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Corona del Mar Today: Flight monitoring meeting shows compliance

critics not convinced

April 16, 2011|By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today

The discussion was part of an agenda item that listed several projects that City Manager Dave Kiff wanted to know if the council wanted to pursue or table.

Councilwoman Nancy Gardner said Corona del Mar residents, community groups and business leaders had been discussing parking issues for years, and that plans to add meters along East Coast Highway, while issuing permits to residents, seemed to please residents as well as business owners. But she noted that city staff was not thrilled with the plan, which would be time consuming and costly.

Parking studies and discussions have led officials to believe that Corona del Mar has adequate parking in most areas, with congestion along East Coast Highway and some side streets between about Heliotrope to Avocado avenues.

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In the end, the council took a straw vote that showed the issue would be best discussed by members of the Revitalization Committee, which also will study the so-called Restaurant Row planned near MacArthur Boulevard and Easy Coast Highway. Other areas of Newport Beach like Mariner's Mile and the Balboa Village will be the committee's priorities, however.

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Woman thwarts car burglar

A Corona del Mar woman interrupted a car burglary and helped police make two arrests in connection with two other crimes early Tuesday morning, police said.

The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Ocean Boulevard, when a woman heard a loud noise outside and saw a suspect rummaging through her vehicle, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

"When the victim observed the suspect, she pounded on her door, startling the suspect, who then fled to an awaiting car," Burdette said. "As officers responded to the location, one officer positioned his vehicle on Marguerite and observed the suspects as they fled westbound on Coast Highway in the wrong lanes of traffic."

The suspects were stopped and taken into custody without incident, he said.

After police stopped the car, they discovered property inside that was taken from the victim's vehicle. Officers also discovered that the suspects had an attempted to steal a Range Rover in the same block of 3300 Ocean Boulevard. An earlier report that the suspects were found in a stolen BMW was erroneous.

"Officers discovered a third victim whose vehicle was damaged when the suspects attempt to break into it," Burdette said.

That car was a Chevy Tahoe in the 3400 block of Ocean Boulevard.

The two suspects, both from Santa Ana, were arrested and booked on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

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