online at newportbeachindy.com Links Inside the Indy Independent “For Locals, by Locals” PHOTO BY DAN PURCELL NEWPORT BEACH OCTOBER 14, 2011 | Volume II, Issue 41 Heat Wave May Start to Break Today By Sara Hall | NB Indy Forecasters were predicting that the high temperatures that hit Newport Beach and the rest of Orange County this week, breaking records in some areas, will begin to fall today. A strong upper-level high-pressure system in inland southwestern California brought the heat Wednesday and ursday. is upper-level high in combination with o shore ow near the surface helped coastal temperatures reach the high 80s and 90s, and top 100 degrees in a few inland cities, accord-ing to NWS. By Friday, the high alo will weaken and the onshore ow will begin to strengthen, starting a slow cooling trend expected to con-tinue through Saturday and Sunday. Coastal highs for the weekend are expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s. Temperatures were highest in the inland valleys and foothills, but Newport Beach reached as high as 95 degrees on Wednesday at the National Weather Service station near Mesa and Upper Bay drives. e highs for most of Newport Beach ranged from the mid-to high 80s during the two-day heat wave. “ e temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees above normal for the middle of October,” the NWS reported. Several locations in Orange County set record highs, the weather service reported, including John Wayne Airport, which hit 99 on Wednesday. e prior record high of 88 at JWA was set in 1999. More Than Lip Service Jim Fitzpatrick and his “Mo Bros” are growing mous-taches in November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Page 17 Boo-tiful Night The Friends of Dorothy are set for their annual Hallow-een fundraiser at the Village Crean. Page 4 Hope and History The Fales family ﬁ nds in-spiration in monuments and lunch stools in Washington, DC. Page 6 FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” Graﬁ tti mars a trash dumpster in a Newport Beach alley. Newport’s Grafﬁ ti Avenger By Eric Longabardi | NB Indy When you think of cities with a gra ti problem, Newport Beach might not be the rst one that comes to mind. “Tagging,” as it known, usually signi es is a street gang marking its territory,or one or more of its members just leaving a mark for the vanity and self-satisfaction of doing so. Some gra ti is considered art by some. Most gra ti is not. Most people call public gra ti vandalism. at is what police and law enforcement call it for sure. ere are plenty of laws on the books that make leaving gra ti a crime. Even so, gra ti is everywhere, even in Newport Beach. at’s where longtime Newport Beach resi-dent Dan Purcell comes in. Purcell is a man on a mission. He’s a one-man crusade clean-up gra ti in Newport Beach. Purcell doesn’t have an army of volun-teers fanning out across the city to catch gra ti vandals in the act, but what he does have is a bike and a cellphone with a camera in it. Pur-cell covers a lot of ground in Newport Beach, from Corona del Mar to the Balboa Peninsula and nearly everywhere in between. When Purcell sees gra ti he stops and photographs it and calls the city to report it and city workers will remove it within 48 hours. I sat down with Purcell on his home turf of GRAFFITI, Page 22 Real estate guide coastalrealestateguideoc.com | Serving Laguna Beach & Newport Beach Communities OCTOBER 14, 2011 | VOL. 1, ISSUE 49 Coastal featured HOMe BalBOa Island HOMe WItH dOck 1311 N. Bayfront: Newly Restored island gem coastalrealestateguideoc.com Making Plans The pullout Coastal Real Estate Guide features renowned architect Brion Jeannette on what you should do when designing your dream home with a pro. How to Have a successful experience With Your architect By Brion Jeannette Start earlier than you think so that you can enjoy each of the various stages and the creative process. You’ll be surprised at how long it takes to digest the design phase, create construction documents, secure governing approvals through your homeowners association, the city and the Coastal Commission, if required, and securing construction bids. For a Remodel Address: 1311 North Bayfront Offering Price: $3,085,000.00 For Sale By Owner: Marlys Vance Vasterling, Owner/Broker, Lora Vance Realty Contact Info: 949-673-4062, Marlys@ loravance.com This home has been in the same family since 1961 and is the best-kept secret on Balboa Island. Built in 1947 and lovingly restored in 2008. Very social floor plan, the kitchen has Blue Pearl Granite counters and KitchenAid appliances, recessed lighting and pantry shelves made of mahogany. There are tile floors throughout. The master bedroom has Milgard double-pane windows and a private master bath with double vessel sinks and wood countertops. The second bedroom also has Milgard double-pane windows and a double closet. The third bedroom is currently being used as a den and has a built-in bookcase with mahogany shelves and Milgard double-pane windows. There is a small owner’s unit with a separate entrance attached to the garage. Laundry is in the garage. Dock accommodates a 42-foot vessel. Know from the onset exactly why you want to remodel. An experienced architect can help you evaluate your options. Know your primary and critical objectives before your first meeting: •Remodeling for resale • Remodeling for your own pleasure and comfort A. Create a wish list: Itemize the reasons you are considering to remodel. We ask all potential clients who inquire about remodeling to do this essential homework (this can eliminate Change Orders down the line): B. Determine a total budget which includes architecture, engineering, miscellaneous expenses and construction. Be clear with the architect so they understand your parameters. While the architect can not guarantee the construction cost for the remodel you outline, they can guide you based upon your budget. If your program is too ambitious for your budget it is good to know this from the start. The architect should help you pare down the program to fit your needs –or suggest you put your plans to remodel on hold until you have more to work with. RULE: You can always find an architect (especially in today’s economy) to tell you what you want to hear but your experience will be successful if you find one that tells you the truth; prepares you for reality in both cost and timing. Note: If your remodel is extensive (or involves your kitchen) you should budget for living expenses off-site during the remodel. Building a New Home Create an outline of your objectives to take with you when interviewing the architect. Include the basic necessities -number of bedrooms, general requirements for master suite, kitchen basics (how many ovens/dishwashers – sometimes the only requirement is for dueling microwaves), and specialty rooms (office, exercise, wine cellar, etc.). If you know that you want a specific size home (square footage) jot that down, too. How many cars must park in a garage and does the garage have special hobby requirements? What about your outside space? Do you need an ideally situated vegetable garden, a fire ring, fountain, BBQ features, pool, spa, gazebo, or. . . as little as outside area as possible? CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 NEW LISTINGS/HOMES IN ESCROW-CLOSED • According to the MLS, the number of homes newly listed for sale in Newport Beach during the two-week period of 9/26-10/10 was 42 homes. • According to the MLS, the number of homes newly listed for sale in Laguna Beach during the two-week period of 9/26-10/10 was 27 homes. • According to the MLS, the number of homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Newport Beach for the two-week period of 9/26-10/10 was 33 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” • According to the MLS, the number of homes that went into escrow and/or closed in Laguna Beach for the two-week period of 9/26-10/10 was 22 homes. These homes were categorized in the MLS as “backup offers,” “pending sale,” or “closed sale.” • Of the 46 new homes on the market in Newport Beach, the highest priced property was listed at $16,950,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $235,000. •Of the 25 new homes on the market in Laguna Beach, the highest priced property was listed at $7,995,000. The lowest priced property was listed at $758,000. •Hhomes identified in the MLS as being “short sale offer submitted,” “short sale/subject to lender approval,” ”in the foreclosure process,” “notice of default,” “REO/Lender-owned,” or “REO Offer(s) submitted,” currently either active listings, accepting backup offers or pending sales. Newport Beach: 112 homes in the above categories • Laguna Beach: 59 homes in the above categories DATA CAPTURED SEPT. 27, 2011. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY TORELLI REALTY. WWW.TORELLIREALTY.COM ALSO INSIDE CREG_10-14-11.indd 1 10/12/11 6:20 PM Police Blotter Friday Report Lynn’s Spin Digital Insider Mom’s Voice On Campus Forum Stepping Out Calendar Beneﬁ t On Faith Waterfront Green Slideshow Under Sail 3 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 15 16 17 18 20 Explosion at Apartment Complex Injures Four By Sara Hall | NB Indy An explosion and re at an apartment complex in Newport Beach injured four people, two critically, Wednesday morning. Reports of an explosion at the complex in 200 block of Baywood Drive came in just before 10 a.m. ree people were transported to burn centers at the local hospital, said Newport Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Restadius. ey sustained severe burns to their arms and faces with possible respiratory complications, he said. A fourth person, a resident at the apartment complex, sustained minor injuries and refused transportation, he added. e cause of the explosion is unknown and is being investigated by the re department. e three hospitalized victims were working on the water heater at the time of the incident, Restadius said, but it is unknown if the water heater caused or is related to the cause of the explosion. ere was a smell of gas when the rst re engine arrived on scene, Restadius said, but it is unknown if that is related to the incident. Approximately $150,000 worth of dam-age was caused by the explosion and re to three residences. e occupants of the three damaged apartments are temporarily displaced, Restadius said, but everyone else was allowed back inside. is story rst appeared on newportin-dy.com. Visit newportindy.com for all the latest news about Newport Beach.