Newport Beach City Manager’s Update: 4th of July Celebrations and Safety Information

Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

On Tuesday, June 28th, I had the pleasure of joining residents, members of city council and city staff to celebrate the official opening of Peninsula Fire Station 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and day open doors.

The new Peninsula Fire Station 2 adds a vital piece of infrastructure to the town, replacing the nearby Lido fire station which is nearly 70 years old.

The new station, at 2807 Newport Blvd., includes efficient and modern features that will help improve fire response and medical aid to the community and protect the health of firefighters. The new building measures 11,649 square feet, approximately 1,900 square feet larger than the previous facility, and includes a 144 square foot public restroom to serve the beach community.

I would like to thank all of our residents who provided valuable feedback on the design, public amenities and name of the fire station, as well as the City staff, architects, contractors and construction managers who worked together to deliver the barracks on time (17 months) and on budget ($6.7 million).

4th of July celebrations, safety information

This 4th of July promises to be another fun weekend, with events that include the 11th Annual 4th of July Family-Friendly Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Festival from 9-11:30 a.m. (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 1-3:30 p.m., Condor Squadron WWII North American AT-6 Coastal Flyover at 5:35 p.m. (approximately) and Fireworks Extravaganza at Newport Dunes at 9 p.m.

As in previous years, the West Newport/Balboa Peninsula Safety Improvement Zone will be in effect for 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. West. The Security Enhancement Zone designation is in effect from 12:01 a.m. July 4 to 3 a.m. July 5. Fines in this area are triple the normal amount and can be up to $3,000. Visit https://newportbeachca.gov/how-do-i-/learn-more-about/fourth-of-july-information/west-newport-traffic-parking-information for details.

The city has strict policies to disband unruly parties and curb rowdy behavior to provide a more enjoyable vacation for everyone. 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 for this area of ​​town, as well as road closures to help manage increased traffic and parade activity.

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 make a report.
  • The Loud and Unruly Gathering Ordinance will be enforced. Owners and/or party planners are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Loud and rowdy parties requiring police intervention could result in citations or arrests for those present and/or fines for landlords and renters.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas. It is prohibited to possess open containers or to drink alcoholic beverages on the streets, sidewalks or other public places. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.
  • It is illegal to throw water balloons or use squirt guns and garden hoses to spray pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.

For more information, please 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 regarding 4th of July procedures and safety precautions, please call the Newport Beach Police Department non-emergency number at (949) 644-3717 or contact Sgt. Adam Dudash, the police department’s 4th of July planning coordinator, at [email protected] or (949) 644-3730.

City enacts Tier 2 shortage to combat drought

The Newport Beach City Council has approved a Tier 2 Water Shortage Declaration, which establishes a set of additional conservation measures designed to prevent the waste and unnecessary use of drinking water.

The statement, which was approved at the June 28 Council meeting, was made in response to a recent state order directing city water providers to limit outdoor irrigation and reduce wasteful practices. some water.

Under the Tier 2 Declaration, Newport Beach residents must:

  • Water outdoor landscaping no more than 3 days per week.
  • Limit water consumption to the amount used by their households in 2020.

The following uses of water are permanently restricted:

  • Watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (to limit evaporation).
  • Landscape watering by automatic timers should be 10 minutes or less per watering station.
  • Use potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways or landscaping.
  • Water leaks or malfunctions must be repaired within three days.
  • No outdoor watering within 48 hours after a rain.
  • Due to extreme and increasing drought conditions, all counties in California are operating under a state of emergency. The Municipal Code for the City of Newport Beach was recently updated to include water conservation and supply level regulations through six escalating levels of 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.

A Girl Scout troop helps install monarch-friendly plants at the Civic Center’s sculpture garden

City staff recently partnered with local Girl Scout Troop 4288 to install Narrow-leaved Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) plants at the Civic Center Park to provide a food source for monarch butterflies.

The California native plant grows on our local hillsides and is an excellent food source for monarch butterflies.

This project will help the scout troop win a prestigious national silver award, as well as help our hungry local monarchs. In fact, shortly after planting and heavy watering, a few Monarchs could be seen enjoying the new additions!

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:

  • Transport of a person to a crisis stabilization unit for support.
  • Carried two people to the Costa Mesa bridge shelter for admission.
  • Transported a person to the emergency room for treatment.
  • Transported 10 people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.
  • Completion of 20 local interactions with residents and homeless people.

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 shelter people. Seventeen people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Housing documents completed for two clients corresponding to housing vouchers.

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