In and Around CdM

Who will represent Corona del Mar after City Redistricting?

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Newport Beach (and County of Orange) are required to engage voters in the redistricting process by conducting public hearings and workshops.

Why does redistricting matter to me?  Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of council representation. CdMRA strongly believes this should be a resident-driven process and encourages all our residents to stay informed and participate in the process.   

Our City Council has hired a consultant and authorized an Ad Hoc Committee to study redistricting options and will seek voter input on how to rearrange our neighborhoods into new City Council District boundaries.  

Do not miss your opportunity!
Share your feedback and comments about how you want district boundaries drawn to best represent Corona del Mar neighborhoods. 

FAQ and the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee meeting schedule available here.

One-Way Streets in CdM or “No Way!”?  What are your thoughts?

CdMRA has been addressing this issue in one form or another since CdMRA was formed in 1987.  But until recently, there never seemed to be an overwhelming interest in developing a formal study and plan of how one-way streets might work in CdM.

CdMRA is once again seeking your feedback and interest in a One-Way Street Concept Design for CdM’s Flower Streets.  We encourage you to share your thoughts with us.  Please do so here.

 


CdMRA’s Historical Resources Committee Update
Ron Yeo, Committee Chair

We are continuing to work with the Sherman Library and the CdM Historical Society to build awareness and understanding of our local history.

 

A few of our current projects include:

        1. Working on developing several photo videos on historical sites that can be accessed with your smartphone with an app such as the existing MyNB app that explains the Civic Center Sculpture Garden Art.
        2. Working with the County Historical Commission on gaining historical recognition for local sites such as Five Crowns, Kerckhoff Lab, the DelMar Hotel and the China House.   
        3. Coordinating with Ed Olen on oral history recordings.

The OC Historic Commission is noted for saying “You can’t protect what you don’t know you have.”   As an example, the first house was built in Corona del  Mar in 1909, known as the Happy House.  It was located at 2920 Ocean Blvd. and torn down in 2004.  Following that Tom Heffernan, who lives in a 1930’s cottage in the Flower Streets, founded the CDM Historical Society.  

Recently, 100 homes homes in Corona del Mar were chosen for historic value, and an article was published in the Preserve Orange County blog about our efforts.  [Article here]  
 

You’ll also want to check out Sherman Library’s digital photo album of Corona del Mar cottages.  The album is quite extensive and available here.

We are also working on a YouTube video which highlights a few of these homes.  You can view our work-in-progress below.

Corona del Mar’s Jetty 
The CdM jetty got a much-needed makeover in 2021. The 12-foot-wide boardwalk running from Pirate’s Cove to the rock section of the jetty is getting a new coat of cement, and more boulders are being added
so they’ll be at the same level as the boardwalk.  A podcast about this project is available here. 

NEWS SOURCE: NEWPORT BEACH IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR

June Local Business Spotlight – Gary’s Deli

Article submitted by CdMRA Member Bruce Carlin 

“A deli in Corona del Mar?  A deli in Orange County?  Not so many. To those of us who crave that kind of old-fashioned, comfortable, look-you-in-the eye delicatessen food and service, it’s not as common here in the OC as LA’s west side …” 

Click here to read Bruce’s entire article.

 

Article Archives

A Walk Around CdM Village Slideshow . . . 

Ron Yeo, a CdMRA member and Chair of both CdMRA’s Reforestation Committee and Historical Committee, is an architect by trade and has an additional interest in landscape. Some of his local architectural 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, which we can all enjoy. Take a virtual tour of CdM Village from Ron’s POV.  

Buck Gully History . . .  

If you are interested in a little history lesson about the deterioration and restoration of our Buck Gully, please read Amy Senk’s StuNews article. It is quite an informative piece and has several great photos as well. Besides, it’s always great to read Amy’s articles. We all miss her daily reporting of all things Corona del Mar!

Parking and Walkability in CdM . . . 

The CDM Business Improvement District (CdM 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 CdM BID’s website.

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: To insure that your street tree will be properly maintained and remain healthy, the following care should be provided by the property owner:

        • Depending on weather conditions, the tree should be deep-soaked weekly throughout the year.
        • The tree should be fertilized at least twice a year with a well-balanced plant food.  Fall and winter fertilizations are best.
        • Avoid use of weed killers, soil sterilizers or other poisonous substances near the tree.
        • Do not plant ivy or other shrubbery in the tree basin. This material will compete for vital resources (water and nutrients).
        • Be careful not to bruise the trunk with lawn mower or other garden implements. A plastic tree trunk guard can reduce this problem.
        • Please do not trim the tree. The City will trim the tree on a regular, two-year cycle.
        • The City will also treat street trees for insect or diseases. 

Thank you for your help in maintaining our Village Character. If you have any questions about your tree, please contact the City Arborist, John Nelson for more information. 

In and Around NB

COVID-19 January Closures – City Facilities

In response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, Newport Beach City Hall and community centers will temporarily close beginning Monday, January 3. All City services will continue, although some will be conducted only through virtual and drop-off services.  Facilities are expected to re-open mid-January.  Read more here …  And here …

Civic Center Sculpture Garden Phase VII … Your vote counts

You have until January 10 to select up to three different art sculptures to be considered for the Phase VII installation.

Cast your vote here no later than January 10.

“Trash Talk” Redux

Effective January 1, 2022, new state laws take effect which impact the way our trash is sorted and collected.  We currently have two types of barrels … landfill and recyclable materials.  The new system will add two additional barrels … green waste and a bin for kitchen scraps.  Details about this new program are available here.  

Dave Webb, the City’s Public Works Director, created a presentation in August on the upcoming changes, why they are important and what the City’s timeline is for implementation. Take a look here.   

Newport Beach resident Robyn Grant recently published an article on this topic in the Newport Beach Indy.  It is also full or useful information and helpful links. If you missed it, the NB Indy article is still available here.

City Council Redistricting

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by conducting  public hearings and/or workshops. 

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of council representation. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.  

For FAQ and the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee meeting scheduled, see here.

Local News Sources

We’d like to give a shout out to just a few of our local news sources.  Take a look when you want a fresh, comprehensive look at Newport Beach news. 

Tom Johnson’s StuNews Newport publishes this online twice weekly blog on Tuesdays and Fridays.  StuNewsNewport.com 

 

Chris Trela’s Newport Beach Independent publishes a weekly blog and print edition which focused on Newport Beach news.  NewportBeachIndy.com 

 

The LA Times publishes local news for Newport Beach and surrounding communities in its Daily Pilot edition delivered with your LA Times newspaper or available online at LATimes.com 

Riley Hayes and Alex Crawford’s Good Morning Newport provides interesting video journalism on local government topics. 
Instagram
@goodmorningnewport 

Bill Lobdell takes back in time with stories about Newport Beach headlines and events using Instagram for images and podcasts for narrative.
Instagram @newport-in-the-rearviewmirror
and Podcasts at Newportbeach-Podcast.com

Draft Housing Element for incorporation in our General Plan 

In 2020, the City initiated a focused amendment of the Newport Beach General Plan. The purpose of this amendment is to enable the City to comply with State laws, including the State Housing Law and others relating to transportation and environmental justice. Compliance is mandatory, although how the City complies is left to the City, subject to approval by the State. This was prompted by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Study which resulted in a state-mandated requirement that Newport Beach plan for the development of 4,845 new residential units in our city.  

However, in order to fulfill the affordable housing requirement of the Newport Beach RHNA allocation, the Draft Housing Element currently estimates that close to 10,000 units will be required. 

This General Plan Amendment will focus on updates to the following elements of the City of Newport Beach General Plan: 

        • Housing Element 
        • Circulation Element 
        • Land Use Element 
        • Environmental Justice Policies 

The Draft Housing and Circulation/Traffic Elements were published in March.  The public is invited (and encouraged) to send their comments on one or both of these important roadmaps which will guide the development of the mandated 4,845 new residential units, including where these dwellings will be located and how traffic flows and circulation (bike and pedestrian travel as well as management of traffic from motor vehicle trips).  

Please be sure to visit the City’s website pages dedicated to this process for updates on important community workshops.

Homelessness Update  

City Manager Grace Leung frequently provides updates on homelessness in Newport Beach in her weekly newsletter.  And the City maintains a webpage devoted exclusively to this topic, which is available here, and includes contact information for our Homelessness Liaison as well as other important information and resources.

The most recent update from the City Manager includes these highlights:

The City of Costa Mesa began moving clients into the new regional Bridge Shelter week of April 16, 2021.  The new shelter, located at 3175 Airway Avenue, provides up to 72 beds for individuals experiencing homelessness in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. 

Through a partnership agreement, the City of Newport Beach has secured 20 beds to shelter and stabilize people in the Bridge Shelter beginning in May. The shelter is operated by Mercy House, which provides case management to locate appropriate permanent housing, assist with job searches, and provide other on-site services. 

Newport Beach discourages panhandling in favor of targeted assistance through the Good Giving Program. Donations received through the program enable staff to purchase items such as bicycles, work boots, and small household items for newly housed people. All donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information, or to donate, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage. 

City staff works closely with our contractor City Net, and our regional partners throughout the county and state, to address homelessness. The City Net hotline number is (714) 451-6198. Those who call the hotline may leave a detailed voicemail message for themselves or others in need and City Net staff will respond within 48 hours. For immediate assistance, call the County’s Crisis Prevention Hotline at (877) 7-CRISIS or (877) 727-4747.

Residential Design Standards Changes – Effective January 7, 2021 

On November 24, 2020, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 2020-28 amending development standards applicable to one-unit and-two unit developments. This will become effective on January 7, 2021. 

Revisions to Third Floor Standards 

      • Third floor step backs would apply to covered deck areas. A step back is an additional offset of a wall or building feature beyond the minimum setback line.
      • Third floor side step backs would apply to lots 30 feet wide or greater.
      • Maximum covered third floor area (enclosed or unenclosed) limited to 50 percent of buildable area.
      • Uncovered deck area would remain unrestricted.
      • Third floor step back standards (front and rear) would apply to 25-foot wide or less lots zoned R-2.
      • Third floor step back standards (front, rear, and sides) would apply to single- and two-unit dwellings in Multiple Residential (RM) zone.

Clarification of Gross Floor Area

      • Unfinished attics with a ceiling height of 6 feet or higher would count as floor area.
      • Covered patios, decks, and balconies above the first floor would count as floor area unless completely open on at least two sides, rather than one side.
      • Carports only open on one side would count as floor area.

Single-Unit and Two-Unit Dwellings in the R-BI Zone

      • Third floor and open volume standards applicable to R-1 and R-2 zones would now apply to single and two-unit dwellings in Two-Unit Residential, Balboa Island (R-BI) zone. 
Additional Information
 
For a full recap of changes and how they impact existing and new project, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/residentialdesignstandards 

 Short-Term Lodging Update as of October 27, 2020  

The City Council approved new, stricter short-term lodging regulations in July and again in October 2020. 

Some of the new short-term lodging regulations approved by City Council include the following:

      • A three-night minimum stay for all short-term lodging rentals.
      • A cap on the number of short-term rental permits to 1,550 and create a waiting list for new permits once the cap is reached.
      • No short-term rentals to anyone under 25 years of age.
      • Short-term lodging permits can be transferred to immediate family members upon the death of a permit holder, and to new owners upon the sale of the property.
      • Occupancy must align with existing building and fire codes.
      • Permit numbers must be placed in all advertising to help prevent illegal rentals.
      • Renters of short-term lodging and their guests must comply with all local and state parking laws or permit holders may be fined

A majority of the regulations are already in effect. The 25-year age limit and parking rules will take effect in late November. The cap on the number of permits and the minimum night stay will not go into effect until they are reviewed and approved by the California Coastal Commission, which is not expected until late 2021.

In addition, the City Council may consider additional restrictions specific to Newport Island. 

On October 13, 2020 the Council directed staff to return with a draft ordinance that would restrict new short-term lodging permits and require that property owners live in the short-term rental units. This would also require Planning Commission and Costal Commission approval and would not take
effect before late 2021.

At the Oct. 27 City Council meeting, Council members Joy Brenner and Diane Dixon directed staff to return with two items for further discussion. The first is to review the transferability provisions that were recently adopted for short-term lodging permits. The second is to discuss and possibly strengthen the municipal code provisions that related to enforcement of short-term lodging regulations.  Read more here.

The City has also implemented a Short-Term Lodging Hotline.  The service can be reached at (949) 718-3443. Read more here.

To view permitted short-term lodgings in Newport Beach on the City’s interactive map here.

Announcing Newport Ready Guide . . .

For the past year, the Newport Beach Fire and Police Departments have been working with Chapman University and the Emergency Management Institute of Design on a Newport Ready Guide.  The Newport Ready Guide is now available here.

One-Way Streets Study

In the early 1900’s, Corona del Mar was developed primarily as a weekend getaway for residents of Los Angeles and Pasadena. Quaint cottages were built on 30 foot lots and 30 foot streets were sufficient for the vehicles and traffic of the time.

As Orange County grew and urbanized, so did Corona del Mar’s population. Instead of two-bedroom cottages which were originally built to accommodate part-time use, the city’s zoning codes changed with the times allowing two units per parcel which also meant at least twice the cars of the cottage era on streets designed for much smaller populations and vehicles.

CdMRA has been addressing this issue in one form or another since it was formed in 1987. But until recently, there never seemed to be an overwhelming interest in developing a formal study and plan of how one-way streets might work in CdM.

CdMRA is once again seeking your feedback and interest in a One-Way Street Concept Design for CdM’s Flower Streets. We encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

NBPD Calls for Service

Calls for Service Interactive Map: NBPD recently implemented a 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. 

 

Neighborhood Watch: Police Calls for Service List by Neighborhood

    • Corona del Mar Neighborhoods
      • Irvine Terrace: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 43 
      • CdM Village: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 44
      • Harbor View Hills, Sandcastle & PDM: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 Days and Reporting District 47 
      • Pacific View Area: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 53 
      • Spyglass Area: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 52 
      • HVH South, Jasmine Creek & The Views: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 48
      • Shore Cliffs & Corona Highlands: Click on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 45
      • Cameo CommunityClick on Citywide calls and then select for 7 days and Reporting District 46

         

NIXLE: Sign up here for CdM News & Alerts 

 

NB Emergency Guide

 

Newport Beach Office of Emergency Management Readiness Guide

The City of Newport Beach has a comprehensive emergency management program and is prepared to handle unexpected disasters effectively. 

However, in the event of a major disaster, City resources and emergency personnel will be overwhelmed with calls for assistance. As “Partners in Preparedness,” residents can help their community by being informed and prepared. 

This Ready Newport Beach Emergency Preparedness Guide outlines important disaster preparedness information essential for all residents before, during, and after a disaster occurs. Reading the guide, following its suggestions, and seeking out training opportunities are immediate actions residents can take to be well informed, prepared, and ready to protect themselves, their family, and their community. 

The guide is available here to read and print for your home preparedness kit:  NewportBeachca.gov/readynb

Coyote Safety

NBPD warns that coyotes are capable of hunting unattended small pets, including cats and dogs.  Residents who have lost pets to these predators are often unaware of coyote activity in their area. NBPD maintains an up-to-date Coyote Bulletin with information and tips for keeping family members and pets safe.  It is available here.

Below are a few quick tips on ways 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.

Residents Light CdM Winners

And our 2021 Winners are … 

1st Prize

Lyle home at 428 Heliotrope Ave. wins a $200 gift card to Cultivar at Sherman Library & Gardens.

2nd Prize

Solow home at 702 Heliotrope Ave. wins a $100 gift card to Mama D’s.

3rd Prize

Benson home at 438 Carnation Ave. wins a $50 gift card to The Bungalow.

Honorable Mention

Selway home at 717 Orchid Ave. received an Honorable Mention.

Our Heartfelt Thanks

Councilmember Brenner and CdMRA Board of Directors wish to thank our winners and everyone throughout Corona del Mar
who made our community sparkle this Holiday Season.  

And our very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!