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February 17, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
City managers from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa said services must be cut, even though their cities are better off than others with funds in Orange County's bankrupt investment pool. Newport Beach City Manager Kevin J. Murphy told about 35 residents Wednesday that he expects reductions in the Sheriff's Harbor Patrol and Municipal Court.
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October 3, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Merchants in two of the city's main financial zones--Corona del Mar and Balboa Island--are proposing improvement districts to boost commerce in their communities. Regulated by the city, money collected through the districts would be used to promote businesses and pay for beautification of the business zones. The funds would come from a self-imposed tax on businesses in the zones and be collected by a City Council-appointed advisory board.
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August 31, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
A city committee is looking at ways to persuade restaurant diners to pick up the check for a campaign promoting local eateries, which generate about 8.3% of the city's general fund revenue each year. But even if the plan is implemented, the quarter-percent tax hike on each tab probably would not be enough to force reconsideration of whether to order dessert. The proposal would tack the fee onto the bill's sales tax, which is 7 3/4%, making it an even 8%, Assistant City Manager Ken Delino said.
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November 18, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The city has made it easier for residents to subscribe to its paramedic program by allowing open enrollment and making other changes. Paramedics answer all city emergency medical calls, but residents have the choice of paying a $42-a-year fee for unlimited service or paying by the call--$150 for basic life-support services or $250 for advanced life support required in trauma cases.
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November 22, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The City Council has earmarked $120,000 to plan and design several parks, but another $1.2 million for actual park construction remains to be allocated. The council's appropriation calls for $50,000 to plan community and view parks citywide, to be built with assessment district funds, and $70,000 to design Upper Castaways Park. The park will be built on about 4 3/4 acres next to the Upper Castaways gated community for which the Irvine Co. received Planning Commission approval Thursday.
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May 7, 1994 | BOB ELSTON
With a $3-million budget deficit facing the city, the City Council Monday will consider a set of modest tax increases designed to raise a projected $375,000 annually. The first proposal would mean an up to $1 tax per passenger on charter boats in Newport Harbor. The second tax calls for an extra $10 fine for those delinquent in paying parking tickets. The third would be an annual fee charged people with security alarms in their homes.
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July 18, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Congress has responded to the request for money to begin dredging Upper Newport Bay, a project that city and county officials say is essential to preserve the environmentally sensitive area. On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved spending $1.27 million of federal funds for clearing sediment from the bay. A vote on the energy and water funding bill by the full House is expected next week. "It's the first step," said Peggy Ducey, Newport Beach's assistant city manager.
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November 12, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The City Council voted this week to spend $5,000 on plans for a park at the spot where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean. The idea to build a park at the river's edge was brought to the council by Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks. The group is headed by Jean Watt, an environmentalist and former city councilwoman, and is devoted to preserving open space in Newport Beach. The group also has asked Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County to pledge funds for the park.
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August 11, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI
After learning that the city spent close to $110,000 on police protection for this year's Fourth of July, the Council voted Monday to form a committee of residents and government officials to study crime in West Newport. Despite the usual heavy deployment of police officers and assistance from Orange County sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol and Irvine Police Department officers, a stabbing, a shooting and an assault with a baseball bat were reported during the holiday.
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June 30, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
A vacant lot in a residential neighborhood that has come to be known as "People's Park" may be sold off for needed funds for the city's new Central Library. The lot on River Avenue has been empty since the city seized the property decades ago for unpaid taxes, but nearby residents have come to adopt the parcel as their private park.
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