CdM Chamber to Launch “Good Morning CdM” Events on Sept. 10

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A new community discussion group will launch at 7:30 a.m. Thursday Sept. 10 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, according to a Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce event flier.

Formerly known as the Corona del Mar Government Affairs, the new event series is called Good Morning CdM, the flier said.

The series will be the chamber’s monthly platform for “sharing ideas, news and inspiration,” the flier said. Regular guests will include representatives from federal, state, county and city elected officials as well as featured speakers.

The featured speaker for September will be Doug McClain, chief marketing officer for Newport Beach & Company, who will discuss the State of Newport Beach Tourism and what steps are underway to advance the city’s tourism industry.

Good Morning CdM! events will occur on the second Thursday of each month. Doors will open at 7:15 a.m. for networking and refreshments, and the programs will begin at 7:30 a.m. Advance registration is not required.

The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive.

For more information call (949) 673-4050.

From the Police Log: Drug-Related Arrests Near Pelican Resort

posted: August 28th, 2015 02:35 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested several people Thursday morning in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South on suspicion of a variety of charges, many drug-related, according to arrest reports.

A man, 20, of Big Bear City, was arrested at 9:49 a.m. on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, false personification of another, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and taking an auto without the owner’s consent. His bail was $50,000.

Another man, 35, of Tustin, was arrested at 9:35 a.m. on suspicion of possession of narcotics and unlawful paraphernalia and identity theft; his bail was $20,000. A man, 22, of Costa Mesa, was arrested at 9:27 a.m. on suspicion of resisting an offer, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and narcotics and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; his bail was $2,500.

A woman, 24, of Garden Grove, was arrested at 9:35 a.m. on suspicion of obstructing an officer, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a felony warrant for first-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance and falsely impersonating another; bail was $20,000. A man, 41, of Garden Grove, was arrested at 10:43 a.m. and booked on suspicion of possession of unlawful paraphernalia and identity theft; his bail was $20,000. A man, 32, of Orange, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. on suspicion of falsely impersonating another, narcotics possession, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of narcotics for sale. His bail was $20,000.

A woman, 24, of Garden Grove, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of unlawful paraphernalia, giving officers a false i.d., two counts of narcotics possession, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Her bail was $2,500. Officers also arrested a 34-year-old Tustin man on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of narcotics for sale; his bail was $25,000.

Police also arrested a 39-year-old Norwalk man at 2:08 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of commercial burglary with no forced entry and possession of a controlled substance; bail was $20,000. Police arrested a 27-year-old Fountain Valley man at 2:35 p.m. Aug. 20 in the 1400 block of Avocado Avenue on two felony warrants and suspicion of possession of unlawful paraphernalia and a misdemeanor warrant; his bail was $90,500.

Officers took a report of a petty theft purse snatching on Wednesday in the 3600 block of East Coast Highway. The theft, with a loss of $543, occurred between 7:40 and 7:50 p.m. Wednesday. Offices took a report of a commercial burglary with forced entry in the 200 block of Newport Center Drive on Aug. 20. The burglary, with a loss of $3,051, occurred between 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 7:15 a.m. the next day.

Police also took a report of a residential burglary with no forced entry on Aug. 17 in the 700 block of Heliotrope Avenue. The burglary, with a loss of $7,625, occurred between 10 a.m. Aug. 12 and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17, according to a report.

CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

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1. Crystal Cove State Park will host a Tidepool Walk at 2:30 p.m. Saturday that meets at the Historic District’s visitor center. At 7 p.m., there will be a Full Moon Hike that meets at the Berns Amphitheater, located inland at the School-State Park entrance.

2. Roger’s Gardens will host Summer Cooking with Tomatoes & Peppers with Chef Rich Mead from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Mead, former owner of Sage restaurant, will demonstrate how to prepare salads, salsas, relishes and pickled items so you can enhance summer meals without heating up the kitchen. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

3. Recycled Rags will host its monthly parking lot party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring refreshments throughout the day as well as discounted items on racks in the back lot. The first 25 customers will receive a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more to be used the day of the sale, and there will be a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Recycled Rags is located at 2731 East Coast Highway. For more information call (949) 675-5553.

4. The City of Newport Beach will host a free movie in the park at 7 p.m. tonight at Grant Howald Park, featuring “Paddington.” The park is located at 3000 Fifth Avenue.

5. The City of Newport Beach will host a Marine Protected Area hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; meet at the Little Corona Beach lifeguard tower.

Natural History Lecture Scheduled For Sept. 2

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The next event in the Orange County Natural History Lecture Series will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday September 2, according to an event invitation.

Jayson Smith, a marine and conservation ecologist and assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, will deliver a lecture called “Human Impacts and Conservation of Rocky Intertidal Ecosystems,” the invitation said.

Smith’s research “focuses on anthropogenic disturbances on ecosystem functioning and community structure of coastal habitats,” the invitation states. “Given the high population of humans in southern California, urban coastal ecosystems are subjected to numerous human impacts. Work in Smith’s lab attempts to understand how these systems are changing and functioning in the face of these disturbances.”

Recently, the invitation states, his research focus has been on introduced seaweeds and how they fit into native food webs.

The event will be held at Back Bay Science Center at 600 Shellmaker Road in Newport Beach. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:15 p.m.

The event and parking are free, but organizers request that you R.S.V.P. to reserve a space by emailing marine education at newportbeachca dot gov.

Police Investigate Report of “Blood-Curdling Screams” in Flower Streets

posted: August 27th, 2015 06:03 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police and a police helicopter responded to reports of a women’s screams about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday near Iris and Fifth avenues.

A neighbor reported on social media that she heard “two bloodcurdling female screams and ran outside.”

When she and other neighbors went to investigate, they saw someone shove something into the back of a car and slam the trunk or hatchback before speeding away. Nobody was able to read a license plate number.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella confirmed that police received a call just before 10:30 p.m. about the incident.

“HB1 (Huntington Beach’s helicopter) and officers searched the area to no avail,” she said in an email. “A thorough search of the immediate area did not offer any indications that a crime had occurred. The resident called the station again shortly before midnight to request another officer response, but there was no new information. We documented the information in case any evidence of a crime appears at a later time.”

For Second Time in Three Years, City Shoots Down CdM Shooting Stars

posted: August 27th, 2015 01:26 pm | 0No Comments

Plans to add five shooting stars to Corona del Mar’s holiday decorations have once again failed to garner city permission, according to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce president.

“The city did not approve the hanging shooting stars on palm trees,” Linda Leonhard told members of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board at a meeting today at the Civic Center. “There were just too many requirements…it wasn’t going to happen.”

The B.I.D. board voted last month to add the shooting star decorations that would have been mounted to palm trees, facing different directions, at the median at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway. The board also had voted to add the same decorations in 2012, but a city arborist said the decorations could harm the trees.

At the July meeting, however, Stacey Jordan of the Dekra-Lite holiday decoration company told board members that city staff had agreed to allow the stars, and the board voted unanimously to add them; read our story here.

City staff had an “entire list” of problems with the stars, Leonhard said.

“It was weight on the palm trees, it was weather, it was all kinds of legal issues,” she said. “It was a big no.”

The B.I.D. spends about $30,000 a year on holiday decorations, including a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, adding new decorations every year or so.

A private person or group also has applied for a permit in recent years to add a menorah in the same median. Leonhard said the menorah would stand out more if it were placed in the median across from the tree, but the group decided against asking that the menorah be moved.

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled For Friday

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Newport Beach police will hold a DUI checkpoint beginning at 8 p.m. Friday though 2 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, according to a news release.

“Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily,” the release said. “When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”

Routine, well-publicized DUI checkpoints can reduce crashes involving impaired drivers by 20 percent, the release said.

Statewide, DUIs killed 802 people in 2012, the release said, and nationally, recent data shows nearly 10,000 people were killed by an impaired driver.

The checkpoint will be funded from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mural Gone After Five Bright Years; New Artwork to Reflect “Redacted Endless Summer”

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A monochromatic contemporary installation inspired by a movie ticket for “Endless Summer” will replace a brightly colored mural on the side of a building in the 3400 block of East Coast Highway.

The building at 3420 East Coast Highway, which has four apartment units above a gym and a now-vacant salon, has been undergoing renovations since late last year, said the property owner, James “Walkie” Ray. The renovations include seismic upgrades and other modernizing elements, and creating a contemporary facade that encompasses the front, back and side of the building is part of the plans, he said.

“We wanted something to wrap around and be an integral part of the building,” he said.

The building had been painted with beach-themed murals for about 15 years, beginning about 10 years ago when the owner of the adjacent 76 service station asked for permission to paint the side of the building with a whale and other sea creatures. When that faded, Ray requested an update, and a Hawaiian artist painted a mural of a tropical sunset; click here to read more.

Architect Gregory Ashton, who has done commercial and private work for Ray alongside his work as a principal architect at Walt Disney Imagineering, said he developed the plans for the new artwork first by considering the glass and stainless steel that will be on the front and back of the building. For awhile, he said, he played with the idea of doing abstract images of rippled water. But those ideas were all placeholders.

When Ray pushed him for a more specific plan, Ashton said he turned to a folder of clippings and notes that he saved for the project, searching for inspiration.

The folder included a pink movie ticket for the 1966 surf documentary “Endless Summer,” Ashton said.

“We were sort of taking this ‘Endless Summer’ theme and taking it off,” he said, describing how the beach mural was going to be removed. “That’s like a redaction of ‘Endless Summer.'”

Then he took the movie ticket and began to play, redacting all the images and text until he was left with a geometric pattern of black on pink.

“It was just geometric,” he said. “The process eventually ended up with this abstract, geometric pattern that connects with the architecture. It will be visually interesting.”

The old mural is gone, and the new artwork installation will begin next week, Ray said. First, the wall will be scraped and cleaned, then three layers of computer-cut foam will be installed, one on top of the other, to make the three-dimensional pattern. The project will take about three weeks, Ray said, including lining up the corners and finishing with a smooth stucco. The cost of the artwork part of the project, he said, was about $30,000.

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 2.53.34 PMBeing west-facing, Ashton said, will mean that shadows will add to the visual effect of the all-white wall.

“It will pick up a lot of striking shadows,” he said.

The building renovation should be complete next month, Ray said.

Reaction to the removal of the beach mural was mixed. A 76 employee, who declined to give his name, said customers were evenly split, with most very curious about what’s to come.

Artist Anthony L. Carnabuci of Hawaii, who painted the old mural, said he had mixed feelings about the work being removed.

“Im so happy that my mural was up for 5 years,” he said. “Murals by nature are temporary and five years seems the right amount of time for something to be up. All my memories of that experience are great. I was treated like a rock star by the community and the people who commissioned the painting.”

The mural will remain alive on a special page of his website, he said, with photos of the mural in progress and complete.

Photo of the artist and the mural in 2010 courtesy of the artist. Bottom image courtesy of Ashton.

City to Host Movie Night on Friday at Grant Howald

posted: August 26th, 2015 11:19 am | 0No Comments

“Paddington” will be screened at a free event Friday at Grant Howald Park, according to a city email.

The City of Newport Beach is hosting the free Movie in the Park event, which will begin with activities at 7 p.m. followed by the movie at dusk.

“Grab your teddy bear and beach chair and head over to Grant Howald Park for a movie under the stars!” the city email said. “Complimentary popcorn and candy will be available and the CDM Yogurt truck will be on site selling frozen treats.”

The park in adjacent to the Community Youth Center at 3000 Fifth Ave.

Two CdM Items on Zoning Administrator’s Agenda

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The Newport Beach Zoning Administrator hearing scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday will include two Corona del Mar items, according to the meeting agenda.

One item is a minor use permit for Go Greek Yogurt, a business that imports yogurt from Greece, along with biodegradable terra-cotta serving pots, that is opening in a new building at 3500 East Coast Highway; read our earlier story here.

Go Greek Yogurt has applied for the permit for a take-out service, limited eating and drinking establishment with six seats, a staff report states. There will be no late hours after 11 p.m., no alcohol sales and no more than three employees on duty per shift, the report states.

The other Corona del Mar agenda item is for a lot line adjustment to adjust the boundary between 2908 and 2914 Ocean Boulevard.

“Land taken from 2908 Ocean Boulevard will be reallocated to 2914 Ocean Boulevard,” a staff report states. “There will be no change in the number of parcels.”

The hearings are open to the public, and the public may make comments. They will take place in the Corona del Mar Conference Room, in Bay E on the first floor, of the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.