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By Mike Reicher | November 24, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Work crews cut into a concrete median and pruned tree roots where a eucalyptus stood before if fell and killed a motorist in September, according to construction records released by the city. On at least four separate occasions, including one project in 1994 where the city cut the Irvine Avenue median in half, workers likely incurred into the soil near the tree's roots. Independent experts say if the ensuing space is so tight between a tree trunk and the curb, a full-grown eucalyptus may not have enough room to anchor.
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NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 23, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Despite opposition from some residents, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove 18 eucalyptus trees on the West Bay neighborhood's Holiday Road. Officials overturned a Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission decision from earlier this month that determined the trees should stay, and that the city should look at alternatives. Since a large blue gum eucalyptus fell on a car near the Newport-Costa Mesa border in September and killed a motorist, Newport officials have moved swiftly to analyze the city's other similar trees and cut down those they deem hazardous.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 21, 2011
Stepping into the contentious issue of dangerous eucalyptus trees, the Newport Beach City Council may vote Tuesday to remove about 20 of the blue gum variety. But doing so would overturn a parks commission decision to keep the trees on the West Bay neighborhood's Holiday Road. That issue pits the city's staff and independent arborist against some residents who wish to keep their decades-old landmarks. A city-hired arborist found that 14 of the trees have a high risk of falling, and four were deemed a moderate risk.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | November 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Chase Valentine, 3, wanted something for Christmas that's little difficult to come by in Orange County: snow. "It was so cool. On the way over here he said, 'Mom, the twee is so big,'" said Chase's mom, Tiffany Valentine, while nestled on a blanket with the shy tyke at Fashion Island's annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday night. The Valentines from Newport Beach showed up at 4 p.m. to grab prime real estate in front of the stage where students from Laguna Beach's Musical Theatre University performed alongside Mickey, Minnie and Goofy from the Disneyland Resort.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | November 18, 2011
COSTA MESA - A white fir tree towering at a whopping 96 feet requires equally impressive presents. "If you have a tree as big as this, I would expect to see Santa sitting under there," said Newport Beach resident Jordan Kessler, 13, looking up at South Coast Plaza's holiday tree while waiting for the annual lighting ceremony to begin on Thursday. "Or Justin Beiber," added friend Rainey Finley, 13. The girls had just finished performing in an acting class at nearby South Coast Repertory and were meeting Jordan's family at the annual event, which attracts about 2,500 participants each year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | November 17, 2011
Few figures in America ever hold serious political power for half a century. Senators Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd, as well as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, are among the few who did. But no one held as much power as J. Edgar Hoover did as head of the FBI for 48 years from 1924 to 1972. Clint Eastwood directs "J. Edgar" in old fashioned Hollywood style. Leonardo DiCaprio gives an Oscar worthy performance as the complex and enigmatic icon. Naomi Watts as his secretary, Armie Hammer as his longtime male companion and Judi Dench as his overbearing mother are all excellent.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 17, 2011
City employees who live in town can better understand its residents' problems. While that was the reason for paying half of City Manager Dave Kiff's home, council members probably weren't envisioning a situation he now faces. Kiff lives next to a row of eucalyptus trees that an arborist has determined may need to be removed, and his neighbors are preparing to fight that decision. This leaves him in the awkward spot as the ultimate decision-maker for removing the trees. Instead, he has elected to step aside and let other staff members make the call.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | November 15, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Arborists saw no signs of disease in a city-maintained tree before it fell and killed a motorist in September, the city's top administrator said Tuesday. The statement comes as newly released records show that many of the other city-maintained blue gum eucalyptus trees are infected by sulfur fungus, which causes root rot and the eventual collapse of trees. "On the tree that fell, there were no external signs of disease — no fungus, no conks, no fruiting bodies, no lifting of the roots, no visible signs of trouble in the leaves, roots or on the trunk," City Manager Dave Kiff wrote in an email.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
I would like to warn readers not to put cruelty on their shopping lists this year. The holidays are a busy season for puppy sales and people need to know that when they buy puppies over the Internet, through newspaper ads, or at pet stores, they are often unknowingly supporting a puppy mill. Puppy mills are inhumane breeding facilities that produce puppies in large numbers. They are designed to maximize profits and commonly disregard the physical, social and emotional health of the dogs.
NEWS
November 10, 2011
The father of a woman who died in September from a falling tree has tapped a Beverly Hills law firm to represent her family ahead of possible litigation, an attorney from the firm confirmed Thursday. Sunyl Chung, father of Haeyoon Miller, 29, hired the law offices of Richard D. Hoffman, Daniel Boasberg said. Boasberg did not discuss the legal avenues the firm is exploring, but the law requires that the family must first file a claim for damages with Newport Beach, which was maintaining the tree under an agreement with Costa Mesa, before it could pursue a lawsuit.
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