News:  Irvine’s Assistant City Manger Grace Leung has been named City Manager for Newport Beach, replacing former City Manager Dave Kiff on September 4

Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

September 21 @ 6:00 pm – Feet to the Fire Candidates Forum
Robert B Moore Theater (Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Ave, Costa Mesa)

  • Sixth in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 22 @ 9:00 am – Balboa Island Improvement Association Candidates Forum
Balboa Island Fire Station (124 Marine Avenue)

  • Seventh in series of opportunities to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

September 25 – City Council Meeting
Council Chambers – 100 Civic Center Drive

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Review of Peninsula Trolley program
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Amendments to crossing guards agreement
      • Traffic signal synchronization agreements with Irvine
      • Second reading of modified Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance
      • Upper Newport Bay Water Wheel project
      • Changes to Harbor Code
      • Accept Coastal Commission modifications to proposed Local Coastal Program “minor clean-ups”
      • Reconsideration of recent Planning Commission approval of variances permitting construction of oversized home at 3200 Ocean Blvd (this is an important item for those concerned about the trend toward “mansionization” in Newport Beach)

September 26 @ 5:30 pm – Corona del Mar Residents Association Candidates Forum
OASIS Senior Center – 801 Narcissus, CdM

  • Eighth and almost last opportunity to hear candidates running for City Council at election forums hosted by a variety of local civic organizations.

October 6 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – SPON GPAC workshop
Environmental Nature Center (1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach) — note change of venue

  • This meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue the guest speakers series.
  • Kevin K. Johnson, an environmental lawyer from San Diego will instruct participants on how to read and comment on Environmental Impact Reports.
  • The event is free and open to all, but to help us plan please reserve your seat(s) here.

November 6 – Election Day

  • As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SPON cannot endorse candidates, but it can, and does, encourage all residents of Newport Beach to become informed about the issues facing the city.
  • If you need to register to vote, or to update your registration information, you can do so on-line with a valid California Drivers License.

2018 Annual Meeting a great success!

Thank you to all who attended our 44th Annual Meeting on June 2, 2018, and to all who support SPON’s efforts to protect and preserve the environmental and residential qualities of Newport Beach with your time, energy and dollars.

The Environmental Nature Center was filled to near capacity by members, friends and supporters who enjoyed SPON’s traditional homemade brunch and, after the brief annual business, listened to a fascinating talk by Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks‘s consultant and Brea-based conservation activist Melanie Schlotterbeck on how transportation taxes have been used to preserve open space in Orange County, in particular their Green Vision Map, as well as comments from Tim Stoaks representing the Friends of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter.

If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership in SPON, please visit our Support page for credit card and check payment options.

We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you at our next event.  Our next Annual Meeting will be in 2019.

Spirit of Newport Beach Contest Winners Announced!


Many thanks to all those who submitted entries in SPON’s recently concluded Spirit of Newport Beach contest, which ran from March 22 through April 22, 2017, and challenged readers to capture the spirit of our lovely city in either a single still image or a phrase of five words or less. Per the contest rules, the winning entries, selected by an independent panel of judges, were announced on May 11.

Visit the contest page to see the winners!

Contributions Always Welcome

We have much work to do, and contributions are always most welcome and helpful.

Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution now.

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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.

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.

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