Good Morning CdM Meeting to Feature OC Register Opinion Editor

posted: October 7th, 2015 12:15 pm | 0No Comments

Brian Calle, the Orange County Register’s opinion editor, will be the featured speaker at this month’s Good Morning CdM meeting on Thursday.

Good Morning CdM, previously called the Government Affairs Committee, will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Networking will begin at 7:15 a.m.

Calle will discuss this year’s elections, as well as the 2018 elections, and issues including water, infrastructure, controversial bills and possible ballot initiatives, according to an event flier. His commentary has appeared in Forbes, Bloomberg News, Fox News, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Markets, Human Events, City Journal, the Daily Caller, Fox and Hounds Daily, California Political Review and other publications, the flier said.

The meeting also will include legislative reports from several elected officials and their representatives. The meeting is open to chamber members and guests, and there is no charge and reservations are not required. Refreshments will be served.

The club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive. For more information, call (949) 673-4050.

Daniel’s Luggage Relocates to Former Felicity Bridal Space

posted: October 7th, 2015 05:00 am | 0No Comments

IMG_6717Daniel’s Luggage & Shoe Repair has relocated, taking over the space formerly occupied by Felicity Couture Bridal.

Daniel’s Luggage Repair has reopened at 3135 East Coast Highway. The business , which has been operating in Corona del Mar since 1968, had been located at 3601 East Coast Highway for 16 years before relocating in 2011.

The same year, Felicity Couture Bridal moved from a location on Fernleaf Avenue to 3135 East Coast Highway. The business website indicates the shop now operates online with a location in Aliso Viejo.

From the Police Log: Theft Reports, Arrests

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Newport Beach police took a report of a petty theft with a $150 loss on Monday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive. The theft occurred between 4:57 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2:42 p.m. Oct. 4, the report said. Officers also took a report of a petty theft with a loss of $80 in the 400 block of Marguerite Avenue on Monday. That theft occurred between 9:25 and 10 p.m. Monday.

Police took a report of a grand theft Monday in the 700 block of Newport Center Drive. The theft, with a loss of $4,400, occurred at 2:33 p.m. Monday.

Police also arrested a 31-year-old Los Alamitos resident at 2:35 a.m. Monday at East Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, possession of a switchblade in a vehicle and reckless driving; bail was $500. Police arrested a 21-year-old Cypress man at 6:10 a.m. Monday at the same location on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and receiving stolen property valued at less than $950. His bail was $500. Police also arrested a 37-year-old Anaheim man at 9:15 p.m. Monday at MacArthur Boulevard and East Coast Highway on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $2,500.

Public Hearings Scheduled for Local Coastal Program Plans

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Two public hearings have been announced for the public to weigh in on the draft Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan, according to a notice sent by mail from the City of Newport Beach.

“Newport Beach, like all cities within California’s coastal zone, is required to have a Local Coastal Program (LCP),” the notice states. “The City of Newport Beach…is in the process of creating its first LCP.”

The LCP will set the types of uses, public access, and resource protection policies and regulations for all development in the coastal zone,” the notice states. Anyone who lives or owns commercial property in the coastal zone will be affected.

The draft LCP Implementation Plan includes zoning regulations, maps and more, and may be reviewed at City Hall in Bay B on the first floor, or at library branches, or online.

A hearing on the draft plan will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a Planning Commission meeting, as well as at 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 10 at a City Council meeting. Both meetings will take place in Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.

Once the city has an approved LCP, the notice said, residents and business owners will be able to obtain Coastal development permits through the city instead of going to the California Coastal Commission.

Begonia Ave. Resident Seeks Tree Removals to Help Allergies

posted: October 5th, 2015 12:54 pm | 5Comments

The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, when the group will consider a Corona del Mar woman’s request to remove two eucalyptus trees near her Begonia Avenue home because they trigger her allergies.

In February, Louetta Souers asked the city to remove the trees on the Second Avenue side of her home at 445 Begonia Ave., according to a staff report.

In a letter to the city, Souers said she was “pleading” for the trees to be removed because they cause discomfort and expenses because of allergies.

“My eyes itch, burn, water — I have to keep a handkerchief in my hand as I’m driving because I have to keep dabbing my eyes to keep my vision clear from the watering of my eyes,” she wrote. “They are red and swollen all the time.”

She worried about being able to drive safely, she said, and she needed to drive her husband who is blind.

Staff inspections showed the trees to be healthy, the report said, and in May, staff said they should not be removed. The trees’ value is $12,160. City staff informed Souers that she could appeal the decision to the Parks commission.

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

Sandcastle Contest Winners Announced

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The 54th Annual Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest was held Sunday at Big Corona State Beach, and organizers today released a list of winners.

The Commodores Award for the Overall Best Creation went to Chris Cross for a castle with arches. The People’s Choice Award for Best Creation went to the Sand Crabs team for a truck pulling a castle trailer. Sand Crabs also won the Best Display of theme for that creation.

The Sand Stuff team won Most Humorous Creation for a headless snow man, and the first place winner in the Junior Division went to team Catherine’s City for a “great big lizard.”

The Most Unique Sandcastle award went to team Meet Up So Cal Tribe for a Taj Ma Hall sandcastle, with second place being awarded to Robert Hidey Architects for Legos with cars. Third place went to team Peanuts Gan for a castle on hill with tunnel.

The Most Unique Sandsculpture winner went to team Primodonnas for El Nino, with second place going to team In Silico for great V.W. Beatle cars, and third place going to Team Roth for Star Fish People.

The Best Schools winner was Pegasus School for a mermaid under the sun.

Read our story about the event here.

From the Police Log: Arrests at Civic Center, Newport Center

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Three men were arrested Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center on alcohol-related charges, according to police reports.

A man, 24, was arrested at 3:48 p.m. and booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and carrying a switchblade knife, a report said. Another man, 28, was arrested at 4:48 p.m. and booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving alcohol. And a man, 28, of Irvine, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. and booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving alcohol. Bail for each was $500.

The arrests occurred during the second annual Food & Wine Festival at the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive, but it was not immediately known if the men had been attending the event.

Police also arrested three men Saturday evening in the 100 block of Civic Center Drive, report said.

One man, 35, of Las Vegas, was arrested at 6:57 p.m. and booked on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bail was $20,000. A man, 31, of Costa Mesa, was arrested at 7:04 p.m. and booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime and receiving known stolen property; no bail amount was listed. The third man, 35, of National City, was arrested at 7:13 p.m. and booked on conspiracy to commit a crime and receiving stolen property. His bail was $20,000.

Police also arrested a 50-year-old Newport Beach man at 10:50 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of Sea Lane on suspicion of entering a non-commercial dwelling and a felony warrant. His bail was $500. Officers arrested a 22-year-old Fullerton man at 4:07 p.m. Sunday at Bayside an El Paseo drives on suspicion of DUI, improper turning and a missing license plate. His bail was $2,500.Officers arrested a 46-year-old Costa Mesa man at 8:40 a.m. Saturday at Iris Avenue and East Coast Highway on a misdemeanor warrant; bail was $7,500.

Police took a report of vandalism with property damage in the 400 block of Newport Center Drive on Friday. The incident, with no damage amount listed, occurred between 5:45 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Police also took a report of a petty theft with a loss of $800 in the 400 block of Newport Center Drive on Friday. The theft occurred between 3:40 and 4 p.m. Sept. 27, a report said.

Castles, Cars And Kids: CdM Celebrates Sandcastle Contest’s 54th Year

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By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today

Rain didn’t delay the 54th Annual Sandcastle Contest held Sunday at Big Corona State Beach. The event was hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach chamber of Commerce, and this year they added kids’ activities, classic Woody autos and exhibitor booths.

This year the contest participants were as diverse as the unique sand creations that they built. For example there was a charity represented, a Meet-Up group, an architectural firm, families and and even individual working solo.

First year participants Bill Barrington, Scott Trotter and Kim Tran represented the Child Abuse Prevention Center, designing a large heart wrapped in seaweed, with the words, “CHILD ABUSE KNOW MORE.”

“The ‘know; more is a play on words, like ‘no’ more but be knowledgeable,” said Trotter, who lives in Newport Beach. “We will have no more once we know more.”

Also in their first year was the Lego Castle building group, wearing lime green uniform tees bearing the logo R.H.A. (Robert Hidey Architects). According to Nathan Javadi, 30 people planned on coming out and all of them made it. Ashley Hidey explained that the firm did its homework to prepare for the challenge.

“We tried to do something with a kids and castle theme,” Hidey said. “We watched sandcastle building videos on YouTube during team lunches so we could learn the strategy.”

Three people from Meet-Up O.C. decided to tackle building the Taj Mahal.

“We don’t even know each other,” said Jennifer Weedon. It seems Adam Cummins created an event, in this case the Sandcastle Contest, and posted on the Meet-Up group. Two people whom he had never met — Weedon and Patrick Lyons — showed up. They said that more people were supposed to come but didn’t show.

In spite of being new to both Meet-Up and sandcastle building, they seemed to be having fun and also making progress. “This is the only one I’ve been to that didn’t include alcohol,” joked Lyons. “And it’s still fun,” Weedon added.

The clouds and rain threat kept the usual large crowds away, but those in attendance enjoyed a more leisurely experience where they could spend more time viewing the art and snapping photos.

CdM Haggen Could Become Smart and Final

posted: October 5th, 2015 07:24 am | 12Comments

Corona del Mar’s Haggen store could become a Smart and Final, according to a company news release.

Last month, the company announced it was closing all California stores. Store workers have said they had no idea what the store could become.

In a news release today, the grocer announced it “has filed motions and is seeking approval of the bankruptcy court to establish procedures for ongoing sales.”

“Haggen also filed motions to approve two separate asset purchase agreements for stalking horse bidder packages,” the release said. “Gelson’s Markets signed an asset purchase agreement for 8 stores in California and Smart & Final LLC signed an agreement for 28 stores in California and Nevada. Both agreements are subject to bankruptcy court approval.”

Gelson’s could take over the Laguna Beach Haggen store, among others, while Smart and Final would take over the Haggen at 3049 East Coast Highway. The closest Smart and Final shop currently is located at 707 W. 19th Street in Costa Mesa.

The news release states that Haggen will seek an Oct. 19 court hearing regarding the company’s “proposed global bid procedures.” The news release provided dates for parties interested in the sale of other stores with an auction set for Nov. 9.

The motion also asks for court approval of the Gelson’s and Smart and Final agreements, the release said.

Haggen opened in May, taking over the former Albertsons. Within two months, however, stores began laying off six to 10 employees at each new store, including some developmentally disabled employees. Shoppers complained of higher prices and empty shelves, and employees said they have not been getting normal deliveries, or any deliveries of all of products like Coca Cola products.

CdM Today Poll of the Week

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