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By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
The general manager of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort has accepted a similar position at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Dieter Hissin took over daily operations at the Irvine Co. hotel Jan. 2. The Fashion Island property is being updated throughout. Respect for Hissin within the Newport Beach community and his familiarity with the food and wine industry made him perfect for the role, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Kimberly Sanders. Hissin, who grew up in Germany, worked in the kitchen of his family's hotel beginning at age 10. He later completed an apprenticeship as a chef at a Michelin-starred hotel and earned a degree in hotel economics before moving to California to work as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton in 1992, according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 11, 2012
The changing of the guard at The Balboa Bay Club and Resort officially took place last week. The new owners of the legendary coastal hotel and club introduced themselves to the community, welcoming some 700 guests to a cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom. Producers of the event set up a raised stage and seated the executive team, led by the controlling interest of Richard H. Pickup joined by son Todd Pickup , son-in-law Kevin Martin , business partner Tim Busch and hotel executive Steve Arnold . Following a brief introduction by John Wortmann , chairman of the club's board of governors, the gentlemen fielded questions taken from the audience in advance concerning the future of the institution that will celebrate its 65th anniversary in 2013 as Newport Beach's "Host of the Coast.
NEWS
From L.A. Times and Daily Pilot reports | January 17, 2012
A deal to sell the Balboa Bay Club and Newport Beach Country Club to a wealthy Hong Kong businessman has collapsed. The $174.5-million deal for the combination yacht club and hotel and its sister Newport Beach Country Club was called off Jan. 13. Investor Winston Chung never came up with the money as agreed, forfeiting what city documents show was a nonrefundable $4-million down payment. "We were told he was having difficulty moving money out of China," David Wooten, chief executive of the clubs, said Monday.
LOCAL
By Amanda Pennington and Michael Miller | January 4, 2007
Firefighters evacuated the fourth floor of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort after an apartment caught fire Wednesday evening. Shortly before 5 p.m., George Lysak, executive director of sales and marketing for the club, returned to his apartment and found smoke billowing inside. He called the club's engineering department, which then contacted the Newport Beach Fire and Police Departments and evacuated the building. A Newport Beach Fire Department truck was driving by the club at that time, said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach fire department.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 12, 2012
The year was 1975. Mary Tyler Moore was starring in one of America's most watched situation comedies. After a year of knocking on doors in Hollywood and trying to land any kind of job, I was hired at CBS-Television City and sent into a windowless basement office. It had concrete walls and metal shelves overflowing with letters from fans requesting tickets to be in the studio audience to attend a filming of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " It was my first job in television, and it paid the princely after-tax sum of $80 per week.
NEWS
By Peter Buffa | May 21, 2011
Are you a foodie? I am. Fine wine, great food, I think about them all the time. Cannot be trusted around either of them. It's pathetic. I have no control. My willpower is powerless, every time I get on a digital scale, the little window says, "One at a time, please. " But nevermind that. The only thing that matters is Friday. If you're a foodie, that is the day that you win the lottery, you're 18 again and the IRS calls and says, "Nevermind. Your return is fine; we had the wrong name.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | October 15, 2010
Richard S. Stevens — co-owner and president of the Balboa Bay Club in the 1960s and 1970s, a commissioner for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and developer of resorts and clubs throughout the world — died at home early Thursday morning in his sleep. He was 80. Stevens was born July 4, 1930, in Long Beach to Margaret Virginia and Merrill Emerson Stevens. He attended high school in South Pasadena and studied at UC Berkeley, where he also was a running back on the football team and a player in the Rose Bowl three times.
NEWS
March 1, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT BEACH -- The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board has slapped the Balboa Bay Club with a $5,000 fine stemming from a sewage spill in September. The board issued the fine Feb. 23 in a letter to the club's president, David Wooten. The club must either pay the fine by April 4 or request a public hearing to dispute it. It is the club's first violation. Wooten could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Other club members also did not return calls.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014
The junior division of the Newport Beach chapter of National Charity League, a mother-daughter service organization, held its annual fashion show luncheon Saturday at the Balboa Bay Club. Sixth-graders took to the runway alongside professional models for a show sponsored by Bloomingdale's. The students, many of whom began volunteering with the group in kindergarten, will graduate from the junior division this year. A silent and live auction, plus individual underwriters, helped raise more than $90,000.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 26, 2014
However famous the Balboa Bay Club may be, visitors are apparently having trouble finding it. No matter that the club has been operating in its same location since 1948, or that a guard shack thought to be intimidating was recently removed to make the entry feel more inviting. The Balboa Bay Resort - the public side of the club - continually gets calls from people who can't figure out where to turn, concierge Patrick Hynes told City Council members during their meeting Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | March 6, 2014
The value of education remains a priority for a majority of Newport-Mesa parents, as well as for citizens at large. America needs an educated population. Worldwide competition is more demanding than ever. The difficulty in gaining university admittance and the challenge of finishing and paying for that education is daunting. Last week in Newport Beach, a confederation of like-minded women dedicated to assisting Newport-Mesa students find a path to higher education got together for a winter repast.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 24, 2014
For any social group, with age often comes prestige. At the Newport Harbor Yacht Club - the oldest yacht club in Newport Beach - it also brings a crumbling building. For at least a decade, a club committee has tried to find a way to address the issues that arise with a facility that is about as old as the 98-year-old club itself. The proposed solution is to replace it with a new structure - one that looks nearly the same but larger. Although club members have yet to vote on the plan, it has been passed on to the city's Planning Commission, which gave its approval Thursday.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | January 14, 2014
The Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course was packed with 140 family members and friends of the Salata brothers as they celebrated the Serbian Christmas on Jan. 7. Serbian Orthodox Christians, like the Salata brothers, celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 because all of their religious holidays are by the old Julian calendar. According to Tom Salata, many of the guests were "our neighbors, friends and church members. " Yet a large number of the guests I recognized there were from the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Six O'Clockers of the Balboa Bay Club.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | January 14, 2014
The general manager of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort has accepted a similar position at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Dieter Hissin took over daily operations at the Irvine Co. hotel Jan. 2. The Fashion Island property is being updated throughout. Respect for Hissin within the Newport Beach community and his familiarity with the food and wine industry made him perfect for the role, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Kimberly Sanders. Hissin, who grew up in Germany, worked in the kitchen of his family's hotel beginning at age 10. He later completed an apprenticeship as a chef at a Michelin-starred hotel and earned a degree in hotel economics before moving to California to work as a restaurant manager for the Ritz-Carlton in 1992, according to a news release.
NEWS
By Ron and Anna Winship | November 8, 2013
Newport Beach is unique. We have seven villages and Newport Coast. We have the most prestigious golf club in America. We have beaches, harbors, parks and now we even have a hugely overpriced Civic Center. We have a grand variety of celebrities that include Kobe Bryant and Bob Costas. We are named as an end destination for every conceivable major event, including the Susan G. Komen run and the Toshiba golf tournament. We have the famous Balboa Bay Club and many more historical yacht clubs.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | October 25, 2013
In Newport Beach, where John Wayne was once so present, tiny bits of his legacy may be slipping away. The tennis club Wayne built for his wife has been renamed, and his house on the water has been razed and rebuilt. His boat, the Wild Goose, is still in town but no longer in the family's hands. Now, his namesake bar at the Balboa Bay Resort will soon bear a new name. Plans are underway for the restaurant and lounge, called Duke's Place, to be renamed, reimagined and redesigned.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 22, 2013
Aralia Street residents may soon rest easy. The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution to establish a one-hour parking limit on the street for any cars without a permit. The one-hour limit would apply between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. The vote marked a major step in what residents describe as a years-long battle to have their voices heard. Students at the nearby Corona del Mar High have been clogging the spaces in front of the homes on the street rather than park in school lots because of the convenience.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013
The 19th annual Gentlemen's Smoker and Lobster Clambake welcomed 150 handsome men in blue blazers and khaki trousers for a summer beach event beyond compare. It was the major men's fundraiser for the Balboa Bay Club's annual 1221 Scholarship Fund benefiting students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The 1221 fund, established some 15 years ago, grants annual scholarships exceeding $100,000 to help high-performing local students meet their college financial needs. The Smoker, considered one of the last bastions of the male-dominated social gatherings, was originally the brainchild of hotelier Henry Schielein , now in retirement after serving the Balboa Bay Club for nearly two decades.
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