City Council to Meet Tuesday

posted: July 27th, 2015 10:24 am | 1Comment

The City Council will meet Tuesday, when a discussion of blackball surfing regulations will be discussed at a 4 p.m. Study Session, and special events grants could be approved at the regular 7 p.m. meeting.

The blackball review will cover four recommendations that regulate blackball conditions, when lifeguards fly yellow flags with a black circle to indicate that no hardboard surfing is allowed. According to an email blast from City Manager Dave Kiff, a committee has been working on the issue for two years, and along with the Parks, Beaces & Recreation Commission, have up with the recommendations. The recommendations include clarifying that the policy applies from most of Big Corona to the start of Crystal Cove State Park, the email said, and also that Blackball between 40th and 44th streets would be up for fewer days.

The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m., when the Council will award special events grants that they didn’t have time to do at the last meeting. The Council also will consider allowing the Farmers Market at Lido Marina Village to move to the Newport Pier area.

The agenda also notes that Councilman Keith Curry’s request to bring back several items related to Councilman Scott Peotter would be delayed until the Aug. 11 meeting because Curry will be absent on Tuesday. The request included a motion to censure Peotter for an email blast that criticized the legalization of same-sex marriages that he sent with a Newport Beach City seal on top. The Council held a special meeting about the incident; read our story here.

The meetings will take place in Council Chambers of the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.


Date Set to Unveil New Civic Center Sculptures

posted: July 27th, 2015 07:43 am | 0No Comments

The number of sculptures in the Civic Center Park is going to double from 10 to 20, and the new additions will be formally unveiled at an event on Sept. 12.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive, according to a city memo.

The new artwork will be installed beginning the week of Aug. 10.

The 10 new selections approved Tuesday include “La Cage aux Folles, made of bent steel tubes;” “Loomings,” a 600-pound helicopter-like sculpture made of wood, metal, fabric, sand and solar light; “Re-cycled,” made with bicycle chain rings, pipe and paint; “Prime Commonality,” one of the most colorful selections made of aluminum, steel, plexiglass and LED; “Decline,” 1,000 pounds of Corten steell; “Sunflower,” one of the more literal pieces depicting a 350-pound stainless steel and aluminum flower; “Mama Crusty,” a 650-pound, recycled metal spider-like piece; “Three Saplings,” steel pieces made in Santa Ana that evokes slender tree trunks; and “Double White,” made of painted steel; and “Demoiselle,” which originally had been an alternate, and depicts a 27-foot long native California dragonfly.

The City Council approved the new pieces in June, despite one Corona del Mar resident’s protest that they were ugly and would “increase the ugliness component of the park;” read our story here.

The first 10 sculptures were installed a year ago; read about last year’s celebration event here.

For both phases, the city issued a call for entries, and then a panel of experts reviewed the entries and the Arts Commission chose 10 plus alternates for City Council approval. Some residents asked for more community involvement in the review process, and Mayor Ed Selich said in June that he agreed.


CdM Today Poll of the Week

posted: July 27th, 2015 04:59 am | 1Comment


Village-Wide Garage Sale Participants Needed

posted: July 26th, 2015 12:01 pm | 0No Comments

A village-wide garage sale will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 8, and sponsors are asking for participants to save the date.

Stowell and Associates of Surterre Properties, a Corona del Mar Today advertiser, is sponsoring the event.

To R.S.V.P., email austin dot allison86 at gmail dot com, and organizers will place a sign in your front yard the week before to show your participation, and they also will advertise the event in various local publications.

“This summer is the perfect time to get rid of your clutter and make some money selling things you no longer need,” an event “Save the Date” email said. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. after the sale, the email said, a Salvation Army truck will be at the OASIS Senior Center parking lot on Marguerite Avenue to accept donations of unsold items.

Each family participating will conduct sales individually. Organizers suggest having plenty of change, shopping bags, keeping pets inside, checking pockets of items for sale, not taking checks from strangers and start accumulating items now.


Chamber Event Scheduled for Tuesday

posted: July 26th, 2015 05:24 am | 0No Comments

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will host a summertime networking event at Sherman Library & Gardens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is free for chamber members and $20 for guests and will include appetizers, refreshments, a chance to see the gardens and networking opportunities. There also will be a 15 percent Garden Shop discount for attendees on Tuesday only, and an opportunity drawing.

Guests also may stay after the event and attend a free talk called Motoring West: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909. The two-hour talk begins at 7 p.m.; read our story here.

Parking and the entrance is behind Sherman Library & Gardens, located at 2647 East Coast Highway.

No R.S.V.P.s are required. For more information, call (949) 673-4050.


CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: July 25th, 2015 12:15 pm | 0No Comments

1. About 100 people gathered to remember Beanie, a popular dog who was killed this month by a coyote, as well as to learn more about how to protect pets; read our story here.

2. Corona del Mar could see shooting stars from some palm trees next December if the city allows it; read our story here.

3. The operator of a prom bus company involved in a former CdMHS’s student’s fall onto the 73 Toll Road has been charged; read our story here.

4. The Shakespeare performances that were rained out last weekend won’t be rescheduled, and the city is out the money; read our story here.

5. The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board continues to explore options for easing parking congestion in the village; read our story here.


City to Host Low-Cost Cardiac Screening Event

posted: July 25th, 2015 10:23 am | 0No Comments

The City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department along with its Junior Guards will host a low-cost cardiac screening event from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Friday July 31, the city’s website states.

The city is working with Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to offer the cardiac screenings in the Community Room of Newport Beach City Hall at 100 Civic Center Drive. The screenings will be offered for a donation of $85 per person for anyone 5 years old and older, and each screening will include an echocardiogram, or ECHO, and an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The screenings, the city website states, typically cost about $1,500.

Every year, more than 450,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), according to the city website.

“It often occurs in seemingly healthy people who have no known heart disease or other health problems,” the website states. “However, most victims are unaware that they already have heart disease or other health problems. Early detection can help save lives.”

On average, the website states, a young athlete dies froM SCD every three days, which is why the city encourages children and teens especially to be screened, although all ages are welcome at the event.

To schedule a screening, click here.

Last March, a pediatric cardiologist spoke to the Corona del Mar High School PTA and offered to help set up an event to screen athletes; read our story here.

The event, however, did not take place.

A district official said that neither the district nor CIF requires cardiac screenings for athletic participation.


NBPD Creates Coyote Information Webpage

posted: July 25th, 2015 05:12 am | 4Comments

The Newport Beach Police Department has made good on promises made by a top administrator this week at a vigil for a Chiweenie killed by a coyote by creating a webpage dedicated to coyote information and creating a flier with safety information that can be distributed citywide, particularly in Corona del Mar.

Deputy Chief David McGill attended the Tuesday vigil for Beanie, a dog that was killed July 13 in the 500 block of Poinsettia Avenue. More than 100 people attended the vigil, which included candles and a moment of silence for all coyote victims, but also included questions to an animal control officer and to McGill.

At the vigil, McGill said he would work on creating a coyote sighting tip line, a flier for volunteers to distribute and possibly an increase in animal control patrols.

On Friday, the department announced it had created a webpage with coyote information. Click here to see the new page.

The department also released an image of the flier, which provides phone numbers to report coyote sightings as well as information on how to haze the animals, which includes throwing small rocks or squirting vinegar water on them.

Click here to read our earlier story.


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

posted: July 24th, 2015 01:53 pm | 0No Comments

1. Crystal Cove State Park will host a summer campfire program at 7 p.m. tonight in the Berns Amphitheater, inland at the School-State Park entrance, where you can learn about unique plants and animals and recreational opportunities. On Saturday, there will be a Beachside Chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Education Commons of the Historic District, and a Coastal Geography Walk from 1 to 3 p.m. that meets in the Los Trancos parking lot. On Sunday, there will be a Family Nature Hike that meets at the Berns Amphitheater at 9 a.m.

2. 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.

3. Merry Christmas! From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Roger’s Gardens and creative director Eric Cortina will celebrate Christmas in July with a showcase of Cortina’s holiday collection of ornaments, which he designs in his Laguna Hills studio. The event will offer limited edition, unique and retired ornaments that you can purchase at the event. From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, you also can join Chef Rich Mead, former owner of Sage, for a demonstration on creating summer salads from farmers market and home garden produce. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

4. Fashion Island is having a Summer Art Sunday event from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Atrium Lawn, which will be turned into a playground with free art activities for children. Artists from the Festival of Arts will lead the activities, and there also will be face painting, mask making and a flower crown craft along with free refreshments from Nespresso and Gelato Paradiso. Fashion Island also will host live music this weekend, with performances from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Nordstrom Courtyard.

5. The OC Fair is open this weekend, with animals, rides, games, a skating rink, fried bacon-wrapped peppers, fried coffee, fried frog legs, fried Twinkies — you get the picture. General admission is $12. To get more information, including maps, daily schedules, parking information and more, click here. The fair will be open until midnight tonight, will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, closing at midnight both nights.


From the Police Log: Arrests for Disorderly Conduct

posted: July 24th, 2015 12:23 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested two people on Thursday in Corona del Mar in separate cases of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, according to reports.

A woman, 49, of Palm Springs was arrested after an incident was reported between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. at Second and Heliotrope avenues, and a man, 59, of Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and obstructing an officer at 2:28 a.m. at Marguerite and Seaview avenues. Bail for each was $500.

Police also took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Thursday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive. The burglary occurred between 9:30 and 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.