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April 19, 2011
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission recently approved changes to the harbor speed limit that would allow certain sailors and human-powered vessels to exceed the city's 5-knot speed limit, which equals 5.75 mph. Boaters who are in a permitted race, or who are practicing for a permitted race, would be allowed to exceed the speed limit under the proposal . It still has to be approved by the City Council. For years, sailboat racers and law enforcement personnel have been trying to reach such a compromise.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | January 15, 2011
Members of the Newport Beach City Council expressed frustration — as did several members of the community — about a plan to increase speed limits on some stretches of roadway, including along East Coast Highway by the Cameo neighborhoods. But in the end, the council members voted unanimously to adopt the increases with a plan to review the Cameo area and three others to see if speeds could be adjusted in the future. "This is one of those issues that infuriates the public," said Councilman Keith Curry.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The city is creating a special permitting process to allow sail and crew racers to exceed the harbor's 5-knot speed limit. Five knots equals 5 nautical miles per hour, or an approximate speed of 5.75 mph. After years of discussion and various proposals, the Harbor Commission, Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol, boating organizations and city officials appear to have agreed on a concept. It would allow groups such as yacht clubs and collegiate associations to apply for a permit before a given regatta — both for sailboats and crew boats — and any practices leading up to the races.
NEWS
September 29, 1999
NEWPORT BEACH -- The City Council decided Monday to raise the speed limit on Santiago Drive to 30 mph despite residents' protests that the increase would encourage people to speed. Police Chief Bob McDonnell argued, however, that the new speed limit will make it possible for officers to use radar detectors on the street. In order for police to use radar devices to control speeding, they legally need a minimum of a 30 mph speed limit. "If you want us to address the speed issue, give us the tools to do so," McDonnell said.
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By Jill Cowan | May 29, 2013
In the wake of a grisly crash that killed five Irvine teens on Memorial Day, Newport Beach city officials said their hands are tied in efforts to slow down drivers through the more sprawling parts of town. "We can't simply change the speed limits because we believe they're unsafe," Mayor Keith Curry said in a phone message Wednesday. "We have to set them in accordance with state law. Otherwise, we can't write enforceable tickets. " Added Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, in whose district the crash took place: "Establishing speed limits is not an arbitrary exercise.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 12, 2014
Newport Beach council members directed staff Tuesday to take steps to reclassify a short stretch of Tustin Avenue in order to lower the speed limit by 5 mph. Members also agreed to explore with the community additional measures to slow traffic, which neighbors called a danger to pedestrians. Two stop signs bookend the quarter-mile stretch of roadway between Santiago Drive and 23rd street, but drivers still commonly exceed the 30 mph speed limit, residents told the council. Nearby homeowners pleaded with council members to address the public-safety issue they and their children faced before it was too late.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 12, 2011
After a monthlong summer recess, the Newport Beach City Council will resume business Tuesday. The council plans to vote on the city's leases with the Balboa Bay Club & Resort and the Balboa Theater, discuss moving the police headquarters across town and consider changing the harbor's speed limit to accommodate racing boaters. In August, International Bay Clubs Inc. announced it had sold the BBC, which sits on public land managed by the city. Now the council may reassign the lease to the new owner, Chinese businessman Winston Chung's company Seven-One Capital-Business Inc. According to a city staff report, the BBC paid $2.7 million to lease the city land in 2010.
NEWS
September 11, 2008
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever has chosen Ray Garcia for the Mayor’s Award for his work in helping the city increase traffic safety. Garcia will be honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting at City Hall. “He was instrumental in getting the speed limit on Adams Avenue reduced to 45 miles per hour,” Bever said. Garcia also helped get extra signage and an electronic speed warning radar put in on the major street. Last year the speed limit on the street was 50 mph. Every month the mayor chooses someone from the city he believes performed an outstanding service to the community and embodies leadership qualities.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 8, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council, in response to at least one resident's concerns, will discuss Tuesday night the speed limit on a quarter-mile stretch of Tustin Avenue. Staff reviewed the speed limit on Tustin between Santiago Drive and 23rd Street, about a block west of the Back Bay, and recommends the 30 mph limit remain. Resident Todd Macfarland expressed concern in September that the narrow road had no sidewalks or street lights, putting walkers and runners at risk - especially since cars often exceed the speed limit in that area.
NEWS
May 24, 2003
I think it could all be corrected by controlling the speed. People just drive too fast on it. I drive it every other day and I am going my 35 to 40 mph, and they go by me like I am standing still. If you take the curve out, you are going to have a raceway where they go 80 mph. I really think it could be controlled with speed. I endorse Tom Neth's letter to you about Irvine Avenue ("Safety on Irvine Avenue a matter of being safe," May 14). I say ditto to everything he has to say. I have traveled it more than 40 years, since it was built, and I go the speed limit, and everyone goes by me like I am sitting still.
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By Mike Whitehead | March 14, 2014
Ahoy! I am pleased that the discussion about water taxis in Newport Harbor has bubbled up to the surface again. Yes, taxis have failed in the past because the logistics and paying ridership were not well thought out. Additionally, the project was privately funded without the city or any transportation agency subsidies. This is one adventure that has to be a public and private venture. First, it was a little worrisome when the City Council tried to dictate the boat's power source from the dais and not from reality.
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By Emily Foxhall | February 12, 2014
Newport Beach council members directed staff Tuesday to take steps to reclassify a short stretch of Tustin Avenue in order to lower the speed limit by 5 mph. Members also agreed to explore with the community additional measures to slow traffic, which neighbors called a danger to pedestrians. Two stop signs bookend the quarter-mile stretch of roadway between Santiago Drive and 23rd street, but drivers still commonly exceed the 30 mph speed limit, residents told the council. Nearby homeowners pleaded with council members to address the public-safety issue they and their children faced before it was too late.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 8, 2014
The Newport Beach City Council, in response to at least one resident's concerns, will discuss Tuesday night the speed limit on a quarter-mile stretch of Tustin Avenue. Staff reviewed the speed limit on Tustin between Santiago Drive and 23rd Street, about a block west of the Back Bay, and recommends the 30 mph limit remain. Resident Todd Macfarland expressed concern in September that the narrow road had no sidewalks or street lights, putting walkers and runners at risk - especially since cars often exceed the speed limit in that area.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 30, 2014
If there's one thing a majority of Eastside Costa Mesa residents can agree on, it's their mutual dislike of cut-through traffic. That's why the city's traffic engineering team on Wednesday night showed about 75 residents at Kaiser Elementary School some traffic-calming proposals for East 19th Street, a primarily residential thoroughfare connecting Newport Boulevard to Irvine Avenue that motorists often use en route to Newport Boulevard and the...
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By Lauren Williams | July 15, 2013
A cigarette boat traveling at a high rate of speed hit another boat at the the Newport Harbor entrance, capsizing the other boat and injuring four people, an official said. The 25-foot cigarette boat traveled over the other boat, which was either idle or moving slowly, at about 9:30 p.m., leaving four people with head, face, hip injuries and breathing problems, Newport Beach Fire Department Capt. Glenn White said in an email. The four patients were taken to either Saddleback Memorial Medical Center or Hoag Hospital.  One of the injured passengers was unconscious when rescued but later regained consciousness, White said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Bradley Zint | June 28, 2013
Though some neighbors would argue otherwise, the street where a Costa Mesa teenager crashed his car and died is not a major safety concern for the city, officials said this week. The nearly half-mile stretch of Susan Street between the 405 Freeway and Sunflower Avenue is not considered a "problem area," Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz wrote in an email. "While the city has received traffic complaints on Susan Street in the past, they have been primarily associated with truck traffic," he said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 29, 2013
In the wake of a grisly crash that killed five Irvine teens on Memorial Day, Newport Beach city officials said their hands are tied in efforts to slow down drivers through the more sprawling parts of town. "We can't simply change the speed limits because we believe they're unsafe," Mayor Keith Curry said in a phone message Wednesday. "We have to set them in accordance with state law. Otherwise, we can't write enforceable tickets. " Added Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, in whose district the crash took place: "Establishing speed limits is not an arbitrary exercise.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 12, 2011
After a monthlong summer recess, the Newport Beach City Council will resume business Tuesday. The council plans to vote on the city's leases with the Balboa Bay Club & Resort and the Balboa Theater, discuss moving the police headquarters across town and consider changing the harbor's speed limit to accommodate racing boaters. In August, International Bay Clubs Inc. announced it had sold the BBC, which sits on public land managed by the city. Now the council may reassign the lease to the new owner, Chinese businessman Winston Chung's company Seven-One Capital-Business Inc. According to a city staff report, the BBC paid $2.7 million to lease the city land in 2010.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission recently approved changes to the harbor speed limit that would allow certain sailors and human-powered vessels to exceed the city's 5-knot speed limit, which equals 5.75 mph. Boaters who are in a permitted race, or who are practicing for a permitted race, would be allowed to exceed the speed limit under the proposal . It still has to be approved by the City Council. For years, sailboat racers and law enforcement personnel have been trying to reach such a compromise.
NEWS
Amber Gonzales, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 16, 2011
IRVINE — The City Council is considering an ordinance that proposes to raise or lower speed limits along 22 stretches of roadway. It would cost Irvine $3,500, which would be paid out of its Public Works budget, to install new signs posting the changed speed limits, according to a staff report. The draft ordinance, based on an annual traffic survey, proposes lowering posted speed limits by 5 mph along eight stretches: •Westbound Campus Drive between MacArthur Boulevard and Von Karman Avenue; •Eastbound and westbound Campus between Jamboree Road and Carlson Avenue; •In both directions on Irvine Center Drive between Jeffrey Road and Orangetree, between Barranca Parkway and the southbound San Diego (405)
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