Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Looking for a way to contribute to your community?

The City of Newport Beach invites residents to apply to the General Plan Advisory Committee, or GPAC, to participate in a comprehensive update to the city’s General Plan.

All California cities are required to develop corporate plans to serve as blueprints for the future, outlining policy goals and objectives to guide and shape development. The last complete update of the general plan of Newport Beach dates back to 2006.

Members of the Advisory Committee will be responsible for helping to secure community input, reviewing and guiding changes to the goals and policies of the Master Plan, and making recommendations to the Master Plan Steering Committee, a small group that will oversee the GPAC and report directly to City Council. .

We seek residents who represent a diversity of geographic regions, age groups, business interests, environmental groups and other interests. Representation categories (as approved by Council’s resolution this week) include members of City boards, commissions or committees; councils located in Newport Beach but not directly connected to the city; environmental interest groups; business interest groups; and up to 14 at-large members.

The Master Plan Steering Committee will review applications and make recommendations to City Council for consideration.

The GPAC will meet as needed on evenings or weekdays, Monday through Thursday, at a time determined by the committee. Meetings will be held at the Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Applicants must be residents of Newport Beach and may not hold any office or paid employment with the government of Newport Beach.

For more information and applications, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/vacancy or contact the City Clerk’s office at (949) 644-3005.

The application deadline is Wednesday, September 28 at noon.

City launches new online tool to track water use and help with drought compliance

The City has launched a new online tool, AquaTrax, for residents and business owners to easily track their water usage and water allocation budgets. Customers can use this new tool to track daily water consumption and by billing period, and receive alerts when leaks are detected or when water consumption increases. The dashboard also provides comparisons with the water consumption of similar sized households.

Customers equipped with digital meters can monitor their daily water consumption and usage by billing period. Customers with traditional analog meters can view bi-monthly water usage until the City has fully upgraded its meters. Newport Beach’s transition to digital meters is well underway and it is expected that all customers will have digital meters installed by June 2023.

With the introduction of the AquaTrax tool, monitoring water usage is simple and convenient. As an added benefit, the data will help residents, business owners and the city comply with state-mandated water reductions currently in place across California.

Newport Beach water customers can access AquaTrax using the same username and password used to pay water bills. Water customers who have not set up online bill payment can still view their water usage by visiting www.nbca.gov/wateruse.

Annual amateur surfing championships scheduled for September 24-25

The 33rd Annual City of Newport Beach Surfing Championships will take place September 24-25 at 54th Street Beach, with Salty Crew Apparel returning as this year’s sponsor.

The event is an amateur competition and offers divisions for surfers of all ages. Divisions include Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Open Men (19+), Masters (30+), Legends (40+), Hall of Fame (50+) and up) and open girls (all ages).

For more information and registration, visit https://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/surf-championships.

Special Event Permits Now Available Through Virtual Connect Online Portal

Special Event Permit applications can now be submitted through the city’s new Virtual Connect Online Permitting (CiViC) portal at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/civic.

Permits are required for all public and semi-public events including outdoor concerts and entertainment, walks/runs, street fairs, farmers markets and more as described by Newport Beach Municipal Code . The City typically approves approximately 250 special event permits each year.

The City’s Recreation and Senior Services Department coordinates the review of applications and issues permits and permit conditions in coordination with various City departments. For more information on special event permits, call (949) 644-3151 or visit https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/special-event-permit-application.

Eagles Tribute Band will perform at OASIS on September 23

The OASIS Seniors Center will bring “that peaceful, easy feeling” with an outdoor concert on Friday, September 23 at 5 p.m. Desperado, an Eagles tribute band, will perform. Bring your own picnic and low beach chair. Tickets are $10 each; to purchase tickets, call (949) 644-3244 or visit the OASIS administrative office.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well team:

  • Reunited a person with their family after fleeing an incident of domestic violence.
  • Transporting a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.
  • Transported one person to Yale Navigation Center for shelter.
  • Transportation of seven people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.

Homelessness Update

The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies, and nonprofit groups.

This week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:

  • Continue to host people. Twenty people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Met with Adult Protective Services staff to place two people in an assisted living facility and completed the necessary forms with the clients.
  • Enrolls a person in services.

To donate to those living homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.

Click here to view the latest homelessness dashboard, which includes key monthly and annual data on the city’s response to homelessness: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/monthly-homeless-count.