Newport Beach is a coastal city in Orange County, California, United States. Newport Beach is known for good surfing and sandy beaches. Newport Harbor once supported maritime industries but today it is used mostly for recreation. Balboa Island draws visitors with a waterfront path easy access from the ferry to the shops and restaurants. Its population was 85,287 at the 2010 census.
The Upper Bay of Newport is a canyon, which was carved by a stream in the Pleistocene period. The Lower Bay of Newport was formed much later by sand that was brought along by ocean currents, which constructed the offshore beach that is now recognized as the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.
Before settlers reached the coasts of California, the Newport area and surrounding areas were very prominent Indian lands. Indian shells and relics can still be found today scattered throughout the area. Though, throughout the 1800s, settlers began to settle the area due to the availability of land. The State of California sold acre-plots of land for $1 a piece in the Newport area. Anglo-American inhabitation in the area grew substantially following the events of 1870 when a 105-ton steamer named The Vaquero, captained by Captain Samuel S. Dunnells (against warnings posted by surveyors) safely steered through the lower and upper bay of Newport where it unloaded its cargo. James Irvine, after hearing the astonishing news, quickly traveled from his home in San Francisco to the San Joaquin Ranch. Meeting in Irvine's ranch house near current day UC Irvine with his brother, Robert Irvine, and friend James McFadden, they all agreed that the newly found port should be named simply, "Newport" thus where Newport Beach gets its name. James McFadden built a long McFadden Wharf in 1888.
Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach, California. A place so intoxicating, one taste of the perfect life will keep you coming back for more.
From sunset cruises to surf lessons, wine tastings to harbor-front promenades, we offer more things to do and more ways to spend your stay. We invite you to relax, unwind and enjoy picturesque views of California’s sunrise and sunsets – paradise is what we call it.
With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, there are ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities.
Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty and story to share.
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John H. Meier
John H. Meier (born September 28, 1933) is an American financier and business consultant now living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is noted for his involvement with Howard Hughes, his behind-the-scenes involvement in events that precipitated President Richard M. Nixon's resignation, and his work in the environment.
John Meier was born in 1933 and raised on Long Island, New York. He worked briefly for the New York Life Insurance Company before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and sent to the war in Korea. Upon his honorable discharge in 1954, Meier returned to working for New York Life.
In 1959, Meier was hired in the computer division at Hughes Aircraft and two years later transferred to Hughes Dynamics, a Los Angeles-based information management subsidiary of the Hughes Tool Company."
Investigative reporter Gerald Bellett, who was one of the main reporters covering Meier for over 20 years, detailed Meier's background in a book called Age of Secrets. In the book, Bellett claims that during the Watergate hearings, Meier wanted to tell the nation secrets about the Nixon White House, the CIA, and Howard Hughes, but to keep him from telling his secrets, he was persecuted, jailed and forced into exile in Canada.
Meier was the first person to reveal everything from the Hughes Organization, and Robert Maheu's, involvement with the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination, to Thane Cesar 's connection to Jack Hooper.
According to investigate reporter and New York Times bestselling author Jim Hougan, "John Meier's story is really interesting and, I believe, important. I've spent a number of years studying the American cryptocracy and there is no question in my mind that Meier is dead-right when he says that the CIA was running the Hughes empire. So, too, with Intertel. I was the first journalist to write about the firm (in Harper's), and it's apparent to me, as it is to Meier, that its business plan was drawn up in Langley."
The Hughes Organization supplied the CIA with a "magic box", which is a "cover" organization used by a nation's spy apparatus which allows its inhabitants to hide anything they possess or do, regardless of the importance of what is being done or hidden. It is from within this organization that the CIA and its corporate and political friends operate. When John Meier opted out of participating, he became an impediment to its continued existence.
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