1. The Central Library will host a Sunday Musicale featuring the Alma Quartet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Alma Quartet features Colburn Conservatory Students Eduardo Rios, Madeleine Vallaincourt, Tanner Menees and Benjamin Manis. The group will perform string quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn as well as solo works by Enescu and Ravel. The free event will be held in the Central Library Friends Room at 1000 Avocado Ave.
2. Crystal Cove State Park will host a beachside ranger chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Education Commons of the Historic District; you can park at the Los Trancos lot for $5 per hour and walk or take a shuttle to the Historic District. At 1 p.m. Saturday, when the tide falls to a low of -0.6, a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point, helping to identify animals along the way. There will be another guided tidepool walk at 1 p.m. Sunday, when the tide will fall to a super low of -0.7. Both tidepool walks meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. The walks are free, but there is a $15 day-use parking fee in state park lots.
3. Roger’s Gardens will host “Growing Healthy, Beautiful and Delicious Citrus in Southern California with Ron Vanderhoff & David Rizzo” from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Roger’s “edible experts” Vanderhoff and Rizzo will discuss individual varieties for the local climate as well as water, soil, nutrition and pest concerns that are specific to citrus plants. There also will be several local varieties available to taste after the program. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
4. Restaurant Week (extended this year to two weeks) will end on Sunday, so this is the last chance to take advantage of special prix-fixe menus, with lunches available for $10, $15, $20 or $25 and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 at participating restaurants. Corona del Mar restaurants include El Ranchito, Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens, Five Crowns, Mayur, Port Restaurant, Rothschild’s, Summer House, the Bungalow (a Corona del Mar Today advertiser) and the Crow Bar & Kitchen. For a complete citywide list, including links to menus, click here.
5. Happy one-year anniversary to West of Camden, a clothing boutique that opened last year at 3409 East Coast Highway. The owners are inviting Corona del Mar Today readers to join the Saturday celebrations from 6 to 9 p.m., which will include a dessert table hosted by B. Candy, and Toica Stefan, a Los Angeles-based kids’ apparel designer, popping up shop for the night, music and more. There also will be giveaways for shoppers and discounts throughout the day.
Five people from Canyon Lake, were arrested early Thursday after police say they refused to leave Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive.
“The subjects created a disturbance at a resort hotel room and refused to leave the property after being evicted by management and advised of the trespass violation by the police,” said Erica Sperling, a police spokeswoman.
A man, 40, was booked on suspicion of refusing to leave the property. A man, 45, was booked on suspicion of obstructing an officer and refusing to leave a hotel or motel. A woman, 36, was booked on suspicion of refusing to leave the property. Another woman, also 36, was booked on suspicion of refusing to leave a hotel or motel, and a man, 28, was booked on suspicion of obstructing an officer and refusing to leave the property.
Bail for each was $500. The arrests all occurred between 12:40 and 1 a.m., reports states. Alcohol appears to have contributed to the incident, police said.
Police also arrested a 30-year-old Anaheim man at 2:10 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of Newport Coast Drive on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, and his bail was $2,500, a report states.
The Newport Beach Police Department will participate in a statewide anti-drunk driving campaign on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a news release.
The “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign urges those who plan to watch the game on Sunday, and who plan to drink alcohol while they watch, to designate a sober driver.
“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Lt. Tom Fischbacher. “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both.”
“The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking,” the news release states. “Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment effects. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.”
The City of Newport Beach showed an overall decrease in Part One crimes in 2014, with a slight increase in violent crimes but a dramatic drop in property crimes, according to a news release.
“Newport Beach is one of the safest cities in the nation, with a very low volume of violent crime each year,” the release said. “Although 2014 showed a slight increase in this type of crime (six more than last year’s historic low of 84 incidents)…violent crime was still 26.8 (percent) below our five-year average.”
Crime rates have reached new historic lows year after year, the news release said, and 2014 showed another decrease.
Part One crimes, which include violent crimes like homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as well as property crimes like burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson, dropped 11.9 percent in 2014, the release said.
“Given the record-setting statistics of the last few years, results such as these are only possible through the continued diligent work of our Police Department personnel partnering with the community,” the release said.
Property crimes also decreased by 273 incidents, a reduction of 12.6 percent. The biggest decrease, down 169 incidents from 2013, was in the larceny-theft category, which includes bike theft, mail theft, shoplifting, petty and grand thefts, thefts from automobiles and boats and burglaries.
Residential burglaries were down by 46 incidents, garage burglaries were down by 33 incidents, and commercial burglaries were down by 17 incidents.
“Crime prevention is a team sport,” Chief Jay Johnson said in a statement. “It takes collaboration of all the stakeholders working together to combat the criminal element that attempts to prey upon our beautiful community. These stakeholders include the Newport Beach Police Department, our city government, our elected officials, and most importantly, our community members, businesses, and many visitors. Through collaboration and communication, I am proud to announce we have made incredible strides in crime reduction over the last few years, and we are committed to continuing these efforts in 2015.”
The news release lists several programs and reasons for the crime reduction, including its “Stolen Collection” advertising campaign that raises public awareness about property crimes and crime prevention.
“In March, we implemented a new integrated Computer Aided Dispatching and Records Management System, allowing our dispatchers, field personnel, and investigators to work together more efficiently and effectively,” the release said.
Johnson’s implementation of the CrimeStat model in 2012, which has staff from all department areas meet monthly to review crime trends and actives, helps the chief focus on teamwork and addressing issues in a timely matter, the release said. And a crime suppression unit “has also allowed us the flexibility and dedicated resources to address issues proactively before they significantly impact the community,” the release said.
Social media campaigns and neighborhood watch programs also played a part in crime prevention, the release said.
The Newport Beach City Council will hold is annual planning meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room of the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.
The meeting will begin with a welcome and introductions, led by Mayor Ed Selich. The city manager and city finance director will provide a financial update from about 9:10 to 10 a.m., with an update on capital programs by the public works director and assistant city manager scheduled for 10:10 to 11:30 a.m.
There also will be an update on private projects by the community development director scheduled for 11:40 a.m. to noon.
Council members will have a chance to ask questions and make comments, and there will be an opportunity for public comments, during each section of the meeting.
The mayor will provide a summary of the meeting at noon, and public comments on non-agenda items will follow.
The Council meets each year in January to discuss priorities and goals for the new year. Click here to read about last year’s meeting.
As of Wednesday, all of Newport Beach’s 60 beach fire rings — both wood and charcoal — are in compliance with the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s rules, the agency’s executive officer said in an interview.
“I”ve had several discussions with Dave Kiff, the city manger,” said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer for the SCAQMD.
Last week, Kiff asked for a few more days to finish moving the rings into place so that they were 100 feet apart if wood burning, or past a 700-foot buffer zone from homes.
AQMD inspectors were at Big Corona State Beach and at the Balboa Pier area on Wednesday morning.
“My staff sent a note that said the rings are spaced properly,” Wallerstein said.
At Big Corona, some of the rings are now green and are labeled as charcoal only in English and in Spanish. Wednesday afternoon, safety tape blocked off a grouping of several of the green rings. The wood-burning rings are the old white-colored ones.
Wallerstein said he knew about the seven plans that the City of Newport Beach was considering as a permanent plan, which are available for review online as part of a survey of residents; click here to read more.
“It’s important to keep in mind, this (current setup) is an interim configuration,” he said. “We’re monitoring the situation. But the city is on the road to compliance not only with the SCAQMD but also the Coastal Commission.”
One of the proposed seven plans would likely go to the Coastal Commission for consideration of a coastal development permit.
Wallerstein acknowledged that having a combination of charcoal and wood allowed in rings separated in some cases by only a few feet could create enforcement problems. Newport Beach staff also has acknowledged that the mixture of charcoal and wood is not recommended.
“We’re aware of the issues, city staff is aware of the issues,” he said. “We’re going to see how it goes.”
The Newport Beach City Council voted 5-2 on Jan. 13 to return wood to beach bonfires. But AQMD rules about beach bonfires that changed in March 2014 have strict spacing requirements.
A Newport Beach man was arrested for the second time in two days when he was booked Tuesday morning on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $950, records show.
The man, 56, was arrested at 11:59 a.m. at Newport Center and San Miguel drives. His bail was $500.
He also was arrested and booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated on Sunday afternoon in the 800 block of Avocado Avenue. The same man has been arrested several times in Corona del Mar in the past few months on suspicion of alcohol-related offenses.
Police also took a report of a battery at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive, and officers took a report of a petty theft from a motor vehicle on Tuesday in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive. The theft, with a loss of $304, occurred between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Monday.