Newport Beach City Manager update for October 30
By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach
I am deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Police Sergeant Randy Parker on Monday October 25th. Randy was a third generation Newport Beach police officer who served the Newport Beach community for 20 years, as a patrol officer, detective and supervisor. He was widely respected throughout the region and was the Police Department’s Sworn Supervisor of the Year for 2020.
Randy is survived by a wife and eleven-year-old twin children, his father (a retired Newport Beach police officer who served the community for over 30 years), a twin sister and many close friends and colleagues.
Senate Bill 1383, which requires all cities in California to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and improve the quality of recyclables for processing, includes new statewide regulations which will come into force in 2022.
The City of Newport Beach and its waste contractor, CR&R Environmental Services, are preparing to meet these new state mandates and implement further residential service improvements to the city’s waste and recycling program.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect in the coming months:
- Mandatory recycling. While more than 75% of Newport Beach households currently separate recyclables in blue-roofed carts, the practice is voluntary. Under SB1383, residential recycling will become mandatory. This fall, CR&R distributed blue-roofed recycling carts to other Newport Beach residences that don’t have one. If you have recently received a blue recycling cart and have questions about its use, or would like to exchange cart sizes, please contact CR&R at (949) 625-6735 or on the web at https://crrwasteservices.com/.
- Changes to the collection route. The City is developing a new contract with CR&R to cover the expanded recycling program. The new contract, which is expected to be presented to city council for possible adoption in late November, proposes changes to collection routes to increase efficiency and reduce disruption in neighborhoods. If approved, the proposed rerouting changes would reduce the total number of kilometers traveled by collection trucks, reduce the total number of daily routes for trucks, reduce the number of left turns and avoid high-pressure areas. traffic. Some residents may have their collection days adjusted accordingly, starting in February 2022. The City and CR&R will notify you in advance if your home will have garbage and recycling collected on another day of the week.
- Recycling of garden waste and (organic) food. SB1383 also requires residential recycling of organic waste, which includes grass clippings, yard waste, food and kitchen scraps, and food soiled paper. In January 2022, all households in Newport Beach will receive a green-roofed organic waste cart, as well as a two-gallon bucket to collect organics in the kitchen. Be on the lookout for green-roofed organic recycling carts, kitchen buckets, and organic recycling guides, which will be handed out after the holidays. The program is expected to collect over 500 tonnes of organic material per month, which would otherwise be sent to landfill, and convert it into high-quality compost. The program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,200 tonnes per year. CR&R will use split-body trucks for collection in aisles on the Peninsula, Balboa Island and Corona del Mar, which will reduce the need for additional truck trips by simultaneously collecting recyclables and organic waste.
- Additional service charge. Under the proposed contract, all households would be entitled to one garbage cart, up to two recycling carts and an organics cart at no additional cost (waste collection charges are fully paid by the City, and residents pay a recycling fee that offsets the City’s costs). From April 2022, any additional trolleys will be available at an additional cost. A cart deployment service (where the carts are moved onto the street to be picked up by CR&R workers and returned empty) will also be available for an additional fee. Residents with disabilities will continue to receive a free cart deployment service with proof of disability. To help keep our streets and waterways clean, residents will be required to put all garbage and recyclables in the appropriate carts without overfilling them.
Over the next few months, the City and CR&R will inform and remind residents of these upcoming changes through direct mail, this newsletter, social media, video, the City’s website and more.
COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach
As of October 28, the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach was 5,092, an increase of 55 cases from October 21. The total number of cases in Orange County as of October 28 was 304,368, an increase of 2,133 cases from October 21. The number of COVID-19 patients recovered across the county as of October 28 was 292,948. These figures are provided to Orange County by the California Department of Public Health. The county’s daily update of information on COVID-19 cases is available at https://ochca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/cc4859c8c522496b9f21c451de2fedae.
Those looking for vaccination options can visit the HCA page at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-channels by the California Department of Public Health.
Drought conditions for Orange County
Last week, the governor issued an executive order declaring drought conditions for much of southern California, including Orange County, and calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% compared to 2020 to protect our water reserves. Residents of Newport Beach are also urged to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%. There are many ways to conserve water in and around your homes. One of the easiest ways is to adjust your watering timers. You can find resources on the City’s website at https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/public-works/water-quality-and-conservation/water-conservation.
In addition, at the City Council meeting on November 16, our utilities department will present information regarding an update to our water conservation program and ordinance. If you would like a free inspection or examination from our utility staff regarding your water use, please do not hesitate to contact us at (949) 644-3011.
The August 2021 cash flow report is available on the City’s website at the following address: www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury.
In August, the City’s portfolio totaled just over $ 316 million. Approximately $ 52 million of the portfolio has been invested in highly liquid investments available for day-to-day operations and major construction expenditures.
The short-term portfolio ($ 247.8 million) had a weighted average effective maturity of 1.85 years. The total return for the past twelve months was 0.30%. Our benchmark for the same period, the ICE BofA 1-3 Year Treasury Index, returned 0.16%. The return on portfolio income, a better measure of income from the portfolio, was 1.71%.
New Harbor feature on the MyNB app
A new feature on the city’s MyNB smartphone app includes locations and images of public facilities in and around Newport Harbor, including public washrooms, public docks, pumping stations and fueling docks. The functionality is easily accessible through the “Newport Harbor” section of the MyNB app. The user’s location is identified so that anyone who wants to know where the nearest facility is can find it easily. This new tool is designed to be used by all boaters in our port, especially new visitors or occasional visitors. Other port related features available on the MyNB app include booking a mooring or hold with the city, general information on port service, how to contact port service and specific information on the port. use of anchorages.
Root for change
Recently, our staff and park maintenance team partnered with Stanbridge University for a tree planting event at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. More than 30 university volunteers and municipal staff planted 77 native trees and 100 native plants, donated by Shadetree Nursery. The effort is part of Stanbridge’s “Root for Change” initiative to help the environment by planting trees in locations across Southern California.
Free sandbags for Newport Beach residents
Complimentary sandbags are available to residents of Newport Beach Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day before a forecast storm and storm day at the City Corporation Yard, located at 592 Superior Avenue. Sandbags are limited to 10 per resident, with proof of Newport Beach residency.
For those preparing ahead for storms, filled and unfilled sandbags are available for pickup on Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Corporation Yard.
October e-waste and shredded collection event a success
A total of 2,625 pounds of electronic waste and 8,000 pounds of paper were picked up at the City’s shredding and electronic waste event on October 16. All paper products were shredded on site.
The next event will take place in the spring at the Newport Beach City Yard, 592 Superior Avenue, with on-site shredding, e-waste collection and compost distribution.
- 14 people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now accommodated in the Costa Mesa Bridge shelter.
- City Net, the city’s contracted homeless services agency, has ordered Social Security award letters for several clients along with emergency housing vouchers. Emergency Housing Vouchers are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and allow people to pay affordable rent based on their fixed income. So far, nine homeless people in Newport Beach have received vouchers and are working with a housing navigator to locate apartments. The voucher program is administered by the Orange County Housing Authority.
- City Net finalized three emergency housing voucher allocations with clients. City Net will start locating apartments for voucher recipients in the coming weeks.
- City Net enrolled a couple in its services and performed a housing assessment.
- City Net has ordered identification documents (including photo ID, birth certificate and social security card) for several people enrolled in their services.
To donate to those experiencing homelessness in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.