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Just a quick update on this topic to let you know that the city remains vigilant in the watch over the county’s proposed expansion of General Aviation at John Wayne Airport. Our position as a city council remains “no expansion” in order to protect the quality of life and health of the people of Newport Beach. We are joined in this position by what we call the “corridor” cities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Tustin, and Laguna Beach whose city councils and/or mayor have communicated with the Board of Supervisors (BOS) a position of “support” for our city, and a position of “opposition” for any expansion of general aviation services.
The next Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for June 25th. At this meeting, the five member board will be making a decision on the direction in which the General Aviation Improvement Program (GAIP) will take at John Wayne Airport. Please join the thousands of people who have let the supervisors know that the proposed expansion of general aviation at JWA is simply not acceptable to the people of Newport Beach and the corridor cities.
Homeless Task Force
The City Council recently appointed a Homeless Task Force to do the following and provide recommendations to the City Council on this very important community issue:
Develop strategies to integrate all services needed to address homelessness;
Develop a list of community partners to assist in addressing homelessness;
Review temporary housing solutions;
Develop a metric system to monitor the reduction of the homeless population;
Periodically report findings back to the City Council.
The Task Force is comprised of three council members and seven community members. The first meeting will be held on June 10, 2019, from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Conference Room at Newport Beach City Hall. This meeting will focus on reviewing the legal parameters of the homeless issue, educating the committee on the current homeless strategy, potential temporary housing options, and funding sources there may be in Newport Beach and surrounding communities. Our Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs is the staff liaison to the task force. Please contact her directly with any comments or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short Term Lodging Update
At the city council study session on June 11, 2019, staff will be proposing changes to the short- term lodging ordinance. The changes will involve reporting requirements by all web platforms. Additional changes will revolve around tighter enforcement to minimize impacts to surrounding residents. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments.
Mariners/ Dover Shores Traffic Study
The City is currently studying the Mariners/Dover Shores Neighborhood to evaluate speed and cut-through traffic concerns of residents. To date, three neighborhood meetings have been held to discuss the issues. Traffic speed and volume data was collected throughout the neighborhood during the spring. The city met with residents on Thursday, May 2, 2019, to discuss the traffic data and to get feedback from the community relating to preliminary findings. At the next meeting, staff will outline possible improvements that can address the speed concerns.
Balboa Island Beach Sand Replenishment
The annual Balboa Island beach replenishment work began on May 23 and is estimated to be completed within 10 business days. The city contractor is moving sand up from the low tide line to the high tide line with small tractors, therefore creating a usable, sand-fluffed beach just in time for summer. Many thanks to the Balboa Island Improvement Association, specificallyTom Houston, for assistance with planning and coordination of this annual project.
Summer Beach Preparations
In preparation for the summer season, the Beach Maintenance Crew begins their work schedule at 5 a.m. in order to get a head start on cleaning the beaches before the crowds arrive. As part of the crews’ daily routine, litter is picked up and fire rings are cleaned and maintained. Beach trashcans are emptied five days a week and the beach is cleaned six days a week. Street ends, piers, and boardwalk trashcans are emptied daily by our refuse contractor CR&R. Temporary laborers assist on weekend shifts.
Granddaughter Ava and I enjoying our participation in the Annual Balboa Island Parade.