. In May 2019, he was named Music Director of New Hampshire’s 96-year-old orchestra, Symphony NH (Symphony New Hampshire). Since July 2018, he has served as Music Director of California’s Orchestra Santa Monica, and recently had his contract extended through 2021. In January 2019, Kalia’s contract with the 40-year-old Pacific Symphony was extended to August 2020, and he was promoted to Associate Conductor, having served a three-year tenure as the orchestra’s Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. August 2019 marked Kalia’s 9th season as Music Director and co-founder of the celebrated Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York.

Festival Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company led by Salwa Rizkalla. Founded in 1988, the company is comprised of professional and international dancers  that presents both classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Secret Garden, Alice In Wonderland, Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Firebird.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Seaside Gallery & Goods is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day

Seaside Gallery & Goods just marked five years in Newport Beach and they are inviting the community to celebrate with them.

The store is holding a Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come meet the Seaside artists and vendors, and make-up artist Stephani Reuter of Heroes Beauty, who will be demonstrating holiday make-up looks.

Seaside Gallery store interior

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Adding to the festivities are holiday florals and table inspirations on display in the Pelican Courtyard and a one-day-only sale with 20 percent off most items in-store.

Seaside Gallery & Goods, a collective of small business owners, is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach. For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops, visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com


Off-Broadway’s Dixie’s Tupperware Party comes to Samueli Theater

Dixie’s Tupperware Party, the hilarious show starring Dixie Longate which turned Off-Broadway into Tupperware-mania and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination, rolls into Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a strictly limited engagement on December 4-8 in Samueli Theater. Written by Kris Andersson, the production is playing Costa Mesa as part of a tour that has, so far, logged more than 1,700 performances.

Off Broadways Dixies Dixie Longate

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Dixie Longate brings her hilarious tupperware party to the stage 

Longate is the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter as Dixie demonstrates the many alternative uses for the iconic plastic kitchen staple – Tupperware. Filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, audience participation and a little bit of empowerment and homespun wisdom, Dixie’s Tupperware Party leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher. The show contains adult content.

Single tickets start at $39 and are available for purchase online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Samueli Theater is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Interior Designer Timothy Corrigan to make special appearance on November 12

Renowned Interior Designer Timothy Corrigan, with offices in Los Angeles and Paris, is making a special appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Edwards Big Newport theater.

Presented by the Decorative Arts Society, Corrigan will be sharing his book The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortasble Rooms for Today.

Interior Designer Timothy Corrigan designer and book cover

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Interior Designer Timothy Corrigan

Doors open with a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m.; the speaker presentation is from 9:45-11 a.m.

Non-members of the Decorative Arts Society and guests are invited and welcome to attend for a $75 fee, payable at the door.

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Edwards Big Newport theater is located at 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach Film Festival honors Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” on the red carpet

On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) in partnership with Visit Newport Beach held a red carpet gala honoring Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” at The Resort at Pelican Hill.

The awards and those recognized and honored include:

Newport Beach Film Festival Icon Award - Alfre Woodard (Clemency, 12 Years a Slave)

Newport Beach Film Festival Alfre Woodard

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Photos by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Visit Newport Beach

 (L-R) NBFF Co-founder Todd Quartararo; Newport Beach & Company President and CEO Gary Sherwin; Alfre Woodard, Icon Award recipient; and NBFF CEO Gregg Schwenk

Newport Beach Film Festival Artist Of Distinction Awards

–Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, upcoming In the Heights)

–Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, Bohemian Rhapsody)

–Tracy Letts (Ford v Ferrari, Little Women)

–Melissa Rauch (The Laundromat, The Big Bang Theory)

Newport Beach Film Festival Melissa Rauch

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Melissa Rauch (The Laundromat, The Big Bang Theory) at the podium

Variety 10 Actors To Watch

–Jessie Buckley (Judy, Wild Rose, Chernobyl)

–Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, Harriet)

Newport Beach Film Festival Cynthia Erivo

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Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, Harriet) speaks onstage

–Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

–Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Luce, Waves)

–Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place, Ford v Ferrari, Honey Boy)

Newport Beach Film Festival Noah Jupe

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Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place, Ford v Ferrari, Honey Boy) is recognized 

–Rob Morgan (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Just Mercy)

–Camila Morrone (Mickey and the Bear)

–Glen Powell (Hidden Figures, Top Gun: Maverick)

Newport Beach Film Festival Glen Powell

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Glen Powell (Hidden Figures, Top Gun: Maverick) with his award

–Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Seberg)

–Da’Vine Joy Randolph (On Becoming a God in Central Florida)

Newport Beach Film Festival Glen Powell and guests

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Actor Glen Powell (center) and guests on the red carpet


Classical pianists to perform at upcoming Sunday Musicale

The Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Vieness, a piano duo, for the upcoming Sunday Musicale on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3-4 p.m., in the Friends Meeting Room of the Central Library.

Vieness features award-winning Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell, “who enthrall audiences with their electric and captivating performances of a wide range of classical repertoire.” They will perform works by Schubert, Barber, Bach, Dvořák and more.

Classical pianists to perform duo

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Vieness piano duo features Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell

Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library and is free to the public. No RSVP is required.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Tickets on sale now for the Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour eight uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes, at their leisure. 

Tickets are just $35 and you can purchase them online at www.balboaislandNB.org or at the following Balboa Island venues: Balboa Island Museum, Island Home and Sur Le Mer, all located on Marine Avenue.

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A festively decorated residence on last year’s Holiday Home Tour 

Off Island tickets can be purchased at Seaside Gallery & Goods on Tustin Avenue, Newport Beach, Blue Springs Home on 17th Street, Costa Mesa and Bliss Home Design on E. Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Will Call tickets will be available to purchase and pick up at the Balboa Island Museum located at 210 Marine Ave., Balboa Island at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour. 

Also, be sure to visit all the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments.

The Holiday Home Tour is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.


City budget data updated and available to public through open portal

The City of Newport Beach makes financial information available to review the status of revenues and expenditures. The online Open Budget Portal provides citizens an in-depth and friendly view of the City’s financial data including the City’s revenue sources, expenditures and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The site provides users the ability to view the financial data in a table, chart or graph format. Interactive features of the site allow for searching by departmental or other types of budget categories. The CIP portion of the site organizes information by funding category, funding source or by project. Users will also find project photos, the current phase of the project and a map showing the project’s location.

REVENUES 

Through September 30, 2019, the City’s General Fund has received $25 million, or 10.9 percent, of the $230.3 million of budgeted general fund revenues. Due to the tax remittance calendar, this is a normal trend for this time of year.

The General Fund’s top three revenues sources (Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, and Transient Occupancy Tax) account for approximately 75 percent of all General Fund revenues. The City expects to receive $173.8 million of revenue from these three sources in FY 2019-20.

Property Tax

Property Tax is the top source of revenue for the City and represents almost half of all General Fund revenues. FY 2019-20 property taxes as a whole are budgeted to come in at $113.6 million. The City has collected about $2 million, or 1.7 percent, of budget through September 30, 2019. This is typical as property taxes are received in large part during December and April of each fiscal year.

Sales Tax

Sales tax, the second largest revenue source for the City, is expected to finish FY 2019-20 at $35.7 million. As of September 30, 2019, the City has received $3.3 million, or 9.3 percent, of the sales tax budget. As with property taxes, first quarter sales tax results are not indicative of budget performance by year-end. 

Transient Occupancy Taxes

Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) are budgeted at $24.5 million for FY 2019-20. The City has realized 20.3 percent, or $16.9 million, through September 30, 2019.

EXPENDITURES

As of September 30, 2019, General Fund expenditures totaled $41.7 million, which represents 18.8 percent of the $222.5 million revised budget.

For more information, visit the portal at www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/finance/city-budget-salary.

Note: Open budget data is refreshed on a monthly basis and does not remain static. The narrative above represents the status of General Fund revenues and expenditures through September 30, 2019 and may not match data accessed subsequent to this time.


Newport-Mesa YMCA kicks off “Stockings for the Troops” campaign

Join in spreading some holiday cheer to our troops serving overseas, during the annual “Stockings for Troops” donation drive at the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA, a drop-off site, continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 20.

With your help and support, the YMCA of Orange County (YMCAOC) will send stockings filled with much needed items and pieces of home to our military families.

Newport Mesa YMCA kicks off soldiers

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Here is how it all comes together:

1. Donations Collected: YMCAOC childcare sites and fitness facilities.

2. YMCA Child Care Stuffing Party: Staff and students sort donations and fill stockings.

3. Stockings Shipped to Troops: Words of comfort, hope and promise packs and ships all stockings overseas.

4. Troops Receive Stockings: Our troops enjoy the holidays with a taste of home.

Items needed:

Consumables

--Candy canes

--Stabucks Via® coffees – a troops’ favorite

--Peanut butter or cheese & crackers snack packs

--Cup of Noodles® or Easy Mac® macaroni & cheese

--Starkist® tuna & crackers snack packs

--Nature Valley® Sweet & Salty Peanut bars

--Gatorade Propel® dry powder packets for water bottles

--Cliff® bars/Protein bars

Individual Snack Packs

--Assorted bags of nuts

--Dried fruits/raisins

--Cheez-Its® or Cracker Jacks®

--Trail mix

--Sunflower seeds

--Beef jerky/Slim Jim®

--Corn Nuts®

--Store-bought cookies

Essentials

--Christmas stockings, 7” wide x 19” long

--Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

--Chewing gum

--Hand warmer packets

--Socks

--Pocket or purse size package of baby wipes

--Letters and Christmas cards, addressed to “Dear Armed Forces”

Note: All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.ymcaoc.org/donation-drives.

Newport-Mesa Family YMCA is located at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach.


SCAPE Gallery presents “Talks with Purpose”

On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m., SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar is presenting “Talks with Purpose,” with a lineup of speakers sure to inspire.

Guest speakers include:

–Bo Glover, executive director of the Environmental Nature Center, is speaking on “The Purpose of Nature.”

–Cheri Swanson, a certified nutritionist practicing for more than 40 years, is addressing “The Purpose of Living Your Passion.”

–Cordell Miller, an avid surfer who was born and raised in Newport Beach, and began shaping boards at the age of 19, will discuss “The Purpose of Shaping.”

–Brett Hillyard, with an art & design background, found his passion behind the lens and is addressing “The Purpose of Analog Photography.”

–Danielle Duley, who is opening her Bar Method Studio at The Garden in Newport Beach in mid-November, is speaking on “The Purpose of Core.”

SCAPE Gallery SCAPE exterior

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Tickets are $55 and registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Healthy cocktails and bites will be served. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.

Talks with Purpose is a movement of positivity, promoting people to find, express and even create their purpose. They gather together to listen, bond, grow the community and find their true intention.

SCAPE Gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Hoag Classic takes shape heading into 2020 and honors longtime sponsor

Fair Game Tom NewYesterday was more than just a golf outing for me at Newport Beach Country Club. It was a day to thank sponsors and friends for their support of the Hoag Classic and recognize two new additions to the Hoag Charity Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hoag Classic is the relatively “new name” of the longtime Toshiba Classic, the preeminent Champions Tour golf event on the senior PGA Tour that takes place here in Newport Beach. Last year was their first under the new moniker. Year two takes place this March 4-8, 2020.

A brief Monday overview: Jeff Purser, executive director of Charity Sports, thanked the new lead sponsors, Konica Minolta and City National Bank, for the smooth transition to their new leadership roles in the event.

It was also a day to recognize Mark Simons, former President of Toshiba American Information, for a 20-year relationship as the tournament’s naming sponsor. During that time, the Toshiba Classic raised more than $21 million for charity, primarily directed to programs and services at Hoag Hospital. Another $500,000 was raised and presented to local high school students for scholarships, along with hundreds of laptop computers.

“You just don’t get a 20-year sponsor in today’s business environment,” Purser said. “Mark was our guiding force and our anchor in managing 4-5 different Toshiba companies with their involvement.”

For his part, Simons “got involved.” From his estimates, he participated in some 50 pro-ams over the years, playing with such names as Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Watson, Couples, Langer, Irwin and O’Meara, to name a few. Toshiba also used the event to entertain business partners from around the world.

“This tournament was about giving back and we did that raising lots of money,” Simons said. “It was also about recognizing outstanding students, many of whom today have become doctors and lawyers and such.”

Simons joined other tournament leaders as a member of the Hall, including former tournament chairs Hank Adler, Jake Rohrer and Ira Garbutt.

For his part in winning last year’s event, Kirk Triplett also had his name added to the Hall lineup. 

Triplett was on hand throughout the day to mingle with the golfers on the course and to participate in a late afternoon Q&A about his career as a professional golfer.

“I’ve participated in a number of other sponsor/media days from tournaments I’ve won, and none of them have the support that this tournament generates,” Triplett said.

“We are privileged as professional golfers to make your community better,” Triplett added.

So, as we move to 2020, the Hoag Classic seems to be in good hands. Former Emulex Chairman Paul Folino is the event chair, Purser continues in a role he’s absolutely perfected and Hoag simply awaits the continued generosity of this community.

Now, all we need is some good Newport Beach weather come March.

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An 89-year-old Newport Beach resident, Frank Randall and his wife, Joann, announced yesterday that they were donating $50 million toward the possible purchase of Banning Ranch

The Randalls previously donated $5 million to Banning Ranch in 2012.

The announcement reportedly came at the Banning Ranch Conservancy’s 20th annual gala that took place at Marina Park.

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Yesterday, Congressman Harley Rouda’s re-election campaign announced that Alyssa Napuri has been hired as its 2020 campaign manager. Napuri previously managed Rouda’s volunteers during his successful 2018 campaign when he won the 48th Congressional District seat.

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Last week, a reported 314-pound bluefin tuna was caught by Newport Landing, making it the largest one caught on their sportfishing trips since they began working these waters in 1958.

The fish was landed by the boat Thunderbird.

That’s a lot of sushi by anyone’s account.


A captivating sunrise

A captivating sunrise

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Photo by Ron Yeo

Ahhh...a November morning at Big Corona State Beach


Cancer Kinship and Horizon Consumer Science team up to improve cancer survivor rates

Cancer Kinship of Newport Beach, a nonprofit that provides resources for people transitioning from newly diagnosed cancer patients to survivors, and Los Angeles-based Horizon Consumer Science have teamed up to measure, track and use information to make program adjustments rapidly based on data intelligence.

Cancer Kinship Founder and Executive Director Yolanda Origel has set out to prove that cancer patients will have an improved survival rate if guided and supported by a dedicated cancer survivor mentor. In just the first year since founding the organization, she has launched a Peer Mentorship Program and a Survivor Empowerment & Education Program. 

Cancer Kinship Cesa and Origel

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Dr. Ian Cesa and Yolanda Origel

“Our partnership with Horizon Consumer Science is incredibly valuable in showing that being emotionally held and supported by a dedicated mentor will make a difference in survival,” said Origel, who is a cancer survivor. “We can use that data to keep improving our programs and, we hope, our outcomes.”

Horizon Consumer Science, a small consulting firm of 10 data scientists, statisticians and consumer behavior experts, will oversee the ongoing collection, analysis and applications of data.

Dr. Ian Cesa, who founded the company 25 years ago, and his team bring progressive data thinking to health care evaluation and hope to use the data extrapolations to create algorithms for apps and customized data recommendations that get delivered directly to the mentors.

“We believe the Cancer Kinship mentor model, along with Horizon Consumer Sciences’ data expertise in outcome evaluation and using data and statistical AI algorithms to constantly improve health programs, will make a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors,” Cesa said.

Cancer Kinship is located at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.cancerkinship.org.


Flashback Friday is here...and we want your mug

Flashback Friday harkens back to yesterday...and we think it’s fun that our readers have been submitting their “mugs” so others can try and guess who is in the photo.

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Earlier sunsets arrive in splendor

Earlier sunsets arrive

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Photo by Michelle Mar (Instagram @msmichellemar) 

It’s that time of year to head to the beach early to catch a glimpse of part the magic that makes Newport Beach so special


Endless fall fun

Endless fall surfer

Photo by Endless Sun Surf School 

Waving hello to more fun in the sun with Endless Sun Surf School


The Inside Edge to host Leon Logothetis at The Pacific Club on Wednesday

Leon Logothetis, the driving force behind the hit Netflix series The Kindness Diaries, will be the featured speaker at The Inside Edge breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club on Wednesday, Nov. 6. He will have some interesting stories to tell about his crazy kindness-seeking travels that not only took him from the Alaskan Yukon to Argentina, but thousands of miles all over the globe.

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Leon Logothetis with his V-dub yellow convertible

He won’t be arriving in “the teeny, tiny yellow V-dub convertible that barely escaped the gale-force winds of passing 18-wheelers in an Alaskan snowstorm with temperatures averaging minus 38 degrees. To top it off, the bug had no heater.

“It sounds crazy, I know,” Logothetis said. “Maybe it was a little crazy. But amid that insanity, I found a world that is much saner than I expected and I found myself much more centered because I was concentrating on connections with people, not accumulation of things.”

Logothetis will share the inside story behind his Go Be Kind travels with a new book of the same name. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $35 for first-time guests, $45 for returning guests. The price includes a full breakfast. You can pre-register here.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Former Arches owner Dan Marcheano passes, memorial service planned for this weekend

According to Legacy.com, Dan Marcheano, longtime owner of The Arches Restaurant, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. He was 80.

“Danny,” as he was known to many of his close friends, was active in the Newport Beach community through many organizations, although none more near and dear to his heart than the 1-1 Marines, adopted by the City of Newport Beach.

Marcheano, who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1965, took over The Arches in 1982.

The Arches under Marcheano became one of Newport Beach’s most iconic restaurants, serving as a fine dining establishment for the city’s who’s who. 

“Dan not only ran one of the most famous restaurants in Newport Beach history, The Arches, but he was a consummate host and a funny, opinionated person who would literally do anything to help you,” said Gary Sherwin, president & CEO of Visit Newport Beach. “I’ll never forget moving into our new offices and Dan driving up on his motorcycle with a huge boxed lunch for our entire staff as a office warming gift. He truly loved this city, the 1/1 Marines and he was as iconic as his restaurant. He will be truly missed.” 

Newport Beach Chamber President & CEO Steven Rosansky added, “Dan was an icon in the Newport Beach Restaurant community. His gruff manner belied a warm and generous nature that will be missed. I can still visualize him flipping burgers and cooking Sabatino’s sausages at our monthly summer BBQs.” 

Marcheano was recognized in 2004 with the Speak Up Newport Sunshine Award, given to an individual who lives or works in the Newport Beach community. The award was presented in recognition for the recipient’s long-term positive impact on the community for volunteer service over and above professional accomplishments.

A memorial service will be held for Marcheano at Sabatino’s restaurant in Newport Beach on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

It’s only fitting that on the same day, the U.S. Marines will be celebrating their 244th birthday. Danny wouldn’t want it any other way.


Christmas Open House this Thursday at Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Gardens’ Volunteer Association is presenting, “The Beauty of Christmas,” an annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Guests will receive a 15 percent discount on all Garden Shop purchases of seasonal plants, beautiful handmade items and unique holiday gifts. Visitors on November 7 will enjoy complimentary home baked cookies, coffee and tea, and free admission to Sherman Library & Gardens.

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Sherman Gardens’ Volunteer Association President Kathy Dalquist with a handmade shell mirror

The Open House rings in the holidays while raising money for the Library and Gardens. In addition to the plants and Garden Shop merchandise for sale, an accomplished group of volunteer crafters, “The Sowers,” have been busy creating an assortment of holiday crafts. Their handmade items will also be on sale that day.

Christmas Open House holiday gifts

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The Garden Shop is filled with festive holiday gifts

Proceeds from the Christmas Open House will go toward garden projects and special events that are supported by the Volunteer Association at Sherman Library Gardens.

For more information, call 949.673.2261 and visit www.slgardens.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Fire Files

Most NB Fire personnel return home, one captain remains on site

Most members of the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) have made the trek home from Northern California after helping battle the statewide fires. As of yesterday, November 4, NBFD still has one fire captain at the Kincade Fire in Sonoma serving as a safety officer. 

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The “teams” sent by Newport Beach Fire to fight the fires around the state

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Newport Beach Fire personnel leaving from the Northern California fires as they begin their trip home across the Golden Gate Bridge 

Lifeguards: On the Waterfront

Poor surf conditions slow down local beach activity

Nearly 275,000 people enjoyed our beaches for the month of October, including some 67,250 this past week (October 28 through November 3).

Surfing conditions were in the poor to fair range because of extremely small surf and that kept ocean lifeguard rescue activity low.

According to our lifeguards, however, locals might agree that this is the best time of year to use the beach. They also encourage locals to make sure you’re checking out the sunrises and sunsets this time of year, simply because they’re some of the best in the world. 

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Photo by Lana Johnson

For the last weekend, lifeguards made three ocean rescues, 28 preventative actions, 557 public contacts and 32 medical aids.

Monthly lifeguard statistics included 19 ocean rescues, 704 preventive actions, 1,995 public contacts and 216 medical aids for October.

We hope everyone gets out to enjoy our amazing beaches and make sure you check in with the lifeguard.

Statistics courtesy of the City of Newport Beach Fire Department/Lifeguard Operations Division.


Not quite Boston...simply a beach town

Story and Photos by DUNCAN FORGEY

As we disembarked the plane at the Boston Logan Airport, we walked through the typical array of airport marketing, knickknacks, T-shirts and local food. Swept out by the crowd and “ubered” to our century-old Brownstone hotel room, it did not take long to realize that Boston was different than what I am used to.

Born in 1630 with the arrival of the Puritans, Boston is famous as one of the earliest English settlements. Over time, it has been known as the hot bed of rebellion during the Revolution, home to the USS Constitution, Harvard, MIT, Fenway Park and Trinity Church. Every part of the city has been loaded with events, names and activities that have shaped our country. Boston bleeds history.

Not quite Boston graveyard

A downtown graveyard on the Freedom Trail in Boston

In the current politically correct environment where statues are torn down and reputations ruined, Boston strives to maintain a glorified past with current affairs. In America’s long struggle against King George and the redcoats, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party are famous. The oldest park in Major League Baseball is Fenway Park, with hardened fans paying top dollar to sit in original wooden seats or atop the Green Monster while relishing in lore about Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Even Boston’s famous lobsters have history. Originally described as cockroaches of the sea, prim and proper English settlers refused to eat the ugly crustaceans. Instead, they were fed to prisoners.

Each neighborhood in Boston has a story and current residents perpetuate it. America’s first rapid transit dates back to the 19th century and after billions of dollars in overrides during its upgrading, Boston’s “big dig” is now working well and has tamed the roads of the big city.

Wherever we went, residents of Bean Town were friendly and proud of their past. Many jobs are created to tell the story to the huge influx of tourists who come to taste America’s past.

Not quite Boston Fenway Park

The Green Monster at Fenway Park

Newport Beach has history, too. Discovered in the 1769 by Gaspar de Portolá, it became a city in 1906, and today it’s one of the most well-known residential cities in the nation. Its original settlers were a cast of characters and risk takers. McFadden’s Landing’s move to the Peninsula is a fascinating story of death, danger and risk. The battle of Henry Rogers for the construction of the two jetties is a testament to determination. The birth and eventual death of a thriving fishing industry, the growth of sailing propelling Newport Beach into international recognition, the hard work in the aeronautics industry, and Craftsman-style boat builders and their fabulous yachts are pretty much forgotten. Today’s history is displayed by the thousands of real estate developers and their work throughout town.

The residents of Balboa fought a pro-growth city council in the 1960s after four high-rise buildings were built on the bay. “No Miami in Newport” was the bumper sticker. The coastal “view freeway” was stopped, and more recently, battles over the museum high rise and Banning Ranch show that growth is still opposed by many.

During a lifetime in Newport, the most significant event in development was the building of Promontory Point. Poised high on a bluff overlooking the bay, this high-density lifestyle would set a trend for the future. Its completion was a clear sign that Newport Beach’s future would be determined by developers. A powerful relationship was cemented with The Irvine Company resulting in neighborhoods throughout their vacant lands. Newport Beach, the seasonal resort town, faded away over the next 50 years and has morphed into a city of year-round residents and a multitude of visitors. In retrospect, Newport Beach was on a slow crawl of development since William Collins dredged Balboa Island. After World War II, the growth accelerated dramatically. Now it seems to be a foregone conclusion that bigger is better. 

Not quite Boston Balboa Ferry

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The ferry provides unique transport between Balboa Island and the Peninsula

Priorities are out of whack throughout Orange County as it’s on its way to a population of three million. After an afternoon at the Great Park for this year’s Irvine Global Village Festival, it was impressive to see such a large number of first, second and third generation Americans. But as I stood among the waves of attendees, it was sad to see the condition of the historical timeline walk on the old El Toro Marine base. The road was originally painted to depict key defining events and people in history. Today, the walkway is so faded and dirty that thousands of the attendees were oblivious to the important message it displayed.  They were more interested in food, the petting zoo and a large orange pumpkin ride. After millions of misspent dollars, it’s tragic that the park does not maintain this treasure.

If you question whether history has been forgotten – consider this. Next time you are among a small group of locals, ask them the name of the Native American settlers in the Newport-Laguna area. Most of them have never thought about the local Indians. Yet, there have been accounts when land developers ran into burial grounds near Big Canyon, Pelican Hill and the 405 freeway. These incidents were quickly remediated allowing the housing project to move forward with little attention.

As they tear down trees on Balboa Island, history tells us that less than a generation ago Newport Beach received multiple awards for its outstanding urban forest under the leadership of John Conway, who recently retired from the city.

So much is unknown by younger generations and new residents, that the roots of the city seem lost. The Balboa Pavilion (1906), the ferry boats (100-year celebration) and the undying history of the dory fleet (1891) are the few reminders of our great past. Sherman Gardens works to preserve our stories. A Newport Beach Museum is housed in a room in the smallest of our city libraries on the Peninsula and the Balboa Island Museum is a bastion for historians. On-line, Tom Stillwell has been able to keep history alive on his “I Grew Up in Newport Before it was the OC.”

Up on the hill, a “the hard to say no to anything new” city of Newport Beach okayed the cutting down of beloved trees while increasing funding for the sculpture garden. 

Not quite Boston The China House cropped

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The China House was a Corona del Mar landmark

How about houses? Twenty million dollar real estate is setting a new standard for the city. How about the Collins’ castle, Bartholomae estate, the George Rogers house, the Ahmanson estate and the China House in Corona del Mar to mention just a few? Despite their significant historical value, they have been subdivided over the years.

There is a modern restaurant where a cannery once canned fish and a high-end hotel where the old city hall stood. Even the classy older Newport Harbor Yacht Club has morphed into a beautiful statement property. The Crab Cooker is having a difficult time rebuilding, unlike the high-density condo project next door.  The once proposed Nautical Museum died an inglorious death and took with it the merry-go-round making The Fun Zone, not much fun anymore.

From the Native Americans until today there has been a hundred years of rascals, risk takers and the wealthy. Newport Beach’s history is packed full of colorful characters with stories like no other. As the social and financial importance of the city spreads around the world, it is sad that there are so few places here at home that allow you to see, feel and touch the past. Give thanks to that small band of historians trying to hold on to the many traditions and stories that keep alive our true treasures.    

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Duncan Forgey, a lifelong resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


California Assembly representative to come to OASIS on November 12

On the second Tuesday of every month, a member of Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris’ staff comes to the OASIS Senior Center to meet with members of the community, answer questions about legislation and state services and help locals with any state issues they might have. 

California Assembly Petrie Norris

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Cottie Petrie-Norris’ representative comes to OASIS on November 12

Her staff can often help residents with matters related to the DMV, state taxes, veterans’ benefits, Medi-Cal and many other state-related issues.

If you are interested in speaking with the staff member, call to make an appointment at 949.644.3244. The next office hours are Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

For a calendar of upcoming OASIS Senior Center events, visit our Calendars section here.


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

Homeless Update – Success of the Week: The City’s Homeless Liaison Officer received multiple calls last week regarding a woman camping in a concealed area off Old Ford Road for several days. The Homeless Liaison Officer made contact with the woman and together with City Net conducted an assessment. The woman had fled a domestic violence situation in Riverside and was trying to find shelter and return to work. City Net staff found an appropriate domestic violence shelter for her and helped with the intake. The woman was grateful for the assistance and was stabilized. 

Newport, Together Community Fair a Success! Newport, Together officially launched on Saturday, Oct. 26 with about 400 visitors stopping by the community fair at the Community Room and Civic Green. The fair included booths from over 20 Newport Beach community organizations and City departments, free burgers from TK Burgers, live music and lawn games and activities. 

The Newport, Together Community Fair showcased boards and activities for participants to learn about Newport Beach’s current General Plan and to give their input. Engagement activities included a mapping exercise, a photo booth, and an art project. Participants were given a passport to be stamped at different stations after they provided input at each station and were entered to win a number of opportunity prizes donated by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Newport Beach Marriott and Renaissance Newport. 

The event is the first in a series of community fairs, workshops, pop-up events and community dialogues to listen and learn from the Newport Beach community about the General Plan and its future update. To engage in similar activities digitally and to learn more about Newport, Together, head to www.newporttogether.com.

GPU Steering Committee Meeting on November 6 – The General Plan Update Steering Committee (GPUSC) will meet next on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The GPUSC will hear a recap of the October 26 Newport, Together community fair and Listen & Learn launch event, as well as updates on how the community has been interacting with the engagement efforts. In addition, staff will present an overview of the upcoming workshops that will be held in each council district throughout the months of November and December. Lastly, the GPUSC will review a timeline for the future General Plan update, especially how it relates to the Housing Element’s submittal date of October 15, 2021, as required by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Staff is recommending a draft request for proposals (RFP) be prepared and released soon to begin the update process and to meet the required submittal date. 

For additional information, the Committee’s page is found here. You can also check out the General Plan Update webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/gpupdate.

RFP Issued for Preparation of CDBG Consolidated Plan – A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by the Community Development Department soliciting a consultant to assist the City in preparing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan for the 2020-24 planning cycle. Federal funding received by the City from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must adhere to national objectives of (i) benefitting those with low and moderate incomes, (ii) aiding in the prevention of neighborhood deterioration, and (iii) meeting other urgent community development needs due to natural disasters or other emergencies. The Consolidated Plan outlines the City’s goals and strategies in administering its CDBG funds to meet HUD’s objectives, during the next five-year cycle. Annually, the City with the help of the consultant, will prepare an Action Plan identifying specific programs and projects that will receive funding to further the goals outlined in the Consolidated Plan. 

Proposals are due to the City no later than Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. PST, and should be submitted electronically via the City’s online procurement system PlanetBids here. More information about the CDBG program can be found on the City’s website. 

Open Budget Data Updated Through September 30, 2019 – The City of Newport Beach makes financial information available to review the status of revenues and expenditures. The online Open Budget Portal provides citizens an in-depth and friendly view of the City’s financial data including the City’s revenue sources, expenditures and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The site provides users the ability to view the financial data in a table, chart or graph format. For the latest status of revenues and expenditures for the current fiscal year, click here. 

River Avenue Landscape Renovations – The Public Works department’s Parks and Trees Division recently completed a redesign of the streetscape landscaping along River Avenue at Balboa Boulevard. This area is frequented by pets and their humans, so the plant palette introduces durable and aesthetically pleasing plant varieties. The renovation involved removing old plant material, retrofitting the irrigation, and installing a variety of several drought-tolerant plant species, including ornamental grasses, agaves, aloes and “Dragon Trees.” To add interest, eighteen “Red Baja” boulders were placed throughout the new landscape. 

Owl Box Installed to Help Control Vermin Population in City Park – As part of the City’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, an owl box was installed in a City pine tree at Buffalo Hills Park. The box was donated by a local resident. 

The purpose of the box is for the owls to reproduce and eventually raise their owlets, increasing their population. Owls are predators of nuisance rodent pests, such as mice, rats and gophers. If successful, the use of rodent traps or baiting (mechanical or chemical approaches) will no longer be necessary at this park area. A pair of Barn Owls will eat as many as 5,000 prey a year! 

Grace Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Insider’s Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting on November 5, 2019 – Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Items that may be of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed here.

There is no study session for this meeting, so the regular session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: 

On the consent calendar is a resolution to support a new ballot initiative, “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020.” This initiative seeks legislative changes intended to prevent crime and enhance safety, addressing some of the impacts from recent law changes such as AB109 (Prisoner Realignment) and Proposition 47 (Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act). The new ballot initiative is supported by several cities and the California Police Chiefs Association. 

Also on the consent calendar is an update to the City’s legislative platform. The legislative platform outlines the City’s position on legislative matters and serves as a basis for the City to support or oppose various local, state and federal legislation. It was last updated in 2013. The proposed changes include update or elimination of outdated policy statements and also expands on the Land Use Regulations category to include Housing and additional policy statements to reflect current priority issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, telecommunications facilities siting, and regional housing needs.

For public hearing is the adoption of the 2019 California Building Standards Codes and California Fire Code with local amendments. Every three years the state adopts new codes and local agencies must adopt the latest codes 30 days prior to January 1, 2020, the effective date of the new codes. 

On current business is consideration to direct the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission to evaluate the feasibility of a community pool at Lower Castaways Park, as requested by Mayor Dixon. If approved, a feasibility study and community outreach would be conducted as part of the Commission’s evaluation. 

The recommendations of the Ad Hoc committee on Election Reform will be considered by Council at this meeting. Following several meetings and a public meeting, the Committee is recommending modifying the regulations governing campaign contribution and expenditure limits and imposing lobbyist registration, reporting and disclosure requirements.


Roger’s Gardens presents holiday decorating with Emily Morgan

Decorating for the holidays is only limited by your imagination. Consider your color palette, the greens and foliage and the spaces you would like to transform into your own personal winter wonderland...complete with treasured heirlooms.

To help you get creative, Roger’s Gardens is holding a Holiday Decorating Workshop with Visual Designer Emily Morgan on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9-10 a.m.

Morgan will inspire you and provide tips on how to embellish your decor with a new trendsetting style, as she demonstrates how to make a wreath, and decorate a mantle and a Christmas tree. 

Rogers Gardens Holiday Decorating

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Ornaments shimmer on this holiday tree

Learn all the tricks from this professional designer on how to make your home feel welcoming and festive this holiday season.

And the best part...this seminar is free of charge.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

For a calendar of upcoming Home & Garden happenings, visit our Calendars section here.


Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro announces fall and winter events

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Back Bay Bistro will celebrate the fall and winter seasons with a full lineup of entertainment and holiday festivities through December 2019, presenting live music performances, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday festivities and more.

Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro Santa

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A lucky youngster will be chosen to flip the switch for the Lighting of the Bay on November 30

Events Calendar:

–Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. – Día de los Muertos – Selena Tribute by The Como La Flor Band. Celebrate Día de los Muertos in prayer and in remembrance on the shores of Newport Dunes with authentic holiday activities, food, dancing and a live tribute performance to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez by The Como La Flor Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$25, Kids under 5 are free.

–Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. – Like Zeppelin – Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Dinner and a show featuring a tribute to the music and legacy of the legendary band, Led Zeppelin at Back Bay Bistro. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20.

–Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 a.m. – Newport Dunes Triathlon: Cal Tri Events. The largest Orange County race in over a decade, Cal Tri Events’ Newport Dunes Triathlon, will draw more than 1,000 athletes, pros and celebrities from at least 12 countries and 20 states to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Awards given to top three overall finishers, both male and female, in each event.

Registration: $40-$175.

Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro Triathlete

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Athletes from around the globe will converge at the Triathlon

–Sunday, Nov. 3 from 7-10 p.m. – The Marrow & Sibarg Ensemble. Explore a creative musical experience at Back Bay Bistro featuring The Marrow, led by guitarist, Gordon Grdina with opening act, Sibarg Ensemble, which includes members of UC Irvine. Sibarg Ensemble combines the sounds of jazz with traditional Iranian music, classical melodies and folksongs. Full dinner service also available. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20.

–Friday, Nov. 8 from 7:30-10 p.m. – Justin Abrams & Beyond Conception. Enjoy an evening experience with local and nationally recognized singer-songwriter, Justin Abrams and his Indie Rock band, Beyond Conception. The album and book release show features special guests Steve Maggiora and Jackie Pember. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10.

–Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8-10 p.m. – Journey Captured. Experience a live performance by Southern California’s newest Journey tribute band. Arrive early to enjoy dinner before the show in Back Bay Bistro’s waterfront setting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20.

–Monday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Dec. 23 (or until supplies last) from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. – Christmas Tree Lot. Pick the perfect pine at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Christmas Tree Lot. Sip complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while browsing hundreds of trees. Newport Dunes Tree Lot receives fresh shipments weekly and offers delivery as well as free parking for Christmas tree shoppers. Prices vary.

–Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving Buffet and Thanksgiving To-Go. Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet in amid a waterfront setting. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro offers Thanksgiving To-Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. Thanksgiving Buffet: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thanksgiving To-Go: Pick up your meal on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. To make a reservation for Thanksgiving Buffet, call 949.729.1144. To reserve your Thanksgiving meal to go, call the catering office at 949.729.3800.

–Friday, Nov. 29 from 8-10 p.m. – Southbound and Company: A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends. Experience SoCal’s highest quality Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band and Southern Rock experience with Southbound and Company’s “Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds” act. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20.

–Friday, Nov. 29 from 8-10 p.m. – Southbound and Company: A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends. Experience SoCal’s highest quality Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band and Southern Rock experience with Southbound and Company’s “Lynyrd Skynyrd & Frynds” act. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20.

Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro Lighting of the Bay

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Courtesy of Newport Dunes

Lighting of the Bay illuminates the harbor through New Year’s Day

–Saturday, Nov. 30 from 3-9:30 p.m. – 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay. Kick off the holiday season at Newport Dunes’ 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay celebration as Santa picks a lucky youngster to help him flip the switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. During this free event, families will enjoy live chorale performances by local school choirs, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, train rides, an outdoor holiday movie and more. Reserved parking will go on sale soon. The bay will continue to be illuminated each evening at dusk through New Year’s Day. Parking: $10 on site.

–Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. – The Tijuana Dogs. Newport Dunes’ 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay celebration will culminate with a live performance by local favorites, The Tijuana Dogs at the waterfront venue. Enjoy full bar service, food trucks, festive decorations and a concert light show to accompany the rock band’s most popular songs. Reserved Parking will go on sale soon. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10-$50.

–Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Queen Nation – A Tribute to Queen. Pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts with a powerful tribute performance to one of the most iconic groups in rock history. Enjoy dinner and a show at Back Bay Bistro with a live performance of Queen’s greatest hits by Queen Nation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Early Bird Tickets: $25-$50.

–Saturday, Dec. 7 with seatings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Brunch with Santa. Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself. Take photos with Santa in between trips to the sprawling brunch buffet. Price: $28 Adults, $13 Children (10 and under); add $10 for bottomless Champagne and mimosas. To make a reservation, call 949.729.1144.

–Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8-10 p.m. – Dead Man’s Party – Tribute to Oingo Boingo. Experience a special holiday concert featuring Dead Man’s Party, one of the nation’s best Oingo Boingo tribute bands at Newport Dunes. With the lead-singer’s uncanny resemblance to Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman, both in looks and in vocal performance, the intimate, high-energy show will be enjoyed by all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35.

–Saturday, Dec. 21 with seatings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Brunch with Santa. Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Claus himself. Take photos with Santa in between trips to the sprawling brunch buffet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Price: $28 Adults, $13 Children (10 and under); add $10 for bottomless Champagne and mimosas. To make a reservation, call 949.729.1144.

–Tuesday, Dec. 24 with seatings from 4-8 p.m. – Christmas Eve Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet, five-course Christmas Eve dinner at Back Bay Bistro highlighting seasonal sides, three main course options and a decadent dessert. Celebrate the season in the festive waterfront atmosphere with views of the Back Bay illuminated with holiday lights. Price: $65 per person; tax and 18 percent service charge is not reflected in per person pricing. To make a reservation, call 949.729.1144.

–Saturday, Dec.28 from 8-10 p.m. – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute. Experience a live tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in the waterfront venue of Back Bay Bistro. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Early Bird Tickets: $15-$20.

–Sunday, Dec. 29 from 5-10 p.m. – Boots on the Beach NYE Weekend featuring Waymore’s Outlaws with Whey Jennings & Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke). Dust off your cowboy boots for a special Boots on the Beach celebration featuring Waymore’s Outlaws with Whey Jennings and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke). Paying tribute to acclaimed Outlaw Country Music force, Waylon Jennings and his band, The Waylors, Waymore’s Outlaws’ vibrant and energetic tribute show will get you dancing all night long. Food and beverage concessions from full bars and food trucks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$100.

–Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m.-1:0 a.m. – Flashback Heart Attack – New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year with the nationally acclaimed ‘80s cover band, Flashback Heart Attack in the 14,000-square-foot Bayside Pavilion tent surrounded by the breathtaking seaside atmosphere of Newport Dunes. Food and beverage concessions from full bars and food trucks will be available for purchase. Special VIP packages are available. Tickets: $20-$1,500.

–Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. – Stevie Nick’s Illusion – New Year’s Eve. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the waterfront setting of Back Bay Bistro featuring a live performance by Stevie Nick’s Illusion – one of the most authentic tributes to Stevie Nicks to date. VIP dinner packages available. Price: $40-$140.

For more information on events and ticket information at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, call 949.729.3863, or visit www.newportdunes.com. To make a reservation at Back Bay Bistro, call 949.729.1144, or visit www.NewportDunes.com/Bistro.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina and Back Bay Bistro are located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


OCMA celebrates groundbreaking, its design firm wins award

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) recently broke ground on the museum’s new building at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Designed by Morphosis, the global architecture and design firm led by Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne, the new 53,000-square-foot facility – defined by an open and engaging urban presence within Orange County’s largest center for arts and culture – will allow the Museum to expand on their legacy of community enrichment and presentation of modern and contemporary art from artists rooted in Southern California and the Pacific Rim. The new permanent home for the Museum, which was previously located in Newport Beach, is projected to open in 2021.

The Museum has announced, on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony, that it has now raised $47 million toward construction of the new building. The groundbreaking ceremony for OCMA’s $73 million project brought together Katrina Foley, Mayor, City of Costa Mesa; Todd D. Smith, OCMA Director & CEO; Craig Wells, President of the Board of Trustees; Annette Wiley, Board of Trustees Building Committee Chair; Anton Segerstrom, Trustee; and Mark Perry, Board Chair, Segerstrom Center for the Arts; and Thom Mayne, Design Director, Morphosis Architects, among others.

OCMA celebrates groundbreaking

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OCMA breaks ground at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

With nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibition galleries – approximately 50 percent more than in the former location in Newport Beach – the new museum building will allow OCMA to organize major special exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art alongside spacious installations from its world-traveled collection. It will also feature an additional 10,000 square feet for education programs, performances and public gatherings, and will include administrative offices, a gift shop and a café. 

“The location within the Segerstrom Arts complex, combined with OCMA’s focus on public programming, led us to develop a new architectural idea – a model for museums as part gallery space, part public plaza – which emphasizes their role as urban connective tissue rather than as iconic, stand-alone objects,” Design Director Thom Mayne said.

“The new building will allow the museum to ultimately play an ever-larger role in Southern California’s dynamic arts scene. For more than 50 years, the Orange County Museum of Art has been dedicated to providing the public in Orange County world-class arts programming, a mission which will only be advanced through the institution’s relocation to Segerstrom Center for the Arts,” Craig Wells, OCMA President of the Board of Trustees concluded.

OCMA celebrates Morphosis

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OCMA designer Morphosis wins MERIT Award at AIA|LA Design Awards

In related news, AIA|LA held its annual Design Awards on October 28. Morphosis, the OCMA designer, won a MERIT Award in the NEXT LA category for OCMA. AIA Los Angeles Design Awards honor excellence in built work (DESIGN Awards), yet unbuilt (NEXT LA Awards) and built work with a high level of sustainable and environmental performance (COTE LA). Morphosis was among the seven winners in the category.


Miracles for Kids Gala raises record-breaking $1.8 million

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the nonprofit organization Miracles of Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. One hundred percent of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically ill children and their families in need.

Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed more than 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

“This year’s gala showcased the extraordinary generosity of our community. The Miracles for Kids family is beyond thankful to our group of sponsors, donors, volunteers and supporters – not only after special evenings like this, but every day,” said Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “Their generosity and support of our mission allows us to continue to make everyday miracles in the lives of critically ill children and their families in desperate need.”

The stage welcomed Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance.

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2019 Miracle Maker Honoree Tim Smith, founder and principal of The Smith Group, Newport Beach and his wife, Amber Smith

Each year, Miracles for Kids recognizes an outstanding supporter whose passion and dedication has made a significant impact in the lives of Miracles for Kids’ families. The 2019 Miracle Maker Honoree was Tim Smith, founder and principal of The Smith Group – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, based in Newport Beach. For nearly a decade, Smith has dedicated his personal and professional time, energy and resources to serve Miracles for Kids’ children and families. Smith continues to grow in his support of the organization and is a vital piece of the Miracles for Kids family. 

Further highlighting the evening, was how Miracles for Kids helps with an annual patient-family video premiere – this year featuring The Hunter Family Story, produced by TRAFFIK. It showcased the family’s decade-long journey and how Miracles for Kids provided a much-needed safety net to a single mother while her critically ill child, Zoe Hunter, was fighting for her life. Hunter was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ ALL) at the age of four and endured rounds of chemotherapy, weekly lab visits, monthly infusions, and extended hospital stays. Miracles for Kids provided the Hunter Family with monthly aid that helped with the family’s car and rent payments and also provided quarterly deliveries of fresh food, home goods and other basic needs. Now 15 years old and a JV Cheerleader for her high school, Hunter has been in remission since 2015. She is able to live a “normal” teenage girl’s life at a school where few are aware of her story. 

The event was made possible by a list of lead sponsors which included Martin Katz Jewelers, whose designs have been the Featured Opportunity Item for more than five years. This year’s item, a topaz and diamond bracelet trio valued at $27,000, was won by Sho Fusco.

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McLaren Newport Beach’s on-display $300,000 red 720S Spider was the photo highlight of the gala

New to the lead sponsorship lineup was McLaren Newport Beach, whose on-display $300,000 red 720S Spider was a photo highlight of the evening, contributing to the excitement of their donated McLaren LA Weekend Getaway in the Live Auction.

For more information on Miracles for Kids, visit www.miraclesforkids.org.


ENC to hold two events this Saturday

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is holding two special events on Saturday, Nov. 2. So, come check out these happenings.

Fall Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Native plants support local pollinators, birds and other wildlife, so find out how to create habitat in your yard. Native plants also help you save water and money, because they require less water than most traditional landscape plants and no fertilizer. Come discover the visual beauty they can add to your softscape, as well. For additional information and a list of sale species, click here.

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Foraging with Doug Kent at 10 a.m. Ever foraged? It’s fantastic fun. Health and nutrition can easily be found as you walk along a walking path, so come join expert forager Douglas Kent for an inspiring presentation on grazing throughout Southern California. Along with six other books, Kent is the author of Foraging Southern California. For more information and to register, click here.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.encenter.org.


American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom turns five

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School. The ABT Gillespie School opened on September 14, 2015, and has become one of the most respected ballet schools on the West Coast.

Combining the resources of American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, one of the nation’s leading presenters of dance, the school offers unrivaled training and performance opportunities for students ages 3-18. Already, many of the school’s students have performed in productions by American Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky Ballet and the Mikhailovsky Ballet.

American Ballet Theatre partners

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According to Center Executive Vice President Judy Morr, “We are so proud of the extraordinary success of our ABT Gillespie School and the achievements of our students. The Center cannot thank Bill Gillespie enough for making our school possible, and the talent and guidance of Alaine Haubert, the school’s principal. And, of course, we treasure our relationship with American Ballet Theatre, whose presence at the Center through the school’s National Training Curriculum and their glorious performances on our stages have helped to make Orange County the dance capital of the West Coast.”

One of the singular advantages available to ABT Gillespie School students are opportunities to perform with the renowned ballet companies in the Center’s International Dance Series. Since the school opened in 2015, students have appeared in ABT’s annual performances of The Nutcracker, the world premiere of ABT’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty (2015), the world premiere of ABT’s production of Whipped Cream (2017), the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Don Quixote (2018), and the West Coast premiere of ABT’s Harlequinade (2019). During the 2019-2020 school year, ABT Gillespie students performed in the Mariinsky Ballet’s opulent production of La Bayadère (October 16-20) and will appear in ABT’s The Nutcracker (December 13-24).

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The ABT Gillespie School is under the leadership of the school’s principal, Alaine Haubert, herself a former ABT soloist and ballet mistress. At the opening of the school in 2015, the school offered classes for students from 3 years of age to level 4, approximately age 14. Over the last five years, a full pre-professional division and a men’s program have been added. The pre-professional program is for ages approximately 11-18. In addition to classes in classical ballet technique, pointe, men’s training, character and body conditioning, variations, partnering and modern, the curriculum also includes live musical accompaniment for all ballet classes and levels. Upper Level students also participate in master classes conducted by ballet masters and principal dancers from companies appearing at the Center in the annual International Dance Series. Currently, enrollment is 300 students from ages 3-18 participating in 86 classes per week.

To learn more about the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, visit the Center’s website here or call 714.556.4100.


Chamber to honor two of the community’s best

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is planning a special evening to celebrate two outstanding people. The gala takes place on Friday, Nov. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort.

Nancy Gardner, former mayor, activist, columnist and longtime resident will be honored as Citizen of the Year.

Jim Walker, owner of The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar and community philanthropist, will be honored as Businessperson of the Year.

Chamber to honor two Nancy Gardner

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Nancy Gardner to be honored as Citizen of the Year

Gardner was born and raised in Newport Beach and she grew up in Corona del Mar. Her involvement in City issues include environmental issues, the shaping of the General Plan and being involved in the arts community. She is also a founding member and supporter of the Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS).

She served on city council from 2006 until 2014, serving as mayor in 2012.

Chamber to honor two Jim Walker

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Jim Walker to be recognized as Businessperson of the Year

Walker has been a tremendous supporter through community outreach and being active in business leadership roles.

Walker has been active in the chamber for 20+ years, serving one term as chairman, and also being the longtime president of the Newport Beach Restaurant Business Improvement District. He was also an instrumental founder of the annual Restaurant Week in Newport Beach.

The evening at the Balboa Bay Resort includes a no-host cocktail reception, three-course dinner with wine and entertainment.

For information on tickets to the event, go to www.newportbeach.com.


Wake Up! Newport features Jennings Imel on November 7

On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:15-8:45 a.m., the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents Wake Up! Newport featuring Jennings Imel, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. The office is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii in support of the U.S. Chamber’s national public policy goals.

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Jennings Imel

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in 2013, Jennings worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and at the public affairs firm of Mercury, Clark & Weinstock. Prior to moving to D.C., Jennings worked in the California State Assembly. He also managed and worked on several successful congressional and state legislative campaigns, mostly in the Southern California region.

Jennings received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and German from University of California, Riverside.

This free event in the Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room provides the opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. Please make reservations so that the Chamber can plan for food and seating. Contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.729.4411.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

The OC Fair is not the happy place it’s supposed to be these days

Fair Game Tom NewThe departure of Orange County Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer has taken an ugly turn. Kramer recently accepted a position as president & CEO of the Central Washington State Fair. Her planned start date for the new job was February 1 of next year.

However, the OC Fair Board had other ideas. Last week they voted to dismiss Kramer immediately.

An unsubstantiated report said Kramer needed to remain at the OC Fair through the end of the year to take advantage of her valued pension for five years of service. Her early departure could compromise that.

Kramer, though, is not taking things sitting down, but instead fighting back. She is now alleging retaliation against the board. That allegation relates all the way back to a June 2018 issue when she participated in claims of misconduct against two former board members. 

Apparently some of their old cohorts have long memories. But, here’s where it gets interesting. Even though Kramer’s dismissal is a personnel matter and thus handled behind closed doors, the apparent vote on her departure was rumored to not be unanimous, meaning that a fractured board could be left behind.

Sounds like interesting times ahead at our local fairgrounds.

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So, I sent through a request for a banner to run at the top of our front page to remind Stu News readers about Daylight Savings Time this weekend. You remember, spring forward, fall back?

Well, this Sunday morning at 3 a.m. would be the time to do it. 

However, one of my associates said, “What about the state ballot measure that changed all of that?”

Good point…and it caused me to look into it.

Here’s what I found. Last November, an approval of Proposition 7 allowed for permanent daylight savings time, meaning once it sprung forward in the spring, it would stay that way. Or so we thought.

The measure passed in a big way. 

So what has changed? “In California, Assembly member Kansen Chu’s DST bill has been pushed (back) to 2020...”

So, we wait another year. Here’s officially your reminder to turn those clocks back one hour this weekend, hopefully, for the last time. And, don’t forget to enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

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A Harbor Island home has recently sold for $37 million. The new owner is a Chinese tech billionaire name “Eric” Siliang Tan, the CEO, chairman and co-founder of Qutoutiao, a mobile content aggregator based in Shanghai. As an fyi, Tan’s personal net worth is rumored to be an estimated $1.7 billion.

The home he purchased is the largest on Harbor Island at 14,000+ sq. ft.

Sounds nice, but buyer beware because this residence has an interesting and somewhat sordid past. The original owner built the residence years ago, but he never moved in because the home was seized by federal authorities after he ran into problems.

The next owner had problems of his own, leading to financial issues. He lost it in foreclosure.

Next, philanthropists Arnold and Debbie Simon purchased the home. They were very generous upon hitting town. But then, while in the midst of a very acrimonious divorce, Debbie was found hung in the foyer area of the residence from an apparent suicide. For those of us who knew Debbie, it didn’t seem fathomable at the time. It still doesn’t today.

Last year, Newport Beach-based venture capitalist Alan True and his wife and business partner, Twila, decided to put their mansion up for sale for $60 million. That’s right, 6-0. They completely remodeled the property with new contemporary finishes.

Now, the Tans have come in to finally take it off their hands for $37 million, at what is quite the discount.

Hopefully the home’s mojo has changed, and the Tans can finally be the ones to enjoy it.


Fall beauty on Balboa

Fall beauty dock

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Photo by Stacia Stabler 

Halloween morning on the dock of Blue Bottle Coffee was just right


Flashback Friday: Answer

If you guessed Edward Flach, pictured at right, you are correct! Edward is the previous owner of the Galley Cafe located at 829 Harbor Island Drive, Newport Beach. Edward’s grandson, Brian White, third generation, now owns the Galley. Edward caught a Marlin, 117 lbs. on August 10, 1970. On his left is William Goring, who was the boat captain. 

Send in a treasured past photo!

You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. We’ll even surprise them if you want. 

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with Flashback Friday in the subject line. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


Flashback Friday

He caught the big one...

Flashback Friday 11.1.19

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Here is our Flashback Friday...harkening back to yesterday...and we hope you can guess who it is.

Clue: This “fisherman” owned and operated an iconic gathering place near Myrtle Park.

Good luck guessing this one. The answer appears today at the bottom of Stu News.

Send in a treasured past photo! You can submit yourself, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member. Or one of your special friend.

We’re looking for eye-catching representations of your Flashback Friday.

Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Flashback Friday in the subject line and include who is in the photo, when it was taken and any interesting things you can share about the pic. Let’s make Fridays a day to remember.


The Inside Edge to host Leon Logothetis at The Pacific Club 

Leon Logothetis, the driving force behind the hit Netflix series The Kindness Diaries, will be the featured speaker at The Inside Edge breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club on Wednesday, Nov. 6. He will have some interesting stories to tell about his crazy kindness-seeking travels that not only took him from the Alaskan Yukon to Argentina, but thousands of miles all over the globe.

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Leon Logothetis with his V-dub yellow convertible

He won’t be arriving in “the teeny, tiny yellow V-dub convertible that barely escaped the gale-force winds of passing 18-wheelers in an Alaskan snowstorm with temperatures averaging minus 38 degrees. To top it off, the bug had no heater.

“It sounds crazy, I know,” Logothetis said. “Maybe it was a little crazy. But amid that insanity, I found a world that is much saner than I expected and I found myself much more centered because I was concentrating on connections with people, not accumulation of things.”

Logothetis will share the inside story behind his Go Be Kind travels with a new book of the same name. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $35 for first-time guests, $45 for returning guests. The price includes a full breakfast. You can pre-register here.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


“The Great Crush” raises $94,000 for the Arthritis Foundation 

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar raised $94,000 at “The Great Crush,” a fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

Overlooking the waterfront at The Winery Newport Beach, more than 250 guests experienced an afternoon wine tasting with more than 80 wines, many of which are considered unique finds from boutique wineries spanning the globe.

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(L-R) Andrea Shurtz, Larry Shurtz and Carson Shurtz

Guests also had the opportunity to partake in an early tasting during a yacht tour through the Newport marina prior to the main event. The fundraiser included a sampling of passed hors d’oeuvres by The Winery’s Executive Chef and Partner Yvon Goetz, along with live and silent auctions.

The Great Crush Jason and Stacy Gwin

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Jason and Stacy Gwin

 “After our ninth such fundraising event, we’ve raised $592,000 for worthy organizations in our community,” said JC Clow, founding partner at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. “The goal of the event, which has evolved into ‘The Great Crush,’ is to make a positive impact by raising significant funds for worthy organizations, such as this year’s beneficiary, the Arthritis Foundation. This is an organization pursuing a cure for America’s biggest cause of disability, while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections.”

The Great Crush Lewis, Reed, Clow

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(L-R) William Lewis, Andre Reed and JC Clow

In addition to the fundraising achieved during the event, “The Great Crush” benefited from a partnership with ViridiSTOR to deliver key information on the Arthritis Foundation and the event’s many sponsors in the most sustainable way possible. A ViridiSTOR SmartUSB, with key information, photography and HD videos, was given to all attendees in an effort to lead the way in quantifiably sustainable fundraising events.


Take Five: Meet Jim Walker, owner of The Bungalow and civic leader

By AMY SENK

Jim Walker has owned and operated The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar for 20 years, serving plenty of steaks and martinis to a steady stream of loyal customers. He also has been a member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Commodores Club, has been on the CdM Business Improvement District board and was the longtime president of the Newport Beach Restaurant Business Improvement District. He was recently named Newport Beach Business Person of the Year, and he and Nancy Gardner, this year’s Citizen of the Year, will be honored at a November 15 dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort. I caught up with Jim to ask about that award and more. 

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Jim Walker

Q: The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce recently named you the first-ever Business Person of the Year. How did you find out about this award, and what was your reaction?

A: Well my reaction was surprise. The way I found out about it was that Steve Rosansky (Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO) called me up one day and said, “Hey, do you have a few minutes this afternoon to talk?” And I said okay, sure. I assumed we’d be talking about some chamber stuff. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, and I got here to the Bungalow where he wanted to meet. The next thing I know, one of our Commodores, Paul Watkins, walked in. And I thought, Gee, what’s Paul doing here. He’s an attorney. He saw that he was the first, and he made an excuse, “I was in the neighborhood, stopped by.” I thought, okay, fine. Then another chamber member shows up, and I thought, okay, well maybe Steve’s going to have a little meeting, a little quorum. Nothing more occurred to me. Then a guy shows up who’s walking around with a camera, and I ask if I can help him. And he says he’s supposed to take a picture, he’s here for the chamber. And it didn’t even dawn on me then. I said Steve was on his way. Finally, Rosansky gets here, and by this time, there are about six or eight people from the chamber. Now we’re taking, and nobody says anything, but finally Steve and they all said, “Congratulations!” and sprung it on me. And I was going, “Really! Gosh.” And when I was more active in the chamber, I had commented at some point in time that we recognize Citizen of the Year, but by the very virtue of the chamber’s purpose to promote business, you ought to award a business or you ought to have something related to business. But anyway, I’m very pleased about it and very surprised.

Q: You’ve been involved in the CdM Business Improvement District, the Restaurant B.I.D., an active chamber member and more – why do you think it’s important to not only run a business but also to participate in civic matters?

A: The Newport Chamber wasn’t the first chamber, I used to be involved in the Costa Mesa chamber when I had a restaurant in Costa Mesa. What I’ve learned by doing it is that you find you have an opportunity to interact with people, and you find out what a community is about. I consider Newport Beach a small town in many ways. I’ve always tried to create my customer base on community, not on tourism. You become a neighbor, you become a part of it and you get involved. To me it’s a win-win.

Q: What’s the craziest thing that ever happened at The Bungalow?

A: There have been a lot of crazy things. On the funny side, when I first took over the Bungalow, I had two women sitting at a table at the very end. And they were very well dressed and here for a ladies’ night out. And I was at the servers’ station, and I turned and there was nobody at the front desk. I was pointing to one of my hostesses, you know, “Go take care of those people.” Well as I pointed, one of my servers walked by with a trayful of drinks, on which was a red glass of wine and a white glass of wine. When I pointed, I hit the tray, and the tray unloaded on these two women sitting there. And of course, they were in light-colored clothes. Needless to say, it got their hair…it looked like someone had taken a bucket of water. That was a very awkward and embarrassing moment for me. I went over and apologized until I was blue in the face. And as it turned out, by the time they left, they were laughing about it. And they remain customers to this day. And then another, on a dramatic side, is when we had the lady in the SUV (who crashed in front of the restaurant in 2017). And it goes back to why you’re involved in a community organization like the B.I.D. (Business Improvement District). I was in the B.I.D. for over 16 years, going religiously to the meetings, and ultimately, we got the outside dining. But equally important is we got that barrier put out there. If we hadn’t had that barrier, when that woman hit the front of the restaurant…Police estimated she was going about 80 mph. That barrier stopped her from going literally through the restaurant. They said she would have gone through the bar and into the downstairs dining room, which would have compromised the structural integrity of the building, which means we would have had to close. Not to mention, that fortunately, by the grace of God, nobody got hurt except the woman. And she has recovered. We had a fundraiser for her. And we’ve been in contact, and she’s doing better. I couldn’t believe how anyone survived that. 

Q: The Bungalow is known for its martinis – do you have a favorite?

A: My favorite is a simple one, the apple martini. It’s always been my favorite. My wife, Kay, she really likes the pomegranate martini. I have to give way to her because I’m not usually a martini drinker, but she likes the pomegranate.

Q: If you could host a dinner party at The Bungalow, which five people from history would you invite, and what would you make sure to have on the menu?

A: I would invite Mick Jagger from the Stones. I would invite Thomas Edison. His idea of failure was that it’s just a process of elimination. That’s okay, that one didn’t work, so scratch that one. That’s really kind of what our business is, it’s trial and error. Not everything works. Who else? I guess from a political side, John F. Kennedy. Not that I’m a Democrat, but I’ve always admired him. Someone that I always admired and worked for, Larry Cano, who started El Torito. I’d like for him to see where things are today; unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago. And lastly, John Wayne. The reason I’d like to invite John Wayne is that I grew up in this business, and my dad used to lease fountains from drugstores. Way back when, there used to be fountains in drug stores. And we were living in Hollywood at the time, and the one he leased was on the corner of Sunset and Gardner, and it was close to the studios. Two of his regular customers were John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. I was a kid, 5 or 6. My mom always dressed me up as a cowboy. And as the story goes, when John Wayne would come in, my mom would get me and take me over, and I didn’t like John Wayne. I would like to talk to him and ask if he remembered me from way back when. He was always a great character. 

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Amy Senk is a longtime resident of Corona del Mar and a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Fire Files

As fires rage throughout California, Newport Beach Fire takes to the front lines

Wednesday afternoon and evening, the Newport Beach Fire Department was deployed as part of a Metro Cities Task Force to assist with a wildland fire in Fullerton. In total, Newport Beach Fire sent two engines, one truck and a Battalion vehicle with a total of 10 fire personnel to assist with the wildland fire.

Shortly after their initial arrival in Fullerton, a second vegetation fire broke out and Newport Beach Engine 65 was first on scene of the Castlewood fire. The Castlewood fire was approximately 10 acres and Newport Engine 65 along with assistance from other Orange County Metro Net City fire departments were able to quickly extinguish the fire while also protecting surrounding homes. 

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NBFD first on the scene in Fullerton Castlewood fire

All Newport Beach Fire apparatus and personnel deployed to assist in Fullerton returned back to Newport Beach early yesterday morning.

The Newport Beach Fire Department still has two engines and a Battalion vehicle with a total of 10 fire personnel assigned to the Kincade fire in Sonoma. They were initially deployed for four days to the Tick Fire in Santa Clarita and were reassigned to the Kincade fire in Sonoma earlier this week.

Santa Ana winds died down last evening, however, all Orange County residents within the wildland interface should continue to be prepared. 

All Orange County residents should also register their cell phones and email addresses to receive emergency alerts through the Orange County Alert OC mass notification system (www.alertoc.com).

Police Files

Newport Beach resident sentenced for auto dealership embezzlement in Marin

According to the Marin Independent Journal, a former auto dealer in the Marin area has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for embezzling $6.6 million. Amir Bakhtiari, 51, formerly managed Sonnen VW and Audi Marin in San Rafael.

Bakhtiari, who previously resided in Marin, now lives in Newport Beach.

He has been ordered to make restitution to the tune of $8.06 million to the auto dealership and to the Internal Revenue Service.

Bakhtiari pleaded guilty last March and was sentenced in federal court this week.

The FBI, upon Bakhtiari’s arrest, said the embezzled money was spent on a variety of luxury items, including his home in Newport Beach.

He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on January 6, 2020.

Suspect takes woman’s suitcase while she’s sitting on city bench

On Monday, October 28 at 12:13 a.m., a Newport Beach Police Officer observed a suspect approach an unknowing female sitting on a sidewalk bench and stealing her suitcase. The incident occurred in the 2100 block of W. Balboa Blvd.

The victim, a 50s-year-old female, was sitting while leaning forward with her head between her legs and the suitcase in her immediate control. According to reports, the suspect simply walked up and grabbed the suitcase and immediately took off running. 

The NBPD officer pursued and took Michael R. Hoffman, 36, of Brightwaters, into custody without incident as he was rummaging through the suitcase.

The victim stated that she didn’t give permission to Hoffman to take her belongings. Hoffman, however, did admit to taking it.

Hoffman was charged with grand theft from a person. His bail was set at $20,000.

Three suspects team up to steal several expensive purses

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28, a Newport Beach Police Officer was dispatched to the area of Newport Center Drive and Santa Cruz Drive for reports of a theft that had occurred on Wednesday, October 23.

According to the investigation, an employee in the retail store was completing her closing duties when she located a torn price tag left behind in the fitting room. The tag belonged to a YSL purse.

The employee collected the tag and set it aside so she could review surveillance footage on another day. When she did so, she found two male suspects acting as a shield for a third female suspect who took hold of two small handbags and placed them in her personal handbag.

The three suspects then walked around the store and went into the dressing rooms of the first level. They then exited the business without attempting to pay.

Police are continuing an investigation with potential charges of commercial burglary/shoplifting for the suspects upon arrest.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.


You Must Remember This: On the opinions of an appellate court justice

By NANCY GARDNER

Many people are familiar with my father’s books and columns. Unless they are attorneys – and perhaps not even then – they probably won’t have read any of the opinions he wrote as an appellate court justice. After all, why would one slog through the clotted, opaque prose of a judicial decision? My father’s, however, were not of that ilk. In fact, a quick sampling will assure a reader that columns and opinions are by the same person.

In one murder case, there was an appeal on the basis of the jury having been shown graphic pictures of the murder scene which unduly influenced them.  My father disagreed. “A juror is not some kind of a dithering nincompoop, brought in from never-never land and exposed to the harsh realities of life for the first time in the jury box. There is nothing magical about being a member of the bench or bar which makes these individuals capable of dispassionately evaluating gruesome testimony which, it is often contended, will throw jurors into a paroxysm of hysteria.”

You Must Remeber This On the Opinions

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Courtesy of Nancy Gardner

“Collected Opinions” of the Honorable Robert Gardner

No-fault divorce had been enacted to try and make divorce less rancorous and more equitable with the usual unforeseen results. In the following case, the couple had been married for 25 years with two kids, and the wife had been a homemaker. The lower court granted her very little in the way of support and for a very short period. My father’s response: “The new Family Law Act has been heralded as a bill of rights for harried former husbands who have been suffering under prolonged and unreasonable alimony awards. However, the act may not be used as a handy vehicle for the summary disposal of old and used wives. A woman is not a breeding cow to be nurtured during her years of fecundity, then conveniently and economically converted to cheap steaks when past her prime.”

In another case, a code section had exchanged personal emergency for personal necessity which led to a question about what personal necessity meant.  “Necessity and emergency are two entirely different concepts. By using a most basic example, breathing is a necessity. If one ceases to breathe, it is an emergency...Plaintiffs allege that ‘the generally accepted Websterian definition of “personal necessity” is an urgent need or desire relating to or affecting a person privately or individually’...Carried to its logical conclusion, a personal necessity under that definition could be defined as anything a person wants as long as the desire is urgent – a properly mixed and chilled martini, a day at the races, a heaven-sent opportunity to throttle a nagging spouse. We cannot accept quite such a broad approach.”

As to a certain kind of contract which he felt were editorial nightmares:  “There is a dark suspicion that the same people who prepare these prepare income tax forms and directions as to how to put together packaged Christmas toys.”

And while he followed precedent, it didn’t mean he had to agree with it.  “People v Dalton, which compelled a reversal in this case, has a significant flaw.  It is wrong. I fully recognize that under the doctrine of stare decisis [let the decision stand in its rightful place], I must follow the rulings of the Supreme Court, and if that court wishes to jump off a figurative pali [cliff], I, lemming-like, must leap right after it. However, I reserve my First Amendment right to kick and scream on my way down to the rocks below.”

I think most readers would get the point of these opinions – and maybe a chuckle.

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, longtime resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

Stu News Newport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Is the Newport Beach Animal Shelter allowed to have favorites? Although all who arrive at the Shelter are favorites, some are just precious, precious. That would be Polly.

She is gentle and needs a patient parent that shares love. Polly reaches out and gives tiny kisses to say thank you when someone is being kind to her. The staff and volunteers at the Shelter would love to meet you if you’ve been waiting to give your loyalty and love to a soulful pup that has been waiting for her sweetest human. 

Pet of the Week 10.29.19

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET POLLY

If you are interested in finding out more about Polly, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 949.644.3656, email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information related to the shelter’s undertakings, please feel free to visit the shelter’s affiliated nonprofit’s website, FONBAS.org. FONBAS (humans and furries alike) looks forward to making your acquaintance. 

Also, consider becoming a founding member of an incredible nonprofit that supports the city’s efforts with providing wonderful opportunities to our stray, injured, ill and owner surrendered domestic pets.

Newport Beach Animal Shelter adoption fees:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


NMUSD hires coordinator of child welfare and attendance

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has announced the addition of Angela Allen-Hess as the coordinator of child welfare and attendance. 

Allen-Hess has more than 27 years of experience in education. She began her tenure as a classroom teacher at the secondary level serving the Paramount Unified School District community. Under her leadership as California School Age Families Education Program (Cal-Safe) facilitator and teacher, the program was designated a model program for the state of California. 

NMUSD hires coordinator of child welfare

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Angela Allen-Hess

With Santa Ana Unified School District, Allen-Hess supported sites in the area of student wellness and athletics as a curriculum specialist. Most recently, Allen-Hess served as interim coordinator of student wellness, physical education and student athletics. 

As coordinator, some of her most prominent roles were coordinating wellness initiatives across the district, supporting athletic programs, advising on the implementation of health curriculum and developing a standards-based K-12 physical education program. In this role, she was also instrumental in fostering community relationships to connect students and families with impactful supports. 

Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services, Dr. Sara Jocham stated, “We are excited to welcome Ms. Allen-Hess, we know her background and expertise will make an excellent addition to the student support team.”

Allen-Hess obtained her Master of Arts in Curriculum Development and Instruction, from the California State University of Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.

She will join the NMUSD team on November 12.


Book presentation and signing at Roger’s Gardens

Come join Gil Garcetti and Larry Livingston as they discuss the book they collaborated and created, Protea: The Magic and the Mystery at Roger’s Gardens, on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2-3 p.m.

The endless beauty, magic and stunning photography of proteas and text will speak to you or perhaps to a special person you know.

Book presentation and signing protea bookcover 10.29

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Photo by Gil Garcetti

Courtesy of Roger’s Gardens

Share an afternoon with the authors and see for yourself how still-life photos will pull you in for days on end. Garcetti and Livingston will have copies of their book available for purchase and signing during this free event.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.


Let’s Get Outside...explore the flora and fauna of Buck Gully 

Explore the diversity of native flora and fauna in the Buck Gully Reserve, Bobcat Route, on an interpretive walk offered on Friday, Nov. 15 from 9-11 a.m. This will be a slow paced hike, traversing the lower half of Buck Gully. Participants will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the OASIS Senior Center and hike the park back to OASIS.

Lets Get Outside panoramic views

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Photo by Emily Spain

Buck Gully Reserve offers panoramic views

The route will be mostly downhill with a few short, steep sections. Suggested are sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars, if you have them. 

Led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer, this hike is two miles; the is duration is two hours with easy difficulty. It is geared to adults. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

For a calendar of upcoming events at Let’s Get Outside, visit our Calendars section here.


Today is the deadline to apply to be a vendor at ENC’s Artisan Marketplace

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 29 is the deadline to apply to be a vendor at the 2019 ENC Artisan Marketplace, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC).

Today is the deadline

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An Artisan Marketplace vendor booth at last year’s event

During this 6th annual event, guests can shop for handmade gifts from local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable arts and crafts from 1-4 p.m.

For more information and to apply, click here. ENC is requesting you use your laptop or desktop (not your phone) to apply.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


Mayor Dixon reschedules for special Lido residents Town Hall

Last week, Stu News Newport reported that Mayor Diane Dixon had canceled her Town Hall meeting scheduled for November 4. On Friday, Mayor Dixon informed us that she has rescheduled her Town Hall to Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a special Lido residents Town Hall in the LICA (Lido Isle Community Association) clubhouse.

Mayor Dixon reschedules

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Courtesy of City of Newport Beach

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon

Mayor Dixon will offer up an open microphone question and answer session following her presentation.

The presentation will include Mayor Dixon’s “five guiding principles as a council member and how she has put them into action.” They are: fiscal discipline and accountability, public safety, government transparency, maintaining and enhancing quality of life and honoring residents.

She will also address the current issues facing Newport Beach, including the homeless shelter, the general aviation improvement plan update, Lido Marina Village and the General Plan update.

The LICA is located at 701 Via Lido Soud, Newport Beach.


Spooktacular Halloween was an eerily fun day for the whole family

Thank you to the 1,750+ ghouls and goblins that braved the City of Newport Beach’s frightfully fun 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular held at Grant Howald Park on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

Spooktacular Halloween superhero

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Photos courtesy of NB Rec. & Senior Services Dept.

Spooktacular Halloween group in front of bounce house

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Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department, the event featured a haunted maze, games, bounce houses, food trucks, costume prizes and the trunk or treat.

Spooktacular Halloween two girls

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The clever costumes never cease to amaze! And the smiles...priceless.

Spooktacular Halloween two boys

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Spooktacular Halloween princess


Council to report on Development Impact Fees and Development Agreements in special meeting

The Newport Beach City Council will hold a public meeting to review the Annual Reporting on Development Impact Fees and Development Agreements pursuant to the Mitigation Fee Act (Government Code Section 66000,