“Internet Safety and Your Teen” Lecture Scheduled for Oct. 7

posted: October 2nd, 2014 05:07 am | 0No Comments

A Newport Beach police detective will discuss how to protect teenagers on the Internet at a free event to take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Central Library.

“Internet Safety and Your Teen” will cover the dangers of the Internet, recent Orange County cases, monitoring methods and more. Det. David Syvock will be the featured speaker, according to the city’s website.

The lecture is for adults only, the website states.

The event will be held in the Friends Room of the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.


From the Police Log: Residential Burglary Reported

posted: October 1st, 2014 11:59 am | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of a residential burglary on Monday in the 700 block of Avocado Avenue.

The burglary had no forced entry and occurred between noon July 7 and Noon Aug. 16, the report said. The loss was $12,160.

Police also took a report of forgery Tuesday in the 3200 block of Ocean Boulevard. The forgery, with a loss of $2,023, occurred between 8 a.m. April 3 and 8 a.m. May 5, the report said.

Officers also took a report of a petty theft/shoplifting on Tuesday in the 3400 block of East Coast Highway. The they occurred between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday, and the loss was $101.


City Continues to Work on Charcoal Fire Ring Application

posted: October 1st, 2014 11:44 am | 0No Comments

The California Coastal Commission will hold its monthly meeting in Newport Beach next week — but the city’s permit application for charcoal-only fire rings won’t be on the agenda.

The Coastal Commission meeting will take place Oct. 8 through 10 in the Civic Center, with a few Newport Beach permits for private projects on the agenda for Wednesday Oct. 9. The agenda also includes a permit application for Crystal Cove State Park to restripe a parking lot and replace a modular building; read our earlier story here.

The city’s application for a program to limit fire rings fuel to charcoal only remains incomplete, however.

“Community Development is working the response and expects to have the information ready for resubmittal by mid-October,” said Tara Finnigan, a city spokeswoman, in an email.

A Coastal Commission staff member confirmed that the city had not yet responded to a three-page letter sent in August that requested more information. The requested information included data on air quality and health impacts from charcoal smoke, whether data had been gathered about how fire ring users’ experience with charcoal compared to wood, charcoal availability and the dates of the proposed pilot program. Click here to read our earlier story.

The City implemented the charcoal-only rule in March in order to comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District rule amendments on beach fire rings, but city staff agreed to work with the Coastal Commission staff on obtaining a permit for the program. The City submitted its 50-page application on July 17; read our story here.


CdM’s New Dolphins Due in November

posted: October 1st, 2014 05:11 am | 1Comment

Corona del Mar’s dozen dolphin topiaries will be replaced with younger, svelter versions, probably in November, a city spokeswoman said.

The existing topiaries date back to 1993, when early members of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District added them to the medians at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway. They were introduced during the annual Christmas Walk along with a 15-foot tall Santa Claus topiary that was brought out for the holidays and stored offsite until it finally died; read our earlier story here. The group had considered adding dolphin statues, but officials said those could be dangerous if a driver hit one, so the topiaries were added instead.

Over the years, however, the dolphins grew and grew, becoming more difficult for city crews to trim. Since 2011, City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner and B.I.D. members have discussed replacements, saying the dolphins looked like manatees that needed a diet; read more here.

At a meeting in February, B.I.D. Chairman Bernie Svalstad announced that city staff agreed to replace the 7-foot-tall topiaries. The cost, city staff said, would be about $13,000 for the dolphins and median landscaping and improvements. At that meeting, Svalstad said city staff would likely work with Roger’s Gardens to grow the new topiaries to be planted in the fall.

The group also discussed whether they could auction the old topiaries as a fundraiser — but that likely won’t happen.

“The current topiaries won’t survive transplanting,” city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said in an email. She did not elaborate on whether the topiaries would be destroyed when removed, or if experts believed they would not survive once replanted.


Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory For the Weekend

posted: September 30th, 2014 04:34 pm | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service today issued a heat advisory, warning of hot conditions Friday through Sunday.

Daytime high temperatures are forecast to be 10 to 20 degrees above normal within a few miles inland of the coast, the advisory said, with Saturday likely being the hottest day.

“Slow cooling will begin along the coast on Sunday…but it will still be quite hot inland,” the advisory said. “Additional cooling will occur next week…”

Daytime high temperatures a few miles an further inland in Orange County are expected to reach 95 to 102 degrees, and Orange County beaches will see temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees.

The advisory warns that the heat can be stressful to animals and humans.

“Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness,” the advisory states. “Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”


CdMHS PTA Meeting Scheduled For Wednesday

posted: September 30th, 2014 12:24 pm | 0No Comments

The Corona del Mar High School PTA will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the school library, with Charles Hinman, the district’s assistant superintendent of secondary education, scheduled as guest speaker.

Hinman will discuss the district’s “curriculum vision for the 2014-2015 school year” and address AP classes and common core, according to a school email.

The meeting also will include reports from high school Principal Kathy Scott, middle school Principal Becky Gogel and School Board President Karen Yelsey, according to the meeting agenda.


Big Corona Parking Stations to Be Installed

posted: September 30th, 2014 05:00 am | 1Comment

UPDATED to correct daily parking rates.

More than two years after the idea first surfaced, pay stations will be installed this week at Big Corona State Beach, according to a city news release.

“A contractor working for the City of Newport Beach will install 12 new pay stations at the Corona del Mar State Beach parking lot beginning September 30,” the release states. “Installation should be completed by October 3 and the pay stations will ‘go live’ on October 11.”

At that point, beach visitors can pay for hourly parking as well as a flat daily fee, the release said.

Hourly rates will be based on the season, day of the week and time of day, ranging from $1.50 per hour to $4 per hour, with day rates of $15 per day except holiday rates of $20 per day on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

”Customers will also have more payment options – in addition to taking cash, credit and debit cards, the machines will also accept pay-by-phone payments, using the ParkMobile phone app,” the release said. “Paying by phone with ParkMobile enables customers to add time without having to return to a parking lot pay station.”

SP Plus personnel will no longer routinely staff the parking lot to accept payments and oversee its operation, the release said.

“However, SP Plus will have at least one staff member on site during the first few weeks of the transition to the pay stations and during busy periods to assist drivers with the new system and answer any questions,” the release said.

The City began using pay kiosks at the Balboa Pier lot earlier this year. The California Coastal Commission approved permits for the pay kiosks at both beaches.

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


Beer Bottle Attack Sends Man to Hospital

posted: September 29th, 2014 04:28 pm | 1Comment

A man was assaulted with a beer bottle during a fight at the Island Hotel early Saturday, according to police.

Officers responded to the hotel in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive at 1:02 a.m. after receiving a report about a man who had been hit over the head with a beer bottle during an altercation, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

“Officers were unable to locate anyone in the area matching the original description of the male suspect,” she said. T”he victim stated that he had engaged in a verbal altercation with the male suspect, which escalated to a physical fight.”

Police later determined that a woman interjected and broke a beer bottle over the victim’s head, Manzella said.

“The victim and witnesses at the scene were unable to provide a description of the female suspect, or a consistent description of the male suspect who was originally reported to police,” she said.

The victim sustained a laceration to his forehead and was transported to a local hospital for further medical attention, Manzella said.


From the Police Log: Man Arrested Three Times in Two Days

posted: September 29th, 2014 03:12 pm | 0No Comments

A Costa Mesa man was arrested three times in two days in Corona del Mar on suspicion of alcohol-related offenses, according to police reports.

The man was arrested at 10:57 a.m. Friday in the 2800 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and drinking alcohol in public, a report said. His bail was $500. The man was arrested at the same location at 11:57 p.m. Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, and no bail was listed for that offense.

The day before, the man was arrested at 9:33 p.m. in the 2200 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, drinking in public and urinating or defecting in public. His bail then was $500.

The man has been arrested several times in the past year in connection with alcohol-related offenses, including twice in April in two days; read our story here.

Police also arrested a 43-year-old Anaheim man at Iris Avenue and Bayside Drive at 7:26 p.m. Saturday on a probation violation; no bail was listed on a report. Police arrested a 52-year-old Santa Ana man at 12:47 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500. And officers arrested a 31-year-old Santa Ana man at 3:31 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of commercial burglary. His bail was $20,000, a report said.

Police took a report of a petty theft from a motor vehicle in the 700 block of Narcissus Avenue on Sunday. The theft, with a loss of $188, occurred between 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.


Special Arts Meeting Set to Discuss Rex Brandt Memorial

posted: September 29th, 2014 07:27 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Arts Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a proposal for a revised monument and plaque for artist Rex Brandt, who lived and worked in a studio near the Goldenrod Footbridge.

City staff had proposed that the commissioners recommend that the former Rex Brandt and Joan Irving residence, school and studio — known as Blue Sky — be changed from a Class 4 Structure of Historic Interest to Class 5 Point of Historic Interest. Staff also suggested placing a commemorative marker near where the home and studio once stood near the Goldenrod Footbridge.

But some neighbors thought the original proposal for a marker, which would have been set in a boulder and placed on the ground, looked like a grave marker, and at a meeting earlier this month, the commissioners were split on what to do. Ultimately, they agreed to revisit the proposal and hold a special meeting; read our earlier stories here and here.

The new marker would be a stone faced pedestal with a precast concrete cap and a flush-mounted bronze cap, a staff report states. The marker would be installed at the end of Goldenrod Avenue near the footbridge, along with enhanced landscaping and a new trash receptacle, and neighbors now support the marker, the report states. The plaque would be 13 by 19 inches and would explain the significance of the Rex and Joan Brandt, and their studio, Blue Sky, which has since been torn down.

“The plaque includes iconic representations of Brandt’s work,” the staff report states. “The plaque will also feature the City Seal as designed by Rex Brandt and explain the elements that comprise it.”

The project, the staff report states, will be funded by contributions from individual donors.

Brandt was born on Sept. 12, 1914 and is famous for his paintings of Newport Beach and Balboa Bay. The City is planning a celebration of his life on Nov. 1 at the Central Library.

The special meeting will take place in the Central Library Friends Room at 1000 Avocado Ave. The public may attend and make comments.

Images from the City of Newport Beach staff report.