By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach
On Tuesday, June 28, I had the pleasure of joining residents, city council members and city employees in celebrating the opening of Peninsula Fire Station 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public open house.
The new Peninsula Fire Station 2 adds an important piece of infrastructure to the city, replacing the nearby Lido station, which is almost 70 years old.
The new station at 2807 Newport Blvd. has efficient, modern functions that help improve the fire service and medical care of the community and protect the health of firefighters. The new building is 11,649 square feet, approximately 1,900 square feet larger than the previous facility, and includes a 144 square foot public restroom facility for the beach community.
I would like to thank all of our residents who made valuable contributions to the design, amenities, and name of the fire station, as well as the city employees, architects, contractors, and site managers who worked together to make the station open on time (17 months). deliver. and on budget ($6.7 million).
Celebrations on July 4th, safety information
This July 4th promises to be another fun-filled weekend with events such as the 11th Annual Fourth of July for Families, Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival from 9am to 11:30am (https://www.newportbeachca.gov/Home /Components/Calendar/Event/69802/72), Mariners Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (https://www.newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/69804/ 72 ), the American Legion’s Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Condor Squadron WWII North American AT-6 Coastal Flyover at 5:35 p.m. (approximately), and the Fireworks Extravaganza into Newport Harbor Dunes at 9 p.m
As in previous years, the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula Safety Extension Zone applies to the area bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south, 32nd Street and Newport Boulevard to the east, the W. Coast Highway to the north and 54th Street Im West. The security extension zone designation is in effect from 00:01 on July 4 to 03:00 on July 5. Fines in this area are three times the normal amount and can go up to $3,000. For more information, see https://newportbeachca.gov/how-do-i-/learn-more-about/fourth-of-july-information/west-newport-traffic-parking-information.
The city has strict policies in place to disperse unruly parties and crack down on rowdy behavior to ensure a more enjoyable vacation for all. Please visit the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula vacation information page at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/how-do-i-/learn-more-about/fourth-of-july-information/west-newport-balboa-peninsula -Holiday Information to learn about public safety procedures in the area, as well as road closures to cope with increased traffic and parade activities.
As a reminder:
- All fireworks are prohibited. It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in Newport Beach. This includes “safe and healthy” fireworks such as fountains and sparklers, which can be purchased in nearby towns. Please do not call 911 to report seeing or hearing fireworks. If you know the exact location of the source of the fireworks, call the police department’s non-emergency number (949) 644-3717 to file a report.
- The ordinance on noisy and unruly gatherings will be enforced. Property owners and/or party organizers are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Loud and noisy parties that require a police response may result in a subpoena or arrest of those present and/or fines for owners and renters.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas. Possession of open containers or drinking of alcoholic beverages on streets, sidewalks or other public areas is prohibited. Violators will be subpoenaed or arrested.
- It is illegal to throw water balloons or spray guns or garden hoses on pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles. Violators will be subpoenaed or arrested.
For more information, visit the city’s website at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/how-do-i-/learn-more-about/fourth-of-july-information. If you have any questions or concerns about July 4th safety procedures and precautions, please call the Newport Beach Police Department non-emergency number at (949) 644-3717 or contact Sgt. Adam Dudash, Police Department Planning Coordinator for July 4th, at [email protected] or (949) 644-3730.
City adopts level 2 scarcity to fight drought
The Newport Beach City Council has approved a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage Statement that establishes a number of additional safeguards aimed at preventing the waste and unnecessary consumption of potable water.
The statement, adopted at the June 28 council meeting, was issued in response to a recent government order directing city water utilities to limit outdoor irrigation and curb wasteful water practices.
Per the Level 2 Statement, Newport Beach residents must:
- Do not water outdoor landscaping more than 3 days a week.
- Limit water use to the amount their households will use in 2020.
The following water uses are permanently restricted:
- Water between 9am and 5pm (to limit evaporation).
- Landscape watering by automatic timers may be 10 minutes or less per watering station.
- Using potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways, or hardscapes.
- Water leaks or malfunctions must be fixed within three days.
- No outdoor watering within 48 hours after a rain.
- Due to the extreme and increasing drought conditions, all California counties are in a state of emergency. The City of Newport Beach Municipal Code was recently updated to include water conservation and water supply regulations through six increasing water conservation requirements based on the severity of the conditions.
Visit the city’s water conservation website at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/public-works/water-quality-and-conservation/water-conservation.
Girl Scout Troop helps install monarch-friendly plants at the Civic Center Sculpture Garden
City officials recently partnered with local Boy Scout Troop 4288 to install narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) plants in Civic Center Park to provide a food source for monarch butterflies.
Native to California, the plant grows on our local hills and is an excellent food source for monarchs.
This project will help the Scout squad earn a prestigious silver national award and help our hungry local monarchs. Indeed, shortly after the planting was complete and thoroughly watered, a few monarchs could be seen feasting on the new additions!
Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update
Be Well’s Mobile Crisis Response Team is on call 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in Newport Beach to respond to mental health and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed by mental health specialists and emergency responders, and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.
This week the Be Well Team:
- One person was transported to a crisis stabilization station for care.
- Transported two people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for admission.
- One person was transported to an emergency room for treatment.
- Transporting 10 people to services, taking shelter and appointments.
- Conducted 20 outreach interactions with residents and people affected by homelessness.
The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city employees, contractors, partner agencies and nonprofit groups.
This week, the city’s homeless awareness and relief teams:
- continue to house people. Seventeen people made homeless in Newport Beach are now housed at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
- Completed housing documents for two clients matched against housing vouchers.
To donate to the homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program website at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help