Independent online at newportbeachindy.com NEWPORT BEACH “For Locals, by Locals” FEBRUARY 17, 2012 | Volume III, Issue 7 Photo by roger bloom Links Inside the Indy Feds Kick In Another $2M for Dredging By Sara Hall | NB Indy The federal government has kicked in an additional $2 million for the Lower Newport Bay dredging project, Newport Beach City Councilman Mike Henn announced Tuesday. Funds for the $7.8 million project were about $2 million short of the total, Henn said, and the thought was to go get private donations to make up that gap. “I am very, very pleased to re-port tonight that we have just been informed … that the federal govern-ment has allocated an additional $2 million for the benefit of Newport Beach for this project,” Henn said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. This is added onto the already assured funding from the federal government of about $2.4 million for the project. That extra money essentially funds the entire project, with a shortfall of about $250,000, Henn said. He re-quested that staff consider upping the city’s contribution to the project from $2.5 million to $2.75 million to make up for that shortfall. “So that the entire project will be funded, with assured funding, by gov-ernmental agencies, federal, county and city” Henn said. Henn called the extra money a “tremendous advance” to ensure the improvement of the harbor, but that it doesn’t let the private harbor com-munity “off the hook,” because there are other dredging opportunities in the harbor that would really complete the project, he said. Staff will be reviewing other high spots in the harbor, he added, and they are still interested in generating some private donation money to “re-ally do a bang-up job here, with this dredging,” Henn said. The Tidelands Committee and city staffers have been working together to organize an expanded dredging project for Lower Newport Bay, Henn said. The city is taking advantage of a unique, low-cost opportunity to dispose of 80 percent of unsuitable seabed material at the Port of Long Beach, Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller said at a council meeting in December. The dredging project would take the deepest portion in the lower bay to a depth of minus 11 mean low DREDGING, Page 18 Plucked The City Council voted unanimously not to change its chicken ordinance, forc-ing the Goldenrod 6 to find a new home. Page 3 The Answer to Questions Jill Fales, tired of nagging her kids, thinks outside the box. Page 2 Lost and Found and Lost and … Losing the car keys is a big problem with it costs $800 to replace them. Page 6 Thanks for the Memories The city is offering memoir-writing classes to help people record their memo-ries for posterity. Page 12 Help a Gogo Gogo Grandmothers helps Malawian grandparents taking care of that country’s numerous orphans. Page 15 President Obama waves to neighbors as he arrives at the Stack home in Corona del Mar for a fundrais-ing brunch yesterday morning. President Comes to Newport By Roger Bloom | Editor Republican CdM did not go unnotied President Barack Obama, accompanied by local partisans, scores of whom by tight security and drawing supporters took to the sidewalks around Coast and protesters into the Highway and Seaward streets, visited Newport Road with anti-Obama Beach yesterday morning signs and slogans. Also for a fundraising brunch present were as many or at a Corona del Mar more supporters of the home. president, who drew the The event at the home neighborhood’s ire when of Jeff and Nancy Stack they started chanting at on Evening Canyon Road about 6:30 a.m. was attended by about There also were plenty 160 donors who paid of folks who just wanted $2,500 to $38,500 apiece, a glimpse of president and it raised some $1.2 as his motorcade made million for Obama’s its way to and from the reelection effort. Shorecliff neighborhood. President Obama greets Bryce The Democratic presi-Hanck, 9, on his arrival in the Most were disappointed, Shorecliff neighborhood. dent’s foray into heavily OBAMA, Page 14 Photo by AlexA hAnck REAL ESTATE GUIDE Spa-aaah! In this week’s Coastal Real Estate Guide, Anna Shay talks about turning a home’s master suite into an oasis of rejuvenating calm. ALSO INSIDE COASTAL Photo by sArA hAll Mom’s Voice Police Blotter Friday Report Lynn’s Spin Green Forum Calendar Stepping Out On Faith Waterfront Slideshow Under Sail 2 3 3 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 Presidential supporters were out in force, also.