Wednesday Signal Outage Planned for San Joaquin Hills, Crown Drive

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An ongoing traffic signal modernization project will cause a traffic signal outage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at San Joaquin Hills Road and Crown Drive, according to the City of Newport Beach website.

Crews will be updating equipment at the intersection as part of an ongoing project in the area, the website states.

“While out of operation or flashing red, traffic signals are treated as 4-way stops in all directions,” the website states. “Alternate routes are recommended as traffic delays are expected.”

From the Police Log: Identity Theft, Probation Violation Arrest

posted: January 27th, 2015 01:19 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested a 33-year-old Fullerton man at 9:37 a.m. Monday at Fifth and Marguerite avenues after a traffic stop, reports state.

The man was booked on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and a probation violation, and his bail was $500.

Police also took a report of identity theft on Monday in the 1200 block of Goldenrod Avenue, reports state. The theft occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 2:08 p.m. Monday with no loss listed.

Police also made an arrest at 11:10 a.m. today after a report of a petty theft just occurring at Newport Center and San Miguel drives, online logs state.

Mary Cassatt Lecture to Be Held at Central Library on Wednesday

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The Central Library will host a Beyond the Canvas lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the library’s website.

The focus of this lecture will be artist Mary Cassatt, an American who spent most of her adult life in France, where she became friends with painter Edgar Degas. Cassatt’s paintings are well known for their focus on mothers and their bonds with children.

Jacqueline Hahn, an award-winning professor, will lead the four-part Beyond the Canvas Series that focuses on French impressionists, offering insight to the artists’ lives and artistic movements. Hahn has traveled the world lacerating on art history, literature and philosophy. She has received a Distinguished Instructor honor from the University of California-Irvine, according to the library’s website.

The next lecture in the Beyond the Canvas series will take place on Wednesday Feb. 25 and will focus on Degas.

The free lectures will take place in the Central Library’s Friends Room at 1000 Avocado Ave.

Registration Now Open for 2015 CdM Scenic 5K

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Registration is now open for the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Annual Scenic 5K race, and the first committee planning meeting for the June event is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 10.

The costs for the events range from $15 for the 1K Kids’ Dolphin Dash to $38 for mens’ and women’s 5K races. For more information, including registration options and online course maps, click here. Registration fees include a race T-shirt, goody bag and breakfast at Restaurant Row at the end of the course.

Organizers also have announced the first planning meeting for this year’s Scenic 5K will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 10. Refreshments will be served, and organizers urge you to participate and bring a friend.

The meeting will take place in the Corona del Mar Chamber office at 2855 East Coast Highway, between Goldenrod and Heliotrope avenues. Parking is available behind the building.

City Council to Meet Tuesday

posted: January 26th, 2015 05:06 pm | 3Comments

The Newport Beach City Council will meet Tuesday, and two Corona del Mar projects are on the consent calendar, according to the online agenda.

One of the projects would help prevent litter and debris from reaching the ocean and bay by installing a hydrodynamic separation unit at Bayside Drive near Heliotrope Avenue, the agenda states. Staff is recommending that the Council award a $328,100 contract for the Bayside Drive Storm Drain Litter Removal project to Clarke Contracting Corp., the agenda states.

“The Bayside Drive Storm Drain Litter Removal project involves the installation of a hydrodynamic separation unit along an existing 60 inch storm drain pipe that runs parallel to Bayside Drive at the Heliotrope Avenue intersection,” a staff report states. “This storm drain system receives heavy street litter flow during storm events. The proposed hydrodynamic separation interceptor unit will capture trash and remove debris before storm water enters the ocean and bay waters.”

City staff received grants from the Orange County Transportation Authority to fund most of the project, the staff report states.

The other Corona del Mar project on the consent calendar is the Little Corona Runoff Infiltration Project, which would improve beach conditions by diverting low-flow creek water that currently flows across the beach into an infiltration gallery for subsurface percolation into the sand, a staff report states.

“Historically, surface water flows in and out of Buck Creek occurred only during and after storm events,” the staff report states. “As development, irrigated gardens and landscapes increased upstream around Buck Gully, the groundwater table has also raised in areas. The creek now runs perennially with approximately 20 million gallons a month flowing over the beach at Little Corona and into the offshore sensitive marine life area designated as an Area of Special Biological Significance by the State.”

In 2006, the report states, Newport Beach began a program to reduce over-irrigation and to encourage property owners to use native plants and to repair or upgrade irrigation systems.

“Though flows in Buck Creek have diminished, the current flow is still significant and perennial,” the report states.

An infiltration galley” will act as a very large sand filter allowing the water to gradually work its way down through the sand rather than flow across the surface of the beach,” the report states, adding that staff “performed a preliminary geotechnical investigation and determined the conceptual plan was feasible.”

The total cost of the program would be 360,000, the staff report states. The City Council could vote to approve an agreement with RBF Consulting of Irvine “to prepare a field survey, geotechnical testing, entitlement documents and construction documents for the Little Corona Infiltration Project” as well as approve funds for construction.

Another item on the consent calendar is to confirm appointments to the Finance Committee.

According to the agenda, Councilman Keith Curry, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon and Councilman Tony Petros would serve, selected by Mayor Ed Selich. Selich also is asking to waive a policy relating to serving on more than one board to appoint Larry Tucker to the committee; Tucker is currently serving on the city’s Planning Commission.

Councilman Duffy Duffield’s appointment choice is Jack Wu; Councilman Kevin Muldoon’s appointment choice is John Warner; and Councilman Scott Peotter’s appointment choice is Bill McCullough.

The Council also will decide whether city staff should tackle a Corona del Mar traffic bypass plan.

“Should City staff undertake the effort to research, develop and evaluate possible ways to provide for, and/or encourage vehicle traffic to by-pass or otherwise avoid using Pacific Coast Highway through Corona del Mar to travel to Irvine, the Airport Area or the greater Orange County areas and beyond from the Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach area or other points south; and visa-versa,” the agenda states. At the last City Council meeting, Selich asked that the item be placed on a future agenda for consideration.

The Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.

The Council also will hold a Study Session that begins at 4 p.m. That meeting will include a discussion on ideas of changing fees for residential and commercial pairs, and moorings, and leases versus permits, the agenda states.

The public may attend the meetings and make comments.

From the Police Log: Burglary Reports, Arrests For Taking Car Without Consent

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Newport Beach police arrested three people Wednesday at Santa Rosa and Newport Center drives on suspicion of taking an automobile without the owner’s consent and various other charges.

Police arrested a man, 29, of Cypress at 5:21 a.m. He also was booked on suspicion of identity theft, and his bail was $20,000. At 5:09 a.m., officers arrested a woman, 32, of Santa Ana, who also was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics and two felony warrants. Her bail was $25,000. Police arrested a man, 24, also of Santa Ana, at 5:28 a.m., and his bail was $20,000, a report said.

Police also took a report of a commercial burglary with forced entry on Corporate Plaza Drive on Friday. The incident occurred between 8:10 p.m. Thursday and 8:10 a.m. Friday, and the loss was $2,150, a report said. Police also took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Wednesday in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive. That burglary occurred between 11:45 p.m. Jan. 20 and 8 a.m. the next day with a loss of $8,500. Police also took a report of identity theft on Friday in the 2500 block of Ocean Boulevard. The theft occurred between noon Jan. 6 and noon Jan. 22 with a $551 loss.

Police arrested a 54-year-old Newport Beach woman at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of DUI with a prior; bail was $15,000. Officers arrested a 40-year-old Los Angeles man at 3:04 p.m. Sunday at East Coast Highway and Los Trancos on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500.

Police also arrested two men on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated on Sunday afternoon at Avocado Avenue and East Coast Highway. A man, 56, of Newport Beach, was arrested at 1:30 p.m., and a man, 41, of Costa Mesa, also was arrested, and bail for each was $500.

City Seeks Community Input on Seven Beach Bonfire Plans

posted: January 26th, 2015 07:37 am | 5Comments

The City of Newport Beach has launched an online survey, seeking input from the community about seven different plans regarding beach fire rings.

Staff updated the city’s website on Friday with information about fire rings and links to the survey, which includes seven possible plans that could be submitted to the California Coastal Commission.

Meanwhile, staff has relocated some fire rings in order to allow 30 rings to be fueled by wood, following a Jan. 13 City Council vote to bring back wood to the rings. A permanent plan would return wood to all of the city’s 60 rings.

According to the updated webpage, as of Friday, wood is permitted in some of the rings.

“At Corona del Mar State Beach, you can burn wood in the rings closest to the ocean – the ones that are spaced more widely,” the webpage states. “The rings closest to the grass near the palm tree are charcoal-only. You’ll see a dividing line between the two sections. The spacing is not finalized as of this posting.”

The survey’s seven plans “attempt to restore some or all wood-burning fire rings to Newport’s beaches, while complying with certain regulations and laws,” the survey states. “It’s your turn to weigh in! What plans do you like or dislike – and why? What changes might you make to one or more of the plans to make it work for you? Above all, what would you do if you were in our shoes, and had to choose a plan that’s compliant with the regulations and laws?”

Plan 1 is the City Council-approved plan, with 18 rings at Big Corona, 26 near the Balboa Pier, nine north of the Newport Pier and seven at the western side of the Newport Dunes lagoon.

Plan 2 “generally places the 60 rings in the same locations as today, but realigns them to meet the 100 (foot) distancing requirement,” space 100 feet apart.

Plan 3 “places some rings at CdM State Beach, some at the Balboa Pier, and then has smaller clusters of 4-10 rings between the Santa Ana River and roughly 15th Street,” the survey states. “Plan 4, is like Plan 2, but would require Coastal Commission approval for the seasonal removal of half of the wood-burning rings (30) from October 16 to March 14, leaving 30 wood-burning rings available during the winter months…Plan 5, places some fire rings at CdM State Beach (14) and some near the Balboa Pier (14), and then places 32 rings in a single line – spaced about 525′ apart – from the Balboa Pier to the Santa Ana River…Plan 6, attempts to keep the general current footprint, but intersperses charcoal-only rings with wood-burning rings (roughly 30 of each).”

Plan 7, the survey states, is charcoal-only, which is what had been effect from March until the Council vote earlier this month.

The survey includes links to maps of each plan, as well as an opportunity for comments. The survey will be open for three weeks. Click here to see the survey.

The survey, said City Manager Dave Kiff in an email blast over the weekend, “gives anyone a chance to weigh in on ideas, ask questions, and see options (as well as see what others are saying).”

“I know that the plans have generated and will continue to generate a lot of discussion,” Kiff wrote. “As you contribute your thoughts, please remember this: This isn’t an easy issue to solve. The Coastal Commission staff has told us in no uncertain terms that wood-burning rings are important to them, as the rings are an important low-cost amenity for the region’s beachgoers.”

The City, he wrote, is currently out of compliance with the Coastal Commission.

“But we can’t put wood back in the rings where they sit today without spacing them out a lot more – that’s now the law,” he wrote. “Spacing them out means that more people could see rings nearby. Even if all of the rings were kept in the same general area as they are today (that’s Plan #2), new groups of people would have rings nearby. But AQMD has also said that if they are spaced properly (100’ from each other), then the health impacts of woodsmoke are lessened.”

Kiff asked that those who contribute to the survey be civil and offer “constructive, productive, neighborly thoughts.”

He also said that the more movement of the rings would be done today and Tuesday to bring the areas into full compliance.

Read our earlier stories here, here, here, here, here and here.

Showers in Forecast Today, Friday

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Showers are likely today and tonight, then could return by Thursday night and Friday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.

Today, there’s a 60 percent chance of precipitation, mainly after 4 p.m., the website states. Today should be mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 72 degrees with a southeast wind of 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tuesday and Wednesday should be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper 60s, the website states. Thursday will be partly sunny with a high temperature of 67 degrees, the website states, with a slight chance of showers Thursday night and Friday.

Saturday and Sunday should be mostly sunny.

Reader photo by Ron Yeo.

CdM Today Poll of the Week

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CdM Sunset, 1/25/2015

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