Arrest made in fraudulent $400,000 trust deed case
LBPD detectives arrested Paul Clark, 51, at his LA apartment Wednesday on charges of grand theft, forgery, forging an official seal, obtaining credit in another person’s name and falsifying an affidavit.
In late April, according to police, a homeowner in the 3000 block of Mountain View Drive learned that a fraudulent $400,000 deed of trust was recorded against his free and clear property. He learned of the deed of trust securing a mortgage loan when he received a foreclosure notice.
Captain Jason Kravetz explained: “This is the culmination of a long investigation involving the theft of $400,000. During the course of the investigation, Detective Larry Bammer learned that someone impersonated the victim and obtained the loan. He reviewed the new Deed of Trust filed with the Orange County Recorder’s Office and determined the signatures on the document were all forged. He continued to track down ‘where the money went’ and obtained bank video from multiple Chase branches in Los Angeles. This led to the identification of Paul Clark. Bammer obtained a warrant and served in Los Angeles with bail set at $400,000.”
Subsequent to the arrest, Bammer learned that Clark allegedly obtained a loan against a Rancho Cucamonga property for $200,000 from a Garden Grove lender.
Captain Kravetz said the investigation appears to show that the money from the fraudulent trust deed was laundered through the purchase of gold investments.
Laguna steps up to help a sister in aftermath of Odile
Laguna Beach’s sister city, San José del Cabo (twenty miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas), has been battered this week by devastating hurricane Odile. There are more than 30,000 tourists stranded in the area as well as desperate residents without power, unable to use roads or airports, and anxious for food, shelter - and help.
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Laguna Nursery owner, Ruben Flores, is a resident of both Laguna Beach and San Jose del Cabo. He is collecting donations to submit to a transport company in Tijuana, which will take supplies to Los Cabos.
Flores’ Laguna Nursery will accept check donations (no cash) payable to LBSCA (Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association). Checks may be delivered to the Nursery at 1370 S. Coast Hwy, or mailed to LBSC, P.O. Box 1011 Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Please write “Hurricane Odile 2014” in the memo section of the check.
In addition to monetary donations, Flores will accept the most requested items: cleaning supplies, batteries of every type, cell phone chargers, flashlights, Clorox, trash bags, dust masks, mosquito repellant, tarps, rope, saws, tents, sleeping bags, camping supplies, and construction tools.
Fabiola Kinder, Laguna’s San Jose del Cabo liaison, will indicate which non-profit agencies will receive the donations, such as local emergency organizations, orphanages, and service industries.
Volunteer labor is also greatly needed, especially trained electricians and contractors.
Laguna is invited to help a sister in need!
Get out and participate in Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday; join James Pribram and the Eco-Warrior Foundation at 9 a.m.
It’s that time of year again and residents and businesses alike are coming together in Laguna Beach for it’s Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, a statewide campaign in partnership with the California Coastal Commission and the Adopt-A-Beach program to Make Trash Extinct. Join the ECO-Warrior Foundation on Sept 20 from 9 – 11 a.m. in one of many cleanup stations that will be set up in town.
The ECO-Warrior Foundation, a local non-profit founded by Laguna native James Pribram, organizes 5-6 beach cleanups a year but this one is the most important since the end of Summer is usually when you find the most trash left behind. It is also the state of California’s largest beach cleanup of the year and, in Laguna Beach will run from Aliso Creek Beach all the way to Main Beach.
“It is our mission to not only preserve our oceans, but to support local businesses and communities, engaging them to get involved to make our beaches a better place to live, swim, play and surf,” said Pribram, Executive Director of The ECO-Warrior Foundation.
Everyone is invited to come down to one of the many supporters’ cleanup stations in Laguna Beach where gloves and cleanup bags will be provided. Those who are able are encouraged to bring a reusable bucket in lieu of a plastic bag, however not necessary. Once you pick up your supplies and sign a Coastal Cleanup waiver, you’ll be ready to make a difference. Just go to your favorite Laguna Beach location and assist other volunteers in the cleanup effort.
The following are the stations for the cleanup: SUP CO.: 1103 S. Coast Hwy,; Soul Project: 1516 S. Coast Hwy; Quiksilver Boardriders Club; and CA Surf and Paddle: 689 S. Coast Hwy.
Individuals and families of all ages are welcome to participate in the cleanup and there will be metered parking throughout town.
Every year, on the third Saturday in Sept, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!
Check out the following social media handles for Twitter: @ECOWarriorOrg, @CleanUpDay, @JamesPribram, #LBCleanUp.
The ECO-Warrior Foundation, amongst other initiatives, sponsors beach cleanups as part of the California Coastal Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach® program. Other ECO-Warrior Foundation initiatives have included raising awareness of water quality and of endangered reef and marine life issues around the world, as well as protecting surf spots for the public. The ECO-Warrior Foundation believes incorporating education on the environment in the classrooms will support our next generation of environmental advocates and future leaders.
The ECO-Warrior Foundation is a California and Federal non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving our oceans and beaches through education, activation and motivation of communities to keep our beaches and oceans clean and pollution free.
Shaena Stabler’s debut CD – “Stay” is now available!
By STU SAFFER
Shaena Stabler is proud of her new CD, “Stay”, and so am I.
It was officially released on iTunes Thursday and Shaena will be appearing at The Hotel Café in LA Saturday night at 9 o’clock. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.hotelcafe.com/tickets/?s=events_view&id=3031 It’s at 1623 Cahuenga.
A good group of her friends and Laguna supporters will be there.
Shaena wrote all of the songs on her CD and she was accompanied by some major sessions players and produced by Grammy winner Ken Caillat who produced Rumors and Tusk for Fleetwood Mac and his daughter, Colbie Caillat.
The players on the album include Tim Pierce, electric and acoustic guitar - Top 10 Session Guitarist (in the world) by Guitar World Magazine; credits include session guitar work for Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Elton John, Shakira, Ozzy Osbourne, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morissette.
Zac Rae, Piano, Keyboards, Strings, Dulcitone - credits include piano/keys work for Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Gary Clark Jr.
Matt Laug, drums - credits include drums work for Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper, Pat Benatar, Christina Aguilera, Richard Marx, Melissa Etheridge
Eric Berdon – Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Additional Keys, Programming.
Locals Jill Moran and Danielle Cavallucci sang background vocals.
Hill Collins, another Lagunan, did the album artwork.
The songs on the CD are: Stay, Run Away, Angel, Children of the Night and We Try. All are worthy of being favorites for anyone!
My particular favorite is Angel - Written by Christina Fendon, Shaena Stabler & Eric Berdon - Dedicated to Cathleen Fendon.
I suggest that you click on Laguna Life & People archives at the tab on top of the page and read about Angel. Knowing the background story of this song will tell you why it is so beautifully and passionately done and has “hit” all over it.
Suffice it to say I love Shaena and whatever I say is slanted – a lot!
But it is her work ethic and approach to this project that makes it worthy for you to buy a copy and listen to it.
I will make this personal guarantee – if you buy it, listen to it and are not satisfied, I will personally reimburse you!
Buy digital copy at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay-ep/id910563314
Buy physical autographed CD at: https://shaenastabler.bandcamp.com
Water District’s annual SmartScape Info/Expo Saturday morning
Learn how to drought-proof your landscaping. Come to Laguna Beach County Water District’s annual “SmartScape Info/Expo,” at its headquarters building, 306 Third St. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The two-day event will spotlight the benefits of using California-friendly plants and efficient irrigation techniques, particularly helpful during the current drought.
Eligible customers of Laguna Beach County Water District and South Coast Water District can take advantage of free installed sprinkler controllers and rotating sprinkler nozzles and free rain barrels. There will also be a drought-tolerant plant sale, compost giveaway, free classes and demonstrations, and raffles with prizes on both days.
Learn about rebates and free programs to reduce water use and runoff, speak with knowledgeable landscaping and irrigation professionals, and check out the latest water-efficient products from local nurseries and irrigation manufacturers.
Experts will be available to discuss landscape design, irrigation system design and construction, sprinkler retrofit and repair, irrigation timer scheduling, drip irrigation system installation, selection and care of California-friendly plants, hummingbird and butterfly habitat construction, and container garden building.
For information, visit Laguna Beach County Water District’s website at www.lbcwd.org or call 494-1041.
Reminder: Police Memorial sculpture “Eternal Legacy” will be dedicated Sunday at 5 p.m. next to the Police Department
On Sunday, Sept 21, the City will dedicate the Police Memorial sculpture “Eternal Legacy” by artists Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor on Loma Terrace next to the Police Department. The public is invited to attend the dedication, which starts at 5 p.m.
The sculpture dedication coincides with the First anniversary of Police Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing in the line of duty.
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City of Laguna Beach
Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor’s work in progress
To accommodate the ceremony, Loma Terrace will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. This installation has been funded through donations raised by the Laguna Beach Police Employees’ Association, Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City of Laguna Beach.
What’s on your mindabout Laguna Beach?
Send in your questions for us to ask the Council Candidates
By Stu Saffer & Maggi Henrikson
Don’t flip a coin…send us your questions for the candidates
It has been estimated by those who follow such things that no more than 800 Laguna Beach voters really know the current political issues in town. I have heard that for years from both sides of the spectrum.
While in no way scientific, we conducted an informal more or less man-in-the-street political poll over a recent two-week period with 22 random people. All live in town and all said they would vote. Only one could name all seven candidates for this November’s Council race and just six were able to name four candidates.
It is our plan to ask all seven candidates questions submitted to us during the week in our Friday editions beginning Sept 23 and for each Friday until the election.
We will choose two questions submitted by our readers and one from our editorial board – then publish the answers in the next Tuesday edition. The final answers will be online Tuesday, Nov 4 – before the polls open at 7 a.m.
Please be sure to include your full name, address and a phone number. Only your name will be published and only Laguna Beach residents will be eligible to ask.
Cabaret at Laguna Nursery presents the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring Saif Eddin with Tessa Mansour
Music of the Night, featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be presented in a special Garden Cabaret at Laguna Nursery this Friday night from 6:30 – 10.
Tessa Mansour, 16, and a junior at LBHS, will be joining a group of very talented performers led by Saif Eddin on piano, Kathi Gillmore, Bill Ledesma, Diana Kavilis Morris, Rufino Cabang and Laguna Nursery’s own Nelson Coates.
Many people know Andrew Lloyd Webber from his powerful show, “Phantom of the Opera”, but he had many other hits including “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Evita”, “Cats”, “Song and Dance”, “Starlight Express”, and his classical piece “Requiem Mass”. All of those shows and more will be covered at the Cabaret!
You will enjoy endless wine, light appetizers and tasty dessert bites at Ruben Flores’ beautiful Laguna Nursery on Friday, Sept 19.
Tickets are $45 in advance (494-5200) or $55 at the door. 1370 S. Coast Hwy.
Festival of Arts now accepting artists’ applications for the summer of 2015 Fine Art Show – Free seminar Sept 29
Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by southern Orange County’s finest artists. The 2015 show will run next July and August.
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Festival artist Michael Situ
Artists who would like to apply for the 2015 fine art show should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31, 2014 (by 4 p.m.). Applicants may download an application from the Festival’s website, www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org, or call 949-464-4234.
The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in the following cities: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro), Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Artists must be able to show that they have resided in one of the aforementioned cities for at least one year prior to Oct 31, 2014. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.
The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.
The free seminar (Sept 29) – “How to prepare your artwork for submission to the 2015 summer exhibit” will help interested artists to learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds from 7 – 9 p.m. on a first come first served basis. For more information, please call (949) 464-4234.
Kids’ Art Studio at LAM Sunday afternoon – it’s free
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Kids’ Art Studio is a new hands-on art-making program offered by LAM. It takes place on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2 and 4 p.m.
Children and their families create a piece of art, from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages and are presented by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.
LBaa sets its City Council Candidate Forum at Laguna Playhouse Saturday at 10 a.m. – the public is invited
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) will hold a candidates forum on Saturday, Sept 20 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Laguna Playhouse in the Moulton Theater. The public is cordially invited to attend.
All seven city council candidates have been invited: Kelly Boyd, Eli Grossman, Michele Hall, Toni Iseman, Jon Madison, Paul Merritt and Rob Zur Schmiede.
The discussion will be moderated by Festival of Arts Board Member and past LBaa Chairman Wayne Baglin and is generously hosted by the Laguna Playhouse. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. LBaa has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach on topics that range from representation of the nude figure in public art to the challenges of parking in the arts district. The creative community is encouraged to participate and show their support for the arts, which is responsible for generating substantial City revenue. Doors will open at 9:30 and the forum will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts was established in 2002 as the result of a partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city.
Members of the Alliance for the Arts include Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Dance Festival, Blue Water Green Earth, City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, First Thursdays Art Walk, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Chorale, Laguna Beach Craft Guild, Laguna Beach Film Society, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Concert Band, Laguna Outreach Community Arts, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Lagunatunes Community Chorus, No Square Theatre, Sawdust Art Festival, [seven-degrees] and Visit Laguna Beach.
Girls Night Out benefits the Boys & Girls Club: “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” features Lugano Diamonds Oct 2
The 6th Annual Girls Night Out event held exclusively for women will take place at the spectacular Wilson family home in Laguna Beach on Thursday, Oct 2 from 6 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 for a limited time only and can be purchased on the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach website: http://www.bgclagunabeach.org.
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The Wilson’s deck after dark during Girls Night Out 2013
Generously supported by Wilson Automotive Group, Newport Lexus, Starfish and new this year Lugano Diamonds, Girls Night Out 2014 offers a “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” theme. They will feature several thousands of dollars in world-class jewels just for Girls Night Out guests to enjoy! Models will be dripping in jewels and rumor has it that Girls Night Out guests may “try-on” these exquisite pieces. Going above and beyond, Lugano Diamonds will also offer an “opportunity drawing” where several lucky ticket holders will win fabulous Lugano Diamond pieces and other prizes.
“Opportunity Prize” tickets are selling for $100 and can be purchased from any Girls Night Out committee member or by calling 494-2535 x 103.
Only 200 tickets will be sold!
This fundraiser, held every fall for the past six years, would not be possible without the generous support of the Wilson family and event host Holly Wilson, who graciously opens her home to 250 women in support of the Boys & Girls Club. Holly and Dave Wilson champion the extraordinary programs and staff at the club for the great work that they do.
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The Silent Auction tables have been a hit since the even began six years ago
Every day, over 300 children participate in the nationally recognized, award winning and character enhancing programs that are offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach from athletics, to academic enhancement, its own Teen center and the most progressive art program in Orange County. The Club provides childhood experiences designed to keep children healthy, active, and “thinking” while having fun.
Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, Pam Estes, adds, “The number of kids who need us has grown so fast that we’re just trying to keep up. Now we need more support than ever so we can be there for all of the kids who need the Club. Every dollar of support counts!”
LOCA invites those interested in being new members to a champagne brunch at Healy House on Sept 28
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) invites newcomers to join the organization. LOCA provides visual arts education services to families, residents, and visitors throughout Laguna Beach.
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LOCA Art in the Classroom
Programs for children include Art in Schools at all LBUSD sites, morning and afterschool workshops at the Boys and Girls Club and TLC, the CSP Youth Shelter and many more.
Seniors aged 50 and older enjoy monthly workshops at the Susi Q Center, and both residents and visitors enjoy workshops at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Nursery, Treasure Island Park and more.
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Workshop at Laguna Nursery
LOCA strives to make art education accessible to all ages by keeping cost low, and positioning experienced instructors at convenient locations. “Grants, donations, and membership dues are critical in assisting LOCA to continue its programs,” said Jeannie Harrell, LOCA President. “We always have new programs in development, and welcome underwriters,” she added.
New annual dues are $40 for seniors ages 55-up, $60 for general individuals, $120 for individuals including two free workshops, and upper level support at $250, $500, and $1000. Members receive free admission to all Art Club educational lectures, offered year-round at local galleries and festivals, discounts at Laguna Art Supply, a subscription to the semi-monthly newsletter, and more.
New and renewing members will be welcomed with a complimentary champagne brunch on Sunday Sept28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the historical Healy House on the Sawdust Festival grounds. An informational panel lecture “Laguna Beach Festivals 101” will be featured.
Mail tax-deductible donations to LOCA, PO Box 430, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.
Open for Business forum will be held Sept 25 at 6:30
The City of Laguna Beach’s next Open for Business forum will be held on Thursday, Sept 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Open for Business is a series of informal conversations with representatives from the City Planning Commission and Planning Department, Chamber of Commerce and present business community.
Anyone can participate, including commercial real estate agents, commercial building owners and managers, prospective business owners and their representatives and anyone interested.
The meeting is held at the Community/Senior Center at 380 Third Street in Laguna Beach on Thursday Sept 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Gratitude for Glennwood is Glennwood House’s first gala, set for 5:30 p.m. October 11 at The Ranch
Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is planning their first ever Gratitude for Glennwood event in honor of the first year of providing an independent living home for 50 young people with special needs.
The event will be a celebration and opportunity to support this completely privately funded residence in Laguna Beach.
“We are happy to say this has been a very successful first year,” said Executive Director Stacey Enmeier. “We have learned and grown, and we now even have 78 people on a waiting list.”
For the young adult residents, Glennwood represents an opportunity for a life like everyone wants; a chance to live on their own, out of mom and dad’s house, and into a safe and supportive environment that allows for social interaction and activities, while encouraging individuality.
Gratitude for Glennwood will be a fun evening on Oct 11 at 5:30 p.m.
There will be dining and dancing, nestled in the canyon and overlooking the beautiful golf greens at The Ranch. There will be wonderful silent and live auctions, as well as live music for dancing the night away under the stars.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking this link: http://glennwoodhousing.org/product-category/events/gratitude-for-glennwood/
For more information call Danielle Wilson at (949) 584-6469