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Here’s What $22 Million Can Buy You In Newport Beach

by stephanieargyros October 11, 2017 Latest News

If you’re wondering what $22 million can buy you in Newport Beach, here’s an exclusive and attractively-priced property for your consideration:

$22 Million Polynesian Contemporary on Bay Island

Up for sale on Bay Island (at the end of Newport Beach) is a delightful contemporary home with the feel of Polynesia. Bay Island offers ultra-privacy for those who …

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Newport Beach City Council Considers Purchasing Land For New Firehouse

by stephanieargyros October 4, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach recently announced its plan to spend approximately $4 million for a new Lido fire station. The City Council will meet to approve the 0.4-acre parcel on Newport Boulevard to place an older facility on 32nd Street.

The old “32nd Street fire station” was erected on 1953. It’s too small to meet the current needs …

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Newport Beach City Council Pulls a U-Turn On Using Gas Tax Money For Road Repairs

by stephanieargyros September 27, 2017 Latest News

As Californians brace for a new gas tax hike, the Newport Beach City Council sought to send a clear message to lawmakers.

Residents will shortly pay $0.12 more for a gallon of regular gasoline and $0.20 more for a gallon of diesel fuel. The argument concerns whether residents can get some of the tax money back …

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YIMBY Pushes For More Development In Southern California

by stephanieargyros September 20, 2017 Latest News

It’s a twist in a longstanding argument about real estate supply vs. demand in California.

YIMBYs—typically young urbanites willing to “say yes in my backyard” to Southern California developers—agree that more residential developments of all types are needed. This includes subsidized housing developments for poor and for-profit developments for well-off residents.

NIMBYs—those who advocate “say no in …

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San Diego Getting Border Wall Upgrades Over Environmental Objections

by stephanieargyros August 30, 2017 Latest News

The Trump administration recently announced that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to make part of the planned new border wall near San Diego a reality.

The Department of Homeland Security state that it would publish a notice in the Federal Register exempting the government from the National Environmental Protection Act and several other …

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Newport Parks Turns Down Request To Name Park After Civic Leader Ralph Rodheim

by stephanieargyros August 23, 2017 Latest News

The Newport Beach Parks Commission recently denied a request from city residents to rename a park on Balboa Island after late resident and civic leader Ralph Rodheim.

The campaign to rename the park was led by Rodheim’s friend and fellow civic leader Larry Kallestad. Rodheim, who died earlier this year from Lou Gehrig’s disease, merited some …

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Laguna Niguel Debates Single-Payer Healthcare Plan For California

by stephanieargyros August 16, 2017 Latest News

As the California Senate moves ahead with The Healthy California Act, which would establish a universal single-payer healthcare plan in the state, a panel discussion debated the issue at Laguna Niguel City Hall.

The Healthy California Act, or SB562, would get rid of health-insurance companies and offer government-funded health coverage for all California residents. The program …

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Irvine Family Sells Two Iconic Homes For $55 Million

by stephanieargyros August 9, 2017 Latest News

Two Corona de Mar homes owned by the descendants of James Irvine have sold for a total of $55 million.

The homes, owned by the heirs of James Irvine, whose Irvine Ranch once took up 100,000 acres in Orange County, are located on Avocado Avenue on Newport Harbor. The “Big Blue House,” named for its Bermuda …

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Undercover Stings Find Nearly 30 Unlicensed Contractors Operating In Southern California

by stephanieargyros July 26, 2017 Latest News

Undercover stings in Orange and Long Beach have discovered more than two dozen contractors in Southern California operating without a contractor’s license.

Investigators with the Contractors State License Board’s fraud division compiled leads from Craigslist, Yelp, business cards and local advertisements. Then, posing as homeowners in need of home work, they invited contractors suspected of operating …

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Orange County Senator Likely To Face A Recall Vote

by stephanieargyros July 19, 2017 Latest News

A $52 billion gas tax has triggered a petition to recall Orange County’s state senator, Josh Newman (D-Fullerton). The California Republican Party announced in late June that it had submitted nearly 85,000 signatures on the petition, which came in response to Newman’s support for a new gas tax recently approved by the state Legislature.

The campaign …

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