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 Volume 10, Issue 99  |  December 11, 2018                            


 

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Jane Fulton: Contributing to Laguna’s safety net

By SAMANTHA WASHER

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Jane Fulton has been practicing law since 1966. She did take a 10-year hiatus to become a professional painter, but the serenity and personal satisfaction of her art took a back seat when she decided five years ago to revisit her commitment to public service and open Seaside Legal Services, providing free legal services for those in need. 

“I was kind of at sea as to what to do,” recalls Fulton. “I told one of my friends what I wanted to do. She helped me get the money to start.”

No shortage of clients for Seaside Legal Services

Five years in and Fulton says she’s “inundated with clients.” Seaside Legal Services provides attorneys and other services in civil matters. When someone is facing a criminal matter, a public defender is provided. For civil cases, no such option exists. So for things like divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant disputes, people are on their own – unless they find Fulton, or if they are a north County resident, they can use Legal Aid in Santa Ana. 

“I had no idea Legal Aid was so overwhelmed,” says Fulton. “They don’t come to south Orange County at all, and that’s all we serve.”

Legal services are part of the community safety’s net

Fulton explains that Seaside is one of Laguna’s five nonprofits that make up the social safety net. The other four are Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Food Pantry, and Laguna Beach Seniors. Seaside Legal is run on private funding coupled with grants and a stipend from the Senior Center. 

“Law really is part of the safety net,” explains Fulton. “But people don’t like lawyers, and I can’t trot out my clients (due to confidentiality rules) and say, ‘Look what I did for them!’” 

Barbara McMurray of McMurray Marketing Communications, who does work for Seaside Legal, says, “Jane has contributed greatly to people not becoming homeless. It’s all of a piece.” 

Fulton’s crusading inclinations are not new. “This has always been my first interest,” she says. By “this” she means using the law to help those in need. But even before she practiced law, Fulton worked to help people.

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Crusading is Fulton’s first interest

A career of service

 A Navy veteran prior to starting law school, Fulton was a social worker with the Sacramento County Welfare Department while she went to University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law at night. She was one of two women in her class. Anthony Kennedy, now Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy, was her constitutional law professor. 

“If you can’t learn constitutional law from him, you can’t learn it,” she says admiringly.

After her admission to the bar, Fulton worked as chief counsel for the California community college system. “I was 28 years old and wholly unqualified,” she says good-naturedly. “I went to all 99 junior colleges, at the time, and went to their board meetings. I was immediately struck that nobody ever talked about the students, the teachers or the curriculum. All I ever heard any of them talk about were their building funds and their salaries.” The wrong headedness of those meetings convinced Fulton to become a public defender in Los Angeles in the 1970s. She prepared and argued appellate briefs before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. “That started my thirst for poverty law. I never got over that.” 

From Beverly Hills to Laguna

However, Fulton left the public defender’s office to set up her own practice. She says she was “happily” practicing law in Beverly Hills when a romance prompted her to move to Laguna in 1977. She set up her practice here in 1979. “I practiced family law and criminal law,” she says. “It’s amazing how those things go together.” In 2000, she decided to retire.

Coming out of retirement to right some perceived wrongs

Fulton had a plan for her retirement, and it did not include golf. She was determined to become an accomplished painter. She went to art school. She traveled. She painted. Then, in 2008, she says she witnessed something that disturbed her. “I saw some homeless people being mistreated,” she says. “I knew (City Council member) Jane Egly. I wrote her a long, outraged letter. She wrote me back. She said, ‘Boo hoo. Get involved.’” The next thing Fulton knew she was on the City’s task force to build the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) for homeless individuals and, after that, Seaside Legal Services was born.

Jane Fulton with painting

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Painting subsidizes law firm

The way Seaside Legal works is that all potential clients fill out an intake sheet online. Fulton says the requirements to qualify are loose because everyone’s situation is different. Someone may make what seems like a decent salary, but if they have a child with extensive medical needs, they might qualify. “If there are people who need – not want – aid, I can figure it out. If they don’t qualify, I try to send them to a lawyer we know who will treat them well.” Local attorneys Tom Davis and Larry Nokes are two such colleagues whose praises Fulton sings.

Providing more than just legal services

Legal services are Fulton’s expertise, but she also provides some outreach counseling. Martha Hernandez, a counselor with the Senior Center, is someone Fulton works with a lot. “We’re involved in affordable housing. The one thing they all have in common is they’re house-challenged. This office represents the people who live in the affordable housing complex on Broadway. They were going to lose that in June,” according to Fulton.

A local developer lends a hand for affordable senior housing

However, there is hope. Fulton extolls the commitment of local developer Mo Honarkar. “He has been unfairly maligned,” says Fulton. Honarkar negotiated a 60-year lease for land in the canyon because HUD requires a 55-year lease for their properties. “He’s got plans to build low-income senior housing. We’re working very hard to accomplish that.”

Helping seniors is a lot of what she does, but by no means all

Fulton says more and more of her clients are seniors. She offers a regular legal clinic (everyone gets a half hour appointment) at the Susi Q. “My clinics are almost always full,” she says. “I ascertain if I can help them. If I can’t help, I refer them out.”

Jane Fulton with sign

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The three Janes listed – Seaside Legal, Fulton Fine Art, and Attorney

It’s not only seniors Fulton works with, of course. There are many – too many – people who need her services. That is why she would very much like to hire another attorney. “I work for a pittance,” she says, which is why hiring another lawyer will not be easy. “I need to be able to pay them at least enough, so they can pay their law school debts,” she says. Seaside Legal Services is a 501(c)3, which means if you work for them for 10 years, any law school debt you have remaining after those 10 years will be forgiven. “I’d like to get a younger lawyer to take my place,” she says. Lawyers with a California license who would like to volunteer their services would also be very welcome.

Her painting now helps subsidize her law firm

Seaside Legal Services is getting ready to send out their year-end ask. “We just need people in this community to please remember us,” she says. “It’s tax-deductible!” And should you need some art for your walls, Fulton’s office operates as a fine art gallery as well. “It helps subsidize what we do,” she says. Plus it keeps her painting. “Painting is my excuse to stand outside and enjoy the scenery.”

Committed to doing something meaningful

“I really needed to do something meaningful with my life,” says Fulton. Certainly that mission has been accomplished. And she is as committed as she has ever been. She is quick to say she isn’t doing it alone, heaping praise on the women who sit on her Board of Directors (yes, they are all women) and the Kling Family Foundation that supports her, as well as the accountants and lawyers that help her out when asked.

“Thanks to my age, they’re nice to me,” she says half-joking. It is abundantly clear to anyone who meets her it is not her seniority that draws people in, but rather her commitment to those in need. Plus it’s hard to say no to someone who has no qualms about asking, because she’s not asking for herself. “When people get our cards, don’t be cheap,” she says feistily. Or come in and buy a painting. “If you’re nice, I’ll let you make the check out to Seaside Legal Services,” she says mischievously. That would make the painting a donation. And that is what is called a win-win.

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Tonight’s Council agenda includes programs for assisting and policing homeless 

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow has joined newly elected Councilman Peter Blake in his crusade to reduce what Blake believes is an increase in petty crimes and nuisance conduct being committed in Laguna Beach, especially downtown, including by what Blake has referred to as "criminal transients".

A proposal to increase police and marine safety officer presence on Main Beach and in Heisler Park is on tonight’s Council agenda, sponsored by Dicterow and Blake. 

The proposal has the support of the Police Department, which was authorized by the Council in June to assess crime prevention at Main Beach and began staffing a weekend information booth in July to cope on the spot with the jump in complaints of criminal and quality of life issues. 

Most complaints are logged in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.,  police said. 

Recommendations from the assessment included increasing lighting, trimming overgrown vegetation, changing signs and increasing police presence. 

Some of the recommendations were successfully implemented, but some services are still lacking in the area, according to the City staff report.

Increased patrols by police on bicycles or on foot is a primary goal, with special focus by Community Outreach officers in the area. Services by County health care workers would be an asset. 

Adding lifeguard towers at the south and north borders of the park and extending the hours of the iconic Main Beach tower are also recommended.   

Additional staff hours would be required to provide the necessary level of policing as proposed. 

Implementation of the program is estimated to cost $155,000 for six months. Staff is recommending the funding come from the Measure LL monies, which voters were promised would be used for fire and police protection, among other approved spending. 

Tuesday’s agenda also includes a proposal to test the efficacy of a daytime drop-in program and a streamlined process for overnight enrollment at the 45-bed Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon.

The City will partner with Friendship Shelter to implement the proposed program, which will provide Laguna’s homeless with access to medical and housing services, showers and laundry facilities.

Qualified enrollees may be guaranteed a bed for 30 nights, expected to enhance efforts to secure transitional and permanent supportive housing.

Local homeless will have priority. 

The canyon facility has been operated by Friendship Shelter since 2009, funded by the City. It is the only year-round accommodations for the homeless in South Orange County.

Council will also consider a resolution supporting Orange County’s proposed 10-year plan to eradicate homelessness and to encourage other communities to support the plan.


Laguna enjoyed a Holly Jolly Hospitality Night on Friday

Photos by Mary Hurlbut 

Laguna enjoyed Santa

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Mayor Bob Whalen, Johnny and JJ from Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Santa, and Adam Gufarotti, Recreation Supervisor for the City

Laguna enjoyed scarf

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Mayor Bob Whalen presenting the Tree Lighting with Santa

Laguna enjoyed crowd

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The community gathered around excitedly for the countdown

Laguna enjoyed tree

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The Tree Lighting was a marvelous sight to behold


Mayor continues commitment to promote fire safety

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Mayor Bob Whalen may not have achieved what he wanted when Measure P failed to amass the votes needed for passage. But he hasn’t given up on developing a sense of urgency about Laguna’s vulnerability to destructive wildfires and promoting ways to protect Laguna Beach lives and property. 

“To be complacent at this time is to ignore the dangerous reality that confronts the City,” he wrote in the agenda item on the Council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting.

Whalen is recommending the Council approve the formation of a subcommittee on wildfire mitigation and fire safety. 

He has proposed six goals for the subcommittee:

--Assess the current level of risk and exposure to wildfires

--Research and document programs, rules and regulations in place to mitigate wildfire risk and promote fire safety in Laguna Beach

--Identify current annual cost of the City’s mitigation measures and fire safety programs

--Identify and prioritize additional programs, mitigation measures, staffing and equipment needed to further reduce the risk of lost lives and damaged properties by wildfires and the cost to implement them

--Develop an action plan to implement as many of the items in Goal Four as possible, along with necessary changes to the City ordinances, rules and regulations or state law

--Develop a plan to fund the recommendations

Whalen has volunteered his services to the subcommittee and recommends the appointment of newly elected Councilwoman Sue Kempf, both of them to work with City Manager John Pietig and staff to fulfill the purposes of the committee and report back to the Council by June 1.


KXMas 2018: 

Nancy Wilson and Roadcase Royale

Photos by Scott Brashier

Annual KXMas Nancy singing

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Nancy Wilson performs a mixture of old and new

Annual KXMas single guitar

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Lead guitarist Ryan Waters

Annual KXMas Liv with mic

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Liv Warfield in a moment of quiet

Annual KXMas guitarists

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Dan Rothchild on left with Ryan Waters

More photos from Saturday’s epic rock concert in our backyard by Scott Brashier…

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Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

December 11, 2018

The four seasons of Southern California 

Dennis 5Some 40 odd years ago on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson nailed it when he stated during his opening monologue that Southern California has four seasons: fire, flood, earthquake, and drought. Those words couldn’t ring truer in our case with only one wet season since 2011 and that was the 16.65 inches we had in the 2016-17 season. Then we had the horrendous fires this year, then way too much rain right after the fires, resulting in catastrophic floods in the fire scarred areas, and finally a couple of 4.0 shakers out in the desert the other day.

Our 2018-19 rainy season is off to a good start as we’ve already collected a total of 4.71 inches here in town, and that’s exactly how much rain we had for the entire season a year ago. Remember, I track our local rainy season like the fiscal year, which runs from July 1st through the following June 30th. Yep, we’re well ahead of the curve so far as the normal rainfall to date is 2.21 inches as of December 9th. 

How about that thunderstorm we had last Thursday afternoon? Two of them were right on top of us with only one second elapsing between the lightning and resulting thunder. It rained so hard during that storm, we collected over three quarters of an inch in just 35 minutes as there was water a half-inch deep on all the streets downtown. The good news is our local greenbelt is going to be living up to its name soon with all the rain we’ve had plus all the native chaparral is soaking wet, so fire danger is done for now.

Ocean temps are running 58-60 degrees and that’s right at normal for this time of year but don’t forget about the water quality or I should say the lack of.

See you Friday, Aloha!


School Board meeting agenda for tonight includes oath of office for re-elected Board members

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Dec 11) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. The meeting will begin at 5:45 PM with the oath of office for re-elected Board members Carol Normandin and Dee Perry (James Kelly is not able to attend and will be sworn in at the next LBUSD Board meeting). Open session will begin at 6 p.m. 

The Board will hear a report from Dr. Viloria and Dr. Keller on the district’s journey to a K-12 social-emotional learning system. Action items include the first interim budget report.

School Board tree

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Tonight’s LBUSD meeting will provide the community with important school-wide updates

On August 21, LBUSD staff presented information regarding the Social Emotional Supports implemented at LBUSD schools during the 2017-2018 school year and ongoing services in 2018-2019. 

Staff members also presented at the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health regarding LBUSD implementation and more recently presented at the California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference. 

This presentation will include an overview of the information presented at both conferences, and also provide an update to include fall Universal Social and Emotional Learning.


A peaceful Laguna weekend in December

A peaceful beach

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Photo by John Manzoni (Instagram @Johnmanzoni

Looking north at a near empty and always beautiful beach


Take an enchanted journey on the Fairytale Valley Gingerbread Train at Montage Laguna Beach

Who wouldn’t want to take a trip through a tiny fairy land, especially at this magical time of year? Through Wednesday, Dec 26, guests young and old will delight in the Fairytale Valley Gingerbread Display located outside The Loft below the Grand Staircase at the Montage Laguna Beach.

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So many magical places to visit

Imagine departing from the Montage Train Station, in which a diminutive train heads to a mystical Fairytale Valley housed with make-believe cottages such as the home of Little Red Riding Hood. This delightful journey and the sweet scenes along the way were skillfully created by Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith and his team of talented artists. This is what fairy tales are made of, sugar, spice, and everything nice! 

Take an gingerbread house

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Ninety-nine percent edible

This charming village is like no other. For one thing, it’s 99 percent edible. Ingredients used to make the village include gingerbread, chocolate, and fondant.  Sponge case was used for the trees and sugar for the figurines.

This neighborhood was not built overnight. The village took approximately 80 hours to complete. The process was carried out over the course of three weeks, building each individual part separately. Then on set up day, the village came together.

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All aboard!

   Sweetness to the max! Approximately 30 pounds of gingerbread and 40 pounds of fondant were used to create the village. 

And every village has to have grass and trees and flowers. The landscape texture was created by building layers of cornmeal over fondant, then airbrushing in the color. 

The figurines are all handmade. 

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This one is just right

The cottages have interiors printed onto rice paper and finished with gelatin to create the effect of a real house.

So, let your imagination loose to hop aboard the Fairytale Valley Gingerbread Train and visit the fanciful lands of Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks Cottage. 

But, be careful, you can’t take a bite.

Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 S Coast Hwy.


City’s first SRO puts students first hoping to 

make an impact that lasts

By SUZIE HARRISON

LBPD Corporal Cornelius Ashton is the City’s first SRO for LBUSD and he couldn’t be happier. He worked hard to make the position become a reality for Laguna Beach schools, importantly for the kids. 

Corporal Ashton has 18 years of law enforcement experience, including 15 years at the San Diego Community School District, and three years with LBPD.

With his prior role as a juvenile crime detective, Cpl Ashton found that whenever he was going to the high school or any of the schools it was always for negative situations.

“I started taking a hard look at what our police department is doing for positive engagement with our kids. I saw the need to have an SRO for our schools,” Cpl Ashton said. “I started looking further and saw that we were the only city to not have a dedicated School Resource Officer.”

Citys first Ashton High Five

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Cpl Ashton loves engaging with students; he has a smile on his face everyday, living his dream

He dove in, researched, and wrote a proposal and gave it to his command staff. Through his findings, they saw a need for the SRO role. 

Starting this school year, he was given a two-year contract, and he’s making the most of every minute.

“I do so many things. I do a lot of mentoring for kids. They’re virtually implementing me into their school curriculum. Anywhere they feel I can educate the kids from a police perspective, I teach. It can be anything from health education to government to economics to just going to the classes,” Cpl Ashton said. “I have been working with the social emotion counselor on resilience, stress management, and I could go on and on. I do a lot of co-teaching.”

He takes part in a lot of school events, including WEB Wednesday, “Where Everybody Belongs”. It’s for diversity and inclusion.

“It shows that everyone can come together and everyone has a place,” Cpl Ashton said.

Citys first Ashton at El Morro

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Cpl Ashton teaching El Morro Elementary students about Halloween Safety

He attends events and is really present on the campuses in myriad capacities. 

“My goal is for all the kids here to essentially grow up with a police officer,” Cpl Ashton said. “I feel the more positive interaction they have with police officers the more comfortable they are going to be around them in adulthood and the less likely they’re going to be involved in criminal activity.”

He explained that he wears a lot of different hats working with students, staff, parents, and administration.

“The synergy is just amazing. It’s so extremely positive,” he said.

While people think that there are so many issues going on at the local schools, he said it’s not true.

The main issue is learning coping skills.

“Helping kids to understand to slow things down and take things one at a time and not try to do so much at once. They get flustered easily they want to do well in every aspect of their life,” Cpl Ashton said. “I tell them they need to take time to break things down and sometimes they just need someone to hear them.”

He really encourages communication. He greets each student and asks how they are and really listens before he talks to the next student. It’s critical for each student to be heard and to empower them to be better.

“It’s more than I expected. I feel like I am living out my destiny in this role. My gifts are empowering and motivating. I am like a life coach. As a police officer, I have always had this gift to help people though problems, make them smile again, and see the best within themselves. It’s the most amazing feeling ever.” 

LBPD Cpl Ashton, SRO, wanted to make sure that anyone who wants to reach out to him can find him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/lagunabeachpd_SRO or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


More Hospitality Night

Photos by Scott Brashier

More Hospitality lighted tree

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Winter Wonderland of lights

More Hospitality girls and blanket

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Baby it’s cold outside!

More Hospitality kids rocking

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Now that’s the holiday spirit

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Girls are mesmerized by Laguna Big Band with Ginger Hatfield

Laguna Print Ad


Join LBFD for Spark of Love Toy Drive

Laguna Beach Fire Department, in partnership with Southern California Firefighters and ABC7, is taking part in the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Riverside counties. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. 

This year marks the 26th anniversary for the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which will run from through December 27. LBFD has been involved since the program’s inception and each fire station will serve as drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment. 

“Although there are many worthwhile toy drives taking place this holiday season, the Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by Firefighters,” said Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia. “Together, the Orange County Toy Collaborative collects and distributes approximately 400,000 toys annually to children who would otherwise not be receiving gifts this holiday season.”

LBFD asks locals to drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment to any of Laguna Beach’s four fire stations. They will also have donation bins at Hospitality Night tonight, Friday, Dec 7. 

Drop off toys or sports items at these four Laguna Beach Fire Stations: Fire Station 1 at 501 Forest Ave; Fire Station 2 at 285 Agate St; Fire Station 3 at 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd; and Fire Station 4 at 31646 2nd Ave.

Toy Request/Family Referral sheets are available at all Orange County fire stations and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul office at 730 N. Garfield Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. For more information on the event, please contact Firefighter Pat Cary at (949) 497-0700.

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LagunaTunes invites the community to “Christmas Letters”, a free holiday concert, this Sunday

LagunaTunes invites the community to a free holiday concert, “Christmas Letters,” this Sunday, Dec 16 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program traces how Christmas letters – some funny and some sentimental – have changed through the years. Bring the entire family to the show, which is suitable for all ages.

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Upcoming LagunaTunes concert will include a variety of Christmas favorites in both upbeat and beautiful choral styles

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some do not, age levels cover a broad range and all are united by a love of music. Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills and the joy of group singing. 

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 60-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose 

at Laguna Playhouse through Dec 30 

Don’t miss the holiday enchantment of Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at Laguna Playhouse through December 30.

The production stars Ashley Argota, Thomas Hobson, Heath Calvert, Roland Rusinek, Riley Costello, David Engel, Andrew Barnicle, and more. Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreographed by Mandy Moore, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland. 

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Ashley Argota and Roland Rusinek star in the “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” through Dec 30

“Families, our audiences and our subscribers are in for a romantically glorious, and hilarious, holiday experience as we present our fourth Panto spectacle, the truly magical Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose,” Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard commented.

  Lythgoe added, “We are overjoyed to be bringing Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose to the Laguna Playhouse this year. This fantastic cast and creative team that will be sure to make all your family holiday’s dreams come true.”

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus, and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages.

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The cast impresses and delights audiences in “Beauty at the Beast: A Christmas Rose”

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s fourth production at the venerable Laguna Playhouse. Past Pantos at Laguna Playhouse include Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Kira Kosarin and Barry Pearl, A Snow White Christmas starring Marina Sirtis and Lindsay Pearce, and Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Joely Fisher.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information or tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787. Tickets range from $41 - $76.


Pretty as a painting at the beach on Monday

Pretty as sunset

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The sky painted the ocean and sand in watercolor beauty


Open house this Sunday to feature antique clock collection and food drive

This Sunday, Decr 9, from 1 - 4 p.m., join agents Denae Aballi and Karen Jernigan of Douglas Elliman Real Estate for an antique clock tour, food drive, and a cup of hot cocoa. The collected food is being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Open house cottage

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Enjoy a cup of cocoa while touring this charming beach cottage

Denae Aballi explains, “It’s always nice to do a regular open house, but when you can combine it with something meaningful and get the community involved, everyone wins. The clocks are not for sale, but it just goes to show you the character of the home, and the character of the 1938 beach cottages.” 

Open house clocks

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The 1938 beach cottage has a unique collection of antique clocks to view during the open house

The house, located at 611 Cress St, is listed at $1,499,000 and is located four blocks from the ocean in the Village. Original Fir wood floors are throughout the home, with brick flooring in the entry and dining areas. There is a newly updated master bath and kitchen. There is a garage and parking out front. 

For more information, click here.


Laguna Art Museum announces California Cool Art Auction 2019

On February 16, 2019, Laguna Art Museum will present its annual California Cool Art Auction. This will mark the 37th edition of the highly anticipated event with works by over 100 important California artists. The museum-curated California Cool Art Auction 2019 will include original art at great prices, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

Thanks to the museum’s long-standing relationships with California artists and galleries, and their generosity in supporting the institution, Art Auction 2019 will include highly desirable works by both established and emerging artists. 

Laguna Art palm

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Courtesy of Laguna Art Museum

Don Suggs, Oasis, archival inkjet print on Crane Museo Max paper, from the edition of 5, 2011, 25 x 34 inches (framed), courtesy of the artist and L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

The Art Auction event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum, with the silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m. The live auction, led by Aaron Bastian of Bonham’s, is an exciting, unique event, with competitive bidding in the room and absentee bids placed from around the world.

The Art Auction team for 2019 is led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Vanessa Helin; and committee members Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Michael Fullen, Tim Hawkins, Eden Phair, and Karen Varner.

Proceeds from the event will support Laguna Art Museum’s mission of collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education.

Laguna Art hand

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LAM’s Art Auction is the longest-running benefit art auction in California

LAM’s featured artists for the evening are: Tristan Abel, Peter Alexander, Yorgo Alexpoulous, Daniel Angeles, Florence Arnold, Natalie Arnoldi, Don Bachardy, Marlo Bartels, Tim Bavington, Sherri Belassen, Kelly Berg, Maria Bertran, Wolfgang Bloch, John Botz, Andrea Brown, Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Mindy Cherri, Michael Childers, Stacy D’Aguiar, Deborah Davidson, Paul Davies, Tony DeLap, Brittney Diamond, Joshua Dildine, Laddie John Dill, Jorg Dubin, Ned Evans, Colin Fleck, Kaori Fukuyama, Jacques Garnier, Eric Gerdau, Jimi Gleason, Joe Goode, Kristina Grace, James Griffith, Bradley Hankey, Danny Heller, Scot Heywood, Kelsey Irvin, Kathy Jones,Jeff Juhlin, Catherine Kaleel, Sherry Karver, G. Ray Kerciu, Jeremy Kidd, Mary-Austin Klein, Jason Kowalski, Peter Krasnow, Tom Lamb, Robert Larson, Kristin Leachman, Dave Lefner, David Ligare, Victoria MacMillan, John Mason, Danny McCaw, Dan McCleary, Elizabeth McGhee, Scott McMillin, Pierce Meehan, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, David Milton, Andy Moses, Gwynn Murrill, Michael Obermeyer, Kenton Parker, Gregory Price, Richard Reiner, Chris Richter, Brian Robertson, Matthew Rolston, David Ruddell, Bradford J. Salamon, Doug Shoemaker, Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazer, Adam Silverman, John Sonsini, Don Suggs, Cecil Touchon, Marton Varo, Stephanie Weber, Alex Weinstein, William Wray and Scott Yeskel.

Tickets are $125 for museum members at the Supporter level and higher, and $150 for all others. Tickets purchased at the door, subject to availability, will be $150 for members and $175 for non-museum members. Tickets include auction admission, complimentary valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. 

For more information including tickets, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Laguna Beach Chamber seeking Executive Director

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking a dynamic person as its Executive Director. The Executive Director is a full-time, at-will position responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities, including business advocacy, community development, financial, management, membership, and program goals and objectives. 

Key areas of responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, securing and retaining sponsorships and membership, administration and management of staffing, and providing leadership consistent with the Chamber’s goals and mission.

Education and Experience sought include the following:

--College degree or related business experience (required) 

--Business, industry or civic experience (required) 

--Excellent communication skills, both written and oral (required) 

--Leadership and management experience (required) 

--Strong computer and social media experience (required) 

--Chamber experience (preferred) 

--Nonprofit budgeting (preferred) 

--Membership sales (preferred)

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information including a full job description, or submit resume for consideration on or before December 31, 2018.


LAM announces 2019 exhibitions with new exhibits starting on March 3

After a year-long celebration of the museum’s history and legacy, honoring the artists of a hundred years ago whose organization eventually became Laguna Art Museum, the exhibition “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935” closes on January 13. After a complete reinstallation of its galleries, Laguna Art Museum begins a series of exhibitions on March 3 that span more than a century of California art.

On March 3 to May 27, the museum will feature “Titi, Nunu, and Klembolo: Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book.”

The great Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840–1909), best known for performances in the plays of Shakespeare, was a star of the American stage in the 1880s and ‘90s. In 1888, she and her husband built a country home, Arden, in what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Among her many other talents, Modjeska was a storyteller and artist. 

LAM Announces Fairy Tale

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Exciting new exhibits are coming to LAM

During breaks in her acting schedule she spent time at Arden writing and illustrating a fairy tale for her grandson, Felix Modjeski, presenting a 147-page bound manuscript to him as a Christmas gift in 1896. With handwritten parallel texts in English and Polish, and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show Modjeska’s flair for both fantasy and natural observation, it tells the story of a pair of brothers, Titi and Nunu, who live on Mars. They run away from home, accompanied by their six-legged blue dog, Klembolo, but after some adventures return to their family and friends for Christmas.

The exhibit at Laguna Art Museum will take place immediately after the conservation treatment and before the separate sheets of the manuscript are re-bound, allowing Modjeska’s amazing flight of the imagination to be displayed as never before.

Also from March 3 to May 27, the museum will feature “Centennial Gifts: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection.” 

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LAM ia growing and strengthening its permanent collection, including this piece by Dan McCleary

Like most museums, Laguna Art Museum grows and strengthens its permanent collection largely through donations from collectors, artists, and foundations, and in 2018 it received outstanding donations of works of art in recognition of the centenary of its founding organization, the Laguna Beach Art Association. 

On show in the museum for the first time, the Centennial Gifts include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and original prints by acclaimed California artists of the past and the present, including Tony DeLap, Lorser Feitelson, Joseph Goldyne, Dan McCleary, R. Kenton Nelson, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Agnes Pelton, and Charles Rollo Peters. The exhibition celebrates the museum’s growth as it moves beyond the centennial year and an expression of gratitude toward the donors who, through their gifts, have contributed to Laguna Beach’s artistic legacy.

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


Deadline extended to Dec 30 for grant applications for “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” funds

Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund is accepting grant applications until December 30 for funds generated from Laguna’s 2019 “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” events.

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2019 fundraising events: the 24th Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 22nd Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off.

Deadline extended Taste

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Don’t miss out on grant opportunities from the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund

Proceeds are donated to local nonprofit, registered 501c(3) organizations and the Laguna Board of REALTORS® CAF general fund. Priority is given to groups that are generally smaller in size, serve local needs and do not have other consistent funding sources. Scholarships are also awarded to qualifying Laguna Beach High School students. Prior recipients may reapply.

Groups are invited to apply for these grants by contacting Nancy Pooley, President of the Laguna Board of REALTORS® & Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund at (949) 230-3353 or go to www.LBR-CAF.INFO to download the application.

Applications are due on December 30 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid-January 2019.


The view in Laguna is the cat’s meow

The views Nestor

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Nestor never tires of the scenery in Laguna

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December birthstone: the brilliance of Blue Zircon

By Lorraine Hornby

Brilliance and Fire

Blue Zircon, one of the December birthstones, has a brilliance that surpasses the better-known blue gems such as sapphire, aquamarine, blue topaz or tanzanite. Zircon’s sparkle is due to its having a high refractive index, which is a measure of the relative speed of light in a vacuum versus the speed of light as it passes through the gem. In other words, a high refractive index means more sparkle. Zircon also shows great dispersion, which is the breaking up of light into spectral colors – a phenomenon referred to as “fire” in the gem world.

Colors of Zircon

Zircon’s color palette includes colorless gems, yellow, orange, brown, red, and green. Blue zircon is created by heat treating brown zircon and is by far the most popular color for use in jewelry.

December birthstone colors

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Zircon colors

Origin of the Name

Some scholars believe that the name zircon comes from the Persian word “zargun,” meaning “gold-colored,” although this would only describe one of the colors of zircon. 

A well-known gemologist and gem buyer for Tiffany, George Kunz, promoted using the name “starlite” for blue zircon, to honor the gem’s brilliance, but it never really caught on.

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Blue Zircon

Legend and Lore

Zircon discovered in Australia has been dated to 4.4 billion years ago, making it the oldest mineral on earth. Zircon is believed to promote peace within oneself, and to aid in sleep. Legend also has it that it promotes riches, honor, and wisdom.

Sources of Zircon

Zircon is found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Brazil, Australia, and East Africa (this is not a complete list).

Other December Birthstones

Turquoise and tanzanite are also designated December birthstones.

Fakes & Frauds

Colorless zircon is sometimes sold as a “matura” or “matura” diamond – this is a fraudulent description, since the gem is zircon, not diamond.

Another possibility for confusion is with cubic zirconia, a cheap and ubiquitous imitation gemstone. Zircon is a natural gemstone, whereas cubic zirconia is a man-made imitation of a gemstone.

As always, it is a good idea to know what you are buying. Always ask and be sure the receipt documents what the seller has told you!

Lorraine Hornby is a local jewelry artist and Certified Gemologist, SCC. She is currently exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. Her work can be viewed at www.studio44jewelry.com, and you can read more about gemstones and jewelry fabrication on her blog, studio44jewelry.wordpress.com.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Suzie Harrison

Police Beat derives from information in the daily police and arrest logs published on the City of Laguna Beach’s website and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). Additional information is obtained through communication with the Laguna Beach Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

Information in the logs is deemed reliable and Stu News Laguna is not responsible for any mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Police Beat 121118

Incident Reports

Saturday, Dec 8

S Coast Hwy & Diamond St | DUI

11:42 p.m. A 48-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St | 200 Block | Resisting Arrest, Driving on a Suspended License

11:15 p.m. Jefferson Deje Reyesordonez, 21, Westminster, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500) and driving on a suspended driver’s license for reckless driving (bail was set at $2,500).

Ocean Ave | 400 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, Driving without a License

2:32 p.m. Jeanne Lee Richardson, 58, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance, resisting arrest, and driving without a driver’s license. Bail amounts were unconfirmed at time of publication.

Glenneyre St | 2300 Block | DUI

2:14 a.m. A 23-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Moss St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:12 a.m. A 39-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

1:31 a.m. A 24-year-old Anaheim man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

1:57 a.m. A 39-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $500.

Unknown | Resisting Arrest, DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

Brad Scott Murray, 56, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $15,000), on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, Dec 7

Legion St | 300 Block | DUI

11:27 p.m. A 25-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Laguna Ave| DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

9:06 p.m. A 66-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Ocean Ave | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:19 p.m. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 200 Block | Warrant

2:30 p.m. Robert Oxier, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, Dec 6

Jasmine St & N Coast Hwy | DUI

10:44 p.m. A 31-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

St. Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Bench Warrants

10:04 a.m. Patrick Shane Hardie, 52, Upland, was arrested on a warrant for bribery (bail was set at $20,000) and a warrant for resisting arrest (bail was set at $10,000).

Wednesday, Dec 5

St. Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Possession of a Baton

8:19 a.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a baton. Bail was set at $125,000.

Wesley Drive & S Coast Hwy | DUI

2:02 a.m. A 34-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.