Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

April 24 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 3:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Ideas for Minimizing Construction-Related Parking Impacts in Neighborhoods
      • Followed by a closed session discussion (likely illegal) of the City Manager recruitment
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Contracts for slurry seal program, sidewalk grinding and miscellaneous trash collection
      • Contract for West Coast Highway median project
      • Contract with a City Manager recruitment firm
      • Future of contract for promoting Port Master Plan
      • Appointment to Water Quality Committee

April 26 @ 3:30 pm Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Annual review of the Irvine Company’s North Newport Center Development Agreement
  • Sign Program modifications for Fashion Island Hotel
  • Beer and wine license, Pandor Bakery (Westcliff Plaza)
  • Wine tasting store (Shipyard Way)
  • Five Coastal Development Permit applications, likely all for residences built to the 29 foot height limit

May 31 @ 4:00 pm – Planning Commission Special Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

June 2 @ 9:30 am SPON 2018 Annual Meeting
Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach

  • Save the date! RSVP here
  • Delicious member-prepared brunch
  • Chance to renew friendships with other environmentally-minded citizens
  • Melanie Schlotterbeck, the Green Vision Project Coordinator for Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks will be speaking on “The Odd Couple:  How Transportation Dollars Saved Open Space”

2017 Annual Meeting – Nearly 100 Attendees . . . A Record!

Thank you to all who attended our 43rd Annual Meeting on June 24, 2017, and 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 capacity by members, friends and supporters who were interested in updates on key issues such as Mariner’s Mile, Banning Ranch, SPON Watch List projects, upcoming General Plan Update and future ballot initiatives.

We have posted some photos thanks to our volunteer photographers (including Tom Baker, among others). If you took photos and want to share them, simply email them to SPON.

If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership, 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 June 2, 2018.

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: 
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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 so should we.

Resident Allen Drucker ponders tradeoffs between water shortage and development

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 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.

SPON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public education organization working to protect and preserve the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach.

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