The April 10 letter to Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine), and signed by City Manager Dave Kiff, was in response to a flyover that was part of a memorial service for John Francis "Jack" Callahan, a war hero who died this winter at age 94.
"The jets flew low and were, of course, loud," the letter states. "A number of our residents (including Mayor Nancy Gardner and myself) were startled. I immediately assumed that the jets were on a defensive mission along our coastline."
The Police Department's dispatch units, and possibly officials at John Wayne Airport, also were unaware of the flyover, Kiff's letter states.
"So when residents contacted us for answers and assurance, we didn't have any," he wrote.
City staff research has indicated that the request would need to be made to theU.S. Navy, and the letter asks Campbell to help with that.
The flyover occurred about 6 p.m. March 24 when four F-18s from the Miramar Naval Air Station flew from the south in formation until one peeled away in a missing-man tribute. The jets were followed by two World War II T-6s that circled several times.
Callahan's memorial was held at the Balboa Yacht Club, and many of the 125 attendees were moved to tears, said Bob Callahan, Callahan's son.
The city has not yet received a response from Campbell's office, said Tara Finnigan, a Newport Beach city spokeswoman.
Injury at Harbor View prompts safety reminder
A child playing on the Harbor View Elementary School campus over spring break climbed on the roof of the school at 900 Goldenrod Ave. and broke through a skylight, the principal told students at a Flag Deck ceremony this week.
Principal Charlene Metoyer reminded them never to climb on the school roof. She also told them not to skateboard on campus, although she did not know if the injured child was skateboarding on the roof when the accident occurred.
The child, who was not identified, required 13 stitches on his leg when he stepped on a skylight near the cafeteria and fell partway through.
"Kids are not supposed to be on the roof," Metoyer told the students.