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Public invited to workshop on proposed Ocean Avenue one-way conversion 

The City of Laguna Beach Department of Public Works invites locals to attend a workshop on Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10 a.m., to discuss the proposed conversion of Ocean Avenue to a one-way street from Beach Street to Coast Highway. 

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Study results show the conversion would create 10 diagonal parking spaces and provide a second turn pocket on Coast Hwy

At the workshop, staff will present results of the study that concluded the one-way conversion would have only minimal impact of traffic, would create 10 diagonal parking spaces, and would provide a second turn pocket on the highway. 

The workshop will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers. You can also complete a short survey on the project here.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, contact Tom Sandefur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 497-0792.

Laguna Beach City Council Chambers is located at 505 Forest Ave.

Hospitality Night: Ring in the holidays with Santa, tree lighting and magical merriment tonight

As the Christmas song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And it is especially true here in Laguna. The best block party of the year is happening downtown tonight, Friday, Dec 7, and everyone is invited to celebrate the holidays in dazzling style. 

The first Friday of each December, the City of Laguna Beach and the Chamber of Commerce jointly sponsor Hospitality Night. It’s like walking in a winter wonderland in the heart of our City.

Hospitality Night Crowd

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Lower Forest Ave filled with festivities and merchant open houses

The non-stop activities start at 5 p.m. and continue at a brisk pace with holiday fun on every corner until approximately 10 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m. 

After the tree is lit, the Community Services Department has arranged activities for the community including music by the Thurston Middle School band, a community sing-along, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and letter writing to the troops. 

Of course, Santa will be in his house on lower Forest Ave to meet families for photos. Downtown merchants, nonprofit organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce will also provide activities, open houses, and live musical entertainment. 

Hospitality Night Ginger

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“Laguna Big Band with Ginger Hatfield” to perform at 6:15 p.m. next to Hobie Surf Shop

The holiday hoopla schedule is as follows: 

3:30 p.m. Downtown street closures begin

4 - 11 p.m. Free trolley service

5 - 6 p.m. Community Concert Band performs on Beach St

5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Thurston Middle School Band performs in the Peppertree Lot

5:30 - 6 p.m. Elementary school choirs perform next to Santa’s Hut

5:30 - 8 p.m. Enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, and writing letters to overseas troops in the Peppertree Lot

6 - 6:10 p.m. Community sing-along in Peppertree Lot

Hospitality Night Hobie

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Crowds enjoy entertainment inside Hobie Surf Shop 

6:10 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at the Peppertree Lot to light the tree

6:15 - 7:15 p.m. “Laguna Big Band with Ginger Hatfield” performs next to Hobie Surf Shop (after the Laguna Concert Band at this location)

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at his hut to listen to children’s Christmas wishes

6:45 - 10 p.m. Business open houses and live music on stage at the Coast Hwy end of Forest Ave 

Portions of Forest Ave, Beach St and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest/Laguna Canyon (Lot 11), Lumberyard (Lot 12), and Community and Susi Q Center (Lot 13) parking lots.

Barbara’s Column

Party Time


Would you believe half the town could fit in the Lumberyard?

It sure seemed like it Tuesday night after Kelly Boyd stepped down from the City Council dais after 12 consecutive years to party with his legion of friends.

Boyd and wife, Michelle, reigned at a reception hosted at the Lumberyard by former Mayors Elizabeth Pearson and Jane Egly, childhood friend Donnie Crevier, attorneys Tim Carlyle and Larry Nokes, Rick Balzer, former City Manager Ken Frank, architect Marshall Ininns, Old Pottery Place developer Joe Hanauer, Marine Room owner Chris Keller, political protégé Sue Kempf, businesswoman Angie Miller, community activist Francine Scinto and Mark Christy, owner of The Ranch, on acreage homesteaded by the Thurston Family

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(L-R) Laurie, fiancé of Boyd’s son Sean, Sean, Kelly and his wife Michelle

The guest list included Boyd’s son, Sean, who flew down from Northern California with his fiancé, Laurie, to surprise his dad; nephew Rob Boyd and Kristen Rugg, the Boyd’s “step-in” daughter, a part of the family since her teens. 

Also partying: Stephany and Morris Skenderian, Betsy and Dr. Gary Jenkins, Leon and Bree Burgess Rosen and Lyn Carlyle.

Due to a prior commitment, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett could not attend the Council meeting at which her Community Outreach Advisor Sergio Prince presented Boyd with a proclamation. But she made it to the party. 

Party Time Boyd

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(L-R) Mark Christy, Kelly Boyd and Tim Carlyle

City Hall could have been run from the party. City Manager John Pietig, City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker, Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Baldridge, Community Development Director Greg Pfost, Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis, City Treasurer Laura Parisi and Police Captain Jason Kravetz were all at the Lumberyard. 

Restauranteur Cary Redfearn couldn’t have been happier. 

Party time Rob

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Rob Zur Schmiede (left) chats with Ernest Hackmon

“It was such fun,” said Boyd. “It was great to see everyone.” 

By the by, Boyd is owed an apology from me. In error, a column written by me incorrectly referred to his military service in the army in the 1950s, which would make Boyd 10 year older. He served in the 1960s in Viet Nam, not in the Korean Conflict. So sorry, Kell.       

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading Contributions are welcomed.

Arts Commission recognizes Children’s Holiday Palette Winners at Council meeting

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Michael Ervin, Chair of the Arts Commission, said he was honored and excited to present and recognize the 13 selected artists of the 2018 Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. 

Ervin said this was the 14th year the Arts Commission had conducted the program, which was funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Arts Commission Winners

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Mayor Kelly Boyd presents certificates to Children’s Holiday Palette Winners

The Arts Commission received 174 entries from students attending schools throughout the City. Ervin said he would like to thank all the schools, teachers, and students who participated. 

The following artists were asked to step forward to accept their certificates from Mayor Kelly Boyd: Lauren Trautenberg, Charlotte Sekerka, P.J. Mullin, Isabella Scarcelli, Katie Baker, Erin Meihaus, Ella Berberian, Addison Knight, Solomon Scheper-Herard, Grace Wojtaszek, Benjamin Mann, Story Bullington, and Tiam Rouhi.

The selected designs will be displayed at City Hall throughout December and can also be viewed on the City’s website here.

Seniors celebrate the holiday season


Laguna Beach Seniors ushered in the holiday season on Monday. 

The annual luncheon also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Susi Q, nom de plume of the late Liz Quilter, whose four sons donated a chunk of money for the construction of the senior center. 

The first treat of the day was Bree Burgess Rosen’s rendition of “O Holy Night.” 

Another treat was the performance of The Gardenaires: Pat Quilter, Tony Bison and Jonn Ford on guitars, Davis Law on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Tom Joliet on ukulele, which included a ukulele sing-along. 

Seniors President Kris Thalman welcomed guests and introduced Council members Bob Whalen, Steve Dicterow, soon not-to-be-mayor Boyd, soon-to-be installed Council members Sue Kempf and Peter Blake, and Toni Iseman who swung both ways.

Seniors celebrate at table

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Attendees celebrate the holiday season

Thalman announced the board will go on retreat in January.

“We will discuss what the City will look like in the next five, ten or fifteen years, if we are lucky,” said Thalman.

She acknowledged the folks important to the seniors, a “Who’s Who of Laguna Beach.” 

City Manager John Pietig, City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker, Treasurer Laura Parisi, Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson and Patty Quilter represented the City. 

On board: Seniors board members Darrcy Loveland, Gary Boisen, Doreen Butler, Rick Cirelli, Cody Engle, Laguna Beach County Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey, Richard Frank, Jim McBride, Ruth Stafford, Stephany Skenderian, Marie Trefethen and Elizabeth Pearson, who recently rejoined the board.

Seniors celebrate Boyd

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Kelly Boyd in festive sweater surrounded by City staff and his wife Michelle

Formerly on board: Ann Quilter, Tina Haines, past Seniors President Chris Quilter, Terri Johnson and former Executive Director Bea Field

Thalman called on Senior Council members Bill Allen, Scott Eastman, Sharon McNair, Warren Haines, Peter Kote, Phyllis Wilson, Margo Ganson and Christine Montonna to stand and be applauded. 

Special thanks went to Christine Brewer, who organized the luncheon.

And where would the Susi Q be without Executive Director Nadia Babayi and her staff?

Or for that matter, without Skipper Lynn? Lynn, a past president of the Seniors who was instrumental in the quest for a headquarters for the group, attended the annual luncheon, as she has for the past 13 years.

Seniors celebrate band

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The Gardenaires: Pat Quilter, Tony Bison and Jonn Ford on guitars, Davis Law on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Tom Joliet on ukulele

Also at the luncheon: Realtor and arts patron Bobbi Cox, former City Clerk Martha Anderson, Festival of Arts Event Coordinator Susan Davis, Karen McBride, Karyn Philippsen, and the Johnsons – Marv is a board member of the water district; Anne is a planning commissioner. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading Contributions are welcomed.

Community invited to Festival of Mosaics mural dedication ceremony this Sunday at NCC

Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) invites the public to a mural dedication ceremony this Sunday, Dec 9, at noon. The mosaic, titled “Coastline to Canyon,” reads like an abstract aerial view of Laguna Beach, from the blue ocean to tide pools, shoreline, hillside bluffs, and greenbelt. 

“More than 700 people participated in the Festival of Mosaics program,” said Mike Tauber, Program Coordinator.

Community invited to Festival

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Festival of Mosaics mural dedication party is this Sunday, Dec 9 at noon

Activities included tile glazing workshops with LOCA Arts Education at Laguna Art Museum, LOCA’s annual meeting, and at Festival of Arts Pageant of the Monsters. 

“We also did color picking, tile cracking, and puzzle making workshops at the church campus,” Tauber said. “Lastly, the public came and installed the mosaics over several weekends in November.” 

The project was supported by donations from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima, and others. “We are grateful to our many volunteers, donors, and everyone who contributed to the making of this beautiful public art work,” stated Pastor Rodrick Echols. 

Visitors attending the dedication may arrive early to enjoy a service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, located at 340 St Ann’s Drive. There is free parking available – enter from Glenneyre Street. Light refreshments will be served. 

Hosted by Neighborhood Congregational Church, along with designer and 2018 Laguna Artist of the Year Mike Tauber, this awe-inspiring celebration continues a Laguna legacy of community beautification through the arts. 

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Where’s Maggi?

Santa would feel right at home at this holiday “cottage”. And he’d know where to find it, too. Do you?

If you think you know where Maggi was here, send in your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The location will be revealed in Tuesday’s edition, and we’ll let you know who got it right.

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The magic of a double rainbow

The magic Porterfield

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“Once I saw a rainbow, Over the ocean blue, Encompassed by a shadow, Of every color and hue, It was a double rainbow, Most beautiful to see” –Virginia M. King

SPF Addict, a store with a mission, fulfills need for sun protective clothing line and accessories


If you’ve ever wondered about the tiny yellow cottage on the corner of PCH and Calliope, you’d find the diminutive size of SPF Addict belies its huge mission. It’s a store that combines a line of fashion savvy clothing and, at the same time, addresses the important health issue of skin cancer. SPF Addict carries a line of women and men’s clothing, hats, scarves, umbrellas, skin care products, and other accessories.

Marina Arnold, who opened the store a year and a half ago, says, “It was conceived out of a simple desire to help protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays without compromising personal style.” She ran the business online for 11 years prior to opening the store.

Because of her desire to deliver the highest quality line of fashionable sun protective wear, she works with manufacturers throughout the USA to ensure an optimal level of craftsmanship goes into each of her pieces. Her fabrics are tested for UPF rating of 50+, blocking 98 percent of rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging.

As part of her goal, she also gives back by donating a portion of her proceeds to cancer charities.

Marina undertook this mission because she has experience with skin cancer both professionally and personally. During her 38-year career as a dermatology RN, she’s seen a substantial amount of skin cancer, and even though she has olive skin, she’s had skin cancer twice.

SPF Addict Marina

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Marina has been a dermatology RN for 38 years

Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once. 

Marina says, “The most important message with this line is your regular clothing will not protect you from the UV Rays unless it’s heavy and dark. With the high tech fibers, your lightweight clothing can now keep you sun safe and cool at the same time, while using ecofriendly fibers that have been tested and certified without using chemicals.

“This push for skin cancer awareness and premature aging started with my own patients asking for a fashion forward sun protective clothing line. Twelve years ago, it was non-existent.” 

After searching far and wide, Marina realized that there were virtually no clothing brands offering sun protective factors in their fabrics while maintaining a level of sophisticated design and style.

So, ultimately, she produced her own.

She says, “Thus, SPF Addict® was conceived out of a simple desire to blend environmental consciousness with personal health and style. The collection was created in collaboration with a team of seasoned apparel designers with over 20 years of experience in apparel design and development. Our fabrics are developed with a cutting edge technology, utilizing organic “green” fibers that carry an unparalleled level of sun protective factors. These fabrics are among the first of their kind to be developed, individuals with sensitive skin will enjoy the comfort and softness of this technology.”

SPF Addict Fickling

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Laguna’s own Gloria Fickling sports clothing and accessories from SPF Addict

All SPF Addict clothing is made here in Orange County and is fully tested by a textile chemist. There are no chemicals, and Arnold uses natural fibers, which are sustainable and fully biodegradable as well. The clothing is made from recycled plastic bottles, beechwood, eucalyptus tree, bamboo, supima cotton, and recycled poly. Arnold was the first on the West Coast to use the fiber made from eucalyptus trees, and she showed me samples of wood shavings that are made into pulp and then into fiber. And the result is a buttery soft fabric that is light and beautiful.

 “My biggest sellers are the Whitney Wrap and the California Dreamin’ Poncho,” says Marina. The Whitney was named after a local girl who died of cancer.

“I continue to work as a dermatology RN three days a week in Newport Beach.” And she wants to get the message across to younger people about skin protection.

To this end, she says, “In the spring, I’ll be launching a children’s line of sun protection clothing. Safety measures come into play, so we need to take our time.” 

Marina says, “Our goal is that your skin is well protected while in the sun with soft breathable lightweight fabric yet looking stylish every day. And not even your friends will know you are wearing sun protective clothing.” 

“My mission was not to just have a boutique,” she admits.

And that’s obvious. When listening to her passion and concern for the subject of skin protection, it’s clear, “mission accomplished!”

SPF Addict is located at 1500 S Coast Hwy on the corner of PCH and Calliope.

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Starfish hosts 2018 Annual Toy Drive for victims of fires, bring in a toy on Monday, Dec 10 for discount

Get into the holiday spirit at Starfish by participating in the restaurant’s 5th Annual Toy Drive. This year the toys will be donated to the victims of the California Wildfires. Starfish is offering a great discount to customers that bring in an unwrapped toy on Monday, Dec 10 – 50 percent off the entire check, including cocktails. Their promotion runs on Monday from open to close.

Starfish hosts toys

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Last year, so many toys were donated, they were spread around the restaurant

Gretchen McConnell, owner/partner of Starfish, says, “Every year we donate to Toys for Tots, but last year we donated all the toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. We were hoping to do the same this year, but the devastation across California with the wildfires was something we wanted to help give Christmas assistance to. Last year we collected about 150 toys.”

Starfish hosts Gretchen and Harper

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Gretchen McConnell and her stepdaughter Harper McConnell on the way to deliver toys to Boys and Girls Club of LB after last year’s toy drive

 Gretchen continues, “The toys will be mailed to distribution centers in Chico. Because their resources are spread so thin, if we get over about 75 toys, we are donating the remainder to “Spark of Love” at our local fire station for the kids of Orange County. I am still navigating and waiting on more information for additional centers for the Camp Fire victims, and don’t want a good deed to be overwhelming with lack of distribution resources.” 

They will be sending the toys out on Friday, Dec 14, and will collect them all week for anyone wanting to contribute! 

Starfish is located at 30832 S Coast Hwy, (949) 715-9200 for reservations.

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