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By Jill Cowan | January 23, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday instructed staff to develop a comprehensive parking plan for Balboa Village, authorized a voluntary buyout program for certain employees and gave City Attorney Aaron Harp a raise. * Balboa Parking Plan The proposed parking plan, which drew mixed reviews from neighborhood residents who came to speak on the matter, was recommended by the Balboa Village Advisory Committee. While the council ultimately voted unanimously to fund a more comprehensive study to fine tune a proposal, Councilwoman Nancy Gardner questioned aspects of the committee's recommendations about a residential parking permit program.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint and By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2012
Newport Beach city workers kept busy Thursday morning, pumping out stormwater that had accumulated on the Balboa Peninsula. Along Newport Boulevard between 21st and 26th streets, one lane was closed down for about an hour as crews diverted the water from the street into the harbor, but not before a group of neighbors dropped by to try their hand at skimboarding the nearly 1-foot-deep puddles. No property damage was reported on the peninsula or on Balboa Island, said Mike Pisani, Newport's deputy municipal operations director.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 4, 2012
A daylong music festival next weekend will attract some of the country's top indie, rock and folk acts to the Balboa Pier area, to benefit the renovation of the historic Balboa Theater. Bringing acts like Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy and Maria McKee to the sands of Newport Beach was the vision of the late Ken Phebus of the Producing Group, a Newport Beach native. Phebus died earlier this year. "He felt the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation was supportive of the idea, believing the event would not only raise funds but help to expand awareness of the project and its importance to the community," said Phebus' former partner, John Sullivan of the Producing Group.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 4, 2012
It was a very surprising answer to a common question, at least for singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. When asked Thursday during a phone interview how life has been treating him, he responded: "Everything is really good. I have no complaints at all … which is very strange for me. " Nathanson has developed a name for himself since the 1990s as a self-deprecating, incurable romantic of the alternative Lord Byron variety, releasing a slew of albums on the power and pain of love in its many forms.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 28, 2012
A drumline and cheerleaders welcomed six visiting Japanese exchange students to Corona del Mar Middle School on Friday. An assembly in a packed gymnasium recognized the visitors from Okazaki. The Japanese students are taking their turn in the U.S. after hosting Newport Beach students over the summer. They leave on Monday for San Francisco. The visiting delegation wrote in calligraphy, shared their dreams and performed traditional dance. Japanese student Yuta Ohura sang the U.S. national anthem for the first time.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 14, 2012
Despite cries from equestrians and their supporters, the Newport Beach City Council voted this week to delay building a planned multiuse trail in Santa Ana Heights. Some homeowners on Mesa Drive on Tuesday protested the proposed trail, claiming it would devalue their property and that riders have enough trails already. The conflict stretches back years and stems from when the city annexed the area, inheriting a trail plan from the county. The trail's public right of way today is filled with landscaping and other encroachments from private estates overlooking Upper Newport Bay, which rides contend is unfair.
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.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 24, 2012
County health officials have removed signs near Balboa Island that warned people to stay out of the water on Tuesday after the second sewage spill in the area, according to Corona del Mar Today . The warnings were lifted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Ocean Water Protection Program  website . The warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon following a small sewage spill that occurred while workers were testing a line they were repairing...
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 17, 2012
A dredging company this week sheared a sewage line, spilling thousands of gallons of bacteria-filled matter into Newport Bay. The area will be closed to swimmers through at least the weekend. Orange County Health Care Agency officials said they will need to see two consecutive days of clean samples from the water off the east edge of Newport Harbor, from Bayside Drive at Balboa Island to the edge of the Harbor Patrol headquarters to the south, before they reopen it. In the meantime, city workers and crews from RE Staite, the dredging company that broke the line, will investigate the break and figure out how to fix it. About 11 p.m. Wednesday, a dredging vessel broke off a 3-foot piece of an 8-inch wide main sewer line between the island and the mainland at Bayside Drive, spilling about 2,800 gallons of raw sewage into the water.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Max Dillman June 3, 1925 - Aug. 5, 2012 Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Max was a Balboa resident for over 55 years. Originally born in Alhambra, Max made many long lasting friends who he continued to stay in touch with over the years. There were no strangers in Max's life, only friends he hadn't met yet. He served in the US Navy during WWII on a PBY Catalina in the South Pacific. A baseball player and fan all his life, he played catcher for the Reno Silver Sox in 1947.
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