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:

The city is seeking the community’s help to shape the future of Newport Beach through a comprehensive General Plan update.

The central hub for this effort is our newly updated website, Newport, Together, with key information, resources and opportunities to provide critical feedback.

The city’s General Plan is being updated to reflect the community’s current needs and future aspirations. The General Plan contains goals that establish values and direction, policies that guide decision-making and programs that carry out the actions needed to achieve these goals. The last comprehensive update of Newport Beach’s General Plan was in 2006.

A core part of updating the General Plan is engaging with residents and other stakeholders to capture and articulate a shared vision for the city for the next 20 years.

The relaunched Newport, Together website contains many resources that will aid in this effort, including interactive questionnaires and maps, a project timeline, FAQs, a document library, feedback form, and opportunity to subscribe to an email list for ongoing updates.

You can also find more information on upcoming meetings of the General Plan Steering Committee and General Plan Update Advisory Committee, the resident groups formed to provide recommendations, solicit input and help engage the community.

In addition to launching online input opportunities, the city will be at local events throughout the community over the next several months to gather opinions and answer questions about the General Plan. You can visit the website’s calendar of events for more information on these events. We will also include periodic updates and involvement opportunities in this newsletter.

I encourage you to visit the Newport, Together website and participate! If you have questions or comments, email gpupdate@newportbeachca.gov.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

City Teams Mobilize for Oil Sheen Response

Staff from Newport Beach’s police, lifeguard and harbor departments mobilized on Friday, March 8 in response to an oil sheen off the coast of Huntington Beach. The oil was initially reported about three miles from the Huntington Beach coast.

The oil did not appear to pose a threat to Newport Beach. However, police and lifeguard personnel were deployed on vessels and monitored the Newport Beach shoreline closely for signs of incoming petroleum. City staff stayed in close contact with partner agencies throughout the incident and were prepared to take appropriate actions if evidence of oil was discovered in Newport Beach.

Fortunately the oil sheen – which was later estimated at 85 gallons – did not reach Newport’s beaches and was largely cleaned up by Saturday, March 9. The incident response was led by the U.S. Coast Guard and State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Join Us March 23 for Mayor’s Egg Race Event

The city’s 9th Annual Mayor’s Egg Race will be on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on the Civic Center Lawn, 100 Civic Center Drive.

Residents are invited to join us for this free family event, which will include train rides, bubbles, egg races, photo ops, crafts, movies and more!

Teens 13-16 Invited to Apply for Summer Leadership Program

The city is offering a Teen Leader Program for teens ages 13-16. The program gives teens an opportunity to work side by side with recreation staff in the city’s two youth summer camps, three ACTIVE Kids’ After-School programs and other special events.

Participants can earn service credits, get involved in the community, develop and enhance life and work skills and gain valuable job experience.

For more information or to apply, click here.

City, Local Girl Scouts Partner for Tree Planting

Local Girl Scout Troop 379 and staff from the city’s Public Works Department recently planted seven new trees along the Groves Bike Trail to celebrate scouting’s World Thinking Day.

Troop members learned proper techniques for digging holes, planting and watering trees to help ensure survival of the newly installed trees. The scouts also learned the differences between the California sycamores and the coast live oak trees they helped plant.

Fall Completion Expected for Superior Avenue Bridge, Parking Lot

The new pedestrian/bicycle bridge and parking lot project at Superior Avenue and W. Coast Highway is expected to be completed in September, following delays from the recent rainstorms.

The bridge itself is nearly complete. Steel tension strands were recently added and minor items such as lighting and railings will be installed in the coming weeks.

The retaining walls facing W. Coast Highway are also complete. With these walls in place, the contractor will start building foundations for the staircase that will connect the bridge to the sidewalk below.

Work continues on a retaining wall along the backside of the parking lot. The foundation for this wall has been constructed and the remainder of the wall will be completed by early April.

Register Now for April 19 Youth Track Meet

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

For more information and to register, please 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:

–Collaborated with the county’s Crisis Assessment Team to place a person into a psychiatric facility for treatment.

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

–Transported two people to homeless services providers.

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:

–Placed a person in the Bridges at Kraemer Place Shelter in Anaheim.

–Continued to shelter people. Twenty-six 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.

This Week’s Events

Monday, March 18

Board of Library Trustees Meeting

Balboa Branch Library

100 E. Balboa Blvd. – 5 p.m.

Harbor Commission Special Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting

Civic Center Community Room

100 Civic Center Drive – 5 p.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, March 15 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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