Newport Beach City Manager Update: Heat Wave, Tidal Pools, Treasury Report

Grace Leung

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Hope you all enjoy the Labor Day holiday this weekend, and remember to take the necessary precautions during the heat wave. Temperatures across most of Orange County are expected to reach 90 to 100 degrees through Monday, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

As a precautionary measure, the City of Newport Beach will open three indoor cooling centers accessible to the public on Saturday and Sunday (and Monday, September 5 if necessary) at the following locations and times:

  • Marina Park Lobby, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oasis Library Game Room, 801 Narcissus Ave., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, the Orange County Health Department has recommended the following measures to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • To drink a lot of water; don’t wait to be thirsty.
  • Wear light, loose clothing.
  • Stay out of the sun if possible, and when out in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen.
  • Avoid strenuous activity if you are outdoors or in non-air-conditioned buildings. If you work outdoors, take frequent breaks to rest and cool off in a shaded area.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles.
  • Check those, like neighbors, who are at high risk to make sure they’re staying cool – including older people who live alone, people with heart or lung conditions and young children.

As a reminder, there will be no street sweeping or garbage collection on Monday September 5th. For the rest of the week, street sweeping will follow its regular schedule and garbage collection will be delayed one day.

Expanded Recycling Program Wins Communications Awards

The city’s communication and outreach efforts for its expanded recycling program won two awards Aug. 31 at the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) annual conference. The City was recognized in the overall campaign and writing categories.

Throughout 2021 and 2022, the city and its contractor, CR&R, have made extensive efforts to educate and inform Newport Beach residents of the changes to the city’s recycling program, which included the introduction mandated by the Status of organic waste recycling, as well as billing changes. , pick-up routes, trolleys, etc. CAPIO is a statewide organization of communications professionals from public agencies, including cities, counties, state agencies, and special districts.

The peninsula’s sand berms hold back the tide

The city recently raised and reconfigured the sand berms on the Balboa Peninsula in anticipation of the heavy swells expected during the week of August 25.

While some wave sets managed to reach the crest of the berm, the impacts were minimal and there was no flooding of parking lots or streets. This week staff will reduce the height of the sand berm until the next scheduled high surf event.

Join the City Tide Tours in Little Corona

You may have explored the tidal pools of Little Corona before, but having a marine naturalist interpreter as your guide is a whole new experience! Our team can provide a deeper understanding of marine protected areas.

This fall, staff will be in Little Corona at low tide to provide free educational talks and share resources under the “Critter Cabana” tent (pictured below). Guided tours for school outings or private groups are available. To schedule an excursion or guided tour (groups of 10 or more), contact [email protected]

When you visit the tidal pools on your own, you can help preserve the marine protected area for all residents and visitors to enjoy. Preserve tidal pools by avoiding picking up or removing animals, shells or rocks; watch them where they are. And don’t forget to walk gently on the rocks, taking care not to step on plants or animals.

Construction and landscape renovations completed at Cliff Drive Park Scout House

The City’s Public Works Department recently completed renovations to the Scout House building at Cliff Drive Park.

The work included renovations to the exterior of the building, sanitary facilities and landscape improvements. A planter area has been upgraded and enlarged to allow for better function and access. Sod was removed and replaced with drought resistant plants and trees, along with accent rocks and river rocks. Irrigation systems have been upgraded to improve watering efficiency. Restroom upgrades included interior and exterior painting, sealing of floors, and installation of new LED lights.

July Cash Report Now Available

The July 2022 cash report is available on the City’s website at: www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury.

As of July, the City’s investment portfolio totaled $360.6 million when measured at amortized cost. The current market value of the City’s portfolio of $352.8 million takes into account price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates which are generally not relevant, since the City generally holds its securities until the maturity and receives the full principal value at that time.

The City’s liquidity portfolio is sized to meet the City’s cash flow needs over the next 12 months. Approximately $46.6 million or 13% of the portfolio was invested in liquid investments available for day-to-day operating expenses and costs associated with ongoing construction projects. An additional $27.1 million or 8% of the overall portfolio was invested in a portfolio of securities with short-term targeted maturities, which yield a higher yield than the City’s more liquid investments.

Deadline extended: Mayor’s Youth Council nominations due September 12

The Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2022/23 school year. This educational program gives high school students an in-depth look at the careers available in local government and provides a forum for expressing opinions, creativity and civic-mindedness.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is made up of three different functions: education, service and outreach. In addition to one-on-one mentoring with City staff, Youth Council members will also participate in the planning and implementation of community events and engagement with their peers. High school-aged residents are encouraged to apply by Monday, September 12. Click here for more information or to apply: https://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/youth-teen-programs.

Homeless Services Community Forum Series

Beginning next month through November, the city will present a series of free one-hour public forums featuring agencies that work closely with our staff to provide services to homeless people in Newport Beach.

  • September 12 at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Hall, 100 Civic Center Dr., with City Net. Jessica Bruce, Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Valerie Carter, Newport Beach Team Supervisor, will present an overview of City Net’s services, outreach strategies and role in housing and accommodation for homeless people.
  • Oct. 19, 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, with Be Well OC. Alyssa Guerrero, Newport Beach Team Supervisor, will provide an overview of Be Well OC’s Mobile Crisis Unit and the City of Orange Wellness Campus.
  • Nov. 16, 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Hall, 100 Civic Center Dr., featuring Share Our Selves. Christy Ward, Executive Director of Share Our Selves, will discuss the work of the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit in providing outreach, medical and social services to the community.

If you would like more information about community forums or the City’s efforts to reduce homelessness, please contact Homelessness Coordinator Natalie Basmaciyan at (949) 718-1991 or by email at [email protected] You can also visit our homelessness data dashboard for the most up-to-date information on our outreach efforts: https://newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/monthly-homeless-count.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well team:

  • Worked with the Newport Beach Police and Fire Department to transport a person to the emergency room for evaluation and treatment.
  • Worked with the Homeless Liaison Officer and City Net to transport a person to their boarding house and care facility.
  • Complete an application for admission to the shelter with a person.
  • Provide first aid to a person.
  • Transportation of 6 people to services and appointments.

Homelessness Update

The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies, and nonprofit groups.

This week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:

  • Continue to shelter people. Twenty people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Enrolled two older adults in services and documented their disabling conditions to obtain appropriate services.
  • Sheltered an elderly person in a motel while attending job interviews. The person was transported to the Department of Social Services to receive general relief funds and food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Provided shoes to transitioning youth enrolled in services.

To donate to those living homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.