Newport Beach City Manager Update: NBPD Leader Lewis Retiring, Jamboree Construction

Grace Leung

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis, who announced his retirement on December 31.

While his leadership will be sorely missed, Chief Lewis leaves behind exceptional service that will ensure the continuity of excellent public safety services in our community.

I have appointed Deputy Chief Joe Cartwright, who has held various field and command-level positions over 20 years with the Newport Beach Police Department, as acting chief.

Chief Lewis is well known in our community as a longtime NBPD veteran who rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 2016. He was a respected and trusted leader who implemented innovative reduction programs of crime, such as the data-driven community. maintaining order and excellence in emergency response and response times to 911 calls.

Under his leadership, the department developed innovative wellness initiatives in collaboration with national experts, resulting in improved morale, productivity and police services.

Our search for his successor will begin in the new year. In the meantime, our community will have a few weeks to thank Chief Lewis for his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.

Contact Chief Lewis at

Recommended alternate routes to avoid Jamboree Rd. Construction

Expect traffic delays on northbound Jamboree Road this week as construction crews on a repaving project transition from night to day work.

Between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 14 through Thursday, November 17, paving will take place in the northbound lanes of the Jamboree between Sea Vista and Ford Road. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays as heavy traffic is expected, particularly during pick up and school pick up times. In addition, bridge deck maintenance will take place on the Jamboree Road Bridge, which crosses Upper Newport Bay.

The shift from night construction to day construction is due to weather impacts, including low nighttime temperatures that prevent paving at night.

For approximately three weeks after completion of the paving operation, crews will bring all utilities up to standard and install new traffic light detectors at all intersections. This work will require intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures. At least one lane will remain open at all times. Alternate routes such as MacArthur Boulevard are advised.

The overall project, which includes paving and adding a reclaimed water service to the median landscaping, is expected to be completed by mid-December.

The storm brings a positive start to the rainy season

We were lucky to receive some well-deserved rain this week. The Orange County Water District Headquarters in Anaheim recorded a total of 2.28 inches of precipitation from this week’s storms. That brings the season’s total (since early July) to 2.96 inches, above the seasonal average of 2.09 inches.

While this is a positive start to the rainy season, there is still a pressing need to conserve water and deal with the state’s long-term drought conditions. An easy way to save water is to turn off sprinklers before, during, and after rainfall events.

For more water-saving tips and discounts, visit

City Hall Permit Center launches self-registration

Applicants visiting the Permit Center can now choose an option to check-in automatically with their mobile device or from our new fixed kiosk.

Customers will be notified by text message when they are checked in, called for counter service, or transferred to another service staff member. A final text message will notify you that the service has ended, including a link to our customer satisfaction survey.

Our goal is to provide a better overall experience when doing business at Permit Center.

The system also tracks applicant wait times, which will help the City better serve visitors and continue to improve the Permit Center experience.

Opening of registrations for winter courses on November 17

Get ready to slide into winter when registration for classes and camps opens Thursday, November 17 at 8 a.m. Community members are encouraged to provide recreation this holiday season to help their friends and family start the new year learning, making friends, staying active and having fun.

Residents will receive a copy of the print edition of the Newport Navigator in the mail and can view the fully bound digital version online at

City-wide bridge maintenance begins November 14

Starting next week, a City contractor will clean and seal the decks of several City bridges: Newport Island Bridge (at 38th Street); Jamboree Road Bridge; Bison Avenue Bridge; and the Bonita Canyon Bridge.

The work will be carried out between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday, November 14 until the end of November. During construction hours, traffic control and lane restrictions will be in place.

In addition, the contractor will be performing repair work on the Balboa Island Bridge on Monday, November 28 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Tickets available for OASIS Thanksgiving Luncheon Nov. 16

The OASIS Senior Center will hold its annual Thanksgiving luncheon at noon on Wednesday, November 16. A traditional Thanksgiving lunch will be served by 24 Carottes and coffee, drinks and dessert will be included. Come and enjoy holiday-themed music, a raffle, and a chance to give thanks.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the OASIS administrative office or by calling (949) 644-3244.

Small abandoned ships will be auctioned on November 18 at Marina Park

The City will auction small abandoned boats to the public on Friday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marina Park Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Boulevard. The auction will include small dinghies, stand up paddle boards and kayaks.

The exhibit will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Ships are sold as is, for cash only, and the minimum bid varies by ship. Payment (cash only) is due immediately after auction. Winning bidders are responsible for picking up their vessels by 5 p.m. on November 18.

Registration opens November 17 for the December 2 Breakfast with Santa event

Santa Claus is coming! Join us for “Breakfast with Santa” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Newport Coast Community Center.

Enjoy breakfast burritos and your favorite holiday tunes while you wait for Santa’s big arrival. There will be crafts, bouncy houses, train rides and of course photos with Santa!

Registration opens on November 17 at 8 a.m.

Marina Park Family Fun Night December 16

Experience a fun family event for all ages with dinner and stunning views of the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Activities will include crafts, games and photos with Santa Claus. Places are limited, registration begins Thursday, November 17.

New state building codes will take effect in 2023

The City of Newport Beach will adopt the 2022 California Building Standards Codes this year. The 2022 California Building Standards Codes will take effect on January 1, 2023.

The last business day for 2019 California Codes-compliant projects to submit plans to the city is Friday, December 23. The permit counter will be closed for the holidays, from Monday, December 26 to Tuesday, January 3.

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:

  • Responded to an incident of domestic violence and transported a woman and her child to safety.
  • Transported a person to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for an intake appointment.
  • Transported two people to crisis stabilization units for treatment.
  • Transported four people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.
  • Engaged with the community at the Newport Beach Police Department’s Mobile Café at Fashion Island.

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:

  • Continued to house people. Twenty people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Enrolled a senior citizen and her daughter in services and obtained CalFresh emergency benefits for them.
  • Issued new photo ID to person housed at Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter and transported to Share Our Selves for services.
  • Carried a man to an appointment at the Veterans Administration.

Click here to view the latest Homelessness Dashboard, which includes key monthly and annual data on the city’s response to homelessness:


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