This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

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Celebrate and enjoy your 



June 28

Greg Olsen

Janis Jones

Jonell Thrasher

Margaret Peterson

Nancy Makowsky

Vince Dimiceli


June 29

David Langran

Jennifer Welch Simmons

Katie Averill

Kricket Morton

Robin Lee Riddell

Roy Garcia

Zach Churchill


June 30

Clay Berryhill

Dan Miller

Debbie Lavdas

Deborah Glass

Diane Connell


July 1

Anne McGraw

Billy Gillespie

Geoff Jones

Joan Corman

Nate Foster


July 2

Betsy Gosselin

Jason Vonk

Jo Beth Prud’homme

Tanya Yacina

Liz Comerford

Olivia Nortrup


July 3

Allison Goode

Ann Quilter

Brett Chapin

Connie Hylton

Davey Watts

John Campbell

Summer Tarango


July 4

Jim Steins

Salomé Taylor

So Cal Edison Rotating Outages

As the summer is upon us, SCE has provided the attached rotating outage procedures and policies as well as notification programs that will be used in the event of rotating outages that are likely to occur this summer. These same notification procedures are used to alert citizens of significant interruptions and/or rotating outages caused by major emergencies such as wildfires, inclement weather, or earthquakes. Additional information and resources to help conserve energy wherever possible can be found on

Gas Company Repairs 

While repairing a pipe at the intersection of Third Street and Mermaid Street earlier this month, the Gas Company detected that additional repairs were needed. The Gas Company will return to work at this intersection on June 28, June 29, and July 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will be necessary, but minor traffic impacts can be expected.

Sound Spectrum



1. Radiohead, Moon Shaped Pool

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2. Paul Simon, Stranger to Stranger

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

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4. Jah Mex, Soul Garden

5. Eric Clapton, Still I Do

6. Michael Franti, Soul Rocker

7. Lianne La Havas, Blood

8. Flume, Flume

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9. Band of Horses, Why Are You OK?

10. Mudcrutch, 2 

11. Santana, IV

12. Jeff Buckley, You and I

13. Prince, Hit and Run

14. Grateful Dead, Red Rocks

15. Meghan Trainor, Thank You

16. Ray Lamontagne, Ourobros

17. Edward Sharpe, Persona 

18. Weezer, White Album

19. Fitz And The Tantrums, Fitz And The Tantrums

20. Lumineers, Cleopatra

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Poet, broker, painter and more: Kate Buckley is a woman of many talents, inspired above all by home


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Since her childhood, Kate Buckley has been actively seeking the answer to a question posed in Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day: Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?

“I know it sounds impossible, but I’m interested in everything,” Buckley says, sitting on a white couch in her beautiful Laguna home, which she has decorated in a gorgeously contemporary, yet eclectic style. “My mind is always telling me, let’s explore this, let’s explore that.”

Kate Buckley

For Buckley, then, the question of “what it is [she] plans to do” has never, and probably will never offer a single answer, and for her that’s a good thing. Over the years, she’s investigated many different fields, from art to health and nutrition to business – and she has several accomplishments in each of these areas. 

(Given the above, in a weak attempt at humor, I asked Buckley what she wasn’t interested in, or perhaps just hasn’t done yet. She thought for a while. “Calculus,” she said. “I can’t do calculus. Or surgery. I’m not a musician, though I love Brazilian jazz.” 

She says this with her brow just slightly furrowed, in a completely unpretentious way, and I have a strange feeling that after I leave, she might just study some math, or perhaps check out a medical encyclopedia, or sign up to learn the saxophone, because why not?)

Let’s take a closer look at Kate Buckley’s many-splendored life.

Hitting a home run with domain names

Working as a broker for the Castello Brothers, Buckley recently scored big, selling for $725,000, the fourth biggest domain sale reported in 2016, according to The Domain Industry News Magazine. She specializes in ultra-premium domains, website names with the greatest value.

“I met and began working with the Castellos back in 1998, when they had the foresight to accumulate domain names,” she says. “At that early time in the Internet’s history, few people predicted their future value. That’s been a key part of my success.”

Domain names mark a company’s home on the Internet, of course, and are therefore a key part of a company’s branding strategy. Brand management is another skill at which Buckley excels. She offers marketing services through her company, Buckley Media Group. 

Domain names brought Buckley to Laguna from Kentucky via New York and Palm Springs: after co-launching, she focused on, and once she had explored our multi-faceted city, decided that this was a place that reflected her own personality. 

Kate believes in good, clean eating and knows how to make that happen

Buckley is also an accredited life coach, and has worked with CEOs and others on many aspects of their lives ranging from nutrition to business and romantic challenges. 

“I like to think that by reframing our stories, we can reclaim our past in a positive way, especially as no one has perfect memories, another aspect of the mind that fascinates me,” she says.

Poems inspired by Kentucky, her place of birth, win many prizes

Somehow Buckley also finds time to write, to frame her own stories, many inspired by her Kentucky home, where she spends part of her year. 

Poems that appear in her two books, A Wild Region and Follow Me Down – as well as numerous literary journals – have won the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and the Gabehart Prize for imaginative writing. 

What do poetry, domain name sales and brand marketing have in common, I wondered?

“All involve observation, strategy and detective work to arrive at the right place, to provide a sense of shared experience,” she says. “And they demand creativity, and curiosity, which has informed my whole life. I started writing poetry at the age of three and a half. I’m high energy and I’m always looking for solutions to challenges.”

Not surprisingly, Buckley describes herself as a serial entrepreneur – and more surprisingly for someone who in conversation appears so grounded – a mystic. 

I ask her what that means, to be a mystic. She thinks for a while, her hands curled around a mug of Earl Grey tea, her Cavalier King Charles spaniel Murphy nestled happily by her side. 

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is Kate’s constant, adoring companion

 “When I’m in the woods in Kentucky, I often have the sense that I’m downloading the voices and emotions of others, living or dead, who have also walked among the trees, generations earlier,” says the ninth-generation Kentuckian, who loves to immerse herself in nature. 

(It’s interesting to me to hear words such as download and bandwidth in conversation with Buckley, and to realize how closely her worlds intertwine.)

She hastens to clarify that the images she senses are not always positive. 

“The beautiful and the brutal necessarily coexist,” she says. “That’s the great mystery of life.”

These preoccupations are evident in her poems, many of which take as their themes the malleability of memory and the transformational nature of landscape.

Her paintings also reflect these themes. 

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Kate Buckley is surrounded by beauty of her own making

Because, yes, Kate Buckley is also an artist. Her paintings adorn the walls of her Laguna Beach home, which is decorated in pink, cinnamon and green tones and seems to beg for coverage in Architectural Digest.

Buckley is a yogi, and loves Ritual Arts Yoga here in town on South Coast Highway. Teacher Cole Jacobs is a favorite of hers. She’s a hiker who loves our wilderness trails. She likes to cook and to garden. And to travel. And antiquing. 

Volunteering is another interest

Buckley is also a serial volunteer.

“Just yesterday, I received news that I’m going to be a Big Sister to a young girl in Dana Point who shares many of my interests,” she tells me. “I can’t wait to meet her.”

Buckley is a past and present volunteer for the Friendship Shelter and the Peace Exchange.

With her friend Gretchen Westgaard, she co-founded the Laguna Beach Hiking Club, which she says is perhaps the best example of how a passion of hers, in this case hiking, has resulted in productive community building, something she loves.

One of Buckley’s next goals is the publication of a collection of short stories, one of which was shortlisted for the prestigious UK-based Bridport Prize.

At this point in the interview, my mental mailbox had reached capacity, so to speak, though I guessed that there were many more interesting topics to cover with Kate Buckley in the future. 

I said goodbye to her and Murphy (what a dog!), thinking how lucky Laguna Beach is that Kate Buckley calls the city her home and to benefit from her generosity, her multiple marketing talents, and her musings.

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Cal, UCSD, UCLA, Georgetown, UMass, Dartmouth, Parsons, USC, abroad… where will they go? 

The LBHS Class of 2016 has goals for the future. They are off to colleges, universities, technical schools, the military, beauty schools, and to travel the world.

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What a variety of enriching experiences ahead for these kids!

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There’s no holding them back – except maybe the desire to return home to visit their sweet hometown Laguna Beach. High school reunions coming up!


More graduation photos by Scott Brashier… 

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Dennis’ Tidbits


June 28, 2016

The water’s warm and the waves keep coming…

It’s late Sunday morning and the sun’s out with clear blue skies and the water’s warm and the waves keep coming. It’s looking a lot like La Nina is behaving as erratically as her predecessor El Nino. We’ve already had more waves than we had all last summer and it’s still only late June. The marine layer is pretty much outta here and the water temps are hovering around 70 degrees. Maybe we’ll even pull off the Brooks Street Contest this time around. They shoulda started it yesterday as 8 -10 ft. bombs were exploding on Second and Third Reef. I mean, what more can you ask for!? 

I was thinking, maybe the waves were too big for the groms but then I thought, that didn’t stop us in July of 2009 when it was huge! The 53rd annual Brooks Street shoulda, woulda, coulda event. Last year it never happened but it could have with plenty of fun zone waves from hurricane Dolores in July but they cancelled the event due to lightning of all things! They shoulda waited the storm out as it was a short lived thunderstorm and they coulda resumed action later on that morning. Like I said, shoulda, woulda, coulda!

It’s almost July and the Eastern Pacific tropics are still sleeping. It’s the latest in 41 years that a system hasn’t formed down there and it’s a pretty sure bet than nothing will happen over the remaining five days here in June. Normally we would have already seen at least two storms by July 1. The first system of a season normally shows up around the first week of June. Last year on this date we already had three systems, all reached hurricane status with two of them reaching major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher with winds of 111-130 mph). The same goes for the previous year, 2014. If you’ll remember, one of the biggest hurricane swells of all time occurred in late August that year from Category 5 hurricane Marie.

The Eastern Pacific has never used the entire alphabet but we’ve come close a few times. In 1983 we got as far as Winnie, in 1985 we made it to Xina, and in 1990 we reached Waldo. On the other side in the Atlantic Basin in 2005 they used up the entire alphabet and even went six deep into the Greek alphabet. That was the year that Katrina ravaged the Gulf coast and Category 5 Wilma with sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts up to 230 terrorized the Yucatan Peninsula. Wilma had the lowest barometric pressure on record at 886 millibars. Her name was later retired as she turned to the NE and put a direct hit on the Florida Keys as a Category 3. 

See y’all on Friday. ALOHA!

Surf swells: beautiful to behold, and some to ride

Photos by Scott Brashier

The waves were epic last weekend, and the 53rd Annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic was almost a go (it was down to the wire) but didn’t end up happening. 

Even so, the waves were a joy to behold – and some to ride on.

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The big overheads were lots of fun

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Catching waves out on Second Reef too

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A smooth ride!

From a press release

Judie Mancuso announces candidacy for City Council

A prominent member of the Laguna Beach community for more than two decades, Judie Mancuso has officially announced that she will be running for City Council.

Mancuso has spent the majority of her adult life working in public service and volunteering for non-profits dealing with environmental and animal issues, and this experience, combined with her solid background in the business world and information technology, gives her the strong conviction that she can effectively fill one of the two open seats that are up for election.

“My goal as a Laguna Beach City Council member [will be] to preserve and enhance our quality of life by working to fix our traffic and parking problems, keep our neighborhoods safe, protect our beaches and wildlife, and safeguard our property values,” states Mancuso on her recently launched website

Mancuso, who has garnered a reputation as a leader in California advocating on behalf of animal welfare issues, is the founder of Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), a 501(c) 4 non-profit dedicated to animal welfare, rights and protection. 

Amongst her many distinctions, Mancuso worked with Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz to pass the high-profile ordinance that prohibits businesses from selling mill-bred animals, including dogs from puppy mills. Mancuso is also a member of the Veterinary Medical Board, where she has served for the past six years.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to utilize my vast experience in government, business, strategic problem-solving and environmental and animal welfare advocacy to benefit the City of Laguna Beach in an official capacity,” Mancuso says. “I look forward to working tirelessly to help rectify Laguna Beach’s problems and advance the town on a positive course for the future.”

They’re waiting patiently for a room with a view


Driving down Coast Highway recently, you may have noticed an ever-changing line of people sitting on beach chairs in front of the Laguna Shores Resort at 419 North Coast Highway.  

Every day the line has been shrinking or growing as different people, some with families, some alone, have taken their place at the back, eventually making it to the front of the line.

Laguna’s lovely coastline lures those looking for stunning views

According to one woman who didn’t want to give her name, people were waiting to try and secure ocean view rooms for their time-shares.  

“No one wants that room,” she told me good-naturedly, pointing to a window facing the street.  

She explained the process, saying that the Laguna Shores Resort front office methodically alternates between fax requests, mail requests and in-person requests.

Being there in person bettered one’s chances of getting a desired room, rather the way fans used to camp out for concert tickets, hoping for a front row seat to see a rock star like Bruce Springsteen, or the way people will wait patiently, sometimes overnight, to grab the best spot to watch the Rose Parade.  

Except that in this case, their goal is to secure a room with a view. 

For those, like my nameless source, who had booked rooms longer than several vacation weeks through the timeshare, giving up a day to be sure they’d get a room with a view was a small price to pay to enjoy Laguna’s scenic coast.

Rock for the Cause is tonight at 6 p.m. at Mozambique: come dance to make a difference 


There’s a reason why Stu News Laguna co-owner Shaena Stabler is such a strong advocate for nonprofits that focus on giving hope and homes to the homeless – particularly Friendship Shelter – and why she wants lots of people to buy tickets to join her and the Stu News Laguna team to Rock the Cause tonight at Mozambique Restaurant from 6 – 10 p.m.

In addition to caring about the health of our community, Shaena, a happy soul despite her difficult childhood, has had up-close, personal and heart-breaking experience with the sufferings of homeless people. Both her father and mother struggle with severe mental illnesses. Her father is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her mother with schizophrenia, and Shaena and her younger sister spent time in shelters and living in a car during their early years. 

“My parents did their best to take care of us when we were little – and I will always know and hold onto this,” Shaena says. “Despite the instability, I have a lot of happy memories with them, and I always felt loved. These early bonds with them will never be broken.”

A personal understanding of homelessness

Eventually, Shaena’s grandmother and grandfather took her and her sister in and raised them while her parents were in and out of hospitals, halfway houses, and often homeless. 

“My parents would always write and call us, and we would visit them in hospitals regularly. In high school when my father was doing pretty well, he lived in a halfway house and would take three or four buses to come see me play basketball and softball. He always did the best that he could,” Shaena adds.

“The scariest times were when we didn’t know where they were, when they would fall through the gaps for a few months and be out on the streets. One time, my mom went missing for a year – it was so awful. I understood very early on how vulnerable they were, and that they weren’t safe out on the streets.” 

But thanks to Friendship Shelter, there’s good news

There is good news to share, however.

“A few years ago, I was told that my father was looking for me,” Shaena says. “I was scared, quite honestly. I met him at an LA bus station and after a while, with the help of Friendship Shelter, we’ve been able to have an almost normal father/daughter relationship. First he was living in a transitional home. Now he is in a wonderful board and care program in Anaheim. He’s an important part of my life and that means the world to me.”

(To learn more about Shaena’s journey, watch a short, extremely poignant video filmed to create awareness for Friendship Shelter, which can be seen at or by clicking on

Shaena wants others to be able to benefit from the same kind of help that she and her family received. 

By buying tickets for Rock for the Cause to raise money for Friendship Shelter, you can help make that happen. (Click on this link to purchase tickets:

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Stu News Laguna co-owner Shaena Stabler, associate editor Maggi Henrikson, and Ernest Hackmon are ready to party! Will you join them?

Shaena’s experience of homelessness is all too common, even in wealthy Orange County. If she had developed into a pessimist about society’s ability to help the homeless, or decided to leave that part of her history behind, people would completely understand.

But everyone who knows Shaena knows also that she is one of the most joyous, generous and high-achieving people they have ever been fortunate to meet. She’s on the board of the Friendship Shelter. She has business acumen up the yin-yang. And she’s a fabulous singer too. 

And now Stu News Laguna readers and friends – and all Laguna Beach residents – have a chance to make Shaena even happier and enjoy her music and make our community a better home for all. 

Remember, if you buy tickets to Rock the Cause at Mozambique Restaurant, not only will you be helping to raise money for the Friendship Shelter, but you’ll also get a preview of Shaena Stabler’s amazing new EP, scheduled for release in September.

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Greg MacGillivray, his wife Barbara, and Robert Smolka can’t wait to boogie

All proceeds from Rock For The Cause will benefit Friendship Shelter’s mission of ending homelessness in our community, one person at a time. Tickets start at $55 and include two drinks and passed appetizers provided by Mozambique. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on or by calling 949.494.6928. 

Friendship Shelter serves an average of 550 homeless and formerly homeless men and women each year, addressing first and foremost their need for a permanent housing solution. They provide comprehensive, individualized assistance based on each unique circumstance, need, and capacity in one of three programs: the Self-Sufficiency Program (rehabilitative residential shelter), the Alternative Sleeping Location (emergency shelter) and Permanent Supportive Housing. 

To learn more about Friendship Shelter, please visit

City in negotiations for Laguna Canyon properties


City Manager John Pietig is representing the city in negotiations for possible purchase of property interests in two pieces of highly visible parcels on Laguna Canyon Road. Discussions are underway on the price and terms of payment for the Bartlett Center at 835 Laguna Canyon Road and for Art-A-Fair and Tivoli Too, at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Gary Sauter owns Bartlett Center. Art-A-Fair is owned by Adam & Woolsey Inc., which was incorporated in 1988. The late Laguna Beach artist, Iris Adam, was president.

Pietig is also the city’s representative in negotiations for the price and terms of payment for a proposed lease amendment for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC), generally located at 20612 and 20652 Laguna Canyon Road. Keith Matassa, PMMC’s executive director, represents the lessee.

Pietig declined to discuss the negotiations while they are still in the talking stage. 

LBBC honors residences, commercial properties and public art for their key roles in beautifying Laguna 

At a festive reception held on June 15 at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council gave out numerous awards to honor some of the most outstanding examples of outdoor landscaping and beauty in Laguna.

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Richard and Evalyn Putnam accept their 2016 LBBC Residential Award

Residential and commercial properties, as well as art in public spaces, were recognized for their curbside appeal and contribution to Laguna’s beautification.

The 2016 LBBC award winners for commercial/business properties include Festival of the Arts (650 Laguna Canyon Road); Dental on Glennyre (1160 Glennyre); Chevron on Legion/PCH; Emerald Bay Realty (98 Emerald Bay); St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Park Ave); and the Granada Building, located at 1550 S. Coast Highway.

City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission winners were “Sea Breeze” by Suki Dali (Heisler Park); “Little Treasures” public restroom mural by Scott and Naomi Schoenherr on Ocean; and “Road Blossoms” by Kyungmi Shin, between Ocean and Beach.

LBBC also gave awards to showcase residences whose appearance enhances the city’s streets. These included the homes of the McCormicks, the Ulvestads, the Smiths, the Chadwicks, the Nickloffs, the Cuttings, the Putnams and the Swaynes, as well as the home of Wagner and McLean.

“Our mission is to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of all areas within Laguna Beach, encouraging and promoting beautification projects related to public space, residential and commercial buildings,” said LBBC president, Ruben Flores.

For more information, visit

Where’s Maggi?

Know where’s what in Laguna? These three challengers are last chance to beat Maggi

That’s right – Maggi is off for some travels and won’t be spying around Laguna anymore. She will have some guest appearances in Stu News, but this is the final chance for her regular weekly photo challenge.

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing these last five years!

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Sawdust Art Festival event calendar this week, 

June 28-July 4: 

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Arts Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.

Wednesday, June 29: Sawdust After Dark, 7 8 p.m., Drizzle T-shirt Class. Cost: $45. Every Wednesday evening in Studio One Sawdust is offering exclusive art classes to the 21 and older crowd with a complimentary glass of wine.

Thursday, June 30: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D.

Friday, July 1: Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Oil Painting. Cost: $95.

Saturday, July 2 and Saturday, July 2: Hawaiian Surf Day– featuring specialty beers, music and art classes.

Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., Screen Printing with eco-friendly artist Brynne Cogorno. Cost: $95.

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Sunday, July 3: Dance Party with Lessons, 5 - 9:30 p.m., on the Main Deck. Shake up your Sunday night! Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with professional dancer and choreographer Alexey Ryazanov and perfect your dance moves. Cost: Free with festival admission.

Monday, July 4: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D. Sawdust hours on July 4 are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. and 3:30 –  5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.


The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through August 28 with special July 4 hours, 10 a.m. – 6p.m. For more information on these and upcoming programs, or to make a contribution, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at

Supervisor fosters collaboration with Irvine on proposed peripheral parking site off Laguna Canyon


Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett had a brainstorm during a meeting with Laguna Beach officials that included a discussion about the city’s summer traffic woes. The City Council will decide tonight the merits of a collaboration she fostered as a solution, involving the city, the Irvine Co., Bartlett’s office and the Orange County Transit Authority. 

Bartlett began to actively pursue a peripheral summer parking site by first contacting the Irvine Co. about using the parking lot near the 405, vacant until Odysseo, Cavalia’s “Equestrian Spectacular” returns. 

“I thought it would make a great ‘park and ride,’ said Bartlett. “I also am working with the OTCA, of which I am a board member.”  

The City became active when Bartlett’s chief of staff Sergio Prince approached Mayor Steven Dicterow about getting Laguna involved.  

“It’s a brilliant idea, something I have wanted for a long, long time,” said Dicterow.

“Lisa is a miracle worker.”

Bartlett will attend tonight’s meeting.

“The supervisor is always happy to help Laguna any way she can,” said Prince. 

 If approved and funded, as recommended by city staff, the pilot bus service will be called the Summer Breeze, offering free rides from July 9 to Aug 28.

“This is a test to see if it makes logistical sense,” said Dicterow. 

It comes with a price tag. 

City staff has recommended the appropriation of a total $170,000, for the project: $85,000 from the unappropriated Transportation and Infrastructure fund, $10,000 maximum to negotiate and finalize an entry permit with the Irvine Co., $55,000 maximum to negotiate and finalize the cooperative agreement with OTCA for the cost of operating the service, and $20,000 maximum to approve purchase of fares and other marketing costs.

The recent budget workshop indicated that the city was in good financial state, with revenue being greater than anticipated.

Trolleys to the Top of the World are now in action

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Laguna Beach residents were happy – or at least, we think most of them were happy – to receive notification in the mail last week that a new neighborhood trolley service would debut as of Friday, June 24. 

The added trolley is now taking residents to and from the Top of the World via Park, Skyline and Temple Hills, linking up with other trolley routes downtown.

This free service should provide a welcome and convenient link for Lagunans who don’t want to drive their cars in summer traffic, but do want the capability to enjoy a carefree ride to see friends and family all over town.

What used to be an uphill commute will now be a breeze.

The trolleys run every 30 minutes from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Mon. to Thurs., from 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. The service will continue until September 5. 

Additional information about the trolley service and the Trolley Tracker app is available at

Sign up for Laguna Playhouse Summer Youth Theatre 

Children ages 4 through 12 can have fun and gain impressive life skills by taking class and performing live on stage in one of the Laguna Playhouse Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes.

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Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre participants have fun

Summer Youth Theatre Classes run July 5 – 16 and July 11 – 15 and will culminate in performances of the following youth theatre productions:

Wickedly, Wizardly Oz for ages 9 – 12.  If you love all things Oz, come and sing, dance and act in this OZ Mash-UP of Wicked, the Wiz and The Wizard of Oz with a   final performance at the Laguna Playhouse.  Class meets in Lake Forest July 5 – 16 (not Sunday) 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the morning of July 16. Cost of this class is $250.

The Magic Suitcase for ages 4-6.  Inside the magic suitcase lie clues. Where will we travel? Over the ocean? To the deserts of Africa? It’s up to us! Pack your creativity and join us in an imaginative world of fun and adventure. Parents are welcome to participate. Class meets for five days July 11 – 15, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Playhouse with a final performance on the last day of class. Cost of this class is $125 plus materials fees.

For more information about Laguna Playhouse Summer 2016 Youth Theatre Classes or to register, call 497-2787 x 230 or visit Online registration is not available. The Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

LPAPA receives a $3,000 grant from FOA Foundation

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) has received a grant of $3,000 from The Festival of Arts Foundation in support of its annual Kids Paint Out scheduled for October 10th, during LPAPA’s 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational (October 8-16, 2016).

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LPAPA artist Jeff Sewell giving a little help at the annual 

LPAPA Kids Paint Out

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization based in Laguna Beach, with over 400 across the country – plus five foreign countries. LPAPA’s mission is to build upon and promote and preserve the renowned plein air painting heritage of Laguna Beach, and to enhance the visibility and livelihoods of its member artists.


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Artist Fay Wyles and Debra Groesser with proud El Morro students displaying their masterpieces 

The annual Kids Paint Out is designed for local students grades 4th through 12th.  This program, as well as the Next Generation Paint Out designed for college students, provides interactive experiences of the plein air painting tradition and artists in their midst. LPAPA is dedicated to its educational programs that foster the love of plein air painting in young people, ensuring the tradition will continue and future generations will understand the legacy behind local street names like Cuprien Way and Wendt Terrace, and grow an appreciation of our community’s artistic heritage as well as our natural environment. For more information, visit and

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Art-A-Fair hosting big time Art Auction & Wine on July 10 to benefit Laguna College of Art + Design

Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach’s fine art festival destination, invites you to experience the excitement and fun of live auction bidding at ‘Art Auction & Wine’ on Sunday, July 10 at 5 p.m., at the Art-A-Fair grounds.  Twenty-seven Art-A-Fair artists have donated their best original art in every medium for auction – you may find an appealing addition to your own collection, not available anywhere else.

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Wine tasting will begin at 5 p.m. with the Live Art Auction and Wine to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. To participate in the live auction, bidders must register by 5:45 p.m.

Don’t miss the live art demonstration by renowned Laguna Beach artist Hugo Rivera with music provided by Magnolia Memoir.

Give yourself a gift by taking a leisurely visit through beautiful Art-A-Fair prior to the live auction, and view all artwork to be auctioned in each participating artist’s booth. The Art Auction & Wine catalog can be viewed and downloaded at:

For those who cannot be present at the live auction, an Absentee Bid Form is available at this site. 

The bid form must be physically delivered to the sales booth any time before 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 in order to allow time for processing.

Proceeds will benefit the students at the prestigious Laguna College of Art + Design’s Annual Fund. Named by NIKE as one of the top three design schools in the world, LCAD is closely partnered with industry leaders such as Blizzard Entertainment, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, FOX, and Warner Brothers Animation.

Art-A-Fair offers many pleasures through the summer season. Live music plays for listening or dancing pleasure on Thursdays through Sundays. Daily art workshops are taught by professional artists. Tivoli Too! Restaurant provides a relaxing retreat in its garden courtyard overlooking a cascading waterfall, where fine cuisine is a work of art!

Art-A-Fair is open daily June 24 to Aug 28, Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. A season pass is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and military, children under 12 are free with an adult. 

Call 949-494-4514 or visit

LBHS senior Alex Rounaghi has been selected to take part in Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program

Local youth Alex Rounaghi has been chosen as one of five Orange County students, selected from more than 200 applicants from across the nation, to take part in the 2016 Bank of America Student Leaders Program. As part of this program, he has been awarded an eight-week paid internship at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

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Alex Rounaghi is going places – including Washington D.C. this summer

The B of A program offers young people who have proven themselves to be engaged community citizens an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit organization. Winners also participate in a Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

“It’s important to provide youth with access to valuable experiences and resources to compete in today’s competitive workforce,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “By connecting students with opportunities for employment with nonprofits that have an impact on the local community, we are not only helping to develop future leaders but also helping to strengthen our economy,” 

“We are excited to have such committed and highly-qualified young people working alongside us this summer,” said Nicole Suydam, Second Harvest CEO. “Our leadership team looks forward to working with them and helping to launch the next generation of community leaders.”

Alex is a recent graduate of Laguna Beach High School and will attend Dartmouth College in the fall. He co-founded of Safe Rides Laguna Beach, a program that aims to help save the lives of young people by combatting the epidemic of drunk driving. The program has provided over 100 safe rides home for teenagers between December 2014 and June 2015, with 35 percent of those teens saying they would have driven drunk if the program did not exist.

Congratulations to a resourceful and talented young man!

Thurston Ecology Club students’ projects highlight ecological awareness in an artistic way on campus

Thurston Middle School Ecology Club students worked on two major projects this year – a planter rock mosaic and an eight by 12-foot plastic bottle cap mural still under construction.

The goal of the Ecology Club is to create ecological awareness through student work. This year marks its seventh year of existence with physical education teacher Penny Dressler as the club mentor.

“It’s what we love that defines us. Clearly, the students in the Ecology Club love their planet,” said Dressler.

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Thurston’s Ecology Club (Back row, left to right): Diego Calderón, Tatyana Tran, Grace Wilson, Jordan Trautwein, Alexandra Keyser, Jacob Mindte, Hannah Wright. (Front row, left to right): Alex Lemus, Zoey Bullington, 

Penny Dressler (teacher), Lydia Wright

From the beginning of the school year, students collected plastic bottle and jar caps to create a mural representing their surroundings. A tree, sun, ocean wave and the Laguna Canyon are all part of the mural. Students have devoted approximately 75 hours collecting bottle caps, painting backboard and drilling the bottle caps to the backboard. After completion, it will be displayed on campus to help create awareness of the global impact of reusing plastic materials.

The rock mosaic project was sponsored, funded, designed and completed by the Ecology Club this school year. The goal was to help reduce the amount of water used on campus, and ultimately to create mindfulness of sustainability. The rock mosaic uses the Wave Rider campus theme, and incorporates the school colors of blue and gold by its blue ceramic pots planted with yellow Kangaroo Paw plants. The mosaic surrounds a succulent and natives planter, giving students a natural space to hang out.

The club will continue to develop new ways of creating ecological awareness on campus while also making a direct impact on the campus culture.

For more information about the Thurston Middle School Ecology Club, please contact Penny Dressler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by
the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

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

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Jesus Jose Mendivil Morales, 45, Lake Forest – Thursday, June 23


Incident Reports

Sunday, June 26

El Camino Del Mar | 400 Block | Vehicle Burglary

2:39 a.m. A caller reported that he had walked out to witness two subjects smashing his car window. The subjects fled the scene in a silver Jeep. The car behind the RP’s also had its window smashed, but nothing was taken from either vehicle.

Saturday, June 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Shane Michael Sutton, 47, No Fixed Address 

He was also arrested for a Harbor Court warrant with a charge of lewd conduct.

Monterey Street | 31400 Block | Burglary

6:48 p.m. At 4:30 a.m., an unknown subject broke into the RP’s garage and took $300 cash from the wallet that was inside the RP’s vehicle. 

Dartmoor Street | 300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

3:27 p.m. Between midnight and 6 a.m., someone rummaged through the RP’s vehicle and took 3 iPads, an iPhone, a skateboard and cash. Total loss – about $2,050.

Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrants

2:17 p.m. Jerald Jerrod Cousian, 48, no fixed address was arrested for a Central Court warrant for theft. Bail - $2,500.

Coast Hwy | 31000 Block | Vandalism

9:04 a.m. Someone graffiti’ed the north wall bordering the parking lot.

Friday, June 24

Laguna Canyon Road | 1900 Block | Warrants

3:39 p.m. After several people complained to the trolley driver, Lisa Griffis, 56, no fixed address, was arrested on four Harbor Court bench warrants, all with charges of being drunk in public. Total bail was $5,000. 

S. La Senda Drive | 0 Block | Fraud 

3:01 p.m. The RP gave his credit card information and $999.99 over the phone to what claimed to be a computer repair company. The suspect later called back for an additional $699.99. 

Cozumel | 300 Block | Petty Theft

9:38 a.m. Sometime this week, an unknown suspect took the RP’s and his wife’s pain medications. No break in was apparent.

Cliff Drive | 500 Block | Burglary

9:36 a.m. Between June 2-3, an unknown suspect took miscellaneous jewelry valued at $40,000.

Thursday, June 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Wayne Chancey, 44, no fixed address

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Vandalism

4:29 p.m. An unknown subject painted Star Wars Storm Troopers on the stairway in Heisler Park.

Oak Street | 100 Block | Vandalism

11:19 a.m. An unknown subject graffiti’ed the lifeguard tower. 

Wednesday, June 22

S. Coast Hwy | 1900 Block | Grand Theft

3:46 p.m. Around 1 p.m., an unknown subject took about $10,000 worth of gold jewelry.

Ramona Avenue | 600 Block | Burglary

12 p.m. Someone forced their way into the garage to take tools and electrical items. 

N. Stonington Road | 0 Block | Burglary

8:49 a.m. The RP’s purse and other items were taken during the night while the RP was asleep. The residence was locked up at the time.

Ocean Way | 1900 Block | Vandalism 

8:13 a.m. The cliff rocks were tagged, and it appeared that animal feces were intentionally placed on the stairs.

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From readers and press releases

“All Shook Up” at Laguna Playhouse July 6 – August 7

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2016-2017 season, the perfect family summertime, fun-time musical, “All Shook Up,” book by Joe DiPietro, musical direction by Jeff Biering, choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and directed by Steve Steiner. 

“There’s no better way to open a season than with Elvis. Our subscribers and audiences can’t help falling in love with this infectious, summertime confection that the whole family is going to jailhouse rock & roll to,” says Wareham. “All Shook Up” will begin previews on Wednesday, July 6; will open on Sunday, July 10 and will run through Sunday, Aug 7, at Laguna Playhouse.

In “All Shook Up,” one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll in this all Elvis musical, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, featuring hits “All Shook Up,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and many more.   

The cast of “All Shook Up” features in alphabetical order: Joseph Ambrosia, Gabrielle Beckford, Michelle Bendetti, Alexa Briana Crimson, Cole Fletcher, Lily Ganser, Christopher Hansell, Dwan Hayes, Clark Helman, Dereis Lambert, Stevie Ann Mack, Melissa Mangold, Jonathan D. Mesisca, Noah Pattillo, David Sasik, Alan Slabodkin, Jill Slyter, and Siena Yusi.

“All Shook Up” will begin previews on Wednesday, July 6; will open on Sunday, July 10 at 5:30pm and will run through Sunday, Aug 7. Performances will be Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will be additional performances on Thursday, July 7; Thursday, July 21 and Thursday, Aug 4 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 and Sunday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $40 - $75 and can be purchased online or by calling 497-2787. Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229. Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

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City says: It’s time to renew shopper parking permits

Residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past ought to have already received their 2016-2018 application in the mail. If you did not receive an application, or are interested in the program, please visit the City’s website at

Just click the “Shopper Permits” icon located on the City’s home page. From the website, residents can purchase parking permits on-line or by mail by downloading a PDF version of the information packet and application. The cost is $80 each for the first two shopper permits and $150 each for the third and fourth permit. 

If you received an application in the mail, please note that the enclosed Shopper Parking Reference Sheet referenced valid dates of August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016.  This date was incorrect.  New Shoppers Permits are valid from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2018. A revised Shopper Parking Permit Reference Sheet will be included with your shopper permit receipt.   

Finally, the new Shopper Parking Permits will be mailed the last week in July.  For questions, please call the parking permit hotline at 497-0314. 


Public Art Dedication

On Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the artist-designed bench installation “The Love that Binds” by artists Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado at Crescent Bay Point Park. The benches have been created from travertine stone with handmade tile inserts, which depict Laguna Beach, its people and places. This installation has been funded by Laguna Beach resident, Norman Powell.

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2016.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Wednesday, June 29

7 p.m.

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Registration & Class

Friday, July 1

10 a.m.

Oil Painting

Saturday, July 2

10 a.m.



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