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Newport Beach City Manager Update: Animal Shelter Update, Mayor’s Youth Council

Grace Leung

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Congratulations to Friends of Newport Beach Animal Sanctuary (FONBAS) on the final milestone of a public-private partnership that will bring a new, permanent animal sanctuary to the city of Newport Beach.

Last week, FONBAS joined city council members and city staff for a “finishing off” celebration at the shelter’s construction site, marking the placement of the highest beam in the construction of the new facility.

FONBAS members have raised nearly $3 million over the past few years to purchase the Riverside Drive parcel and fund the design and construction of the shelter. Once construction is complete, the shelter will be donated to the City and managed by our staff.

FONBAS 3: Holding the “Topping Off” beam are (left to right) Newport Beach Board Member Joy Brenner, Jonathan Stafford (NBPD), Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, NBPD Lt. Joe Cartwright, Chief Newport Beach Police Department Jon Lewis, NBPD Animal Control Supervisor Valerie Schomburg (holding Officer Bubbles, the FONBAS mascot), Newport Beach Council Member Diane Dixon. Photo by Chris Trela

The permanent shelter will replace a rented temporary shelter and help improve the health and well-being of the animals in our care.

We can now look forward to the next big step for the shelter, a ribbon cutting scheduled for the fall. Thank you to FONBAS and the many community donors who have helped make this public-private partnership a success so far.

For more information on the shelter project, visit https://fonbas.org.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year

The Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2022/23 school year. This educational program gives high school students an in-depth look at the careers available in local government and provides a forum for expressing opinions, creativity and civic-mindedness.

The Mayor’s Youth Council includes three different functions: education, service and outreach. In addition to one-on-one mentoring with City staff, Youth Council members will also participate in the planning and implementation of community events and engagement with their peers.

School-aged residents are encouraged to apply by Monday, September 5. Click here for more information or to apply: https://newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/youth-teen-programs.

Asphalt Shortage Temporarily Postpones Jamboree Road Construction

Paving operations for the Jamboree Road Pavement Rehabilitation and Water Reclamation Project have been postponed due to a shortage of asphalt concrete materials.

The paving work was originally scheduled to be completed on August 11. Due to a lack of available materials, the City’s contractor, All-American Asphalt, postponed this work until October.

In the meantime, the contractor will continue to improve the medians on Jamboree Road between San Joaquin Hills Road and Back Bay Drive. Mid-range improvements include expanding the reclaimed water irrigation system and installing new landscaping.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Intermittent lane closures will be required to facilitate irrigation and landscaping work on the median. Thank you for your patience throughout the build.

The June Treasury report is now available online

The June 2022 cash report is available on the City’s website at: www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury.

As of June, the City’s investment portfolio totaled $377.6 million when measured at amortized cost. The current market value of the City’s portfolio of $368.7 million takes into account price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates which are generally not relevant, since the City generally holds its securities until the maturity and receives the full principal value at that time.

The City’s liquidity portfolio is sized to meet the City’s cash flow needs over the next 12 months. Approximately $57.5 million or 15% of the portfolio was invested in liquid investments available for day-to-day operating expenses and costs associated with ongoing construction projects.

An additional amount of $28.9 million or 8% of the overall portfolio was invested in a portfolio of securities with short-term targeted maturities, which yield a higher return than the City’s more liquid investments.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.

This week the Be Well team:

  • Worked with county Adult Protective Services and Veterans Administration teams to house a newly evicted senior.
  • Transported a person to a mental institution for treatment.
  • Transporting a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.
  • Reunited a person with their roommates.
  • Transported a person to the emergency room for treatment.
  • Transported six people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.

Homelessness Update

The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies and nonprofit groups.

This week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:

  • Sheltered a newly homeless couple and helped a partner prepare for a job interview. Donations from the Good Giving program were used to purchase appropriate clothing and miscellaneous items for the job interview.
  • Continue to shelter people. Eighteen people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Helped three people register for services and complete housing assessments for the county’s Coordinated Entry System.
  • Transportation of a person to a Social Security appointment.
  • Registered a senior for services and completed a housing assessment.
  • Enrolls an older Veteran in the Emergency Housing Voucher Program.

To donate to those living homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.

Click here to view the latest Homelessness Dashboard, which includes key monthly and annual data on the city’s response to homelessness: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/monthly-homeless-count.