North Laguna residents hear shots fired in wee hours – police trace possible shooter – confiscate handgun
9-1-1 callers reported hearing shots fired in the general area of Riddle Field in North Laguna at 3:55 Friday morning. Officers immediately responded to the area.
Usually when such calls are received, police come up empty or the “gunshot” might have been a backfiring vehicle.
This time, it was different.
LBPD Sgt. Louise Callus said Monday that one of the officers who responded to the area turned onto Grandview Street from Hillcrest when another shot rang out.
“The officer was able to pinpoint the house where the shot came from and called for other officers to respond,” said Sgt. Callus.
“They approached the house and saw a male subject standing out front. He was detained and the officers located two spent casings on the ground in front of the residence. Concerned that someone may be injured inside the residence, officers checked the inside, but no one was located.”
Sgt. Callus said the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, denied firing the shots and “…gave several different versions of what had occurred.”
Randomly firing a weapon is a misdemeanor and as a general rule, police cannot make an arrest unless they see it occur.
Sgt. Callus said officers found a weapon inside the home that matched the shell casings and confiscated it for safekeeping.
The case is still being investigated.
Once again, we need a reminder to lock our car doors at all times – especially after it gets dark
At least 12 unlocked vehicles were entered overnight last Wednesday or early Thursday in the area nearby Laguna Beach High School.
Police reports for theft from an unlocked vehicle were taken on Park Avenue, Virginia Park Drive, El Bosque, Loma Terrace, Bent Street, Reed Street and Short Street according to the police log.
Sgt. Louise Callus said that the suspect(s) rummaged through glove compartments and center consoles and took items in plain sight.
Is your neighborhood next?
Lock your car doors and at least you won’t be a victim.
July 26: Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in OC will host “Responsibility and Recovery in Drug Courts & Prop 36”
Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Edward Hall will present the topic “Responsibility and Recovery in Drug Courts & Prop 36” as Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in OC host a free forum this coming Saturday. The event will be held at 429 Cypress Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Hall will share what Drug Courts are, how they function here in Orange County, and how they benefit both offenders and the public.
Appointed as Superior Court Commissioner in 2007, Hall has extensive experience in criminal defense litigation with cases ranging from traffic violations to capital murder. After finishing active duty as a Judge Advocate with US Marine Corps, he was hired as a Deputy Public Defender in OC and has appeared in court regularly since then.
After leaving the public sector to start a private practice, he continued handling cases referred by the Court when a conflict of interest arose with the Public Defender’s Office. Since 2002, he has also served on an as needed basis as a Juvenile Court Referee at the Lamoreaux Justice Center, presiding over juvenile dependency and delinquency matters.
In California, 43 percent of misdemeanor arrests and 28 percent of felony arrests were either alcohol or drug related. In 2013, the Drug Court program avoided 30,346 jail and prison bed days, saving more than $41,243,628. Drug Court graduates have a recidivism rate of 28.8% for any crime, compared with a recidivism rate for eligible non-participants of 74%.
All are invited to learn about the facts on our Drug Courts in Orange County, which will be followed by a discussion, and a chance for your voice to be heard. It is an election year, and we, as educated and passionate citizens should let our concerns be heard by our representatives and candidates for office.
Advocates For Cost Effective Justice In Orange County work to provide to the community accurate information about our criminal justice system. Evidence shows that replacing punishment with rehabilitation saves lives and saves money.
For its cause, cost effectiveness and justice go hand in hand.
Introducing the Stateroom at Driftwood Kitchen on “Throwback Thursday” featuring Addie Hamilton
The recently opened Driftwood Kitchen is hosting an exclusive roaring 1920s themed party featuring a live performance by Addie Hamilton and the Gals, in conjunction with Tightrope Entertainment this Thursday, July 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.
The newly opened Driftwood Kitchen, located in the historic building that was formerly the Beach House Restaurant, is hosting a special VIP vintage themed party. Select invited guests will have the unique opportunity to experience the grand opening of Driftwood’s stunning oceanfront private event space, which is located upstairs above the Stateroom Bar.
The new Stateroom Bar within Driftwood Kitchen is a place to enjoy artisan cocktails with an emphasis on bourbons and whiskeys, artfully and creatively blended into tasty concoctions with a play on classic cocktails. The Stateroom Bar still embraces the feel of the former home library of old Hollywood character actor, Slim Summerville.
The event upstairs on July 24 is for invited VIPs, and tickets are available for $30. The VIP access will include two drinks, appetizers, and three live sets from the talented up and coming artist Addie Hamilton along with her band. She has garnered over 1 million YouTube hits in just one year’s time for her cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckDT0hGyofE.
Everyone is welcome to attend this fine evening free of charge in the Stateroom Bar located downstairs near the main entrance. Music from the live upstairs performance will also be directed downstairs into the bar area for everyone to enjoy. Vintage attire is encouraged.
Whether you’re an invited VIP guest, or a local who just wants to check out the new Stateroom Bar at Driftwood Kitchen, you don’t want to miss out on this unique Throwback Thursday evening. You will love the speakeasy feel, overlooking the ocean in a beautiful setting, where vintage meets modern in this classy Laguna Beach establishment.
Driftwood Kitchen – 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane – (949) 715-7700.
saltfineart uncrating new arrivals from favorite artists
Mixed media light sculpture
55 x 39.5 x 18 inches
saltfineart has been uncrating new arrivals from some of their favorite artists this past week and creating a new exhibit of Latin art at 1492 S. Coast Hwy.
Mixed media on canvas
All are invited to see the new arrivals from artists including Rafael Varela, Giancarlos Pruna, Irene Pressner and Mabel Poblet.
Niños en Bote
Acrylic on canvas
Breakers cross country teams: running into history
By JON HENDRICKSON
Not a known sport throughout the surfing community of Laguna Beach, the high school cross country team (both boys and girls) is starting to create waves. Last year, both teams competed for a state title and both finished 2nd in Division 4.
Scott Wittkop (head coach of the boys’ team) stated, “There is not a high school in the state in our division that put both teams on the podium. As of today, in Division 4, we are the #1 cross country program in the state.”
In the Laguna Beach community, there is a lot of excitement shown towards volleyball and water polo and that’s to be expected due to their accomplishments every year but the cross country team has had some historical success as well. Dave Brobeck, the former head coach, led the boys’ team in two different years to state titles.
Eric Hulst (in the 1970s) was considered the fastest runner in the country. He used to run 130 miles a week and his best time of 8 minutes 44.6 seconds, clocked as a senior in 1976, ranks him as the sixth-fastest prep two-miler in U.S. history.
After finishing second in state this past year, expectations are high but both coaches wouldn’t have it any other way. Steve Lalim (head girls’ coach) calmly stated, “We aren’t afraid of expectations. It is actually very encouraging. It means people are starting to take notice and they not only want us to be successful, they expect us to be successful. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Both teams have begun their summer training and head into the season with great optimism due to the runners that are returning. Among the returnees for the boys are All-CIF and All-Orange Coast League performer Cameron Zuziak and all-leaguers Mason Pitz, Drake Butler, and Grant Barton. The girls return All-league champion Natalie Kimball and first team All-Leaguers Brenna Merchant, Janie Crawford, Kirsten Landsiedel, and Pearl Shoemaker. Not only do both the boys’ and girls’ teams excel on the track but are also among the top students in the classroom.
Wittkop and Lalim’s goals are not only limited to athletic achievements but stretch into the classroom as well, “If our runners were only successful athletically, then we haven’t done our job. Year in and year out, the cross country runners combine for the highest GPAs in the school. To us, this is more important than state titles. Athleticism goes away as you get older but intelligence remains.”
This is evident as just recently as last weekend, seven boys piled into a van and headed up to Big Bear. Not to run and compete but to learn how to be leaders on their team and in their community. They were asked in advance to read “Unbroken” a best selling true story about Louis Zamperini and his unbelievable fortitude and strength in overcoming long odds to just stay alive.
Assistant coach and English teacher at the high school Jon Hendrickson led the discussion. “The boys not only loved the book, they learned a valuable lesson. When times are tough and they don’t want to run on those hot days after school, they will remember Louis Zamperini. They will remember his story and they will push each other beyond what they think they are capable of achieving.”
The girls will have a similar experience when they head to Mammoth on July 30th. “Our trip to Mammoth is all about creating a culture of preparation, dedication, hard work, and team unity,” Lalim said. “We have a lot of fun doing so.”
The Breakers run in their first invitational of the 2014 season September 6 at the Mt. SAC Fastback Shootout in Walnut. Don’t be surprised if not only they are on the podium once again when the state meet rolls around but are being crowned state champions.
Wittkop said, “We don’t just want to make waves in our community, we want to be a tsunami.”
With the way things are heading, he might just get his wish.
Chamber of Commerce invites all to ribbon cutting and reception at new retail store “Vault For Kids”
The Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to attend a Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and reception at a new retail-clothing store “The Vault Kids” located at 361 Forest Avenue on Friday, July 25.
The gala runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at five o’clock, and will be officiated by representatives from the City Council and Chamber Board of Directors as well as Chamber staff. Owner Gila Leibovitch of “The Vault Kids” invites everyone to stay for a reception immediately following that will include appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes.
Liebovitch also owns and operates “The Vault Women” and “The Vault Men” located within the same building as the new children’s boutique. She started in retail in Los Angeles over 21 years ago and decided to start businesses in Laguna Beach while visiting on vacation one weekend 10 years ago.
Festival’s “Jazz on the Green” offers a great lineup
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the music of award-winning jazz artists as they perform live as part of the Festival of Arts “Jazz on the Green” series on selected Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Groove to the sounds of these living legends in a casual outdoor gallery setting that offers a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California. The Festival of Arts continues to build on its national and critically acclaimed reputation as one of the finest outdoor art venues.
Concerts are free with Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person per concert. The perfect soundtrack to Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Down To The Bone
July 26: Down To The Bone: Founded in the UK and hailed as the “Kings of Jazz/Funk Fusion,” Down to the Bone has set a trademark through its reputation for infectious grooves, hooky riffs, and head nodding rhythms. The band’s lineup features top-notch musicians led by bandleader Rufus Philpot on bass. Their newest CD Dig It! was released earlier this year and the single “The Sweetness” has topped the Billboard Jazz radio play charts.
Aug. 9: Jeff Lorber Fusion: By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. In subsequent years, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.
Aug. 30: Poncho Sanchez And His Latin Jazz Band: For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that influenced his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer/composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. For information and tickets, call 800-487-3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Transition LB seedlings at Farmers Market Saturday morning
Transition Laguna Beach Food Group will be at the Farmers Market this Saturday, July 26th selling vegetable seedlings.
They will have a great selection of edibles such as: Tomatoes, Summer and Winter Squash, Leeks, Cucumbers, Hot and Sweet Peppers, and Herbs. Seedlings are ready to be planted in your vegetable garden.
Many of the seedlings are from seeds harvested in Laguna, and all have been grown organically here in Laguna.
Their booth is located at the back of the Farmers Market on Local’s Lane.
101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach authors will be at Sawdust Festival’s Locals Night on July 31
On Thursday, July 31, Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, the author and illustrator of the recently published 101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach, will be at the Sawdust Art Festival’s main stage from 6 to 9 p.m. to sign copies of their book. Polins-Jones, a watercolorist, will also be displaying her original illustrations for the book. Brooks Street Books, the publisher, will donate 30% of proceeds from book sales at the event to the Sawdust Festival.
In 101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach, British transplants Eastwood and Polins-Jones collaborated to create what they call an illustrated love letter to their adopted hometown. This whimsical guidebook to one of America’s most iconic beach communities features Eastwood’s prose and over fifty of Polins-Jones’s watercolor landscapes and motifs.
“The Sawdust Festival is one of our favorite things to love about Laguna Beach! We’re thrilled to be part of Locals’ Night to spend time among the artists, musicians, residents and visitors. The Sawdust is a true Laguna treasure, and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Eastwood and Polins-Jones.
The Sawdust Art Festival, one of the community’s most beloved summer events, is dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach. Since its inception, the non-profit Sawdust Art Festival organization has celebrated and supported the work of local artists. The Festival draws more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year. Artists that exhibit during the summer festival are Laguna Beach residents.
LBUMC group invites all to join them for a bus trip to the Museum of Tolerance in LA – reserve tickets now
All in the community are welcome to join a bus trip to the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 19. The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church sponsors the trip. The cost is $45 per person, and includes a one-and-a-half-hour guided tour of the Anne Frank exhibition and a stop at the Farmer’s Market and the Grove Shopping Center for browsing and lunch on your own.
Payment must be sent or delivered to the church by Sunday, Aug. 3. Checks are to be made out to UMW and sent c/o LBUMC. 21632 Wesley Drive, Laguna Beach, 92651.