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 have good news for Newport Beach residents and business owners with properties in flood hazard areas: You will see further discounted rates for your flood insurance policies beginning October 1.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently upgraded Newport Beach’s flood insurance classification under the Community Rating System (CRS) from a Class 7 to a Class 6. This means that premiums for flood insurance will be discounted by an additional 5%, for a total reduction of 20%.

All policies issued or renewed on or after October 1 will qualify for the additional discounts on flood insurance premiums. This applies to all homes and businesses with government-backed mortgages in special flood hazard areas that are required to have flood insurance. Other homes and businesses outside of the special flood hazard areas, with flood zone designations starting with X, will be eligible for a 10% discount on flood insurance premiums.

The CRS is an incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. By implementing measures that go above and beyond the baseline standards, communities like Newport Beach are better prepared for flood events and can qualify for lower flood insurance rates for residents and businesses.

This achievement is a testament to Newport Beach’s ongoing efforts to mitigate flood risk and create a more sustainable, resilient community.

For more information in the city’s flood hazard area designations, and to see which discounts you may qualify for, visit our map viewer or enter your address in the Which Flood Zone is My Property In?” tool on our website.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

Goldenrod Footbridge to Get Centennial Makeover

The iconic Goldenrod footbridge in Corona del Mar will receive a fresh coat of paint ahead of its centennial celebration in 2028.

The city has contracted with Astro Painting Company, Inc., which began the project (last) week. Working hours will be 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays through March 29.

The bridge walkway is partially open for pedestrian traffic.

Bayside Drive, below the Goldenrod footbridge, will be closed to vehicle traffic on Monday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 27 as paint crews work underneath the bridge. Electronic signs are in place to delineate the detour path.

Improvements Underway at Port Carney, Port Westbourne Public Restrooms

Construction began earlier this month to upgrade the Port Carney public restroom at 1910 Port Carney Place and the Port Westbourne public restroom at 1876 Port Westbourne Place. These are the final two locations of the city’s Fiscal Year 2022-23 restroom rehabilitation project.

The upgrades include new paint, roofing systems, plumbing fixtures, LED light fixtures, tiles and automatic locking doors.

Construction is expected to be completed by the summer. During construction, portable restrooms are provided for public use. Parking in the area may be temporarily reduced and pedestrian detours may be established for safety.

Bonita Creek Community Center to be Upgraded

Construction began on Monday, March 18 on improvements to the Bonita Creek Community Center at 3010 La Vida.

The project will install a new roofing system, plumbing fixtures, LED lights fixtures, flooring, ceiling tiles, paint and automatic locking doors.

Construction is expected to be completed by the summer. During construction, portable restrooms are provided for public use. Parking in the area may be temporarily reduced and pedestrian detours may be established for safety.

All sports fields, the basketball court and nearby playground will remain open to the public throughout construction.

OASIS Volunteers Invited to Annual Recognition Luncheon April 17

The OASIS Senior Center will host its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 p.m.

If you have volunteered at OASIS within the past year, you are invited to attend and enjoy a delicious catered lunch.

Please RSVP by April 11 by calling 949.644.3244.

The lunch will be held at the OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

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 city recreation staff in the 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.

Register Now for April 19 Youth Track Meet

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

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.

This week, the Be Well team:

Transported a person to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

Transported three people to crisis stabilization units for treatment.

Transported a person to an urgent care center 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:

Placed a person in housing at the Placentia Veterans Village after a stay at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter. The person experienced homelessness for four years.

Transported two people to homeless service providers.

Completed a referral to the Yale Navigation Center for shelter.

Completed 15 new enrollments in two weeks and updated 16 transferred cases.

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 26 City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, March 26. Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

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

Notice of completion for the following underground utility projects: Underground Utility Assessment District No. 111, Underground Utilities District No. 22 Phase 2 and 3, and Utility Undergrounding for McFadden Alleys and Court Street. These projects replaced existing overhead utilities with new underground systems. The council action would finish the contract and reconcile revenue and expenditures for additional work requested by Verizon and Crown Castle.

A budget amendment to allocate additional funds for the comprehensive General Plan update. Staff is requesting an additional $750,000. The city initiated a comprehensive review and update of the General Plan in 2019. The initial focus was on the Housing and Circulation elements, which were both adopted in 2022. City staff is working with a consultant, Dudek, Inc., on the comprehensive review and update for the remainder of the General Plan, which is expected to be completed in late 2025.

Authorization of the 2023 annual General Plan and Housing Element progress report. The State of California mandates that the city prepare and submit an annual report on the status of its General Plan and progress on implementation. The city’s Planning Commission reviewed the progress report at its March 7 meeting. The council’s authorization would direct staff to submit the report.

A public hearing and consideration of an ordinance to terminate two non-exclusive commercial solid waste franchise agreements for compliance failures. On March 8, the city issued Haul-Away Rubbish Service Co. and Key Disposal & Recycling, Inc. with notices of intent to terminate their franchises. The city utilizes a non-exclusive commercial franchise waste hauling system for the collection of waste, recyclables and construction debris. There are 22 commercial waste haulers authorized to operate within Newport Beach under a 2020 franchise agreement. The firms are subject to ongoing compliance reviews by city staff.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, March 26

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 28

Zoning Administrator Meeting

Zoom Meeting – 10 a.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, March 22 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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