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June 22, 2013
The California Coastal Commission is poised to discuss Newport Beach's 60 fire rings at its meeting in Ventura on July 10 and 11. This is the second time since March that the item has been on the Coastal Commission agenda, and could lead to a verdict one day shy of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's July 12 vote on bonfire rules. In early 2012, the Newport Beach City Council voted in favor of removing the beach rings and approached the Commission with a coastal permit application.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | July 2, 2013
This article has been corrected. See note below. In another U-turn in the long and bumpy ride that has been the fight over Southern California's beach bonfires, Newport Beach officials on Tuesday withdrew an application to remove the city's fire rings that was set to be heard by the California Coastal Commission next week. Newport City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in a letter to commission Deputy Director Sherilyn Sarb that, "While the most sensible thing to do is simply delay the commission's consideration of our application, we understand this is not possible.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | February 18, 2010
After a six-year legal battle with the California Coastal Commission, the fate of a retired Corona del Mar couple’s beachfront picnic spot and thatched palapa lies with the Fourth District Court of Appeal. A Santa Ana courthouse was packed with supporters of Ocean Boulevard residents George and Sharlee McNamee on Thursday as a three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the couple’s case, which has grown from a squabble over a barbecue and some picnic tables into a fight between the rights of private property owners versus the public’s access to the beach.
NEWS
February 21, 2003
Governor signs Coastal Commission bill Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill Thursday that he said would remove the California Coastal Commission from a constitutional crisis brought on by a Newport Beach environmentalist's lawsuit. Davis, who signed the bill at a noontime ceremony, said it would solve the agency's constitutional questions. The bill, presented by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would remove the Legislature's power to remove commissioners at will.
NEWS
May 27, 2000
Unpermitted development, unperformed studies, ocean dumping, beach erosion, infected fish, poisonous tires, plastic debris ... this is the description that the California Coastal Commission has fabricated to destroy the experimental marine habitat of the Marine Forests Society. The reality is quite different; you will see it if you dive on the site or ask for the documentation which exists in video and is available to all. The project was developed with a permit from the California Department of Fish and Game and approval by the City of Newport Beach, which owns the submersed land.
NEWS
April 11, 2002
The California Coastal Commission gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a local environmental group to begin replanting kelp in the waters off Crystal Cove State Beach. The commission unanimously approved the project at its meeting in Santa Barbara. Orange County CoastKeeper divers are set to begin planting the kelp in May. They'll attach it to tiny, ceramic tiles and place it on the ocean floor. Once the kelp grow to an adult stage, they will be transplanted onto reefs.
NEWS
August 7, 2007
The city of Newport Beach is inviting the public to review proposed changes to the land use portion of its local coastal plan, a state-required document that's been in the works since about 2003. The plan provides for public access to coastal areas and describes what kinds of development are allowed along the coast. Newport Beach had a land use plan approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2005, but now it must be updated to reflect changes in the city's general plan. Public meetings will be scheduled later on the changes to the coastal plan.
NEWS
September 6, 2007
The Balboa Performing Arts Theater got the go-ahead Wednesday from the California Coastal Commission to renovate and expand its theater at 707 E. Balboa Blvd., a project was estimated in 2005 to cost $6.5 million. “We’re full-steam ahead,” theater Executive Director Mary Lonich said by phone from Eureka, where the commission unanimously approved the plans. Theater supporters have been working since 1996 to raise money and renovate the theater. Coastal Commission staffers had concerns about parking, but Lonich said the commission liked that the theater would serve coastal visitors and likely help revitalize the neighborhood.
NEWS
April 14, 2002
Who wants to plant kelp ("Kelp reforesting could get boost," Monday)? For the purpose of protecting and developing marine life, two groups of Newport Beach residents want to plant kelp in our coastal waters. Both nonprofit and public benefit organizations, the Marine Forests Society and the Orange County CoastKeeper were permitted to plant by the owners of the designated submerged land, the city of Newport Beach and the State Lands Commission. However, the permit of the legitimate property owners, representing the people of Newport Beach and the people of California, is worth nothing without the other permits of government bureaucrats who want to rule on this land as if they were the owners.
FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | May 12, 2010
Jan Vandersloot, a founding member of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, will be honored posthumously for his dedication to preserving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The late Newport Beach resident on Sunday will be recognized as an outstanding wetlands community leader by the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The award is part of the National Wetlands Awards Program that honors six individuals who have contributed to the preservation of the country’s wetlands through education, restoration or activism.
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NEWS
By Kevin Nelson | August 26, 2013
Not only does coastal Orange County have a rare chance for a new nature preserve or state park, it also has the poster child for why the California Coastal Commission needs to be given real enforcement power through fines — as called for in a bill before the state Senate. Although agencies sometimes do overload common sense in a maze of regulations, the Coastal Commission has proved to be an important, last-stand protector of nature along California's magnificent coast. Through humble beginnings in the 1970s and a wise culture that values citizen action, the commission is key to making sure many miles of the Central Coast's rolling hills will meet the sea 100 years from now with a quiet grace that stands far above our current squabbles.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan | July 2, 2013
This article has been corrected. See note below. In another U-turn in the long and bumpy ride that has been the fight over Southern California's beach bonfires, Newport Beach officials on Tuesday withdrew an application to remove the city's fire rings that was set to be heard by the California Coastal Commission next week. Newport City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in a letter to commission Deputy Director Sherilyn Sarb that, "While the most sensible thing to do is simply delay the commission's consideration of our application, we understand this is not possible.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
The California Coastal Commission is poised to discuss Newport Beach's 60 fire rings at its meeting in Ventura on July 10 and 11. This is the second time since March that the item has been on the Coastal Commission agenda, and could lead to a verdict one day shy of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's July 12 vote on bonfire rules. In early 2012, the Newport Beach City Council voted in favor of removing the beach rings and approached the Commission with a coastal permit application.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | June 12, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday closed out some leftover accounting on the city's new Civic Center, the estimated total cost of which inched up to $139.9 million, according to a staff report. "Tonight," Assistant City Manager Steve Badum told the council, "I'm hoping to bring you to the end of a long journey that started five years ago. " The council approved increasing the project's contingency fund to $6.5 million from $1.62 million to pay for late changes to design and construction needs - though Badum said the city is still working with contractors to negotiate down that amount.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 17, 2013
California Coastal Commissioner William Burke - who vocally supported dousing beach bonfires in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach - has resigned amid pressure from two state legislators. Burke is chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's governing board, which is considering banning wood-burning rings along the coast from San Clemente to Malibu for health reasons. Until this week, he also held a position on the Coastal Commission, where staff has recommended the board deny Newport Beach the ability to remove 60 fire pits along its coastline.
NEWS
By Jack Wu | October 13, 2012
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " That's what it feels like with the Corona del Mar fire ring saga as the California Coastal Commission's Sept. 13, 2012 letter to Newport Beach essentially asked if the city even read its first June 11, 2012, letter requesting more information. Let's catch everyone up. Fancy, wealthy, politically influential CdM residents have been complaining for decades that people from out of town use the fire pits near their homes and take up parking on local streets.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 21, 2012
Newport Beach officials submitted a 139-page packet to the California Coastal Commission earlier this month, responding to questions that Coastal Commission staff had posed about beach fire rings, according to Corona del Mar Today . The letter describes the history of beach fire rings in the city, reasons why no new air quality studies were conducted, difficulties in enforcement fire ring rules and how removal of the rings would create about...
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | August 10, 2012
It may still be another year before city officials can begin construction on Marina Park, the planned Balboa Peninsula community center. Although the California Coastal Commission approved the plans in June, the city of Newport Beach still has to obtain a coastal development permit, settle issues relating to a faux lighthouse, and budget for the $20-million project, said Public Works Director Steve Badum. Badum and Senior Civil Engineer Iris Lee presented the latest Marina Park plans Wednesday during a Speak Up Newport meeting.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
I attended the California Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista on July 12. Everyone in Chula Vista wanted Sunset Ridge in Newport Beach to be a park, and no one lost as they decided to push the decision off for another month. But the saddest thing about the day is the role that the city of Newport Beach plays. It was clear to me, and to some on the commission, that the city has mowed Sunset Ridge, claiming fire suppression motives, when in truth it is done to make barren the landscape and reduce nature's access.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | June 22, 2012
The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted to approve the Banning Ranch development plans Thursday night. In a nearly five-hour public hearing, dozens of opponents and fewer supporters spoke passionately about the proposed 1,375-home housing development near West Newport. The approved project would be on 400 acres of bluff tops, marshes and active oil fields,. About half of the land, much of which is unfit for development, would be preserved as natural open space. The commission voted 6-0 to approve the project, with Commissioner Fred Ameri absent.
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