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April 24, 2018 <br />Insider's Guide <br />Subject: Newport Beach Insider's Guide - Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 24, 2018 <br />A Happy Friday to you. The Guide is green today in honor of 2018 Earth Day (Sunday, April 22, 2018). <br />Here is a summary of what's on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for Tuesday, April 24th). In <br />the below e-mail, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don't summarize the whole agenda, <br />though. To see that, please click here. <br />Study Session begins pretty early at 3:30 p.m., with the Regular Session convening at 7:00 p.m. More <br />information about where the Council meets and public comment opportunities are at the bottom of this <br />email. <br />At the Study Session, we'll talk to the Council about concepts to reduce parking problems in residential areas <br />that are heavily impacted by construction vehicles. As folks know, in several parts of the community it seems <br />like everyone is remodeling something. All of those workers need to park somewhere, and that somewhere <br />includes perfectly legal parking on public streets. Run the street sweeper by, and the problems get <br />worse. Compounding that, the most typical areas for remodeling seem to be our older areas (CdM, Balboa <br />Peninsula, Balboa Island, Lido Isle, and others) that can also have narrower streets with more limited parking. <br />The Regular Session at 7:00 p.m. has these items that caught my attention: <br />An item that may bring a loud cheer from West Newport Beach and Newport Shores: We're finally OK-ing <br />the contract for landscaping improvements along Coast Highway on that side of town (between Newport <br />Boulevard and the Santa Ana River). While this project will be bitten off in pieces, this is the first bite of <br />that. Residents there (shout out to George and Gina Lesley O) have been waiting a long time. This Phase <br />1 will go from Highland to a bit east of 611t Street (past Cappy's). How exciting. <br />A minor item (a Notice of Completion) marks the conclusion of a project that improved the landscaping <br />along MacArthur (the slope on the western side of MacArthur near Big Canyon). As I drive by, I like the <br />look of the landscaping although the plants seem pretty small right now. It's quite an improvement on the <br />mustard weed and brush that usually populates that slope. <br />I've asked the Council to consider steps forward on the concept of a Port Master Plan (PMP), now that the <br />California Coastal Commission has voted to formally oppose our legislation which would have allowed us <br />to submit a PMP to the Commission (AB 1196, Harper). Various options could include moving forward <br />until at least the first bill hearing in June, considering other alternatives already in the Coastal Act that may <br />secure something similar to a PMP without new legislation (as the Commission in part suggested), or <br />dropping the effort altogether. <br />• Council may decide on a firm to conduct the recruitment for the next city manager. There is a closed <br />session item about this, too. <br />A few notes for your calendar: <br />• The next Women in Newport Networking forum will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. <br />in the Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. All City boards, commissions and committees, and <br />several City support groups, will have members present to offer information about what each group does <br />and member responsibilities. The event is free and open to the public. Visit <br />