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Corona del Mar Today: Residents raises concerns about standing water at Buck Gully

May 12, 2012|By Amy Senk

"We are standing in solidarity with protesters at the Bank of America annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina," an email about the event said. "We are protesting at BofA branches across the country to demand that CEO Bryian Moynihan hears that the 99% wants BofA to do more to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, get its money out of politics and invest its profits in USA, to help rebuild the economy that bailed them out."

Some cars honked as they drove past the branch at 3300 E. Coast Hwy.


Sharrows back on path

Sharrows — marked lanes that remind motorists that bicycles may share the road — are back in the plans for Corona del Mar after a 6-1 vote at the recent Bicycle Safety Committee meeting.


The possibility of adding sharrow markings along East Coast Highway had been a topic of discussion since December 2009, when the city's Task Force on Cycling Safety first explored it.

However, the cycling committee, which was formed after the task force expired, voted 2-2 in June 2011. While sharrows didn't die completely, and continued to be discussed from time to time, a few committee members were adamantly against them.

On Monday, however, one of the former opponents said he'd had a change of heart.

"I don't have those reservations anymore," Tony Petros told the group, describing a positive experience he had with sharrows in San Diego. "I'm a lot more comfortable now."


Navy flyover notification

An aide for U.S. Rep. John Campbell R-Irvine) has sent a letter to the Navy, forwarding a request from Newport Beach's city manager to have advance notice for future military memorial flyover tributes.

"I would appreciate your thorough review of this matter," wrote Chris Palmer, deputy district director for the congressman, in an April 23 letter.

So far, theU.S. Navyhas not replied, said Christopher J. Bognanno, Campbell's communications director and legislative assistant.

The letter sent to Capt. John McClain, director of the House Liaison Office for the Department of the Navy, included a copy of a letter from Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff.

Kiff's letter to Campbell on April 10 came after a military flyover tribute startled many residents in Corona del Mar, including Mayor Nancy Gardner. The flyover was part of a memorial service for John Francis (Jack) Callahan, a Costa Mesa man who was a war hero who died in February at age 94.

"There's no questions this was a fitting tribute to a decorated, naval aviator…" Kiff's letter said. "Our goal is to respectfully request advanced notice if and when a ceremonial flyover is planned."

"This is a good request, it makes sense," Bognanno said. "They're pretty good about updating cities they are going to fly over. We want to make sure every city has a full and open line of communication. They are loud jets."

The flyover occurred at 6 p.m. March 24 when four F-18s from the Miramar Naval Air Station flew from the south in formation until one peeled away in a missing-man tribute. The jets were followed by two World War II T-6s that circled several times.

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