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



February 13

Beverly Barnes

David Vanderveen

Don James

Fernanda Rocha

Horst Noppenberger

Jon Ashforth

Martha Davis

Shari Beckett


February 14

Amy Conaway

Caroline Higgins

Claudine Corr

Jim Otto

John Reinhardt

Lori McBride

Marsha Benson

Rona Gromet

Sami Behzad


February 15

Jodie Gates

Linda Rushing


February 16

George Lawton

Mary Gretchen Schmidt


February 17

Blade Nunez

Delphine Berryhill

Garrett Brennan Turner

Kara Calannio

Philip Von Wrede

Rich Manning

Sue Parsons Beck

Suzie Harrison

Tracy Newton


February 18

Beth Fhaner

Bettina Rey

Nicholas Hernandez (Sr.)


February 19

Kevin Anawati

Michele Barr

Michelle St. Amour

Rob Whalley

Tim Moran


February 20

Ronald Chilcote

Salem Alkateb

Steven Chew

Sound Spectrum



1.Valentine Mix – Reggae Love Songs!

2. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, Black Coffee

3. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

4. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods

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5. War On Drugs, Deeper Understanding

6. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma

7. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

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8. Beck, Colors

9. Neil Young, The Visitor

10. Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold

11. Taylor Swift, Reputation

12. Tropidelic, Heavy Is The Head

13. Claypool-Lennon Delirium, Monolith of Phobos

14. St. Vincent, Masseducation 

15. U2, Songs Of Experience

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16. Jack Johnson, All The Light Above It Too

17. Weezer, Pacific Daydream

18. Kendrick Lamar, Damn

19. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

20. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful


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Spring Film Genres Class at Susi Q: Attend one or all of these hand-picked movies

Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year, Kathryn Kramer, will lead a film screening and discussion group every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Susi Q. 

This class is open ended/open exit, meaning that one doesn’t have to attend each meeting, but early enrollment is highly recommended. Such IVC offerings are again being offered totally free to registered students. 

Full schedule of movies: (Selections may change without prior notice.)  

2/20/18 The Founder 2016 USA 1125 min. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a persistent and ambitious salesman who founded an empire. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star.

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Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron screens on March 6

2/27/18 Monster 2003 USA 109 min. Charlize Theron won the Oscar for transforming herself into “freeway killer” Aileen Wuornos; with Christina Ricci. Directed by Patty Jenkins. 

3/6/18 Atomic Blonde 2017 USA 115 min. Watch for the stunts, not the story. The ice queen archetype comes alive as Charlize Theron’s MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton “is equal parts spy-craft, sensuality and savagery” (Focus Features). 

3/13/18 The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 USA 122 min. Restaurant owners clash. Helen Mirren stars and Lasse Hallstrom directs.

Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third St, 949-464-6645.

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The next step in a historic season: LBHS Boys Basketball to face Twentynine Palms in Second Round of CIF Playoffs tonight at home

Led by six seniors and a standout freshman, the LBHS Boys Basketball team (26-3) has shattered just about every team record in school history this year, including the most regular season wins at 25. The team also went undefeated in league play.

After posting a decisive 63-47 victory over Santiago in their CIF Playoffs opener on Wednesday, the team will now face Twentynine Palms (21-8) in the Second Round of the CIF D3AA Playoffs tonight, Friday, Feb 16 at 7 p.m. at home.

Coach Bret Fleming, in his 23rd year as LBHS Boys Varsity Basketball coach, attributes this year’s historic run to “chemistry and defense”.

“I think it probably starts with chemistry. The kids generally really care about each other, they love each other and it shows. Everybody’s kind of learned what each other’s qualities are and how to play together, the teamwork and stuff. That type of thing really shows with the seniors,” said Fleming in an interview.

The “senior six” includes Blake Burzell, Charlie Rounaghi, Owen McMurray, Grady Morgan, Adam Armstrong, and Blake Lusk. A number of them have been playing together since grade school at Boys & Girls Club. And that, says Coach Fleming, has made the world of difference with this group. 

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Senior Blake Burzell has been known to “sky high” throughout the season

“I first met Charlie (Rounaghi) and Owen (McMurray) at my basketball camp when they were in third grade. They were two little kids that were just absolutely basketball crazy. They just loved it; they couldn’t get enough. I had a little bit of an inkling they were going to be varsity players one day.”

Burzell is averaging about 21 points per game and is leading the team in rebounds, and Charlie Rounaghi is second in the county in assists at 6.8 per game. “The thing that’s been so incredible about Charlie is he’s averaging about 4 1/2 assists to turnovers per game. He’s really been a key for us this year,” said Fleming.

The team also has four players averaging between eight and 11 points per game (Grady Morgan, Charlie Rounaghi, Owen McMurray, and freshman Nolan Naess), which makes them very well-rounded and difficult to defend.

Coach Fleming also commends senior Adam Armstrong for taking on the role as Sixth Man this year, after starting for the Breakers last year as a junior. “We felt like if he was going to come off the bench, we’d be so much stronger. Just being such a great teammate, he’s accepted that role and I think it’s made us a lot better.” 

The next step for the team in continuing its historic run comes tonight against a very athletic and physical team in Twentynine Palms. The Wildcats come in with a 21-8 record (9-1 in league play), despite losing their coach at the end of the year in a dramatic resignation.

Coach Fleming, who was up until about two a.m. studying film on Wednesday night, says he likes his team’s chances tonight. “I think we understand what we need to do to compete. I know the guys are really looking forward to it.”

On the sidelines, the community has also come out in record numbers to support the boys, says Barbara McMurray, whose son Owen is a senior on the team. “It’s so great to see the whole community coming out together to support the team. This is our Laguna.”

Show your Laguna pride by showing up tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym.

--Shaena Stabler

LB Water Polo Foundation teams win first place in respective divisions at the Winterfest WP Tournament

Last weekend at the Winterfest 2018 Water Polo Tournament, Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation teams won first place in their respective divisions. For division 10U Coed-Dylan Williams, 12U Boys-Riley Treister, 12U Girls-Emerson Hensley, 14U B Girls-Lexi Parness, and 14U A Girls-Genoa Rossi respectively were named as MVPs.

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10U Coed: (L-R) Coach Forest Holbrook, Brooke Schneider, Palmer MacBeth, Max Jakle, Dylan Williams (MVP), Santana DelCastillo, Lars Knepper, Coach Chad Beeler, Indiana Treister, Alexander Sarkis, Chloe O’Kane, Michelle Blunk, Sloane Quealy, Sayre Duran

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12U Boys: (L-R) Kaden Breaux, Coach Bryan Buhagiar, Eli Taub, Diego Audebert, Coach Gordon Pike, Riley Treister (MVP), Coach Rob Grayeli, Tyler Swensen, Logan Teeple, Gabe Lewis, Jack Farnel

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12U Girls: (L-R) Isabella Sarkis, Ava Knepper, Emerson Hensley (MVP), Claire Turner, Kara Carver, Coach Kelcie Ferreira, Sofia Umeda,
Estelle Karaba, Kaelyn Chism, Nina Rogers, Presley Jones, Cailin Mulvaney, Siena Jumani

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14U B Girls: 3rd row (L-R) Isabel Foley, Lexi Parness (MVP), Carly Rohrer, Isabel Griffin

2nd row (L-R) Marie Audebert, Eleanor Ramsey, Coach Bridgette Alvarez, Taylor Naughton, Mac Jenal, Lauren Smith, Jordan Schneider, Rebecca Storke, Emily Shabunov

1st row- Sara Block

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14U A Girls: Back row (L-R) Tasha Denny, Genoa Rossi (MVP), Charlotte Riches, Avery Montiel, Lauren Short, Lela McCarroll, Cleo Washer, Coach Rob Carver

Front row (L-R) Myha Pinto, London Boyd, Ava Houlahan, Hannah Carver

Barbara’s Column

Council retreats to review ongoing projects plus 2017 accomplishments and plans for 2018



The City Council and City Manager John Pietig believe that the city needs to cut back on the number of policy revisions and major projects in any given year. 

Too many projects underway at the same time overburden staff and city advisory bodies and drag on – and on – the council and Pietig opined at its annual retreat on Saturday at the South Coast Water District offices. 

“Choose one or two and get them done,” said Mayor Kelly Boyd

To that end, the council voted to delay action on a second swimming pool for a year while the council tries to clear some key projects off its overloaded plate.

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One pool will have to be enough for 2018

Councilman Steve Dicterow will break the news to the Recreation Committee.  

Light at the end of the tunnel, the Village Entrance, that is

The Council reviewed and hopefully would approved a final design for the Village Entrance at the Feb 14 meeting. The goal is to break ground this fall. 

It’s only taken 30 years to get to this point and no one will be happier to actually get this project done than Pietig, who put together the agenda for the retreat. He was assisted with the presentation by Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson and Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis.

Key projects update

Utility Undergrounding: One public survey showed community support for undergrounding utilities along major evacuation routes. A second survey will be conducted after a period of public education on ways to finance the project. 

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Laguna Canyon could become a bottleneck during disasters

Staff will bring its evaluation of the Park Plaza experiment to the council on March 27. 

A traffic engineer has been hired to conduct a study of intersections along South Coast Highway from Broadway to Legion Street to determine how traffic flow can be improved. 

Removal of the Cork Pine in front of City Hall and planting of a replacement tree is art of a landscape plan to be presented to the council in March.

Laguna Canyon Foundation and Laguna Greenbelt will review the Caltrans environmental documents for the widening of the 133 from El Toro Road to the toll road. Estimated cost of the project is between $30 million and $39 million.  

Downtown Specific Plan amendments are being scrutinized by the Planning Commission, with a report to the council hoped for this summer.

Laguna Canyon zoning issues

The proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance and modifications to the Laguna Canyon Planning Study still need a lot of work, according to Pietig. An update is expected at the March 6 council meeting on canyon zoning and development issues.

“I was surprised to learn that we have eight options to implement the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force recommendations,” said former City Councilwoman Vern Rollinger, one of the three residents in the audience at the retreat.

Dupuis said three of the options have been recommended for council consideration.

Projects mulled to increase capacity of Channel - and parking

City staff is meeting with Caltrans for the coordinated development of a project to increase the capacity of the Laguna Canyon Channel and rehabilitation of deteriorated sections of the channel.

Another analysis and evaluation of parking structure investment options lots is underway, with a staff report expected at the July 25 council meeting. 

A new Landscape and Scenic Highways Element is being developed. The Planning Commission recommended the council not include the Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document.

South Laguna parking demand and ways to reduce are being assessed by staff.

Done is done

Pietig’s agenda for the retreat also included a list of 2017 accomplishments, starting with improvements to public safety funded by Measure LL.

The funding allowed the city to hire two additional beach patrol officers, another community outreach officer, more paramedics, Fire Marshal Jim Brown and two more Marine Safety officers; and to set aside $1 million annually for utility undergrounding.

Councilman Bob Whalen suggested a smaller paramedic truck would be better suited to Laguna’s narrow streets instead of rolling a full-size fire engine for medical calls. 

Facility and Capital Improvements

Notable improvements in 2017 included rehabilitation of the Laguna South Orange County Wastewater Authority lift station, cleaner sidewalks, funded by Measure LL, a pedestrian and bicycle trail accessing the Fire Road, and Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park, completion of the Milligan Drive Bridge, a joint effort of the city and Sarah Thurston Park residents, and the Oak Street and Mountain Road Beach Accesses – “A huge success,” said Pietig.

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New stairway at Mountain Road improves beach access

More than 30 streets were repaired and re-sealed, the sidewalk on Cress Street was extended from Bluebird Park to Temple Terrace, and renovations to the former Recreation Building and the Police Department Lobby.

“They may not be sexy, but they are important,” said Pietig.

Community Development

The Community Development Department served a record number of people in 2017 in addition to workshops, plan check reviews and building inspections.

Public Transportation was augmented in 2017 with the launch of weekend service to Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon and Arch Beach Heights. Comments from riders have been positive. 

The Trolley Tracker has been improved and 552,119 riders boarded the trolleys during the 10-week summer season. However the off-season local transit service remains in jeopardy. Dupuis has developed a comprehensive public awareness campaign due to hit the media in a couple of weeks. 

If ridership does not increase, the transit system could be drastically changed or even discontinued.


The City was recognized by the Orange County Tobacco Coalition for adopting a smoke-free public places ordinance and gained a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. 

The Bay Beach Report Card identified eight Orange County Beaches as California’s Cleanest Beaches. Seven of the eight are in Laguna Beach.  

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading 

Five Crowns is a royal treat, and not just for Brits

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

I remember vividly the first time I saw the Five Crowns, part of Lawry’s, an upscale gourmet restaurant chain, in Corona Del Mar. It was our first family vacation to California in 2012.  

As Brits, our eyes are always drawn to anything representing the UK and as we approached the mock Tudor building with the red telephone box outside, I remember thinking “oh, it’s the American take on a British pub,” and I kind of dismissed it.  

When we eventually moved to California two years later it was the last place I wanted to go, I wanted to eat Americana, Mexican and anything other than the type of food I had lived on my whole life, and honestly? I didn’t think anyone could ever cook British food as well as the Brits.  

After a year here, I began to crave the pub

About 12 months after we moved here, I was actually craving what we Brits call “The Pub” and my husband Jonathan (also British) suggested we visit the Five Crowns. Hesitant, I agreed, and from that first meal I became hooked.

When you walk into the Sidebar, which is a separate eating area, where more smaller plates and a bar menu is served (I will be reviewing this at a later date) you are automatically transferred to a very accurate representation of a good old-fashioned Pub.

The décor, the lighting, the atmosphere makes you feel you have just stepped inside from a blustery rainy walk in 30 degrees F to a warm cozy place complete with a fireplace to warm your Wellington boots, when in fact, you have just driven down PCH with your top down in 80 degrees listening to Tu Pac, but you get what I’m saying. It’s like going home for me and that is why I am such a fan, but that’s not the only reason.

Five Crowns was one of Stu’s favorite places to eat of Laguna

As many of you loyal readers know, I am limited with regard to food reports nowadays for health reasons, but when I met with Shaena and she suggested someone review Five Crowns, I immediately volunteered. We rarely review for Laguna Beach beyond Laguna Beach. However Five Crowns was our darling Stu’s favorite place to eat, he was the prime rib guy and I know he would have loved that we have featured it.

I took Jonathan with me for the purpose of this report (how could I not) and we arrived there on Tuesday February 13 the day before Valentine’s Day, but still tables were as full as if it were the night itself. 

The manager, the server and the chef were all great

Andrew Germann, the restaurant manager, greeted and seated us and explained that Valentine’s week is busy for them, not just the night itself, so I was very grateful we were able to dine that evening. Andrew has been at Five Crowns for 18 months now, moving here from Oahu where he was a manager in the restaurant industry.  

Our server was an amazing young lady called Linda, who literally knew everything about everything, she was funny, warm and attentive and I can honestly say in my years of food reporting, I’ve never had a server as knowledgeable about her food as she. It made the evening flow along so nicely and her recommendations were spot on. She was assisted by the lovely Juan who made sure our iced water kept coming.

Our Food Journey at Five Crowns

What I love about Five Crowns is that the menu is not “overwhelming” – as a reporter I honestly don’t enjoy seven-page menus. I’d rather have a one page full of outstanding dishes to choose from. 

The meal started with their selections of warm breads, which came with a side of traditional English butter, served with some rock salt. A perfect start, along with a cold glass of Kim Crawford Rose for me. 

We then ordered a salad to share from the Soups and Greens section of the menu. The salad we chose was the Pride Of The Crowns salad, butter lettuce, with bacon, toasted walnuts, shavings of gruyere cheese and herb de Provence dressing. This was simple and delicious. We enjoyed every bite. The butter lettuce smelled and tasted so fresh and the dressing was just right.

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The butter lettuce smelled and tasted so right

It was then onto then mains and to my surprise, I’m joking – it wasn’t a surprise at all - Jonathan went for the Crown Cut prime ribs – this dish originates from 1965 and it was the dish that launched Lawry’s fame.  

The prime rib is served with au jus, a Yorkshire pudding and creamed horseradish. You can choose two sides with this dish. Jonathan went for Lawry’s creamed spinach and the mashed potato.  

Jonathan hails from Lancashire, which is very close to Yorkshire. And one thing he is very picky about is Yorkshire Pudding. Chef Alejandra has them perfected, very authentic, very well done, light, fluffy and not greasy. This whole dish was fabulous.

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The prime rib that launched Lawry’s fame

I chose to go for the Mediterranean seabass, this was accompanied by white beans and prosciutto and served with a butternut squash puree. I couldn’t help myself, I also ordered truffle fries as a side to accompany it. It was an exquisite meal. Tasty but light on my tummy and I didn’t leave a bit.

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Seabass: It was an exquisite meal

Feeling very full, but knowing I had to try a dessert, I took the opportunity to rest and have a talk with the Chef Alejandra Padilla. Alejandra has been at the Five Crowns for just over three months and is loving it. She has been a chef for 15 years, previously with the Houston group. Her favorite dish on the menu right now is the Beet and Citrus Salad as it reflects the season beautifully. She and her purveyors select the best ingredients for the menu based on seasons. 

As always, I like to ask my chefs little bonus questions. I asked Alejandra if she was stuck on a desert island with the ability to fish, what would be the five ingredients she would take with her. Her answers were salt, lemon, chilli arbol, rice and squash. Squash features heavily in her menu right now, so I expected that one.

The chef was great, chatty interesting and we spent a long time talking about British pub favorites. Who knows? Maybe our ideas will feature on a menu in the future!

For dessert we allowed Linda to choose for us and we had a magnificent dark chocolate soufflé with cream and a side of vanilla ice cream. It was the best soufflé I’ve ever had in my life. Perfect in every way.

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The best soufflé I’ve ever had in my life

Just as the button was about to pop off my pants we were presented with another dessert, warm sticky toffee pudding with persimmons. This was spectacular, but I couldn’t eat it all. However the Bucklings took a piece to school the following day.

I absolutely adore the Five Crowns, they really do have everything right. The food, the building, the staff, it’s all fabulous. All they need is a big grey rain cloud over the entire building ten months of the year and they will be the most authentic British restaurant in the OC! 

Five Crowns is located at 3801 Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Phone number: 949-760-0331. Menu:

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World renowned dancer Desmond Richardson dazzles at Laguna Dance Festival Master Class 


I was completely mesmerized by legendary modern dancer Desmond Richardson’s every movement, step, and expression. So captivated that I was afraid to blink, not wanting to miss a moment, as I watched him teach the Laguna Dance Festival’ Master Class on Sunday.

Richardson is a former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of the internationally known Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

 “Complexions Contemporary Ballet was the first company that we presented in 2005, our very first dance festival, said Jodie Gates, Artistic Director and founder of Laguna Dance Festival. “So our relationship with Complexions’ Dwight Rhoden (founding Artistic Director/resident choreographer) and Desmond, it runs very deep. I care about them as artists, and I feel very grateful that Desmond is here.”

Richardson “raises the barre” for aspiring dancers

I am grateful that I was introduced to Richardson back then and have been a huge fan of his ever since.

Richardson certainly “raised the barre” for aspiring dancers, who enjoyed a warm up session, followed by learning a selection of dynamic repertory from Complexions. 

“Nice. Good,” Richardson commented, encouraging his class. “Don’t look in the mirror. We have a tendency to do that as dancers. But it’s only a reflection, it’s not you.”

 “Be an active participant, feel it. The operative word is to float,” Richardson said. “It’s all physics and chemistry. Your body is a sculpture and you’ve got to have a sculpted shape. You need to add to the environment. It’s so important how you present it.”

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Legendary dancer and choreographer Desmond Richardson helps the students warm up with a special technique he’s created

Richardson reiterated the problem of looking in the mirror to the class, which is a natural fault that dancers need to learn to avoid.

“You can’t be in the mirror. Your brain is not within your body; you can’t rely on the mirror. It’s not going to tell you. Don’t look in the mirror, it’s false. You have to go inside. You have to understand what you’re doing, so your narrative is here, look inside,” Richardson said, pointing to his chest. 

“Oftentimes, we as dancers don’t want to look inside. It’s a visual, visceral artwork. You’ve got to see that. You have to register that all parts have to be cognizant, and be super aware. It’s that detailed.”

He had students that were in the back come to the front, as he stressed the importance of self-confidence. 

“You have to think of style. Style is so important. You have to investigate right away. You can’t be passive. Get in there and do it, actively being full vested inside,” Richardson said. “Don’t get self-conscious. Be inside the movement. Receive it. Don’t second guess yourself. You already did it. It’s movement, be natural and let go.”

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Richardson encourages students with to have confidence and look inside

He stressed that dancers need to be compelling and tell a story. 

“Look up and receive it. Gather it in. Just be. Feel it for you. You have to feel it for yourself.

“You have to be part of the story. You can’t just do steps. It’s not interesting,” Richardson said. “The audience wants your soul, you heart, and passion. Let go.”

In her introduction of Richardson to the class, Gates said she wanted the students to know who he is and really understand his incredible background. Richardson is an artist in residence and teaches repertory, ballet and contemporary dance, where Gates serves as the Vice Dean of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. She loves that they’ve worked together for decades in various capacities.

“Many of them might know him from television because he is often on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ as a judge, choreographer or dancer. But what they don’t know is the breadth of his knowledge and career,” Gates said. “He was the principal at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Frankfurt Ballet, the first black principal at American Ballet Theatre, and the first black dancer as a male. We forget these things.” 

He was also Tony nominated for his role in ‘Fosse’ on Broadway. He has been in several different Broadway shows, and he has been in the movie ‘Chicago.’ 

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The Laguna Dance Festival Contemporary Master Class was a huge success with Desmond Richardson drawing a SRO crowd at the “barre”

“I call him the renaissance artist; he’s like a unicorn,” said Gates. “He often talks about how he feels about his art and that he’s this vessel that displays this generosity of spirit. He talks about that often and you see it when you watch him dance.”

You can see the passion and actually feel the passion when Richardson teaches.

“Today’s class was really wonderful. I know it was a lot for them to take in, so quickly. So it’s pretty usual when I come to Laguna Dance Festival the students are varied in technique, and it’s totally fun. They way I like to teach is we all dance, and we’ll start from there,” Richardson said. “If you’ve only been dancing for one year or two years, it’s ok. But we’ve got to go from a natural place and an organic place and find something that you can feel secure about.”

Richardson urges dancers not to look in the mirror

I asked Richardson about the importance of dancers not to look in the mirror while performing.

“The idea of looking in the mirror is to self preserve and think ok I’m confident. But no, we’re actually second guessing ourselves the whole way through,” Richardson said. “One of my teachers, and I was trained Russian style, said, ‘I don’t want you to look in the mirror at all.’ And I said, ok. But I am glad that she told me not to look in the mirror because then I felt it. You have to feel. You have to find where things are. So it’s really important not to do that.”

Since the Master Class series has been so popular, Laguna Dance Festival will initiate a five-day summer intensive, June 25 to June 29 

“Desmond Richardson and myself will the core faculty, and I will be bringing in well known guests artists in the industry to come in and teach,” Gates said. “What’s nice about the Contemporary Master Class Series is that we’re able to call upon icon dancers, whether it’s Hope Boykin from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, who will be here in April, or today, we have Desmond Richardson, who you and so many of us feel close with.”

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A dreamy night for Laguna Beach schools, courtesy of School Power

SchoolPower held its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance Catching Dreams on Feb 10 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The magical event grossed over $320,000 for Laguna Beach schools. $185,000 of this money raised will go directly toward the annual Fund-A-Need. Remaining funds will assist SchoolPower’s year-round efforts supporting academics, music and the arts.

SchoolPower President Kristin Winter welcomed the spirited crowd, setting the stage for the real purpose of the night’s festivities by saying, “Your presence here tonight is shows that you understand that community support is the way we set Laguna Beach public schools apart.”

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Living the dream… SchoolPower Dinner Dance guests from left to right: Jason Reidel, Frana Sadler, Gorjana Reidel, Brent Martini, Emery Brett Ledger and Alison Ledger

The crowd warmly applauded Dinner Dance Chairs Sarah Durand, Carol Moss and Gorjana Reidel for their work creating an incredible evening of dining, dancing and bidding on amazing silent and live auction items. Event auctioneer Zack Krone kept the paddles going - and the money coming in - with his witty banter. The Cover-Ups Band kept the crowd fired up and dancing with their 80’s-themed music.

The biggest dream that came true that night was the enthusiasm for the 2018 Fund-a-Need Navigating the Information Age, which inspired the 300 guests to raise more than $185,000 in a matter of minutes. LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jason Viloria presented the initiative, saying, “In our schools we are focused on educating the whole child in an environment where they feel challenged, engaged, safe, and supported. To be a successful modern learner, we must provide our students with the skills and understanding of the power and responsibility that comes with living in the digital age.

Event guests clearly embraced his message.

Money raised will go towards the hiring of a district-wide Digital Library Specialist, as well as part-time teacher coaches. This team will lead a K-12 effort to improve students’ digital literacy skills. SchoolPower Endowment committed $25,000 to this effort, in addition to the investment by LBUSD.

Dennis’ Tidbits


February 16, 2018

We’ve had more Santana wind events this season than the total for the last three – expect red flag conditions this weekend

Wow! A real gullywasher! 0.03 inches of rain on Tuesday morning bringing our scant season total to 2.22 inches, the lowest total on record for so far into the season. By this time our normal season total is 8.89 inches. For the month up to today we should be at 1.64.

Yet another Santana wind event is on tap for this weekend with all of the typical symptoms; much warmer than normal temps at the beach, super low dew points, and gusty northeast winds prompting red flag conditions in all wilderness regions.

We’ve had more Santana wind events this season than the total for the last three. Historically only two months out of the year have not had a Santana event and that would be July and August. October – December normally sees the peak season but the event has occurred as early as September 5 and as late as June 12.

Since 2000 there have been only five out of 18 seasons with above normal rain totals, 2000-01 with 16.77, 2004-05 with 34.14, 2009-10 with 16.94, 2010-11 with 20.20, and 2016-17 with 16.35.

Back in the day when we used to get winter swells, February of 1986 was one of the most consistent months on record. The first day of February 1986 saw one of the heaviest NW ground swells Laguna and surrounding areas have ever seen. Surf photog longtime Laguna local Spyder Wills took a photo that morning from the Laguna Lifeguard HQ at the north end of Main Beach of a giant 12-15 foot wall exploding from Main Beach all the way to Oak Street totally blocking out the horizon. I think that enlarged photo is still hanging somewhere inside the new HQ. That swell raged on for a whole week, slacked off a bit for a couple of days then ramped right back up for another whole week. The rest of the month was at least head-high to a couple of feet overhead with generally great surface conditions throughout the entire month! 

Now we can’t buy a three foot day! Enjoy yet another beautiful weekend here at the beach. 

That’s why we live here, ALOHA!

In our own backyard: Vintage Surfboard Collector Club presents First Hobie Vintage Surfboard Festival, Feb 25

On Sun, Feb 25, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., The Vintage Surfboard Collector Club presents The First Annual Hobie Vintage Surfboard Festival at La Plaza Park, between Hennessye’s and the Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point. All are invited to attend this edition of The Vintage Surfboard Collectors Club Swap. 

Participants can view, buy, sell or trade surfboards with member collectors from up and down the coast. There will be surfboards and memorabilia, such as skateboards, contest tees, books, and posters from the dawn of surfing through the 1980’s. 

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Drone shot of Vintage Surfboard Collectors Club Swap

Admission is free to swap or buy. However, attendee must be a member of VSCC to sell. Along with all flavors of surf and skate history represented, awards will be given for “Best of Show Hobie Surfboard” & “Best of Show Hobie Memorabilia.” Participants should bring their best vintage Hobie surfboard or item to the swap and enter it to win major prizes. To enter the Best in Show categories, being a VSCC member is not required. Several legendary Hobie Surfers will serve as show judges. 

A morning coffee bar with locals Crank and Grind will start brewing at 8 a.m., and they will serve up tasty Sambazon bowls throughout the day. At this meet, fellow collectors club, Surfboards & Coffee, will collaborate with VSCC for the first time. Music from The West Coast Cookers starts at 10 a.m., and they will play sets all afternoon. 

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Vintage Hobie surfboards

Gary Larson, master shaper at Hobie Surfboards, will be shaping a classic Hobie model live at noon. Representatives from community organizations such as; The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center, Surfers Healing, Surfrider, and The Ocean Institute will have information tents set up, spreading the word about who they are and how to get more engaged with what they do. 

Primary Sponsors: Hobie Surf Shop, The City of Dana Point, Reyn Spooner, Crank and Grind, Surfboards and Coffee. Secondary Sponsors: Surfing Heritage, Surfers Healing, Ocean Institute, Surfrider.

This event will happen rain or shine, all ages are welcome, and it is open to the public. 

Hobie Dana Point is located at 34174 Pacific Coast Hwy, 949-496-2366. 

For more information, go

South OC Vietnam Veterans group looking for veterans to march in Patriots Day Parade on March 3

Local Vietnam Veterans have again reserved a position in this year’s Patriots Day Parade, scheduled for Sat, March 3. This group, calling themselves the South Orange County Vietnam Veterans, has participated in this parade every year since 1985. The organizers are seeking area veterans interested in forming a group to walk in the parade.

All branches of the service are welcome, and the group is encouraging all US service veterans – World War II, Korea, Cold War, Iraq, Afghanistan – to participate and be recognized for their service.  

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Veterans march in Patriots Day Parade

Veterans are encouraged to wear old uniforms (or parts thereof). The group will form near Laguna Beach High School (LBHS), located at 625 Park Ave between 9 and 10 a.m. 

Participants are asked to check in at the booth on the corner of Park and Short streets to find out where the group is forming. The location will most likely be in the school district parking lot across from LBHS. 

The parade will cover about six blocks (all downhill or level) and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. A convertible vehicle will accompany the group, and vets needing to ride, rather than march, may do so in the convertible. The traditional annual get together at Hennessey’s Tavern at 213 Ocean Ave will follow immediately after the parade. 

Interested veterans should contact Patrick Freeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949-497-7473.

Life in Laguna

Photos by Tom Berndt

Bring your living room to the beach on peaceful days…

Roiling beauty in the rain-heavy clouds: we need more of these


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Tony DeLap, OC’s foremost living artist, opens at LAM with a Retrospective on Feb 25

On Feb 25, Laguna Art Museum presents the exhibition Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, which will be on view until May 28. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue will survey DeLap’s career and influence, from his first exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California in 1960 to the present, taking a critical look at his role in various movements as well as the decidedly non-linear development of his body of work. 

The exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, and drawings, borrowed from collections in California and around the US. 

Tony DeLap: A Retrospective is a 90th birthday tribute to OC’s foremost living artist. Although the museum collects and shows art from all parts of California, it takes a special interest in artists of quality who have lived and worked in its own backyard. 

The DeLap retrospective joins John McLaughlin: Western Modernism/Eastern Thought (1996) and Marcia Hafif: From the Inventory (2015) to form a trilogy of Laguna Art Museum exhibitions devoted to the key figures of abstract art in this region. 

DeLap has been at the nexus of significant art movements

DeLap has been at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his career. A leading practitioner of So Cal minimalism and “finish/fetish,” he also played a part in the development of op art, hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement, and site-specific installation. 

For years, he has played with the concept of an artwork’s edge and explored the point where painting and sculpture intersect. His expertise and interest in magic have led him to make objects “float” and otherwise defy explanation. 

As the selection of works in the exhibition and the writings in this catalogue will show, DeLap’s vision matured while he was still living and working in the Bay Area. 

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Portrait of Queen Zozer II, 1965, screenprint by Tony DeLap

DeLap chose not to make the obvious career move and go east, however, and his reputation and influence would center in the art worlds of the West Coast. Since 1965 he and his wife, Kathy DeLap, have lived in Corona del Mar. They came south after Tony became a founding member of the art faculty of the new University of California at Irvine. He taught at UCI for 27 years, nurturing countless young talents. He has been a constant presence in So Cal through his teaching and through large-scale outdoor works.

It has been almost a generation since the public last saw the range of DeLap’s work in a full retrospective. This and his 90th birthday would have been enough in themselves to move the museum to recognize his achievements. But the idea seemed all the more attractive in light of the growth of his reputation outside of California in the past few years, both nationally and internationally, and by some thought-provoking recent exploration of his career, work, and ideas.

Peter Frank chosen as guest curator for the show

To provide a fresh look at DeLap at this moment of heightened interest, the museum engaged as its guest curator the independent curator, art critic, and poet Peter Frank. He has worked closely with the artist on a new selection of works and discusses them with his usual flair in the main essay in this catalogue. 

Frank had already written about DeLap in various other essays and reviews, beginning in the late 1970s, and contributed an essay about the early days of the UCI art department to the Best Kept Secret catalogue. The retrospective catalogue has provided Frank with the opportunity to bring his thoughts together and elaborate upon them more fully. 

The museum is open on Sun, Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs: 11 a.m.–9 p.m., closed Wed, closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

Admission: General admission: $7, students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5. Children under 12 and museum members: Free.

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Two evenings of art at LAM: One Hour/One Painting on Feb 22 and Evening for Educators on Feb 26 

Laguna Art Museum presents two exciting evenings of art in February. On Thurs, Feb 22 at 6 p.m., LAM offers One Hour/One Painting hosted by author and critic Peter Clothier. He invites participants to spend a full hour in front of a single artwork. Peter Clothier is an internationally-known writer, speaker, and creative consultant who specializes in writing about contemporary art and artists. 

His newest released book is “Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.” He has given talks for TEDx Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, LA County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and many other venues.

This a free event, but advance tickets are recommended. 

For tickets, go to or call 949.494.8971x203.

On Mon, Feb 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., LAM hosts Evening for Educators. This is an opportunity for K-12 teachers to preview new exhibitions, learn about the museum’s school programs and curriculum materials, and network with colleagues. Participants enjoy a reception with wine, beer, and light bites and explore the newly-opened exhibition Tony DeLap: A Retrospective. Educators may engage in hands-on art-making activities, and learn how they can be adapted for the classroom. 

Free on-site childcare is available. Contact the education department to request this service. 

Registration is free with advance registration, go to For more information, email Assistant Curator of Education Irin Mahaparn or call 949.494.8971 x221.

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr., 949-494-8971.

Chabad celebrates Purim with Hamentash Café on Feb 22 and Purim in Jamaica on March 1 

This year, Purim starts early for Chabad. The holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century B.C.E. from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah (“Scroll of Esther”), sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the needy, and enjoying a festive meal. It is also customary to eat a delightful cookie called Hamentashen, a triangular pastry filled with poppy seeds or jelly.

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Learn to bake Hamentashen on Thurs, Feb 22

A Pre-Purim Ladies Home Club Event, Hamentash Café, will take place on Thurs, Feb 22, at 7 p.m. at a private home in Laguna Beach. Attendees will gather round the kitchen island and learn how to make the most delicious gourmet Hamentashen, a three-cornered traditional Purim pastry. Bakers will gain valuable lessons from Esther, the heroine of the Purim story and enjoy refreshments and fine wine. Participants should RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions and details. $15 Couvert.

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Reading of Scroll of Esther at Purim in Jamaica on Thurs, March 1

An island themed Purim bash, Purim in Jamaica, takes place on Thurs, March 1, at 5 p.m. at Chabad. The festivities start with a Megillah reading (Scroll of Esther), and then on to a delicious Jamaican BBQ buffet. The fun continues with a drum circle with Rasta king Jah Amen Mobley, Reggae music and dancing. There will be crafts for the kids, and Lchaims for the adults. Guest can come in costume. The cost is $12 for children, and $18 for adults.

For more information, visit or call (949) 499-0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy, across from the Montage Resort.

Laguna Print Ad

New mural by LCAD MFA alumnus is unveiled on east side campus

Laguna College of Art and Design unveiled Upside Downtown, a new mural by LCAD MFA alumnus and Fine Arts faculty member, Timothy Robert Smith at the LCAD East Campus, 2265 Laguna Cyn Road, last Monday. 

The project was initiated by Smith, who asked LCAD President, Jonathan Burke, if he’d like to replace an older mural that had been in place for many years.

“Jonathan liked a painting I had done a couple of years ago called Upside Downtown but asked me to do a Laguna Beach version,” Smith said. 

His proposal was accepted and, over the summer, he and ten LCAD students were given a painting studio on LCAD’s Main Campus in which to create the mural. 

“We have so many talented painters at LCAD, not just in the Drawing and Painting major, but in Illustration, Game Art and Animation, too,” he said. “Though everyone has a slightly unique painting style, it was gratifying to see all these different personalities come together to create one cohesive image.”

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Before the unveiling: Jonathan Burke and Timothy Smith

Burke selected Smith’s dramatic multi-perspective style because it symbolizes LCAD’s commitment to infusing observation and description with a creative and contemporary sensibility. Smith’s work has been exhibited at Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and has featured in Juxtapoz Magazine. 

“By engaging professional, successful and recognized artists such as Timothy Robert Smith, and partnering them with our own students, many positive outcomes will impact our LCAD community, as well as our Laguna Canyon neighbors,” Burke said. “Not only will the area be beautified, and professional-quality artwork be presented, but the learning experience was a tremendous opportunity for our students.”

 “Multiple versions of reality exist in one space”

Smith describes his style as based on a modern physics theory that posits multiple versions of reality exist in one space. “Everyone has their own perception of reality,” Smith said. 

“I try to see the world from everyone’s POV at once and all these visions come together. My goal is to get people to think about what’s actually happening outside of their own limited perspectives and to demonstrate how these pieces fit together to create the bigger picture.”

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Revealed: Upside Downtown

After the mural unveiling, Smith will install an immersive, interactive project at Lancaster Museum of Art and History to open in May 2018. “I’m taking multi-dimensionalism to its next level by using 2D flat painted walls and 3D sculpture with sound and video,” he said. 

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit

Weekend Art Market will offer original artwork by LCAD artists at downtown gallery on Ocean Ave

On Sat, Feb 24, and Sun, Feb 25, LCAD students will be selling arts, crafts, and other goodies at the LCAD Art Market at 370 Ocean Ave. The show will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both days. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary coffee. 

LCAD’s talented artists will showcase original artwork for sale including clothing, digital/graphic designs, jewelry, paintings and prints, pins, stickers, totes, and other unique creations.

Auditions for A Little Night Music will begin on Feb 23 – time to practice sending in the clowns? 

Auditions and callback times for the No Square Theatre’s upcoming show A Little Night Music have been announced. The popular musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will run from May 11-13 and May 18-20. It will be directed by Joe Lauderdale and choreographed by Ellen Prince. Musical direction is yet to be determined. 

Auditions will be held at No Square Theatre. In order to be cast, all performers must be able to attend auditions and callbacks. Auditions (by appointment) are from Thurs, Feb 22 from 6 p.m., Friday, Feb 23 from 6 p.m. Callbacks are Sat, Feb 24, from 1 p.m. and  Sun, Feb 25, from 1 p.m. Additional callbacks may be held at other times. General rehearsals begin March 19 and run Mon through Fri from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Auditions begin on Feb 23 at No Square Theatre

Strong singers are desired for leading roles and ensemble parts, and there is some dancing (waltz). All roles are available to all ethnicities. Sondheim’s lush score includes the popular favorite, “Send in the Clowns.” There will be contemporary dress, but with elegance and sophistication (ladies in hats and gloves, gentlemen in tail coats). No accents will be used, but proper English is required. 

The roles for A Little Night Music include: Desirée Armfeldt: Age 40–50, Mezzo. Somewhat self-absorbed, a former actress, Fredrik Egerman: Age 40–50, Baritone. Successful, dashing lawyer. [This role is pre-cast.] Anne Egerman: Age 19 (Actor age 19–30), Soprano. Fredrik’s young second wife, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm: Age 30–45, Baritone. 

Arrogant, vain, military man, Madame Armfeldt: Age 65–80, Contralto. Desirée’s mother, a former courtesan. Will use a cane instead of a wheelchair, Petra: Age 20–30, Mezzo. Anne’s earthy maid and confidante, Fredrika Armfeldt: Age 12–26 (Actor age up to 18), Soprano. Desirée’s daughter, clever and poised young lady, Frid: Age 25–35, Non-singing. Madame Armfeldt’s lusty and passionate, but proper, manservant. 

Liebeslieder Singers: Age 20s and up. A Greek Chorus commenting on the action and occasionally joining in. Strong singers: Mrs. Anderssen, Mezzo, Mrs. Nordstrom, Soprano, Mrs. Segstrom, Soprano, Mr. Erlanson, Tenor, Mr. Lindquist, Baritone. 

For exact vocal ranges, how to prepare for an audition, audition form, and conflict calendar visit:

To schedule an audition appointment, email director Joe Lauderdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate a preferred time. 

The No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall is located at 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of LBHS. 

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit website listed above.

The British Hair Company hosts Blue for the Ocean fundraiser for ECO-Warrior Foundation, Sat, March 31

The British Hair Company announces that they will host an event, “Blue for the Ocean” on Sat, March 31, in support of The ECO-Warrior Foundation. The event will take place at The British Hair Company, located at 1493 S Coast Hwy.  

Actor Richard Burgi will guest host. Aveda is passionate about the environment, but sadly realizes that our oceans are becoming more and more polluted and action needs to be taken. Living and working by the ocean is something they are grateful for daily. 

The ECO-Warrior Foundation is dedicated to preserving our oceans and beaches through; education, activation and motivation, organizing beach clean ups, upstream clean ups.

The event will be a spectacular “Blue for the Ocean” theme, with great food, drinks, music and entertainment. Aveda will run an auction on the night of the event, both live and silent, and they would appreciate any donation items for the auction. The donation could be something physical or an experience. 

A full list of auction and raffle Items will be updated soon, but so far, donations have been received from Gucci South Coast Plaza, Katharine Story, Aveda, The British Hair Company, Steve Adam Gallery, Yoga Works Laguna Beach and Pure Laguna Beach.

Aveda was the brain child of Horst Rechelbacher, who was not only a pioneer of holistic beauty, but also a champion of environmental responsibility. Aveda’s vision for this event is to raise the funding to access more schools, travel further afar and make a difference all along the coastlines and eventually worldwide.

Prices and times are: VIP Blow Dry Entry. 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m. or 5:45 p.m., $75 Donation Includes VIP Early Entry, VIP Blow Out, two raffle tickets & two cocktails (Note there are only 12 spaces available). 

General Entry - 6:30 p.m., $35 ($30 in advance). Donation includes entry, two cocktails and two raffle tickets. 

8:15 p.m. Live Auction, Silent Auction Results and Draw Raffle will take place at 8:15 p.m. with a 9 p.m. close. 

Raffle Tickets on the night $5 each or six for $25, suggested donation for cocktails is $5. 

Tickets are available now. To donate an auction item, contact Paul at either 949 497-8345 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Cameron Gillespie

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

Mollyanne Kamalie Beal, 39, Rancho Viejo – Tuesday, February 13

Clara Elizabeth Maiberger, 29, Laguna Beach – Sunday, February 11

Alejandro Vasarivera, 20, Aliso Viejo – Sunday

Incident Reports

Tuesday, February 13

Victoria Street | 2700 Block | Attempted Burglary

8:22 p.m. The RP checked their security camera footage and saw a subject attempting to break into the location. There was no loss or damage reported.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for being drunk in public, bail  $1,500

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Grand Theft

2:54 p.m. The RP had their leather bag stolen after having placed it on a bench as he was locking up the location for the evening. Items inside the bag which in total exceeded $10,000 in value, included jewelry pliers, several spools of 14 karat gold, silver, and rose gold wire, an assortment of assorted gems, and sunglasses.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Petty Theft

11:54 a.m. The RP’s ID and passport were taken from a restaurant earlier the same day.

S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Resisting an Officer

7:31 a.m. A man was at the location yelling at customers. Farid Rafael Trinidad, 39, Lake Forest, was arrested for resisting an officer.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Vandalism

7:17 a.m. A transient man hit the hood and roof of a Jaguar parked at the location. The man then boarded an OCTA bus. The police attempted to call the bus for their location in order to find the man, but the man had already gotten off the bus, and were unable to locate the man after a search was performed.

Aster Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft

6:46 p.m. A man on a skateboard was seen going through the RP’s son’s vehicle. The RP’s son confronted the man, who stated that he was looking for a phone, took the $20 he had found in the vehicle and skateboarded away towards Coast Hwy, but was placed in custody at 7:09 p.m. Jeremy Patrick Hensley, 33, Garden Grove, was arrested for petty theft.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Fraud

1:14 p.m. Someone used the RP’s credit card to make fraudulent charges. The approximate loss was $300.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

11:33 a.m. Javier Hommy Blas, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for being drunk in public, bail $1,500.

S. Coast Hwy | 2500 Block | Domestic Violence Causing Corporal Injury

5:06 p.m. Cathy Lynn Lewis, 44, Studio City, was arrested for domestic violence causing corporal injury, bail $50,000

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Parole

Michael Cowan, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a parole hold with no bail amount issued.

Library Events



 Fri, Feb 16

Homework Club 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of the education process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That is why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework in Math and English.


Sat, Feb 17

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.


Sat, Feb 17

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Poetry Workshop is set to take place at the Laguna Beach Library. For more information, contact (949) 497-1733.


Tue, Feb 20

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an 8-week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 


Wed, Feb 21

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.


Thu, Feb 22

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in town (and adults of their choice) at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. 


Fri, Feb 23

Homework Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of the education process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That is why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework in subjects Math and English.


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


    Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira Lee



Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss


Children’s Books

Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden

Shaking Things Up by Emily Ann Thompson

 I Am a Warrior Goddess by Jennifer Adams


Staff Recommendation

Dream Big Dreams by Pete Souza


1200 S Coast Hwy


Forest Avenue Banner Program

The Community Services Department is requesting email addresses from Laguna Beach based non-profit organizations interested in participating in the 2019 Forest Ave Banner Program. 

Submit your email address before Thurs, Feb 22, to 

to receive information and dates to participate in the program.

LBHS Schedules




Friday, February 16

Boys Wrestling

@Westminster Individuals Prelims – TBA


Friday, February 16

Boys Basketball

CIF Playoffs Second Round

Home vs. Twentynine Palms – 7 p.m.


Saturday, February 17

Boys Wrestling

@Westminster Individual Finals – TBA



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