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Laguna Beach Beer Company hosts local mountain bike riders

By STACIA STABLER

Every other Wednesday, mountain bikers meet at Troy Lee Designs at 6 p.m. to hit the local intermediate trails for some riding fun. Afterward, everybody is encouraged to finish their ride at Laguna Beach Beer Company where they are offered a “rider special” for the evening. 

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The crew from the top of the trails enjoying awesome views and good company

This week, local athlete Jonny DeGeorge led the ride through Laguna’s epic trails. The riders ended at Laguna Beach Beer Company and were rewarded with this week’s
“rider special” – $10 for a sandwich/flatbread and a beer. 

Laguna Beach Beer Company has recently started hosting weekly events at the local tasting room + kitchen in addition to the bi-weekly rides. On Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., they host a trivia night, and on Wednesdays there is live music. 

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Riders finish at Laguna Beach Beer Company and are invited to enjoy a “rider special”

With a passion for craft beer, Laguna Beach Beer Company was co-founded in 2014 by lifelong Laguna Beach residents Brent Reynard and Mike Lombardo. The Laguna Beach location in the heart of The Hive has been open since June serving top-notch beer and food in the Canyon. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeer.com or call (949) 715-0805.

Laguna Beach Beer Company, located at 859 Laguna Canyon Rd, is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Public Safety Forum: Nine Council candidates questioned on issues

By ALEXIS AMARADIO and BARBARA DIAMOND 

City Council candidates were questioned about their views on public safety issues at a forum organized by Laguna’s Police and Firefighters Employee Associations, held Sept 14 at Top of the World Elementary School.

About 60 people attended to listen to candidates answer questions posed by Laguna Fire Safe Council founder David Horne, a resident of Emerald Bay, whose Laguna Beach home was destroyed in 1993.

The nine candidates who attended the forum included Allison Mathews, Toni Iseman, Ann Christoph, Sue Kempf, Sue Marie Connolly, Paul Merritt, Judie Mancuso, Cheryl Kinsman, and Peter Blake.

 The temperature was less heated than at some forums, but Horne ran a tight ship, telling the candidates to respond to the question and not stray off the point.

Horne began by asking the candidates for their definition of public safety, asking if it would include cleaning sidewalks or trash pickup, how they would measure progress in achieving their goal, and if public safety would be their top budget priority. 

Kempf: “My definition of public safety probably wouldn’t include sidewalk cleaning, I think that is a city maintenance function. My idea of public safety is to support firefighters in all their efforts, and for police department to monitor the neighborhoods, particularly to walk the downtown. People are asking very often for more beat officers.”

Mancuso: “Public safety means to me that if something is happening to you at your home that the police will be there immediately or if there is a fire, it gets stopped immediately.” 

Blake: “I think we all know what public safety means, which for me is making sure that we do not see another 1993. I am 100 percent behind the police department to aggressively police both in the downtown and the canyon and anywhere where transient criminals are taking advantage of our compassion.

Mathews: “I think that public safety is an issue in every town. You better have an evacuation route. There’s three main arteries going downtown [from Top of the World] and that’s Bluebird Canyon, and Temple Hills [Drives] and Park Ave. I don’t know if that is really enough.” 

Connolly: She too has concerns about the evacuation of Top of the World. “I think there should maybe be another emergency exit.” She also thinks lighting is important. 

Christoph: She said handicapped ramps, repairing cracks in sidewalks, and providing trails so people don’t have to walk in the streets would improve safety. And “Anticipating problems ahead of time is part of public safety.”

Kinsman: “I am an accountant, so I start with the basics, the fire and police stations. Are they up to date? Have we done the things we need to do to fit the equipment needed into those stations or do we need to [make changes]?” She suggested modernizing the stations or perhaps relocating them, near the original location but on a larger parcel, especially Station 4 in South Laguna.

Merritt: He focused on the question of sidewalks, which he considers a public safety issue. “We need to get sidewalks in where they are not.” He said that previous councils just talked about where the sidewalks should be, which he thinks of when skateboarders, elderly, and visitors trip and fall. As a reserved former deputy sheriff, he said response time was important. 

Iseman: “Our first job on the council is public safety. We have to hire the best people, and I am happy to say we have. Last year we developed a plan, which makes us eligible for money, money to take out the vegetation in the wilderness that puts us in harm’s way.” 

Horne politely thanked the candidates before pointing out that [they] answered what they felt like answering, but did not answer the questions. “We put time into these questions, so address the questions, please,” he said. 

Horne: “Laguna Beach has four fire stations. They are all old – built from 1931-1968 – and none of them are earthquake retrofitted, set up for female personal, or augmented [to] emergency staff accommodations along with other obvious shortcomings. Remodels or rebuilding costs will be in the millions per station. What specifically do you intend to do about this in your first year of office, and by the third year in office? How are you going to fix the stations?”

All of the candidates agreed that Laguna’s four stations must be earthquake-proof, and only Station 4 in South Laguna is up to code, courtesy of the county, according to Christoph. 

The first step would be an evaluation of the condition, equipment and needs of the stations agreed Merritt, Christoph, Mancuso, and Kempf. Christoph and Kempf also agreed with Iseman, Mathews, Kinsman, Connolly, and Mancuso that making the other stations earthquake-proof was imperative.

Relocation did not get a unanimous thumbs up. 

Iseman and Kinsman are particularly worried about Station 4 in South Laguna. 

Christoph is not. She said it is the only station that has been retrofitted. 

Mathews and Connolly questioned the wisdom of spending money on the Village Entrance rather than earthquake-proofing and better equipment.

Blake expressed shock that the candidates he described as “ill-informed” were being questioned on safety issues, rather than City Staff, City Manager John Pietig or the City Council. He offered no suggestion on what he would do to rectify the problems. 

“I refer the question back to the Chief of Police, the Fire Department, and the City Manager to answer why we have these stations that are not retrofitted for earthquakes and why a woman can’t change in one of these.”

Kempf: “I think the question was, ‘What would you do in the first year and what would you do by the third year?’”. 

First, she said, she would determine what was needed and prioritize. Next, she would look for grants and at [the city] budget and see where money was available to do the retrofits and then figure out what would have to be done to augment the capital [improvement] budget. 

“In the third year, I would have my project plan in place, and I would have somebody in charge of the oversight, then I’d make sure that work got done.”

Horne: “As a tourist destination, Laguna Beach has more than 10 times the California Alcoholic Control Boards’ usual definition of adequate liquor licenses per our population. This results in high levels of DUIs, and other alcohol-related problems. What would you do to ease the burden of this issue on the four patrol officers on duty at any time?”

Kinsman: “My husband thinks that Laguna has become a homeless resort.”

Kinsman, Blake, Mathews and Connolly said the answer is more patrol officers. 

Christoph: “I would direct the police department to look into how many liquor licenses we have and what should be done to limit them in some way, if that is necessary.”

 Kempf: “I would personally find out where the biggest offenders are and talk to those establishments. If they are violating their conditional use permit we need to cut their hours and we can do that. We can put more patrol officers downtown. 

Iseman: The issue with more bars and more liquor is that we have enough, and we recklessly approve more. I am very concerned with how we approved more. 

Merritt: He stated that the city’s main problem is deployment that should be  focused on the canyon at the Alternative Sleeping Location and at Thousand Steps [Beach], because of the illegal activity.

Mancuso: “You can pass an ordinance saying the bars don’t stay open past 1 a.m. I think you also can cap the number of liquor licenses that are available in the city. You can also put a tax on the booze to pay for more police. More unannounced check points would be good. That way, we can get the word out that Laguna Beach is not tolerant of drunk drivers.” 

 Horne: Fire Chief Garcia is updating the 2000 fire department strategic plan. Many of the recommendations from that 18-year-old document have not been implemented. What will you do to ensure Chief Garcia’s recommendations are implemented and where will the money come from?”

 Iseman: “Doing a strategic plan is not easy, especially in a new town.” She thinks the chief will be provided with help. “Once he knows what we need and what direction we need to go, it is just a question of taking out our pencils and looking for money.” 

Mancuso: “I have lived here for 23 years, and there are too many of these instances where things have not gotten done, and this is a perfect example. All these things that are so old and have plans made that have never been delivered and have been sitting on shelves need to be dusted off, be updated and done.”

 Christoph: “One of the reasons I am not supporting the sales tax [increase] at this time is that I think we need a comprehensive evaluation of all the fire prevention techniques that we can employ to make ourselves safe from wildland fires. That is what I say should be the focus of the new strategic plan. Later we can find out the important things that will make us more safe, how much they are going to cost and how much we are willing to pay for such things.”

 Kempf: “The first thing I would do is have the chief do a refresh on it. Then I would put it in his yearly performance review that he work on some of these conditions, he prioritizes them and puts a dollar sign attached to that. You can’t create a plan and let it sit or it never gets done. You have to have goals, time, and money associated with each [plan].”

 Blake: “I would hope that within 18 months of a new council, we would sit down with the Fire Chief and find out what is wrong with the plan and allocate the necessary funds. What I would like to look at is where the waste is coming from and how much money are the taxpayers being asked for and what are they going to get.”

Kinsman: “What the Fire Chief says needs to be done needs to be done and that’s all there is to it. We need to find out how much it costs, allocate the budget and do it.”

Mathews: “After 18 years, the plan has to be completely redone.” She said the council should be talking about giving the people who go out there every day to save our lives and risk their lives the tools instead of talking about an $11.1 million-dollar [Village] entrance. That’s what he needed 18 years ago. Why wasn’t it done?”

Merritt: “We need to bring the Fire Department new technology ASAP. I would first sit with Chief Garcia and listen. And ask questions. That is how a councilman can turbo charge questions into reality. I’d much rather see the [financial] resources go to public safety, fire, and police than permanent housing for out-of-town people.”

Connolly: “The plan should be revisited ASAP.” 

Horne: “Firefighters have endless duties to maintain readiness, but may have to finish these on their own time to get the job done. For example, unlike most fire departments that cover paramedic training time as time on the job, Laguna Beach only covered 50 percent of class time as hours work[ed], and a firefighter does the other half on their own time. Would you change this, and if so where would the budget allocation come from?”

Blake: “Firefighters have chosen this profession and community to work for. I am simply saying work the hours you need to, come to us and tell us you are working too many hours and that you need to be compensated for those hours. Or let’s hire someone else that can complete the job so we don’t get into overtime and other things.” 

Iseman: “These are the kind of details that are handled during negotiations. So I am not going to say what I am going to do, because that is not a professional thing to do, but I certainly have that as a high value. I do think training is an absolute essential part of preparedness.”

Kinsman: “I am going to agree with Toni that these are part of salary negotiations, done in closed sessions. But certainly people should be adequately paid and trained.”

Mancuso, Kempf, Christoph, Connolly and Mathews said the city should pay for the training. 

Merritt: “It sounds at first brushstroke that 50 percent is inadequate for reimbursement, so I would use the term reasonable. Reimbursement has to be looked at as fair and adequate.”


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

September 21, 2018

Thanks to technology, a look back at past weather events 

Dennis 5The wonderful thing about all of our modern technology, one of many wonderful things I should add, is our ability at the NOAA to go way back in history and analyze weather events from centuries ago. 

One such event comes to mind and that would be the historical journey of a tropical system that was born just off tropical Africa’s west coast and concluded its three-week life span by making landfall near Long Beach, CA, much to the surprise of anyone who was around on that memorial Sunday, on Sept 25, 1939, and the only one of its kind since 1858 when a Category 2 hurricane made landfall near San Diego. 

That event was also discovered fairly recently, thanks again to modern technology. Weather forecasting back then was in its very early infancy. The only sources of information on a particular storm’s location were offshore ocean buoys or ships at sea with a barometer, and that was about it. No way to warn residents of a dangerous storm’s arrival. We’ve come a long way in 79 years.

Anyhow, on September 6, 1939, a tropical wave was born in the far eastern Atlantic just off Africa’s west coast at latitude 13 degrees north and began moving to the west at a quick pace of 18-20 mph. The system became a low-grade tropical storm with sustained winds of 40-45 mph on the 8th of September. 

For the next seven days, the system continued to move straight to the west, but never strengthened beyond a low-grade tropical storm. On the morning of the 15th, the system made landfall near the Panama Canal. I might add here that tropical systems were not assigned a name back in 1939. Naming storms didn’t start until 1950. 

It was amazing that the storm even maintained its strength as it almost constantly was traveling through a hostile environment. It (1939) was a strong El Nino year, so Atlantic surface ocean temps were well below normal, which stumps a storm’s intensification, plus strong upper level shear winds were preventing associated thunderstorms from rising high in the atmosphere. 

When the system reached Panama, the water temp was only 79 degrees, which at the time was cooler than the water temp in Laguna, an amazing 81 degrees that tied a record for the warmest water ever recorded off our coast! 

Anyhow, on the 15th, the system crossed the narrow strip of land that is Panama and popped out on the Eastern Pacific side that afternoon. It was promptly greeted by a boiling eastern Pacific water temp of 91 degrees, and that’s when the fireworks began. 

The mega El Nino was sending Pacific water temps up to ridiculous levels, and the upper level shear winds, which tear a system apart, were virtually non-existent, so all ingredients were in place for very rapid intensification. Now things get interesting beyond belief. You’ll find out just how interesting in next Tuesday’s edition of Stu News Laguna.

Until then, Aloha!


LBUMC invites the community to Footprints in the Sand at Montage Beach

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church invites the community to participate in Footprints in the Sand, a version of “Messy Church,” at Montage Beach on Sunday, Sept 30 between 4 and 6 p.m. 

Barbara Crowley, who is leading the event, says, “Messy Church is an intergenerational experience for those looking to experience spirituality outside of traditional Sunday morning services. It will include creativity, celebration and community.”

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All ages are invited to “Messy Church” at the picturesque Montage Beach 

Messy Church is geared to people of all ages, including families, couples and singles, who would like to explore Biblical lessons through playing games, building sandcastles, music, and a communal meal. “We expect lots of laughter and fun,” says Jen Rothman Kucera, director of LBUMC’s Children and Youth Ministries. 

Attendees can park at LBUMC, 21632 Wesley Drive, and walk down the street to Montage Beach. 

For additional information visit www.lbumc.org or contact the church office at (949) 499-3088.


Governor Brown signs SB1138, Social Compassion in Legislation spearheaded by Laguna’s Judie Mancuso

On Sept 18,  Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1138, “Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option,” requiring hospitals, healthcare facilities and prisons to offer plant-based meals to people in these institutions. 

“This year my group, Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), partnered with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), as experts in the field of nutrition and promoting the benefits of plant based diets,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of SCIL. “SCIL promotes plant based diets primarily to save animals from the plight of factory farms, but also for better health outcomes for humans and to protect the environment. Animal agriculture is one of the top contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution.”

Mancuso also gave credit to the legislator who championed the bill. “We brought this idea to several legislators, and Senator Nancy Skinner enthusiastically offered to “author” the bill with my group, SCIL, and PCRM being the “cosponsors”. The legislative session began in January of this year, so we have been working on the bill for the last nine months.”

“Whether to protect animals, our climate or our health, those of us who choose to eat a vegan diet can celebrate today with Governor Brown’s signing of SB 1138,” said Senator Skinner. “SB 1138 ensures that people in hospitals, healthcare facilities or prison have access to plant-based meals.

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Laguna’s Judie Mancuso leads effort for SCIL

 “My role as the leader of our coalition was to work with the Senator and her staff to provide all of the support required to get the bill through the legislative process,” continued Mancuso. “Support such as providing expert witnesses for several policy hearings, managing our professional advocacy team, and mobilizing the grassroot support needed to get the bill to the finish line. SB 1138 (Skinner) Plant Based Meal Options had strong bipartisan support throughout the entire process. We are elated Governor Jerry Brown just signed the bill into law this week. It will go into effect January 1, 2019.”

SB 1138 wouldn’t necessitate the creation of extensive new menus; it only requires that at least one plant-based meal option be made available. “We are elated that Governor Brown sees the value in offering plant-based meals in prisons and medical facilities,” said Judie Mancuso “Plant-based foods are key to better health outcomes, fighting climate change and reducing the number of animals in our food production.” Offering plant-based options in these institutions gives California a chance to further its climate protection and water conservation goals. A 2014 study in the journal Climatic Change found that vegetarian diets were associated with a 50 percent reduction in food-related greenhouse gas emissions.

“There’s a basic human right to nutritious food that meets health and cultural needs,” said Skinner. “SB 1138 makes sure that California custodial facilities respect that right.”


3rd Annual Ohana Fest Will Undoubtedly Wow Again

By DIANE ARMITAGE

Photos by Mike Altishin

The Ohana Fest is back for its 3rd year next weekend at Doheny State Beach, taking place Friday afternoon, Sept 28 through Sunday, Sept 30. Some tickets are still available for an ever-growing amazing line-up of music at www.TheOhanaFest.com; the vast majority of tickets were sold within days of quiet announcements from Eddie Vedder and Kelly Slater social media platforms a couple of months ago. 

Year 1: It’s All About the Love

Two years ago, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and the surfing world’s #1 surfer, Kelly Slater, decided to create a music festival at Doheny Beach – Ohana Fest – because they love surfing there and at nearby Trestles.

3rd Annual crowd

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Ohana Fest is expecting nearly 30,000 fans this year

Set for the last weekend in August, the first Fest was a giant success with more than 22,000 fans descending for two days of non-stop music. Kelly and Eddie were all over the campus, introducing bands, dropping in to play or sing, and hanging out with the crowd. It had a great vibe, and a large portion of the proceeds were donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, which develops and preserves California State Parks.

Year 2: Love on Steroids

Last year, the Ohana Fest resurfaced again, this time the weekend after Labor Day and the crowd grew by another few thousand to see even larger names on stage (Social Distortion, Jack Johnson Eddie Vedder and Fiona Apple to name a few). Although ticket prices for general admission and VIP soared to nearly double the first year’s fees, thousands of fans still showed up. 

Two Stages, One Act at a Time

Instead of multiple acts performing at the same time on multiple stages, the Ohana Fest has – to date (no guarantees this year) – only allowed one act to perform at a time. The acts flip-flop between two side-by-side stages, so there’s no downtime between the acts. I think it’s a flawless and respectful way to showcase great talent.

It’s rumored that Vedder and Slater are still engaged in the selection of musicians for their own festival, and this has proven to be the most surprising, eclectic and stellar music festival I’ve witnessed in a long time. There is no “theme” here as is usual in festivals today – you may hear pop on one stage, followed by country on the next stage, and techno following on another stage. 

This Year’s Acts: Again Phenomenal

While there are “giants” performing every day, it’s the up-and-comers you really want to pay attention to. Most of these people have amazing backstories – stuff you just don’t hear about in a normal person’s life – and many stand as testament to surviving extraordinary odds. They’re all awesome talents, to boot. 

In the interest of space, I’m just listing the headliners for each day, but be sure to check out all the acts at the Ohana website or at my blog, www.TheBestofLagunaBeach.com, because there’s nothing “opening” about any of these super-talented musicians. 

Ohana Headliners

3rd Annual Vedder

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Ohana Fest co-founder Eddie Vedder performs each year

After seven “opening acts”, Friday’s headliners include Amos Lee, Nikki Lane, Norah Jones and the great “new country” singer Eric Church. 

Seven acts lead to Saturday headliners that include Liz Phair, Johnny Marr, the Bahamas, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, finally, Eddie Vedder. 

On Sunday, I personally think they’ve kept some of the best “opening act” talent to this final day. They lead to Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew McMahon, Switchfoot, Young the Giant, the great Beck (one of the finest concerts I’ve seen in my life) and, finally, Mumford & Sons.    

Ticket Prices & Packages

This year, General Admission Single Day tickets have only gone up a quarter to $99.75, with the service fee rising from $20 to $25. 

General Admission for the entire Weekend is still holding at last year’s prices: $275 + a $60 service fee.

Single Day VIP passes have risen another $50 to $499, but the service fee of $40 remains the same from last year’s pricing. 

The VIP Weekend Pass is still holding at last year’s prices: $1,200 + a $60 service fee

Again, go to www.TheOhanaFest.comfor online tickets. If any tickets remain, the Box Office will be open at 10 a.m. each day of the festival. Gates open at noon each day. 

Make the day (or weekend) even easier on yourself with free trolleys or Uber/Lyft.

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book, The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of Laguna based reviews, finds and upcoming events on her blog, www.TheBestofLagunaBeach.com.


City restores open space, known as the DeWitt property, in Laguna Canyon

A restoration of almost five acres of City-owned open space in Laguna Canyon is nearing the first phase of completed improvements. The restoration of this parcel, known as the DeWitt property, includes removal of non-native trees and shrubs, re-contouring of the “dirt piles” along approximately 1,000 feet of Laguna Canyon Rd frontage, and installing of rustic lodge pole pine rail fencing along the roadway to define the property line. 

“The DeWitt property project is the result of a successful partnership to restore open space in Laguna Canyon,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig.  “We are thrilled to help preserve and restore this property for future generations and could not have done so without the City Council’s support.” 

The 110-acre DeWitt property was purchased by the City in 1991. Throughout its history, the property once contained an orchard of walnut trees, was later used as a hog farm, and finally a riding stable. Remnant walnut trees still exist on the site and were retained. The site borders Anneliese School to the north and the Sun Valley neighborhood to the south. 

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Drone shot of DeWitt property

Phase 1 of the 4.8-acre restoration included the re-contouring of dirt piles at the site leftover from storm run-off following the Toll Road construction and decades of illegal dumping. Numerous tires, metal pipes, concrete chunks, and related materials were also removed from the site as part of Phase 1 restoration. Phase 2 will begin November 1 and includes the planting of native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and wildflowers. 

“This project will not only clean up the area and restore it to its natural beauty, but also create public trails parallel to Laguna Canyon Road to provide an off-street alternative for pedestrians, as well as nature trails along Laguna Canyon Creek,” Pietig said.

Laguna Greenbelt Board Members prepared a Master Plan for restoring and enhancing Laguna Canyon Creek in 2015, and the DeWitt property restoration was one of their recommended action areas. The project was presented to the California River Parkways Grant Program, with support and sponsorship by the City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department.

 “The DeWitt property is one of the last sections of a soft bottom Laguna Creek south of the Toll Road, and it is wonderful to have it restored to its natural splendor,” said Laguna Greenbelt Board Member Bob Borthwick. 

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Area restored to natural splendor

The project was funded by $500,000 from the State of California River Parkways Grant Program, along with $125,000 City matching funds. Amongst competition from agencies and communities throughout the State, the DeWitt project received the maximum grant amount that was awarded.

Supplemental funding and donations were provided by the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation and the Laguna Greenbelt, Incorporated. Project direction is provided by the City’s Water Quality Department, with project management and implementation provided by the Laguna Canyon Foundation. Project design and coordination was by BGB Design Group. 

“Restoring this critical resource, one of the last natural creeks left in Laguna, is something the City can be proud of for generations,” said Hallie Jones, executive director of Laguna Canyon Foundation.

“When the State’s project evaluation team visited the City, they could tell that everyone involved was highly enthusiastic and committed to the project,” said Laguna Beach’s Director of Water Quality, David Shissler. “Collaborating with the Laguna Canyon Foundation, the Laguna Greenbelt, the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation and BGB Design Group has been a pleasure.”


City Remembrance Ceremony today marks the 5th anniversary of officer Jon Coutchie’s passing

Beloved fallen LBPD Motor Officer Jon Coutchie, who, devastatingly, was killed in a crash on Sept 21, 2013, at the young age of 41, will be remembered today at the City Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., along with Officer Gordon French, who was killed while on duty in 1953. The ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of Officer Coutchie’s End of Watch.

In honor of Officer Coutchie’s ultimate sacrifice five years ago, City employees, family, friends, and members of the community are encouraged to attend the event to remember him and Officer French.

Six months after Coutchie became a motor officer in March 2013, he died after a crash at Cleo Street and Coast Highway while responding to a report of a reckless driver.

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The Remembrance Ceremony on Sept 21 will mark the 5th anniversary of Officer Jon Coutchie’s death in the line of duty

The Remembrance Ceremony has become an annual tradition that is open to any member of the public wishing to attend. Last year more than 100 people were in attendance for the ceremony, which included a presentation by the LBPD Honor Guard and comments by LBPD Capt Jeff Calvert and former LBPD Chief Paul Workman. 

The ceremony will take place outside of the LBPD in front of the Eternal Legacy memorial beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Sept 21. Refreshments will immediately follow the event.


Where’s Maggi?

Maggi found this foot somewhere in town. Looks like it’s recently had a pedicure… 

Where is it? Let Maggi know if you’ve seen it too.

Drop her a note with your answer 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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What a day at the Brooks Street Classic

Photos by Scott Brashier

What a MacDonald

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Troy MacDonald, First Place Longboard, Fourth Place Sr Men (24-29) 

What a Saunders

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Morgan Saunders wows the crowd!

What a Gibbs

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Chad Gibbs, Third Place in Grand Masters (50+)

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