The proposals for the General Aviation Improvement Program at the County’s John Wayne Airport (expected to result in increased business jet traffic over Newport Beach) were posted for public review on July 9. They may be downloaded via Dropbox. The proposals will be reviewed by the County’s Airport Commission on August 5, with selections to be made by the Board of Supervisors on August 11. SPON has joined with the Airport Working Group and the Southern California Pilots Association in a letter to the Supervisors requesting that any leases negotiated include assurances that a substantial part of the GAIP acreage be reserved for small (non-jet) planes, as the Supervisors agreed on June 25, 2019. A similar letter has been sent by the City.
In other news, at its July 14 meeting (held at the unusual time of 5:00 p.m.), the City Council voted unanimously (and with no discussion) to move the traditional 7:00 p.m. start time to 4:00 p.m. for all future City Council meetings. The meetings, including potentially the business portion, will start at that hour and run until they end, apparently with no scheduled break. In doing this, Newport Beach joins just two other cities out of the 34 in Orange County that conduct municipal business so early in the day. Those are Laguna Woods (Leisure World), whose City Council meets once a month at 2:00 p.m., and Irvine, that also starts at 4:00.
Also worth noting, starting on July 13, as the result of a COVID-19 outbreak among City staff, the City Hall closed, again and until further notice, to public visits (see announcement). The one exception is the Community Room next to the City Council Chambers, which is generally opened during public meetings held elsewhere (such as in the Chambers or by teleconference). This provides the public a chance to observe and participate “live” in those meetings. Oddly, the option of attending in-person in the Community Room is not mentioned on the City Council agendas, but it is available for those meetings and most others.
Important Upcoming Dates
(see SPON Calendar for additional listings)
August 11 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)
- Look for the agenda here (see Item 11)
- The Board of Supervisors is expected to select their preferred bidders for the General Aviation Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport.
- County staff will then negotiate with the selected companies to develop contracts for them to replace and then privately operate (for the next several decades) the general aviation facilities at the airport.
August 13 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
(virtual meeting – see agenda for details)
- Agenda here
- Item 11a on the Thursday agenda is an appeal of the City’s controversial approval of a new parking structure at 215 Riverside Avenue. CCC staff is recommending a determination that the appeal raises substantial questions of consistency with the Coastal Act requiring a future re-hearing of the application before the CCC.
August 13 @ 10:00 am – Zoning Administrator hearing
City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)
(There will also be limited seating for in-person participation in the Community Room adjacent to the Chambers)
- Agenda, when published, available here
August 19 @ 5:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (telephonic)
Details available on request.
SPON’s 2020 Annual Meeting (its 46th), which had long been planned to be held in person at the Environmental Nature Center, as has been our custom for many years, with presentations and brunch. Unfortunately, that had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. Instead, the business portion, only, is expected to be held by Zoom. 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).
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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
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