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Costa Mesa Votes On 8 Measures This November

by stephanieargyros October 26, 2016 Latest News

Costa Mesa voters have a lot to decide come November 8. In addition to presidential and Congressional races, the city residents are faced with nine ballot measures, while their neighbors in Newport Beach are only faced with one, Measure MM, which would require a super-majority vote from the city council in order to raise taxes …

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Balboa Theater Set for A Major Revival

by stephanieargyros October 19, 2016 Latest News

The Balboa Theater will be sold to a Costa Mesa developer for $1 million under a proposal being considered by the Newport Beach City Council. The council voted in April to enter a negotiating agreement with Lab Holding, which plans to rejuvenate the nearly 90-year-old theater building that has been vacant for years.

Lab Holding is …

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Orange County Cities Try to Stay Ahead of Prop 64

by stephanieargyros October 11, 2016 Latest News

Ahead of the vote in November on Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana in California, Orange County cities are passing new rules and regulations to restrict personal cultivation of the plant within city limits.

In September, the city councils of both Aliso Viejo and San Clemente voted unanimously to pass ordinances requiring city residents to …

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Orange County Takes a Huge Step Toward Water Sustainability

by stephanieargyros October 5, 2016 Latest News

The Orange County Water District Board voted unanimously in late September to expand the Groundwater Replenishment System, already the largest water recycling plant in the nation and a prototype for similar projects across the country.

The GWRS currently produces 100 million gallons of potable water for Orange County per day. With the planned expansion, which is …

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The State of Orange County’s Red-Hot Real Estate Market

by stephanieargyros September 29, 2016 Latest News

The red-hot summer real estate market in Orange County is celebrating the approach of autumn with a bang, according a new report by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic, with sales rallying in August and price continuing to climb.

The median price of an Orange County home jumped 6.4 percent in August compared to the same …

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Newport Beach Rejects Banning Ranch Development Project

by stephanieargyros September 21, 2016 Latest News

Scores of Newport Beach residents erupted into cheers at the end of a recent 13-hour California Coastal Commission when the commissioners voted to scrap a proposed development project on Banning Ranch, a former oil field that’s now home to several endangered species.

The commission voted 9-to-1 to deny permission to build, marking a temporary halt to …

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Newport Beach Debates Condo Development

by stephanieargyros September 16, 2016 Latest News

The Newport Beach City Council will get the final word on a 35-unit, six-story condo and townhome development after the city’s Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend scrapping the project.

Hours of public comments and debate at the Planning Commission’s meeting in early September culminated in a decision to deny the project the go-ahead. The development …

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Luxury Home Sales Still Strong in Newport Beach

by stephanieargyros September 8, 2016 Latest News

Bargain hunters in Orange County’s housing markets are set to be disappointed, while luxury home buyers will be delighted with the available inventory and lower prices. The number of homes has begun its seasonal decline, and home prices under $500,000 are the scarcest, according to ReportsOnHousing.

There were only 7,267 homes listed for sale by local …

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21 Boardwalk

by stephanieargyros August 18, 2016 Latest News

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Newport Beach Gets a New Lineup of Local Officials

by stephanieargyros July 15, 2016 Latest News

Newport Beach commissions and boards will be seeing a lot of new faces in the coming weeks. The Newport Beach City Council appointed 12 new members to seven different panels. The new commissioners and board members began their 4-year terms in early July.

Who are the new appointees? Douglas Coulter, a longtime Newport Beach resident, was …

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