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

 

 

             

 

Updated October 19, 2018

Upcoming CdMRA Monthly Meeting
CdM residents are always welcome to attend

Next Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 7:30 am
OASIS Senior Center Room #5 - 801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona del Mar
Agenda

Meeting Topic & Guest Speaker


Grace Leung, Newport Beach City Manager:  Goals for Newport Beach
Bernie Svalstad & Scott Laidlaw, CdM Business Improvement District: Parking Study Report


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CdMRA's Fall 2018 Newsletter
Now available here

CdMRA's Election Forum Slideshow
Now available here

CdMRA's Election Forum Video

Now available here

A special Thank You to SPON, Still Protecting our Newport, for providing the video of our Election Forum.


Photo Credit: Sara Hall, Newport Beach Indy


Dave Kiff, Interim CEO Association of California Cities-Orange County
Homelessness in Newport Beach: What NB and OC are doing and how can individuals can help.

Video available here

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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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Membership

Dues of $20 cover your membership 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.  

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.

October

October 4 6:30 pm: CANCELLED --- Planning Commission Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers
October 7 11-2pm: NBFD Fire Day Service Open House @ Fire Station #7 20401 SW Acacia Street - Free and Family-Friendly
October 9: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers (Study Session at 4:00 pm; Regular meeting at 7:00 pm) (City Manager's Guide)
October 10 Noon DEADLINE: Application deadline for unexpected vacancy on Planning Commission
October 10 @ 6:00 p.m. Speak Up Newport Monthly Meeting @ Civic Center Community Room - OC District Attorney Candidates
October 11 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O'Neill - Newport Coast Community Center
October 17 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Construction impacts in your neighborhood: parking and hours of operation (meeting flyer here; proposed ordinance here)
October 18 7:30 a.m. - CdMRA Monthly Meeting - CdM residents welcome (Speaker Dave Kiff, Interim CEO Assoc of Cities-OC)
October 18 9:00 a.m. Annual Emergency Drill - City Hall Evacuation
October 18 6:30 pm: Planning Commission Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers
October 21 3:00 p.m. CdM Meet & Greet sponsored by CdM Chamber at Sherman Library & Gardens (event flyer here)
October 23: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers (Study Session at 4:00 pm; Regular meeting at 7:00 pm) (City Manager's Guide pending)
October 27 4:00-7:00 p.m. Halloween Spooktacular @ Grant Howald Park - Free & Family Friendly

November - Exercise your right to vote on November 6

November 6 Election Day (CIty of Newport Beach Municipal Elections Information)
November 8 - 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Office Hours with Mayor Pro Tem Will O'Neill - Newport Coast Community Center
November 8 - 6:30 pm: Planning Commission Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers
November 12 Veterans Day Holiday: City offices & most facilites are closed; No Street Sweeping today; no changes to residential trash collection schedule this week.
November 13: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers (Study Session at 4:00 pm; Regular meeting at 7:00 pm) (City Manager's Guide pending)
November 13 - 6:30 pm: Fire Prevention Workshop @ Central Library Friends Room: Prevention tips to avoid the unprecedented wild fires that plagued No California
November 14 @ 6:00 p.m. Speak Up Newport Monthly Meeting @ Civic Center Community Room
November 15 7:30 am: CdMRA Monthly Meeting - CdM residents welcome (Speaker Grace Leung, Newport Beach City Manager & CdM BID, Parking Study Review)
November 22/23 Thanksgiving Holiday: City offices & most facilites are closed; changes to street sweeping and residential trash collection schedules available here)
November 27: City Council Meeting at Civic Center Council Chambers (Study Session at 4:00 pm; Regular meeting at 7:00 pm) (City Manager's Guide pending)

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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

In Memory of Barry Allen

Our condolences to the Allen family on Barry's passing in September. Barry and Debra Allen were married for more than 47 years and both were active in serving Newport Beach in so many ways. Barry was a Board Member of CdMRA for almost ten years, following in Debra's footsteps as CdMRA's co-founder and its first president for eight years. Barry also served on the Newport Beach Civil Service Board, was an avid golfer, world traveler, car enthusiast and all-around great friend. We will miss Barry and his contributions at our meetings, but his legacy of good works and service live on.

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Coyote Sightings on the Rise

October 15: NBPD just sent an advisory to remind residents about coyote activity.  In part the bulletin states: "Certain areas of Newport Beach have seen an increase in coyote sightings in recent weeks.  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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An Open Letter to our Members

SUBJECT:  Leadership Transition

Dear CdMRA Members,

By way of introduction, I am Debbie Stevens, former Vice President of CdMRA.  I have recently been elected by our Board of Directors as CdMRA’s president and will serve out the remaining 2018 term.

I want to share with you the letter CdMRA’s Board received from our former President, Joy Brenner.  As many of you know, Joy has been involved in Corona del Mar for many years, and was a founding member of CdMRA in 1987.  We all appreciate and thank her for her service and activism over the years. While Joy's letter was addressed to the board, we know she would want to share it with you. Joy's letter is available here.

Please join me in thanking Joy for the important work she accomplished for CdMRA during her term as President this year.   

I look forward to meeting you at one of our monthly meetings or upcoming events.

Thank you for your support.

Debbie Stevens
President, CdMRA

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Farewell from Dave Kiff, Former Newport Beach City Manager

A very big THANK YOU to Dave Kiff, former Newport Beach City Manager.  He supported CdMRA in so many ways over the years, and we will indeed miss his counsel and friendship.  If you have not read his Farewell letter, do so here. You'll be glad you did.

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Safety Update & Town Hall Recap

On August 15, CdMRA partnered with Newport Beach Police to host a Town Hall covering the topics of the increase in residential burglaries in Corona del Mar this year as well as steps we all can take to improve personal safety in our homes and neighborhoods. This meeting also provided us the opportunity to meet and hear from the new NBPD's Crime Prevention Specialist, Sara Verschueren. Sara has taken over for our long-time friend and Crime Prevention Specialist Andi Querry who left the NBPD earlier this year to pursue time with her family.

Click here to read the summary of our meeting, which also includes a number of safety tips for you and your family. We hope you will find this information helpful.

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*** 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:

*** Buck Gully - Five Years Later . . .
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 will consider options for transportation and parking in the CdM commercial area. Scott Laidlaw (BID member) spoke on the proposals for zoning changes at our joint Annual Town Meeting in April. The BID has included funding for a Transportation and Circulation Study in Corona del Mar, in the 2017/2018 budget, AND CITY COUNCIL HAS ADDED THIS TO THE LIST OF PROJECTS WHICH STAFF WILL WORK ON IN 2017/2018.  This new study will focus on modes of transit residents and shoppers are using,  including car, bike, walking, taxi, rideshare, and consider how future Parking infrastructure and transit options can support mobility and a healthy commercial district. Details on meeting times and locations will be announced once the committee has its full complement of volunteers.  If you are interested in participating as a Committee Member, please contact CdMRA by email 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!


Announcing a new non-profit: 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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Public Safety News

NBPD Alert:

NBPD reports an increase in burglaries from autos. 99% of the recent burglaries were from unlocked vehicles!
Please do not keep or store valuables in your car. If you must, be sure they are NOT in plain site. Lock and alarm your car to deter access.

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

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Texting While "Stopping" ?

Here's a very interesting article from 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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Sand Bags and More
Visit the Newport Beach Fire Depatment website for news and information about our important public safety personnel.

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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