Several neighbors begged the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday not to extend the Port Theater’s hours to sell alcohol, but in the end the Council voted 6-1 to permit sales until 1 a.m.
“It’s a horrible, horrible decision,” said neighbor Dawn Stone, who said she has owned a nearby home for 25 years. “It’s just more people coming out late at night making noise. Let’s consider the residents a little bit once in a while. Please. It’s awful, it’s awful.”
The theater sought permission to expand alcohol sales to the entire theater, even during all-age showings, instead of on a balcony only, and to extend alcohol service from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. By extending the hours, the theater could add 10 p.m. screenings, said representative Jessica Prause, and compete with theaters at Fashion Island.
The Planning Commission voted in August to allow the changes, but City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner appealed on behalf of residents who were concerned about the late-night noise that theater patrons could cause.
Gardner said at Tuesday’s Council meeting that she had no objections to expanding alcohol service to throughout the theater during all-age screenings, but she was concerned about the 1 a.m. extension.
“This is a residential area,” she said. “It is not similar to the theaters in Newport Center…The residents come first. We want to support our businesses but not at the expense of residents.”
City Councilman Keith Curry, however, moved to approve the expansion, mainly because the theater had been vacant for years and has revitalized the neighborhood.
“It was a vacant, empty hulk of a theater,” he said, adding that it often was vandalized. “It was an eyesore.”
Since the theater reopened in 2012, he said, “It helps the entire neighborhood shine.”
But residents said they preferred not having the noise and parking problems last until 1 a.m.
“Give us 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” said Chris Beaufort, who said that by 7 a.m., construction noise would begin along with employees arriving to work at nearby businesses.
Fariborz Maseeh, who owns the theater, approached one neighbor after the meeting and said he wanted to work to minimize impact on residents.
“You’re not there when people are out, yelling and screaming and throwing up in the middle of the street,” Carol Rohr told him. “You don’t live there.”
“We will do our very best,” he promised.
Maseeh said it would take about a month to finalize a new operator’s agreement with the police department before the late hours and late movies would be added to the Port Theater.
Mayor Rush Hill said during the meeting that if the expanded alcohol service proves to be a problem, the police could revoke the operator’s permit, so there were safeguards to the decision. A detective said that police have never revoked an operator’s permit.
A man left his wallet and other items on a wall at the back of his home on Breakers Drive — then returned the next day to find everything gone, police said.
The theft occurred between 10 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday in the 3100 block of Breakers Drive, according to a police report.
“The victim placed his personal property on a wall at the back of his home and mistakenly left the items there overnight,” said Jennifer Manzella, a department spokeswoman, in an email. “When he went to recover the property in the morning, all of the items were gone.”
A watch, cell phone, clothing and wallet with cash and credit cards all were taken. The loss was $21,400, a report said.
The California Coastal Commission’s next meeting will take place Oct. 8 through 10 in the Newport Beach Civic Center, according to the commission’s online agenda.
The meeting will include a discussion on Thursday about a Crystal Cove State Beach plan to “replace one 24 ft. x 60 ft. modular structure with two 24 ft. x 60 ft. modular structures, grading, retaining walls, wood deck/outdoor classroom, coastal sage scrub mitigation plan, ADA access improvements and re-paving and re-striping of asphalt parking lot adding 40 additional parking spaces, located at Los Trancos parking lot,” the agenda states. The application was submitted by California State Parks and Recreation.
A staff report on the item has not yet been posted.
The public may attend the Commission meetings and make comments. The Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive.
A 33-year-old Costa Mesa woman was arrested at 2:18 a.m. Sunday at Irvine Terrace and East Coast Highway on a warrant related to child desertion, a police report said. Her bail was $15,000. Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said the warrant was from an outside agency, not Newport Beach, and information about the case was not available.
Police also arrested a 27-year-old Brea man at the same location at 5:13 a.m. Friday on suspicion of receiving known stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was $20,000. A police report indicated a stolen property incident occurred at the location with a loss of $8.
Police also took a report of a grand theft/shoplifting incident in the 500 block of Newport Center Drive on Sunday. The incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday with a loss of $8,980.
The fifth annual regional test of the AlertOC emergency notification system will take place Tuesday, when more than 2 million Orange County residents will receive calls, tests or emails.
Newport Beach will be one of 24 participating cities and county unincorporated areas, according to a news release.
“The AlertOC drill on September 23 will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region,” the release said. “The phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses at AlertOC.com for the best chance to receive vital, timely information when away from home.”
The AlertOC app lets residents receive notifications and review past messages and can be found by searching “Blackboard MyConnect” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
The County’s emergency public information hotline will be activated from 10 a.m. to noon to provide preparedness tips and other emergency related information, the release said. If you have questions, call (714) 628-7085.
The City of Newport Beach also has set up a hotline for anyone with question. The number is (949) 644-3620.
“We’re foodies,” said Rob Taylor, who owns the teri-rocki road food truck with his wife, Mari Taylor. “Corona del Mar has great food and great options, and we just want to blend it and give people a new choice.”
The Taylors moved to Corona del Mar in late 2012 from Arkansas, where they first launched their food truck business. Mari grew up in Downey and graduated from Huntington Beach High School and always wanted to return, the Taylors said. The couple has a daughter in kindergarten at Harbor View Elementary School and a son who is a senior at Corona del Mar High School, as well as two other grown children.
They moved the food truck to California but had to make changes so it met local codes and regulations, Taylor said.
“It took six to eight months to get the bus to code,” he said. They launched at a customer appreciation event at CdM Fitness, then took the summer off to continue to work on their business plan.
Two weeks ago, they began parking at the Port Plaza parking lot at 2865 East Coast Highway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. For now, their only other regular spot is Wednesdays at a car wash in Newport Center. Customers who want to find them should follow the company on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
“We bounce around Orange County,” Taylor said.
The teri-rocki road food truck offers chicken and ribey teriyaki tacos, made with Mari’s own teriyaki recipe, as well as rice bowl with veggies, tofu or chicken, wraps and more. The truck accepts credit cards and cash.
The Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Mariners branch at 1300 Irvine Ave., with an update on the Corona del Mar branch project on the meeting agenda.
The project will rebuild and combine the library, located at 420 Marigold Ave., and the fire station, located at 410 Marigold Ave.; read our earlier story here. The City Council has approved funding for the new fire station, which would replace the current building that opened in 1948 and has been remodeled four times since then, most recently in 1984. Because of the confined space, city staff said it made sense to combine them as one building with two entrances.
The Monday meeting will include results of a survey, launched in August, that asked Corona del Mar branch users what they liked and disliked about the facility; read our earlier story here.
According to a staff report, 24 people have responded to the survey so far.
The first question asked what users liked best about the branch.
“I like that it is small, fast to get in an out of, and run by the same, few, nice women that have been there for years,” one person wrote. Others said it was intimate, cozy, small and quaint.
“It’s part of the history of Corona del Mar,” one person wrote. “I grew up going there as a child. Don’t change it!”
“It is quiet and clean,” another person wrote. “No one brings children there and makes them cry. I never have seen a dog in the library. There is always plenty of space.”
Another person wrote that the library helped register to vote at a new address.
But others said they don’t use it, and that “it is not needed.”
When asked what they liked least, people said “dated decor,” lack of air conditioning, short operating hours, unpleasant smelling bathroom cleaners and Internet being unavailable from the bench outside the library.
One person said he or she never used the branch, 10 said they visited every once in awhile and 13 people said they were regular users.
One question asked specifically about programs and services for children, with most people answering that they liked the existing programs. Another question asked about special amenities people would like to see at the branch, and people asked for air conditioning, a book group, comfortable chairs, more computers, an online piano and a coffee bar.
But one person said the branch wasn’t needed.
“Again, I would like to see this branch close. If the fire department needs the space I think the city should allow them to use it. Having two libraries so close together is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars!”
Staff will again email the survey to patrons to collect more responses, the report said.
The public may attend the meeting and make comments.
The Orange County Natural History Lecture Series will host “100 Years of Fire History” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1, according to an event announcement.
Conservationist Melanie Schlotterbeck will lead the discussion. Schlotterbeck works with Hills for Everyone (HFE) on GIS mapping, land acquisition, research projects and more. She has been recognized by many organizations for her conservation efforts.
“Southern California is known for its wildfires that burn from Malibu to Big Bear to San Diego,” the event announcement said. “These fires tend to take off during Santa Ana Wind conditions when the timing is right because of high heat, low humidity, and high winds. After the Freeway Complex Fire of 2008, Hills For Everyone conducted a 100-year fire study to understand where, when, and why fires were starting near Chino Hills State Park.”
The lecture will explain how compiling the fire history revealed information about fire frequency, hot spots and more.
The event will be held at Back Bay Science Center, located at 600 Shellmaker Road. The gate will open at 6:30 p.m.
The lecture and parking are free, but reservations are requested by emailing marine education at newportbeachca dot gov.
1. A man was arrested in the 1500 block of Avocado Avenue this week on suspicion of assaulting an elderly woman after an argument about personal space; read our story here.
2. The Newport Beach City Council will discuss alcohol sales at the Port Theater and other items at Tuesday’s meeting; read more here.
3. Animal control officers were called to a Corona del Mar neighborhood after a report of a rattlesnake; read more here.
4. The Civic Center bunnies are wearing purple bows this week; click here to ready why.
5. Street sweeping hours near Corona del Mar High School could change after complaints; read our story here.