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 (tentative)
    • 7:00 pm: City Council Regular Meeting (tentative)
      • 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)

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