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 continued 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 and beyond. Outreach at various community events began in March 2024 and will continue through 2025. If you missed the earlier events, you can get involved on the Newport, Together website. There, you can access many resources for this effort, including a project timeline, FAQs, a document library, feedback form and an opportunity to subscribe to an email list for ongoing updates.

A short questionnaire and interactive map of Newport Beach is live, and the team wants to hear from community members, residents and business owners. Leave a pinpoint marker anywhere on the map and add a comment of what you love about your community, where the opportunities are to meet needs, areas that need improvement, and what is important to you and your fellow community members.

I encourage you to visit the Newport, Together website and stay informed. If you have questions or comments, email

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

Join us at the Field of Honor Event

The City of Newport Beach is proud to support the 15th Annual Field of Honor, presented by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor. The free event continues through Monday, May 27 at Castaways Park, 700 Dover Drive.

The event displays 1,776 large American flags along the paths of Castaways Park overlooking Newport Harbor to honor armed forces members, past and present, and first responders who have served or are serving our country and our communities.

Two special events: May 18 at 12 p.m. celebrated Armed Forces Day, featuring keynote speaker Major Billy Hall (ret. USMC), believed to be the last living veteran who enlisted before WWII and saw combat in WWII, Korea and Vietnam; and May 27 at 12 p.m. will celebrate Memorial Day, featuring keynote speaker Elaine Brattain, former national chaplain for the American Gold Star Mothers.

The events benefit organizations that support military members and other charities.

Apply Now for Next Citizens’ Police Academy Class

Residents are invited to join the NBPD Citizens’ Police Academy class, which is held twice a year. The next class begins in August, and spots are limited, so get your applications in now!

For more information, visit

For those who would like to become an NBPD volunteer, the Citizens’ Police Academy is the first step.

Registration for Summer Classes Now Open

Get ready for an exciting summer: Registration for the city’s summer classes is now open.

See the latest Newport Navigator at for information on summer classes for all ages and interests, as well as community events such as Movies in the Park and July 4 is for Families.

City Begins Summer Beach Maintenance Operations

The city’s Public Works Department has switched to their summer work schedule.

During the summer season, maintenance crews and contractors start their daily routine at 5 a.m. each day of the week to clean beach area parks, landscape areas and medians. The beach crew’s early start time ensures that the heavy equipment and litter picking concludes before the summer beach visitors arrive.

The city deploys porters from morning to evening to keep the public areas clean and stocked. Trash collection contractors will adjust their schedules later this month to include more frequency of pick-ups and earlier start times.

In addition, Public Work facilities maintenance crews began transitioning from off-season large project repair work to increased summer site inspection and maintenance work. Facilities crews focus their efforts on daily inspections and quick repairs of facility infrastructure to ensure bathrooms and showers are working continually.

Daily maintenance and repair take center stage while the summer crowds fill the beaches. In addition, contracted janitorial services increase from two cleanings a day to a night cleaning and multiple day cleanings, with porter visits to keep supplies stocked and restrooms cleaned.

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Summer Camp registration is now open, so register here for Camp Newport.

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 two people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Transported five people to homeless services providers.

–Transported a person to medical services.

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 two people in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Enrolled six people into services.

–Transported two people to social service appointments.

–Continued to shelter people. 26 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

Thursday, May 23

GPAC Land Use Subcommittee Meeting

Newport Beach Meeting Room – Bay 1B

100 Civic Center Drive – 3:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 6 p.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, May 17 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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