East Coast Highway Parking Meters on CdMRA Agenda

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The Corona del Mar Residents Association board will meet Thursday morning, when Newport Beach city staff will discuss the possibility of adding parking meters to East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, according to the group’s meeting agenda.

The board meets at 7:30 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center, and the public is welcome and may make comments.

The agenda also includes reports from City Council members and representatives of city boards and commissions. The guest speakers will be Kim Brandt, the city’s community development director, and Dan Matusiewicz, the city’s finance director, who will discuss the parking meter issue.

In September, Matusiewicz told members of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board that the city could raise as much as $500,000 a year by adding meters along East Coast Highway; read our earlier story here.

In 2011, the City Council considered a plan that would add meters to East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, along with creating a residential parking permit program, but eventually did not act on that plan. Street parking currently is free with two-hour limits.

From the Police Log: Vandalism, Grand Theft Reports

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Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft on Tuesday in the 21100 block of Newport Coast Drive, according to a report. The theft, with a loss of $1,825, occurred between 1 and 2 p.m. Monday, the report said.

Officers also took a report of misdemeanor vandalism involving defacing property on Monday at MacArthur Boulevard and Harbor View Drive. The vandalism occurred between 5 p.m. Sunday and 4:38 a.m. Monday. Officers also took a report of unlawfully registered plates on Monday at Fourth and Dahlia avenues, a report said.

Letters to Santa Get Personal With Crown Ace’s Santa Claus Connection

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IMG_6929For the fourth year, Crown Ace Hardware in Corona del Mar will help children connect with Santa Claus via snail mail.

Kids who drop off a letter to Santa by Dec. 1, including a stamped, self-addressed envelope, will receive a reply from Santa himself, according to a company email. The store has a desk, along with envelopes and papers, so kids can write their letters while at the store, and stamps are available at the register. Letters then can be placed in a North Pole Express Mailbox inside the store. The letters to Santa do not require a stamp, but if kids want a response, the stamped envelope is required, a sign in the store says.

In previous years, more than 1,000 letters were sent, with responses from the North Pole’s most renowned resident.

Crown Ace is located at 3107 East Coast Highway.

Sherman Library & Gardens to Host Free Event with USC Professor

posted: November 17th, 2015 01:00 pm | 0No Comments

Sherman Library & Gardens will host a talk on Thursday evening called “To Live and Dine in L.A.” featuring University of Southern California Annaberg professor and author Josh Kun.

The free event will take place at 7 p.m., according to Sherman Library & Gardens’ website.

Kun will discuss his new book, “To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City,” the website states.

“With more than 200 menus – some dating back to the nineteenth century – culled from thousands in the Menu Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, To Live and Dine in L.A. is a visual feast of a book,” the website states. “It is also a detailed history which riffs on what the food of a foodie city says about place and time; how some people eat big while others go hungry and what that says about the past and now.”

To R.S.V.P., call (949) 673-1880. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.

Wind Advisory In Effect Through 1 P.M. Today

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The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory that will remain in effect through 1 p.m. today, according to the agency’s website.

“Surface high pressure building over the great basin will create strong and gusty northeast winds over the mountains and adjacent valleys and coastal areas through early this afternoon,” the advisory states. “Winds will weaken during the afternoon.”

The wind will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph, the advisory states.

On Sunday, the agency also issued a Wind Advisory warning of periods of strong, gusty west winds into Monday morning.

The website also said today’s high will be 69, with sunny weather and temperatures in the 70s the rest of the week.

Pocket Park Complete; Dedication Ceremony Scheduled For Dec. 1

posted: November 17th, 2015 05:34 am | 0No Comments

IMG_6899.JPGCorona del Mar’s newest park is a little pocket park built beneath the Hobie Surf Shop mural.

Construction of the 1,300-square-foot park began in July and construction is nearly complete, with a dedication ceremony planned for 1 p.m. Dec. 1.

The ceremony will acknowledge the family of Myrtle Cox, who owned the land and donated it to the city for the park, as well as acknowledge the support of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District and Corona del Mar Residents association, according to a memo from Newport Beach Public Works Director David Webb.

Mayor Ed Selich first proposed creating the small park in October 2012, and the City Council approved a $78,670 contract with a landscape company in March. City reports have said the total budget for the park was $80,000 to $95,000, including construction contingency funds and other costs. The park will require about $5,000 a year for maintenance, a city staff report said.

Daniel Douglas Steele, CdMHS Grad and Journalist, Dies at 22

posted: November 16th, 2015 06:22 pm | 5Comments

UPDATE: A rosary and viewing for friends and family will be held on Thursday Nov. 19 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, at 7:30 p.m. A Mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, on Friday Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother, Daniel Douglas Steele left us on Friday morning Nov. 13, 2015 from a tragic accident. Dan was born March 5, 1993 in Newport Beach, the son of Kevin and Trish Steele. He attended Andersen Elementary School, Corona del Mar High School and Chapman University.

At Chapman University, he was a Producer for Chapman News and a member of the Chapman Panthers Football Team. He graduated in June of 2015 from the Dodge Film School at Chapman with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Dan always had a love for journalism and sports. He played both high school and college football. His teammates describe him as both inspirational and a brother. Dan leveraged his high school journalism experience, degree from Chapman University and his love for sports into working as a Production Assistant for the NFL Network in Culver City at the time of his passing.

Dan attended Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach. He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Trish Steele, and brother Elliott of Newport Beach. He also leaves his paternal grandparents, Fred and Debbe Steele of Hilton Head, his Godmother Kim Giangregorio of Newport Beach and several aunts, uncles and cousins in the U.S., the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Dan during his brief 22 years with us. He will be remembered for many admirable qualities, but most of all for his strong work ethic, his ability to make people smile, his kind heart and his deep love of family and friends.

A rosary and viewing for friends and family will be held on Thursday Nov. 19 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, at 7:30 p.m. A Mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, on Friday Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

A scholarship will be awarded in Dan’s name at Chapman University. Anyone interested in making a donation toward the scholarship can make a check payable to the Chapman University Chapman Fund and mail it to Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange CA 92866. Please note on your check that it is for the Dan Steele Memorial Scholarship.

Editor’s note: Dan Steele worked for Corona del Mar Today in 2011 as part of his senior project. His enthusiasm, work ethic and talents were impressive to all who met him, from City Council members to other journalists. We send our love to his friends, coaches, teachers, colleagues and family.

Bankruptcy Court Confirms Sale of CdM Haggen to Smart and Final

posted: November 16th, 2015 02:44 pm | 3Comments

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware in Wilmington confirmed the sale of certain stores on Friday, paving the way for the Corona del Mar Haggen store to become a Smart and Final, according to a Haggen news release.

“The Court approved two separate purchase agreements for certain assets with Gelson’s Markets and Smart & Final LLC,” the release said. “Gelson’s purchased certain assets related to eight stores located in California for approximately $36 million. Under a separate agreement, Smart & Final purchased certain assets of 28 stores located in California for $56 million.”

Haggen opened in May, taking over the former Albertsons. Within two months, however, stores began laying off six to 10 employees at each new store, including some developmentally disabled employees and shoppers began to complain of higher prices and empty shelves.In September, Haggen announced it would close all California stores, and in October, a news release said the store at 3049 East Coast Highway could become a Smart and Final. Smart and Final representatives have not responded to emails seeking information about when they might open in the space.

Hagen closed its doors permanently in Corona del Mar on Friday.

From the Police Log: Garage Burglary, DUI Arrest

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Newport Beach police took a report of a garage burglary in the 500 block of Narcissus Avenue on Friday, according to a report.

The burglary, which did not involve forced entry, occurred between 2:30 and 3:39 p.m. Friday. The loss was $3,065.

Police also took a report of identity theft in the 3700 block of Blue Key on Friday. The theft occurred at 10 a.m. Oct. 29, and no loss was listed on a report. Officers took another report of identity theft on Sunday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive. That theft occurred between 2 p.m. Aug. 15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 2, and no loss was listed on a report.

Police arrested a 22-year-old Laguna Beach man at 2:10 a.m. Friday at East Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard on suspicion of DUI. His bail was $15,000. Police arrested a 36-year-old Paso Robles man at 9:27 p.m. Friday at Seaward Road and East Coast Highway on a warrant; no bail amount was listed on the report. And officers arrested a 55-year-old Indio woman at 5:43 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Bail was $500.

Sewage Spill Closes Little Corona

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Little Corona Beach remains closed today following a sewage spill that was reported on Sunday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program.

The water area at Little Corona is closed to swimming, diving and surfing, the agency’s webpage states.

“The spill of approximately 450 gallons was caused by a blockage in the City of Newport Beach’s sewer pipeline,” according to a news release issued Monday morning. “The affected ocean water area will remain closed to ocean water-contact sports until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards.”