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Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

March 26 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – 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
      • Presentation about citrus pests
      • Review of City’s pesticide management policy
      • Closed session performance reviews of City Attorney and City Clerk
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Amendments to records retention schedule
      • Creation of Homeless Task Force with Council and citizen members
      • Restructure Aviation Committee
      • Revise discrimination and harassment policy
      • City staff’s Annual Status Report (Planning Activity PA2007-195) on the state of the City’s General Plan Update Implementation Program and its progress on the Housing Element goals.
      • Amendment to pay-by-cell parking contract
      • Receive and consider revised compensation agreement with key and management employees
      • Adoption of salary schedules
      • Award contract for City facilities painting and Spyglass Hill Reservoir equipment
      • Appeal of Harbor Commission’s approval of reconfiguration of Newport Marina at 2888 Bayshore Drive (adjacent to Upper Bay bridge)
      • Initiate amendments to Zoning Code and Coastal Plan for construction in special flood danger zones

April 6 @ 10:00 am to noon – John Wayne Airport Town Hall
Civic Center – Community Room 
(adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • See description here
  • County Supervisor Michelle Steel will be in Newport Beach to discuss issues related to John Wayne Airport:
    • Flight paths
    • Airport Noise
    • General Aviation Improvement Project

April 15 @ 4:00 pm – Aviation Committee
Central Library – Friends Room 
(1000 Avocado)

April 16 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

May 11 @ 9:30 am to noon – SPON 2019 Annual Meeting
Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach

  • Tentative program: The Newport Bay Conservancy (their 50th Anniversary)


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.

By Credit Card: 
Click on the DONATE button below

By Check:
Print and mail this Remit Form along with your check to SPON


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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