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Jim Carnett | June 9, 2010
I experienced a mini-epiphany recently on my early morning walk. Feeling gloomy, I had my eyes riveted on the sidewalk. I ignored the azure sky, the puffy clouds above me and the fresh breeze coming off the Catalina Channel as I relived my most recent malfunctions and misadventures for the umpteenth time in my brain. Walking my usual route along Newport Boulevard, hugging the Orange County Fairgrounds perimeter, I noticed a gentleman ambling toward me some 75 to 100 yards distant.
November 21, 2009
AREA 1 Harbor Boulevard: A commercial burglary was reported in the 2300 block at 9:51 p.m. Friday. Monrovia Avenue: A commercial burglary was reported in the 1800 block at 5:16 p.m. Friday. West 19th Street: A vehicle burglary was reported in the 500 block at 3:16 p.m. Friday. Superior Avenue: Theft was reported in the 1600 block at 11:20 a.m. Friday. AREA 2 Buckingham Drive: A residential burglary was reported in the 81100 block at 5:51 p.m. Friday.
By Bradley Zint | May 14, 2013
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission explored an ordinance Monday that would expand the city's ability to fight public nuisances. The proposed law broadly defines nuisances to include properties that operate without licenses or permits, produce excessive noise, are dangerous to children, are unsightly or place unreasonable demands on police resources. Deputy City Attorney Elena Gerli called the ordinance a collaborative effort in its creation and a more cost-effective, streamlined process than what current code provides.
By Tom Titus | May 31, 2012
If Broadway shows were rated in terms of volume alone, Green Day's "American Idiot," now on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, would win every Tony award in sight. Strident, confrontational and ear-splittingly raucous, this story of three young men breaking out of their suburban cocoon in different, equally unsatisfying directions would be a powerful statement of virulent discontent – if only its lyrics could be ascertained over the thundering din of the onstage band.
By Lauren Williams | January 4, 2012
Newport Beach residents may have noticed more restrained New Year's celebrations, thanks to the relatively new Loud and Unruly Gathering ordinance. To date, $26,166.66 has been collected from citations issued under the ordinance, which affected 25 homes in 2011, according to the city. So far, 55 tickets have been issued to a tenant, responsible party or landlord. Of those, 23 have been paid in full, four were voided, one is on a payment plan, and 15 are awaiting payment or in collections.
By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2011
The blaring noise from some children's toys may have worse side effects than driving parents crazy. Researchers from UC Irvine's otolaryngology department found that some trendy toys — like the Road Rippers Lightning Rods and the I Am T-Pain Mic — reach decibel levels similar to a subway train or chain saw. Researchers measured 10 popular toys' loudness by holding them next to a speaker and from 12 inches away, which...
By Patrice Apodaca | July 23, 2011
Some readers haven't been pleased that I've expressed reservations about Newport Beach's new Loud and Unruly Gathering ordinance. The law, which went into effect July 1, gives police the ability to impose hefty fines on guests, renters and property owners when gatherings create excessive noise and other disturbances. My concern centered largely on the potential for authorities to become overzealous in enforcing the new law, and for individuals engaged in relatively innocuous activities to become ensnared.
By Patrice Apodaca | July 8, 2011
I thought about Newport Beach's new "Loud and Unruly Gathering" ordinance when I attended a U2 concert at Angel Stadium last month. While a connection between the Irish rock band and Newport's effort to crack down on overly rowdy partiers seems unlikely, bear with me while I tell you my story. U2 is one of my all-time favorite bands, so my husband kindly indulged me with tickets. My enthusiasm dimmed when I realized that the tickets were for admission on the field, standing room only.
From KTLA News | July 5, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — As many as 15 homes were tagged were made in connection with a new anti-party ordinance in Newport Beach over the holiday weekend, police said Monday. [Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said the total number of arrests made were connected to the anti-party ordinance.] The city of Newport Beach passed an ordinance last month that would tag "loud and unruly party houses" in the town — with hefty fines if citations are given on holiday weekends. The ordinance targets gatherings of eight or more people in a home that are deemed "loud and unruly" by police.
June 25, 2011
Good intentions have some flaws ("'Loud' ordinance announcement coming Thursday," June 23). This ordinance obviously was already in effect on Balboa Island a few weeks ago. A very nice family owns a home on the island and also "rents" a big, famous bayfront home and is very active with local sports and community functions. All in one weekend, a graduation celebration of adults was "busted" from that one "neighbor" complaint before 11 p.m. (were they "renters"?). So one police visit and one warning.
June 22, 2011
A public announcement on a newly approved "Loud and Unruly Gathering" ordinance in Newport Beach is scheduled for to be announced Thursday at 9 a.m. at the City Council chambers, according to the city's website. The announcement comes just as police prepare to ramp up for the summer months, when many vacationers come into the city and, to the dismay of some locals, parties get out of hand. It also comes two weeks before the Fourth of July, the busiest day of the year for Newport Beach police, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.
By Sarah Peters, | May 23, 2011
The Newport Beach City Council will resume a public hearing Tuesday night, and could possibly vote, on a Balboa Peninsula business owner's application to increase occupancy limits at his establishment. Malarky's Irish Pub first came before the City Council on April 26 with about 50 supporters and some opponents in attendance. The council supported patio expansion plans by the pub's owner, Mario Marovic, but a condition was delayed that would limit the Newport Boulevard bar's late-night occupancy by preventing new patrons from entering the business after midnight.
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