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Week In Review

December 16, 2007

NEWPORT BEACH

Residents and skippers celebrate local tradition

The 99th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade set sail this week with a pageantry of illumination reflecting this year’s theme, “Twas the Lights Before Christmas.” The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce event drew big crowds who enjoyed the brightly decorated water crafts. Spectators waved and cheered as the boats passed by, sharing in the community spirit. A boat with a Grinch theme was one of the biggest crowd pleasers. Christmas carols, surf music and singing and dancing Santas added to the festivities. “It’s great to see that there are still things like this in our jaded world,” said Michael Wilcox, who has hasn’t missed a parade in the past 10 years.

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City approves Irvine Co. deal including $6.3M of land

Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a multimillion-dollar development agreement with the Irvine Co., which agreed to provide four acres on East Coast Highway valued at $6.3 million.

Zoning for the area will merge two blocks of Newport Center, Fashion Island and San Joaquin Plaza to form North Newport Center Planned Community.

The deal includes about $43 million in development fees, road and park improvements, and other benefits from the Irvine Co. The development agreement also includes an option for Newport Beach to purchase property in the Newport Center block between Santa Rosa and San Nicholas drives for a new city hall.

 Rehab home activists said they will file a multimillion dollar-lawsuit against the city if Newport Beach doesn’t do more to reprimand homes where they say recovering addicts increase noise, trash and traffic on Balboa Peninsula.

The city’s largest rehab home operator also said it will fight new rules it said are “discriminatory.”

Both residents and rehabilitation home operators say they are unhappy with a proposed ordinance to curb the spread of rehab facilities in Newport Beach.

The council could approve new rules to govern rehabilitation homes in Newport Beach as early as January.

 Newport Beach City Council unanimously elected Councilman Ed Selich Tuesday as the new Mayor of Newport Beach and Councilwoman Leslie Daigle as Mayor Pro Tem.

PUBLIC SAFETY

ICE identifies 520 as illegal immigrants; officials rejoice

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Costa Mesa’s jail has identified 520 people who meet the criteria to be deported.

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