Newport Beach City Managers Update: July 4th plans for Newport Beach

Grace Leung

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

For the past few weeks, city officials have been involved in planning to ensure a safe, fun, and family-friendly Fourth of July vacation in Newport Beach.

This year promises to be another fun-filled weekend, with events such as the 11th Annual 4th of July is for Families Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival from 9am to 11:30am, 49th Annual Mariners Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration from 10:00am 30:00-13:30, The American Legion Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor 13:00-15:30, The Condor Squadron WWII North American AT-6 Coastal Flyover at 17:35 (approximately) and the Fireworks Extravaganza at Newport Dunes at 9pm

As in previous years, the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula security zone (https://www.newportbeachca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/20720/637897707475730000?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery) applies to the Pacific Ocean bordered area in the south, 32nd Street and Newport Boulevard to the east, W. Coast Highway to the north, and 54th Street to the west. The security extension zone designation is effective from July 4 at 00:01 until July 5 at 3 a.m. Fines in this area are three times the normal amount and can be as high as $3,000.

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.

Updated Draft General Plan Enclosure Element now available

City officials and their advisory team have worked over the past two and a half years with the Housing Element Update Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, City Council and Municipality to prepare the updated general plan for the Housing Element. As a reminder, this effort is being requested by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in response to the allocation of 4,845 new housing units for Newport Beach under the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

The city has prepared two design versions and one accepted version of the dwelling and submitted it for HCD review. Most recently, the city received a letter from the HCD on April 11, 2022 with three outstanding comments on the adopted version.

An updated version was produced in response to the comments and is available online. Please click here to download and view: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/general-plan-codes-and-regulations/general-plan-update/housing -element -Screencheck-Draft-March-10-2020.

If you have any questions or would like to make comments, please email City staff [email protected]

The City greatly appreciates the continued participation and engagement of the community in this challenging and unprecedented update process.

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program is now underway

This year’s Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program began June 21st. Members of the Police Department’s Transportation Department and Police Volunteers worked with local businesses on Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula to ensure the Junior Guards got to their destinations safely. Throughout the seven-week program, we will continue to ensure the safety of all travelers in the region. Please remind your children to obey all traffic rules when riding a bicycle or e-bike.

Crystal Cove and Corona del Mar receive A+ on the Ocean Water Quality Report Card

Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card, which reports on water quality on ocean beaches, was released earlier this week (https://healthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Beach-Report-Card-2021- 2022 .pdf) and Crystal Cove and Corona del Mar made the roll of honor.

To earn a place on the roll of honor, a beach must be patrolled weekly throughout the year and receive an A+ rating for all seasons and weather conditions.

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 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 unit for care.
  • Transported two people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for admission.
  • Transported two people to the sobering-up station on Be Well’s campus.
  • Transported eight people to services, taking emergency shelters and appointments.
  • Conducted 17 outreach interactions with residents and people affected by homelessness.

homelessness update

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:

  • Continued to house people. Eighteen people made homeless in Newport Beach are being housed at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Registered a person for services, completed a home appraisal and received their new photo ID and social security card.
  • Completed housing documents for a customer who is assigned to a housing voucher.
  • Continued to house an elderly adult at a motel while awaiting placement with a shelter voucher.

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.

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