Motorcyclist Injured in East Coast Highway Crash; Marigold Dumpster Fire Extinguished

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A motorcycle and SUV collided near Fashion Island Wednesday night, seriously injuring the motorcyclist, police said.

The collision occurred at 9:40 p.m. at East Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive, online logs state.

“The collision involved a Kawasaki motorcycle, which had been traveling westbound on Coast Highway, and a silver Toyota 4Runnner,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said in an email. “The Toyota had been traveling eastbound on Coast Highway and was turning left onto northbound Newport Center Drive.”

The woman driving the Toyota and two passengers were not injured, she said. The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a trauma center. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Manzella said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the collision, she said.

In other police news, officers and firefighters responded to a dumpster fire at 9:35 p.m. in the 600 block of Marigold Avenue. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and police assisted, Manzella said.

SoulCycle Seeks Permit to Open at Fashion Island

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The New York City-based SoulCycle exercise club could open its first Orange County location at Fashion Island, according to a staff report included in the agenda for today’s Newport Beach Zoning Administrator hearing.

SoulCycle would open at 1177 Newport Center Drive, replacing the Toni & Guy hair salon space that is currently vacant.

SoulCycle seeks a minor use permit to open the health and fitness facility with a retail sales space, the staff report states.

“The proposed project would be located in a 3,363-square-foot tenant suite within Fashion Island between Nordstrom and Macy’s and across from a parking structure,” the report states. “The proposed project includes an indoor cycling fitness facility for group exercise classes, a locker room, restroom/showers, and a retail sales area. The applicant intends to offer up to 12 classes per day between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and each class could accommodate a maximum of 58 participants.”

SoulCycle opened in New York in 2006 and now has locations throughout New York, as well as in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. According to the company website, “SoulCycle is indoor cycling re-invented.”

“With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls,” the website states.

The Zoning Administrator hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. today in the Corona del Mar Conference Room, in Bay E on the first floor, of City Hall at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.
Newport Beach City Hall – 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach

According to the staff report, additional parking would not be needed to support the business.

“The use will serve nearby residents, employees, shoppers, and visitors,” the report states.

CdM Chamber to Host Networking Luncheon, OASIS Center Tour

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The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will host a networking luncheon on Tuesday April 15 at Five Crowns Restaurant.

The luncheon costs $25 for members with reservations and $30 for guests. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and will be followed by a tour of the OASIS Senior Center at 801 Narcissus Ave.

The featured speaker at the lunch will be David Harris of SCORE Orange County, who will discuss mentoring in your business.

Five Crowns is located at 3801 East Coast Highway.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, click here or call (949) 673-4050.

Mysterious Boom Felt and Heard Throughout CdM

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Corona del Mar residents reported hearing a loud noise and feeling what seemed to be an earthquake just before 1 p.m. today. But no earthquake has been recorded on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.

“Although I do not know what you heard and felt today, it is possible it was something other than an earthquake,” said Leslie C. Gordon, a geologist and public affairs specialist with the USGS, in an email. “It could have been an explosion or a sonic boom. It is not uncommon for military exercises offshore to generate sonic booms.”

Gordon confirmed that there had been no recorded earthquake in the Newport Beach area at the time of the event.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said she also felt it, and several residents called to ask what it was.

There have been no reports of an explosion or anything else to explain it, she said. Residents in East Bluff and as far away as Huntington beach also felt it.

NBCLA has reported the jolt to be a sonic boom and not an earthquake; read more here. The story said that Caltech officials believe the jolt was not seismic in nature, but sonic, and are investigating the source. The story also quotes a Camp Pendleton sergeant saying that there have been “no training related sonic booms or any weapons discharges that could have caused it, but authorities were checking to make sure.”

Newport Beach police also said that five reports of audible burglar alarms about the time of the incident all were unfounded and could have been triggered by the event.

PCH Closed Wednesday in CdM as Pipe Construction Work Continues

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Westbound traffic on East Coast Highway is again being diverted at Marguerite Avenue today as crews work to replace pipes as part of a $4.5 million project to replace water main transmission project.

The work began last summer along San Miguel Drive, then closed Carnation Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard as crews worked to replace 1920s water pipes. The project will improve water flow to Corona del Mar homes and businesses as well as to increase water flow for firefighters.

This week, crews are scheduled to work from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Friday on a section of East Coast Highway between Goldenrod Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. Four to five police officers have been working the area, directing traffic onto Marguerite Avenue. City traffic engineers also are monitoring the road closure, said Mary Locey, a city spokeswoman.

Assistant City Engineer Mike Sinacori said today that the project is going well. On Tuesday, the first day of the East Coast Highway closure, traffic congestion peaked between 4 and 5 p.m., he said. City staff and police said they had received very few phone calls about the project, which had been announced with message boards for more than a week.

All eastbound lanes remain open.

From the Police Log: Alcohol-Related Arrests, Burglary Reports

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An attempted burglary in the 500 block of Carnation Avenue was reported Sunday, according to police reports.

The incident occurred between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday and involved attempted forced entry, the report said. No details were available about any losses.

Police also took a report of a commercial burglary at 701 Newport Center Drive on Saturday, as well as a report of a petty theft from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Marguerite Avenue on Saturday. The petty theft, with no loss included on the report, occurred on March 29. Police took a report of misuse of an access card at 151 Newport Center Drive on Sunday, and officers took a report of a commercial burglary at Neiman Marcus at 601 Newport Center Drive on Sunday. On Tuesday, officers also took a report of identity theft in the 300 block of Jasmine Avenue.

Police arrested two men on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated in separate incidents in Corona del Mar over the weekend, reports state. At 4:31 p.m. Saturday, a 49-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested in the 500 block of Marigold Avenue, and a 25-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Jasmine Avenue. Bail for each was $500.

Council Member Asks If Street Sweeping Parking Limits Could Be “Fine Tuned”

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City staff could explore ways to reduce parking limits on city streets during street sweeping after City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner asked about the timing at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“We have a three-hour window, and it takes up a lot of of our parking,” Gardner said, adding that technology could be in place that would let the city “fine tune it a little bit.”

The subject could be on the next Council meeting agenda; that meeting is scheduled for April 22.

In July 2011, Gardner also raised street sweeping as a concern after a resident complained about receiving a parking ticket after the sweeper already had left the area. At that meeting, Gardner clarified that tickets should be issued to cars that were blocking street sweepers, not cars that parked in spaces after the sweeper moved through.

The City Council also voted, as part of the Tuesday meeting’s consent calendar, to allow the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District to add 50 bicycle racks along Corona del Mar streets.

Bicycle Subcommittee Formed to Consider Back Bay Pathway Safety Improvements

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The Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee agreed at a Monday meeting to form a subcommittee to consider ways to improve safety along the trails on Back Bay Drive.

The subcommittee, which will include two regular committee members and community members, will have 30 days to bring ideas back to the committee.

About 30 people attended the meeting, many speaking out about the importance of preserving a two-way bicycle path on Back Bay Drive. Several participants suggested that enforcement, education and signs or separated paths would improve safety in the area.

The issue was on the meeting agenda after the Newport Bay Conservancy sent the committee a letter that expressed concern about accidents that occur on the crowded trails, with bicyclists, pedestrians, cars and joggers all sharing a small space; read our earlier story here. The letter said that there have been several accidents in the area and Conservancy officials fear that, if nothing is done, a fatal accident could one day occur.

Reminder: Westbound Lanes of Coast Highway Closed At Goldenrod Until 9:30 P.M.

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A westbound section of East Coast Highway between Goldenrod Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard will be closed until 9:30 p.m. today, then again between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. through Friday.

East Coast Highway actually was closed at Marguerite. This afternoon, westbound traffic was backed up for more than a mile, and Newport Beach Police Department traffic officers were directing traffic that had been diverted onto Marguerite Avenue.

“These westbound lane closures are necessary to enable a contractor working for the City of Newport Beach (City) to install a new water main under the roadway,” the city website states.

Eastbound lanes will remain open, but city officials are warning motorists that traffic may be heavy on side streets throughout Corona del Mar.

“The work is part of Newport Beach’s $4.5-million, Corona del Mar Water Transmission Main project which will improve water supply to the Corona del Mar section of Newport Beach,” the website states.

City staff scheduled the closure to coincide with spring break, so nearby Harbor View Elementary School traffic would not be affected. They also tried to balance traffic concerns from daytime road closures with disruption to neighbors caused by night work; read our earlier story here.

Government Affairs Meeting Scheduled For Thursday

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The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club at 1601 Bayside Drive.

This month’s featured speaker will be Bob Olson of RD Olson, who will provide a status on the old City Hall site and the Lido House Hotel, a project that will be built on the 4.25 acre site.

There also will be legislative reports from representatives for U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, Sen. Mimi Walters and others, including information about state and federal budget issues. Refreshments will be served.

For more information call (949) 673-4050.