Parking issues/Downtown Specific Plan update will be presented at meeting on March 22

The City will continue its work on the Downtown Specific Plan Update on Wed, March 22, at a special meeting of the Planning Commission at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.  

City staff and parking consultant IBI Group will present the draft findings and recommendations of the Downtown Specific Plan Area Parking Actual Demand Study for review and discussion with the Planning Commission.  

A copy of the IBI Group draft report, including a staff report is available to review on the project webpage (link included below).  

Additional meetings will occur in 2017 to continue reviewing draft amendments of the Downtown Specific Plan document.  

This meeting and future meetings play an essential role to obtain input from the community and direction from the Planning Commission, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the downtown.  

For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update contact: 

Wendy Jung, senior planner, at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit

Magical at sunset, mystical by moonlight

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Ileana Frometa Grillo took this beautiful tree-framed pic of a recent sunset

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Laguna artist Brenda Bredvik’s “Moonbow” captures a rare lunar halo

Playhouse’s Donna Inglima will receive LBAA Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday April 2

Donna Inglima, director of The Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at the Laguna Playhouse, will be the recipient of the 2017 LBAA (Laguna Beach Arts Alliance) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual Art Star Awards on Sunday April 2 at [seven-degrees].

That same evening, Playhouse board members Betsy and Gary Jenkins will receive the LBAA Individual Arts Patron Award. 

For the past 19 years, Donna has directed more than 40 plays for Laguna Playhouse and grew the outreach program, TheatreReach: Bringing Books to Life into a Theatre for Young Audiences Professional Tour. 

With collaborators Joe Lauderdale and Mark Turnbull, Donna has adapted By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman, and has done original stage adaptions and directed productions of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser. 

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Donna Inglima, will win LBAA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

In addition, Donna has written acting exercises for each TheatreReach production provided to schools for teacher and student use. Among many other achievements, Donna Inglima was also the artistic associate for the American Playwrights Theatre in New York, and director of the Apprentice Program at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. 

Ann E. Wareham, artistic director of the Playhouse comments, “Everyone at the Playhouse is so thrilled for Donna and Betsy and Gary to be honored in such a public and extraordinary way.” 

Comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard, “We all know the exceptional work, values and talent they have provided to our theatre and our community. For the past two decades, Donna’s work in particular, with our youth has been exceptional and we applaud her on this recognition which is so well deserved.”

LBAA’s chair Faye Baglin calls Donna Inglima an “unsung heroine”

Faye Baglin, chair of the LBAA Board of Directors, said, “It is wonderful to be able to acknowledge Donna for her tireless work behind the scenes, bringing compelling theatre to the community, while building character and life skills in her theatre students. She’s an unsung heroine, beyond worthy of this honor.” 

To purchase tickets to attend the 11th Annual Art Star Awards, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tickets are $100 each and include dinner as well as all the festivities. 

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance was established in 2002 as the result of an partnership among more than 20 Laguna Beach organizations. The mission is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among the arts organizations of Laguna Beach, and to serve as a united voice for the arts in the city. 

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Laguna Playhouse educational programming, includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the region that offer a curriculum-based professional theatre-touring program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for literature, history and performing arts curriculum. 

For more information on all shows and programming at Laguna Playhouse visit Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Cyn Rd. 

Lloyd Charton, president of No Square Theatre, well-known lawyer and businessman, dies on Mt. Baldy


Laguna Beach lost a somewhat hidden gem over the weekend when Lloyd Charton died while climbing Mt. Baldy Saturday. ABC News reported that San Bernardino County fire officials responded to a rescue call Saturday morning at about 10:45 at an infamously tricky trail in the area of Devil’s Backbone on Mt. Baldy. Two victims were spotted.

Charton was declared dead at the scene. ABC News reported that the second victim was transported to a nearby trauma center. The Devil’s Backbone trail is especially hazardous this time of year due to melting snow, with portions of the trail currently only 12 inches wide. 

According to Bree Burgess Rosen, a close friend and founder of No Square Theatre, he climbed Mt. Baldy almost every Friday.

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Lloyd Charton in his element, climbing mountains

Charton was a major supporter and sponsor of No Square Theatre since 2004 and contributed to other local charities.

He invested in local real estate and was a half owner of the Heisler Building when it was sold to Sam Goldstein. 

He and Stu Saffer met nearly 40 years ago when Stu took over a Santa Ana commercial building and became Lloyd’s landlord. Charton was a struggling young lawyer then who also hosted a radio talk show in OC called “The People’s Lawyer.” He was an outspoken advocate for those who needed help and often provided free legal service to people accused of crimes.

In the mid 90s, things changed when he was the lawyer for a Brea woman whose teenage son was goaded into trying to turn over major drug dealers by police. The boy was murdered by drug dealers and Charton was successful in obtaining a much-heralded wrongful death judgment in favor of the mother, who had written the police letters telling them she opposed the idea. The jury awarded millions in the case and Charton’s future in the legal field was assured.

He doted on his family and is survived by his wife, Stella, two sons, a daughter and grandchildren.

No services have been announced.

Gourmet meals with plenty of greens await goats

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The City has announced the return of Laguna’s mountain goats. With all of the rain the state has experienced this past winter our hillside are now green with growth, according to the City Manager’s weekly updates.

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Our hillsides are abundant with gourmet goat food

This growth in the City’s fourteen fuel modification zones must now be managed prior the beginning of fire season. To help the City in this process, the goats used to graze the zones will be returning from their vacation in Perris, not Paris, to begin work in the northern part of the City.  

The herd will have approximately 200 goats and they should be kept busy for the next several months as they make their way from the north part of the City to the south.

Full day kindergarten programs are set for 2017 – 18: Important dates for parents to note

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools will implement a full-day kindergarten program. 

Orientation days for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students include a campus tour, information about programs offered, and directions on registering online. 

Orientation will take place at El Morro on April 13 at 9:30 a.m. and May 18 at 6 p.m., and at Top of the World on May 24 at 8:30 a.m. 

Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017 to enroll for the 2017-18 school year as a kindergarten student. School begins on September 5. 

El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools will open the online registration process for kindergarten on April 10. Parents interested in enrolling their child at either school must complete the new student online enrollment process on prior to attending registration day. 

Registration will be held at El Morro on April 25 and Top of the World on May 10, both from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Currently, the district operates half-day morning and afternoon sessions. The full day kindergarten program will extend the school day for all kindergarten students to begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m., which will begin slightly after and end slightly before the school day for grades 1 through 5 to accommodate traffic flow. 

Transitional kindergarten at El Morro will remain a half-day session.


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