Balboa Island Maintenance Work
The City’s Maintenance and Operations Department has recently been made aware of some needs on Balboa Island that need attention. Work on Island water mains, the Bayside Drive Project, and very limited tree trimming this year on the Marine Ave. Eucalyptus trees have all contributed to the need for some detailed attention to Island maintenance needs. To that end, I recently met with our City Manager, Grace Leung, and Dave Webb, Director of Public Works to develop the following List of Things To Do:
A “Porter Service” will be hired to keep trash and bark droppings from the Eucalyptus Trees cleaned up on Marine Ave.
Lids for the new trash cans at the street ends on both Islands will be purchased and stocked in the warehouse for replacement purposes.
CR&R are already expected to wipe down the trash can lids at street ends each day. This is actually written in their contract with the City. Enforcement of this requirement will become a priority.
The face of the street light bulkheads on the seawall where the signs are installed displaying what is prohibited on beaches and the boardwalk will be painted.
Code enforcement will remove the advertisement racks and old rusted newspaper racks from Marine Avenue; new tied newspaper racks will be installed.
Trees will be planted in the empty tree wells (Eucalyptus).
The City is in the process of getting bids for the refinishing of Marine Avenue benches.
Please know that the following maintenance services are currently taking place or are built in to a schedule on Marine Avenue:
Street sweeping - 6 days a week
Sidewalk power washing - 2 times a month
Trash can lid power washing - 2 times a month
Bridge sidewalk sweeping - once a week (Thursday)
Bench refinishing - every other year
Trash Can refinishing - every other year
Tree Trimming - once a year
On the boardwalk
Sweeping once a week (Thursday)
Sidewalk power washing - quarterly
Bench refinishing - every other year
Trash can cleaning- as needed
Trash pick up- 7 days a week
Trash can lid power washing - 2 times a year
Trash can lid wipe down - daily
Sweeping - Weekly
Alley Sweeping - 2 times a month
Sidewalk power washing - as needed
Tree trimming (Palms) - once a year
General Aviation Improvement Program Updated Questions and Answers
What does the City think of the plan the Board of Supervisors adopted on June 25?
The City, and other Orange County cities, publicly supported an alternative in the General Aviation Improvement Program Draft Environmental Impact Report called Alternative 3. We felt it allowed the airport to make some necessary changes to facilities, but wouldn’t create new facilities and potentially more noise and air quality impacts for our communities. Despite public support for that option, it failed to pass (on a 1-4 vote) at the Orange County Board of Supervisor’s May 7 meeting. At that meeting, airport staff was recommending the Board approve another alternative, Alternative 1. Newport Beach was very concerned as this option could result in more general aviation jet flights over the community. Supervisor Andrew Do proposed a compromise, essentially combining elements of Alternatives 1 and 3. The Board continued the discussion to a future meeting date to allow time for County staff to analyze the Supervisor’s suggestion.
Supervisor Do had suggested limiting the number of certain types of general aviation aircraft that could be based at John Wayne Airport. After further study, County staff concluded that such a plan would violate federal law which prohibits airports from discriminating against, by limiting or prohibiting, types of aircraft. Supervisor Michelle Steel then developed a new proposal that included key elements of Alternative 3 and elements of Supervisor Do’s proposal. It contained nearly everything the City of Newport Beach (City) advocated for during the past six months:
The City, with input from the community, determined that two, full-service Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) - as opposed to three FBOs as favored by the County - was in the best interests of the City. The Board approved only two.
The City wanted to preserve the presence of light general aviation, the single- and twin-engine planes. The Board approved setting aside more than 34 acres, the majority of the space available, for these smaller planes.
To make sure that happens, the Board directed staff to place certain land use and lease restrictions on airport parcels. Those restrictions limit the size of the airplane that can be stored on the parcels. This was a significant concession on the part of the County and a very important and positive step for our city and others.
The Board did approve a General Aviation Facility (GAF), which is a space used for processing international passengers. The City had strongly advocated against it. However, it was a project component the County was seemingly unwilling to remove from the plan. Supervisor Steel tried to balance the competing interests by proposing to leave the GAF in the plan, but limit its hours of operation. The limited hours of operation seemed to be a reasonable compromise given that the majority of the proposal contained items important to the City. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the plan as proposed by Supervisor Steel.
Is there a curfew for general aviation?
Yes, and it’s been in place since the County of Orange adopted the John Wayne Airport General Aviation Noise Ordinance more than three decades ago. However, unlike the time-based, commercial air carrier curfew that prevents commercial flights from arriving or departing JWA during a set period of time nightly, the General Aviation “curfew” is noise-level based.
So does that mean general aviation jets are allowed to fly 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
Yes, as long as they meet the noise limits set forth in the GANO. These levels vary by day and night.
Can the County change the General Aviation Noise Ordinance and make the general aviation curfew consistent with the commercial air carrier curfew?
Many residents in our community and others would like to see changes. However, due to the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA), no further restrictions can be placed on JWA operations. With the passage of ANCA, the federal government made it virtually impossible for local governments or airport operators to place restrictions on aircraft noise, capacity and operations. Fortunately, the limits at JWA as set forth in the GANO and the 1985 Settlement Agreement were “grandfathered” under ANCA, and the federal government has allowed the restrictions to remain in place.
What about JetSuiteX? Is there some loophole in how it operates?
JetSuiteX operates out of one of the Fixed Base Operators, the private companies that provide services to the general aviation community. Though JetSuiteX operates in what has traditionally been General Aviation “territory”, due to the nature of its operations, it is considered a “commercial user” by JWA.
As a commercial user, JetSuiteX is subject to the terms of the 1985 JWA Settlement Agreement and subsequent amendments. Meaning, among other things, its passengers are counted toward the limit on Million Annual Passengers and its flights must abide by the noise limits and commercial air carrier curfew.
JetSuiteX is the first commercial air carrier that the County Board of Supervisors has permitted to operate out of a Fixed Base Operator. The Board approved this location in the spring of 2018. All other commercial air carriers operate out of the main terminal.
How does John Wayne Airport define commercial user?
The John Wayne Airport Access Plan defines commercial user as follows (emphasis added by the City): “... any person conducting aircraft operations at JWA for the purpose of carrying passengers, freight, or cargo where such operations: (i) are operated in support of, advertised, or otherwise made available to members of the publicby any means for commercial air transportation purposes, and members of the public may travel or ship Commercial Cargo on the flights; (ii) the flights are scheduled to occur, or are represented as occurring (or available) at specified times and days; and (iii) the person conducts, or proposes to operate, departures at JWA at a frequency greater than two (2) times per week during any consecutive three (3) week period.
Since there’s no “loophole”, why does the City care where JetSuiteX is located at John Wayne Airport?
Some have questioned why the City cares where JetSuiteX operates, particularly since the aircraft it uses are generally smaller and quieter than most of the commercial aircraft in the JWA fleet. The City wants JetSuiteX’s operations moved to the main terminal for reasons related to safety, security and accountability.
It is considered a commercial user and as such, it should operate among the airport’s other commercial users, in the main terminal. The City is very concerned about commercial operations “encroaching” into an area of the airport that has traditionally been used by General Aviation. There are gates available in the main terminal.
In addition, the City has safety and security concerns related to the screening of commercial passengers at a Fixed Base Operator rather than in the main terminal. While federal regulations allow it, the City believes all commercial passengers should be screened in the main terminal.
What about the “Ubers” in the Sky?
There are other companies that operate what some dub “Ubers in the sky” because they sell available seats on chartered or private aircraft. However, they aren’t available to the general public and they don’t fly a regular schedule. Thus, they don’t meet the definition of commercial user.