Interim Fire Chief Kirk Summers reaches the end of his term and the search is on for a new fire chief

Stu News contacted Fire Chief Kirk Summers this morning to ask about a recent vegetation fire – and Chief Summers, responsive as always, let us know the details – but also reminded us that his term is coming to an end in two weeks. Chief Summers, we hardly knew ye! 

The time has gone by so quickly since he was appointed, and we’ve not had any major fires, fortunately, though Chief Summers has presided over a department that has done sterling duty in helping battle the Thomas Fire and other California blazes.

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A great fire engine photo because, why not?

Here’s the deal about the fire last week in Laguna, for starters, at the 2300 block of Hillview Drive. (Arson is not suspected.)

“It was a small fire that had lots of potential,” Chief Summers told us. “Our guys jumped on it hard and kept it small. Captain Maxon and the first arriving crew of Engine 3 did a great job knocking down the fire.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point.

“It was nice to get some rain a couple of weeks ago but with the warm, dry weather we have been experiencing, we are right back in to fire season (still beats Chicago!),” Summers added. “Our residents need to use the same degree of caution that they would in August or September. Even in the absence of a severe wind, a slope driven fire in one of our canyons could cause great damage.  Our residents need to keep fire safety in mind all year round and keep native vegetation cut back and ornamental vegetation trimmed and well-watered.”

We hear you, Chief. But what’s up with you, we asked? And who will succeed you?

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Interim Fire Chief Kirk Summers

“All is good here. I am wrapping up my last couple of weeks here at LBFD. I am teaching an Incident Command class next week at the County EOC and then the week of the 12-15, that will be it! Then back to retirement for a while…I keep saying that.”

Stu News called City Manager John Pietig to find out how the search for a new fire chief is going. He tells us that since Feb 15 is Chief Summers’ last day, plans are already in place for Division Chief Tom Christopher to serve as interim chief until an appointment is made. Christopher will handle the day-to-day fire chief responsibilities until a permanent fire chief comes on board.

“We are still reviewing the final candidates and it’s going to be a month or so before we are able to make an announcement,” Pietig said.

We wish Chief Summers all the best for his retirement, though we suspect this will be another short retirement for this dedicated firefighter.

--Lynette Brasfield


DUI Arrests

Lili Hu, 55, Irvine - Thursday, January 25

Incident Report

Friday, January 26

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Drugs

2 a.m. William Carol Taylor, 33, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, January 25

McAulay Place & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

7:15 p.m. A motorcycle was down at the location, causing an injury to the driver’s right leg. From Nyes, northbound Coast Hwy traffic was shut down for 45 minutes.

Saint Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | Petty Theft

3:55 p.m. The RP’s backpack was stolen on January 25 sometime between 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. The approximate loss was $800.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Trespassing

12:51 p.m. Frederick Snider, 77, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

Mountain Road | 400 Block | Grand Theft

12:45 p.m. On January 16 sometime after 7 p.m., someone stole something from an unlocked car valued at approximately $5,000.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Vandalism

12:11 p.m., The RP stated that on January 9, the left tire of his vehicle was slashed, and the fuel tank was cut.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Fraud

10:34 a.m. The RP received a fake $100. She had a photo of the female suspect.

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Warrant

3:13 a.m., Gregory Paul Cobb, 44, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. Additional charges included possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, January 24

Laguna Canyon Road | 20500 Block | Warrant

11:21 p.m. Javier Hommy Blas, 31, no fixed address, was arrested on an Orange Court warrant.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Drugs, Probation

10:47 p.m. Imiko Ariel Maki, 21, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and for probation violation, no bail. Chris Michael Pittman, 36, San Clemente, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mountain Road & S. Coast Hwy | Vandalism

8:28 p.m. A man was suspected of breaking a rear window of an OCTA bus while traveling along PCH in Laguna Beach.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

2:27 p.m. Baby formula valued at approximately $300 was stolen from the location sometime last night.


DUI Arrests

None This Period

Incident Report

Tuesday, January 23

Lombardy Lane | 600 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

7:39 p.m. It was reported that an attempt to steal a silver Ford F150 from the driveway of the location occurred sometime recently.

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant

7:15 p.m. Nicolas Westley Rivera, 34, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a warrant.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft

6:36 p.m. The RP stated that a man took his cell phone on January 20.

Center Street | 500 Block | Fraud

5:05 p.m. The RP claimed that someone had applied for a credit card in their name on January 13.

Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

4:15 p.m. A woman stole four bathing suits valued at $550 from the location. A subject at the location attempted to speak with the woman, but the woman left, with the manager of Ralphs stating that they saw the woman running towards Glenneyre Street.

Treetop Lane | 21500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

11:32 a.m. On January 22 at around 4 p.m., a vehicle was broken into. A credit card was stolen and was reported to have been used fraudulently, loss $7,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20200 Block | Grand Theft

8:29 a.m. Tools were reported stolen from a storage container at the location, approximate loss $2,500.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Tsunami Alert

2:40 a.m. An earthquake with a magnitude 8.0 off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska caused a Tsunami watch to be in affect until 4:35 a.m. 

Monday, January 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eric Joshua Phillips, 27, Tennessee

Robert Allerson Daniels, 49, Sylmar

Cajon Street | 200 Block | Fraud

3:48 p.m. The RP stated that a subject had attempted to cash checks that had been stolen from a mailbox.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Grand Theft

12:12 p.m. On January 20 at 11 a.m., a wallet with $700 cash, credit cards, a license and a diamond ring were either lost or stolen.

Ocean Avenue & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

11:42 a.m. Kyle Winton, 37, no fixed address, was arrested on two Harbor Court warrants for drunk in public, bail $10,000.

Sunday, January 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Felipe Manzaneque, 68, Laguna Beach

Dylan Alexander Dicaprio, 19, Irvine

Matthew James Leija, 19, Irvine

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Traffic Collision

4:42 p.m. A red car ran into a pole while heading outbound on Laguna Canyon Road. The driver was said to have been seen slumped over the wheel.

Virginia Way | 3200 Block | Fraud

4:33 p.m. The RP says that a named subject just sent over $2,000 to someone who had claimed to be from the police department. The person told the subject that they had a bench warrant for their arrest.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Grand Theft

3:58 p.m. The RP stated that a $1,000 necklace was stolen from the location.

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3300 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

3:38 p.m. The RP had credit cards and cash stolen from their vehicle, approximate loss $50. The RP was not sure if the vehicle had been locked or not.

Ocean Way | 1900 Block | Vandalism

2:56 p.m. Public Works was requested to respond for a cleanup of graffiti that had been at the top of the stairs of the location covering up some words.

Laguna Canyon Road & Woodland Drive | Burglary, Vehicle

11:40 a.m. Sometime between January 19 and January 21 at 11:30 a.m., a $1,000 Alpine Stereo was reported stolen. There was damage reported to the driver’s headrest, loss $50.


Police Files

High risk traffic stop leads to million dollar bail, discovery of missing youth

On Saturday, Jan 20 at 2:28 a.m., a white 2018 Toyota Camry reported stolen from Lake Forest was seen heading southbound on Laguna Canyon, about to turn northbound onto Pacific Coast Hwy. LBPD officers pulled the car over on Aster, initiating a high risk traffic stop. 

One by one, starting with the driver, each of the four occupants was ordered out of the vehicle, and then detained. 

As is customary with high risk stops of this kind, officers called for K9 support, but none was available. Fortunately arrests were able to be made without incident.

“The occupants of the car were not aggressive,” said Sgt Cota, LBPD spokesperson.

The driver, Luis Fernando Reynasoto, 18, of Lake Forest, was arrested for possesion of a stolen vehicle, as well as for probation violation, and held without bail. One passenger, Noah Dillon Guerrero, 18, Lake Forest, was arrested on a warrant out of Riverside Court for battery and bail of $1,000,000, as well as for stolen vehicle and for DUI, bail $15,000. 

One juvenile passenger was found to be in possession of 27 Xanax bars. The juvenile had been reported missing. The juvenile was cited and released to a parent. A fourth juvenile passenger was also released. 

 

LBPD releases statement on scam that threatens your life if you don’t pay up: ignore those emails!

In this day and age, [people] have to be aware of the various scams going around. [The LBPD] was recently alerted to a new scam going around involving the use of cryptocurrency. 

Would-be victims are receiving emails from a person claiming to be a hit man (or woman), who tells them they have an order to kill them. In order to save themselves from their impending doom, victims are directed to deposit funds via Bitcoin into an account in order to find out information about who [issued that order]. 

The hitman [offers supposed] learning resources by directing victims to Google information regarding Bitcoins.

Here at the Laguna Beach Police Department, we want you to be aware so as to keep you and your bank accounts safe from hitmen [and con-men].

From the LBPD Facebook page


Police Files

Accused dealer is caught with lots of drugs and baggies, and she’s only 19

On Saturday, Jan 20, Laguna Beach police officers made a vehicle stop at 2:24 p.m. in the 600 block of South Coast Highway. The officers contacted the driver, Alexis Lynn Fukaye, 19, of Fountain Valley, when they noticed a smell of marijuana coming from her car, a black Toyota Scion.

Upon searching the vehicle, over 13 ounces of packaged marijuana (374.87 grams), 201 Xanax bars, 16 Lorazepam pills, marijuana paraphernalia, and other individual prescription pills were confiscated. According to LBPD’s Sgt Jim Cota, Fukaye claimed that she worked for a marijuana dispensary, “but could not provide details about her employer”. About $715 was confiscated from the vehicle as well.

When asked to clarify California’s marijuana laws, Sgt Cota explained: “Possession of marijuana at your house and on your person is legal as long as its under the specified amount. Possession of marijuana for sales is not legal.” Cota further explained that in this case, the presence of “around 100 Ziploc baggies” in the car was one of the key factors in determining that Fukaya intended to sell the drugs.

Fukaye was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, and for possession of a designated substance (Xanax) for sales. Her bail was set at $25,000.


DUI Arrests

Fernanda Isabel Macias, 24, Thousand Oaks – Sunday, January 21

Hyatt Russell Dabbs, 24, Sherman Oaks – Sunday

Elizabeth Wangui Mukami, 28, Anaheim – Saturday, January 20

William Aidan Raney, 44 – Saturday

George Albert Thexton, 53, Aliso Viejo – Friday, January 19

Paul Michael Miszkowicz Jr., 30, El Segundo – Friday

James Martin Kausch, 65, San Juan Capistrano – Friday with prior

Amanda Irene Yarosh, 25, Los Angeles – Friday

Incident Report

Sunday, January 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nichole Lillian Novotny, 26, Costa Mesa

Angelina Lee Fletcher, 30, Dana Point

Michael Clyde Dilley, 64, Corona Del Mar

Dayton R. Palen, 25, New York

Saturday, January 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Efrain Zavala Duran, 24, Santa Ana

Rachel Jenine Tanasbrynt, 33, Dana Point

Esteban Ortiz, 50, Los Padres

Thalia & S. Coast Hwy. | Warrant

12:59 a.m. Elizabeth Marie Aukerman, 40, Anaheim, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Friday, January 19

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Battery Against a Peace Officer

4:15 p.m. Maxi Yvonne Greenwood, 32, Huntington Beach, arrested for battery against a peace officer, bail $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

8:33 a.m. A cellphone was stolen.

Reef Point Drive & Coast Hwy | Drugs

12:24 a.m. Anjoeraye Gozmez Espiritu, 18, Santa Ana, arrested for possession of narcotics, and for possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana.

Thursday, January 18

Park Avenue & 3rd Street | Drugs

11:33 p.m. Parker D. Pyun, 37, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Cypress Drive | Vandalism

8:29 p.m. The gate was cut down and damaged at the location, $75 – $200 loss.

Agate Street | 200 Block | Fraud

1:03 p.m. The RP stated that their employer sent a fraudulent check.

Wednesday, January 17

Forest Avenue| 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

11:25 p.m.  A wallet, a briefcase, a checkbook, a driver’s license, and some money, was reported stolen from a vehicle.

Cleo Street & Glenneyre Street | Drugs

8:14 p.m. Matthew Ryan Wilkins, 25, Laguna Beach, arrested for possession of narcotics, and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Theft

3:09 p.m.  Approximately 45 minutes prior, the woman suspect at the location used a fake $100 bill at both of the RP’s businesses. The RP has surveillance video of the encounter.

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

3:07 p.m. The RP stated that a woman stole a pair of sunglasses from the location, $500 loss.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

12:33 p.m. The RP left their iphone on January 17 at the location. The iphone was reported either lost or stolen.


Police Files

High times on Glenneyre end in dispensary bust

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, the saying goes, or in this case, a marijuana dispensary. Last week, a Laguna resident smelled something, well, highly suspicious while walking along the 900 block of Glenneyre. That person also saw a number of people leaving the building carrying white bags, furtively, one imagines.

Building on 900 block of Glenneyre

Turned out that the so-called “Divine Church of Gardens, Laguna Beach,” a tenant in the building, which also houses Sunset Drug, was indeed a place of worship – but the church part was bogus. The deity in question was not God, but weed in all its many manifestations.

“We arrested a man who claimed to be a volunteer for the church. He told officers that he had only been working there for three days, and that marijuana was used as a sacrament in the church’s rituals,” Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson, told Stu News.

After the officers located approximately 20 plus pounds of marijuana on the premises, along with codeine, and $3,000 in cash, the “volunteer” didn’t have a prayer. Lucas Seth Dichiara, age 31, of Irvine was arrested for possession and sales of marijuana and also for the illegal operation of a marijuana dispensary in Laguna Beach.

The landlord arrived on the scene and was flabbergasted. The Divine Church of Gardens was soon excommunicated from the property. (The name of the lessee of the property was not available at this time.)

Officers confiscated all of the contraband and booked it into evidence at the Laguna Beach Police Department.

“It appears there will be no church services this weekend at that location,” Sgt. Cota added.

 

Early morning reckless driver reported by 12 people

On the morning of Jan 15, Martin Luther King Day, a motorist driving a silver Jeep Liberty up Coast Highway was reported for reckless driving by twelve different callers, with reports ranging from driving on the wrong side of the road, not abiding by the speed limit, not stopping at red lights, and swerving their vehicle.

The first call, which came in at 8 a.m., reported that a woman was driving very fast, while the second reporting party described the driver running red lights. The third reporting party stated that the driver was driving the wrong way on the road in an attempt to pass other motorists near Wesley. 

A fifth reporting party pulled over to avoid the driver and called to say that the driver was in the southbound lane of the road. The sixth reporting party stated that the driver was northbound on Legion at a high rate of speed. After more calls about her heading northbound on Broadway, taking a turn to head southbound on Cliff, the driver was detained.

The woman was arrested for reckless driving.


Police Files

Jaw-dropping scam on Glenneyre takes bite out of victim’s bank account

A heavy-set man in his thirties or early forties, wearing navy blue medical scrubs, recently conned a victim on the 1100 block of Glenneyre Street into buying vouchers for three teeth-whitening kits, including the promise of discounts for dental procedures.

“He paid $328.41 on his credit card,” said Sgt Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “When he called and made an appointment with a Laguna Niguel dentist’s office, that’s when he learned that the vouchers were fraudulent.”

Unfortunately, it looks like the victim is just going to have to grin and bear the loss, because the suspect has not been located.


Police Files

Active shooter exercise proves frighteningly realistic – and effective – involving more than 100 first responders 

This was the scenario developed for the active shooter exercise which took place on Wednesday this week at LCAD: a (fictional) 40-year-old disgruntled male with a fixation on LCAD had been seen on campus a few days prior. He’d posted threats on social media. Now he was endangering the life and safety of students, staff and faculty at the college.

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First responders with guns drawn

How would the police and fire department defuse this active shooter threat? And what aspects of their response might need more practice or adjusting?

These were the reasons for setting up this exercise, expertly put together by Sgt Eric Lee and Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, who worked hard to gain funding through a grant of 100K from the Urban Area Working Group.

Makeshift blood, gunfire from blank rounds, sirens and fallen victims (actors) made for a realistic and frightening scene, but first responders kept their cool during three tense morning exercises and three afternoon exercises. 

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A bloodied victim is attended to during the exercise

 “This [comprehensive] operation was coordinated by the Police Chief over the course of a year,” said LBPD spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota. “It was motivated by the Columbine event.  Each team was evaluated by evaluators and debriefings were held immediately afterwards.”

Representatives of the Laguna Beach Unified School District as well as police agencies from Irvine, UCI, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, as well as 40 members of the LBPD were present.

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Policing could be said to be an art form also

City manager John Pietig, the mayor of Laguna Beach and the president of LCAD, Jonathan Burke, either observed or took part – Jonathan Burke playing the role of victim, at his request.

The successful exercise proved another feather in the cap for the LBPD under the leadership of Chief Laura Farinella, who gained tremendous praise in 2017 also for her handling of the America First protest march. She is understandably extremely proud of her officers.

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The successful exercise was another feather in the cap for the LBPD

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Cota at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-464-6671. 

 

DUI checks planned for today, Jan 12 & Jan 18

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy Friday, Jan 12 & Thurs, Jan 18, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Hand over your keys if you’ve had too much to drink

Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.  

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Laguna Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1. 

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Police Files

DUI checks planned for Jan 12 and 18

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy Friday, Jan 12 and Thurs, Jan 18, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Hand over your keys if you’ve had too much to drink

Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.  

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The cost of a ride home is cheap! Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Laguna Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1. 

For further information, contact Lieutenant Tim Kleiser at (949) 464-6655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Active shooter exercise scheduled for Jan 10, tomorrow, at LCAD: Do not be alarmed by simulated gunfire, sirens

Laguna Beach Police Department has partnered with the Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) who will be hosting a full-scale active shooter exercise on Wed, Jan 10, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at their main campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. All activities will occur on LCAD property. 

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LCAD campus will be the epicenter of an active shooter exercise on Jan 10

The purpose of this exercise is to test our interagency capabilities and the mission readiness of our first responders during an active shooter incident. In addition to Laguna Beach police officers and firefighters, the exercise will involve personnel from our surrounding law enforcement and fire department agencies including Irvine, UCI, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa. 

During the exercise you may hear sirens and simulated gunfire coming from the area of Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. 

Laguna Canyon Road will remain open throughout the event and traffic control officers will be in place to mitigate any traffic congestion. 

The exercise will not be open to the public and only authorized personnel and the media will be allowed to attend. 

This exercise is partially funded through a federal grant received by the Anaheim/Santa Ana Urban Area Security Initiative. 

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Cota at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-464-6671. 

Sandbags available to protect against flooding: tips to keep your property dry during winter storms

With winter storms forecast this week, 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, seven days a week as of today on a first-come-first-serve basis; (limit 10 per resident). Sandbags can be picked up at either of the two following locations: 

ACT V Parking Lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road or 

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 go to www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep/sandbags.htm.

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Floods can cause serious damage

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; 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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