Yesterday, today and tomorrow, what are known as “king tides” are occurring. These are exceptionally high tide caused by how both the sun and the moon pull on the water. In my city of Newport Beach, they’ve pushed the harbor to extremes. Today, we had flooding in a few places. It would have been far worse [...]
One of the reasons the city of Newport Beach claims that it must increase the rents on residential piers is due, in part, to SB 152, a bill authored by California State Senator Fran Pavley. However, Pavley’s office tells me it doesn’t apply. You can read more about SB 152 here and here. It required the State Land Commission [...]
Next Tuesday, the Newport Beach City Council meets again about assessing fair market rental rates on residential docks. But what’s the fair market rate for space over pubic waters that’s unlikely to be rented to anyone but the adjacent property owner? That’s a key question I’ve had in the current debate over proposed increases. Newport [...]
Next week is the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, an amazing and fun tradition in my city that until now has only failed to run during World War I and World War II. Now it’s under threat from a different war, one some residential dock owners are waging against the Newport Beach City Council, [...]
We’ve been hearing rumors that the Albertsons supermarket would be closing soon here on the Balboa Peninsula, as well as all the stores in the complex near it. Apparently this is true, not that there’s been any local press about it. I just heard back from my local city councilman, Michael Henn, who told me: [...]
Heading to Newport Beach for the 4th Of July? Here are some tips for you!
First sea lions began sinking boats here in Newport Beach. Then a sea lion seized control of a Harbor Patrol boat. Now we’re not even safe in our own homes, as they are attacking us there. OK, actually, it’s kind of sweet. A sea lion pup somehow got up onto the roof of a home [...]