The new Newport Beach City Hall, with a price tag of $130 Million dollars opened for their first City Council meeting at the Big Elephant – in Fascist Island tonight. OK, we make light of these things. Let’s start again: The Newport Beach City Council met tonight at their new chamber location in the soon to be Newport Civic Center Complex, located just east and north of the City Library and right next to the where there will be a dog park….just for starters. The Council Chambers had a few glitches, but it is open, bright and seats 150 folks comfortably, instead of the 100 folks – squeezed together at the Peninsula location. The sound system is also superior…..so what can you say?
Councilman Keith Curry was elected unanimously as the new Mayor of Newport Beach for 2013. Councilman Rush Hill took the Mayor Pro Tem spot. Steve Rosansky went out on Term Limits and was replaced by Tony Petros….who ran unopposed along with Keith Curry and Ed Selich – who both also ran unopposed for their council seats.
The new City Hall and Civic Center Complex is scheduled to open officially on May 4th, 2013. There will be an open house from 10am to 2pm…….but we will all have to wait and see.
The turnout was good and all but a few seats were filled. The city staff was in major attendance naturally. Lot’s of picture taking, lot’s of back slapping, lots of politicing……
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade came up a few times…..and Councilman Mike Henn asked that everyone turn out and support the Boat Parade. The people that are boycotting the parade were not mentioned. The rumor is….that the new charges for docks, piers, cans and whispers for commercial and privately owned yachts….is now settled and the ordinance implemented. We will see!
Anyway, the parking facility was lovely – huge. Thought we were at the Dorthy Chandler Pavillion, Getty Museum or the Kodak Center….or something. Don’t exactly know who will be filling up that huge parking area in the future – maybe developers with huge warchests to unload? In any event, Newport Beach Opened the Big Beach Elephant tonight…….and we help launch a new moment in history. Congratulations Mayor Curry……do a great job in 2013!