In 2015, Council Member Diane Dixon (then Mayor Pro Tem) began hosting town hall meetings on topics of interest to those that live or work on the Balboa Peninsula, Lido Isle, Newport Island and Bay Island. Some of the topics discussed included beach fire rings, water-propelled vessels, drought / water conservation, NBPD staffing and services, the proposed Lido House Hotel project, the changes taking place in Lido Marina Village, and updates on various City projects and programs.
The town hall meetings are well attended and foster idea sharing between the City and residents. They are free and open to the public.
Council Member Dixon's next town hall will be on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. This will be a special town hall, focused on one topic, the recent changes in departure patterns from John Wayne Airport.
All District 1 Town Hall meetings are held in the large meeting room of Marina Park, located at 1600 West Balboa Blvd., on the Balboa Peninsula.
Past Town Hall Meetings
Monday, September 18
The meeting's agenda topics included the introduction of Seimone Jurjis, the City's new Community Development director; a presentation on the Peninsula Crosswalk Study; updates on the FEMA Flood Map appeal and the planned relocation of the Lido Fire Station; and a recap of the Balboa Peninsula Trolley's summer ridership.
Monday, April 3
The meeting agenda included updates on Public Works Department projects such as the Crosswalk Study and the West Newport & Lido Village Water Main Replacement Project; an update Ocean Front Boardwalk Safety; an overview of the proposed Peninsula Trolley; and an update on the 2017-2018 City Budget Planning.
Monday, February 6
The meeting's discussion topics included the Superior Avenue Bridge, John Wayne Airport / NextGen, the Mariners' Mile Study, and the Oceanfront Boardwalk / E Street.
Monday, December 5
Friends Room, Central Library
The agenda topics included the Introduction of Jeff Herdman, District 5 Council Member Elect; Sidewalk Safety in Corona del Mar; an Update on City Finances, Pensions and FY 2017-2018 Budget Preparation; an Update on John Wayne Airport and the FAA; the Legalization of Marijuana in Newport Beach; an Overview of Year-End Crime Statistics; a presentation on Holiday Safety Tips; and Mayor Dixon’s Reflections on 2016.
Monday, September 19
The meeting included updates on the City's Local Coastal Plan and Short-Term Lodging requirements, an overview of the City's Shark Education Web page and its involvement in the Orange County Task Force on Drowning Prevention, an update on Oceanfront (Boardwalk) Safety and an overview of the County of Orange dredging and sand replenishment project.
Monday, June 6
Newport Beach Civic Center, Community Room
Topics discussed included what the City and County are doing to address homelessness, a City budget update, and an update on public works projects.
Monday, May 2
The meeting agenda topics included an overview of the City's planning efforts for the Fourth of July, information on applying for a City Board, Committee, Commission, an update on the City's budget adoption process, an explanation of the Fire Medics Program and a chance to meet the new police chief, Jon Lewis.
Monday, March 14
The meeting agenda included updates on City of Newport Beach projects and several private projects underway or planned for the West Newport / Balboa Peninsula area; apublic safety update by the Newport Beach Police Department; an overview of the Parkmobile app to pay for parking in City-owned parking lots and at City meters; and discussion about boardwalk uses.
Thursday, February 11
Civic Center Community Room
The meeting agenda included a preview of the significant projects (public and private) taking shape in Newport Beach this year, a public safety update, an overview of Mayor Dixon's goals for 2016, and time for residents to share their ideas about projects or programs they believe the City should undertake.