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:

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a special grand opening celebration and open house for the new Junior Lifeguard Building near the Balboa Pier at 901 E. Ocean Front.

After a short ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., we will invite the community to tour the new facility and meet with our lifeguard staff. Food will be available for purchase.

The 5,400-square-foot facility will be the first permanent home for the popular Junior Lifeguard Program, which has operated out of temporary trailers for decades.

The building was funded through a public-private partnership between the city and the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Foundation. The facility includes administrative and event space, expanded storage, locker rooms, and private and public restrooms. The construction included improvements to Parking Lot A, including electric vehicle charging stations. The building will be available for public rentals during the off season.

We are excited to bring this new facility to Newport Beach – and to open just in time for the 2024 Junior Lifeguard season. Please join us (this) week to celebrate!

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

Summer Reading Program Began June 8

The Newport Beach Public Library’s (NBPL) popular Summer Reading Program began Saturday, June 8 and runs through July 27. Sign up today for a summer of great books, prizes, free family activities, science programs, entertaining performances and more!

Stop by any library location or visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org to learn how you can join the fun. The Summer Reading Program is for all ages, from children and teens to adults.

The Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

NBPD Welcomes New Deputy Chief, Officers, Staff

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) proudly welcomed seven new employees at a swearing-in ceremony on June 3.

The event was attended by community members, City Council members, NBPD staff and representatives from other law enforcement agencies, reflecting the strong support and collaboration within our community.

The ceremony included the swearing-in of new Deputy Chief Javier Aguilar, two police officers, two dispatchers and two community services officers. These new staff members bring experience, dedication and enthusiasm and will help strengthen the department’s mission of serving and protecting the Newport Beach community.

Congratulations to all the new NBPD employees!

City Joins 29th Annual Balboa Island Parade

Newport Beach City staff from the Utilities, Public Works, Fire, Police, Harbor and City Manager departments participated in the 29th Annual Balboa Island Parade on June 2.

The city’s decorated heavy equipment provided fun additions to the festive parade, an annual tradition sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association. This year’s theme was a tribute to the late Jimmy Buffet.

Swimming Lessons Available Beginning June 10

It’s time to break out the sunscreen and head to the pool!

Summer officially kicks off on June 10 at Newport Harbor High School and the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center at CdM High School with a full line-up of group and private swim lessons for children (starting as young as 3 months), and additional lap swim hours for adults.

A full list of swim lesson offerings and pool hours can be found here.

Ride the Free Balboa Trolley This Summer

The Balboa Peninsula Trolley is now operating with free service on weekends and holidays throughout the summer.

The trolley service is available from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on Independence Day (July 4), July 5 and Labor Day (September 4). The trolley is a fun and free way to explore the Peninsula.

There are 22 designated stops along the trolley route. Trolleys are scheduled to arrive in 15-minutes intervals, which may vary slightly depending on traffic conditions. Riders are invited to climb aboard or exit the trolley at any of the stops along the way to and from the Balboa Pier and Fun Zone area.

For those planning a day at the beach, the trolley can accommodate bicycles, surfboards under six feet long and beach gear. Trolley riders traveling from outside the area can utilize free parking at the city’s Avon Street municipal parking lot located near the intersection of Tustin Avenue and Avon Street.

This service is provided by the City of Newport Beach and funded through grants from the Orange County Transportation Authority (Measure M2 funds). For more information, visit newportbeach.gov/trolley.

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 and visit newportbeachca.gov/register 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. Register here for Summer Classes.

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 Be Well sobering station.

–Transported five people to homeless service providers.

–Transported a person to medical appointment.

–Transported a person to a bus stop to return home.

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 into permanent housing after a stay at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Enrolled four people into services.

–Continued to shelter people. Twenty-three 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: June 11 City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, June 11. Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Agenda items include:

–A $218,000 contract with Dudek, Inc. for consulting services related to the Corona del Mar commercial corridor study. The contract would support the city’s efforts to enhance the walkability and vibrancy of CdM’s commercial corridor. The study would include opportunities to improve current land uses, streetscape amenities, transportation features within the corridor and include community outreach to inform recommendations.

–Virtual use-of-force training system purchase. The virtual system from Ti Training would provide Newport Beach police officers with realistic scenario-based training in de-escalation, crisis intervention and use of force. The $181,000 system would be purchased with asset forfeiture funds.

–Community programs and special events grants recommendations. The City Council will consider awarding $55,811 in community programs grants, $45,000 in community and charitable events grants and $255,000 in signature special events grants. Each year the city awards grants to local organizations that serve or provide programming for Newport Beach residents and for Newport Beach-based events.

–Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2024-24 city budget. The $494.8 million budget includes $440.5 million in operational spending and $54.3 million to fund capital improvement projects. The annual budget serves as the foundation for financial planning and control, and allows the City Council to prioritize expenditures in alignment with community values. The proposed budget includes a stable local revenue base with an estimated 4% growth in property taxes, healthy reserves and continuation of an aggressive payment plan to service pension debt liability.

View the full agenda here.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, June 11

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Harbor Commission Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 13

Zoning Administration Meeting

10 a.m. via Zoom

City Arts Commission Meeting

Newport Beach Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave. – 5 p.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, June 7 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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