Newport Harbor Brings in $200 Million A Year

by stephanieargyros November 23, 2016 Latest News

A new tourism study published in October reveals that Newport Harbor generates about $200 million for Newport Beach every year, making it one of the city’s main economic engines.

The nine-month study by Tourism Economics examined spending, wages, taxes and tourism to calculate the value of activity in the harbor.

Gary Sherwin, the head of Newport Beach …

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“Flip or Flop” Stars Under Fire

by stephanieargyros November 16, 2016 Latest News

The stars of an Orange County reality show are under fire for allegedly misleading people into paying for expensive classes and seminars to learn how to “flip” houses. Tarek and Christina El Moussa buy rundown homes, renovate and resell them on the popular HGTV show “Flip or Flop.” The show is the second most-watched on …

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Big Construction Companies Behind ‘Yes on M’ Campaign

by stephanieargyros November 9, 2016 Latest News

Construction companies and architects are some of the largest donors to the Yes on M campaign, which seeks a bond measure to upgrade and repair all schools in the Capistrano Unified School District.

Campaign disclosure forms show that the Yes on M, Save Capistrano Unified School District committee received a total of more than $290,000 since …

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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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