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:

At a study session on Tuesday, March 12, the City Council will review recent progress on public infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and provide direction on potential future projects.

It is an important annual agenda item for councilmembers and staff, who will use the council’s feedback to build the Fiscal Year 2024-25 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. We call it an “early look” at some of the more significant projects that will maintain and improve Newport Beach in the coming year and beyond.

The CIP is a planning tool used to set priorities, create a budget, address maintenance needs and construct a variety of improvements throughout the City. The CIP categories include public facilities, streets and bridges, water quality and the environment, parks, harbor and beaches, water delivery and wastewater, and more.

Tuesday’s Study Session will review the current infrastructure budget, recently completed projects, those now under construction, the projected budget for FY 2024-25, and a five-year look ahead to significant projects on the horizon.

The Study Session will begin at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive. The public is invited to attend.

If you are not able to join us in person, you can watch the meeting live on the city’s website and YouTube channel, or watch the archived video from either location at a later time.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

O’Neill Celebrates “Unnoticed Excellence” in State of the City Address

Mayor Will O’Neill borrowed a phrase from columnist George Will as a theme for his State of the City address on Thursday, Feb. 29, spotlighting “unnoticed excellence” among Newport Beach’s civic, business and philanthropic organizations.

O’Neill’s address was the keynote speech of the Annual Mayor’s Dinner, sponsored by Speak Up Newport, attended by more than 450 local business and community leaders. The event included a recognition of the city’s past mayors.

To watch a video of the event, visit the city’s YouTube channel.

New City Pickleball League Coming Soon

The city’s Recreation & Senior Services Department is introducing a new pickleball league. Teams may register in the women’s, men’s or mixed divisions, organized according to skill level.

Click here to join our Pickleball League mailing list for the latest updates on registration dates and league information.

You can contact staff at, or 949.644.3151.

April 19 Youth Track Meet Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2024 Youth Track Meet of Champions, Friday, April 19 at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave. Early bird registration ends Friday, March 8.

For more information and to register, click here.

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 four people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for intakes.

–Transported three people to substance use facilities for treatment.

–Transported a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.

–Transported a person to the Be Well campus for treatment.

–Transported a person to a homeless services provider.

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:

–Collaborated with the City of Costa Mesa’s outreach team to place a person at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter after he received medical treatment.

–Continued to shelter people. Twenty-five 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: March 12 City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, March 12. Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

A study session will begin at 4 p.m.:

–Capital Improvement Program (CIP) early look. Staff will present projects and funding proposed for the FY 2024-25 CIP for City Council review and discussion.

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

–A resolution in support of a grant application under the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M2 Tier 2 environmental cleanup program. The $2.5 million grant application would target trash removal and water quality improvements for the Newport Dunes Lagoon, one of the most visited bay beaches in the city.

–An ordinance and resolution for code enforcement enhancements that would help reduce unpermitted commercial sales on public property. Approval of these items would increase enforcement of unpermitted vending in public areas such as beaches, piers, squares, streets, street ends and parking lots.

–City membership in the League of California Cities. The Council will provide direction to staff on the city’s membership status.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, March 12

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

GPAC Harbor & Bay/Safety Joint Subcommittee Meeting

Balboa Island Meeting Room – Bay 1D

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

Zoning Administrator Meeting

Via Zoom – 10 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting

Newport Beach Central Library, Friends Meeting Room

1000 Avocado Ave. – 3 p.m.

City Arts Commission Meeting

Newport Beach Central Library, Small Conference Room

1000 Avocado Ave. – 5 p.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, March 8 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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