The weekend storms led the Orange County Ocean Water Protection Program to issue a rain advisory for beaches throughout the area, including Big and Little Corona beaches.
“The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms,” the advisory states. “The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.”
The advisory was issued on Thursday and remains in effect, according to the agency’s website.
Chef Deborah Schneider of Sol Cocina restaurant will be featured at the next What’s Cooking at the Library event scheduled for Tuesday March 18, according to a library announcement.
The event costs $20 per person to cover the cost of food; to sign up, click here. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.
Chef Schneider is known for her authentic Baja cuisine, and she has written several cookbooks including “The Mexican Slow Cooker,” “Amor y Tacos” and the James Beard-nominated “Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta.” Her book “Baja! Cooking on the Edge” was one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best of the Best of 2006. Some books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, call (949) 717-3800, option 2.
Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft with a loss of $920 in the 1600 block of Marguerite Avenue at 3:59 p.m. Sunday, according to a report. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the report said.
Officers also arrested a 37-year-old Los Angeles man on suspicion of DUI at 2:13 a.m. Thursday at 500 Newport Center Drive; his bail was $2,500. Officers arrested a 25-year-old Irvine man at San Miguel Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road at 10:40 p.m. Friday on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. His bail was $5,000.
Police also arrested a 24-year-old Santa Ana man at Newport Coast Drive and Pelican Hill Road at 10:45 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of presenting a false i.d. to a police officer. The man’s bail was $500, and he also had two warrants for his arrest, according to a report.
Signs have been removed from the storefront as well as a sign in the parking lot. A sign in the window said the business is closed for inventory, but the shop is empty of all merchandise and furnishings.
The business opened in November 2012, replacing Holiday House Liquor, which closed in March 2011; read our earlier story here.
The shopping center also recently lost the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shop; read our earlier story here. That space remains vacant, windows covered in brown paper.
The KFC restaurant also recently closed, but a new Italian restaurant will open this spring in that space; read our earlier story here. Pirozzi Corona del Mar could open as early as May at 2929 East Coast Highway, said owner Alessandro Pirozzi. He plans to have outdoor seating, a wood-burning pizza oven and full bar.
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s superintendent has scheduled another community meeting to discuss a proposed new sports complex for Corona del Mar High School.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday March 20 at the school’s theater at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.
Superintendent Fred Navarro and other district officials will be on hand to update the community on the project and answer questions.
At a similar community meeting in early February at the Central Library, about 100 people attended, mostly opposed to the proposed project; read our story here.
The $7.4 million sports complex project would replace the school’s existing and outdated track and field with all-weather, synthetic versions and add up to 600 seats to increase the seating capacity to 1,000. Community fundraising could add features to the complex such as lighting and concessions stands.
Neighbors have expressed concern at several Newport Beach City Council meetings, as well as at other community meetings, that the project will create parking and traffic congestion, trash, noise, light pollution and cause property values to sink.
The school board has authorized funding for the project, and on Feb . 11, board members authorized district staff to enter into negotiations with architects, according to an email from a district spokeswoman.
“Staff is currently working with architects to confirm the agreements and will bring back a request for approval of the architects selected at a future Board meeting,” the email said. “In addition, staff will bring to the Board a request for approval to hire a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) Consultant. The CEQA process will also include an additional legally required public process. These approvals were originally slated for February however; it appears they are now moving into March.”
The Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Civic Center’s Community Room at 100 Civic Center Drive.
The meeting will include a police department update, as well as a discussion of the Draft Bikeways Plan.
The city posted the draft online this winter, and members of the public have been invited to visit the site and add their thoughts; click here for more information. Users can mark spots on a map with comments and suggestions about improving bicycle safety, and other users can support those remarks or add their own.
The public may attend the meeting and make comments.
An annual exchange program that sends seven Newport Beach eighth graders to Okazaki, Japan each summer is now accepting applications, according to a news release. The deadline to submit an application is March 26.
The 31st annual student exchange program is sponsored by the Newport Balboa Rotary Club and the Newport Beach Sister Cities Association, the release said.
“In June seven 8th grade students from Newport Beach will to travel to Okazaki for a 10 day student exchange, living with a host family in Okazaki,” the release said. “Then in October seven students from Okazaki will come to Newport Beach.”
The program lets participants experience Japanese culture on a very personal level, the release said. Students live with a Japanese family with a child the same age, they visit schools and participate in activities. In October, the Japanese host student visits Newport Beach and stays with a family to learn about life in the United States.
For more information click here.
The program runs from June 29 through July 8; October visit dates are not yet scheduled.
Read our earlier story about the program here.
1. Corona del Mar’s dolphin topiaries, located in the median at East Coast Highway and Marguerite Avenue, will be replaced; read our story here.
2. The Port Theater wants to extend the hours for serving alcohol; read our story here.
3. Details were released this week about a Corona del Mar’s parking study; read our story here.
4. A second candidate announced he was running for City Council to represent Corona del Mar; read our story here.
5. Flowers in the middle of the street and on sidewalk corners? The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District is working on a plan that could add some color to local streets; read our story here.