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Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

News: SPON joins in celebrating the passage of California Senate Bill 359, which was signed by Governor Newsom on October 8 and will become law on January 1. Inspired by Newport Beach citizens’ experience in protesting their Council’s approval of the Museum House project, the new law prohibits California cities from forcing those questioning local decisions to lug around 10-pound, multi-thousand-page referendum petitions. Instead, they will be able to circulate for signature a brief summary of the action being challenged. Congratulations to local resident Susan Skinner, who championed the legislation!

October 15 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The Task Force will be hearing a report from the City of Anaheim and about the costs of homelessness as well as progress reports from its various subcommittees.

October 16 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting (special time)
Details available on request.

October 16 @ 3:30 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
Marina Park  (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • Look for agenda here
    • BVAC will hear a presentation regarding plans for a Palm Street parking structure (rescheduled from September 18). The entity now operating in the former Fun Zone buildings as Ocean Quest has an option to lease the public lot (see contract C-5993). They also have a seat on BVAC.

October 16 @ 5:30 pm – Bayside Family Resort Hotel (Newport Dunes)

  • Deadline to submit comments on topics to be covered in the Environmental Impact Report
  • See the Notice of Preparation for details on how to submit comments, and the Initial Study to see the topics the consultant already plans to address.

October 16 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here.
  • Expected topics:
    • Finalizing plans for the launch event for the GPU “Listen & Learn” activity — scheduled for October 26.
    • Update on General Plan Diagnostic and Educational Materials being prepared for distribution.
    • Presentation on difference between General Plan Policies vs. Zoning Code Regulations

October 17 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 215 Riverside Drive neighborhood flyer

      Return of applications for Modification Permit and Coastal Development Permit to replace the existing building at 215 Riverside Drive in Mariners Mile village – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant – with a two-level parking structure and small office to serve the adjacent “Garden” shopping center, including a new restaurant whose full details have not yet been revealed (PA2019-023)

      • See the flyer at right, being distributed by some concerned neighbors
    • Return of appeal of Sheehy Residence CDP at 2495 Ocean Blvd (PA2017-179)
    • One-Year Review of Newport Auto Center at 445 E Coast Hwy
    • Recommendation on proposed Beach Cottage Preservation amendments to Zoning Code and Local Coastal Program (see notice of availability for LCP details)

October 26 @ 11:00 am to 3 pm – General Plan Update – Community-wide Launch Event
Civic Center Green  (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Being promoted by the consultant as a “Community Fair” with games and free hamburgers (for the first 200), this will actually by the launch of the General Plan Update “Listen & Learn” process.
  • The event is announced on the new GPU website and on the following flyer:
    Flyer for October 26 GPU Launch Event

    Flyer for October 26 GPU Launch Event


Recent Events

SPON’s 2019 Annual Meeting (its 45th), held at the Environmental Nature Center on May 11, was a great success.  See PDF program.

  • An estimated 97 participants enjoyed our complimentary brunch.
  • Randall English, President of the Newport Bay Conservancy,  spoke about that organization’s history and future, in honor of their 50th anniversary.
  • Newport Beach City Council member Jeff Herdman updated attendees on the County’s General Aviation Improvement Program proposal for John Wayne Airport.
  • Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74) presented both SPON and the Newport Bay Conservancy with Certificates of Recognition for their length of service and many accomplishments over the years.

Contributions Always Welcome

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

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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.

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