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By Michael Miller | July 10, 2007
They're common sights around any town — abandoned in shopping carts, clogging gutters, strewn by the breeze across parks and front lawns. For defenders of the environment, plastic grocery bags have long been a source of agony and irritation. Starting this month, though, the state of California is taking action to reign them in. An assembly bill that took effect on July 1 has mandated that a number of grocery stores adopt in-store recycling programs, with collection bins for used bags and reusable bags for sale to customers.
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By By Lauren Vane | January 25, 2006
Campaign asks that people be mindful of where waste ends up.Next time you're in line at the grocery store and the clerk is packing up your items in plastic bags, think how those bags might look floating in the ocean or littered across your favorite beach. That unpleasant picture is exactly what the Earth Resource Foundation aims to drive home with its newest campaign. The foundation is urging people to eliminate single-use plastics by refusing plastic bags and reusing whenever possible.
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By Jill Cowan | March 12, 2013
A conflict between the operators of Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula and its neighbors resurfaced at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday night. The council held a public hearing on the issue before ultimately referring discussion about the terms of a conditional use permit that could allow the restaurant to operate more like a nightclub back to the planning commission. Despite the fact that, as Mayor Keith Curry pointed out, the council had no plans to make a final decision, a few residents who live nearby urged the council to crack down on what they said are already club-like conditions.
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By Brianna Bailey | April 17, 2010
Using only the air in their lungs, free divers swam to depths of up to 25 feet off Crystal Cove State Beach on Saturday to pick up debris from the ocean floor. Divers from the spear fishing and free diving club OC Spearos organized the cleanup effort, retrieving trash like candy wrappers and plastic bags. “Diving at local beaches, I would see trash like bottles and plastic bags floating in the water,” OC Spearos president Fernando Gutierrez said. “Divers want our areas to be clean and free from trash.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Lindsay Sandham For some, the best way to celebrate the longest day of the year, the first official day of summer, is to meet at the beach and pick up litter. International Surfing Day, an event sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation's Newport Beach chapter and Surfing Magazine, attracted about 40 volunteers to the Santa Ana River mouth before sunset on Tuesday. Fourteen other communities around the world held similar events, all promoted and sponsored by Surfing Magazine.
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By Brianna Bailey and Ashley Breeding | February 8, 2010
Braving soggy weather and toting metal trash pickers and plastic bags, more than 50 volunteers slogged through the streets of Newport Beach on Saturday to pick up trash out of gutters and on local beaches. The effort was part of the group ZeroTrash Newport’s fourth monthly First Saturday beach and street cleanup. “It’s pretty simple. We’re trying to promote personal responsibility,” said Eric Chevalier, one of the organizers of the Saturday cleanup effort.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Re. "Pats on the back for police," March 21: Wow! I am blown away. I just attended the 42nd annual Police Appreciation Breakfast at the Island Hotel in Newport Center hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. What an inspiring morning. The house was packed — more than 500 people honoring the heroic actions, teamwork and dedication of the police officers, staff and volunteers who serve the city of Newport Beach. We live in a great city — beautiful environment, wonderful public facilities, interesting and ample community events, fiscally sustainable, little traffic — the list is endless.
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February 7, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Hunched over two long tables laden with plastic bags Tuesday, David Maddox found jewelry, watches and other items that he didn't even realize had been stolen from his home. "I can't believe it," Maddox exclaimed, holding up a bag. "He took my old, old watch. See how dirty this is?" The Fullerton man was one of more than a dozen burglary victims from Orange and Los Angeles counties who were called down to the city's police station Tuesday to sift through hundreds of stolen items recovered since the arrest of John Robert Hershowitz last week.
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By RON VANDERHOFF | November 3, 2007
Which plastic bin do you use? If you’re a homeowner in coastal Orange County, I’ll bet a nickel that you recycle. You sort out your milk bottles, soda cans, soup cans and so on, to go to a recycling facility, to be remade into new products. Good for you: You’re doing the right thing! Now consider this scenario. You buy colorful plastic bags of fertilizer to apply to your plants to make them grow. As soon as they grow you pay someone to come by and trim them back.
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By Mike Whitehead | January 3, 2014
Ahoy! I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year, and I know that 2014 will be a great year for boating. As we leap into the New Year, let us reflect for a moment on the people you know personally who are boaters and those who work in the maritime field. You will be surprised how boating touches almost everyone's life at one time or another. Sailors are a very superstitious group and just what kind of resolutions should boaters make anyway? We can easily cast off into this dialogue with the No. 1 resolution that all boaters will be courteous to everyone while on the water, whether sailing or in a power boater or on any type of floating craft.
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March 26, 2013
Re. "Pats on the back for police," March 21: Wow! I am blown away. I just attended the 42nd annual Police Appreciation Breakfast at the Island Hotel in Newport Center hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. What an inspiring morning. The house was packed — more than 500 people honoring the heroic actions, teamwork and dedication of the police officers, staff and volunteers who serve the city of Newport Beach. We live in a great city — beautiful environment, wonderful public facilities, interesting and ample community events, fiscally sustainable, little traffic — the list is endless.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 12, 2013
A conflict between the operators of Woody's Wharf on the Balboa Peninsula and its neighbors resurfaced at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday night. The council held a public hearing on the issue before ultimately referring discussion about the terms of a conditional use permit that could allow the restaurant to operate more like a nightclub back to the planning commission. Despite the fact that, as Mayor Keith Curry pointed out, the council had no plans to make a final decision, a few residents who live nearby urged the council to crack down on what they said are already club-like conditions.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 14, 2013
The last time activists brought the idea of a plastic bag ban to the Newport Beach City Council officials declined to even study the idea, but public speakers warned the issue wouldn't go away. More than a year after that 2011 vote, a group of youth activists will try again to lobby the city into enacting a ban. Corona del Mar High School student Kendall Kerley runs a club called Project Pure Planet. The group collects hazardous waste like printer cartridges or electronics at school and runs communitywide recycling drives.
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By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | October 12, 2011
Newport Beach will not consider a ban on single-use plastic bags because it's a low priority to City Council members, the council decided Tuesday. Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner asked if the council would ask the city's Environmental Quality Affairs Committee (EQAC) to study a plastic bag ban. The matter first came up at a September City Council meeting but was postponed so the item could be placed on an agenda. Gardner said that students from Newport Harbor High School at a meeting held earlier this fall asked if the committee would consider studying a ban. Had the council agreed, EQAC members at a future meeting would have discussed the ban as a second agenda item.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
While Newport Beach recently banned gas-powered leaf blowers and may ban smoking in public parks, at least one environmental reform didn't go far with the City Council. A proposed prohibition on retail plastic bags, which was passed in Long Beach and some other California cities, was dead on arrival when floated at a recent City Council study session. "This one would be a doozy, and we would potentially expose the city to litigation," said Councilwoman Leslie Daigle. None of the council members spoke in favor of a ban, including Nancy Gardner.
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By Brianna Bailey | April 17, 2010
Using only the air in their lungs, free divers swam to depths of up to 25 feet off Crystal Cove State Beach on Saturday to pick up debris from the ocean floor. Divers from the spear fishing and free diving club OC Spearos organized the cleanup effort, retrieving trash like candy wrappers and plastic bags. “Diving at local beaches, I would see trash like bottles and plastic bags floating in the water,” OC Spearos president Fernando Gutierrez said. “Divers want our areas to be clean and free from trash.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey and Ashley Breeding | February 8, 2010
Braving soggy weather and toting metal trash pickers and plastic bags, more than 50 volunteers slogged through the streets of Newport Beach on Saturday to pick up trash out of gutters and on local beaches. The effort was part of the group ZeroTrash Newport’s fourth monthly First Saturday beach and street cleanup. “It’s pretty simple. We’re trying to promote personal responsibility,” said Eric Chevalier, one of the organizers of the Saturday cleanup effort.
FEATURES
By RON VANDERHOFF | November 3, 2007
Which plastic bin do you use? If you’re a homeowner in coastal Orange County, I’ll bet a nickel that you recycle. You sort out your milk bottles, soda cans, soup cans and so on, to go to a recycling facility, to be remade into new products. Good for you: You’re doing the right thing! Now consider this scenario. You buy colorful plastic bags of fertilizer to apply to your plants to make them grow. As soon as they grow you pay someone to come by and trim them back.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | July 10, 2007
They're common sights around any town — abandoned in shopping carts, clogging gutters, strewn by the breeze across parks and front lawns. For defenders of the environment, plastic grocery bags have long been a source of agony and irritation. Starting this month, though, the state of California is taking action to reign them in. An assembly bill that took effect on July 1 has mandated that a number of grocery stores adopt in-store recycling programs, with collection bins for used bags and reusable bags for sale to customers.
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