Newport Beach Independent August 27, 2010 : Page 1

online at newportbeachindy.com Links Inside the Indy Independent NEWPORT BEACH “For Locals, by Locals” AUGUST 27, 2010 | Volume I, Issue 13 Peninsula Center to Get New Look and Stores By Sara Hall | NB Indy The shopping center on the corner of 32nd and Newport Blvd. on the Peninsula is a-changing. The lineup of current tenants is leaving Stellar Evening The stars were out for the New-port Beach Indy event at The Bungalow last week. Page 16 Fair Game Summers past and present. Page 3 Lynn’s Spin Ballerina dreams meet Bolshoi reality. Page 4 A Sporting Proposition Everybody into the Civic Cen-ter Price Tag Pool! Page 8 Flag Daze Capt. Mike instructs on proper flying of the US Ensign. Page 22 ALSO INSIDE Police Blotter 3 The List 10 Questions 6 Forum 5 8 Slideshow 10 Mom’s Voice 12 Stepping Out 13 Calendar Benefit On Faith Green Waterfront Sports 14 16 20 21 22 23 For breaking news and other features, visit www.newport-beachindy.com Direct comments, sugges-tions, rants and raves to edi-tor@newportbeachindy.com T Swell imes The surf was up at The Wedge, above, and other Newport Beach surf spots as a storm-driven south swell moved in during the week. See shots of the action at other locations, ON pAgE 23. Council Candidates Meet Voters in Little Balboa By Sara Hall | NB Indy The first round of discussions and debates for Newport Beach city council candidates was kicked off in Little Balboa Island last weekend. The Little Balboa Island Property Owner’s Association hosted the first council election candidate’s forum on Saturday. The associa-tion has traditionally held the first forum of election season for Newport Beach. The only candidate missing from the dis-cussion table was District 3 candidate Rush Hill. Sitting in his place and speaking from a prepared statement for Hill was Scott Olson. Hill was on a previously planned family vacation, according to his statement. His campaign later released a second statement saying Hill and his family were in Africa and attending an aide’s wedding in Hawaii. Candidates came out to Little Balboa Island last week for the first forum of the election season. The candidates include: Incumbent Michael Henn for District 1; Hill and Edward Reno for District 3; incumbent Leslie Daigle and Mark Tabbert for District 4; and incumbent Nancy Gardner for District 6. The candidates gave their opening statements FORUM, page 26 this month, a major renovation will be undertaken, and a new set of stores will be landing in the spring at The Landing, as the center will be rechristened. Several new leases already have been signed. The main store in that center for quite some time had been Albertson’s. Its building will soon house another grocery giant: Pavilion’s. The leases for Albertson’s and the eight other stores will expire on Aug. 31. Leases have already been signed with CrowBurger, Gina’s Pizza, , Newport Nails and Chase Bank. The developer, Catellus, is also in negations with Chipotle. “(It’s a ) unique situation, where all the leases expire at same time,” said Sean Whiskeman, the local project manager for Catellus. “(It) presents the opportunity to do a complete renovation.” Catellus, will be adding approximately 6,515 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. There will be a new facade and an update of the common area. All the public areas will see some change as well. The parking lot will be reconfigured to add 27 spaces, the sidewalk in front of the stores will be widened from five to 15 feet to allow for outdoor seating and other items and the landscaping will be completely redesigned. “(The sidewalks and other changes will) allow for a more pleasant pedestrian experience,” said Whiskeman. All the changes and renovations won’t be cheap though. “The investment is substantial,” said Whiskeman, but the company typically doesn’t give out exact figures, he added. The new center will be named The Landing. Construction is scheduled to start during the first part of September, Whiskeman said. The first couple of tenants will open in May of next year and CENTER, page 26 F O R T H I S WE E K ’ S LUXURY H O M E O F THE WEEK 102 Linda Isle > $4,999,000 OPEN HOUSES P L E A S E V I S I T SurterreProperties.com 1400 Newport Center Drive > Suite 100 > Newport Beach, CA 92660 > 888.245.7175 Photo by Jim Collins Photo by sara hall

Council Candidates Meet Voters In Little Balboa

Sara Hall

The first round of discussions and debates for Newport Beach city council candidates was kicked off in Little Balboa Island last weekend.<br /> <br /> The Little Balboa Island Property Owner’s Association hosted the first council election candidate’s forum on Saturday. The association has traditionally held the first forum of election season for Newport Beach.<br /> <br /> The only candidate missing from the discussion table was District 3 candidate Rush Hill. Sitting in his place and speaking from a prepared statement for Hill was Scott Olson.<br /> <br /> Hill was on a previously planned family vacation, according to his statement. His campaign later released a second statement saying Hill and his family were in Africa and attending an aide’s wedding in Hawaii<br /> <br /> The candidates include: Incumbent Michael Henn for District 1; Hill and Edward Reno for District 3; incumbent Leslie Daigle and Mark Tabbert for District 4; and incumbent Nancy Gardner for District 6.<br /> <br /> The candidates gave their opening statementsBefore opening up the dialogue to questions.<br /> <br /> Many of residents were interested to hear how the candidates would represent them. An audience member asked the candidates how they will manage their time and still efficiently manage their district and the city, considering how much time is required of the job<br /> <br /> “I’m here today,” said Reno. “I take this job very seriously. I do feel I will be able to contribute like no one, quite frankly, on the council currently or anyone in my race (can).<br /> <br /> Reno went on to express his commitment to the job.<br /> <br /> “I’m committed to this 110 percent, you’ll see that in November,” said Reno.He added that him showing up is an example of his commitment.<br /> <br /> Those in attendance were also very interested to hear the candidates’ views on certain local topics.<br /> <br /> Eelgrass was a hot issue at the forum.Questions about what was being done in terms of mitigation were important to many of the residents of Little Balboa.<br /> <br /> Daigle said that the Council is working with state and federal government about the mitigation of eelgrass. Federal law currently prohibits boat slip owners from removing or dredging if eelgrass is present.<br /> <br /> Daigle said she is going at it from a management approach<br /> <br /> Resident Dick Mays said he was happy to hear the candidates talk about the local issues, topics that concern him and his neighbors, he said, and specifically the eelgrass<br /> <br /> “It affects my boat,” Mays said. “(And it) really comes down to the local issues.”<br /> <br /> Another local issue that was brought up was city employee salaries and the city budget.<br /> <br /> Reno noted that he wants to ensure that the city is functioning properly and being managed appropriately.<br /> <br /> Gardner said there a several things she wants to accomplish in the next term, one of which is keep the transparency government.<br /> <br /> She gave the city of Bell as an example of what she does not want to happen in Newport Beach.<br /> <br /> The city has always been open and clear about the budget and all of the salaries and benefits of city employees, she said.<br /> <br /> She added later that City Council members do not get any stipends for sitting on committees or task forces<br /> <br /> The new Civic Center, which is a key issue for several of the candidates, was also discussed.<br /> <br /> “I am not against the City Hall moving,” Reno said, adding that he questions how the price tag for the project has fluctuated so much. “I’ve asked a simple question… Is this thing being managed right?”<br /> <br /> Tabbert chimed in saying he had petitioned against the project and he would like to see the character of the Peninsula and the city stay intact through any changes.<br /> <br /> Henn added that he also didn’t want the project and voted against it and lost to the voters. He emphasized that the voters approved the project. He estimated the final cost of it to be approximately $105 million or less and that the city should know the final cost within the next few months.<br /> <br /> “This project is being intensely managed, every day,” Henn said.<br /> <br /> The project was designed, Henn said, so that if the final cost ends up being more than what the city can afford, some smaller aspects can be cut. He gave the proposed pedestrian bridge over San Miguel as an example of something in the last phase of the project that can be cut, if needed.<br /> <br /> “If we get surprised, we can dial back the project to meet our financial (needs),” he said.<br /> <br /> A question about adherence to the city charter and the rule for the Council to meet twice a month, yet they only meet once in August and December, brought up how hard City Council members work<br /> <br /> Many of the candidates agreed that numerous hours are committed to the working on the Council and all of their respective committees and other city groups<br /> <br /> It’s more important that the work gets done,” said Gardner, rather than making sure they meet twice monthly.<br /> <br /> Another question from the audience that many were interested to hear was how the candidates plan to represent their district properly when they are voted in by the city at large.<br /> <br /> “I can’t be too narrowly focused,” said Gardner. “If it is great for Corona del Mar, but bad for the rest of the city,” she said, “in the long run it will also be bad for CdM.”<br /> <br /> She emphasized that City Council members need to support and represent both their districts and their city<br /> <br /> “It may be wishy-washy (to say), but it’s true,” she said<br /> <br /> Both Reno and Olson (for Hill) agreed.“You need a champion for the district, a 360 leadership,” Reno said. “(Someone to) represent the (character) and vibe of the city (and district).”<br /> <br /> Other topics of discussion from the audience included protecting the public view versus the private views, city employee contribution to pension costs, and a Federal Emergency Management Agency building.<br /> <br /> Resident Bing Girling said he found the question about the charter rules interesting.<br /> <br /> He said it’s nice to have them come out and hear the local issues.<br /> <br /> “I always appreciate them coming down,” said Girling. “I admire their tenacity to be on the Council

Peninsula Center To Get New Look And Stores

Sara Hall

The shopping center on the corner of 32nd and Newport Blvd. On the Peninsula is a-changing.<br /> <br /> The lineup of current tenants is leaving this month, a major renovation will be undertaken, and a new set of stores will be landing in the spring at The Landing, as the center will be rechristened<br /> <br /> Several new leases already have been signed. The main store in that center for quite some time had been Albertson’s. Its building will soon house another grocery giant: Pavilion’s.<br /> <br /> The leases for Albertson’s and the eight other stores will expire on Aug. 31. Leases have already been signed with CrowBurger, Gina’s Pizza, , Newport Nails and Chase Bank. The developer, Catellus, is also in negations with Chipotle<br /> <br /> “(It’s a ) unique situation, where all the leases expire at same time,” said Sean Whiskeman, the local project manager for Catellus. “(It) presents the opportunity to do a complete renovation.”<br /> <br /> Catellus, will be adding approximately 6,515 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. There will be a new facade and an update of the common area.All the public areas will see some change as well.<br /> <br /> The parking lot will be reconfigured to add 27 spaces, the sidewalk in front of the stores will be widened from five to 15 feet to allow for outdoor seating and other items and the landscaping will be completely redesigned.<br /> <br /> “(The sidewalks and other changes will) allow for a more pleasant pedestrian experience,” said Whiskeman.<br /> <br /> All the changes and renovations won’t be cheap though<br /> <br /> “The investment is substantial,” said Whiskeman, but the company typically doesn’t give out exact figures, he added<br /> <br /> The new center will be named The Landing.<br /> <br /> Construction is scheduled to start during the first part of September, Whiskeman said. The first couple of tenants will open in May of next year and The grand re-opening will be in June, he added. He believes the current Pavilion’s will remain until the new one opens.<br /> <br /> The 41,363-square-foot shopping center was originally built in 1957 and renovated in 1980, according to Sheahan. The renovation is much needed, Whiskeman said.<br /> <br /> “The architecture will change dramatically,” he said. “The façade will have new materials, colors and height… It will be much more architecturally interesting while keeping with the cannery village (character).”<br /> <br /> About 84 percent of the existing storefronts have been pre-leased, said Whiskeman. They are tentatively selecting who they lease the last five spaces to, he said. Catellus is in talks with various other retailers and the company hopes to have a coffee shop in the center as well, said Mo Sheahan, a Catellus spokesperson.<br /> <br /> Whiskeman said that although there will be a few larger, national chains in the center, they wanted to focus on highquality, local stores. Two of the stores coming in are local favorites CrowBurger and Gina’s Pizza, which both have locations in Corona del Mar.<br /> <br /> Both restaurants try to be connected with the community and serve the locals.<br /> <br /> “We really want to be a neighborhood store,” said Gina’s Pizza owner Andy Costa. “We’ve been in Corona del Mar for 35 years and have had many customers tell us we should open somewhere in Newport. (So it feels) natural to be opening our doors (here).”<br /> <br /> You always want to make sure that you’re good neighbors,” said The Crow Bar and Kitchen principal owner Steve Geary. “We want to do everything we can for the locals. They’re very important.”<br /> <br /> With city hall about to move and that area likely to be renovated, he said, this center is the first step to some much needed improvements to the area.<br /> <br /> “Definitely an upgrade from what’s been there for so many years,” Geary said.

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