In 2015, Mayor Diane Dixon (then Mayor Pro Tem) held a series of 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 were well attended and fostered idea sharing between the City and residents. In 2016, Mayor Dixon has broadened the focus of a number of the meetings to include topics of interest to residents throughout Newport Beach. The meetings are free and open to the public.
The next town hall will be held on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue. (Note:There will not be a town hall on November 28.)
The Mayor also has office hours every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay E, second floor. Residents and business owners are welcome to come by to meet with the Mayor. Please call 949-644-3005 to confirm Mayor Dixon's availability or to schedule an appointment for another day during the week.
Past Town Hall Meetings:
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.