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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Residents of a private island in Newport Bay are suing the California Coastal Commission to keep their pedestrian bridge from opening to the public. The Coastal Commission contends that The Bay Island Club, an association of 24 homeowners on the tiny island by that name, must allow public access to the bridge if the club wants to replace the aging 130-foot span. It's a classic example of the struggle between private landowners and state government, which, since the 1976 passage of the Coastal Act, has aggressively protected the public's access to shorelines and waterways.
NEWS
July 25, 2001
The Orange County Health Care Agency posted warning signs Tuesday afternoon at Newport Dunes. The area stretching 300 feet to the north of the pedestrian bridge and 300 feet on the eastern side of the swim area was hit with the postings. Swimmers are warned to stay out of the water. The postings were announced at 5 p.m. Tuesday, after the agency found unacceptable levels of bacteria in the water in those areas. Current postings are also in effect at 38th Street beach, 19th Street beach, Grant Street and Newport Slough, and Lancaster Street at Newport Slough.
NEWS
By By Michael Miller | October 28, 2005
University names a pedestrian bridge after Raymond L. Watson, a key player in the school's early years.UC Irvine held a ceremony Thursday to name a pedestrian bridge on campus after Raymond L. Watson, the original architect for the Irvine Co. and a key player in the university's formative years. At the private ceremony, held in the Irvine Barclay Theatre with about 200 guests in attendance, officials announced the renaming of the long concrete bridge that connects the University Center to UCI's main campus.
NEWS
May 3, 2000
WHAT HAPPENED: The council voted to free roughly $800,000 in city funds to reinforce City Hall and the police facility, making them safer in the event of an earthquake. WHAT IT MEANS: The council will start seeking bids for construction. The city already has received more than $2 million in state grants for the project, $350,000 of which it already spent to design the retrofit. City Manager Allan Roeder said the City Council -- which has had ongoing discussions about moving city buildings to 19th Street -- could eventually choose not to proceed with the retrofit once bids come in. Vote: 4 IN FAVOR / 0 AGAINST, Councilwoman Heather Somers was absent.
NEWS
By Kathleen Stinson | April 4, 2006
The winter rain storm expected to last through Wednesday night will likely bring some much-needed moisture to the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa areas. The storm is predicted to add 1 to 2 inches of rain, said Mark Moede, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. The average rainfall for the season, which spans from July 2005 to July 2006, is 11.76 inches. So far this season, 5.39 inches has fallen. The rain is expected to subside after the morning rush hour today.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 29, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council voted Tuesday night to build a $2-million pedestrian bridge linking two portions of its planned Civic Center. Despite criticism from some who said the bridge would be a waste of money, a 4-3 majority approved the addition. The Civic Center construction project swelled over the years into a $130-million plan, and during the tight economy the City Council has made a priority of trimming costs. The council majority decided Tuesday to add what some called a vital component.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | January 11, 2006
Within two months, visitors to Fairview Park will be able to cross Placentia Avenue without waiting for a traffic light. That will be made possible by two sections of a pedestrian bridge that now sit in the park awaiting installation. The sections were built by an Alabama-based company and arrived last week on trucks. They'll be installed to make one whole bridge in late February or early March, once the concrete supports for the bridge ends are completed. "I saw it come in on the trucks the other day and got all fired up," said city parks commissioner Robert Graham.
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By Mike Reicher | November 28, 2011
The Newport Beach Civic Center construction project could cost an additional $2 million if the City Council decides Tuesday to revive a proposal for a pedestrian bridge. Public Works Director Steve Badum plans to present the latest construction costs and recommend the council add the bridge, which would connect two halves of a park bisected by San Miguel Drive. Criticized for building the $130-million Civic Center in the midst of a recession and a shrinking city staff, the council in February voted to hold off on the bridge to save costs.
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By Mike Reicher | November 29, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The City Council voted Tuesday night to build a $2-million pedestrian bridge linking two portions of its planned Civic Center. Despite criticism from some who said the bridge would be a waste of money, a 4-3 majority approved the addition. The Civic Center construction project swelled over the years into a $130-million plan, and during the tight economy the City Council has made a priority of trimming costs. The council majority decided Tuesday to add what some called a vital component.
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NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 28, 2011
The Newport Beach Civic Center construction project could cost an additional $2 million if the City Council decides Tuesday to revive a proposal for a pedestrian bridge. Public Works Director Steve Badum plans to present the latest construction costs and recommend the council add the bridge, which would connect two halves of a park bisected by San Miguel Drive. Criticized for building the $130-million Civic Center in the midst of a recession and a shrinking city staff, the council in February voted to hold off on the bridge to save costs.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Residents of a private island in Newport Bay are suing the California Coastal Commission to keep their pedestrian bridge from opening to the public. The Coastal Commission contends that The Bay Island Club, an association of 24 homeowners on the tiny island by that name, must allow public access to the bridge if the club wants to replace the aging 130-foot span. It's a classic example of the struggle between private landowners and state government, which, since the 1976 passage of the Coastal Act, has aggressively protected the public's access to shorelines and waterways.
NEWS
By Kathleen Stinson | April 4, 2006
The winter rain storm expected to last through Wednesday night will likely bring some much-needed moisture to the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa areas. The storm is predicted to add 1 to 2 inches of rain, said Mark Moede, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. The average rainfall for the season, which spans from July 2005 to July 2006, is 11.76 inches. So far this season, 5.39 inches has fallen. The rain is expected to subside after the morning rush hour today.
NEWS
By By Alicia Robinson | January 11, 2006
Within two months, visitors to Fairview Park will be able to cross Placentia Avenue without waiting for a traffic light. That will be made possible by two sections of a pedestrian bridge that now sit in the park awaiting installation. The sections were built by an Alabama-based company and arrived last week on trucks. They'll be installed to make one whole bridge in late February or early March, once the concrete supports for the bridge ends are completed. "I saw it come in on the trucks the other day and got all fired up," said city parks commissioner Robert Graham.
NEWS
By By Michael Miller | October 28, 2005
University names a pedestrian bridge after Raymond L. Watson, a key player in the school's early years.UC Irvine held a ceremony Thursday to name a pedestrian bridge on campus after Raymond L. Watson, the original architect for the Irvine Co. and a key player in the university's formative years. At the private ceremony, held in the Irvine Barclay Theatre with about 200 guests in attendance, officials announced the renaming of the long concrete bridge that connects the University Center to UCI's main campus.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
Lolita Harper It's not the waters that are troubled; it's the bridge over them that city officials want to fix. The Little Balboa Island bridge, which has been marked by state transportation officials as "obsolete," is in need of strengthening, but city leaders, engineers and residents are at odds about whether to retrofit the 70-year-old bridge or demolish it and start all over. The bridge is one of four -- including the Goldenrod Avenue pedestrian bridge and the northbound and southbound Jamboree Road bridges over San Diego Creek -- that won federal highway funds for retrofits that would allow them to remain standing during a magnitude 7 earthquake.
NEWS
October 8, 2003
June Casagrande A wooden walkway winding along the water from the Arches Bridge to the Balboa Bay Club could transform this stretch into a visitor destination with waterfront dining, sunset strolls and even a pedestrian bridge over Coast Highway leading from parking spaces to the waterfront. Is it feasible? Perhaps. The city's Harbor Commission tonight will hear an update on a study on what's being called the "Mariners Mile Waterfront Walkway" -- a longtime pipe dream of some local leaders that is now one small step closer to actually becoming a reality.
NEWS
August 11, 2001
The Orange County Health Care Agency has put up beach warnings at Harbor Patrol Beach. The signs advising swimmers to avoid the water were installed at the beach Thursday. The signs were put up after the agency found higher than acceptable levels of bacteria in the waters off the beach, which is near the Balboa Yacht Club in the Newport Harbor. Postings are also up at the Newport Dunes resort's lagoon, 300 feet up the north side of the pedestrian bridge and 300 feet on the east side of the swim area.
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