Newport Beach City Manager Update: Buck Gully Trail, Mayor’s Youth Council

Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

This month, the City celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Upper Buck Gully Trail Renovation, which created an accessible, habitat-friendly hiking and biking trail in a protected canyon.

Over the past decade, the Buck Gully Trail has become one of the city’s most popular recreational destinations, enjoyed by over 20,000 hikers and cyclists a year.

The 300-acre Buck Gully Preserve is a protected wildlife area owned and operated by the city under an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game.

The 2012 renovations, which included building the 3.32-mile trail system and installing four helicopter bridges, were made possible by a state grant to the city and our nonprofit partner lucrative, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy.

I would like to thank the many volunteer conservation members for their excellent work over the past decade in educating visitors through tours and activities, monitoring the area’s natural resources, removing invasive species, maintaining trail and bridge infrastructure, and Suite.

Residents who live in the hills surrounding the canyon have also played an important role in its preservation by choosing native plants, limiting water runoff, and reducing the risk of fire.

Buck Gully is open daily from dawn to dusk and during scheduled programs. To maintain sensitive wildlife habitats, dogs are not permitted.

I encourage you to visit the Irvine Ranch Conservancy website at for more information on Buck Gully, including trail maps, programs led by docents, volunteer opportunities and more.

Additional information about Buck Gully:

The regular swim lap schedule resumes August 5 at the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center

Beginning August 5, lap swimming at the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center will return to the standard year-round schedule of Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lap swim passes are sold as tour packages or as an annual pass. Please visit for prices and monthly schedule.

New step-by-step guides available for Virtual Connect online authorization portal

New step-by-step guides for the recently launched City Virtual Connect (CiViC) online permit portal are now available at

The guides will help users register for a CiViC account, review plan verification status and written corrections, schedule a building inspection, and understand how to navigate the new user dashboard.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year until September 5

The Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2022/23 school year. This educational program gives high school students an in-depth look at the careers available in local government and provides a forum for expressing opinions, creativity and civic-mindedness.

The Mayor’s Youth Council is made up of three different functions: education, service and outreach. In addition to one-on-one mentoring with City staff, Youth Council members will also participate in the planning and implementation of community events and engagement with their peers. School-age residents are encouraged to apply by Monday, September 5. Click here for more information or to apply:

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:

  • Located a homeless person who has lost contact with family in Wisconsin. The team took the first steps to reconnect him with his family.
  • Transported one person to Be Well sobering up station for treatment.
  • Transporting a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.
  • Transportation of five people to services, shelter admissions and appointments.

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 intervention teams:

  • Participated in the Newport Beach National Night Out event to provide education and resources to the community.
  • Continued to shelter people. Eighteen homeless people in Newport Beach are housed at the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.
  • Reports filed with County Adult Protective Services for two seniors living in vehicles. This will enroll them in case management.
  • Completed housing assessments for four people in the county’s Coordinated Entry System.
  • Transportation of a person to a Social Security appointment.
  • Registered a senior for services and completed a housing assessment.
  • Documents completed with an older veteran received an emergency housing voucher program.
  • Sheltered a client in a motel while waiting for his new apartment.

To donate to homeless people in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving program webpage at

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