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Newport Beach City Council Selects New Mayor , Mayor Pro Tem for 2024

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton , Mayor Will O ’ Neill , Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky . Photo by Jim Collins
By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
In the Newport Beach City Council ’ s annual reorganization on Tuesday , Dec . 12 , council members selected Will O ’ Neill , who served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2023 , to serve as Newport Beach ’ s mayor for 2024 . O ’ Neill represents District 7 .
Joe Stapleton , who was elected to the City Council in 2022 , will serve as mayor pro tem in 2024 . Stapleton represents District 1 .
Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
O ’ Neill was elected to the Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2020 . He previously served as mayor in 2020 and mayor pro tem in 2018 and 2019 in addition to 2023 .
At the council meeting , O ’ Neill noted that when he was first selected to be mayor in 2020 , he had set goals not knowing that 2020 would prove to be a challenging year due to the pandemic . Fortunately , noted O ’ Neill , “ we are

Newport Beach City Manager Update

By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
On behalf of City of Newport Beach staff , I wish you and your families a very happy holiday and New Year ! It has been our pleasure to serve you and the Newport Beach community in 2023 .
Here is important information for residents to know about City services during the next few weeks :
Newport Beach , and we remain a beacon of good government .”
O ’ Neill said he had originally declared 2020 the “ Year of the Helper ,” and that year did indeed show a spirit of volunteerism in our city .
“ That spirit was crystalized when I read a biography of Mr . Rogers ,” said O ’ Neill . “ One of his most favorite quotes came in response to an interviewer asking how he handles the hard realities of this world . He responded that when he was a boy he would see scary things in the news , and his mother would say ‘ look for the helpers , you will always find people who are helping .’ Here in Newport Beach , we have a lot of helpers .”
With that idea , continued O ’ Neill , “ I would like to recognize someone with a ceremony that has not happened before . Tonight , we are going to give a key to the city to someone who exemplifies what it means to be a helper .”
That person , explained O ’ Neill , is someone who has invested in businesses , who lives in Newport Beach , someone who had been threatened by the restaurant closures in March 2020 yet still found a way to help his employees and low-income seniors .
“ He ’ s someone who came from humble beginnings but learned through his
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Facility Closures : Newport Beach Civic Center and City recreation and community centers will be closed from Monday , December 25 through Monday , January 1 . All facilities will reopen on Tuesday , January 2 . Police , Fire and other select City departments will remain open .
City libraries will be closed on

NBPD Tips on Minimizing the Risk of Scams and Identity Theft

By NB Indy Staff
The Newport Beach Police Department reminds residents that you can greatly minimize the risk of scams or identity theft by implementing the following tips .
• Be extremely cautious when handling and disclosing the following information : Social security number Mother ’ s maiden name Date of birth Current and past addresses Driver license number Credit card numbers Bank account numbers Personal Identification Number
( PIN ) codes Usernames and passwords
• Never provide personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the phone call . If you receive a call and want to confirm the caller ’ s identity , ask for a callback number and check it against the publicly-advertised numbers for that company . You can check with the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of a business .
• Never leave sensitive outgoing mail



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