6 Responses to “Residents Group Gets Beach Update From City Staff”
July 24th, 2012
I didn't get an exact count but it's over 700 violations so far and summer is only half over! And we aren't even talking about the dozens of arrests that occur around Ocean Blvd. related to beach visitors. This is out of control! Strangers lining up in a residential neighborhood at 2am to use the beach that is closed until 6 am? That is unheard of! Why is this the first anybody hear of this? I guess there is no law about standing in front of people's homes all night long, but maybe there should be. (Thank god I escaped - or I should say was driven - out of town on the 4th.) If anyone needs confirmation that the fire rings breed conflict with the potential for tragedy here it is. 34 conflicts on weekends alone? That's roughly two per weekend day so far this summer. Are we going to wait until some gang member opens up with an AK-47 because some family took "his or her" fire ring? It's good to see we now have a full time Park Ranger at Big Corona. But I wonder how many more unreported violations occur after 6 pm and during the week when they aren't there? I wish the city would let residents know about this in some way other than in a private meeting with a special interest group. Once again I remind the public the "Resident's Association" has no legal standing and does not represent the public interest, only the private interests of it's members. This information needs to be published or brought up during City Council meetings or public town hall meetings. I've assumed it was just the wild west survival of the fittest down at Big Corona most of the time. Now let's discuss the dog owners who think the laws do not apply to them. 70 violations of dog laws so far this summer and only on weekend days during the day. So let's say there are probably THREE TIMES as many violations that go undiscovered. That's hundreds of loose dogs. I guess we just wait until some kid gets their face chewed off by a loose pit bull before some common sense is applied and dogs are once again banned from the family beach. I guess we should be happy at least that the alcohol violations seem to be pretty low. So where do all the drunks arrested in town come from? Also as I recall the Park Patrol was instituted about 10 years ago, not three. Well, here's hoping nobody gets killed down at Big Corona this summer - only 6 weeks left until Labor Day!
July 24th, 2012
Oh yeah, I forgot. Persian New Year. When is the city going to take some control and stop this or re-route it to someplace more appropriate for having thousands of people milling about in the dark? After someone does a face plant jumping over a fire ring and dies? This growing event results in a HUGE cost to local taxpayers. Every year it's the same, people don't clear out until after midnight. It's crazy. And I seem to be the only voice in the wilderness expressing concerns. If a Fatwah hasn't already been issued for me, I'm sure one will be shortly. I wonder is Salmon Rushdie has a guest house?
July 25th, 2012
Jamie, wanted to clarify two points you made in your first comment. "I wish the city would let residents know about this in some way other than in a private meeting with a special interest group. Once again I remind the public the "Resident's Association" has no legal standing and does not represent the public interest, only the private interests of it's members." Our meetings are NOT private and ARE open to the public. We publish our monthly board meeting agendas on our website and publish meeting notices in the Daily Pilot and Newport Beach Indy newspapers. Membership in this group is voluntary and open to all who live or own residential property in CdM (owners or renters). Right now our membership is right around 700 addresses out of a possible 6000. Our bylaws (also available on our website) require that we do public outreach before the board can vote on a community issue. We email our members frequently on topics, and we publish one, sometimes two, newsletters a year to everyone who has a CdM address. In those newsletters, we frequently ask CdM residents (regardless of whether they are members) of their opinions on a wide-range of topics. If we get a significant response on a topic, we will do more in-depth resident outreach. If there is a significant consensus, then and only then will we take a formal position (on behalf of our members and/or residents who respond) and make a presentation to city council, city staff and/or appropriate commissions. If you did not receive a copy of our April 2012 Newsletter (announcing our Annual Town Meeting which is open to all CdM residents every April on the 3rd Wednesday at Sherman Gardens), let me know and I'll put a copy in the mail to you. It is also available on our website if you want to view it electronically. If you have additional comments or questions, we are always available by phone to chat (phone numbers available on our website and in our annual newsletter). Karen Tringali, President www.cdmra.org
July 25th, 2012
AND I might add, the Residents Association was formed many years ago by individual residents and Mayor Phil Sansone, who wanted to obtain feedback from the community in order to made well informed decisions on the council. Hundreds of residents (special interest group who love Corona del Mar) have spent and continue to spend countless hours working together to solve problems rather than just leaving comments of criticism. I'd like to suggest Jamie get out here in the trenches with us by serving on some committees to make Lemonade out of Lemons. It will make you feel better.
July 25th, 2012
Well at least someone reads these giant text blocks. I wish the blog had formatting. Thank you for the offer - in 45 years nobody has ever wanted, elected or assigned a dissenting or "outside" voice on any City or residents committee that I can think of offhand. I'm afraid I wouldn't be much good on the lemonade committee, I do better slinging mud, jumping up and down waving my arms and yelling. But thanks for asking. I again state this information should be coming from the City directly to the public, not to a special interest group which admits to only representing a minority (about 12%) of the addresses (which does not necessarily mean they are property owners with a financial stake in the game) even if their meetings are open to the public or published in newspapers few people read or buried in the web someplace. And no, I have never seen your newsletter. I didn't know there was one - good job on the outreach. ;) It's probably just as well. Also, there is a big difference between a "town meeting" of a membership special interest lobby group even if it is open to everyone, and a Town Meeting sponsored by the Government - Of the People, By the People and For the People. And if my memory is correct I seem to recall it was Phil Sansone who was behind giving away the nice meandering path along Ocean Blvd down by Little Corona and had the sidewalk moved out along the street so the residents on the bluff didn't have the public walking through their 15 million dollar front yards which are mostly on public right of way land. As for my criticizing - I'm sorry but most actions of the Residents Association and the other special interest lobby group, the BID, seem hell bent on destroying my property value and quality of life. So yes I will speak up from time to time in hopes that someone in government who can do something to fix or improve things will listen. Now can we please get back to the SEVEN HUNDRED PLUS VIOLATIONS on Big Corona beach in a MONTH AND A HALF and get some parking control and police coverage down here, send our visitors home at 10 pm, not midnight, stop that failure of an experiment on PCH so we can get in and out of town, and stop the invasion of crime in old CDM! That is all. Carry on.
July 26th, 2012
Great job to park patrol for trying to get some of these things under control. Violations will never end but slowly tackling the problem will certainly get the word out and visitors will inform their friends about the rules. Constructive criticism gets the ball rolling whereas nagging harpies like Jamie make us all look like giant bigots. I love this community and I moved here knowing what life like a public beach may be like. I wouldn't change it for anything.