April 26 and 29 one-of-a-kind art jewelry and clothing sale by Carole Zavala

Carole Zavala of CZ Jewelry Designs and Kim Maxwell of Faye Maxwell have a California Boutique special showing and sale on April 26 and 29 at Carole’s home.

“I hope that you can join us for this clothing and jewelry show at my beautiful apartment here in Laguna Beach. I’m moving in mid-May to Laguna Woods, so this will be my last Laguna party and a chance to enjoy this great space,” says Zavala.

Laguna Beach artist Carole Zavala

There will be brand new designs and merchandise, including the “Ocean Breezes” line of clothing and accessories, and Laguna Beach artist handmade jewelry. These will be original designs – not found in stores.

The event is from 4 – 7 p.m. on April 26, and from 1 – 4 p.m. on April 29, located at 330 Cliff Drive, Apt. 303.

There will be champagne, wine and treats. Credit cards are welcome.

For information and to RSVP, call (949) 683-0433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bluebird Canyon Farms holds free open house tonight

Tonight (Tuesday, April 10) between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Bluebird Canyon Farms – Laguna’s glorious rural gem where great things grow – will host a free open house where Lagunans can learn more about the history of the farm and the programs that are offered, from cooking to yoga classes to sensational Bounty “farm-to-table” dinners in the spring, summer and fall.

Taking the short journey from bustling downtown Laguna to this truly rural atmosphere takes only minutes, but the visitor feels transported to another world entirely – to a peaceful, thriving, fruitful oasis, tucked in the midst of suburbia.

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Beekeeper Connor Dorais with his bees

Owner Scott Tenney explains: “Bluebird Canyon Farms is a novel operating urban farm and unique educational facility. We take exceptional care of our property and work to support individual rights to quiet enjoyment of the canyon in which we reside. We operate safely, carefully, quietly, respect the environment, and contribute to community safety, security and resiliency. 

“We teach and train economically disadvantaged individuals and grow healthy food which we distribute to the local economy,” he adds. 

Tenney is hoping for a large turnout at the open house so that residents get a chance to meet the Bluebird Canyon Farms team and vice versa. 

Kathy “Farm” Tanaka, a member of the team, notes that people will be able to see where the vegetables that they purchase at the Farmers Market are grown – not to mention how honey is harvested straight from the hive. 

“Visitors to the open house will be able to meet our beekeeper and learn exactly where our honey comes from and how it is processed,” she says. The farms are also home to Black Copper Marans chickens and fish in aquaponics tanks. 

Onsite parking is limited and is offered first come first serve, although offsite parking is available on Rancho Laguna Road. Carpooling or taking the free public transit shuttle are alternative ways to enter the site also. 

Bluebird Canyon Farms is located at 1085 Bluebird Canyon Drive.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit www.bluebirdcanyonfarms.com or call (949) 715-0325.

Bookshelves were first a jungle gym for council member Toni Iseman, then an entry to books

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A library is part of the soul of the community, says Toni Iseman

When I was seven, my family moved to one of those great old homes, built in 1906, with perfect hiding places for a kid. But the best part was the 12-foot high bookcase in the living room, left packed with books, nearly a thousand.  

Initially the bookcase was a jungle gym for a little monkey who climbed high, crawling from side to side.  

Once that was mastered the books became the focus. Gorgeous bindings, beautiful color prints, some even hand painted. Even before my love affair with the Hardy Boys, I fell hard for the old books. I spent hours hunting for the date they were published. I created a special shelf for the 1800’s.  

Who had read them? Who bought them? Some were signed. 

A puzzle yet to be solved

Years later, among my mother’s things, I found a diary belonging to a Bennington College student. An art major, she included a self-portrait but no name. Rarely did she complain but did whine about having to go to bed early because they were going to New York in the morning to see some man named Charles Lindbergh.

I tried to figure out her name, sure that her family would consider the diary a treasure.  

One clue was unique. One grandfather was president of Harvard. The other was president of Yale. 

I called both libraries, had the lists of presidents, but somehow never found the answer. Maybe someone in town would pick up the challenge? 

Siri is great, but a library is the soul of the community

Back to books. We all benefit from Siri, who is always available to tell us important stuff, like what state is Villanova in.  

But the thought of our town without a library? That’s barren, cold, unwelcoming. Our library is so essential, such an important part of the soul of our community.   

Toni Iseman, Laguna Beach City Council Member 

Marrie Stone, author, KUCI radio host, and freelance writer will represent Stu News & guest-DJ for KX 93.5

The week of April 16, KX 93.5 FM is giving the airwaves to the locals during its annual radiothon: KX Takeover. 

And Stu News Laguna is thrilled that Marrie Stone, who writes for our Laguna Life & People column, and was willing recently to try the Float Lounge in the interests of authentic reporting, will be representing our publication on the show.

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Marrie Stone

Marrie, a former corporate attorney, is a fan of the fun and quirky, and a seriously good writer. Her fiction and essays have appeared or been accepted for publication in several major literary journals. She co-hosts the weekly KUCI radio show Writers on Writing, where she has interviewed more than 400 writers, poets, and literary agents. She’s a regular guest host of KUCI’s weekly Real People of Orange.

“Also, she’s hilarious,” says Lynette Brasfield, features editor for Stu News. 

Tyler Russell explains the thinking behind the KX Takeover week. “Our non-profit/non-commercial radio station relies heavily on community support. To provide our listeners and our town with excellent programming tailored to locals, we go to the mic and ask listeners to show love through contributions,” he says. 

“Much like PBS or NPR, this community fundraising effort proves extremely important to public media. In three previous years, KX Takeover has generated over $120,000 and kept us on the air another year so we can continue to provide an indispensable, free community service to Laguna Beach. 

Past winners have been Attorney Larry Nokes, Montage Vice President Rick Riess, local activist Bobbi Cox, and landscape architect Tom Richeson. These hall-of-famers brought in much-needed funds that have helped establish KX 93.5 FM become a staple in Laguna Beach. 

There will be a “Silver Tongue Award” reception after the week of takeovers.

Stu News listeners, let’s support Marrie – she wasn’t by any means born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but perhaps we can win her a Silver Tongue!

Marrie will be appearing on air on Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.kx935.com. Marrie’s website is www.marriestone.com.

Barbara’s Column

Supervisor applauded by Laguna Conservancy Council



If you look up over-achiever in a dictionary, you just might find a photograph of Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.

Bartlett’s political career began in 2006 when she was elected to the Dana Point City Council on which she served until 2014. Prior to running for office Bartlett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is also a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and a licensed Real Estate Broker. Her professional career spans several decades and includes holding executive management positions in a worldwide computer software company, a project management consulting firm and several law firms.

All that was a prelude to her election in 2014 to represent the Fabulous Fifth District, where she continues her ambitious agenda.

Bartlett spoke on Monday at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy meeting about what has been accomplished by the supervisors since she was elected and what is still to be accomplished.

Conservancy President Gene Felder introduced Bartlett, adding to her resume.

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Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

“In addition to serving as the Fifth District Supervisor, Bartlett sits on 22 other boards and committees, including the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, Transportation Corridor Agencies Board of Directors, CalOptima, Orange County Fire Authority, and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission,” Felder he informed the audience.

Taking the microphone, Bartlett said she sits on only 12 other boards. But in Felder’s defense, that is what is included in her bio on OCgov.com.

The petite powerhouse updated the conservancy members on the issues dear to many of the folks at the meeting. 

“It is always a pleasure to be among individuals who are so passionate about this special area of the county, the conservation and preservation of what we have,” said Bartlett.  

“One of the most talked-about environmental projects right now is the Aliso Creek Mainstem Restoration.” 

An evaluation of alternatives offered by the Army Corps of Engineers was criticized by local stakeholders and others during the public comment period. 

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Restoration Manager, LCF

White-faced ibis seen recently at Aliso Creek

“I would echo some of the comments made by stakeholder groups,” said Bartlett. “For example the Laguna Canyon Foundation stated that the proposed plan requires significant destruction of existing habitat and creek functions and does not take into account recent restoration projects.”

Bartlett said the county has been meeting with the stakeholders to discuss a “Locally Preferred Alternative.”  

The second issue addressed by Bartlett is noise from low-flying commercial planes. Bartlett had hosted a Town Hall meeting to address complaints from residents, and took those complaints to the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington DC. When that accomplished nothing, the Supervisors joined Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in a lawsuit that was settled in January. 

The FAA committed to sending commercial aircraft flying out over the ocean a sufficient distance to gain enough altitude so when they turn inland, noise is diminished over Laguna Beach. Bartlett’s office continues to monitor and enforce the terms of the settlement. 

One person in the Monday’s audience complained that planes are still coming in low over her South Laguna home.

“Call my office and I will try to get the FAA to fix it,” Bartlett immediately responded.  

She shared the good news that the teensy Pacific Pocket Mouse, once believed to be extinct, is repopulating in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. It took the combined efforts of the San Diego Zoo, where the critters are being bred, the Orange County Parks department, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and countless volunteers, Bartlett said. 

Another collaboration – this one between the county and Caltrans – has finally put the 10-year-old Laguna Canyon Road Improvement on a faster track.

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Busy Laguna Canyon Road

A hearing will be held by mid-year on plans to improve drainage, improve safety by adding a lane, widening the shoulders to accommodate bicycles and undergrounding utilities from El Toro Road to the toll road, according to Bartlett. The project will not include a retaining wall objected to by the Coastal Greenbelt Authority, she said.

Another project in the works is the South County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, which has the goals of protecting and enhancing natural resources; improving water quality, increasing the supply and efficiency; and integrating flood management. The revised plan will be up for approval in May.

“The Laguna Beach County Water District has a representative that serves on the governing board,” said Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey, who attended the conservancy meeting.

Bartlett concluded her remarks with a request that folks sign up for her newsletter at ocgov.com or add her on Facebook @Supervisor Bartlett.

“I’d like to remind you that my door is always open,” she said. “Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your needs or concerns.” 

She didn’t have long to wait.

In the Q and A that followed Bartlett’s talk, Bonnie Hano and Patricia Tournier raised the issue of the homeless crisis in Orange County. “

“You have been in the lead of the entire county,” said Bartlett. “Other cities need to take a look at what you have done,” she said, citing the Alternative Sleeping Location and Friendship Shelter.

In answer to Leah Vasquez’s question about monitoring the removal of canisters of nuclear waste from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Bartlett advised contacting elected officials in DC and offered to prepare a template letter.

“She is accessible,” said local historian Anne Frank who spoke to Bartlett after the meeting, expressing her concern about Bartlett’s description of illegal immigrant deportations as a public safety issue. It was the only response by Bartlett that got an adverse reaction from the audience. 

“I am concerned that if the board opposes sanctuary, cities will have to go along with them,” said Frank.

Councilman Steve Dicterow, a fan of Bartlett’s since she assisted the city with a peripheral parking solution during Festival Season, was among those applauding Bartlett’s presentation.

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 StuNewsLaguna.com.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center raises $29,000 at second Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament

Pacific Marine Mammal Center raised approximately $29,000 during the second annual “Swing for the Sea Lions” golf tournament on Monday, March 26. Eighty golfers participated in this year’s tournament at the private Aliso Viejo Country Club, par-72 course, known for some of the best holes of golf and best views in Orange County.

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Fun is par for the course for these rehabbing sea lions at PMMC

This year’s event entailed a flop-wall-contest, golf ball cannon to assist golfers shooting the ball over 300 yards, fun games and on-course contest, raffle prizes, helicopter ball drop and silent auction which included professional golfer and other sport autographed memorabilia, Mexican vacations, and two round trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

“Congratulations to our first place team who shot a 57, and thank you to all those who came out in support,” said Executive Director, Keith Matassa. “We couldn’t continue our mission and help our marine mammal patients without the support of the community and hope to see you all again next year.”  

PMMC sends a thank you to this year’s tournament sponsors at the silver level: Zenith Audio Visual and Alaska Airlines, lunch sponsor: Chick-Fil-A; and to all hole, contest and tee sponsors: Renaissance Club Sport, Raising Canes, Element Therapeutic Massage, Allen Family Automotive Group, PDC Capital, First American Trust, Powerstone Property Management, LA Chargers, Zentih Audio Visual, Integra Golf and Davis Law. 

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is located at 20612 Laguna Cyn Rd. Call (949) 494-3050 for more information or visit www.pacificmmc.org.

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