You’ve goat to be kidding me: Two herds and a maternity ward

Where in the world are the goats now? As noted in Tuesday’s edition, due to the growth of vegetation from our recent rains, there are two herds, one consisting of 200 goats, the other 250. Last week one of the herds (the larger one) was at the Dartmoor entrance to Laguna Wilderness Park, as evidenced by the lack of vegetation and the smell of hay.

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Photos by Scott Brashier

Six new kids join larger herd

According to Ray Lardie, Laguna’s Fire Prevention Officer, the herd of 200 is currently on the fire road that connects Top of the World to Arch Beach Heights, and the larger herd is at the end of Poplar, near the Moorhead Reservoir. This herd now has a maternity ward of six new babies. It’s fine for the public to visit them, and he said that they will come right up to anyone who has carrots. Who would have imagined Laguna had its own petting zoo? However, Ray cautions visitors not to touch the electrified fence surrounding the goats.  

The next destination for this herd will be the hills behind the Pageant amphitheater, then it travels across Laguna Canyon Road to the area behind City Hall, and ends up at the space behind the Sawdust Festival. This itinerary winds up before the Pageant and Festivals open. After that, the herd goes on its natural run behind Skyline to Alta Laguna.  

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Sharing sunbathing space

The smaller herd will move from the fire road to Bluebird Canyon and will stay there for some time. In some spots near Del Mar and Balboa (which Ray says is a good goat viewing spot), the mustard grass has grown to eight feet tall. Just remember, stay away from the electrified fence.

Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

Released: April 20, 2017

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, May 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its quarterly Parents’ Night Out.  For registration and information, please visit:

Main Beach Park Turf Renovation - The lawn areas at Main Beach Park are undergoing turf renovation and establishment of new grass for a period of 2-4 weeks.

Annual Composting Classes - The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer the second of four free composting classes planned for 2017 on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. at Bluebird Park, located at 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive. Compost and worm bins will be available for purchase during the class at a discounted price. For more information, contact the Waste Management class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free Compost Giveaway on May 13 – Save the Date - The annual compost giveaway event will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the City Maintenance Facilities parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  Free compost will be available in appreciation of the recycling efforts by Laguna Beach residents by the City’s contract solid waste hauler, Waste Management, and their green waste recycler, Tierra Verde Industries.  This is a self-service event. Please visit for more information.

Disposal of Sandbags - Residents can dispose of filled sand bags at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road on a roll-off container. A recycling cart is also available to recycle clean empty sand bags. Residents can also dispose of up to 10 filled sand bags by scheduling a bulky item pickup.  To schedule a pick-up, contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191. Filled sand bags should not be placed in the trash or recycling carts.  Storage and re-use of the sand bags is recommended at least through the end of April.

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from May 5 through May 26, at 6:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre on Cliff Drive.

5/5 – Kait Dunton Jazz Trio

5/12 – Professor Colombo

5/19 – Beth Wood’s Songwriter’s Circle

5/26 – Johnny Ashby

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Laura Tarbox will offer financial advice on April 21 and April 28 at the Laguna Beach Senior Center

Laura Tarbox, a UCLA graduate with 38 years of investment and financial planning experience, will speak at the non-profit educational event, “It’s Your Money!” on Friday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. and Friday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Susi Q Senior Center.  This session is part of a series on Financial Planning.

Laura Tarbox, Certified Financial Planner

Tarbox, who founded her own fee-only wealth advisory firm in 1985, focuses on tax-aware investment management and fee-only financial planning (including estate and tax planning, charitable giving, insurance and retirement optimization) for the total financial wellbeing of her clients.  She will talk about the varied components of comprehensive financial planning, and how to develop a healthy investment philosophy.

Laura Tarbox is one of the earliest pioneers of the financial planning profession.  Her company, Tarbox Family Office, is recognized as one of the top wealth management firms in the country. 

The Laguna Beach Senior Center is located at 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach.  No RSVP required. 

“It’s Your Money” is a program moderated by Peter Kote, founder of the workshop series and the not-for-profit, which complements the workshop series with articles and outlines for each session.  No products are sold and none of the presenters will receive your contact information.

Make a Difference Awards, May 4, by the 

Laguna Beach Interfaith Council

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council will be hosting the 2017 annual “Make a Difference” awards ceremony on May 4 at the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach auditorium, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

May 4 is National Day of Prayer. All are faiths are invited. We are “investing in hope – transforming our nation through prayer.”

Please RSVP to Ann Jones (949) 360-7588 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

More clarification still needed on proposed historic preservation ordinance

Planning Commissioners spent three hours Wednesday night on the proposed Historic Preservation ordinance, but unanimously decided they needed still more time and more clarity before they were ready to make a recommendation to the City Council.

The historic status of C-rated properties continues to be the sticking point.  Less concern was voiced by the commissioners, staff or the speakers from the audience about the E- or K-rated homes voluntarily placed on the Historical Register. 

A majority of 30-plus speakers during their two-minutes at the rostrum urged the commission to make the inclusion of the C-rated homes on the Historic Inventory voluntary and incentive based.

“C-rating seem fraught with unknowns and uncertainty,” said Commissioner Susan McLintock Whitin. “Voluntary participation is important.”

C-rated structures may not be architecturally significant but they contribute to the overall character and history of a neighborhood, according to staff and have been and could continue to be placed on a Historic Inventory without the owners’ permission. They are not eligible for the city’s Historic Register, which is required for a Mills Act contract with its significant perks: reduced parking requirements and property tax reductions – although those are expected to be used to maintain the property.

Absence from the inventory would not preclude a structure from being treated as a historical resource if the owner proposes to alter or enlarge the building. 

“It is time to stop arguing about whether our C-rated structures have historic value and begin to develop the local standards that will help us recognize their importance while providing comfortable flexibility for their owners,” said former Planning Commissioner Becky Jones.

Several speakers claimed inclusion on the inventory would put them at a financial disadvantage in selling their homes, due to the restrictions on alterations 

Not true, said Darrilyn Gervin, citing real estate ads.  

“Many of these cottages are C-rated, but are in demand and have value,” said Gervin.

Wednesday’s hearing was a continuation of the discussions at the March 4th meeting, at which the commission had requested the staff to clarify the process for adopting a local California Environmental Quality Act guideline for C-rated structures; provide a cost estimate of a citywide historic inventory, and information on eliminating the inventory as part of the draft ordinance. 

Staff presented the commission with two options at the conclusion on Wednesday: recommend the city council adopt the ordinance or continue the item again with directions to staff to come back with more information requested by the commission.

“Everyone opted for Number Two,” said Commissioner Anne Johnson. “My notes to myself read clarify, clarify, clarify.” 

Besides clarification of the verbiage in the proposed ordinance, the commission wants to hear more information about C-ratings, impacts of parking reductions for commercial buildings and the pros and cons of eliminating the historic inventory or expanding it.

The next hearing is scheduled for June 7.

By Barbara Diamond 

National Take-Back Day held on April 29: Safe 

disposal of unused or expired medications

The next National Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29,from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  On this day, the public can bring unused or expired medications for safe, free and anonymous disposal to the following local location: Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., Laguna Woods City Hall, 24264 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, medications can be disposed of anytime at the Laguna Beach permanent prescription drop boxes at the Laguna Beach Police Department, 505 Forest Ave.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events in 2010. At the previous 12 Take-Back Day events, millions pounds of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications were surrendered for safe and proper disposal. At the Take-Back Day in May 2016 over 5,400 sites spread across the nation collected unwanted medications. 

The disposal service is free and anonymous for consumers, with no questions asked. Needles, sharps, asthma inhalers, and illicit drugs are not accepted at the drop box.

For further information, contact Marianne Mullen, NCADD-OC Program Coordinator, at 949.595.2288 ext. 315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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