Shaena & Stu invite all to join them 


Friday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Laguna Coffee Company

1050 S. Coast Hwy

Join us for off the record conversation

The coffee is always on StuNewsLaguna

StuNewsLaguna brunch at K’ya Bistro today – all are invited!

We invite you, our readers, to join us at K’ya Bistro on Friday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a special StuNewsLaguna coffee gathering to celebrate the launch of this, our new Second Front Page and the promotion of Maggi Henrikson to Associate Editor. All are invited to attend – we want to thank you, our readers, for our growth!

There will be a special brunch buffet, coffee and juice – along with off-the-record conversation with Stu, Shaena, Maggi, Dennis, and the rest of our growing staff.

We sincerely thank Chris Keller and Amy Amaradio for opening their beautiful venue to us for this celebration!

K’ya Bistro is located in the historic, La Casa Del Camino hotel – located at 1287 S. Coast Hwy. 

Added attraction: Everyone who attends will be able to enter in a multiple opportunity drawing that will be drawn before 1 p.m. 

We hope you can make it!

Sue Kempf will tell Transition Laguna about the city’s volunteer CERT 

Transition Tuesday’s Potluck
will welcome Sue Kempf, a member of the City of Laguna Beach Task Force on:
Emergency Preparedness.

Bring your dish to share on Tuesday, March 11. The Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Congregational Church Hall, 340 St. Ann’s Drive.

Find out what plans are in place to protect Laguna Beach residents
when, not if, we experience our next disaster. Kempf will also have information about how all of us can serve on Laguna’s
Citizen Emergency Response Team.

Next PD Citizen Academy apps accepted by March 10 

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy. The academy starts Thursday March 13 and will meet from 6 - 9:30 p.m. for twelve consecutive weeks (the thirteenth week is graduation). Applications will be accepted until March 10.

The Citizen Academy is a twelve-week non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens. The Academy will include instruction in the following areas: History of the Laguna Beach Police Department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program and volunteer programs. There will also be a tour of the police facility as well as vehicles and equipment used by the department. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is also a tour of the Orange County Jail. For further information on the Citizen’s Academy, please see attached announcement.

To obtain an application and announcement for the Citizen Academy, contact PSO Ross Fallah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For questions regarding this program, contact Cpl. Matt Meadow at (949) 497-758 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mailroom or party room? Who’s in charge?


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Stepping inside the post office to collect your mail should not mean stepping over a camper. Recently it has been reported that some people accustomed to retrieving their mail during hours when the post office retail service is closed have felt afraid of what they might find inside. 

They have noticed cardboard sheets, evidence of meals, and alcohol.

The post office front lobby is open 24/7 to box holders many of whom find it more convenient to access in off hours. But what about anyone else who wants to come in? It’s open. It’s warm. It’s quiet.

Manager of the Laguna Beach La Playa post office, Abe Aguilar, said he wasn’t worried. “It’s not a problem that I’m aware,” he said. Yet as we spoke the janitorial service was cleaning up cardboard and beer cans. Later he admitted, “I’ve only noticed this in the past week.”

Box holders have emailed us that the problem has been on-going.

Laguna Beach police are not able to issue citations at the post office, as it is in fact private property. Sgt. Louise Callus confirmed that there have been four calls to the department complaining of trespassers at the post office, but that unless the property owners sign a letter of permission to the police, any legal action would have to be by citizen arrest. Officers will routinely walk through the post office property, and ask unlawful trespassers to leave. 

There have been several mailboxes broken into within the last six weeks.  

Aguilar suggested that if anyone had a complaint they contact the manager for business relations at (949) 362-9055. The Laguna Beach Police asks anyone requesting assistance in these situations to call their line at 497-0701.

Laguna Playhouse presents “All the Great Books (abridged)”

Written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, with additional material by Matthew Croke and Michael Faulkner, the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production of All the Great Books (abridged) promises to bring 83 books to life, and will have you rolling in the aisles.

Where else can you be exposed to great books ranging from Harry Potter to Green Eggs and Ham? The company promises to bring a “library full of every book you have ever, or ever wanted, to read” with laughs aplenty.

All the Great Books (abridged) will open on Saturday, March 8, and run through March 30 at the Laguna Playhouse.

Since its pass-the-hat origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created nine world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, and numerous radio pieces all over the world.

Performances of All the Great Books (abridged) will be Tue – Fri at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

There will be additional performances on March 9 and March 16 at 7 p.m., and March 20 and March 27 at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $36 - $71 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Student and group discounts available.

Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

Dianne Russell is our Associate Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Alexis Amaradio, Cameron Gillepsie  Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

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