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Newport could seek FAA go-ahead

Council may vote to officially ask for permission to revise the departure pattern at John Wayne Airport.

April 06, 2013

The Newport Beach City Council will have its first meeting following this week's big move into its new civic digs at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

While the council has met in its new council chambers since December, city staff spent a few days packing up files and preparing for the weekend haul.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council is expected to approve a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration asking it to consider a revised pattern for flights leaving John Wayne Airport.

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The proposed procedure would mitigate the noise and how it affects the community, according to the letter and a staff report.

The council is also expected to opt not to phase in new California Public Employee Retirement System, or CalPERS, rate changes. Instead, a staff report said, the changes should be implemented more quickly.

At a 4 p.m. study session, the council will hear a presentation on the Newport Harbor Tidal Gate, Balboa Island flood insurance issues and residential lot mergers.

—Jill Cowan

Twitter: @jillcowan

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