Academic Performance Index state rankings have been released, and Harbor View Elementary School, with an API of 950, received a state ranking of 10, said Principal Charlene Metoyer.

"This means Harbor View is among the top 10% of schools in the state," Metoyer said. "Harbor View also increased its ranking in the Similar Schools ranking to a 10. This means that schools with similar demographics, including socioeconomic, parent education level, school size, etc are grouped together, and Harbor View is in the top 10% of that grouping."

The API rankings were released Friday. According to an article in the Orange County Register, 22 Orange County schools received a 10/10 ranking out of 562, including two other Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools, Early College High School and Mariners Elementary. Harbor View was 18th.

"It's nice when the state recognizes what we already know … that thanks to such great students, teachers, and parents Harbor View is the best of the best," Metoyer said.


Crystal Cove utility pole removed

A utility pole overlooking Crystal Cove State Park — which Coastal Commission staff said significantly degraded public views — has been removed.

"It's gone," said Ken Kramer, a state park district superintendent. "It was taken down sometime last week."

Kramer did not know who removed the 30-foot metal pole. The pole was placed by the NextG telecommunications company with a February 2010 permit from the California Department of Transportation.

State park officials and members of the public complained about the pole, and during a Newport Beach City Council meeting in July, then-Mayor Keith Curry told NextG officials that their pole, and requests to add even more poles, was "about as offensive to as many people in the city as it could possibly be."

The California Coastal Commission had posted a notice of pending permit on the pole, and NextG officials said they might consider moving the pole across the street to the inland side of East Coast Highway. In March, however, Coastal Commission staff said there no longer was a pending permit for the pole.

In a letter dated April 8, the Coastal Commission wrote to NextG and said the pole did not comply with the California Coastal Act.


Police release CdMHS parking lot break-in notices

The thief who stole from five cars parked in the senior lot of Corona del Mar High School on May 6 smashed windows and stole items in plain sight, police said.

Five cars were burglarized between 11:15 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., police said. Four cars had the passenger windows smashed with an unknown object, and one car had the driver's side window smashed.

In one case, the damage was estimated at $200 with a loss of $130. Police said all stolen items were clearly visible either on the top of the center console, the front seat or on the floorboard.

The loss from each car was an iPod and wallet; a wallet containing cash and gift cards; a wallet, iPod, gift cards and cash; a book, purse and pack of markers; and a wallet and debit card.

Police have been working with the school resource officer to investigate the crimes and increase parking lot security at the school.