The Week in Review

A weekly newsletter from City Manager Grace L. Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Community Members:

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new informational web page dedicated to electronic bike (e-bike) and traffic safety on the Newport Beach Police Department’s website, nbpd.org. This initiative comes in response to numerous inquiries from our community regarding e-bike regulations and safety guidelines.

As the popularity of e-bikes continues to grow, it is essential for riders to be well-informed about the rules and regulations governing their use. The new web page provides information on e-bike safety designed to address the concerns and questions raised by community members.

The page includes rules and regulations so you can stay updated on the latest laws governing e-bike usage, safety tips for all bike riders, tips for children and parents, and information on the NBPD’s bike safety community outreach efforts. You can also learn more about the various classes of e-bikes and “sharrows,” the designated lanes shared by vehicles and bicycles.

To access the bicycle and traffic safety web page, visit www.nbpd.org/bikes.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

Balboa Island Bridge Closed Nightly, Feb. 11-29

The Balboa Island bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 p.m.-6a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, from February 11-29, for construction activity. The previously scheduled closure dates were delayed due to the recent rainstorms.

To reduce impacts on the community and businesses, the bridge will remain open on Friday and Saturday nights.

As with previous closures, the Balboa Island Ferry will be operating throughout the bridge closures to facilitate access for residents and visitors.

Emergency vehicles will have full access to the Island as necessary.

The closures are related to utility undergrounding work being performed on the Island (Underground Utilities Assessment District No. 124 Phase 0). Crews will be digging trenches and installing conduits across Marine Avenue.

For questions, contact Michael Sinacori in the city’s Public Works Department at 949.644.3342, or msinacori@newportbeachca.gov.

Spring Camp Registration Opens February 15

Registration for the city’s Spring 2024 classes and camps will open Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m.

Discover a new passion or expand your enrichment opportunities this spring by enrolling in a variety of program options for all ages including Mini Music Masters, Theater for All, Learn to Surf or Beach Sunset Yoga.

Residents should be on the lookout for the latest edition of the Newport Navigator arriving in their mailboxes. Visit newportbeachca.gov/register and filter by 2024 spring season under the “when” drop-down filter or by clicking this link.

City Advocates in Washington, D.C. on Coastal Issues

Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton and Public Works Director Dave Webb recently visited the nation’s capital to discuss issues affecting Newport’s beaches and harbors. Many coastal projects fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government through the Army Corps of Engineers and are budgeted at the federal level.

The trip focused on coastal resiliency, including harbor dredging, sand replenishment and bolstering anti-sand erosion projects. Stapleton and Webb met with Newport Beach’s congressional representative, Congresswoman Katie Porter, staff from the office of California Senator Laphonza Butler, congressional representatives from other Orange County coastal communities and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, the Army Corps, and others.

The visit was part of the city’s ongoing effort to educate and engage national leaders on the issues affecting Newport Beach and coastal Orange County, and request that they direct more federal efforts and funding toward these critical issues.

Free Fair Housing Workshop on February 14 at City Hall

The Fair Housing Foundation will host a fair housing workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Newport Beach Civic Center, Corona del Mar Room (Bay E, 1st Floor), 100 Civic Center Drive.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about how they are protected under fair housing laws, what their rights and responsibilities as tenants and landlords are and how to deal with tenant and landlord disputes.

–Information on COVID-19

–New Statewide Laws

–Federal and State Fair Housing Laws

–Housing Discrimination

–Modifications and Accommodation

–Families with Children

–Notices

–Evictions Process

–Security Deposits

–Habitability & Repairs

–Rent Increases

–And Lots More

The Fair Housing Foundation serves Newport Beach residents under an agreement with the city.

For more information, visit www.fhfca.org/, or contact Martha Torres at 562.989.1206, ext. 1103, or mtorres@fhfca.org.

Registration for the workshop is mandatory. RSVP at https://bit.ly/49LbTIA.

Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply for CDBG Grants by February 23

The city is accepting applications from non-profit organizations seeking to provide eligible programs and services to the public, including fair housing services, under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The city receives funding each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is distributed to local non-profit programs that benefit local residents who have low- and moderate-incomes, defined as households earning less than 80% of the median income in Orange County.

Applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23.

For more information and to apply, visit the city’s website.

Public Input on San Miguel Playground ADA Improvements: February 12 Meeting Date Added

The city’s Recreation & Senior Services Department is seeking public input on an inclusive playground design for San Miguel Park. The renovation project will create ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility and offer features that encourage inclusive play for users of all abilities.

A second meeting date has been added to gather additional public input. The public was invited to join on Monday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at San Miguel Park, 2200 San Miguel Drive, where city staff shared a conceptual design and heard input on the proposed playground improvements.

In addition to attending the meeting, the public can provide comments and suggestions through an online survey.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

(Last) week, the Be Well team:

–Transported a person to a train station to reunify with family.

–Transported a person to a homeless services provider for resources.

–Transported a person home after resolving a family dispute.

TO REACH BE WELL: The mobile crisis team is dispatched through the Newport Beach Police Department. To request service, dial 911, or call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 949.644.3717.

Homelessness Update

(Last) week, the city’s homeless outreach and response teams:

–Transported a client to the Yale Navigation Center for an intake appointment.

–Enrolled a new client and connected the person to services and resources.

–Continued to shelter people: Twenty-two people who had been experiencing homelessness in Newport Beach are sheltered in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

Click here to view the latest homeless dashboard, which includes key monthly and yearly data on the city’s homeless response.

Click here for information on the city’s Good Giving program.

On the Agenda: February 13 City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

A study session will begin at 4 p.m. Agenda items include:

An update and discussion of the city’s General Plan elements. The General Plan Housing Element sets a housing strategy for Newport Beach to meet its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation of 4,845 new housing units by 2029. Implementation of this plan requires updates to the General Plan Land Use Element and rezoning to enable redevelopment of identified housing sites. The city is in the process of releasing a draft environmental impact report. Revised drafts of the Land Use Element, Housing Opportunity Overlay Zoning Districts and Objective Design Standards have been made available for community review. These revisions, influenced by public feedback, aim to ensure a balanced approach to urban development, fulfilling state housing requirements while preserving Newport Beach’s unique character and retaining local control. An overview of these documents and the overall project timeline will be presented.

The regular meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include:

–A resolution of intention to disestablish the Newport Beach Tourism Business Improvement District (NBTBID) and setting a public hearing. The NBTBID board of directors unanimously approved a resolution in January requesting that the city disestablish the district. The current NBTBID membership includes the Balboa Bay Resort, the Hyatt John Wayne Airport Newport Beach, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview, VEA Newport Beach: A Marriott Resort and Spa, the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel and the Lido House.

–Approval of a $448,000 agreement with the Costa Mesa-based engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol to investigate and design replacement and rehabilitation options for various seawalls maintained by the city. The city requested proposals for design professionals to investigate eight specific locations identified by staff as needing remediation.

–A service agreement with PATH for homeless outreach services. For nearly six years, the city has contracted with a social services provider to provide outreach services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the community and to assist them in exiting the streets and obtaining shelter and housing. The proposed agreement is for a two-year term, with an option to extend for two additional one-year terms, at a cost of about $275,000 per year. PATH has operated in the Southern California region since 1983, with services that include strategic street outreach, case management, housing assistance, interim and permanent housing placements and system navigation. In 2020, PATH established operations in Orange County and has become an active collaborator in the region.

–A request to terminate a zoning agreement between the city and Sober Living by the Sea, Inc. (Sierra by the Sea, Inc.) The agreement allowed the operator to utilize up to 204 residential care facility beds throughout the city for drug and alcohol recovery. The operator has requested to terminate the existing zoning agreement.

Public hearings and resolutions of intent to override findings of inconsistency by the Orange County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for two proposed Newport Beach development projects: the Residences at 1400 Bristol Street and the Residences of 1401 Quail Street. Pursuant to the 2008 John Wayne Airport Environs Land Use Plan (AELUP) and the California Public Utilities Code, the city is required to submit these projects to ALUC for a consistency determination with the AELUP. ALUC has found the projects to be inconsistent with the AELUP. The City Council will consider overriding the ALUC’s finding of inconsistency.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, Feb. 13

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Fair Housing Workshop

Newport Beach Civic Center

100 Civic Center Drive – 2 p.m.

Harbor Commission Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15

Zoning Administrator Meetings

Via Zoom – 10 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 3 p.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, Feb. 9 and is subject to editing so the information is current.

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