Coastal Cleanup Day to Close Back Bay Drive on Saturday

posted: September 19th, 2014 05:28 am | 1Comment

Saturday is Coastal Cleanup Day, and Newport Beach staff is warning residents that scheduled events will close Back Bay Drive to all users from about 9 a.m. to noon that day.

The closure applies to all users, including pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles from San Joaquin Hills Road to Eastbluff Drive.

The Cleanup Headquarters and main registration point will be at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at 2301 University Drive with shuttle service provided to other areas of the Bay.

To register as a volunteer, visit the Orange County Park’s website or call (949) 923-2290.

Organizers expect to collect 15,000 pounds of trash and recyclables. Volunteers should wear old clothes and shoes and bring water in a reusable bottle.


From the Police Log: Thefts Reported

posted: September 18th, 2014 07:08 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of petty theft of mail and packages on Wednesday.

The theft occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 2, a report said, and the loss was $162.

Police also took a report of a grand theft from a building in the 1100 block of Newport Center Drive on Tuesday. The theft, with a loss of $1,500, occurred between 4:47 p.m. Sept. 12 and 5 a.m. Sept. 15, a report said.


City Website Working After Days of Interruption

posted: September 18th, 2014 12:16 pm | 2Comments

Some Corona del Mar residents have been unable to access the City of Newport Beach website for nearly a week.

UPDATE: The city website now is working, and sources say the issue appears to have been at the city and not from Internet providers.

Dennis Baker, a Corona del Mar resident, told the Corona del Mar Residents Association board today that the website had been unavailable since Saturday.

“It seems that approaching a week is excessive,” he said. He said Time Warner Cable and other Internet providers apparently were affected.

City officials have told residents that information technology staff members are working to identify the problem. A city spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email seeking information for this story.

Some residents believed the issue was related to Time Warner Cable, but some Time Warner customers in Corona del Mar haven’t had problems, including City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, who told the CdMRA board that she had accessed the city website on Tuesday.


Street Sweeping Hours Near CdMHS Could Change

posted: September 18th, 2014 11:47 am | 0No Comments

Complaints about street sweeping could lead city officials to change sweeper day near Corona del Mar High School, according to an email from the school.

“Due to numerous complaints about street sweeping, the signs around CdMHS will be covered again,” the email said, citing information from the school’s police resource officer. “City of Newport Beach Traffic Engineers are going to recommend to the Newport Beach City Council to change the sweeper day on the school side to Thursday, along with one side of Amigos and Domingo, and have the other side of Amigos and Domingo changed to Friday.”

The City Council will not consider the change until Oct. 28, the email said.

“Once the decision has been approved and the days on the signs are changed, NBPD will leave warning cards again for two weeks,” the email said. “The rest of the Vista del Oro and Mar Vista route will continue to be enforced on Fridays like it has been. The Amigos and Domingo route will continue to be enforced on Thursdays as it has been also.”

Currently, only seniors have permits to park in school lots. Last year, the City Council agreed to implement a parking permit program for residents of Aralia Street near the school, which prevents students from parking there for more than one hour. The restrictions went into effect earlier this year; read our stories here and here.


NBPD Announces Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

posted: September 18th, 2014 05:06 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will co-host a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 27 at the OASIS Senior Center.

The take-back event will be the ninth in four years, according to a news release. The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft by letting residents get rid of expired, unused or unwanted drugs.

The service is free an anonymous. Liquids and needles or sharps won’t be accepted.

According to the release, Americans turned in 390 tons of prescription drugs last April at more than 6,100 locations.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” the release said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including their home medicine cabinets.”

Flushing unwanted medication down the toilet or tossing them in the trash are now considered to be safety and health hazards, the release said.

OASIS is located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.


Boater Rescued Off Newport Beach

posted: September 17th, 2014 05:44 pm | 0No Comments

A woman boating off the coast of Newport Beach called for help and was rescued just before noon today, officials said.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol officers received a call at 11:53 a.m. today to assist the U.S. Coast Guard find the woman and tow her boat. The woman was 30 years old and was sunburned, dehydrated and exhausted, online logs state.

“A boater was in distress out at sea, and radioed for help,” said Sgt. John Hollenbeck. “The Coast Guard responded and got her aboard their boat, taking hers in tow. They brought to our emergency dock, where paramedics transported her to Hoag Hospital. She was treated for sunburn and dehydration, but suffered no serious or permanent injury.”

It was not immediately known if her distress call was medical, mechanical or both, he said.


Port Theater Alcohol Service, A-Frame Signs on City Council Agenda

posted: September 17th, 2014 02:23 pm | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach City Council will hear an appeal of the Port Theater’s expanded alcohol service at a meeting Tuesday, according to a public notice posted online and at the theater.

In August, the city’s Planning Commission voted to allow the theater to extend alcohol service until 1 a.m., including throughout the theater at all-ages shows; read our story here.

Two weeks later, however, City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner appealed the Planning Commission’s decision because of concerns from neighbors about noise from intoxicated patrons; read that story here.

Theater representatives have said they needed the changes to compete with theaters like Fashion Island’s Islands 7. The Port Theater is located at 2905 East Coast Highway.

The Council also will hold a public hearing on A-frame sign regulations, another public hearing notice said.

The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District asked for that the city change rules that ban A-frame signs, and the Planning Commission voted 4-2 last month to allow the signs in Corona del Mar only; read our earlier here.

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


CdMHS Sells Out Battle of Bay Football Tickets

posted: September 17th, 2014 11:16 am | 1Comment

The Corona del Mar High School football team will take on Newport Harbor High School in the Battle of the Bay game at 7:30 p.m. Friday — and a school announcement said that CdMHS has sold out of tickets for the game.

“As of 9:00 this morning, Newport Harbor High School had approximately 800 tickets available for purchase,” an email announcement said. “These tickets will be for the NHHS side of the stadium and must be purchased at the ASB office on their campus.”

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave.

The game will be streamed live by Fox Sports West, another school announcement said. To watch the stream, click here.

The CdMHS team has won 29 straight games. According to a story in the Daily Pilot, that streak currently ranks as the best in the state and is one win away from matching the 10th best in CIF Southern Section history.


U.S. Open of Lawn Bowling Underway

posted: September 17th, 2014 08:50 am | 0No Comments

The U.S. Open of Lawn Bowling is underway this week, including matches at the Corona del Mar lawn bowling club on Crown Drive.

The event began Sunday and will conclude with finals and closing ceremonies in Laguna Beach on Saturday.

The Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club will host men’s events on Wednesday and Friday. The club is located at 1550 Crown Drive.

For more information, click here.


Community Meeting Planned for Master Arts & Culture Plan

posted: September 17th, 2014 05:05 am | 0No Comments

The City of Newport Beach will hold a community meeting to gather input on a Master Arts & Culture Plan at 6:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 29.

The two-hour meeting will take place in the OASIS Senior Center, and anyone interested in attending is asked to R.S.V.P. online.

The Newport Beach City Council heard a proposal for preparation of a Master Arts & Culture Plan from Arts Orange County at an April 8 Study Session meeting, city staff said.

“City Council reviewed the proposal and recommended that the Arts Commission proceed with urgency on the Arts Plan,” said Tim Hetherton, library services director, in an email. “Council stated that the Arts Commission has a broad mandate to change existing policies, and to not be constrained by the status quo. Council recommended that the Arts Orange County Master Arts & Culture Plan take a bold, broad based, inclusionary approach that gives equal regard to all creative disciplines. This approach should also be taken when considering the City’s cultural assets, which includes venues, public art, arts organizations, galleries, creative businesses, and individual artists.”

The town-hall style meeting will let community members offer input, Hetherton said, and after the event, there will be an online survey available for anyone unable to attend.

The OASIS Senior Center is located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.