Sewage Spill Closes Bay Between BCYC and Bayside Drive Beach

posted: December 24th, 2015 05:00 pm | 0No Comments

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program has closed an area of bay water between the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club Marina downbay to Bayside Drive Beach, the agency’s website states.

A sewage spill caused the closure, the website states. The water is closed to swimming and diving.

Bicycle Santas Still Going Strong After Ten Years

posted: December 24th, 2015 05:05 am | 0No Comments

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By Susan Hoffman, special to Corona del Mar Today

Bicycle Santa Trish Hurley wanted to give her grandkids a hands-on experience about charitable giving. So, in keeping with her holiday bicycle donation tradition, she toted all eight of them along to Walmart so they could participate rather than hear about it afterward.

In the past, it has just been two Santas — Hurley of Balboa Island and Sean Canova of Costa Mesa — who have been doing the shopping and delivery of the bikes. This year with the addition of several elves, it would be a different experience.

On a recent Friday afternoon Hurley, along with the grandkids and their parents, met at Tzone Fitness OC in Costa Mesa where Hurley has been a long time client of Canova’s. From there they caravanned, including pulling two trailers, to the Irvine Walmart.

Canova, the master organizer, immediately slid into his sidewalk superintendent role and took control of the situation. With a makeshift cardboard clipboard in one hand, and finger pointing gestures with the other, he soon found himself directing traffic between the Walmart staff and the unleashed elves.

There was much to be done, beginning with the selection of helmets and locks for the 60 bikes that would be evenly distributed among boys and girls from tots to teens. The bikes and gear would be loaded into the two trucks, with trailers and delivered to the Orangewood Foundation.

“This is what Christmas is all about for me,” Hurley said. “It feels good to bring joy of Christmas with everything going on in the world.”

Both Canova and Hurley both have that strong affection for bikes in common.

“I was stoked to get my big brother’s bike, because it was something I could use for along time,” Canova said.

“Bikes are great for exercise, and transportation and it’s good to start kids out early with an outdoor activity,” Hurley said.

Hurley has been giving bikes to underprivileged children for ten years now, but, it was Corona del Mar resident Mary Ann Soden who brought the idea a few years ago of “connecting caring individuals with children in need” through the Orangewood Foundation’s community program, Hurley said.

Hurley rallied family members, friends and even her chiropractor to contribute to the cause this year for a toal of 60 bikes, up from last year’s 40.

Hurley wants to see the idea grow and maybe even spread to bike clubs and gyms.

“Just think if every gym in the U.S. bought just one bike,” she said.

Click here to read about last year’s collection.

From the Police Log: Petty Theft, Warrant Arrest

posted: December 23rd, 2015 01:33 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of petty theft of motor vehicle parts on Tuesday in the 700 block of Larkspur Avenue, according to a report.

The theft, with a loss of $35, occurred between 2 p.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday, the report said.

Police also arrested a 42-year-old Burbank man at 10:04 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive on a misdemeanor warrant; his bail was $1,500.

Police Issue Alert After Poinsettia Burglary

posted: December 23rd, 2015 07:57 am | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police issued a crime alert this week after a residential burglary on Dec. 17 in the 400 block of Poinsettia Avenue.

The alert said that sometime between 8 a.m. and 12:20 p.m., a suspect entered the home through an unlocked garage door, then went through another unlocked door into an attic space and then into the victim’s bedroom.

“At the time of the burglary one of the victim’s family members was asleep in another bedroom,” the alert said. “The burglary was discovered when the victim arrived home later that night.”

The burglar fled with two purses, BMW keys and a set of miscellaneous keys. A police report said the loss totaled $1,750.

The alert said that before the burglary, a witness saw a suspicious female leaving the home. She was described as white, 30 to 40 years old, about 160 pounds with brown hair.

Library Foundation Announces Witte Lecture Lineup

posted: December 23rd, 2015 04:58 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has announced the lineup for the 19th season of the Witte Lectures, which will run from January to April.

The lectures will take place in the Central Library beginning Jan. 22 with Jessica Fellowes, who will speak on “A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey.”

“Fellowes is an author and journalist, best known as the writer of the official companion books to Downton Abbey,” according to a news release. “Niece of Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, Jessica will share her insights into the history of the period and the production of the enormously popular series, from the painstakingly historic accuracy of costumes and customs to the breathtaking location at Highclere Castle.”

On Jan. 29 and 30, Roz Chast will lecture on “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” On Feb. 19 and 20, the lecturer will be Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker, who will speak on “Rosewater: An Iranian Odyssey.”

“The subject of Jon Stewart’s debut film, Bahari was arrested in Tehran while reporting on the 2009 presidential election protests and held in solitary confinement for most of his 118 days in captivity,” the news release said.

On March 11 and 12, the speaker will be Sherman Alexie, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Alexis is a poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. On April 15 and 16, the speaker will be David Ignatius, bestselling author and Washington Post columnist, who will speak about “ISIS and the World on Fire.”

For information on tickets, click here or call (949) 548-2411.

From the Police Log: Drug Arrest in Shore Cliffs

posted: December 22nd, 2015 11:41 am | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested an 18-year-old San Clemente man early Monday in the 100 block of Shore Cliff Road on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and having an open container while driving, according to a police report.

The man was arrested at 1:43 a.m. His bail was $25,000, the report said.

Police also took a report of identity theft in the 400 block of Newport Center Drive on Monday. The theft occurred between midnight Saturday and midnight Sunday, and no loss was listed on a report.

High Tides Could Cause Coastal Flooding Through Friday

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The National Weather Service today issue a Coastal Flood Advisory, warning of minor coastal flooding during morning high tides today through 10 a.m. Friday, according to the agency’s website.

“An increase in surf Wednesday through Friday will add to the coastal flooding threat,” the advisory states. “This will primarily impact low-lying coastal streets and parking lots…but exposed structures could be at risk of flooding as well. The high tides will gradually lower this weekend.”

High tides in the early mornings will be 7.6 feet at 7 a.m. Wednesday, 7.7 feet at 7:42 a.m. Thursday and 7.6 feet at 8:23 a.m. Friday, based on the agency’s information for San Diego Bay.

A wind advisory also is in effect through 10 p.m. tonight, and there’s a 90 percent chance of rain today and a 30 percent chance of rain tonight.

Police to Hold DUI Checkpoint on Wednesday Night

posted: December 22nd, 2015 04:53 am | 0No Comments

The Newport Beach Police Department will hold a DUI and drivers license checkpoint at an undisclosed location from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release.

“Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily,” the release said. “When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.”

The checkpoint is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” the release said. “Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”

From the Police Log: DUI Arrests, Packages Stolen

posted: December 21st, 2015 12:54 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested a 21-year-old Newport Beach man early Sunday on suspicion of DUI with a prior, according to a report. The man was arrested at 1:12 a.m. at Marguerite and Second avenues, and his bail was $10,000.

Another man, 23, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested at the same location Sunday on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, and his bail was $500.

Police also arrested a 43-year-old Mission Viejo man at 12:19 a.m. Friday at MacArthur Boulevard and San Miguel Drive on suspicion of DUI; his bail was $2,500. Officers arrested a 52-year-old Costa Mesa man at 2:19 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Hazel Drive on a felony warrant and on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. His bail was $500.

Police took a report of petty theft of mail or packages on Saturday in the 4700 block of Surrey Drive, a report said. The theft, with a $59 loss, occurred between 7:15 a.m. Friday and 12:49 p.m. Sunday. Officers also took a report of misdemeanor vandalism/defacing property in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive on Sunday. The incident occurred between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. They also took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Friday in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive. The burglary occurred between 11 p.m. Dec. 17 and 12:24 a.m. Friday, and the loss was $1,140.

Weather Service Issues Wind Advisory

posted: December 21st, 2015 12:35 pm | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. tonight until 10 p.m. Tuesday, the agency’s website states.

The advisory posted at 2:14 a.m. today, warns of strong, gusty west winds for mountain areas and near the coast.

“A moist west northwest flow pattern will bring stronger onshore flow with periods of strong gusty west winds,” the advisory states. Winds could be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph, the advisory states, with winds strongest and most widespread Tuesday afternoon and evening. Winds will be strongest near the coasts, and drivers should watch for palm fronds.

The forecast also says that rain is likely tonight, mainly after 4 a.m., with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. There is also a 60 percent chance of precipitation on Tuesday, mainly before 10 a.m. Tuesday’s high should be near 65.

There’s a 20 percent chance of rain Tuesday night, then Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 65. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers Wednesday night and Thursday, an chance of showers Thursday night, mainly after 10 p.m., and a chance of showers Christmas morning before 10 a.m.

Christmas night there also is a chance of showers, but Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the 60s.