CdMHS’s Resource Officer Announces Relocation to Harbor

posted: May 20th, 2015 11:22 am | 0No Comments

Corona del Mar High School’s School Resource Officer Vlad Anderson will transfer to Newport Harbor High School for the 2015-2016 school year, he said in an email to staff and families this morning.

Anderson has been at CdMHS for four years, and his replacement has not been named, he said.

Newport Harbor’s current school resource officer, Marie Gamble, is rotating to a police patrol position, Anderson’s email said, and he will be replacing her. His CdMHS assignment will end June 19, the last day of the school year.

“I have enjoyed the time here at CdM more than you know and I will be missing you all,” Anderson wrote. “I also want to thank you. Serving the CdM has been a pleasure and an honor. I value the accomplishments we have made, relationships we have established, and the support you have afforded me. I have the utmost confidence that my successor will be received with the same support you have shown me. While this assignment is supposed to be a job, I can assure you that you have made it more than that. Even though I will no longer be on campus, I wish you well and hope to cross paths with you somewhere in Newport in the near future.”

Anderson regularly attended PTA meetings, providing parents with updates on issues at the school, from social media concerns to parking and traffic problems. He provided his cell phone number to students and parents and routinely responded to questions and concerns, even outside school hours.

PTA Co-President Lisa Pearson said she has already had emails from parents, asking if there was a way to keep Anderson at CdMHS.

“He is going to be greatly missed by the entire CDM community,” she said.

Co-President Carol Crane agreed.

“Officer Anderson is an integral part of the CDM school community,” she said. “Foremost he’s always been a student advocate who will go to any length to connect with kids and make a positive difference in their lives. Furthermore, he reached out and supported the parent community with his wisdom and insight about teen behavior and how to parent kids in this day and age. We are losing a valuable member of our family. Vlad will be sorely missed by all.”

In 2014, the PTA named Anderson as an Honorary Service Award winner; read our story here.

Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said there would be a new officer in place by the start of school.

“The Detective Division will work with Vlad and the new SRO to set up the school assignments,” she said.

Sherman Library & Gardens to Host Garden Fusions Dinner on May 27

posted: May 20th, 2015 05:28 am | 0No Comments

Sherman Library & Gardens next Garden Fusions dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday May 27, according to a news release.

The dinner event, called Artful Displays: From Garden to Plate, is an “experiential dining event” that will highlight the inaugural sculpture exhibit called Metaling in the Garden, the release said. Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery is sponsoring the exhibit; read our earlier story here.

The event costs $55 for members and $65 for non-members. The dinner will begin with hors d’oeuvres of cheese and fruit, with Flores discussing art in gardens. Chef Pascal Olhats “will employ textures, colors, aroma, architecture and balance during his tableside cooking demonstration ~ ‘Art You Can Eat’,” the release said. The three-course dinner will feature an “art” beet salad, a braid of salmon and halibut or stuffed chicken and a mini croque en bouche for dessert. A signature drink is included during hors d’oeuvres, and additional beverages, tip and tax are extra.

The event will be limited to 50 guests. To reserve a spot, call (949) 673-0033.

Sherman Library & Gardens hosts Garden Fusions dinner from February through October, when Chef Pascal matches wine and food and a horticulturist host shares information related to the evening’s theme.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.

Investigation Into Fatal Crash on Jamboree Could Take Months

posted: May 19th, 2015 03:16 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police investigators have interviewed the passenger who survived a single-car crash Monday afternoon that killed the driver on Jamboree Road, a department spokeswoman said.

The crash occurred about 12:20 p.m. Monday on southbound Jamboree Road between Santa Barbara Drive and Island Lagoon Drive. A silver Mazda Miata collided with a concrete light pole on the side of the road before flipping over, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

Newport Beach firefighters declared the driver dead at the scene. The Orange County coroner’s office identified the driver as Trent Morris, 22, of Wildomar. A woman who was a passenger was extricated from the car and taken to a trauma center in serious condition, and later police said she was in stable condition.

Southbound lanes of Jamboree Road were closed at Santa Barbara Drive for about four hours, and crews were on scene hours later cleaning.

The crash remains under investigation, the release said, and anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Dave Darling at (949) 644-3746.

Manzella said that fatal collision investigations take months to complete, and information about speed or whether the victims were wearing seat belts was not immediately available.

“We don’t have any reason to believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor,” she said.

In May 2013, five Irvine students were killed in a car crash when their car hit a tree in the median while heading south along Jamboree Road at Island Lagoon Drive. Police later said speed was the cause of the crash; read our story here.

CdM Library Plans Need Work, Trustees Agree

posted: May 19th, 2015 12:30 pm | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees agreed with residents at a Monday meeting, telling an architect that they want to consider adding a second story to the Corona del Mar library branch when it is rebuilt and combined with the fire station.

“What’s wrong with adding a second story?” asked Trustee Eleanor Palk. “It’s packed with little kids. Maybe a second story would be an ideal place for that (story time events).”

Other trustees agreed, saying a second floor could be used as a community room or shared with firefighters.

In March, the Newport Beach City Council approved a contract with an architect to design combined library and fire station for Corona del Mar. The project would demolish the existing buildings, which are next to each other on Marigold Avenue, then rebuild them as one building with shared common spaces. Preliminary plan called for a one-story library with 2,500 feet, compared to its current 3,750, and a two-story fire station with living quarters on the top floor.

Architect Kelley Needham of WLC Architects attended Monday’s meeting in Council Chambers at the Civic Center. He showed the latest plans, which would have a fire station with driveways that would let crews pull their equipment straight into a garage rather than backing the large trucks off Marigold.

The new plans also include a shared lobby with public restrooms, and the library would have stroller parking for about 20 to 25 strollers and 800 square feet of outdoor space for a reading porch.

The shared public space and outdoor space would create a new library space that is close to what the public currently has at the CdM branch, Needham said. Adding a second floor, which many residents have also requested, would add to the cost of the project because it would require an elevator, which is not required for the fire station, he said. The fire station’s living quarters would be on the second floor, accessible by stairs. The American With Disabilities Act does not require elevators at a fire station in this instance, Needham said.

An elevator alone could add $150,000 to the budget, Needham said. The project has already been budgeted for $6 million.

The trustees all agreed that they wanted more space in the Corona del Mar library, and that a second story could be built during construction and left plain, to be completed at a later date when funds became available. Trustee Chair Robyn Grant urged members of the public to reach out to City Council members, perhaps during public comment opportunities at meetings, to express their wishes for funds to build a bigger library.

Not adding the second-story now “seems short-sighted,” Grant said.

Corona del Mar Resident and Trustee Jerry King said he’d had “read concerns since day one about the process.”

“The whole thing’s backwards,” he said. “It’s as if staff said, ‘Here’s what you’ve got tow work with, go shove down their throats.’ I don’t think they’re going to like that.”

City officials, he said, should have sought public input and considered design costs before deciding on the project’s budget instead of the other way around.

“That’s a little weird,” he said.

Several members of the public who attended a meeting last week of Friends of the CdM Library also spoke in support of keeping the Corona del Mar branch “cozy and warm” and just as big as it currently is.

Joy Brenner, who founded Friends of the CdM Library, said the exterior of the building also was important to consider.

“The exterior has to fit into the village,” she said. “It can’t be like City Hall.”

Brenner also said there was a chance to have a large, heavy work of artist Rex Brandt donated to the city, which could be incorporated into the project. The library could even be called the Rex Brandt Memorial Library, she said. (Click here to read about Brandt and a dedication of a plaque near the location of his studio.)

The trustees could have taken action, possibly approving the plans, but agreed not to put anything to a vote. It was not immediately known what the next steps would be.

Image courtesy of the City of Newport Beach.

Rain in Forecast for Thursday Night, Friday

posted: May 19th, 2015 05:19 am | 0No Comments

Cloudy weather with temperatures in the mid-60s will give way to rain after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s online forecast.

The forecast states that there’s a 20 percent chance of rain Thursday night, along with a slight chance of showers Friday and Friday night.

Saturday will be cloudy, then gradually will clear and be sunny with a high temperature of 67 degrees. Sunday should have patchy fog before 11 a.m. and then gradually clear with a high of 67 degrees, and Memorial Day should begin with patchy fog, then clear with a high of 69 degrees.

From the Police Log: Disorderly Conduct Arrests

posted: May 18th, 2015 01:46 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested a 41-year-old Newport Beach man early Sunday in the 800 block of Sandcastle Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

The incident occurred at 12:15 a.m. The man’s bail was $500, a report said.

Police also arrested a 31-year-old man in the 100 block of Pelican Hill Road early Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated. He was arrested at 2:33 a.m., and his bail was $500.

Police took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle in the 1600 block of East Coast Highway on Saturday. The burglary, with a loss of $19,600, occurred between 9:30 and 10:20 a.m. Saturday, a report said.

Fatal Crash Closes Jamboree Lanes at Santa Barbara

posted: May 18th, 2015 01:14 pm | 0No Comments


A single-car crash on southbound Jamboree Road between Santa Barbara Drive and Island Lagoon Drive killed a man and injured a woman at 12:21 p.m. today, police said.

The silver Mazda Miata collided with a concrete light pole on the side of the road before flipping over, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

“The male was declared deceased at the scene; the female is being transported to a trauma center in serious condition,” Manzella said. There were no other occupants of the car, she said. The man was driving, a later news release said. The woman was extricated and was in stable condition.

The Orange County coroner’s office identified the driver as Trent Morris, 22, of Wildomar. The agency’s webpage states that he was injured at 12:20 p.m. and died a minute later at 1171 Jamboree Road.

Police issued a traffic advisory alert, warning that the southbound lanes of Jamboree would be closed at Santa Barbara for several hours. The lanes reopened at about 4 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation, the release said, and anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Dave Darling at (949) 644-3746.

Harbor Patrol Tows Catamaran that Was Grounded on Big Corona

posted: May 18th, 2015 12:54 pm | 0No Comments

A boat came ashore at Big Corona State Beach early Monday, but lifeguards and Harbor Patrol officers were able to tow it off the sand.

The boat’s operator said he set autopilot for Newport Harbor on Sunday evening, said Sgt. DJ Haldeman, a watch commander for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol.

“He came ashore at Big Corona this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m.,” Haldeman said. “There was no damage to his vessel so he raised his daggerboards and set his anchors. His plan was to wait for higher tide so he could float his vessel off the shoreline.”

Early-morning joggers and walkers saw the boat, however, and called authorities about 7:50 a.m. Harbor Patrol sent two rescue boats to the scene, and Newport Beach lifeguards helped removed the boat and tow it back to the harbor.

There were no pollution concerns and nobody was injured in the incident, Haldeman said. The boat took on some water because of waves during the rescue, Assistant Lifeguard Chief Rob Williams said.

Bottom photo courtesy of reader Ron Yeo.

Central Library to Host Artist Reception on Tuesday

posted: May 18th, 2015 07:27 am | 0No Comments

A reception will be held Tuesday afternoon for an artist whose work is currently on display at the Newport Beach Central Library, according to a news release.

Raymond D. Otis, who was named Newport Beach Artist Laureate in 2005, has been exhibiting “Seacoasts and Harbors” since May 6. The reception will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Friends Meeting Room of the library at 1000 Avocado Ave.

“Raymond’s current series of paintings focuses on the seacoast & harbors along the West Coast of the United States,” the release said. “It also includes the antique sailboat races held in northern Holland, the French harbor in Cassis, the town of Digne in the Provence region of France, the Cinque Terre villages on the Mediterranean coast, the town of Siena and other villages in the Tuscany region of Italy, and the city of Venice.”

Otis was trained as an artist, illustrator and graphic designer and holds degrees from Baylor University and The Art Center College of Design. He spent years as an art director and producer in the advertising field, and from 1980 to 1988, was the Director for Certificate Programs in Multi-Media/Multi-Image Production at the Universities of California at Irvine, the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and University of Colorado at Boulder. He also taught in India, and during his travels, he produced many film and video documentaries.

He currently teaches “Color Theory” and “Illustration Art to Publishing” at the OASIS Senior Center, and his work has been featured at galleries and festivals along the West Coast.

In addition to teaching art classes in the Newport Beach area, Raymond Otis is currently an exhibiting artist in multiple art galleries on the West Coast. In addition to being named Artist Laureate for the City of Newport Beach in 200, he received the Centennial Award in 2006, according to a news release.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours through June 30. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

CdM Today Poll of the Week

posted: May 18th, 2015 04:45 am | 0No Comments