In and Around CdM

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.


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.


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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.

East Jetty Dredging & Repair Project – Mid April through June 2021

Chris Miller, the City’s Public Works Project Manager in charge of the East Jetty Construction project, has provided the following information for us to share with our members.  While residents along Marguerite Avenue, Ocean Boulevard, Breakers Drive and adjacent to the CDM Beach west parking lot are most impacted, this is a project we should all know about and follow.

The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will start an infrastructure improvement project in the CDM Beach area. The project includes two major components:

            1. dredging the entrance channel area, and
            2. improving the east jetty which includes repairing the concrete boardwalk and adding additional jetty stone.

CdMRA’s Monthly Meetings & Annual Membership Events . . .

Due to COVID-19, this year’s in-person CdMRA Member Meetings are on hold pending public gathering safety determinations.  We are, however, holding most of our meetings in a virtual format.  Details and registration for our regular monthly meetings are available on our Events page.  

If you missed our 2020 Fall Election Forum, the video is available here. Our next one will be scheduled for Fall 2022 City Council elections.

Our Annual Town meeting was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.  We hope to be back in 2021 with our Annual Town Meeting, most likely late Summer or early Fall.  Stay tuned.  We’ll post information as our plans firm up.   

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. 

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