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Important Upcoming Dates

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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!

November 12 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • The announced topics are:
      • A report from the City of Anaheim (postponed from October meeting)
      • An update of the Homeless Task Force Goals and Objectives for 2020, including recommendations from their Education and Outreach Subcommittee
      • Progress reports from its other subcommittees.

November 12 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 2 General  Plan Update Workshop
16th Street Recreation Center (870 W. 16th St — in West Newport Mesa)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the first. The remainder will be held on November 14, 20, 21 and December 3, 11 and 12.

November 12 @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm  – Wildland Fire Community Presentation
OASIS Senior Center (801 Narcissus Avenue)

  • See announcement here
    • Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and Fire Marshall Kevin Bass will be giving a presentation on hazard mitigation, vegetation management, and the proposed new Fire Code regulations.

November 13 @ 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill
Newport Coast Community Center  (6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd.)

  • Announcement here
    • Monthly chance to discuss City issues in a walk-in group format with the only Council member who holds regular “office hours.”

November 13 @ 6:00 pm – Speak Up Newport Housing Crisis Forum
Civic Center Community Room (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • According to the announcement, the City’s Community Development Director, Seimone Jurjis will be making a presentation about Newport Beach’s state-mandated requirement to zone for construction, by 2029, of 4,832 new housing units .
    • This closely related to the General Plan update.
    • The reception starts at 5:15 p.m., followed by the presentation from 6:00 to 7:00.

November 13 @ 6:00 pm – Harbor Commission Meeting
Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

    • Agenda here
      • Among other things, the Harbor Commission will be reviewing its long-running comprehensive update of the Harbor Code — more than 100 pages of redlining to the regulations in Title 17 of the Municipal Code, affecting both construction and activities.

November 14 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

  • Agenda, when published, available here
    • Annual Review of the Hoag Hospital Development Agreement (PA2009-064)
    • Dolphin Boat Rental Limited Term Permit and CDP at 2406 Newport Boulevard (PA2019-074)
    • Two Minor Use Permits for food-serving establishments
    • Three coastal development permits to demolish non-conforming multi-unit residences
    •  Four coastal development permits for replacement of single-family homes

November 14 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm  – District 3 General  Plan Update Workshop
Back Bay Science Center (600 Shellmaker Road – off Back Bay Drive – north of Newport Dunes)

  • Look for announcement here
    • “Listen & Learn” activity implementing the City’s multi-year General Plan Update process
    • In the first series of consultant-facilitated workshops, one will be held in each of the City’s seven Council districts.
    • This is the second. The remainder will be held on November 20, 21 and December 3, 11 and 12.

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.


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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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