By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach
Our next council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12. Points of interest are highlighted below. The full agenda and reports can be viewed here: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/68243/72?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
4 p.m.: Study session. Items on the agenda include:
- Review of Tustin Avenue Trial Closing. City staff will review traffic count data collected before and after the closure of Tustin Avenue at Cliff Drive, and discuss traffic distribution and traffic changes that occurred as a result of the closing.
5:30 p.m.: Regular session. Things to note:
- Council will vote on confirming Mayor Kevin Muldoon’s nominations to the General Plan Steering Committee.
- Approval of the fee study update for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Council will consider a staff recommendation to adopt a resolution approving the Fees Study and revising certain fees in the City’s Rent, Fines and Fees Schedule. If approved, the revised fees will take effect July 1, 2022.
- Consideration of an ordinance that would amend the city’s municipal code with respect to Newport Harbor activities such as rafts, boaters living on board, moorings ashore and other provisions.
City Council meeting information
The Newport Beach City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months (exceptions are August and December).
As a rule, there is a study session that starts at 4 p.m. Study sessions are times when the Board delves into a specific issue or hears a presentation that could potentially lead to specific, more formal action.
A closed session often follows the study session. In camera sessions are generally intended to deal with legal, personnel and other matters where additional confidentiality is important. The regular (evening) session usually starts at 6 p.m. and often has a specific list of different items ready for formal votes.
Items in the “Consent Schedule” are all heard at the same time, unless a Board member has removed (i.e. “pulled”) an item from the Consent Schedule for a specific discussion and a separate vote. If an agenda item is recommended to be “continued”, it means that the item will not be heard or voted on that evening, but will be postponed to another notified meeting.
Public comments are welcome at both the study session and the regular session. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you wish to comment on an item on the consent schedule that has not been removed from the consent schedule by a board member, you will want to do so at the time indicated on the agenda – just before the board votes on the entire Consent Calendar (it’s Roman Numeral XIII on the posted agenda).
If an item is removed, the Mayor will offer members of the public to comment as that specific item is heard separately. Additionally, there is a specific public comment section for items that are not on the agenda, but on a topic related to city government.
If you are unable to attend a meeting and/or wish to communicate directly with the city council, this email reaches everyone: [email protected] The city manager also receives a copy of the email, as in almost all cases this is something that the city manager follows up on.
The Council meets in the Council Chamber at 100 Civic Center Drive, off Avocado between San Miguel and East Coast Highway. There are plenty of parking spaces 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 all agenda items – only those that seem of particular interest to the City Manager. We encourage you to read the full agenda if you wish.