This post covers a few Newport Beach-specific items. For non-Newport Beach readers, I still encourage you to read this to find out what your city is doing on these same fronts.
First, the Newport Beach Police Department has a revamped website (much nicer) that includes a section called “What We Do.” Under that section, you’ll see a variety of expected services like making reports, vehicle releases, etc.
Also in that section are tabs for (1) free home security inspections to all Newport Beach residents and (2) vacation check requests. That first option takes a Crime Prevention specialist around an hour and will result in recommendations for better home security. That second option is great and also free. Basically, you let NBPD know when you’re on vacation and (as time permits), NBPD volunteers come to the house and perform a perimeter check of all doors and windows.
The Newport Beach Fire Department offers the Fire Medics Program to NB residents (and businesses with 150 employees or less). A base fee of $60 per year covers unlimited paramedic services and emergency ambulance transportation with no out-of-pocket expenses for your household and guests (and employees if it’s a business). Non-members are billed for the full cost of paramedic assistance and transportation, which could be up to $1,800 per visit.
The health plans of insured individuals are billed directly and the Fire Medics membership covers everything related to paramedic and emergency ambulance services not covered by your insurance.
I didn’t know about this program until I got on City Council, but joined immediately and have maintained my membership.
Finally, I’ve written a lot about the state mandates on housing, which requires cities to update their housing elements (which are part of every city’s General Plan). Well, we’re kicking off the process now to update the full General Plan. This is a big deal. The kickoff includes asking Newport Beach residents to apply to be part of the very important 3-person steering committee. If you are interested, then please submit an application.
Hopefully you find this info useful!
Councilman Will O‘Neill represents District 7 on the Newport Beach City Council.