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Visit Newport Beach Launches New Summer Campaign : ‘ Newport Beach is Calling ’

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy “ Newport Beach is calling .” If Newport Beach is on the phone , you must answer the call . At least that ’ s that idea behind the new Visit Newport Beach campaign dubbed “ Newport Beach is Calling .”
Launched on June 20 ( the first day of summer ), the campaign takes a nostalgic twist by transporting travelers back to the iconic 1990s , blending retro fun with modern luxury as it follows two friends on a glamorous adventure around Newport Beach .
With vintage fashion and equally vintage phones , along with a modern component – a new AI concierge named Marina – the campaign offers a fun and interactive way to plan the perfect summer getaway to Newport Beach .
The theme suggests people should put worries on hold and answer the call to luxury and relaxation . According to media information , Newport Beach is “ on standby to connect you with the ultimate summer vacation . Newport Beach is calling — will you answer ?”
According to Visit Newport Beach , the “ Newport Beach is Calling ” campaign visuals and commercial capture the spirit of the 1990s while showcasing the modern luxury of Newport Beach .
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the campaign is Marina , an AI Concierge Extraordinaire , as Visit Newport Beach describes it . Call ( 800 ) 94-COAST to

Newport Beach City Manager Update

Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
The construction of Accessory Dwelling Units ( ADUs ) gives homeowners an opportunity to improve their properties while making a positive contribution to broader community goals . These secondary housing units , either attached to or detached from the primary residence , offer
Images from the ‘ Newport Beach is Calling ’ video
a multitude of benefits that make them an attractive option for private property owners .
The City of Newport Beach has made it easier than ever for private property owners to construct new ADUs or legalize unpermitted ADUs that meet health and safety codes . Through the end of this year , the City is waiving all City-related fees associated with the construction of ADUs , such as plan check and building fees .
The City recently developed a comprehensive website , at www . newportbeachca . gov / adu , that gives interested property owners a step-by-step guide to building an ADU , from design and construction to permitting and renting .
Constructing an ADU can increase property value and add rental income , provide housing solutions for aging family members , or give young adults a foothold in the housing market . It also helps meet statewide housing goals in a way that preserves the character of our neighborhoods .
If you are considering building an
ADU , or legalizing an unpermitted one , I encourage you to visit the website to get started . For questions , please call the City ’ s Community Development Department at ( 949 ) 644-3200 .
City Kicks Off Balboa , Newport Blvd . Pavement Rehabilitation
City staff and contractors began working on a project to rehabilitate pavement at Balboa and Newport Boulevards and 32nd Street .
Phase 1 – Balboa Boulevard between 12th and 16th Streets – will be completed by mid-August , before the start of the new school year .
Improvements include repaving the asphalt roadway , replacing deteriorated sidewalks and curbs , and replacing curb access ramps . The project will include widening of sidewalks at the corners of 13th and 14th Streets on Balboa Boulevard , with new pedestrian crossing signs and flashing LED beacons to improve pedestrian access
JULY 5 , 2024 | VOLUME XVI , ISSUE 14

Woman Dies During Robbery at Fashion Island

By NB Indy Staff
A 69-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday , July 2 , in what Newport Beach Police are calling a botched robbery at Fashion Island .
According to Newport Beach Police Sgt . Steve Oberon during a press conference , around 3:30 p . m . on July 2 , a husband and wife walking in front of Barnes and Noble were approached by two suspects . There was a struggle , and the couple were robbed .
A white Toyota Camry sedan then pulled up and the suspects tried to get into that vehicle to flee the scene . One of the suspects ran while the vehicle fled and struck the female victim .
The male suspect that ran got back into the vehicle , at which point rounds were fired from a handgun and the vehicle fled the scene . Fortunately , no one was struck by the handgun rounds . The victim ’ s husband had no visible injuries . The name of the woman who died was not immediately released .
“ Unfortunately , and tragically , the female that was struck by the car was pronounced deceased ,” said Sgt . Oberon . “ Newport Beach police officers then ensued in a pursuit which took them into L . A . County . All three suspects have been captured .”
When asked how the victim was run over , Sgt . Oberon replied “ There was a struggle , and we believe the suspects dragged her into the street .”
According to Sgt . Oberon , every available officer and detective responded to the area . The east side of Fashion Island was closed off for the investigation .
Newport Beach Mayor Will O ’ Neill was at the press conference and was visibly upset and angry about what occurred .
“ Newport Beach is a safe community , and we are mourning the loss of someone today , a loss that never should have happened ,” stated O ’ Neill . “ They came into our city knowing that they were going to commit a crime , and a woman is dead today because of it . It ’ s heartbreaking , it ’ s a tragedy . I am so thankful for our overwhelming and immediate police response .”
Calling the suspects “ thugs and creeps ,” O ’ Neill said “ Fashion Island does not experience crime like this . This is a staggering , stunning act that just doesn ’ t happen here .”