CdM Sunset, 8/24/2014

posted: August 24th, 2014 07:34 pm | 1Comment

Coast Highway Lanes Will be Closed For Bike Lane Repairs

posted: August 24th, 2014 01:01 pm | 2Comments

Beginning Monday and for about two weeks, the southbound slow lane and bike lane on East Coast Highway between Avocado Avenue and Jamboree Road will be closed, according to the City of Newport Beach Facebook page.

The closure will allow bike lane repairs by the Municipal Operations Department, the page said.

Construction will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Gallo’s Site Adds Construction Fencing

posted: August 24th, 2014 06:02 am | 0No Comments

Green construction fencing was installed next to Gallo’s Italian Deli this week, but it will be months before the start of construction of six detached town-homes on the long-empty lot, the project’s architect said.

“If everything goes well we could start construction in January 2015,” said Marcelo E. Lische. “Construction may take 18 to 24 months.”

In January 2013, the Newport Beach Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve plans for the project at 3928 East Coast Highway. The six town homes each will have a private elevator and views, including ocean and peekaboo ocean views, built on top of a subterranean garage.

A second story also will be added above the Gallo’s restaurant, which opened in 1973.

Gallo’s will remain open during construction except during the three months of its own rebuild, Lische said.

“But (owner) Mag Hanna plans to have a Gallo’s truck at the site during the re-construction,” he said. “So basically Gallo’s will be open all the time.”

At one point, a burger stand and gas station occupied the lot. Later, Hanna considered adding an auto spa and a Jaguar dealership, but those plans never materialized.

Read our earlier stories here and here.

Hoag Child Care Worker Arrested in LA Child Molestation Case

posted: August 23rd, 2014 02:00 pm | 0No Comments

A man who has worked in Hoag Hospital’s Child Care Center since September 2013 has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to a Newport Beach Police Department news release.

“The Newport Beach Police Department has become aware that an individual arrested on charges of child molestation in Los Angeles County, Thomas Pulver, 36 years old of La Mirada, has been working in the Child Care Center at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach since September 2013,” the release said. “Newport Beach Police Department detectives are currently working with Hoag to determine what Pulver’s role was in the Child Care Center.”

Local police are cooperating with several Southern California law enforcement agencies to share information about his potential contact with children and other possible victims, the release said.

“At this time there is no indication of any criminal activity related to Pulver’s employment at Hoag or in the City of Newport Beach,” the release said. “Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Kristen Fox of the Newport Beach Police Department at (949) 644-3776.”

CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: August 23rd, 2014 12:33 pm | 0No Comments

1. Corona del Mar business owners and residents attended two meetings this week, giving thumbs up to plans for an entryway beautification project that won’t change traffic flow; read our story here.

2. A movie crew spent the week at Little Corona Beach; read our story here.

3. The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted to allow businesses to use A-frame signs to advertise, but with restrictions and only in Corona del Mar; read our stories here and here.

4. Library officials have launched an online survey to find out what users think about the Corona del Mar library branch; read our story here.

5. The City of Newport Beach is developing an app that will let visitors take self-guided tours through the sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park; read our story here.

Author Lupica to Discuss “Fantasy League” Book at Library Event

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Sports columnist and author Mike Lupica will appear at the Central Library at a Making Memories For Children event on Thursday Sept. 18, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.

“Mike Lupica has been called ‘the greatest sports writer for middle school readers,’” the news release said, and has written best-selling books including “Heat,” “Travel Team,” “Million-Dollar Throw” and “The Underdogs.” He is a host on ESPN Radio and a sports columnist for New York’s Daily News.

His library appearance will take place after his morning segment on the Today show in New York City earlier that day, the release said.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a program and Q&A, followed by a book signing courtesy of A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but organizers suggest a $10 donation at the door.

Lupica’s new book is about a 12-year-old boy, Charlie, who is a fantasy football guru who becomes famous when his fantasy picks get played on LA’s sports radio, the news release said.

“Charlie convinces the owner of the fictional L.A. Bulldogs to take a chance on an aging quarterback and after that, it is national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity,” the release said.

The Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave. For more information, click here or call (949) 548-2411.

The Making Memories for Children series “is designed to engage, educate and inspire children ages 5-12, through a series of series of ‘learn by doing’ programs,” the news release said.

Don Burns Swim to Take Place Saturday

posted: August 22nd, 2014 03:05 pm | 0No Comments

The annual Don Burns Corona del Mar Swim will take place Saturday morning, when swimmers will complete a one-mile course beginning and ending near the jetty.

Don Burns was a beloved Newport Beach lifeguard, instructor and cadet coordinator from 1956 until his death in 1993.

Beyond being a lifeguard, Don Burns played football at USC, was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years at Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia. He was Costa Mesa High School’s first varsity football coach, and he crewed on the famous catamaran Polycon in the Transpacific Yacht race twice for Los Angeles to Honolulu, officials said.

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

posted: August 22nd, 2014 02:43 pm | 0No Comments

1. Roger’s Gardens will host its 14th Annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, with tomato expert Steve Goto and other tomato enthusiasts. Dozens of heirloom and hybrid varieties will be available for tasting, and you can learn about new varieties and ask tomato growing questions. April Goto will be making her famous salsa, and gardeners can bring their own home-grown tomatoes for tasting — just separate them by variety, and Roger’s staff will cut and prep for you. Staff horticulturist David Rizzo also will be on hand with a collection of peppers from his home garden. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

2. Crystal Cove State Park will hold a summer campfire program at 7:30 p.m. tonight, where you can learn about unique plants and animals and recreational opportunities at the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance.

3. A Family Science Day event with a reptiles theme will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Muth Interpretive Center, featuring a craft, self-guided activities and hands-on exploration. There will be story times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is free and designed for kids between 3 and 12 years old. The Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach.

4. The Corona del Mar Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday near Bayside Drive and Marguerite Avenue.

5. Newport Beach’s Pinch Me! band will be back at Muldoon’s for their 17th visit to the courtyard venue, where they will perform classic songs to current adult alternative hits from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The band is currently fronted by Chandra Reese and also features Rick Allen, Wes Jones, Bart Broadnax and Gary Wails. Muldoon’s is located at 202 Newport Center Drive.

Planning Commission OK’s A-Frame Signs For Corona del Mar Only

posted: August 22nd, 2014 09:24 am | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted Thursday to change the city’s zoning code to allow A-frame signs in front of businesses — but only in Corona del Mar, and only after a discussion in which a few of the commissioners said they thought the signs were a terrible idea.

“Tenants think that signs are going to be the answer,” said Planning Commission Chairman Larry Tucker. “It’s not something that I think is a great idea.”

Currently, city code bans businesses from using A-frame signs to advertise. Some business owners in Corona del Mar, who had been warned they could be cited because of their signs, asked the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District to help, and the B.I.D. sent a letter to the City Council early this year asking for help.

The new law would allow A-frame signs  within 10 feet of the primary entrance of a business or a pedestrian courtyard. The signs should not interfere with pedestrians or block parking spaces, or be located in landscape planters, among other restrictions. The signs also should not be illuminated or have flags, pennants, balloons or any other “attention attracting devices,” according to a staff report.

Some of the commissioners wondered if business owners would abide by the rule about signs being allowed only on private property.

“Right now, the A-frame signs are scofflaws,” Tucker said. “They’re there. They are going to be in the public right of way. I think it’s going to be a bit of an issue.”

Tucker also said he worried about buildings with multiple tenants having multiple A-frame signs in front.

“It’s going to be A-frame sign war,” he said.

The commissioners briefly discussed whether they should require a permit to use an A-frame sign and decided against it. They also discussed how community outreach efforts indicated that business owners in other areas of the city, including Balboa Island, did not want to see more A-frame signs.

Two members of the public spoke, one against A-frames, and another suggesting grammatical changes. A staff report included messages of support and opposition to the plan.

In the end, Commissioner Bradley Hillgren suggested that the code be changed for Corona del Mar only, and in commissioners approved that in a 4-2 vote with Tucker and Commissioner Raymond Lawler voting no.

Weather Service Issues High Surf Advisory

posted: August 22nd, 2014 09:23 am | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service is warning beach visitors of strong rip currents and high surf through the weekend, according to the agency’s website.

“A south swell of 4 to 5 feet with a 12 second period will continue to move through the coastal waters through Sunday,” the website states in a high surf advisory. The swell will generate high surf throughout the weekend with isolate sets of 7 to 8 feet and strong, dangerous rip currents.

“High surf and strong rip currents will result in dangerous swimming conditions especially for inexperienced swimmers,” the advisory states.

Conditions will improve by late Sunday, the website states.