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Newport passes balanced budget

Council members reduce employee positions to move $263-million spending plan through Tuesday night.

June 13, 2012|By Mike Reicher

On Tuesday, the council passed a new plan that leaves Balboa Boulevard open on Fourth of July, although police have the option of closing it. City parking lots on the Peninsula will be closed, in addition to the 100 blocks of 39th, 41st, 43rd, 45th and 46th streets from Balboa Boulevard to Seashore Drive. The 100 block of Orange Street will also be closed to traffic coming from West Coast Highway.

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Newport Boulevard Widening

In other street news, the council voted to approve a $280,000 contract to design the widening of Newport Boulevard between 30th Street and Via Lido. Deputy Public Works Director Dave Webb said that the widening could require taking private property and parking spaces on either side of the street. The plans call for bike lanes on both sides and raised landscaped medians.

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Discretionary Grants

The council also reviewed its discretionary grants for the current fiscal year. Council members spent $16,500 total on pet community groups and schools, with $25,000 still available.

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The largest grant, $2,000, was from Councilman Ed Selich to sponsor a Balboa Island Improvement Assn. parade.

Councilwoman Leslie Daigle gave Airfare, a political action committee that fights John Wayne Airport expansion, a grant of $1,000.

Council watcher Jim Mosher said grant may be against state law prohibiting public dollars being spent for political purposes.

mike.reicher@latimes.com

Twitter: @mreicher

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