The Week in Review

A weekly newsletter from City Manager Grace L. Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

(The following is a condensed, edited version of “This Week in Review” due to the July 4th holiday weekend.)

Community Members:

Suspects Arrested Following Fashion Island Robbery, Killing

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD), in coordination with several other public safety agencies, pursued and arrested three suspects fleeing a robbery at Fashion Island that resulted in the death of a 68-year-old woman.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, the NBPD’s dispatch center received several 911 calls reporting a robbery at Fashion Island near the Barnes & Noble store. Witnesses reported two male suspects, one armed with a handgun, attempting to rob two victims. One of the suspects fired a handgun three times. No one was hit by the gunfire.

During the course of the robbery, a white sedan driven by a third suspect struck one of the victims, who tragically died at the scene.

The three suspects fled the area in the sedan. NBPD officers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. After the suspects refused to stop, officers pursued the vehicle onto the northbound 405 freeway. NBPD officers were assisted in the pursuit by several agencies including the California Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the following local police departments: Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Westminster, Garden Grove and South Gate.

The suspects stopped the vehicle in Cypress and one suspect fled on foot. He was soon located and arrested. The vehicle then continued into Los Angeles County, where the two remaining suspects abandoned the vehicle and ran from officers. They were quickly arrested.

The victim was later identified as Patricia McKay, 68, a tourist visiting from New Zealand.

Join Us July 13 at Bristol Farms for Next NBPD Mobile Café

The Newport Beach Police Department will host the next NBPD Mobile Café on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Bristol Farms, 810 Avocado Ave.

The NBPD’s Mobile Café events give community members and police department staff an opportunity to come together in an informal space to discuss community issues and build relationships in a comfortable setting. Please bring questions or concerns, or simply get to know our officers and help build a stronger community partnership.

Please join us for coffee and conversation. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Sgt. Steve Oberon at soberon@nbpd.org.

Kung Fu Panda 4 at Marina Park July 12

Bring your family and friends to Marina Park and enjoy a screening of the animated movie Kung Fu Panda 4 on Friday, July 12. The event begins at 7 p.m.; showtime is at sunset.

There will be fun activities, free popcorn and food available for purchase. Remember to bring a chair and blanket for comfortable seating during the movie.

There’s Still Time to Join the Library Summer Reading Program

There’s still time to join the Newport Beach Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for free family activities, entertaining performances, an interactive reading challenge, family crafts, prizes, books and much more.

Stop by any library location or check out our website to learn how you can join the fun.

The program runs through July 27.

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 a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.

–Transported a person to a detox facility.

–Transported a person to the Be Well sobering station.

–Transported six people to homeless service providers.

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

–Collaborated with the Newport Beach Fire Department to transport a person to the hospital.

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 experiencing street-level homelessness for 34 years. Trellis International and the City of Costa Mesa staff collaborated to furnish his new home.

–Reunified a person with family in Michigan after a brief stay at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Sheltered a person at the Yale Navigation Center. The person secured an apartment and is waiting for the move-in date.

–Sheltered an older adult in a motel to facilitate an assisted living placement.

–Continued to shelter people: Twenty-four 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.

City Council Meeting Agenda Available

The next meeting of the Newport Beach City Council will be Tuesday, July 9.

The agendas are generally available to the public on Thursday afternoons for meetings on the following Tuesday.

(Last) week, however, due to the July 4 holiday, the full agenda was published on Friday, July 5. The agenda and staff reports are available at this link.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, July 9

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10

Harbor Commission Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 11

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, July 5 and is subject to editing so the information is current.


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