Food for Thought . . .

Former Council Member and SPON Co-Founder Jean Watt asks tough questions about Team Newport’s agenda . . . and so should we.  Read Watt’s Commentary below.  And plan to attend upcoming candidate forums to ask your own questions.  Dates noted in 2016 Election Forums Section below.

Important Upcoming Dates

Mariner’s Mile Revitalization Master Plan Community Workshop
Monday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Newport Sea Base Yacht Room 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach
Demonstrate that residents are stakeholders in the new vision for Mariner’s Mile.
Information about the Revitalization Master Plan is here.

Developer Appeals Planning Commission Decision
Residences at Newport Place Project
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach
Agenda here
Staff Report here
More information here . . .

City Council Candidate Forum Kickoff
District 7 “Job Interview” moderated by Keith Curry

Thursday, July 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast

Banning Ranch Coastal Commission Hearing
September 7 – 9 (exact date TBD)
Newport Beach Civic Center

It’s official!  The Coastal Commission will meet and vote on the Banning Ranch project right here in Newport Beach in September of this year. The Coastal Commission, the City of Newport Beach and the developer have all agreed on the timing and the location.  Come early to get a seat and show how much we care about our coastline and quality of life.  Read more . . .

2016 Election Forums

Event/Host Location           When
District 7 Job Interview
Contact Information:
Keith Curry
Newport Coast Community Center
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast
July 28, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce –
City Council Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
Steve Rosansky
Central Library Friends Room
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach
August 16, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Feet to the Fire – Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
Barbara Venezia
Orange Coast College
Robert B. Moore Theater
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa 
August 17, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(Meet and greet with
candidates from 6-7pm;  Candidate Forum from
7:15 – 8:30 p.m.)
West Newport Beach Association – Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
George Schroeder
Marina Park
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach
August 31, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friends of OASIS – Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
Evelyn Hart
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar
September 2, 2016
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Speak Up Newport – Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
Joe Stapleton
Civic Center Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach
September 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Women’s Democratic Club – Candidate Forum
Contact Information:
Rima Nashashibi



September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. 
WiNN (Women in Newport Networking) –
Open House/Meet the Candidates for
Newport Beach City Council
Contact Information:
Debbie Allen
Civic Center Community Room
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach 
September 22, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 


Corona del Mar Residents Association –
Political Forum
Contact Information:
Laura Curran, President
OASIS Senior Center
801 Narcissus
Corona del Mar
September 28, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Matching Gift 2 Update

SPON is fortunate to have received a second Matching Gift Challenge for $10,000 which we  begin working on right now.  We have many challenges ahead of us in 2016, and your support helps us research, advocate and communicate with you on the things that threaten the environmental and residential qualities of Newport Beach.

               Goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000
               Receipts To date . . . . . $1,650

Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution now.

By Check: Download Donation by Check Form here

By Credit Card: Click on the DONATE button below


A very special thank you to the two generous Newport Beach families who each pledged $10,000 in matching gifts to support our efforts to monitor development projects and engage our supporters through education and public outreach efforts.

And thank you to each and every supporter who made the commitment to provide the financial support we need to meet these important Matching Gift Challenges.

Our Pledge

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.

We stay connected to our inclusive and growing network of supporters, neighbors and friends, using a variety of communication tools to do so.  Attend our member meetings, visit our website and subscribe to our E-Newsletters. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.  And visit our YouTube channel to view Planning Commission videos.

Looking Back | Planning Forward

We at SPON thank you for your past support both in time and/or treasure to continue working to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in Newport Beach. SPON‘s concerns and input are considered by city staff, council members, and committees and commissions because of your backing.

The resounding defeat of Measure Y sent a clear message that perhaps was not well heard. The business-as-usual attitude continues, and changes to the general plan continue full speed. “Planned Communities” that are supposed to be ten acres are put on one acre without concern; height limits which were raised from 35 to 50 feet are quietly allowed to go higher; spot zoning is casually used to defeat the intent of the general plan.

The City of Newport Beach is not unique in this trend of spot development. Our neighbors in Costa Mesa are seeing exceptions popping up like mushrooms and are responding by pushing for their own “Greenlight” initiative. A more distant neighbor, Hollywood, is seeing community reaction to massive development exceptions to their general plan.

The influence SPON has with commissions and elected officials is directly related to the strength of our membership. Elected officials and commissioners take note . . . and listen . . . when the meeting room is full of our supporters. We have seen that time and again this year in city and state government meetings: Newport Coast Entitlement Rights “error”, Newport Center Villas (site of Beacon Bay Car Wash), Back Bay Landing (adjacent to Bayside Village Mobile Home Park), West Newport-Mesa height zoning amendment, Banning Ranch development, and more.

The year 2016 is going to present challenges and opportunities for the quality of life in our community. SPON will be there to meet those challenges and to capitalize on the opportunities.

We hope that you will continue supporting SPON with your time, your treasure, and your continued willingness to participate when called on.

Get Involved

If you are already a SPON member or supporter, thank you!  If you are not familiar with SPON and its ongoing work spanning more than 40 years, we encourage you to learn more about us.  Take a look at our Achievements, what we are About, and what we Treasure by clicking on the tabs above. And then click on the Support page to find out how you can help us protect and preserve the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach.

And don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter, and visit our YouTube channel.

Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2016 Edition

Topics covered in this newsletter include:

  • Recent accomplishments
  • New development projects that jeopardize the beauty and peace of our coastline
  • New community outreach opportunities
  • Important upcoming dates to save

2016 Winter/Spring Newsletter here.


Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public education organization working to protect and preserve the residential and environmental qualities of
Newport Beach.

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