Important Upcoming Dates
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News: SPON joins in celebrating the passage of California Senate Bill 359, which was signed by Governor Newsom on October 8 and will become law on January 1. Inspired by Newport Beach citizens’ experience in protesting their Council’s approval of the Museum House project, the new law prohibits California cities from forcing those questioning local decisions to lug around 10-pound, multi-thousand-page referendum petitions. Instead, they will be able to circulate for signature a brief summary of the action being challenged. Congratulations to local resident Susan Skinner, who championed the legislation!
December 18 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
- There is no advance agenda for these meetings, but they offer a chance to talk with JWA Noise and Access staff about the state-required quarterly Noise Abatement Reports and other JWA issues.
December 18 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.
December 19 @ 2:00 pm – JWA GAIP proposals due
- According the timeline on page 4 of the RFP, those seeking to lease, build and operate the new general aviation facilities at John Wayne Airport must submit their responses to the RFP by this date.
- The timeline further specifies a 2-1/2 month evaluation period during which the proposals will be scored by a private panel, but during which the public may not be allowed to see the proposals. The Airport Commission is expected to see the results in March 2020, and the County Supervisors in April. Leases may be awarded in June 2020.
- An estimated 97 participants enjoyed our complimentary brunch.
- Randall English, President of the Newport Bay Conservancy, spoke about that organization’s history and future, in honor of their 50th anniversary.
- Newport Beach City Council member Jeff Herdman updated attendees on the County’s General Aviation Improvement Program proposal for John Wayne Airport.
- Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74) presented both SPON and the Newport Bay Conservancy with Certificates of Recognition for their length of service and many accomplishments over the years.
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Food for Thought . . .
Watch this space for articles and commentary on topics or issues that we are following.
Former Council Member and SPON Co-Founder Jean Watt asks tough questions about Team Newport’s agenda . . .
and about the appropriateness of the proposed Koll Center Residences project…
Planning Commissioner Erik Weigand takes issue with developer’s “pay to play” statement
As environmental and residential quality-of-life advocates, we continuously monitor proposed development projects, and their resulting traffic impact, as they make their way to the Planning Commission, City Council and California Coastal Commission. We keep you informed of projects that will jeopardize the residential and environmental qualities that we fought so hard to maintain, whether within our own city limits or projects initiated by neighboring cities that will impact Newport Beach.
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