Important Upcoming Dates

(see Calendar for further details and additional listings)

February 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually on Friday before meeting)
    • Taco Bell Cantina — late night liquor license
    • 16 Bay Island — Coastal Development and discretionary height increase to 33′ (maximum allowed for single family residence) per Bay Island Use Permit
    • (other noticed items taken off calendar)

February 24 SPON GPAC meeting

  • Fourth in series of workshops preparing residents to participate in the City’s General Plan Update and urging the City to heed our grassroots input. All are welcome, but due to limited seating those interested need to RVSP for time and location.

February 26 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Community Development 2018 Update
Civic Center Community Room

  •  A meet and greet with planning staff regarding private development projects they will be working on in 2018.  This is the first time the department has held such an event.

February 27 City Council Meeting
Civic Center Council Chambers

  • City Manager’s Insider’s Guide (Preview of upcoming meeting, pending)
  • Agenda, when published, available here (usually by 4:00 pm on Thursday before meeting)
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
        • Award contract for Newport Elementary playing field rehab
        • Award contract for CdM Fire Station/Library replacement
        • Approve two new solid waste haulers
        • Consultant contract for analysis of sea level rise impact to tidelands
        • Median turf replacement

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.

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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By Check:
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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 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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