Volunteers advocating for Corona del Mar residential quality of life since 1987

 

 

             

 

Updated July 20, 2019

Upcoming CdMRA Meeting
CdM residents are always welcome to attend

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:30 a.m. @ OASIS Room #5
Guest Speaker: Mike Sinacori, Public Works: New Undergrounding Process

Agenda here

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*** WELCOME HOME ***

CdM Branch Library & NBFD Fire Station #5 Grand Re-Opening Celebration ... July 20, 2019

Check back with us soon. Celebration photo album is coming.

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Corona Del Mar Residents Association - Who We Are

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) was created in 1987 to provide a unified voice on issues which impact all residential neighborhoods located in Zip Code 92625 (over 6,300 households). CdMRA utilizes a variety of communication tools, educational workshops and outreach programs to accomplish that goal. We are NOT a "homeowners' association." We ARE a "resident advocacy" association, working diligently to protect, preserve and improve our residential community's quality of life.

Your comments and suggestions are a valuable resource to CdMRA.   We welcome feedback on our member services and suggestions on topics or issues that we should investigate on behalf of our residents.    Send us an email today.

And don't foget to LIKE us on Facebook and watch our topical videos on YouTube.

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Announcement

CdMRA has recently been granted non-profit status by the IRS and California’s Franchise Tax Board, and is now designated as a 501(c)(3) public charity
(ID# 83-0928052).   

Your membership is now considered a tax-deductible donation, as are any general donations you wish to make to the extent the law allows.   This is good news for both CdMRA and for our members and donors, and we hope you will take advantage of this new tax-deductible benefit.

Membership

Donations of $20 cover your membership dues for the entire calendar year (January 1-December 31), and are payable each January 1.  Your membership entitles you to CdMRA's Members-Only Newsletters and Emails, Member Receptions, admission to the CdM Annual Town meeting, and more.  And don't forget . . . your membership dues donation and any contributions you make to CdMRA are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

We offer three easy payment options:

  1. Online Credit Card Payment
  2. Bill Pay through your online banking system
  3. Personal Check

Click here to select and complete one of these payment options.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Be sure to visit us on FACEBOOK for late breaking news. And watch topical videos on our YouTube channel.

July

July 4 All Day: Independence Day Holiday; city offices and libraries closed. No trash collection or street sweeping today.
July 7 All Week: Happy 25th Anniversary Newport Beach Main Library! Week-long celebration activities listed here.
July 7 6:00 pm: Concerts on the Green: Smith Country Band
July 9, 4:00 pm: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers - Insider's Report here
July 10, 8:00 am: Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O'Neill @ Newport Coast Community Center
July 10, 6:00 pm: Speak Up Newport @ Civic Center Community Room - Latest Airport Update - Update on the General Aviation Improvement Program
July 13, 10:30 am: Books & Bunnies @ NBPL, Children's Room
July 18, 7:30 am: CdMRA Monthly Meeting at OASIS Room #5 - Guest Speaker Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD74)
July 18, 6:30 pm: Planning Commission Meeting @ Civic Center Council Chambers
July 20, 10:30 am: Opening Celebration: CdM Library & Fire Station
July 23, 4:00 pm: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers - Insider's Report Pending

** For additional City events, visit the City Calendar here **

August

August 7, 8:00 am: Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O'Neill @ Newport Coast Community Center
August 8, 6:30 pm: Planning Commission Meeting @ Civic Center Council Chambers
August 13, 4:00 pm: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers - Insider's Report pending
August 14, 6:00 pm: Speak Up Newport @ Civic Center Community Room
August 15, 7:30 am: CdMRA Monthly Meeting at OASIS Room #5 - Guest Speaker Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD74)
August 22, 6:30 pm: Planning Commission Meeting @ Civic Center Council Chambers
August 23, 6:30 pm: Movie in the Park @ Grant Howald ... Mary Poppins Returns
August 26: No city council meeting until September 10
August 25, 6:00 pm: Concerts on the Green: Queen Nation

It's not too late: Renew your DO NOT SOLICIT request here.

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CdMRA Documents: Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes:  Submit your request by email here

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Other Standing Commission/Committee/Community Meetings & Events of Interest
(Meeting Agendas can be found by clicking on the links below or
here)

Sherman Library & Gardens Event Calendar, click here.

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CdMRA Documents: Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes:  Submit your request by email here

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News & Information

Grant Howald Park Project

Grant Howald Park has been serving the community since 1954. As the most visited park in Newport Beach, it is important to make sure that this park continues to serve the community at the highest level. The Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation Project will be focused on upgrading the athletic field for usability throughout the year, replacing the playground equipment to encourage more integrated play and beautifying the Fifth Avenue frontage. 

For more information about the Grant Howald Park project, be sure to visit the city's special webpage here:  NewportBeachca.gov/GrantHowaldPark.

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Construction Management - Update June 12, 2019

City Council amended the city's contruction ordinance to eliminate noisy construction on Saturdays in certain dense neighborhoods, like CdM Flower Streets. Additional information is available here. Staff Report is available here (XIV.3)

Councilmember Brenner asked CdMRA to conduct of poll of its members who live in CdM Village for feedback on this ordinance change. We plan to do so in early July.

        Many residents are finding it difficult to park on residential streets due to the amount of construction occurring in their neighborhoods. Your CdMRA board has been instrumental in advocating for ordinance changes and enforcement to help alleviate some of these construction related impacts. City Council members Brenner, Herdman and Dixon plan to hold community meetings to discuss proposed amendments before they vote on any changes.  We will continue to monitor this issue and ensure that you are appropriately noticed of these upcoming outreach meetings being held specifically for resident input on this topic.

        The City Council reviewed a proposal at their April 23 Study Session. While there is not city-wide support for a construction parking management plan, the council will consider a program for specific neighborhoods like CdM Village. We will let you know when this issue is next reviewed by City Council.

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JWA: General Aviation Improvement Program (GAIP) - Update July 2019

For the latest update on the General Aviation Improvement Program (GAIP), including the recent Board of Supervisors vote and the city's next steps, please visit the City's dedicated webpage on this topic.

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NBFD's new Fire Marshal Kevin Bass

CdMRA invited Fire Chief Chip Duncan, Asst. Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and the city's newly hired Fire Marshal Kevin Bass to address the CdMRA Board and guests at our February 21 monthly meeting.  The hiring of a fully dedicated fire marshal was an important step this year given the state's recent history of devastating wild fires.  CdMRA advocated for reinstating this position with both the fire department and city council, specifically because of our Buck Gully wildland interface with homes here in Corona del Mar.  You, too, will have an opportunity to meet Fire Marshal Bass at this year's CdM Annual Town Meeting on April 17 at Sherman Library & Gardens.

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Personal & Home Safety Tips

Keep these important numbers handy:

  • Non-emergency Police Dispatch 949-644-3717
  • 24-hour Recorded Crime Tip Hotline 800-550-6273
  • Traffic 949-644-3742
  • Graffiti Hotline 949-644-3333
  • Code Enforcement 949-644-3215
  • Free Home Security Inspection 949-644-3699
  • NIXLE: Receive Crime alerts, traffic advisories, community updates from NBPD via text messaging, email or on the web by signing up at www.nixle.com

Click here to read the summary of our Town Hall Meeting on Crime Prevention.

*** NBPD Videos ***
This month, NBPD is featuring cell-phone use while driving. Well worth the watch. Short YouTube video is here.

*** NBPD Crime Prevention & Alert Tools ***
NBPD has several helpful ALERT tools that you can use or subscribe to. If you haven't yet done so, we encourage you to take a look at using one or more of these options to stay informed about crimes in your neighborhoods and safety tips for crime prevention:

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Coyote Safety

NBPD warns that coyotes are capable of hunting unattended small pets, including cats and dogs, and residents who have lost pets to these predators are often unaware of coyote activity in their area. 

Please review the following tips to protect your pets from nuisance animals like coyotes and other wildlife:

  • Fully enclose outdoor animal enclosures, including the top of the enclosure
  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Store trash in covered heavy-duty containers
  • Keep yards free from potential shelter, such as thick brush and weeds
  • Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks
  • Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water
  • Never feed coyotes

For more information and tips for keeping family members and pets safe, please read NBPD's bulletin here.

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In and around Corona del Mar

*** Buck Gully - A History Lesson . . .
If you are interested in a little history lesson about the deterioration and restoration of our Buck Gully, please read Amy Senk's article which was recently published in StuNews-Newport. It is quite an informative piece and has several great photos as well. Besides, it's always great to see Amy in print from time to time. We all miss her daily reporting of all things Corona del Mar!

*** Interested in Parking and Walkability in CdM?  Read on . . .
The BID Parking Sub-committee and CdMRA representatives are working together to consider options for transportation and parking in the CdM commercial area. For more information and updates on this project, please visit the city's website here.

*** CdM Shop & Dine – Every Thursday 6pm-9pm ***
We just wanted to remind you about this fun event in the CdM Village each Thursday evening.  It’s a great way to get to know and support our local shops.  Stroll through the Village this week and find out what it’s all about. Information about this fun, family event can be found here.

*** CdM Undergrounding Projects
At this time, there are two designated CdM Undergrounding Projects: Assessment District 117 and Assessment District 119. Here are a few links to information that you will find helpful:

*** Your Street Trees
A message from CdMRA’s Reforestation Chair Ron Yeo:  Drought, wind, insects and disease are killing an unprecedented number of Southern California’s urban trees. Many of the CdM street trees are over 70 years old and are reaching the end of their life span. So take care of your street tree and keep it as healthy as possible.  Dan Sereno, the city’s Tree and Park Superintendent, adds that deep watering your street trees once a week is very important and is required by the municipal code.  This is especially important if you have installed synthetic turf or drought tolerant plants which significantly limits tree irrigation. 

*** CdMRA Now on Facebook ***
Be sure to visit our new Facebook page for timely news and updates. And be sure to LIKE us while you're there!

*** CdMRA Now on YouTube ***
Visit CdMRA's new YouTube Channel.

We are subscribing to several video channels that may interest you: Planning Commission Meeting Videos (posted by SPON) and videos about CdM Village created by CdM's own Ron Yeo. Ron is a CdMRA member, Chair of CdMRA's Reforestation Committee, an architect by trade and has an additional interest in landscape. Some of his local works include Muth Center, Back Bay Science Center and numerous park structures. Ron has spearheaded many efforts over the years that create microenvironments in our community, like pocket parks and vista points, that we can all enjoy. Thank you Ron!

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In and around Newport Beach


Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS.ORG):
Release: June 27, 2017: A group of animal lovers has formed a new non-profit, Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter, or FONBAS,  with the goal of raising funds for the shelter which is operated by the City of Newport Beach.  "We are not here as a substitute for City support," according to Tim Stoaks, president of the board.  "Like the Friends of Oasis and Friends of the Library, our goal is to build on the excellent work  the City does and  help move the needle from very good to great for the animals at the shelter.  Whether it's  additional amenities or more extensive  medical treatment we want to be sure the funds are there to help each animal put its best paw forward."

Currently, the City has a three-year lease on the shelter property which is in Santa Ana Heights.  "Our long term goal, if the Council agrees, is to raise the funds to purchase that or another building so we know that there will always be a shelter," says Evelyn Hart who led the campaign to build the new Oasis Senior Center. In addition to Mr. Stoaks and Mrs. Hart, founding board members include Jean Watt, Walt Howald, Sandy Meadows and Nancy Gardner." Our mission is  to help every animal that comes to the shelter find a happy home, "  states Stoaks.   

*** Short-Term Rentals in Newport Beach (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) ***
The city is collecting community input on possible revisions to its Short-Term rental permitting process. Two outreach meetings have already been held, and concerns are being addressed through increased code enforcement, identifying locations which are not permitted, and ultimately city ordinance changes.

Information on short-term rentals can be found on the city's website here.
An interactive map showing PERMITTED short-term rentals through Newport Beach, or by specific address, is available here.

myNB Mobile App
Submit service requests, communicate with community leaders, pay your bills, stay up to date with City events and news all from one convenient app.  To get started, click here.

Do Not Solicit Registry:
Renew your request to prevent solicitors and handbills on your property. This must be done each year on or after January 1st. The Registry is available here.

Code Enforcement Outreach Programs
Code Enforcement officers are reaching out to residents and Homeowner Association Boards in the hopes of meeting on a quarterly basis to highlight and identify problem areas that need addressing.  CdMRA intends to include Code Enforcement officials at our Board meetings on a regular basis.  We encourage those of you in Homeowner Associations to talk to your Boards about inviting them to speak as well.  Every step we take in addressing these issues improves the quality and safety of our community.  For more information about Code Enforcement, including how to contact them, click here.

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Texting While "Stopping" ?

Here's a very interesting article from former City Manager Dave Kiff which talks about the impact of texting while not only driving but while waiting at stop lights. It is having a tremendous impact on our major investment on signal technology and modernization. Read on . . .

" . . . We’re doing something that threatens to completely wreck the millions that have gone into signal management.  Can anyone guess what it is?  Yep, it’s sitting there at the red light checking texts and e-mails.  This is actually illegal, as you’re not allowed to use a cell phone (unless hands free) while in any active lane of traffic – even while waiting at a red light.  Experts are estimating that we’re losing 10-20% of our signal efficiency by folks not looking up and noticing that the signal has turned, or that the person ahead of them has moved.  What can we do?  More citations, better compliance, I guess.  Self-driving cars eventually.  But please know that every time someone’s pausing to look down and delaying the movement, millions of our tax dollars might be going out the window." 

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Public Safety News

 

Community Preparedness . . . Are You Prepared?
Take a few minutes with your family to discuss and develop your action plan in the event of a major disruption or emergency. With kids in school and parents working, it is important to know who to contact and where to go.

How easy? Easy as 1-2-3. 

  1. Make A Plan
  2. Build a Kit  
  3. Get Trained  

For more information, visit the city's Community Preparedness website at NBCERT.org

On their website, you will find information on how to create your family plan as well as learn about training which is free to Newport Beach residents. Don't delay. Make your family plan today.

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Community Safety Information and More
Visit the Newport Beach Police Depatment website for news and information about our important public safety personnel.

Do Not Solicit Registry:
Renew your request to prevent solicitors and handbills on your property. This must be done each year on or after January 1st. The Registry is available here.

News, and tools such as these, are all available on NBPD's website:

NBPD recently implemented a great new map which plots out the Calls for Service for the last seven days by call type throughout the city.  It’s a great and visual way to stay informed about crimes, arrests, and other police-related activities. Calls for Service are updated every 30 minutes in the interactive map which can be found here.

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City Resources

Newsletters & Events Calendar

Organization Information

City News & Events Delivered To Your Inbox
If you would like to receive information about a variety of City services and events, simply register for the City's News Service.  Meetings, Events, Reports, Sports Field Conditions and more . . . You chose the items you want to see.  Stay informed on topics that matter to you.  To register, click here.

Community Development Department
One-stop shopping for building, planning, and code enforcement services. Click here.

Code Enforcement Office is geared to answer your questions and react to problems when reported.  If you have a problem with noise, construction hours, water pollution, street drainage, run-off, or other issues which may be in violation of city codes, report the problem by phone:

  • Business Hours:           949.644.3215
  • Nights & Weekends:    949.644.3717

Construction Hours - Days and Times Allowed
Newport Beach Municipal Code 10.28.040 limits construction hours and noise. If you need to report a violation of either the hours or noise regulations, please contact Code Enforcement at the numbers above. Additional information can be found on the city's website here.

  • Weekdays - construction allowed 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays - construction allowed 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and Federal Holidays - no construction activity allowed
  • Exceptions: Emergency building construction authorized by the Building Director; emergency repair to City facilities; or maintenance, construction, or repair authorized by the City Manager or Department Director.

Graffiti Hotline = 949.644.3333
Call this number to report any graffiti you find in or around CdM.

Traffic Signal Problem:  Traffic signal outages or problems can be reported by email.  Go to the City's website (click here) or call 949.644.3348 or 949.644.3324.

Noise Abatement Code:  We get many questions about hours of operation for lawn, gardening and construction equipment.  Noise of that nature is covered by the City's Municipal Code. For approved hours of operation, click here.

WaterSmart
The City has provided lots of tips on how to better manage your water consumption and keep your water bill low.  New rebates become available from time to time to help offset the costs of Smart Controllers, Sprinkler Heads, Artificial Turf, and more. Helpful links follow:

  • Water-saving tips & rebate information:  click here
  • Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance:  click here
  • Water Efficient Design Standards:  click here

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Corona del Mar Residents Assn (CdMRA) is a 501(c)(3) public charity (ID #83-0928052).    
Contributions to CdMRA are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.  

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