YTD Calendar

The following is a running list of past events that were posted to the SPON calendar in 2018.

January 2019

January 8 – 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
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Labor contract with firefighters
      • Hearings on new street vending application fees and new harbor fees and rents
      • Phase IV of Civic Center sculpture exhibit
      • New vendor for City TV production/channel

January 9 @ 6:00 pm – Speak Up Newport Homelessness Forum
Civic Center Community Room 100 Civic Center Drive

  • The reception starts at 5:15 p.m.
  • The program, focusing on solutions to the homeless problem, is a follow-up to an April forum outlining the problem.

January 10 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing – POSTPONED
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)
Note: The hearing notices for this meeting were not published as planned.  As a result it will need to be rescheduled.  The new date has not yet been determined.

January 12 @ 2:00 – 4:00 pm – SPON GPAC workshop
Santa Ana Heights Fire Station Training Room (Mesa at Acacia)

  • This meeting of SPON’s independent General Plan Update Advisory Committee will continue the guest speakers series.
  • Kevin K. Johnson, an environmental lawyer from San Diego will provide insights on how to more effectively read and comment on Environmental Impact Reports.
  • Click here to RSVP – The event is free and open to all, but these are popular events and we need to know your plans so we don’t exceed room capacity!

January 15 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

January 15 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Meeting — POSTPONED
Civic Center Community Room  
(100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • The Community Development Department was expected to discuss the General Plan Update process (to be introduced at the January 8 Council Study Session) and seek public input on the consultant selection process
  • We understand this previously-announced meeting has been postponed, most likely to early February

January 17 @ 4:00 pm – Airport Land Use Commission
John Wayne Airport Administration Building (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

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

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement
    • Approval of residential encroachments into public right-of-way (3725 Ocean Boulevard)
    • Request for liquor license (703 Balboa Boulevard)

January 22 – 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
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Creation of citizens Steering Committee for Phase 1 of General Plan Update (appointments to be made by Mayor and announced at a later meeting)
      • Revisions to City Council Policy A-1 (conduct of Council meetings)
      • Harbor fees and rents, and sidewalk vending permit fee
      • Introduction of revised Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance
      • Mitigated Negative Declaration for Big Canyon Nature Park restoration, Phase II
      • Contracts for Automated Meter Infrastructure “proof of performance,” Lower Sunset View Park design consultant, streetlight maintenance, and labor agreement with Employees League
        • The Lower Sunset View Park contract requires Council approval as it involves hiring former City Council member Tony Petros as the “sole source” coordinator for the public outreach and design effort for $48,500 over an 29 month period.

January 24 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

January 30 @ noon – deadline to submit applications to be on General Plan Update Steering Committee

January 31 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing (special meeting)
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

January 31 @ 4:30 pm (<– note special time) – Special Planning Commission Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

February 2019

February 2 @ 9:00 a.m. to noon – City Council Annual Planning/Goal Setting Session
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Early each year, the Council holds a “retreat,” usually on a Saturday morning, at which it discusses and tentatively selects its goals for the rest of the calendar year.
  • Agenda available here
    • Update on City’s fiscal picture
    • Options for service enhancements and delivery
    • Update on airport and homelessness initiatives
    • Current and planned capital improvement programs
    • SPON advocated for more aggressive implementation of the West Newport Mesa Streetscape Master Plan

February 4 @ 6:30 pm – Mayor’s Town Hall
Marina Park – 1600 W. Balboa Blvd

February 5 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

February 12 – City Council Meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda available here
  • Insider’s Guide : City Manager’s preview of agenda items
    • 4:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Review changes to Beacon Bay lease rates proposed by Home Owners Association
      • Overview of city trees
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (topics per agenda and notices)
      • Confirmation of Mayor’s selections for five-member General Plan Update Steering Committee. The selections are Nancy Gardner (Chair), Ed Selich, Debbie Stevens, Larry Tucker and Paul Watkins.
        • Note: SPON has some concern with these selections.  Despite their long histories of service to the City, all the designees, with the exception of Debbie Stevens, were on the review committee (“LUEAAC“) that brought us Measure Y — the ill-fated previous attempt to update the General Plan, rejected by 69.3% of voters in 2014.
      • Appointment of committee (Dixon, Herdman and Muldoon) to review the roles and responsibilities of the Aviation Committee
      • Adoption of labor agreement with Police Management Association
      • Adoption of Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinances
      • Adoption of 10 revised “F-policies” (dealing with financial matters)
      • Adoption of major LCP amendments (from December Coastal Commission meeting)
      • Introduction of Flood Plain Management ordinance
      • Revisions to agreement regarding City’s obligations with respect to SCE undergrounding and park improvements on Uptown Newport property
      • Authorization of contract to manage Civic Center Park Sculpture Exhibition – Phase IV
      • Authorization of alerting system for CdM Fire Station
      • Appeal of Harbor Commission’s approval of reconfiguration of Newport Marina at 2888 Bayshore Drive (adjacent to Upper Bay bridge) — CONTINUED
      • Hearing and possible approval of Harbor Pointe Senior Living application (replacing Kitayama restaurant on Bristol)
      • Approval of AT&T telecom master license agreement for small cell sites on City streetlights

February 13 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

  • The inaugural meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee (to be appointed on February 12) will double as community outreach event (see News Splash, calendar announcement and flyer).
  • The program is expected to consist of:
    • Overview and discussion of the General Plan Update process.
    • Review and discussion of the Request for Proposals for an outside consultant to guide the effort.
  • Note: the five Steering Committee members attended, but did not participate in this event, supposedly because they had not been sworn into office.

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

February 19 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

February 20 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Agenda here
    • The inaugural meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee, which had been announced for February 13, has been rescheduled to February 20, supposedly due to the committee members not being able to participate on on February 13 because they had not been sworn into office.
    • The February 13 meeting devolved into a staff presentation to community members with the yet-to-be-sworn-in Steering Committee members listening from the audience.

February 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

February 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
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Update on City water supply and delivery system
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Adoption of Flood Plain Management ordinance, ordinance amending Local Coastal Plan Implementation Plan and ordinance adopting zoning change to allow Harbor Pointe Senior Living
      • Introduction of residential street construction parking ordinance (also restricting Saturday activity and requiring new construction fence signage).
      • Approval of agreement with OCTA for taxi administration
      • Tentative Agreements with Newport Beach City Employees Association ( NBCEA) and Newport Beach Professional and Technical Employees Association ( NBPTEA)
      • Contract with Host Compliance for monitoring online advertising of short term rentals
      • Quarterly report on grants and donations
      • Six month extension of development agreement for Hoag Hospital growth
      • Revision to resolution creating General Plan Update Steering Committee, adding two new citizen members, bringing total to seven
      • Appointment to the Finance Committee
      • Appeal of Planning Commission’s denial of permit for tattoo studio in CdM

February 28 @ 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 Newport Country Club (tennis club) Development Agreement
    • Comprehensive Sign Program for apartment complex at 1 Baywood Drive
    • Four Coastal Development Permits
    • Three condominium maps

March 4 @ 4:00 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center – Community Room 
(adjacent to Council Chambers)

March 6 @ noon:  Deadline to submit applications for appointment as one of the two additional citizen members being added to the General Plan Update Steering Committee.  Applications received by the deadline will be considered in addition to those submitted in connection with the original recruitment.

March 6 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The second meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee is expected to focus on:
    • Review draft of a new Request for Proposals for a consultant for the “listen and learn” (public outreach) phase of the process, only.
    • Discuss merits of Council appointing larger citizens General Plan Advisory Committee before completion of “listen and learn.”

March 7 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 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.
    • Waiver of Council Policy L-6 for encroachments into public right of way at 3100 Breakers Drive.

March 8 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
California African American Museum, Los Angeles

  • Agenda here
  • Item 9a on Friday is a hearing on the question of whether the City’s approval of a Residential Permit Parking Program (RP3) for the Finley Tract in West Newport raises substantial issues of compliance with the Coastal Act

March 12 – 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
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Central Library Lecture Hall Proposal
      • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Early Look
      • Changes to development standards to address new Flood Zone Maps
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Appointment of two additional citizen members to  General Plan Update Steering Committee
      • Second reading of ordinance for 6-month extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement
      • Introduce ordinance to limit time to complete construction projects
      • Contracts for water rate study consultant, homeless outreach, delinquent account collection and pavement and traffic rehabilitation
      • Amendments to contracts for parking citation processing, Grand Canal dredging, and tree and plant services
      • Adopt Memoranda of Understanding with two employee groups
      • Authorize 2014-2018 pension “fresh-start”
      • Authorize grant submissions for OCTA environmental cleanup projects
      • Appeal of reconfiguration of “Newport Marina,” adjacent to Bay Shores gated community (continued from February 12 Item 16)
      • Approve letter to County Supervisors stating City’s preferred alternative for JWA General Aviation Improvement Program.

March 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
    • Coastal Development Permit to replace and enlarge clubhouse owned by Lido Sands Community Association
    • Minor Use Permit for sales and storage of classic and vintage sports cars at 1620 Monrovia Avenue

March 19 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

March 20 @ 2:00-3:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

March 20 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The third meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee, for the first time with all seven citizen members appointed, is expected to include:
    • Possible completion of revisions to the RFP for an outside consultant to manage the “listen and learn” phase of the GPU process, only.
    • Presentation about the Harbor Commission’s visioning process.
    • Presentation from staff about updates to the City’s website.

March 21 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Mesa Drive Townhomes at 20462 Santa Ana & 1501 Mesa Drive (PA2017-218)
    • Tattoo parlor appeal (E Art Gallery, 2721 E Coast Hwy., referred back by City Council)

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

March 28 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

April 2019

April 3 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • This fourth meeting of the General Plan Update Steering Committee is expected to include:
    • Update of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers
    • Plans to revise traffic model and Circulation Element
    • A general discussion about the future process, including what topics need to addressed in the “listen and learn.”

April 4 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission – CANCELED

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 9 – 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
      • Junior Lifeguard Building proposal
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Introduction of ordinance to limit time allowed to complete private construction projects
      • Revisions to Council Discretionary Grants policy
      • Formation of Council ad hoc committees on election reform and lobbyist registration
      • Salary agreements for “key management” employees, including City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Police and Fire Chiefs and many more
      • Permission to submit to the Coastal Commission a proposal for amendments to the Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan to create a Balboa Village Parking Overlay District (exempting most businesses from the requirement to provide off-street parking)
      • Approve grant submittal for WaterSMART program
      • Contracts for public works project inspection and administration, Bayside Drive and MacArthur road work, and two undergrounding projects
      • Purchase of undergrounding credits
      • Approval of City Arts Commission’s selection of sculptures for next phase of Civic Center Park exhibition
      • Appointment of Arts Commissioner to fill one vacant seat

April 11 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Board of Supervisors Chambers, Salinas, California

  • Agenda here
  • As part of the Deputy Director’s Report for Orange County (Item 15), the Irvine Company is asking for a one-year extension of the previously-granted permit to build a 25-foot tall, 14,252 square foot restaurant in the parking lot of the former Reuben E. Lee paddleboat restaurant (2012 E. Coast Highway) adjacent to PCH’s Back Bay Bridge.  The project includes a new public dock.  This was originally approved as Item Th10b on February 9, 2017.

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.

April 17 @ 5:30 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Note: this is being noticed as a “Special Meeting”.  The agenda appears after the agenda for the Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
    • The Airport Commission is expected to review and make a recommendation regarding the EIR and project alternatives for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  Their recommendation is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors on April 23.

April 18 @ 5:30 pm – Planning Commission  (SPECIAL TIME)
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Study Sessions on two applications for General Plan amendments to construct uses not currently allowed at sites:
      • Vivante Senior Housing proposal for 90 senior housing units (including nine memory care units) at 850-856 San Clemente (former Orange County Musuem of Art site)
      • Ford Road Residential proposal for 21 attached residential condominiums at 4032 Ford Road.

April 18 @ 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Meeting on Construction parking
Civic Center Community Room (adjacent to Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive)

  • The City will host a public meeting on “Proposed Code Changes to Address Residential Street Parking Impacted by Construction.”
  • Details here.

April 23 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for agenda here
      • The Board of Supervisors was expected to consider certifying the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  County staff is further recommending they approve “Alternative 1.”  See agenda Item 35 for details.
      • Note: although still on the agenda, the Board is now expected to take no action on April 23, and instead defer (“continue”) this item to its May 7 meeting.

April 23 – 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
      • Potential Changes to Residential Development Standard to Preserve Cottages and Address 3rd Story Massing
        • Staff will provide an overview and seek City Council comment and direction regarding two separate zoning code development standards: residential height and massing standards and restrictions on residential additions when existing homes do not provide the required off-street parking.
      • New ideas to reduce On-Street Parking Impacts Due to Construction Activities
        • Staff will provide an update, including input received from additional public outreach, and seek further City Council direction on potential code changes to address residential street parking impacted by construction
      • City Emergency Council Update
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Note: the draft minutes for the previous meeting (agenda Item 1) are being presented, for the first time ever, with the written record of public comments on all items reduced to a list of names and “see video for further details.” The written record of Council member comments is similarly reduced, in that case to a list of topics mentioned, without, for the most part, any indication of who said what. Those concerned should contact the Council about the propriety of this change.
      • Adoption of Ordinance Setting Time Limits to Complete Construction
      • Initiation of clean-up amendments to Zoning Code and Coastal Program Implementation Plan
      • Selection of projects on which to spend Gas Tax funds
      • Contracts for:  playground improvements, slurry seal program, weed abatement, engineering and landscape architecture services and a new land management system.
      • Join new Joint Powers Authority governing Orange County Housing Finance Trust (to build shelters/housing for homeless)
      • Hearing on Community Development Block Grant draft Action Plan for FY2019-20
      • Adopt City position opposing a proposed state “Drinking Water Tax”

May 2019

May 1 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • Note: this is a continuation of the “Special Meeting” on the same subject held on April 17.
    • The Airport Commission is expected to review and make a recommendation regarding the EIR and project alternatives for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  Their recommendation is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors on May 7.

May 1 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The Committee will meet to review the five proposals received from outside consultants interested in conducting the “Listen and Lean” phase of the General Plan Update process, and possibly choose ones to interview in the following week.

May 6 @ 5:00 am – Comments due on Ford Road Residential project

  • Opportunity to comment on environmental impacts of proposed 21-unit residential building adjacent to Bonita Canyon Sports Park.
  • A “Mitigated Negative Declaration” is being circulated.
  • See City’s project page for details of this proposal, which would require a General Plan amendment to be built.

May 7 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for agenda here
    • As Item 20 on the agenda and supplement, John Wayne Airport staff is asking the Board of Supervisors to certify the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program.  County staff is further recommending they choose one of the alternatives, which will affect the future number of unregulated jets flying over Newport Beach.
    • SPON and the City hope to see the minimal changes of Alternative 3, but JWA staff seems to be lobbying for the much more impactful Alternative 1.
    • Follow the links to make your voice heard!

May 9 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Request for after-the-fact approval of medical office, short three required parking spaces, at 20271 Birch Street
    • Correction of “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive
    • Use permit to allow plastic surgery center in office park at 20331 Irvine Avenue

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

  • Join us in our free annual brunch.
  • This years highlights include a celebration of Newport Bay Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary and an airport update from Council member Jeff Herdman (see PDF program)!

RSVP here

May 14 – 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: Joint Meeting with Finance Committee
    • Review of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 Operating Budget
  • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
    • City Emergency Council Update (continued from April 23)
  • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
    • Appointments to the Homeless Task Force
    • Initiate amendment process for changes to codes regarding Residential Massing and Beach Cottage Preservation
    • Contracts for Junior Lifeguard Building Design, Painting Services, Plant Healthcare Services, Video Production Services for Junior Lifeguard program and Collection of Delinquent Accounts
    • Revisions to Council Policy regarding donations and naming rights
    • Adoption of the 2019 Water Master Plan
    • Approve Conceptual Design for Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation Project

May 15 @ 5:30 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
  • The Committee will publicly interview three of the the five consultants who expressed interest in conducting the “Listen and Lean” phase of the General Plan Update process.
  • Depending the results of the interviews, it may recommend one to the City Council or start the search process over.

May 21 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

*** POSTPONED to JUNE 25 ***

May 22 – Last day to comment on City’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

  • This document, required by 2013’s AB 691, is being circulated for public comment.

May 23 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Encroachment permit for planters in public right-of-way at 2404 Cliff Dr.
    • Request for variances to construct duplex at 358 Dahlia Place, reducing required setback along Bayside Drive from 20 ft to 8 ft and increasing allowed floor area.
    • Request for variances to exceed normal height limits in connection with construction of new 10,803 square-foot single-family residence at 1113 Kings Rd (replacing a 3,000 square foot one).

May 28 – 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
    • 4:30 pm: City Council Study Session
      • Review of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvement Program Budget
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Introduction of ordinance making code amendments to restrict construction on Saturdays in areas of the community which are the most impacted by construction. and to require projects with construction fencing in those areas to post a project information sign to identify the primary contact person responsible for the project.
      • Initiation of code amendments to apply R-1 and R-2 development standards to single-family homes and duplexes built in RM (multi-family) zones
      • Resolutions of intent to renew assessments for Corona del Mar and Restaurant Association business improvement districts.
      • Award of contracts for surveying and fee study.
      • Setting June 11 as hearing date for adoption of budget
      • Authorize new letter regarding City’s changed position General Aviation improvement Program
      •  Appeal of Harbor Commission’s Decision regarding 939 Via Lido Soud Residential Dock Reconfiguration

May 29 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • On May 15, the Steering Committee tentatively selected a “Listen & Learn” consultant (Kearns & West) for recommendation to the Council
    • On May 29 they will learn about Kearns & West’s cost proposal and discuss the desired scope of work with City staff.

May 30 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

June 2019

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

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Request to add patio dining (with liquor service) to Sessions Sandwiches.
    • Request to increase occupancy limit for Stag Bar from 207 to 260 persons (item to be continued to June 20 meeting)

June 10 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force Committee Meeting
Civic Center – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay 2D)

  • Look for agenda here
  • Inaugural meeting of committee composed of three City Council Members and seven community members.
  • This meeting will focus on reviewing the legal parameters of the homeless issue, educating the committee on the City’s current homeless strategy and what potential temporary housing options, and funding sources, there may be in Newport Beach and surrounding communities.

June 10 @ 4:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Newport Beach Central Library – Friends Meeting Room (1000 Avocado Avenue) 

June 11 – 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
    • 5:00 pm: City Council Study Session (tentative)
      • Short-term lodgings ordinance
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Introduce ordinance correcting “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive (allowing attached, as well as detached, units)
      • Adopt ordinance prohibiting construction on Saturday and requiring signage in parts of City
      • Approve annual Measure M2 – program eligibility Submittal
      • Adopt resolution authorizing the temporary closure of selected streets for the July 4th holiday period
      • Adopt resolutions of intention to renew CdM and Restaurant Business Improvement Districts and form ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding their future
      • Approve of agreement for purchase and installation of 425 catch basin Connector Pipe Screens
      • Approve contract for General Liability insurance administration
      • Presentation of tentative labor agreements with the Part Time Employees Association of Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Fire Management Association
      • Appoint members to Aviation Committee
      • Confirm nominees for appointment to Boards and Commissions
      • Adopt Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
      • Approve issuance of $75 million bond by developers of Harbor Pointe Senior Living

June 18 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

June 20 @ 1:00-2:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Quarterly Noise Meeting (<– note special day & time)
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

June 20 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Harbor Day School renovation proposal
    • Request to increase occupancy limit for Stag Bar from 207 to 260 persons (121 Mc Fadden Place, continued from June 4 meeting)
    • 10 year extension of Hoag Hospital development agreement
    • Ho Sum Bistro conditional use permit (3112 Newport Boulevard)

June 25 @ 9:30 am – Orange County Board of Supervisors
BOARD HEARING ROOM (333 W. Santa Ana Blvd/10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana)

  • Look for the agenda here
    • The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to continue considering the certification of the EIR for the General Aviation Improvement Program and the selection of a project.
    • The matter appears as Item 45, with no obviously new material.
    • It will be a continuation of Item 20 from the May 7 agenda. — originally scheduled for May 21, but postponed at the request of airport staff.
    • The video of the previous meeting can be viewed here.
    • While the June 25 meeting is in progress, a live stream of it can be viewed at the same link.
    • It’s important to let the Supervisors know what you think.  Those who cannot attend in person can submit comments by email to response@ocgov.com with a subject line such as “Comments for June 25 Board meeting — JWA GAIP.”

June 25 – 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
    • 5:30 pm: City Council Closed Session
      • Private discussion of possible initiation of litigation
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • Adopt ordinance correcting “error” in Zoning Code required to approve “Mesa Town Homes” project at corner of Santa Ana and Mesa Drive
      • Approval of employment contract terms with Part Time Employees Association and Fire Management Association
      • Contract for General Plan Update “listen and learn” consultant (Kearns & West)
      • Library meeting room policy
      • Lido Marina Village Farmer’s Market License Agreement
      • Approval of Special Event Support Funding for Fiscal Year 2019-20
      • Approval of $40,000 Support (each) for the Balboa Village Merchants Association and Balboa Island Marketing, Inc.
      • Reconsideration of previous decision regarding 939 Via Lido Soud Residential Dock Reconfiguration
      • Renewal of levy for Corona del Mar and Newport Beach Restaurant Association Business Improvement Districts for Fiscal Year 2019-20
      • Annual Appointments to Boards and Commissions
      • Authorize issuance of bonds to fund Underground Utility Assessment Districts No. 116 and 116-B
      • Direct Harbor Commission to consider update of Policy H-1 (Harbor Permit Policy)
      • Consider addition of one Full-Time Police Officer Position
      • Declare July 6 as Benjamin M. Carlson Day

June 27 @ 3:00 pm – Finance Committee Meeting 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Crystal Cove Conference Room (Bay D, 2nd floor)

  • See agenda here
    • Committee to discuss new water rate study, and possible need to increase rates charged by City.

June 28 @ 10:00 am – Community Workshop on Vote Centers
Friends Room  (Central Library, 1000 Avocado)

  • See City announcement here
    • Orange County Registrar of Voters to inform residents about new system to be used in next year’s elections, eliminating traditional election day precinct voting.

July 2019

July 9 @ 7:00 pm – 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
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (no Study Session)
      • Introduction of Ordinance to Allow Homeowners’ Associations to Opt Out of the Saturday Construction Noise Restrictions and Project Signage Requirements
      • Acceptance of $25,000 Grant Funds from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from Education and Enforcement
      • Increase of On-Street Parking Time Limit on Coast Highway within the Corona del Mar Commercial District from One Hour to Two Hours
      • Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Short Term Lodging and Design Committee for the Proposed Newport Beach Library Lecture Hall
      • Appointments to Finance and Aviation Committees
      • Contracts for City Water Well Rehabilitation, Weed Abatement and Asphalt Repair
      • Agreements for School Resource Officer Program and for 10-year loan of a state fire engine in return for responding to out-of-area incidents
      • Consideration of ten-year extension of Hoag Hospital Development Agreement protecting right to build approximately 450,000 square feet of new structures in return for annual payment of $300,000 to organizations addressing homelessness.

July 10 @ 9:00 a.m. – California Coastal Commission
Embassy Suites Hotel, San Luis Obispo

  • Agenda here
  • Item 26a on the Wednesday agenda is a public hearing on the City’s request to amend its Local Coastal Program to allow homeowners abutting the beach along the Balboa Peninsula from 1400 E. Oceanfront to Channel Road to encroach up to  15 feet onto the beach, similar to what is currently allowed in parts of West Newport.  Coastal Commission staff is recommending denial of the request and possible imposition of fines if existing encroachments are not removed.
  • Item 26b is a routine item to postpone for up to a year a hearing on the City’s request to add a Parking Management Overly District to the Implementation Plan for for the Balboa Village area.

July 11 @ 3:00 pm – Zoning Administrator Hearing 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Corona del Mar Conference Room (Bay E-1st Floor)

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

July 17 @ 4:00 pm – Balboa Village Advisory Committee
Marina Park – 1600 W. Balboa Blvd

  • Look for agenda here
    • A previously announced presentation and discussion regarding plans for a Palm Street public parking structure does not seem to be happening at this meeting

July 17 @ 6:00 pm – General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting  (expected, but not been held)

  • Look for agenda here
    • On June 25, the City Council approved Kearns & West as the City’s “Listen & Learn” consultant.
    • At this meeting, the Steering Committee was expected to flesh out the details of the initial stages of the consultant’s scope of work.  However, the meeting was not held.

July 18 @ 4:00 pm – Airport Land Use Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

July 18 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Expected but not scheduled: variance request for Sagemodern Live/Work at 502 and 504 W. Balboa Blvd (PA2018-232)
    • Vivante Senior Housing: PC to make recommendation to City Council regarding approval of 153-bed, 6-story senior assisted living and memory care facility on the former Orange County Museum of Art property in Newport Center (Fashion Island), requiring a General Plan Amendment

July 22 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force Committee Meeting
Newport Beach Central Library – Friends Meeting Room (1000 Avocado Avenue) 

  • Look for agenda here
  • Second meeting of committee composed of three City Council Members and seven community members.

July 22 @ 5:30 pm – Aviation Committee
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

July 23 – 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
      • Overview of the state-mandated organic waste recycling requirements
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Second reading of ordinance to allow Home Owner Associations to “opt-out” of recent ordinance banning Saturday construction and requiring contact information signage on construction fencing in certain “high density” areas.
      • Second reading of ordinance approving 10-year extension of Development Agreement with Hoag Hospital.
      • Amending scope of the Business Improvement District Ad Hoc Committee to “Local Business Advancement”
      • Contract for sewer and storm drain rehabilitation, contract with former Mayor Tom Edwards for airport issues consulting and contract with Assistant Chief Jeff Boyles as new Fire Chief
      • Purchase of utility undergrounding credits from other cities
      • Report of grants dispensed by Council persons in Fiscal Year 2018-2019
      • Required report on drinking water standard exceedances
      • Annual report from Newport Beach & Company / Visit Newport Beach

July 31 @ 10:00 am – Library Lecture Hall Design Committee 
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Newport Coast Conference Room (Bay E – 2nd Floor)

  • Agenda here
    • Inaugural meeting of Mayor-appointed group tasked by City Council Resolution No. 2019-70 with overseeing the construction of a lecture hall adjacent to the Central Library, apparently to the exclusion of the Board of Library Trustees.
    • Their initial job is to recommend an architect to the City Council.

July 31 @ 10:30 am – Hearing Officer
City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive – Newport Beach Conference Room (Bay B – 1st Floor)

  • Agenda here
    • “Reasonable accommodation” request for an over-height front yard hedge at 101 Via Undine (Lido Isle) to provide privacy for disabled occupant (PA2019-050)

August 6 @ 6:00 pm – Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers  
(100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here
    • Hear presentation regarding role of Irvine Ranch Conservancy
    • Formulate recommendation to City Council regarding a conceptual design for Lower Sunset View Park developed by staff in consultation with a private PB&R Ad Hoc Committee and a staff-appointed City Council Working Group (membership unknown) and with community outreach conducted under contract by former Council member Tony Petros
    • Review proposed changes to City Council Policy B-17 (currently suspended), regarding Parks, Facilities and Recreation Program Donations and recognition of donors (for example, on benches)
    • Consider annual request for temporary night lighting of Bonita Canyon Sports Park soccer fields
    • Consider two tree removal requests

August 8 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • Variance request for Sagemodern Live/Work at 502 and 504 W. Balboa Blvd (PA2018-232)
    • The Dock (Conditional Use Permit Amendment for full liquor service) at 2816 Lafayette Ave (PA2019-075)
    • Expected but not happening: Office building/parking structure (Modification Permit & Coastal Development Permit) at 215 Riverside Dr. – site of the abandoned Nesai Restuarant site (PA2019-023)

August 13 – 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: Newport Beach Public Facilities Corporation
      • Annual meeting of City Council as directors overseeing Civic Center bonds
    • 4:10 pm: City Council Study Session
      • 2019 Water Rate Study — seeking direction on rate structure for next five years
      • Marine Avenue Trees Maintenance — plans for caring for or replace trees on the main commercial street of Balboa Island
    • Closed session (immediately after Study Session)
      • After inviting public comment, the Council will be going behind closed doors to decide if they should pay to file an “amicus curiae” brief in the City of Boise’s pending request to have the U.S. Supreme Court review the decision in the case of Robert Martin v. City of Boise, which has prohibited cities from enforcing anti-camping laws against the indigent if the city has no place else (such as a homeless shelter) to offer them to sleep.
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting
      • Contracts for Cameo Highlands Street reconstruction design, Lido Isle water mains replacement,  beach refuse collection, payment for sewer flows to Costa Mesa, generator and streetlight maintenance, storm drain cleaning, park and beach restroom cleaning and replacement of tsunami warning sirens.
      • Community program grants to eight organizations, totaling $67,000.
      • Appointment to fill vacancy on City Arts Commission
      • Hearing on Council member Brenner’s call for review of Planning Commission’s March 21 approval of the 4-story Mesa Drive Town Homes development on a currently low-rise corner of Santa Ana Heights near the Santa Ana County Club.
      • Hearing to consider approval of Vivante Senior Housing proposal at site formerly considered for Museum House.

August 15 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting — Peninsula Point Encroachments
Marina Park (1600 W. Balboa Blvd)

August 19 @ 6:00 pm – Community Meeting – Residential Design Standards
Civic Center Community Room  (100 Civic Center Drive, adjacent to Council Chambers)

  • Information here
    • City staff is expected to discuss proposed changes to residential design standards regarding third floors, cottage preservation, and single-family/duplex construction in the multifamily zone.
    • This is a follow-up to the April 23, 2019, City Council study session (Item SS5) on cottage preservation and residential height and massing.

August 20 @ 3:00 pm – SPON Board Meeting
Details available on request.

August 20 @ 4:00 pm – Homeless Task Force 
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Look for agenda here
    • In this third meeting of the committee, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will report on how it serves homeless youth and the City’s contractor, City Net, will be reporting on its July activities. The subcommittees appointed at the previous meeting will also be presenting their first progress reports for discussion by the whole committee.

August 21 @ 5:00 pm – John Wayne Airport Commission
JWA Eddie Martin Admin. Bldg. (3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa)

  • Look for agenda here
    • As Item 4 on its agenda, the Airport Commission will be review JWA staff’s allocation of flights among the various commercial air carriers (including commuters).
    • In an effort to encourage a change, JWA staff suggests allowing JetSuiteX 200,000 commuter passengers in 2020 if they move their operations to the main airport terminal. They would be limited to 95,070 passengers if they choose to continue operating out the ACI Jet facility on the tarmac.
    • The Airport Commission’s recommendation will be going to the Board of Supervisors on September 10.

August 22 @ 6:30 pm – Planning Commission
Civic Center – Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive)

  • Agenda here (when available, generally on Friday before meeting)
    • 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 (PA2019-023)
    • Proposal to convert uses of office building at southwest corner of Avocado and PCH to all medical with an 18 space parking wavier (PA2019-101)
    • Proposal to add “transfer of development rights” provisions to Local Coastal Progam (PA2019-154)

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