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August 26, 2013
Two people were taken to a hospital after a two-car crash in Newport Coast, police said Monday. According to a preliminary report, a white Lexus and black Hummer collided about 7:45 p.m. Sunday at Reef Point Drive and East Coast Highway, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. No one was critically injured, she said, but two people sought medical attention. Traffic investigators are looking into the crash to confirm the sequence of events, Manzella said. - Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
By Brianna Bailey | December 22, 2009
Newport Coast resident Jim McGee spent thousands of hours over the course of several years negotiating an agreement for Newport Beach to annex the well-heeled Newport Coast area. The deal included about $50 million in benefits for the residents there paid out by Newport Beach. The deal went through in 2002, after a group of Newport Coast residents filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to try and halt the annexation. Today, McGee cites perks like faster response times from Newport Beach police, and paramedics as reasons why he’s happy to call himself a Newport Beach resident today.
By Kelly Parker | August 20, 2012
OC Weekly is reporting that new Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard may be purchasing a $20 million estate in Newport Coast.  According to Michael Franco  of Newport Coast Real Estate, the purchase is just a rumor, but he described the property in OC Weekly's story: " The home is located in the Pelican Crest gated community ... and is a 3 story Santa Barbara style home with 6 bedrooms, 11 baths, private pool, 5 car garage and a...
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
By Lauren Beale | August 20, 2013
Lakers  shooting guard  Kobe Bryant  and his wife, Vanessa, have put a house on the market in Newport Coast for $8.599 million. Set on a half-acre and built in 1997, the Mediterranean-style home is set behind gates at the end of a cul-de-sac. “All remodeling was done by the current owners,” states the listing. There is an 850-square-foot gym, a hair salon, a paneled office/library with a shark tank, a theater, four bedrooms and seven bathrooms in the two-story house.
December 28, 2002
June Casagrande Newport Coast voters were the strongest supporters of the incumbent slate in November's election, while Greenlight-endorsed challengers had their strongest showing in the older parts of town: Corona del Mar and the Balboa Peninsula. Tod Ridgeway received 606 votes, or 61% of the vote, from the six precincts that encompass most of Newport Coast. By comparison, the Greenlight challenger for Ridgeway's District 1 seat, Madelene Arakelian, got 270 votes from Newport Coast, and independent Marianne Zippi got 116 votes, according to a detailed breakdown of voting provided by the county Registrar of Voters.
November 17, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- In less than five minutes, two Newport Coast residents put the brakes on a decades-long annexation process by slapping down 969 signatures to stop the annexation that had appeared inevitable until just moments earlier. County officials must now verify that the signatures include at least 853 registered voters -- the minimum needed to put the annexation issue to a vote of Newport Coast residents. "The biggest reason we wanted to stop this was because there was no vote," said Phil Greer, a Newport Coast resident who, along with wife Arlene, delivered the signatures at a county hearing Friday morning.
April 8, 2004
S.J. CHAN The overall response to last week's column highlighting some notable political donations was: What about the rest of the people, the ones whose names don't appear in the paper? It's a good point, and it opens the door to perhaps a more productive search of Newport-Mesa giving by area and neighborhood rather than gossipy name. Lido Isle provides an interesting picture, in part because it's large enough for there to be enough donations to talk about but still small enough that one can imagine it as a solitary piece of Newport Beach.
By Cesar Gonzalez, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - The Newport Coast boys' fifth- and sixth-grade bronze division team came out with tenacity and aggressiveness in the second half, and it paid off. Two goals from forward Joey Cianfrani meshed with strong and preventive defense allowed Newport Coast to defeat Paularino, 2-0, in a quarterfinal match at the 13th annual Daily Pilot Cup Saturday afternoon at Costa Mesa High. The soccer match was evenly matched from the start as both teams showed the competitiveness and the will to score.
By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Eight Newport-Mesa Unified elementary schools this week were named California Distinguished Schools - the pinnacle of recognition for public schools in the state. The state bestowed the top honor for 2014 on Eastbluff, Harbor View, Lincoln, Mariners, Newport Coast, Newport Heights, Roy O. Andersen and Woodland elementary schools. "I am extremely proud of the schools and would like to recognize the administrators, staff, teachers, parents and students for their commitment and hard work in supporting the comprehensive and lengthy application process," Newport-Mesa Supt.
By Matt Szabo | April 23, 2014
After Josh Kliger and Carson Williams lost in the CIF doubles division quarterfinals last year at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, Corona del Mar High Coach Jamie Gresh gave them a goal. The goal was simple enough: Return to the tournament next year and win the whole thing. The time has come for Kliger and Williams, CdM's senior captains, to see if they can accomplish that goal. The 114th annual version of the prestigious tournament starts Thursday. Kliger and Williams are the lone Newport-Mesa doubles team competing.
By Bradley Zint | April 11, 2014
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening. "I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees. Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event.
By Bradley Zint | March 21, 2014
More than 125 residents and community activists gathered in Costa Mesa to discuss Banning Ranch, a proposed development in West Newport that opponents argue will burden humans and wildlife. The Thursday night meeting at the Neighborhood Community Center was organized by the Banning Ranch Conservancy, a grass-roots group that has long fought the project, which calls for 1,375 homes, commercial space and a small hotel within portions of the 400-acre, privately owned property. Terry Welsh, president of the conservancy, called Banning Ranch the "largest parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Orange County.
By Emily Foxhall | February 26, 2014
Two former planning commissioners will face off in the race for the Newport Beach City Council seat for District 6. Scott Peotter, who served on the commission from 2006 to 2010, announced his bid Tuesday for the seat, which is currently held by Nancy Gardner. He will face Michael Toerge, who served on the Planning Commission for more than 10 years. The way the city spends its funds should be changed, according to Peotter, who pointed to the new Civic Center as symbolic of an irresponsible council.
January 22, 2014
The board of trustees of Sage Hill School in Newport Coast have named Gordon McNeill president of the private high school, a position trustees created this year. McNeill has been head of school at Sage Hill since 2008. Patricia Merz, who has been assistant head of school since 2007, will take over as head of school, according to a news release. McNeill and Merz will assume their new roles July 1. The board decided to realign the school's leadership as part of a strategic plan for Sage Hill, which has seen growth in the size of its campus and in student population over the past several years.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 11, 2014
Sgt. Dave Miner told his colleagues at the Newport Beach Police Department on Thursday that he was dealing with a stubborn burglar. The 10 residential break-ins throughout Newport Coast, Spyglass Hill and Corona del Mar in December were double the number of similar crimes the southern quadrant of the city experienced in the same period a year prior. That afternoon, the sergeant - who is responsible for the safety of what is called Area 4 - stood in front of the police's chief, executive staff, top officers and detectives while he detailed the crimes.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 9, 2014
Following the same trend as the last two years, crime in Newport Beach declined in 2013, according to preliminary numbers from police. Combined, violent crimes and property crimes dropped exactly 1% — although property crimes increased very slightly, the department's brass announced at a monthly statistics meeting that reporters were invited to attend Thursday. "We're safer today in Newport Beach than we've ever been in the history of the city," Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jay Johnson said.
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.
By Steve Virgen | October 11, 2013
Leyla Milani, a Newport Coast resident and a former model who was featured on "Deal or No Deal," is one of several special guests scheduled to appear at the seventh annual Ante Up For Autism charity event Saturday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Milani, now a business woman who is married to real estate tycoon Manny Khoshbin with a 1-year-old daughter, Priscilla, was best known as "Lucky 13" or "Lucky Leyla," as a briefcase model on the NBC game show hosted by Howie Mandel.
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