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January 17, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort  in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday . And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for...
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January 26, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
For any social group, with age often comes prestige. At the Newport Harbor Yacht Club - the oldest yacht club in Newport Beach - it also brings a crumbling building. For at least a decade, a club committee has tried to find a way to address the issues that arise with a facility that is about as old as the 98-year-old club itself. The proposed solution is to replace the existing two-story building with a new structure - one that looks nearly the same but larger. The Planning Commission approved the new project last week.
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NEWS
August 13, 1993
Dorothy Yardley, former social director at the Balboa Bay Club, died Thursday in a convalescent home here where she was recuperating from surgery. She was 88. Mrs. Yardley was called "the friend of presidents" because of friendships she made with former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, said Linda Essig, a spokeswoman for the Balboa Bay Club. The former Presidents met Yardley while visiting the Balboa Bay Club, and lasting friendships resulted, Essig said.
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October 28, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Another piece of John Wayne's legacy is being erased in the seaside town where he once lived and partied. Duke's Place, a Balboa Bay Club lounge known for its strong drinks and pub-style fare, is shedding the actor's name . When the tavern opened, long after Wayne's death, it was seen as an ode to the actor, its walls decorated with his image, its martinis strong, as he would have preferred. Wayne was a regular at the members-only club in Newport Beach and lived nearby in a mansion that overlooked the harbor, where he anchored his 130-foot boat, a former mine sweeper he christened the Wild Goose.
SPORTS
November 3, 1997
The Balboa Bay Racquet Club beat the Racquet Club of Irvine, 88-52, in games at the Senior 140 tennis tournament here Sunday. Dick Soth and Dick Fitzsimmons of Balboa Bay won all 24 games they played in the event, in which the ages of the members of each doubles team must add up to at least 140. Howard Daum, 84, and Bill Popejoy, 59, combined to win 21 of 24 games for Balboa Bay. Stan Quade and Nelson Bobb of the Racquet Club of Irvine won 23 of 24 games.
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November 2, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
The Balboa Bay Club has signed an agreement with the city to extend its lease by 50 years, club representatives said this week. The extension becomes effective the day the expansive beachfront resort on city-owned land at 1221 W. Coast Highway embarks on more than $20 million in renovations, club spokesman David C. Wooten said. That project, which is to include a 120-room hotel and new exercise facilities, should start within five years.
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July 27, 1994 | BOB ELSTON
As expected, the City Council on Monday night unanimously approved plans to demolish and rebuild much of the luxurious Balboa Bay Club. Club officials say the extensive remodeling effort will open the 46-year-old private club to the public for the first time and give it a more modern look. "It was fabulous," Beverly Ray, owner of the Balboa Bay Club, said of the Monday meeting. "There was such an outpouring of support for the plan."
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May 4, 1995 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County. Information for this column can be faxed to (714) 966-7790. Or phone (714) 966-7700.
The California Spring Wine Festival, with more than a half-dozen events, will be inaugurated this weekend by the Balboa Bay Club. The festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. with a "Winemaker Cruise Around the Bay" ($50 per person) aboard the Pavilion Queen and ends Sunday at the club with a "Best of the Best Sparkling Wines Brunch" from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($40). Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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July 14, 1991 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The kill zone, that swatch of Balboa Bay Club sand prowled by Joseph Wambaugh's "hot mamas" in his recent book "The Golden Orange," will become part of what city planners call a view corridor. The main ballroom where that bad boy of baseball, Billy Martin, warmly signed autographs for kids at the annual Christmas bash a few weeks before his death in 1989 will be replaced with meeting rooms designed for considerably less gaiety.
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July 25, 1994 | BOB ELSTON
The City Council tonight will consider approval of conceptual plans for expanding the Balboa Bay Club. The council vote comes a month after the Planning Commission voted unanimously to grant approval to the $25-million project, which would entail demolishing and rebuilding much of the club. The hearing tonight is not expected to draw much opposition. "We think we have a very good project here," said Dave Wooten, president of the Bay Club.
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July 3, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck and Lauren Williams
An explosion on Balboa Island at the former home of the late "The Beverly Hillbillies" actor Buddy Ebsen caused a fire about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Newport Beach fire official said. A small portable gas tank for a boat kept in the home's basement leaked fuel vapors that were ignited by the pilot light for a water heater, Newport Beach Fire Department spokesman Glenn White said. "This caused an explosion that ripped the lock off of the basement double doors and blew the doors open," he said.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort  in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday . And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for...
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard and David Pierson
Winston Chung came to Southern California two years ago like a standard-bearer for the new China, a wealthy Hong Kong entrepreneur with visions of creating an electric vehicle industry by reviving struggling manufacturing firms. Some dreams rolled out as planned. The battery scientist and clean-energy promoter bought control of four Southland specialty vehicle makers. UC Riverside renamed a building as Winston Chung Hall, saying that the $13 million he provided for green power research was the biggest donation in campus history.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
A Chinese entrepreneur who recently acquired the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach said his next venture will be to build a factory in the region to mass-produce batteries that can power a bus for 1,000 miles on one charge. Winston Chung said he is developing the new lithium-sulfur battery plant as part of a broader plan to export products to China. He has invested in Balqon Corp. in Harbor City, which builds drive systems for electric-powered buses; and is majority owner of MVP RV Inc. in Riverside, which builds trailers and recreational vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2008
When and where to see Orange County's maritime holiday displays: DANA POINT HARBOR When: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 Viewing locations: Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern Information: (949) 923-2255 or www.danapointharbor.com -- HUNTINGTON HARBOUR When: 5:15 p.m. tonight and Sunday Viewing locations: Sunset Aquatic Yacht Club, 2901-A Edinger Ave.; Peter's Landing, 16400 Pacific Coast Highway. Arrive early for best viewing and parking.
TRAVEL
February 13, 2005 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
One perk to loving a jet-set executive who lives in another state: traveling. I spend a lot of weekends in hotels between Orange County and Oregon. But as the calendar inched toward Valentine's Day, my beau, Ron, said he'd meet me far more than halfway. In mid-January, he and I stayed in my hometown at the recently renovated and expanded Balboa Bay Club & Resort, a polished playground with romantic views and a storied past. Escaping close to home is a smart luxury.
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January 26, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Balboa Bay Club was evacuated Tuesday after a toxic odor arose when a worker mixed cleaning solutions to unclog a kitchen drain, officials said. About 40 workers were evacuated about 8 a.m. when the smell wafted into the kitchen, banquet room and meeting areas. Seven people were taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach for evaluations, officials said. Fire officials neutralized the chemicals and declared the area safe about 11 a.m.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2004 | James Rainey and Jean Pasco, Times Staff Writers
Sen. John Edwards bounded on stage Saturday afternoon at the venerable Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach planted his feet firmly and told an audience of about 400 that he had arrived at a special place, one he had been describing for more than a year. "Many of you who heard me during the presidential primaries; heard me talk about one America where people struggled to get by, struggled to pay their bills, can't save any money," said Edwards, the presumed Democratic vice presidential candidate.
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