From the Police Log: Drug Arrests, Bad Check Report

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Newport Beach police arrested a 42-year-old Garden Grove woman Monday afternoon on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia, according to a report.

The woman was arrested at 1:21 p.m. in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive. Her bail was $100,000.

Police arrested a 42-year-old Huntington Beach man in the same location at 1:25 p.m. Monday, also on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. His bail was $20,000.

Officers also took a report of someone passing a fictitious check in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive at 11:34 a.m. Monday, according to a report.


Ready for Disaster? CdM Community Workshop Planned for July 30

posted: July 22nd, 2014 10:59 am | 1Comment

Newport Beach’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is hosting a 90-minute community workshop on Wednesday July 30 to teach families about preparing for an emergency or disaster.

The Family Preparedness and Resilience event, which includes light refreshments, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at the OASIS Senior Center at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.

“Something as simple as an extended electrical outage can wreak havoc on communities that are ill prepared to cope with a disruption of this nature,” according to an email from the Corona del Mar Residents Association. “We also live in a wildfire zone (Buck Gully and Morning Canyon), and of course earthquakes are always a concern.”

Newport Beach city staff and CERT volunteers will explain how to prepare in case your family needs to shelter in place, as well as how to prepare for an evacuation and what to consider if children are at school or family members are away at work when something happens.

The event is free, but organizers request that you R.S.V.P. by emailing Info at Cdmra.org.


Sherman Library & Gardens to Host French Dinner Event

posted: July 22nd, 2014 05:13 am | 0No Comments

Sherman Library & Gardens will host “Garden Fusions — an Experiential Dining Event” on Thursday July 31, according to an event invitation.

The event is the fourth in a “Garden Fusions” dinner series, created by Chef Pascal Olhats, the invitation said.

“Herbs De Provence is an evening designed to highlight Orange County’s highly acclaimed French Chef Pascal Olhats and Sherman Gardens’ Herb Horticulturist Carol Younger,” the invitation states. “This ‘Garden Fusion’ will treat guests to a gourmet four course French cuisine dinner and will include tips on how to grow and use herbs in your garden. Plus, a very special highlight of the evening will be a tableside cooking demonstration by Chef Pascal.”

Tickets cost $60 per person, or $50 for Sherman Library & Gardens friends. Beverages, tip and tax are not included, although a signature drink will be included during the hors d’oeuvres hour. For ticket purchase or information, call Café Jardin at (949) 673-0033. The event will be limited to 50 guests.

The event will begin with hors d’ oeuvres in the sun garden and a tasting of French wines, the invitation said, while Younger describes “growing tips and insights on great culinary herbs” and a walk through the garden to show how herbs can be used in landscaping. The main course will be served on the central patio as the sun sets, with Chef Pascal cooking table side. Dessert will be served by candlelight, the invitation states.

The “Garden Fusions” events will be held the last Thursday of the month through October.


Police Release Bank Robbery Details

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A man wearing what appeared to be Prada sunglasses robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 3600 East Coast Highway just after 11:30 a.m. today, according to a news release.

The man entered the bank at 11:26 a.m., the release said, and left within a minute.

“He returned to the bank at approximately 11:35 a.m. and approached a teller window where he passed the teller a note demanding money,” the release said. “After receiving cash, the suspect left the location and fled north on Orchid Avenue on foot. There were no weapons seen or threatened during the incident.”

Police received a 911 call about the robbery at 11:36 a.m., the release said.

The man was described as in his mid 20s, about 6 feet 2 to 6 feet 4 inches tall and 150 pounds with short brown hair. He was clean shaven with no visible tattoos and was wearing a gray t-shirt, dark shoes and black sunglasses that appeared to be Prada glasses.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call Det. Garrett Fitzgerald at (949) 644-3797. You also may leave anonymous tips on the police hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD.

Photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department.


Robbery Reported at CdM Wells Fargo

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Online police logs state that a robbery occurred at 11:36 a.m. today at the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 3600 East Coast Highway.

“The suspect was described as a male white, estimated to be in his 20’s, wearing a grey t-shirt and Prada sunglasses,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. “He passed a note to a teller demanding money…There was no weapon displayed.”


From the Police Log: Newport Center Fight Leaves Man Unconscious

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A man and his friend were arguing outside a restaurant early Sunday morning in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive when it turned violent, police said.

“The suspect then struck the victim with a closed fist, causing great bodily injury and unconsciousness to the victim,” said Jennifer Manzella, a police spokeswoman, in an email. “The suspect and his friend then fled the location in a vehicle in an unknown direction. “The victim was transported to a local hospital and received treatment for his injuries.”

The incident occurred between 1:35 and 1:44 a.m., a report said. Police did not arrest the suspect because they did not immediately find him, Manzella said.

In other police news, officers arrested a 31-year-old Newport Beach man at 2:29 a.m. Sunday at Fernleaf Avenue and East Coast Highway on suspicion of DUI with a prior DUI arrest, records state. The man was arrested at 2:46 a.m., and his bail was $15,000. He also was booked on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, according to a report.

Police took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Friday in the 500 block of Carnation Avenue, according to a report. The theft, with a $200 loss, occurred between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday. Officers also took a report of a petty theft from a building in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on Friday. That theft, with a $400 loss, occurred between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday. Police took another report of a petty theft from a vehicle in the 1700 block of Ocean Boulevard on July 16. The theft occurred between 9:30 a.m. July 13 and 1:30 p.m. July 16 with a loss of $93.


“Say Ahh!” Documentary to Play at Port Theater on Wednesday

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Local dents and medical experts will participate in a panel and screening of the documentary “Say Ahh!” at the Port Theater on Wednesday evening.

The movie will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the panel, according to an emailed invitation.

Tickets are available for $10 online; click here for more information.


General Plan Amendment Headed Back to Council

posted: July 21st, 2014 10:14 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach City Council will once again discuss a proposed amendment to the city’s land-use portion of its General Plan at a meeting Tuesday night.

The Council held a public hearing on the proposed changes at its last meeting, then decided to further discuss it and possibly vote to approve it at Tuesday’s meeting.

According to an emailed “Insider’s Guide” to the Council meeting sent by City Manager Dave Kiff, Mayor Pro Tem Ed Selich proposed changes to the amendment that had been approved by the city’s Planning Commission.

“They scaled back the scope of the amendment a bit,” Kiff wrote. “His changes removed a number of locations from the amendment, including removing proposed entitlement in the Airport Area and removing entitlement for a proposed hotel that would have replaced the car wash at Newport Center across from Muldoon’s Irish Pub; and (a)ccepted a number of text changes recommended by Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON).”

Selich and Councilman Tony Petros discussed traffic and transportation, including bicycle routes, related to the proposed amendment, and Selich discussed a “Corona del Mar Bypass Plan” that would “divert vehicular traffic and limit traffic congestion in the Corona del Mar area,” Kiff wrote.

Petros suggested a new policy that would encourage people headed to the Newport Center area to go to the Orange County Transportation Authority transit center on Avocado Avenue, Kiff said.

The new amendment would have to be approved by the City Council and voters in November. If approved, it would allow 500,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail and 500 new residential units in Newport Center and remove entitlements of not-yet-built hotel and dwelling units in Newport Coast and 58,000 square feet of not-yet built shopping centers “across town,” Kiff wrote.

The number of average daily car trips from these changes would be a reduction of 2,922 trips from the 2006 General Plan’s “buildable entitlement.”

The proposed changes, however, will still result in increased traffic for Corona del Mar residents, according to the SPON website. [Editor's note: SPON is a Corona del Mar Today advertiser.]

“New development can only mean more traffic,” the SPON website states. “Whether that’s 2,000 more trips a day or 20,000 more trips a day . . . does it really matter? What matters is you can’t add new residences, new offices and new shops without an increase in traffic. Argue the magnitude of increase if you want, but at the end of the day our roadway reality becomes worse than it was before the development.”

The website includes dozens of comments, many from Corona del Mar residents, complaining about traffic and overdevelopment.

“I’ve Iived here since the late 1950’s,” one Corona del Mar resident wrote. “Enough change already. Sometimes I drive around and think I’m in Century City.”

“It is sad to see the Evil Empire taking over our charming town!” another Corona del Mar resident commented.

Kiff’s Insider’s Guide also stated that city staff is working on a plan to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s recent directives for additional water conservation measures and possible penalties. After last week’s Corona del Mar Residents Association meeting, a few members questioned whether increased development in the city would further strain efforts to conserve water.

The City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.

To see the complete agenda with links to staff reports, click here.


Council to Discuss Historic Status of Goldenrod Footbridge at Tuesday Meeting

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The Goldenrod Footbridge likely would qualify for designation as historic — but the process could take two years, cost $10,000 and create extra red tape for future bridge work or even work on adjacent properties, according to a staff report included in Tuesday’s City Council meeting agenda.

In June, at the request of a few Corona del Mar residents, City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner asked that the Council consider seeking historic status for the footbridge, which was built in 1928. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council will decide whether to pursue the possibility.

City staff researched city records and resources from the California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation and the United States Department of Interior National Park Service, the staff report said.

“The Bridge, now being more than fifty years old, satisfies the first of several criteria that both the State and the USDOI have set to qualify applications seeking a Historic designation,” the report said. There are four broad historic categories under which the bridge could be listed, but the report suggested that the most suitable category would be designating it in the California Points of Historical Interest category.

The bridge would meet the criterion of being at least 50 years old, the report said, but also would have to meet at least one other criterion, such as “having a profound influence on the history of California” or being a “prototype of, or an outstanding example of, a period, style, architectural movement or construction or is one of the more notable works or the best surviving work in a region of a pioneer architect, designer or master builder,” the report said.

The city could nominate the bridge, and if CAOHP approved its historic designation, it would be listed in the California Register of Historical Resources. The city could install a bronze plaque and could order a highway directional sign, which the city would have to pay for , through Caltrans.

The process likely would take two years, the report said.

“Additionally, Caltrans has informed staff that while a Historic designation for the Bridge by itself may not be sufficient cause to impede any Federal or State related funding for future bridge work or adjacent projects, additional qualification requirements (reports and documentation) will need to be included in processing any necessary permits,” the report said. “Other possible agency approvals may be necessary depending upon the scope of the proposed future project work.”

Also, private property owners adjacent to the bridge could be required “to implement additional protective measures to ensure protection of a Historical Structure,” the report said, depending on the scope of their work. The project would cost about $10,000 to hire consultant staff to help prepare and file the application.

The bridge, which is made of concrete, was built to connect the north and south sides of the area once known as the “Pacific Gulch, which is now Bayside Drive, and improve beach access.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.

The Council also will consider tentative schedules for city workers between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1. The proposed plan would close many city offices but provide limited library and OASIS Senior Center hours, and police, park patrol and other emergency workers would remain on duty.

The meeting also will include a second discussion of proposed changes to the city’s General Plan’s Land Use Element. The Council held a hearing earlier this month on the proposed amendment to the plan but postponed a decision until Tuesday; read our earlier story here.


CdM Today Poll of the Week

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