Car thief captured at gunpoint near Festival grounds Thursday – mid-afternoon high-risk car stop hindered traffic until cleared
A patrol unit of the Laguna Beach Police Department equipped with a license plate reader alerted officers that s stolen 1998 red Acura Integra was a stolen car.
At 2:15 Thursday afternoon, several LBPD patrol units and motor officers executed a high-risk (felony) car stop in front of the Festival of Arts ground in the 600 block of Laguna Canyon Road, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.
The Acura – reported stolen from Garden Grove – had a single occupant who was removed at gunpoint.
He was identified as Joshua Vogel, 30, from Fontana and was booked for suspicion of felony auto theft.
Police kept LCR traffic clear of the incident while it was taking place.
Woman broke bad inside CVS at pharmacy counter
A 9-1-1- caller informed police at 3:31 Sunday afternoon that a woman had just taken items from the store. The caller added that store personnel my not have been aware of the situation.
When officers arrived, store employees were indeed aware and provided a description of the woman. They explained that the woman had been at the pharmacy counter and when told that her prescription was not readily available, she began grabbing items from the counter and pushed over a keyboard.
Sgt. Tim Kleiser added, “She was told to leave but instead, tried to force her way into the pharmacy. When she was unable to get into [the pharmacy], she left the store.
Police located Angela Baez, 29 of Southgate, outside in the rear of the store. She had items that she had taken from the store in her possession.
Police arrested her for felony commercial burglary and shoplifting.
Several hours later, a woman came into the police station and reported that her purse had been taken from her unlocked Lexus in the CVS parking lot. It had been parked there during the time of the earlier incident.
The jailer located the stolen purse stored with the rest of Baez’s property.
A charge of possession of stolen property was added.
SchoolPower’s popular Dodgeball VI Tournament October 21
Don’t dodge the sixth annual SchoolPower Dodgeball tournament, a favorite community FUNdraiser that brings together crazy costumed teams and cheering fans, on Wednesday, October 21. This year promises to be one of the biggest turnouts ever, with 24 teams in each of the 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade divisions, and 20 teams in the adult/high school division.
Dodgeball co-chair Frana Sadler guarantees an action-packed event not to be missed: “Fire up for the most energetic, fun-loving community event of the fall! Watch, eat and laugh with us at SchoolPower Dodgeball VI!”
Held in the LBHS gymnasiums, tournament play is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting with the elementary school players and finishing the evening with the highly-competitive adult/high school finale. Spectators are free! Freshly grilled taco meals are available with advance purchase, please pre-order at lbschoolpower.org.
Both younger divisions sold out quickly. Adult/high school teams are encouraged to sign up at lbschoolpower.org. Teams must have 6-8 players with at least two players of opposite gender.
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“Mountain Dudes,” won best costume in the 4th/5th grade division last year
Dodgeball thrives on strong local support. Kristin Karkoska of Blue Sky’s Studio will capture photos of each team at check-in, and Laguna’s radio station KX93.5 will cover the event as well as compete in it. Lifeguard, fire and police teams are expected to make their usual showing, along with teacher teams representing our local schools. Special thanks to Hobie Surf Shop, the event’s long-timeTerminator Sponsor.
Who will dominate the dodging this year and bring home the coveted Golden Skull trophy? Whose creativity and zaniness will win Best Costume? Come find out at this entertaining community event that is literally a huge hit!
SchoolPower is Laguna Beach’s parent-based education foundation that raises money for all students at all four Laguna Beach public schools.
“Mountain Dudes,” won best costume in the 4th/5th grade division last year
Mary Minerman’s guide has got “spinsters” giggling
Mary (M.J.) Minerman, a former Top of the World teacher, has exposed the hideous underbelly of the over-40 dating scene in her hilarious new book, The Spinster’s Guide to Dating. In it, she presents an unapologetic, politically incorrect, hypocritical, sometimes sarcastic, and always biased look at dating for the 40-plus set in the O.C.
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It is a world of “real housewives”, rico suaves, and 50 year-old guys looking for their 20 year-old soulmates. It’s the anti-mecca of singledom, the Time Magazine’s Worst Place to Find a Partner. (She made that up…) There is no yin for your yang or yang for your yin. It’s the Bacall without the Bogart, the dirty martini without the olive.
But…it is also very entertaining!
Online dating profile pictures of dudes dwarfed by monster trucks or with boobalious bimbos are the stuff of grocery store tabloids and hot E! News specials. It’s a world you love to watch, but sure don’t want to enter alone.
Don’t even bother dipping your toe in the dating pool. Sit back in your comfy chaise lounge and let this magnanimous aging unmarried do it for you in The Spinster’s Guide to Dating. She can suffer the indignities of a quinquagenarian trying to out-intellectualize her with his Pinot Noir knowledge, and you can read about it from the comfort of your own home. So pour yourself a glass of vino and enjoy the ride! You already have a designated driver.
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“I wrote it for ‘seasoned’ women but younger women seem to like it as well,” said Minerman in her press release. “I was even more surprised by how many men like it! I’m thinking there’s a universality in dating and the search for that special someone. Everyone can identify with that.”
Minerman wrote the book over eight years, in between teaching at TOW. She says she is contemplating a sequel, “The only problem is the title. I wonder whether it should be called The Spinster’s Guide to Dating Too, or The Spinster’s guide to Dating Two,” she says with a nod and a wink.
The Spinster’s Guide to Dating is available at Laguna Beach Books, and at www.spinstersguide.com
Look at this month’s Rasta Taco “Rita Queen”
Miss October Rita Queen has been dubbed by Rasta Taco, and it’s none other than Stu News’ own, Shaena Stabler.
“Shaena Stabler is so much more than just the co-owner of Stu News, an online Laguna Beach newspaper. She’s part of the fabric of the Laguna community,” said Rasta Taco in their official release. “She sits on the board of the Friendship Shelter, a non-profit homeless shelter, and actively contributes to the indie music scene. Currently she’s writing her second record.
“Now, she can add ‘Rita Queen’ to the list too.”
Rasta Taco went on to describe their special selection of Shaena, “[It] seems like Shaena has it all, but it wasn’t always this way. Her compassion for the homeless stems from her own childhood, characterized by [personal] homelessness, and parents with mental illness – until her loving grandparents took her in to raise her.
“And about a year ago, feeling disconnected emotionally and physically, she resolved to change her health. She started with a challenge of 40 hikes in 40 days, and then picked up a new running habit. Today, she attributes the balance she has found emotionally, spiritually, and physically to these new healthy habits, and feels her music has benefited from it just as much. We agree!”
Rasta Taco crowns this month’s Rita Queen, “We’re proud to crown Shaena the October Rita Queen and offer her fans and readers a juicy discount in her honor!”
Ooh, a discount! That would be 20% off of the margarita bar for all Stu News readers – and Shaena fans. And that would be everyone, right? Right!
“Cheers to Queen Shaena and all she has accomplished!” said Rasta Taco, and Stu News could not agree more.
Long live the Queen!
Laguna’s Janice Chieffo holds the ticket to your next great adventure: Cuba!
By ELIZABETH NUTT
For many of those lucky enough to travel, new experiences in foreign places can be life changing; travel experience can alter perspective, educate, and help form long-lasting memories. For Janice Chieffo, however, an initial trip to Cuba didn’t just add a few exciting moments to her already colorful collection of international travel experiences, and change the way she sees the world and Cuba’s place in it. It also changed the direction of the rest of her entire life’s journey.
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“I’ve traveled everywhere, and no other place hit me like that,” says Janice, “I’ve never been somewhere where three weeks later I was on a plane to go back again.”
And Janice is no stranger to travel. She was raised in Chicago by parents who believed in adventure, and she remembers frequent road trips to unknown destinations with her family throughout her childhood. As a college student pursuing a photojournalism major, she had her first international experience through study abroad in Salzburg, and the rest is history.
“When I returned home from my travels in Europe, I really never looked back. I’ve been a world-traveler for my whole life,” says Janice.
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A book of her own photos from Cuba
And yet, no other trip, country or experience impacted Janice the way Cuba did. She had been a practicing attorney for over 25 years when she decided to book her first trip to the country in 2012 as part of a Continuing Legal Education program through Burlington College in Vermont. And only weeks later, she returned for the second time.
If you ask her what specifically draws her back again and again to Cuba—next week she will make her seventh trip—she’ll tell you that it’s the simplicity of the country’s culture: specifically, the lack of internet, which results in frequent, meaningful human interactions. But the beauty of Cuba, especially in Havana, also enchants her.
“It’s a city of beautiful decay. It’s like a jewel that crumbles before your eyes, but its deterioration is intrinsic to its beauty,” she explains of the city, which hasn’t seen infrastructure upgrades in 60 years.
Cuba’s art scene also played a role in capturing her heart. During her second visit, Janice—who studied art in college—met an artist named Giancarlos Pruna Milanes, whom she believed had immense talent; Janice was determined to help him garner interest from the US, believing that he’d find success there. To that end, she engaged in a series of subsequent introductions with people and organizations throughout Orange County, eventually coming into contact with Carla Arzente, owner of saltfineart—a Latin American contemporary art gallery—in Laguna Beach. A friendship and partnership was immediately formed, based on the two women’s mutual appreciation for Cuban art, and the gallery has since shown Milanes’ work.
“The difficulties that Cuban artists have had to endure throughout their lives has inspired great art… unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” says Janice.
In March 2013, she had the opportunity to join saltfineart on one of the gallery’s trips to Cuba, which helped her delve even more deeply into the country’s culture.
“She was a fantastic person to travel with, truly passionate about Cuba,” says Suzanne Walsh, the gallery’s director.
During those initial trips, Janice became increasingly certain that her purpose in life was to find a way to help others experience the same Cuba she’d come to love. And with that, a business idea was formed.
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Janice and her group in Cuba
Janice launched ‘A Broad Abroad’ earlier this year, just as she retired from her 30-year career as an attorney—a plan she’d set in motion back in 2012. After spending years laying the groundwork for her business, Janice took her first group to Cuba in May of this year. She has 10 additional trips booked for the rest of 2015 and into 2016.
Because tourism travel is still prohibited in Cuba, Janice’s trips typically fall under the ‘people-to-people’ category when it comes to meeting certain criteria to gain entry into the country. As such, the trips become unique cultural immersions; travelers spend their days with Cuban guides, dine at restaurants in Cuban families’ homes, and visit Cuban printmakers, dance companies, and organic farms, all with the goal of creating an information exchange between visitors and natives.
A typical trip lasts six days and includes an average of six people altogether. Though Janice does everything from booking flights and hotel rooms, to making dinner reservations and scheduling itineraries, the planning can be tailored to guests’ interests, too—for example, day trips to Cuba’s countryside can also be arranged.
“Every time I go to Cuba, I go down early, and I start walking, calling, meeting, eating, and doing, before the guests arrive,” says Janice, of the constantly developing, changing and modernizing Havana of today.
When she’s not thinking about the next day’s itinerary, she’s considering the myriad ways she can engage with the country through future trips. Janice hopes, for example, to lead a group as part of the temple to which she belongs in Aliso Viejo, and to help coordinate a collaborative exchange trip in 2017 between the OC Bar Association and Havana’s Bar Association.
One of the most rewarding things about her business and the change of pace has been Janice’s discovery that she can now exercise a diverse array of skills—some of which she didn’t even know she possessed.
“I have a million skills that I just haven’t used in so long… art, legal knowledge, photography,” she says of the strengths that have enabled her to successfully navigate not only Cuba’s red tape but also its culture, geography, and people.
“My whole wheelhouse is being used, and I love it, it’s just so much fun,” she says.
For more information or to inquire about planning a trip to Cuba, visit www.abroadabroadtravel.org.
Fast Facts from Janice:
1: Favorite Cuban Artist? Osmeivy Ortega—also represented at saltfineart in Laguna.
2: Favorite Cuban food? Lobster—they do it so beautifully there, and it’s plentiful!
3: Favorite Cuban landmark? The Malecon, Havana’s seawall, which I walk every time I’m there.
4: Favorite time to visit the country? I haven’t yet visited Cuba in December, but I’m longing to go then—that’s when the city hosts its jazz festival.
5: Favorite memory of Cuba? Watching the sun set over Havana from El Morro, a fort across the bay, with a mojito in my hand.
LBCF Professional Council presents The End-Of-Year Give: Enhancing Your Clients Charitable Giving
Network with other charitably minded professionals living, working or serving clients in the Laguna Beach area and hear from industry leaders about how best to meet your clients end-of-year charitable giving goals. Learn about the new resources available at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and go behind the scenes at one of our most successful local nonprofits - Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.
The event is free to attend and is taking place on Thursday, October 15th from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Branch of Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Wine and light bites will be served. Business attire is recommended.
RSVP here: http://www.lagunabeachcf.org/professional-council-event.html or by contacting LBCF at 949-715-8223.
The Laguna Beach Community Foundation partners with charitably minded professionals, including attorneys, CPAs and financial advisors who live, work, or serve Laguna Beach clients. Advisors increase awareness of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and further the mission of enhancing philanthropy by better serving their clients philanthropic wishes.
City Council meeting
Alessa will get the parklet trial for 60 days on Forest
By MICHELE HALL
On October 6 the city council decided whether or not approve a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) and Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to allow a temporary parklet within two metered parking spaces opposite of 234 Forest Avenue (in front of the restaurant Alessa) for a duration of 60 days. Back in June of this year, the council directed staff and MIG to move forward with the Temporary Parklets Pilot Demonstration Project on a trial basis on Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue for a 60-day duration.
The concept of the Village Entrance and the over-all improvement of Laguna’s downtown has been discussed, debated, introduced and re-introduced for years. As part of the effort to enhance pedestrian friendliness on Downtown streets, the goal of the pilot program is to test concepts that would facilitate more outdoor seating and dining through the creation of these parklets.
Only one restaurant, Alessa, applied for the temporary parklet permit. According to city staff, the cost of building a parklet is approximately $8-9 thousand dollars, which includes the platform and fencing and construction costs. The applicant is responsible for the tables, lighting and landscaping. Applicant Allesandro Pirozzi, owner of Alessa, informed the council that he is also having to pay for the architectural design services, which make the real cost upwards of $20,000 though he said he would be happy to pay $15,000 leaving the city responsible for the remaining $5 thousand. The parklet would provide approximately 20 seats (adding to the already existing 66), would be handicapped accessible and would serve alcohol subject to ABC approval.
Members of the audience spoke on this issue including Bonnie Hano who said, “This is wrong. We are taking public parking and giving it to a private restaurant who is already making money.” Several other residents agreed citing the fact that parking is for everyone and shouldn’t be set aside for private use.
Most people in the audience, however, were in favor of the concept including Larry Nokes, representing the Chamber of Commerce, who had this to say: “Parking is valuable, but space is also valuable. This is an opportunity for us to enjoy our outdoor space and help our restaurants during the non-festival season.”
The public hearing was closed and Councilwoman Toni Iseman was first to speak on the issue. “We are helping businesses that need it the least and not helping the ones that need it the most. Bars, restaurants and hotels are the most successful.”
Councilmen Dicterow, Zur Schmiede and Boyd all found it interesting that only one applicant had applied. Staff was asked whether or not any other businesses had expressed interest and whether or not the downtown had been noticed that there had been an application for the temporary parklet. The Marine Room, Hennessey’s and Whole Foods have all expressed interest, according to staff and all businesses within 300 feet where hand delivered a notice that Alessa had applied for the permit without a single business contesting the application.
In the end, it was decided that the parklet was a good idea and could potentially benefit the Downtown. On a 4 -1 vote (Iseman dissenting) the council voted to approve the TUP and CDP for a 60-day trial with the option to extend the program for an additional 60 days.
Next on the agenda for the city council to decide was an item that addressed the issue of the abandonment of an unimproved strip of right-of way located between Bayview Place and Canyon View Drive. Owners of the properties situated adjacent to this strip had requested that the city council approve the abandonment negating the city right-of-way and eliminating this as a public pedestrian path. The council chamber was filled with people on both sides of the issue who had much to say about this issue.
Needless to say, the controversy over whether to abandon a public right-of-way at this location has been going on for over 10 years. City staff recommended that the abandonment be approved based upon the fact that the 60 inch/5 foot wide strip of land was not only unbuildable (due to steepness of terrain) but also, and even more importantly, was directly situated over one of the major sewer lines servicing the city. To build a pedestrian path over the sewer line would mean to potentially have to move the sewer line, which, according to city staff, is one of the three most important lines in the city. The Fire chief also recommended that the strip of land be abandoned for fire safety regulations as well.
When public communication was opened, those in favor of the abandonment spoke first. Doug Cortez and his partner Phillip LaBlanc, who own the properties at 789 and 791 Bayview place expressed that they only want peace in their lives…that this has been going on long enough. Phillip referred to the fact that city staff and the fire chief all agreed that the path was unbuildable. Doug said that when they bought the house in 2003, they were told in writing by the city that the strip of land in question was unbuildable. They were told that it was a utility easement, not a public walkway. Not only did the city confirm this, but the title insurance company did as well. Neighbors testified that they did not want the strip to become a walkway and mentioned that they never saw anyone using it anyway.
Alexander Olsen, a graduate of LBHS, was the first to speak against the abandonment. According to Olsen, he used the path every day to walk to school and believed that many other students to this day, do as well. Other residents spoke up saying that the original intent (from the 1920’s) for the right-of-ways was to provide a trail system of pathways to get down from the hill to the beach or downtown.
The public hearing was closed and the council debate began. Councilman Zur Schmiede was first to speak stating that: “It’s been an interesting item to learn about. I didn’t know about pedestrian paths throughout Temple Hills neighborhood. We need to encourage more pedestrian walkways… it’s like mom and apple pie.” He then went on to say, “but then it gets down to what’s real.” Referring to the fact that even though we all want better and greater pedestrian access, there are buildable sites… and then there are not.
Mayor Whalen agreed that “This has been a learning and interesting experience.” What he did say, more importantly, was that “I don’t view this as precedential to other pathways. I see unique factors in this one that I don’t see in the others.” In other words, the fact that he was supporting the abandonment of this particular strip of land didn’t mean that he was in favor of denying access to all pedestrian pathways. It simply meant that this strip was unbuildable while others could still be buildable.
In the end, the general consensus of the city council was that they agreed that the strip of land should be abandoned while at the same time; they felt a need to develop more of a comprehensive system of trails.
Interestingly enough, city manager John Pietig reminded the council that four years to the day (Oct. 6, 2011) city staff provided a public presentation in regards to the history of public ways, which culminated in a letter from the city attorney stating that “the City does not own or control the public ways and is not responsible or liable for their improvement, maintenance or use.” However, “the City Council retains the discretion (although not an obligation) to take formal action to accept and then develop and maintain the public ways for public purposes.”
The council’s final vote was to approve the abandonment of the unimproved strip of land and to direct city staff to meet with Temple Hills neighbors in an effort to advocate for a system of walkways.
Kailee McGee premieres her new movie, #BLESSED at Long Beach Film Festival on October 10
Laguna Beach native, Kailee McGee, who brought you the feature documentary, Collecting Dust, about the Sawdust Art Festival, premieres her second feature film this weekend at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival.
Partnering up again with Collecting Dust co-director, Rich Costales, #BLESSED, is the duo’s first narrative feature film. It was inspired by their adventures while making their Sawdust Festival documentary, for which they shot over 100 hours of footage with local Laguna Beach artists.
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The #BLESSED movie poster
“It’s hard to not become attached to your subjects,” McGee said. “You’re spending time with people, learning their stories and meeting their families. It’s sometimes tough to remain unbiased.”
#BLESSED is a fictional, dark comedy about a young actress struggling to get by in New York City. She decides to hire a filmmaker to make a hit movie about her life and career. The film is presented as an authentic documentary and shows the intimate connection and struggle between a documentary filmmaker and subject.The film is about the struggle between a documentary subject and its filmmaker.
“There were so many obstacles Rich and I encountered while making Collecting Dust. We took all of those experiences, good and bad, and incorporated them into a fictional story,” McGee said.
McGee wrote, produced, co-directed, and stars in the film. Costales co-directed, edited, and plays a bizarre version of himself, the documentary filmmaker.
“This film is about something important,” Costales said. “People seem to be going to greater and greater lengths these days to achieve fame. Everyone measures success differently. Kailee and I wanted to explore what that means to millennial artists today.”
#BLESSED will make its world premiere on Saturday, October 10th at 1:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival. McGee and Costales will be present and will participate in a Q&A following the film. Tickets are available at
http://www.longbeachindie.com and also at the door.
To learn more about their film and watch the trailer visit: www.dallasmapleshade.com
The movie Collecting Dust is available to rent at www.collectingdustmovie.com
Living Trusts and More – presented by Leslie Daff
Laguna Beach attorney, Leslie Daff, JD, MBA, State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, is presenting Living Trusts and More – The Use of Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Entities in Estate Planning on Friday, October 9, for the non-profit educational event “It’s Your Estate!” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center (380 Third St).
This estate planning educational series is sponsored by a number of charities including our Laguna Canyon Foundation. Nothing is “sold” at the workshops, which are held throughout Orange County under the direction of award-winning private fiduciary and Laguna Beach resident Peter Kote. Other charitable sponsors include the American Heart Association, California State Parks Foundation, CHOC Children’s Foundation, FEELinControl.org, Chapman University, Mission Hospital Foundation, Ocean Institute, Orange Coast Community College, PBS SoCal, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, and St. Jude Memorial Foundation.
The presentation is free and open to the public. However, space could not accommodate all who showed up to attend Leslie’s Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 presentations on this subject, so please call the Susi Q at (949) 497-2441 to reserve a spot in advance.
CANDO Oktoberfest – fun and fundraising – Oct 10
CANDO Oktoberfest—fun and fundraising—will take place on Saturday, Oct 10, from 3-8 p.m. at 140 Canyon Acres Drive (the straw bale house).
Activities include a silent auction and raffle with fabulous prizes such as a cruise around beautiful Newport Harbor on board the classic 60-foot motor yacht Vintage. Doug Miller’s Laguna Canyon miniatures will also be on sale.
Join in the fun! Bring a potluck dish if you’d like. Note: please park on Laguna Canyon Road, not in the neighborhoods.
Sam Stinnett captures World Professional Crown
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Laguna’ Sam Stinnett (above) finished second at the United Skim Tour event in Newport Beach last weekend to Laguna’s Blair Conklin. Stinnett’s second place finish allowed him to win the overall Men’s World Professional Skimboarding title.
LBPD receives another grant for special yearlong traffic enforcement & crash prevention - $116,320
The Laguna Beach Police Department has been awarded an $116,320.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Laguna Beach Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions in California has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding, and crashes at intersections.
“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Laguna Beach Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Laguna Beach and the State.”
Activities that the grant will fund include:
Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations
DUI saturation patrols
Motorcycle safety enforcement
Distracted driving enforcement
Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)
Stakeout operations to observe the “worst-of-the-worst” repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses
Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Laguna Beach High School hosts annual College Round Up on October 14, 7-8:30 p.m. in the gym
Laguna Beach High School will host “College Round Up” on Wednesday, October 14. The event provides students with opportunities to explore postsecondary educational options.
This year, the event is open to all local high school students and families who wish to meet and interact with more than 120 representatives from colleges and universities, military institutions and test prep companies.
More than 120 colleges and universities, military institutions and test prep companies are sending representatives to the highly anticipated Laguna Beach High School College Round Up event on October 14. Students will learn about admissions requirements, on-campus housing options, fields of study, athletics, scholarships and financial aid opportunities from colleges and universities such as Harvard University, Franklin University Switzerland, University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, Fashion Institute of Design (FIDM), Vanderbilt University, West Point, Duke University, and College of Charleston.
In conjunction with the PTA, LBHS hosts College Round Up as a cost-effective opportunity for students and families to explore postsecondary educational options before visiting college campuses.
LBHS Scholarship Coordinator Lynn Gregory extends an invitation to all local high school students and families to attend the event. “All students will be able to meet with college and university representatives from all over the world,” says Gregory. “Our goal is to broaden their horizons and introduce them to representatives who can potentially be the first people to look at their college applications.”
To kick start the evening, two breakout sessions will take place from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. including:AR Academics will host “Test Taking Strategies” workshop in the Artists’ Theater; Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College will host “Community Colleges and the CSU/UC Transfer Path” workshop in the LBHS library.
The College Round Up will be held in the Dugger Gym from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Representatives from the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation (LBHSSF) will also be present at College Round Up to answer questions about scholarship opportunities.
Since 2000, LBHSSF has awarded more than $3.4 million in scholarships to LBHS students with the help of donors. Last year alone, 308 individual awards were given to 115 graduating seniors, which totaled $373,650.
To learn more about College Round Up or LBHSSF Scholarships, please contact Lynn Gregory at (949) 497-7750 x 1212.
Ocean Institute Bioluminescence cruise Saturday
Learn about the exciting luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! The Ocean Institute will offer an evening Bioluminescence cruiseaboard its RV Sea Explorer on Saturday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., providing a unique opportunity to learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and to witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.
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Cost is $35 for adults, $22 for children ages 4-12. Register online at www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.
Laguna Beach Library’s September/October events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout September. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library’s October Events:
Saturdays, Oct 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Open HouseGet creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.
Saturday, Oct 17 at 2 - 4 p.m. Poetry WorkshopParticipants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets-this is not a workshop for beginners. Contact John Gardiner 949-715-7507 for more information.
Mondays, October 19 & 26 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Third Street Writers Group InkSerious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information. (No meeting Oct 12).
Wednesdays, October 14, 21 & 28 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. Let your child learn through stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities.
We focus on coordination and recognition of colors, shapes, and numbers. Most of all, we emphasize the important role that parents and caregivers have in their child’s development! Free. No preregistration required. For children 5-years and under. Families are encouraged to stay for a “playtime” afterwards. On October 21st we’ll participate in Read for the Record featuring this year’s book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett.
Thursdays, Oct 15, 22, & 29 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.
The Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.
Community garage sale all around Arch Beach Heights on Oct 17 – sign up to sell your stuff
Jesse Brossa and Dave Csira, real estate agents from Surterre Properties, are coordinating a community-wide garage sale for Arch Beach Heights on Saturday, October 17 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
They have been walking the neighborhood knocking on doors to let residents know about it for the past few weeks. There will also be several mailings to everyone in Arch Beach Heights to heighten awareness in the coming weeks.
The realtors will be placing “garage sale” signs all the way from Coast Highway on the morning of the event, and will be handing out maps at two spots, showing the locations of homes that are participating. There will also be classified ads and Craig’s List ads to attract more out-of-town buyers.
People who wish to participate in selling items can register their home address at www.ArchBeachHeights.com.
After the event there will be a truck pick-up for any unsold items that residents wish to donate to charity. The items will be donated the Assistance League of Laguna Beach to be sold at their thrift store.
Brossa and Csira plan on this being a successful event that could be repeated annually.
Mark your calendars for October 17 to come by Arch Beach Heights and find some treasures!
The Arch Beach Heights Community Map (to be finalized Oct 16):