The Family That Climbs Together, Stays Together PAGE 13 | Local Focus NB Indy Dining Writers Preview Restaurant Week PAGE 16 | Stepping Out Musical “If/Then” at Segerstrom Center Asks “What If?” PAGE 18 | Artscapes online at newportbeachindy.com Independent “For Locals, by Locals” January 15, 2016 | Volume VII, Issue 2 NEWPORT BEACH Retired Police Chief Temporarily Continues Leadership By Sara Hall | NB Indy Leadership at the Newport Beach Police Department will continue with retired Chief Jay Johnson at the helm for at least a few more months. City Council approved hiring Johnson as the interim chief in a 6-0 vote on Tuesday. Councilman Kevin Muldoon absent. Johnson, who has led the depart-ment since 2010, officially retired on Dec. 23. The temporary contract is limited to a maximum of 960 hours in a year or a total of 12 months. Johnson will be paid $111.03 per hour and will not receive any benefits. It will likely only be for a relatively short period of time, explained City Manager Dave Kiff, between two to five months. The staff report notes that the position is anticipated to be filled within six months. Johnson has a unique understanding of the department and can guide it un-Chef Julio Hawkins of Fly ‘N’ Fish Oyster Bar and Chef Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar with their signature Restaurant Week dishes. Prepare Your Palate for Newport Beach Restaurant Week By Christopher Trela | NB Indy Prepare your palate, grab a fork and dig into the 10th annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week, running Jan. 18-31. More than 60 restaurants through-out the city are participating in this year’s 14-day eating extravaganza, presented by Dine Newport Beach (a division of Newport Beach & Co.) and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association. As the longest running restaurant week in Orange County, the event of-fers diners that opportunity to try spe-cial prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a variety of price points, starting at $10 for lunch and maxing out at $50 for dinner. Restaurants range from small bistros such as Slapfish and Tackle Box to upscale restaurants like The Ritz Prime Seafood, The Winery, and Fig & Olive. “As the first restaurant week event in Orange County, Newport Beach Restaurant Week continues to success-fully showcase the 10 distinct din-ing neighborhoods of the city,” said Newport Beach Restaurant Association CHIEF, Page 18 Council Approves LED Streetlights By Sara Hall | NB Indy The city will soon be brighter and shinier. Newport Beach City Council ap-proved a project on Tuesday that will swap out high-intensity discharge (HID) luminaires in 3,224 streetlights to high-efficiency LED (Light-Emitting Diode) luminaires. “We look forward to bright lights in the city,” said Mayor Diane Dixon. Council heard more about the project during the study session earlier in the day. George Murdoch, city utilities gen-eral manager, and Rebecca Hausheer, a project manager with The Energy LED, Page 18 President Jim Walker, owner of The Bun-galow Restaurant. “The inspiration behind the yearly event is to bring new guests to the area and support the economic growth of our community.” “Last year we commissioned a research study to find out how impactful Restaurant Week is,” said Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Co. “We have numbers that tell the significance of our restaurants.” Last year, said Sherwin, 113, 290 people participated in Restaurant Week. Total spending was $4.6 million. Restaurants saw an average of 1,920 customers from Restaurant Week. This year brings new dining destinations to Restaurant Week. “The quality of the restaurants par-ticipating continues to improve,” noted Sherwin. “It’s a way to get people in the door and get new customers.” And it’s not just Newport Beach resi-dents who are taking advantage of Restau-rant Week, said Sherwin. “About 30 percent are locals, but we have a significant number of people coming from Costa Mesa, Irvine, and other Orange County cities, and people are even coming down from L.A.” At a special Restaurant Week media kickoff event on Thursday, Jan. 14, Mayor Diane Dixon read a city proclamation honoring Restaurant Week. In the proclamation, Dixon recognized the Newport Beach Restaurant Association for producing Restaurant Week. “This year, the now annual event cel-ebrates ‘10 Years of Good Taste’ and again showcases our coastal city as a premier dining destination,” read Dixon. “Restau-rant Week introduces new customers to the City’s culinary community, encourages Newport Beach residents to dine locally, and thereby enhances the economic vitality of Newport Beach. And it’s great fun!” For more information on Newport Beach Restaurant Week along with menus, visit DineNB.com.