Regarding  the removal of trees and reconfiguration of the parking lot at Ensign Middle School in the Cliff Haven area of Newport Beach, SPON filed a Declaratory Relief Action against the Newport-Mesa School District to define the rights and obligations of the parties involved (Case No. 30-2020-01144152-CU-JR-CJC). The action alleged that the District had denied SPON, its members and the community at large its due process rights by limiting and/or denying participation in the planning process whereby the construction plans were discussed and ultimately approved. Although a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent removal of the trees was obtained, the District removed all but two of the trees before the order could be signed.

A special City Council meeting to review the narrow issue of the City’s approval of the school district’s plans to modify the sidewalk and curb was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The permit for that work was upheld (see video). A follow-up hearing on SPON’s court action was held on Monday, June 29, but to no avail.

Read more about this in articles appearing in Stu News and the Daily Pilot before the City Council meeting and in Stu News and the Daily Pilot after it.

Important Upcoming Dates

(see SPON Calendar for additional listings)

Note: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many of the normally-held City meetings have been cancelled. See the City calendar for updates.

July 8 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)

  • Agenda here
    • As item 14b, the Commission will be considering a request to redevelop the commercial marina adjacent to the Bayshores community (south of the Newport Bay Bridge and opposite the former Reuben E. Lee site). A portion of the new design will accommodate larger boats than previously (up to 80 feet).
    • As Item 14c, it will be considering a County proposal to install educational and no-trespassing signage at the Santa Ana River mouth, where dog walking and other activities have threatened wildlife.

July 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 1-year extension of Hoag Development Agreement due to COVID-19 (PA2020-065)
    • Appeal of Zoning Administrator’s approval of ATT “small cell” wireless installation on City streetlight at the northwestern corner of Balboa Boulevard and 30th Street (PA2019-111) – rescheduled from June 4
    • General Plan Amendment, variance, and Conditional Use Permit for automated car wash at Shell service station 1600 Jamboree (PA2016-093) — continued from June 18

July 15 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.

Annual Meetings

SPON’s 2020 Annual Meeting (its 46th) has been postponed based on the latest COVID-19 requirements to shelter in place and maintain social distancing at all times.  We are working closely (and remotely) with the Environmental Nature Center which has again agreed to be our venue for this event.  We will announce a date when we can, and give you plenty of notice ahead of time.  Please monitor SPON’s website and social media channels for updates.

SPON’s 2019 Annual Meeting was a great success with nearly 100 participants joining us for our complimentary brunch and speakers program, which included Randall English (Newport Bay Conservancy), Newport Beach Council member Jeff Herdman and State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74).

2019 Meeting Photos here for you to enjoy!

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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

 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 and other videos.

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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.

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