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Insider's Guide for the Newport Beach City Council Meeting of January 14, 2020


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Our next City Council meeting is Tuesday, January 14.  Items that may be of interest are highlighted below.  The entire agenda, and all reports, can be viewed here.

Study session begins at 4 p.m. for this meeting to discuss the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and the City’s Proposed Action Plan, as detailed earlier in this newsletter.  The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has submitted an RHNA methodology that results in an allocation of 4,832 housing units for Newport Beach, accelerating four decades worth of planning and development into the next decade.  This methodology was developed without input from the City.  Staff will provide an update on this methodology, the next steps in the RHNA approval process, and proposed next step for the City, including the establishment of a Housing Element Update Advisory Committee.  The action plan is also on the regular agenda for City Council action. 

The regular session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note:

  • On the consent calendar is the submittal of a grant funding application to OCTA for the West Coast Highway and Superior Ave/Balboa Blvd Intersection Improvement Project.  The grant would provide funds for the second pedestrian/bicycle bridge, over Coast Highway.  The City received grant funds for the first bridge over Superior Avenue, which is now under design. 
  • Also on the consent calendar is acceptance of a grant from Hoag for the Newport Beach – Surfer Awareness in Lifesaving Techniques Program (NB-SALT), a new public education effort to teach community members lifesaving skills to provide emergency care prior to the arrival of first responders.  This timely intervention can reduce the likelihood of death or disability from an ocean-related injury, a real benefit for our community.      
  • The consent calendar also includes an update on the City’s efforts in addressing homelessness.  The City Council and staff will continue our focused efforts in both regional and long-term solutions for housing and shelter, as well as specific strategies to assist those in need in our community right now.  This complex issue will not be resolved quickly but we have made progress and will continue to build on that.   
  • In addition to the Housing Action Plan, current business includes adjustments to speed limits.  As required by state law, the City has reviewed posted speed limits as prescribed by the California vehicle code and most are recommended to remain unchanged with the exception of six streets.  Two street sections are recommended for increase and four are recommended to be decreased.  All six are detailed in the staff report.    

Thank you for reading.  Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung

City Manager,

City Council Meeting Information

The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (the exceptions are August and December). Typically, there is a Study Session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times for the Council to take a deeper look at a specific issue, or hear a presentation, that might eventually lead to a specific and more formal action. A closed session often follows the Study Session. Closed sessions are typically to address legal, personnel, and other matters where additional confidentiality is important. The Regular (evening) Session typically starts at 7 p.m., and often has a specific listing of different items ready for formal votes. Items on the “Consent Calendar” are heard all at once, unless a Council member has removed (aka “pulled”) an item from the Consent Calendar for specific discussion and separate vote. If an item on the agenda is recommended to be “continued”, it means that the item won’t be heard nor voted on that evening, but will be pushed forward to another noticed meeting.    

Public Comment is welcomed at both the Study Session and the Regular Session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you want to comment on a Consent Calendar item that was not pulled from the Consent Calendar by a Council Member, you will want to do so at the time listed on the agenda – right before the Council votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda). If an item is pulled, the Mayor will offer that members of the public can comment as that specific item is heard separately. Additionally, there is a specific section of Public Comment for items not on the agenda, but on a subject of some relationship to the city government. If you cannot attend a meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly, this e-mail gets to all of them: The City Manager also get's a copy of the email, because in almost all cases it’s something that the City Manager follows-up on.  

The Council meets in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, off of Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There is plenty of parking in the parking structure. You are always welcome to attend in person, but you can also watch on TV, Spectrum channel 30 and Cox channel 852 or stream it on your computer.

This Insider’s Guide is not an attempt to summarize every item on the Agenda – just the ones that seem of specific interest to the City Manager. You are encouraged to read the full agenda if you wish.

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