Newport Beach Shuts Down Unpermitted Short-Term Vacation Rentals

by stephanieargyros July 12, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach’s short-term rental watchdog shut down almost 80 unpermitted vacation homes in June, and more are under scrutiny, according to city officials.

Thanks to data provided by Host Compliance, a company that searches online vacation rental platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway to find unpermitted rentals, the city ordered 78 rental operators to cease and desist. …

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Coastkeeper Completes Ambitious Upper Newport Bay Restoration Project

by stephanieargyros July 5, 2017 Latest News

More than 150 volunteers recently hauled a stunning 20 tons of Pacific oyster shells to help restore Upper Newport Bay as part of the Orange County Coastkeeper’s Living Shorelines project.

The project is unique to the west coast, and combines oyster shells and eelgrass restoration to protect the shoreline from erosion and rising sea levels.

Coastkeeper expects that …

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Newport Harbor Summer Anchorage Approved for a Third Trial Run

by stephanieargyros June 28, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach will get its summer anchorage for the third year in a row after a City Council decision late last month.

The City Council approved the return of the anchorage to the west of Lido Isle for another “seasonal trial” that will last until September 17.

The anchorage will follow the same rules as last year, …

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Newport Beach City Council Releases Budget for 2017-18

by stephanieargyros June 21, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach’s proposed budget is not set to go into effect until July 1, but it’s already generating a lot of criticism, commentary and controversy.

City staff offered a presentation on the budget during a special meeting of the City Council and the Finance Committee in late May. Much of the presentation concerned the controversial decision …

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E-Bikes Causing Controversy on Oceanfront Boardwalk

by stephanieargyros June 14, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach residents who live along the Oceanfront boardwalk are complaining that electric bicycles are making the Balboa Peninsula promenade dangerous, and the City Council could intervene.

Some residents are even calling on the Council to ban e-bikes on the 12-foot-wide concrete boardwalk, which is often packed with runners, walkers and baby strollers. The Council agreed …

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Committee to Recall Scott Peotter Gains Ground

by stephanieargyros June 7, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach residents are out in force collecting signatures for a petition to repeal City Councilman Scott Peotter.

The Committee to Recall Scott Peotter is seeking a special election to repeal the council member, citing grievances over his policy choices and uncivil manner, including reports that he has insulted residents and colleagues.

Citizens who have signed the …

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Private Terminal For the Rich and Famous Opens At LAX

by stephanieargyros May 17, 2017 Latest News

If you’re traveling to Los Angeles and want to skip the long lines at the airport, you might need to pay $2,000 to do so.

“The Private Suite” is a separate VIP terminal at LAX for first- and business-class travelers. After it opens on May 15, premium guests will have access to a discreet and quick …

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Famed Japanese Restaurant Nobu Opening In Newport Beach

by stephanieargyros May 10, 2017 Newport Beach

The first Nobu, known for its innovative Japanese cuisine and celebrity fans, opened last month in Newport Beach at the Lido Marina Village.

Designed by Studio PCH, the restaurant occupies two stories of waterfront space at the tip of the Main Deck and features views of Newport Harbor with indoor and outdoor dining, including a full …

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That’s a Wrap: Newport Beach Film Festival Celebrates Closing Night

by stephanieargyros May 3, 2017 Newport Beach

Filmmakers, actors and audience members gathered at the Lido Theater in downtown in late April to celebrate the closing night of the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival with local cuisine, cocktails, and honors awarded by jury and audience votes.

Movies feted by the included “The Exception,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer.

Attendance at the week-long …

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Newport Beach Mayor Wants To Rename Park In Honor Of John Wayne

by stephanieargyros April 26, 2017 Latest News

Newport Beach could honor its favorite movie star and long-time resident John Wayne with a park. Mayor Kevin Muldoon wants to rename an existing park to go along with John Wayne Day, which he spearheaded last year.

Mayor Muldoon thinks the grassy knoll at El Modena Avenue and Cliff Drive, currently known as Ensign View Park …

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