By DENNIS McTIGHE
February 27, 2015
Rain is in our forecast!
Southern Cal is about to get in on some action as a deep, cold, strong low pressure trough is setting its sights on California, including us. Copious amounts of snow could very possibly be a product of this strong system. It’s coming right out of Alaska so snow levels could sink to 3,000 ft. or lower.
Much needed rain is imminent, too.
The month long enhanced ridge of high pressure over the far West is heading for the history books opening the door for this deep trough.
This significant shift in the Polar jet stream from east of the Rockies to the west of the continental divide will allow much warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico to flow northward anywhere east of the Rockies, finally giving the eastern two thirds of the country a respite from the bitter cold that has been running the show for much of the winter. Any systems that travel eastward after exiting California will be rain events, which greatly enhances the likelihood of severe weather in the southern plains and the Deep South. The components necessary for supercell thunderstorm development will certainly be in place with warm, moist, unstable air from the south and southeast, a strong west to east jet stream at upper levels, and strong surface low pressure. This severe outbreak would be the first of the season and it’s right on time as the first event of its kind normally shows up around the first week of March.
The most vulnerable states for tornado outbreaks in March are Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and both Carolinas. Texas and Oklahoma usually start ramping up late in the month. Later on when the sun is higher in the sky for increased daytime heating and the jet stream begins retreating to the north, then more northern states get in on the action. Even Alaska and Hawaii have had ‘em, just not anywhere near the frequency of other states east of the Rockies. Even California sees them on an average of 4-7 times a year, only once reaching E-F 2 status historically
Even to this day members of our wonderful scientific world of meteorology are still to a degree unsure of the type of energy transformation necessary to generate a tornado. None of our theories have not won general acceptance. The two most frequently encountered visualize tornado generation as either the effect of thermally induced rotary circulations, or as the effect of converging rotary winds. Currently, scientists seem to agree that neither process generates tornadoes independently. It is more probable that tornadoes are produced by the combined effects of thermal and mechanical forces, with one or the other force being the stronger generating agent.
Guess what, gang…It’s almost that time again; as in Daylight Savings Time. A week from this Sunday, March 8 to be exact at 2 a.m. we turn our timepieces ahead one hour so on that day the new and adjusted time of sunrise and sunset will be 7:14 a.m. and 6:56 p.m. or thereabouts.
Have a wonderful weekend, ALOHA!
Application period for the Environmental Sustainability Committee extended until March 6
The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. Applicants must reside in Laguna Beach. Four residents will be selected for this committee.
Applications for the Environmental Sustainability Committee are due by Friday, March 6, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s office. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at the regular City Council meeting on March 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 505 Forest Avenue
The Environmental Sustainability Committee is a seven-member advisory body to the City Council. The purpose for the Committee is researching, reviewing and advising the Council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. The Committee receives its work assignments from the City Council. Committee members typically work in subcommittees to research issues and policies and prepare recommendations for approval by the Committee for submission to the City Council. A personal time commitment of 10-15 hours per month may be necessary to accomplish tasks. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings may be two or more hours, and often require a great deal of preparation time.
Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available online at www.lagunabeachcity.net or in the City Clerk’s office. The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of March 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach.
Boys & Girls Club’s new campus – Lang Branch – will be dedicated at Lang Park next Friday at 10 a.m.
The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to announce a special ribbon cutting and special dedication ceremony of their newest program site - Lang Branch at Lang Park on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. The Club’s event will include a special dedication recognizing the Click Family whose support over the past few years with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach helped to make the Lang Branch site a reality.
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Children in grades 1-5 are welcome to join the Lang Branch’s daily Out-of-School Enrichment Program, which serves as an extension of the popular Bluebird Branch known to many as TLC. The enrichment program at Lang Park Branch offers daily programs and activities that allow children to learn, play and socialize in a nurturing, home-like environment.
Guided by seasoned Boys & Girls Club staff members, children will enhance their skills in education, arts, sports and technology. Specially-designed programs like Power Hour, a homework assistance and tutoring program, offers support in completing daily homework assignments, class projects and test preparation. Children will enjoy the fresh air during daily outdoor activities through organized sports, games and guided free-play. The Club also offers programs that explore interests in photography, cooking and digital arts. There truly is a place for each and every child at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach-Lang Branch.
“Thanks to the City of Laguna Beach and the Hearts of Montage, our new Lang Branch will open up this wonderful opportunity to impact even more families in our community,” said Pam Estes, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. She adds, “We are especially excited about dedicating the Lang Branch Click Café in honor of the tremendous commitment by the Click family to improving the lives of thousands of young people, here and beyond. The new Lang Branch Click Café will help insure that young people develop healthy habits and learn about good nutrition every day they are at the Club!”
Peace, Love, Purim! It’s Purim in the 60’s…the Grooviest Purim Party in town! March 5th, 5 p.m.
“A great combination of ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” says Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad Jewish Center. “Our goal is to provide innovative holiday programs, yet still keep with the holiday theme”.
Purim in the 60’s will begin with a unique Multimedia Megillah Reading, followed by a far out Purim buffet, Jammin’ 60’s music, Nifty Games and Crafts, Flower power cupcake decorating, Photo booth and more!
In the spirit of Purim, come in 60’s rags!
The Holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century BCE from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah – “Scroll of Esther,” sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal.
It is also customary to eat a delightful cookie called “Hamentashen”, (triangular pastry filled with poppy seed or jelly.)
Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy., across from Montage Laguna Beach.
LBFD proposing new fuel mod plan for Arch Beach Heights
The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proposing a fuel modification plan for the Nyes/Oro Canyon area in the neighborhoods of Arch Beach Heights, Portofino, and Lower Nyes Canyon. The project site is generally located south of Del Mar Avenue, west of Quivera Street, north and west of Nyes Place, and east of Alta Vista Way.
The purpose of the fuel modification project is to provide a safe firebreak flanking Oro and Nyes Canyons.
As proposed, fuel modification would be conducted on 22 acres of a 44-acre study area that primarily contains undeveloped “paper-street” properties located within Nyes and Oro Canyons, and that is bordered by residential properties. Fuel modification would extend from the edge of existing residential landscaping approximately 100 feet into the undeveloped, steeply sloped canyon in order to create defensible space and improve residents’ ability to evacuate and survive a severe fire event.
Fuel modification would result in approximately 50% thinning of the vegetation canopy primarily through removal of non-native plants and dead or dying material; trimming of woody native species would be minimized, and special-status plants and habitat would be protected. Invasive pampas grass would also be removed.
No goats would be used and all thinning would be done by hand crews.
The project site is adjacent to a previously approved and implemented fuel modification project (Oro Canyon), and it abuts the Arch Beach Heights View Park where fuel modification has also been in existence for several years.
A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared for this project; the public review and comment period concerning this environmental document is now through March 19, 2015.
If the project is approved, it is anticipated that fuel modification would begin as early as May or June this year.
Community meeting March 3
A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition, a public hearing is scheduled for the Design Review Board meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. The project file may be viewed at City Hall in the Community Development Department during normal business hours.
Playhouse production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”
The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present one of the most beloved comedies of all time, Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” starring Maxwell Caulfield and Kip Gilman and directed by Andrew Barnicle.
“We are delighted to bring our audience an evening which is going to provide timeless laughs and hilarity,” commented Wood. “We could not be more excited to have Maxwell Caulfield as Felix and Kip Gilman as Oscar, and with Andrew Barnicle directing, this is going to be one of the funniest “Odd Couples’ ever,” added Wareham.
“The Odd Couple” will begin previews on Wednesday, March 4; will open on Saturday, March 7 and runs through Sunday, March 29, at the Laguna Playhouse.
This is Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning classic comedy of two famously mismatched roommates: when recently failed marriages force fastidious Felix to cohabitate with the slovenly Oscar, the duo must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. This peculiar pair, with decidedly different approaches to life, love and… housework, has been entertaining audiences with sidesplitting laughter and classic comedy for nearly 50 years.
For more information on shows, performance times, programming and tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 497-2787 ext. 229. Tickets range from $41 - $61. The Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School’s Class Act family night
On Tuesday, March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day – Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School will be hosting a Class Act family night chamber concert at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium, presented by Orange County’s Pacific Symphony.
This year’s composer is Leonard Bernstein.
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Please show your support for music education by attending! Bring your family and friends. For students who attend, there is free dress and no homework. Trolley service will be available from Albertsons/Wesley Drive. There will be light refreshments and corned beef and cabbage. Don’t miss this chance to meet and greet Pacific Symphony musicians!
LB Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Workshop Series features labor law pitfalls March 12 with Dawn Knepper
On March 12, the Breakfast Workshop Series presents The Top 10 Labor & Employment Law Pitfalls Facing Your Business in California in 2015.
This presentation by Dawn Knepper will address the top ten issues that businesses will face in 2015. This includes the technicalities of the New California Paid Sick Leave Law that becomes effective July 1, 2015, and covers all job categories of your employees (part-time, temporary, seasonal). Additionally, they will discuss changes to required notices under the Wage Theft Prevention Act “Notice to Employee” form (Labor Code § 2810.5), which is a mandatory notice provided to all non-exempt (typically hourly) employees. This presentation is a must for all businesses of all sizes.
Dawn M. Knepper, a local labor and employment expert, as well as a Chamber member and new Board representative, is looking forward to meeting with the membership to ensure they are in compliance for the new year. Dawn advises and defends clients in federal and state employment related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, and for wage and hour violations. Her experience includes successfully defending employers in both jury and bench trials and in arbitration proceedings.
Sign up today!
Patriots Day Parade to be held on Saturday, March 7 -
Free special event trolley service begins at 9 a.m.
This year’s Patriots Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Park Avenue and Legion Street, proceed down Park Avenue, turn right on Glenneyre Street, right on Forest Avenue and end just past City Hall.
At the conclusion of the parade, an awards ceremony will take place at the Art-A-Fair/Tivoli Too grounds.
To accommodate the parade route as well as pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, portions of Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, 3rd Street, Glenneyre Street, Short Street, Legion Street, Park Avenue and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Road closures in the downtown will begin at approximately 10 a.m. Importantly, the entire length of Forest Avenue and 3rd Street, Glenneyre Street between Legion Street and Forest Avenue, and Park Avenue between St. Ann’s Drive and Glenneyre Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The City will send courtesy traffic alert reminders via text message and email to subscribers beginning Friday afternoon. To subscribe to this free service, please visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and click on the “Traffic Alerts” icon.
The public should expect heavy traffic on March 7 prior to and during the parade.
Special event trolley service will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and residents are encouraged to take the free trolley rather than drive downtown. Trolleys will operate along Coast Highway, from Cajon Street in North Laguna to Mission Hospital in South Laguna. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest Avenue /Laguna Canyon and Lumberyard parking lots adjacent to City Hall. The weekly farmer’s market will not be held on March 7 and will resume on March 14. The City’s mainline bus service will maintain its regular Saturday schedule; however, no bus service will be provided to the Community and Susi Q Center during the parade.
In the event the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather, updates will be sent via text message and email to Traffic Alert subscribers. Additionally, a cancellation notice will be posted on the City website and signage will be placed along the parade route. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Kristin Buhagiar, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at 497-0304.
Laguna Beach Library’s February events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout February. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library. Laguna Beach Library’s February Events:
Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Time Management Workshop “Making Time.” Join Thilde Peterson from Whole Self Living for a free workshop. Learn about time and productivity management. Preregister by phone or at the Adult Information Desk. Meets in the Community Room.
Saturday, Feb 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Children’s Craft Open House. Get creative. Let your imagination run wild. Children 12 to years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended.
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Toastmasters Open House Meeting. Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pajama Storytime-Sunshine Readers. Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) and enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.
Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 -11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime. This program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers with adult participation. Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to become ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. We include stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. Free. No preregistration required. March 4t signup for our parent ed class immediately after storytime!
Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m. School Readiness Program for Parents & Caregivers
Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays, Thursday, Feb. 12 Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day.
Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.
Police Beat Primer
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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Tuesday, February 24
S. Coast Hwy | 2500 Block | ID Theft; Fraud
3:32 p.m. A social security card and work permit were stolen and the RP learned that the social security card had been used by the unknown suspect.
Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Felony Warrant
10:50 a.m. Brian Anthony Mason, 37, Fullerton, was arrested at the alternative sleeping location on a felony Central Court warrant for probation violation – no bail.
Heisler Park | Warrant Arrest
10:34 a.m. Colby Outlaw, 45, no fixed address, was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1500.
Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant Arrest
8:55 a.m. John Stuhr, 59, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court misdemeanor warrant with bail of $1500.
Monday, February 23
N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Drunk in Public
6:33 p.m. David Michael Wolfe, 44, no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk in public.
Heisler Park | Grand Theft
4:29 p.m. A scuba regulator valued at $1000 was stolen.
Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Burglary, vehicle
2:40 p.m. Various and sundry items valued at $130 were taken out of a locked van.
Heisler Park | Drunk in Public X 3
12:08 p.m. Jesse Matthew Lincks, Leo Campbell, 36, and Warren Marr, 46, all with no fixed address, were arrested for being drunk in public.
Cliff Drive & Circle Way | Burglary, vehicle
10:12 a.m. A Toyota Corolla was broken into…a wallet and cell phone were taken. Loss: $800.
Sunday, February 22
Park Avenue | 2700 Block | Vandalism, vehicle
1:12 p.m. The RP’s vehicle was egged overnight.