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Ball of fire

Ball of Jack Lynn

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Photo by Jack Lynn

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight


Twice the beauty

Twice the Lauren Carter

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Photo by Lauren Carter

Husband and wife Alexander “Curly” Carter and Lauren Carter capture the spectacular double rainbow from two different perspectives

Twice the Curly Carter

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Photo by Alexander “Curly” Carter

The rainbows seem to disappear into the ocean


Somewhere over the rainbows

Somewhere over Hovanesian

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Photo by John Hovanesian

Twice the good fortune over American Legion Hall: A double rainbow is considered to be a sign of luck in eastern cultures

Somewhere over Barron

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Photo by Sally Barron

Two pots of gold at the end of the rainbows in Bluebird Canyon

Somewhere over Kramer

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Photo by Conor Kramer, LBHS Senior

A double rainbow is also a symbol of transformation. The first arc represents the material world, and the second arc signifies the spiritual realm.

Somewhere over Miura

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Photo by Nolan Miura

Dreaming of more rainbows in Laguna


Laguna Beach Acupuncture presents Tuesday Teatime with Dr. Anne Davies

On Tuesday, Dec 11 and 18, the community is invited to drop in for a free cup of delicious 5 Mountain Heirloom Organic tea at Laguna Beach Acupuncture from 4 - 6 p.m. This is an informal opportunity for the community to meet owner and practitioner Dr. Anne Davies, if you don’t already know her, and enjoy a great cup of tea.

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Teatime is an informal way for the community to get to know the doc

Enjoy the famous Detox Pu’er if you need a bit of energy to get through the rest of your day. Select the Heirloom Silver White packed with polyphenols to help reduce inflammation. If you need to relax and unwind after a trying day, savor a cup of Nile Valley Chamomile.

Questions about Chinese medicine and modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping or the broader principles of Yang Sheng “nourishing life”, are welcome. 

Dr. Anne Davies’ studies of Chinese Medicine began as a teenager at the Taoist Sanctuary. She left her native Southern California to earn a BA in Psychology and an MA in HR and Organization Development. She went on to travel the world and enjoy a successful career in management consulting. Still, she never lost her passion for Chinese Medicine. 

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Dr. Davies opened her Laguna Beach practice in 2013

After Davies retired from consulting in 2007 she earned an MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Anne is both an NCCAOM nationally board-certified Diplomat and a California state licensed acupuncturist. She opened her private practice in Laguna Beach in 2013. 

At Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Dr. Anne listens closely to her patients. She addresses their pain using time tested healing methods and traditional medicines. She also works with patients to create a realistic treatment plan and helps them to achieve their health goals. Her bias is prevention so she may also suggest some new ideas for patient’s nourishment, movement and building resilience for a brighter, healthier future. 

For more information, visit www.lbacu.com or call (949) 407- 8728. 

Laguna Beach Acupuncture is located at 1100 South Coast Hwy, Suite 312.


Five questions with your Laguna Beach City Council

Following Tuesday’s installation of Laguna’s newest City Council members, Stu News decided to catch up with all five of our City’s elected officials in a new series called “Five questions”. Here are their responses:

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Bob Whalen, Mayor

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member (mayor) for the year ahead?

Whalen: (1) Establish a Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety subcommittee to understand the fire risks that we face and identify and prioritize the additional steps we need to take as a community to protect residents in the case of a major wildfire.

(2) Provide enhanced staffing for police to improve public safety.

(3) Develop a citywide plan for improved parking and sidewalks.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Whalen: Passage of Measure LL to increase the hotel bed tax and provide over $2 million a year for enhanced public safety services and programs.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Whalen: The natural beauty and the small town feel where you can walk places and meet friends. The great schools are what brought us to Laguna and now I would say what keeps us here is the fact that we are an arts community with a unique feel and with talented and interesting friends and neighbors.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Whalen: Winston Churchill, who said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” As a longtime public servant, I can relate to this quote!

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Whalen: It is hard to pick just one but for today I will say Van Morrison. We Irish feel a kinship with one another.

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Steve Dicterow, Mayor Pro Tem

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Dicterow: (1) Public Safety – In particular reducing the amount of criminal behavior. I am starting with my agenda bill on the 11th to add more police resources at Main Beach and Heisler Park.

(2) Land use entitlement process reform, including design review board.

(3) Continue and expand my kindness program.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Dicterow: I have yet to achieve my greatest accomplishment, but keep watching because it will be happening.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Dicterow: My favorite thing about Laguna is that it has the look and feel of a small town. I know literally thousands of people here. I could not do that in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Dicterow: Two leaders – Abraham Lincoln and Robert Kennedy. They each were strong and powerful leaders who led with compassion.

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Dicterow: Amy Winehouse

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Toni Iseman

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Iseman: (1) Create efficiency to make the City more user-friendly. Maximize the use of technology that would leave an electronic trail to end confusion. 

(2) Streamline our process to reduce the time for residential approvals. 

(3) Supplement our police budget so we respond rapidly and ensure consequences to the small segment of homeless who are disrupting our town. 

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Iseman: The free trolley is my most significant accomplishment. Getting visitors out of their cars is essential. Then locals realized what a gift it is for our kids to enjoy the independence of the trolley. Now we don’t have to look for a parking place and we can have a second glass of wine without concern. Continued refinement of the schedule will make the trolley even more appealing. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Iseman: Laguna’s a small town with the advantages of a city. We have much to celebrate. Residents have created so many cultural opportunities – incredible dance, Laguna Art Museum, so many music venues, festivals, Laguna Playhouse, countless art galleries. Exquisite natural beauty surrounds Laguna and it’s been protected by those who came before us. The mix of historic and modern give the town soul. And we have a downtown. I can’t pick a favorite.

I came here for the beauty. I stay here for the people. We have a very diverse population. So many accomplished people. So many fascinating stories. So many to learn from. 

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Iseman: Eleanor Roosevelt. In retrospect, I had few women role models growing up. Strong, independent, compassionate – she paved the way for so many. 

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Iseman: Depends on the day. Michael Jackson…Prince…Elton John...The Beatles...The Stones...Shaggy...Bonnie Raitt.

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Peter Blake

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead? 

Blake: (1) Work with the Chief of Police to ensure safety for our residents and institute a policy of zero-tolerance on all criminal behavior. Enforce the law through aggressive policing and work towards adding more police to Main Beach and the Canyon to address resident’s concerns.

(2) Reform Design Review, Planning and Heritage. Recall members who have dealt with residents egregiously and enact term limits on appointees. Streamline the building process and restore property rights back to the residents. Reverse the stranglehold by a vocal minority who’ve treated Laguna like an HOA. Limit the influence of Village Laguna, CANDO, Friends of the Canyon and others who’ve assumed rights over the silent majority who pay the bulk of the property tax. Allow residents to build and remodel their homes without excessive scrutiny provided they’re within the current codes and height limits and not asking for a variance. Change the zoning in the Canyon to allow for affordable housing for our elders, artists, millennials and those who work in Laguna. Reform the Conditional Use Process allowing great businesses to open without excessive restrictions.

(3) Reassess our homeless policies and accept the fact that we’ve done more than our share and have failed. Our town has become inundated with criminal transients who’ve come to Laguna from all over the country and are taking advantage of our compassion and generosity. We are not helping any of them and need to come to terms with it. We should scale back the amount of beds at the ASL and strive to ensure the safety of our own vulnerable residents who truly need and deserve our assistance. I will put the homeless advocates on notice that I will fight all efforts to build permanent supportive housing in Laguna and will not cower to their demands for more assistance while they continuously sue us.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a community leader thus far?

Blake: Getting elected despite a campaign of lies and falsehoods by political adversaries intent on defeating my candidacy. I won my seat freely speaking my mind and expressing my views regardless of how controversial they were. My issues resonated with the residents and they voted me in.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Blake: I love the small town vibe, natural beauty, and weather. It’s a great place to live and will only get better as we move it forward unimpeded by the party of no that has ruled it since the ‘70s. They’re yesterday’s news!

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Blake: Kelly Boyd. I love the fact that even after all the years he was in office he was always voting his mind and conscious. He expressed himself honestly and transparently and never wavered over political influence. You never were sure where he would vote which drove the politicians crazy. 

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Blake: My favorite band is whoever’s spinning on my turntable at the moment. Right now it’s the Allman Brothers.

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Sue Kempf

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Kempf: (1) Enact measures to improve fire safety/evacuation routes citywide.

(2) Streamline the process of building or remodeling a home.

(3) Adopt policies to attract interesting new businesses for residents.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a community leader thus far?

Kempf: Working on the task force commissioned by Kelly Boyd that created the View Ordinance.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Kempf: The exquisite natural beauty from the greenbelt to the ocean, and all parts in between.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Kempf: Mike Brumbaugh, my longtime business mentor. He is a model for uncompromising ethics, thoughtful decision-making and effective collaboration.

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Kempf: Coldplay

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The colors of Christmas

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Seasonal colors abound in Heisler Park


LA Charger to wear custom cleats with Laguna Beach nonprofit logo

Los Angeles Chargers’ Offensive Guard Forrest Lamp has partnered with Laguna Beach nonprofit Waymakers, as part of the National Football League’s My Cause My Cleats initiative. Lamp will wear his custom cleats during the December 9th game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

My Cause My Cleats is an NFL initiative, which allows players to customize their cleats to raise awareness for causes they are passionate about. Lamp will use his platform to raise awareness for Waymakers and help raise funds by auctioning off his customized cleats after the game on www.nflauction.nfl.com. All proceeds will benefit Waymakers’ youth shelters in Laguna Beach, Tustin, and Huntington Beach serving at-risk youth. 

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These vibrant shoes are sure to stand out in Sunday’s game

Without Waymakers’ intervention, children suffering with mental health issues, unstable housing, and severe family conflict are most at-risk for victimization and out of home placement. The shelter program serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

Waymakers’ youth shelter program aims to achieve the following goals: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school dropout prevention. In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including outreach and prevention. 

In addition to a variety of other programs for at-risk youth, Waymakers also has a Project PATH program to help create a safe and healthy Orange County by eliminating problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use through education, training and technical assistance. The program consists of health education experts who engage community members and leaders to apply alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention strategies throughout Orange County.

A complete list of Chargers players who will be participating this year can be found at www.chargers.com/cleats.

For more information on Waymakers, visit www.waymakersoc.org.


LCAD announces $1 million gift from The Moulton Company at 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, Nov 16 at Montage Laguna Beach. The College also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD. 

 “The Moulton family has been a member of the LCAD family from our earliest days,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Their extraordinary generosity and volunteer leadership supports the success of LCAD students during their time at the College.” 

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President Jonathan Burke speaking during the gala

Jared Mathis, chief executive officer of The Moulton Company and chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees was on hand to acknowledge the excitement of the crowd. “My family and I are incredibly inspired by LCAD’s young artists and designers who pursue their work with a commitment to excellence and absolute dedication,” he said. “We are honored to be part of LCAD’s legacy and to expand its support programs for the next generation of creative leaders.”

LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser was co-chaired by LCAD Board of Trustees members Carla Arzente of saltfineart and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Lou and Lara Rohl served as honorary co-chairs.

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Auctioneer Jim Nye is joined by LCAD student volunteers to excite the crowd at the 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Auctioneer Jim Nye excited Orange County art collectors, LCAD donors, trustees, faculty, students, and staff to bid for exceptional paintings, sculptures, and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists, and Laguna Beach galleries including saltfineart and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. 

Peter Neptune, master sommelier and Laguna Beach resident, donated a magnum of Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012, the top tier of Tuscan wines made from the Sangiovese grape to kick off the live auction. 

The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Adrienne Stein, and Jeff Sewell. Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled “Titanium” by Cristian Castro. 

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Wade Mathis with Cristian Castro, the artist of the “mystery item” donated by saltfineart

Additionally, Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio. LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumnus and faculty member Miguel Gonzales (2016) expressed his gratitude for the financial aid support he received as a student at LCAD. 

According to the College, nine out of ten students receive financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships. 

For more information, contact Director of Development Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000, ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Laguna Art Museum is hosting Lisa Berman’s Sculpture to Wear during a four-day shopping event, starting this Thursday during Art Walk from 5 - 6 p.m., with a preview for members until 9 p.m. The event continues on Friday, Dec 7 and Saturday, Dec 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Sculpture to Wear launches at LAM for an exciting four-day event starting at Art Walk on Thursday, Dec 6 

Sculpture To Wear is donating over 50 percent of their profits to the Museum.

Fantastic jewelry and indelible art are usually reason enough to shop – now it gets even better. You can support LAM too. Sculpture to Wear has been a benchmark brand in the country for wearable art jewelry for 45 years. Raised in Laguna Beach, owner Lisa Berman (aka Babik) is thrilled to have her company, specializing in wearable art hand-crafted jewelry, give back to LAM in the town where she learned to love art during this unprecedented event.

Sculpture to Wear will present work in the foyer and front window of the museum during the four-day shopping event. Featured artists include designers from Berman’s recent show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles and her former Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, including Jeanet Metselaar, Yves Amu Klein, Kelly Berg, Marc Cohen, Jacqueline and Ondrey Rudavsky, and Valerie Jo Coulson, plus other accessories and artists to be confirmed. The Collection ranges from $50-$500. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Free sandbags available to help residents avoid property damage during storms

With winter storms in the forecast, the City is offering pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach who may need them to protect their property. These sandbags are not for private contractors or commercial purposes.

Pre-filled sandbags are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a first-come, first-served basis (limit 10 per resident). 

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Reminder of past floods in Laguna Beach

Sandbags can be picked up at either of the two following locations:

--ACT V Parking Lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

--Aliso Beach Inland Parking Lot – 31118 Coast Highway

Additionally, the City offers free, unfilled sandbags at the four fire stations. The unfilled sandbags cannot be filled with sand from Laguna’s beaches or playgrounds. For locations where sand can be purchased, click here. 

The City is also doing its part to protect the community by cleaning and inspecting the Laguna Canyon Channel, maintaining public terrace drains and manholes, and conducting outreach including workshops and mailers to property and business owners. The City encourages residents to protect their homes from flooding by remembering the following tips:

--Clear out rain gutters and pick up litter and loose objects on your property. Anything loose can be washed away.

--Sandbag flood prone areas.

--Check your own yard drains to make sure they are not clogged.

--While not required, flood insurance is recommended for flood prone properties.

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep for further information about Emergency Preparedness and for video footage from past Laguna Beach disasters.

For further information, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at (949) 497-0389 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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