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February 21

Caroline Rustigian Bruderer

Christopher Schulz

Karlie Noyes

Marty Kansriddle

Richard Henrikson

Ryan Kollock


February 22

Brent Crawford

Charles Abraham

Ethan Wayne

Faith Darling

Jason Feddy

John Bodrero

Susan Trudeau

Russell Pierce

Karen Polek


February 23

Laura Baldwin Henkels


February 24

James “Jimmy” Echternach

Jeff Grice

John Skaggs

Marla Moore

Pamela Levin


February 25

Angela Costa Roque Baptista

Frank Cotinola


February 26

Kerry Harker


February 27

Gavin Richards

Michael Digiovanni

Nancy Robinson

Samantha Savage Breit


February 28

Barbara Bowler

Bob Metzler

Carrie Joyce

Dan Reckard

Ellen Godfrey Vinograd

Mary Rabe

Nancy Caron

Sally Moran

Terry Hubbard

Tricia Bumpus

Sound Spectrum



1. La La Land, Soundtrack

2. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

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3. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

4. Tycho, Epoch

5. 2017 Grammy Nominees, Various Artists

6. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

7. Elbow, Little Fictions

8. The XX, I See You  

9. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

10. Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome

11. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

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12. Lady Gaga, Joanne

13. Matt Costa, Orange Sunshine (Soundtrack)

14. George Michael, Ladies & Gentleman, Best Of

15. Bruno Mars, 24k Magic

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16. Norah Jones, Day Breaks

17. Bread For Bombs, Bread For Bombs

18. Neil Young, Peace Trail

19. Alicia Keys, Here

20. John Legend, Darkness & Light

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

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Sound Spectrum: 50 years of music in Laguna


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Jim Otto opened Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach 50 years ago this year. While it’s remarkable for any storefront business to last 50 years, it’s even more remarkable when that business is a record store. It’s hard to think of an industry that has undergone more changes than the music business, and these changes have not been kind to storefront businesses that sell music. Otto’s theory for his store’s longevity? “The format changes, but we don’t.”

A real record store

When you walk into Sound Spectrum and you’re of a certain age (basically any age that grew up pre-digital music) there’s an almost overwhelming sense of familiarity to it. It’s a real record store. There are vintage concert posters on the wall, incense, t-shirts and other somewhat random memorabilia for sale. The centerpiece of it all, of course, is the music. 

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Laguna’s Sound Spectrum owner, Jim Otto

With real records

And just to show how things go full circle, Sound Spectrum is brimming with vinyl albums, some old and some brand new. Otto explains that when he and his partners (long since gone) built the store it took them awhile to get it finished. “We were typical 60’s people, not the most efficient, but we managed to get it done.” 

The wooden racks are the same original racks they built back in the day. Then those racks housed vinyl albums, later CDs and now they’re back to displaying predominantly vinyl albums again. “Seven or eight years ago records started coming back,” Otto explains. Of course there are used classics, but record companies are releasing new vinyl as well, and Otto carries it all.

Crediting a long list of dedicated employees

Sound Spectrum was started because, Otto says, he loved music and “I really love dealing with people.” He credits much of its success to his employees, many of whom he told me about in great detail. Clearly, working at Sound Spectrum is like being part of a family. He speaks glowingly of two current staffers, manager Wave and Greg White, whom Otto calls a “musicologist.” 

Wave has been at Sound Spectrum for 15 years; White eight to ten, Otto isn’t exactly sure. Not only does the store have staying power, but its employees do too. 

A fountain of youth

Wave says that when he came to Laguna in 1972 ,“The Sound Spectrum became my ‘musical home.’” He explains that his “job description” is “harmony, love, friendship and fun.” The record store, for him, is a “fountain of youth” and he has a special shout out regarding the return of records, “And thanks to the kids who brought vinyl back!”

Changing while staying the same

White views the store as “a beautiful 60’s-themed environment which preserves and extends the legacy of the past for the new generation of music lovers.”  And while the store definitely is the epitome of a flashback, there is music from every decade, past and present. As Otto explains it, “The customers, both old and new, they like things not to change, but you do have to change.”

Jim Otto with Sound Spectrum manager, Wave, and “musicologist,” Greg White

A former employee makes it big

Another former employee from years back, Robert Santanelli, “showed up from New Jersey. He wanted to be a music writer and write bios,” explains Otto. “So he came here, following the hippie trail, so to speak. He went on after about one to two years.”

According to Otto, Santanelli moved on to work at The Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, he wrote a book about Springsteen, and is now the executive director of the Grammy Museum at LA Live.  “He came to the store recently. He told Greg, ‘I wish I had my old job back.’”

A master of the electric stereo

There have been lots of celebrity sightings over the years. And Otto knows his musicians. When asked if he himself is a musician, Otto replies in his deadpan manner, “I play the electric stereo. I have a really wide repertoire.”

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The “stacks of racks” inside Sound Spectrum

The college of musical knowledge

Otto’s eclectic musical appreciation is something he takes pride in and it pervades the store. “The element of being here opens up people’s third ear,” he says, riffing on the idea of the third eye. “People who come work here usually have developed a singular interest in music, but as they work here and play different music and talk to different people their musical tastes change. This is the college of musical knowledge, with mounds of sounds, and stacks of wax,” says Otto, as only someone who off-handedly uses the expression “far out” can.

The comeback of vinyl records

The fact that these “stacks of wax” (that are now vinyl) have made a comeback clearly pleases Otto as much as it does Wave. He thinks they came back because people like the way records sound and they value the information on the liner notes. However, for him the best part about records is that you get the whole story. 

“A true album is like a book. There is a beginning, middle and end. You wouldn’t skip to the best chapter in a book and just read that. You have to get what you need to get from the whole record. You have to go in order. It opens your ears to the other parts of the album.” 

This kind of experience, argues Otto, can’t be created by listening to a digital byte. 

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Jim Otto taking in the view outside Sound Spectrum

Sound Spectrum brings generations together

Just like downloading a song can’t replace the experience of going into a record store and flipping through records to find the one you want. Otto tells me one of his favorite things is when a grandfather comes in with his grandchild. The grandfather has “all these cool memories” and the grandchild is absorbing this knowledge. 

As if on cue, when I went to meet Otto at Sound Spectrum on a recent rainy morning, a father and son walked in together. No sooner had they walked in Otto began talking to them and a conversation ensued with music as the cross-generational conduit.  

Music can bring us all together

Music, according to Otto, can do more than just bring families together; it can bring everyone together. “The times we’re in now, people can’t agree on anything. One thing they can agree on is the music they like. We might not be able to agree on big issues, but music is something we can all agree on,” says Otto.

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The “new” business card for Sound Spectrum, circa 1967

50 years and still hanging on

Another thing we can all agree on is how lucky Laguna is that Sound Spectrum is still thriving. When Otto decided 50 years ago that a record shop was what the town needed, he couldn’t have realized just how much. He may not have been the most efficient businessman when he started, but what he built he built to last -- right down to the racks. Clearly things have changed in the 50 years Sound Spectrum has been around. Otto says the traffic is worse (of course) and he laments that the expense of living here makes it harder for Laguna to hold on to some of the things that make it…Laguna. “People are hanging on for dear life,” he says.  

Fortunately for us, Sound Spectrum is holding tight.

Dennis’ Tidbits


Looks like we’re going to clear 20 inches of rain this winter

February 21, 2017

For only the thirteenth time in my 58 and a half years of documenting daily weather and surf, the barometer here in Laguna sank below 29.50 inches of mercury. For a brief period late last Friday night and very early Saturday morning the barometer fell to 29.46 inches of mercury, but the core of the low which made landfall near Monterey was down to 29.12. 

This doesn’t count the time I wasn’t here as I was stationed in Hawaii in the USAF from 1967-71 and I was gone during the summers of 1973 and 1974 but that doesn’t matter because the barometer never sinks that low in the summertime around here anyway. That shows you how rare it is here in Laguna for such a low barometric reading. 

The further north you go in the wintertime the more frequently that happens. Way up in the Northwest during the winter months it happens on almost a weekly basis.

The parade continues as we speak here on Monday around sunset. The latest storm is hammering Central and Northern California with an additional 3-5 inches of rain or more and the Sierras are getting another 3-5 feet of snow to further add to the incredible snowpack they’re getting this year. 

Down here we’re on the very southern fringe of the latest system so amounts will be insignificant, say one tenth to a quarter inch but another system and much colder is due by the weekend with much lower snow levels locally as that system is coming more from the north, and without the added tropical component in that one, rainfall amounts will not be a deluge. 

We’ll probably see a half-inch to an inch max. Our last system jacked our season total to over 1 ½ inches above the whole season’s normal of 13.95 inches so it looks like we’ll clear 20 inches at the rate we’re going. 

The surf has slackened back to its 1-3 foot range. It’s been all about wind well or storm chop this winter with nothing much on the horizon as it’s the flattest winter since 1984-85. 

If you like sunshine like I do, you’ll love Thursday and Friday this week but temps will remain cool with highs in the mid sixties and lows in the mid 40’s with temps as low as 18 at Big Bear Lake. 

The sun sets now at 5:40 p.m. and Daylight Savings begins in just three weeks and I’m loving that! 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

Matching Sculptures: Natural art

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Pat Gallis captured this great shot of nature imitating art in Heisler Park


And then this: what you might call a truncated tree…

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This shot of Patrick’s was taken at Heisler Park also

Saturday’s Silver and Gold

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Tom Stewart’s photo of Woods Cove’s wind-whisked waves

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Saturday’s sunset sets the sky ablaze in this great shot from Gregory Gebhardt

Cats’ Meow Champagne fundraiser is a success, and now the Blue Bell cats are feline fine in the Canyon

The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats held a very successful fundraiser last Sunday at Tivoli Too, despite the gusty wind that sent silent auction bid sheets flying, one of which was only just rescued from a watery end by a heroic volunteer. 

Photo by Pamela Knudsen

The Blue Bell cats are feline just fine after the Champagne brunch

Organizer of the event, volunteer Pamela Knudsen, was thrilled with the large turnout and the contributions of her team of volunteers. 

Chairwoman/acting executive director Susan Hamil spoke of her gratitude to attendees, whose financial contributions helped ensure that the senior cats in the Cat Sanctuary would be able to live out their lives in peace and happiness, even though their beloved owners were no longer able to care for them in their homes. 

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Photo by Terri Karman

Event organizer Pamela Knudsen (in the forefront, dressed in black and white) and her volunteer team are thrilled to see more money in the kitty

Jeff Zakaryan, chairman of the advisory board, noted that work on Blue Bell Gardens that surround the cottage where the cats live, and which provide them with visual enjoyment as well as great scents, is coming into focus, with all 14 sub-gardens already sponsored. 

And Bimali Walgampaya, industrious volunteer, was everywhere, helping out in every conceivable way, with her usual energy brightening up the room.

There’s much to cheer about for the cats in the Canyon: read all about at

Street artist/calligrapher will exhibit at LCAD Gallery

The Laguna College of Art & Design has announced an exhibition of works by calligrapher and street artist Peter Greco.

“Meticulous Calligraffiti” will open March 2 at the LCAD Gallery on Ocean Avenue, kicked off by a reception 6-9 p.m. 

Greco, a former tagger known as Toltec, now teaches expressive typography and a calligraphy workshop at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. 

Screenshot from LCAD website

He graduated from of New York’s School of Visual Art in 1977 and moved to Los Angeles two years later.  

Greco is described by LCAD as a master at creating beautiful calligraphy at the scale of street art. 

His unique aesthetic and precise technique will be displayed in the form of a site-specific, typographic mural best appreciated up close and in person. 

LCAD’s bachelor’s degree of fine arts program in Graphic Design & Digital Media is presenting the exhibit. Catherine Eure, chair of graphic design at the college is curator of the show.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. 

For more information, contact gallery manager Bryan Hegge, at (949) 376-Ext. 289 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Barbara Diamond

Speaker inspires students to stay positive, connected

On Tues, Feb 14, international motivational speaker Keith Hawkins addressed the entire Laguna Beach High School student body with a message on the power of student connectedness.

Hawkins’ presentation was part of the district’s ongoing commitment to sustain a positive school climate that values diversity and fosters inclusion for all. 

Hawkins met with groups of student leaders and the overall student body in two assemblies, with the intention of returning to campuses over the next year to continue working on developing a positive school climate with students. 

All four school sites have planned a variety of events and dialogues for students and staff in the coming months and beyond. 

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Keith Hawkins uses humor as part of his presentation to inspire students

“I spoke to most of these students when they were in middle school and they displayed high character, so my faith in the students at Laguna Beach High School is really strong,” said Hawkins. “The assembly is not about a speaker or one person. The assembly is about the high school and community working together to get better.”

Hawkins’ mission is to help make the world a place where people understand and value each other by building meaningful relationships. He has been a professional speaker for almost two decades, traveling across the United States and Canada. 

Hawkins is an internationally renowned speaker

Hawkins has been interviewed by Time Magazine, addressed the United Nations Global Summit, is featured in a national communications books entitled Between One and Many and has coauthored two leadership books for teens called Teen Power and Beyond and Go M.A.D. (Make a Difference). 

“Keith has a powerful message on how we can all become the person we want to be. He inspired our students to be better people, to be the change they desire, to learn, grow, and thrive in life,” said Superintendent Jason Viloria. “I am always impressed with his ability to connect with students and staff alike around a positive message of unity and creating the change we want to be.”

A school climate survey and additional staff training will take place in the next month. The survey, anticipated to be distributed in late February, will assess student, parent and staff perceptions regarding the current school climate. 

Site leadership teams, including administrators, teacher leaders and support staff will participate in training with Phil Boyte, an expert on school climate, in late February.

OC Restaurant Week 2017 will be held March 5 -11

From Sunday, March 5 through Sat, March 11, Orange County Restaurant Week will celebrate its ninth year as the region’s most celebrated culinary event, according to organizers. 

During the weeklong event, more than 100 participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50, and $80. 

Once again this year, a limited number of restaurants will offer a special $80 luxe menu featuring dinner with wine or cocktail pairings. 

Participating restaurants in Laguna Beach include the Lumberyard, 370 Common, Harvest at The Ranch, Maro Wood Grill, Moulin Bistro, Mozambique, Nirvana Grille & Bliss Bar, O Fine Japanese Cuisine, Selanne Steak Tavern, Splashes, Starfish, Tommy Bahamas Bar & Grill and Tortilla Republic.

Guests will have the opportunity to search the list of more than 100 participating restaurants by name, location and price point at

This year’s festivities will kick off with an official First Bites Launch Party on Sat, March 4 at the Irvine Marriott. Guests attending the launch party will be offered an array of “first bites” prepared by a variety of OC Restaurant Week participating restaurants.

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase at the link noted above. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

City reaches pay raise agreement with Police, Fire Management Association

Top management in the fire and police departments will get a raise, starting this month.

The City Council recently ratified a memo of understanding with the Police and Fire Management Assn that will make their pay more comparable to similar positions in other cities, according to a staff report. 

Increased salaries over the next 36-month term of the agreement will cost the city an additional $90,000 for the remainder of the 2016-17 fiscal year and about $95,000 in each subsequent year, ending Jan 29, 2020. 

Police Captain and Lieutenant, and Fire Department Division/Battalion Chief positions will receive a 10 percent salary increase, as of this past Jan 30 and 2.5 percent increases in 2018 and 2019. 

The Civilian Services Administrator will see paycheck increases of 3.0 percent in July 2017 and 2018 and 2.5 percent in 2019.

Management Assn members have agreed to increase their contributions to their California Public Employees Retirement System benefit. The contributions by sworn members will increase by three percent to 12 percent. 

New educational incentives

The new memo also includes educational incentives for the management association members who meet deadlines. Salary increases were approved for police captain and lieutenant positions who earn a Bachelor’s degree, effective last month; a Management Post Certificate, effective July; or a Master’s degree, effective July 2018.  

The Civilian Administrator will get a raise for earning a Bachelor’s degree by Jan. 2021, at which time the offer sunsets, or a master’s by 2018. 

Fire Division and Battalion Chiefs will be eligible for raises if they possessed Fire Officer Certification effective Jan 30, a Chief Officer Certificate by July of this year or a bachelor’s effective July 2018.

Employees will lose eligibility for Fire Officer Certification pay on the last day of the MOU, but will still be eligible for a raise if in possession of a Master’s degree.

The MOU also addresses work schedules and overtime for Fire division and battalion chiefs who are assigned to the new 24-hour shifts expected to begin in July.  

Funding for the pay raises was included in the mid-year budget recommendations. No further appropriation was requested, Finance Director Gavin Curran said.

As of Feb 7, negotiations are still ongoing with Orange County Professional Fire Fighters Assn, which represent Laguna’s firefighters below management level.

By Barbara Diamond

School of Rock will showcase youthful talent

School of Rock Youth Production performances will take place at No Square Theatre from March 3 – 12. The production is based on the hit movie starring Jack Black, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book by Julian Fellowes, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. 

The show follows a failed, wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. It’s a feel-good musical romp that shows the transformative power of music. 

The show (and the rehearsals) must go on: this was the scene at the theatre during last Friday’s storm and power outage

The show will be directed by Ella Wyatt, music directed by Susan Geiser, and choreographed by Sabrina Harper. 

Ms Harper is a LBHS graduate who made her Broadway debut in the 2013 Tony winning revival of Pippin. Fluent in several languages, Sabrina has, to her great credit, leading roles in multiple world tours, premiers, and hit productions in some of Europe’s most exciting cities, including Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin and more. No Square is thrilled to bring such a talent back home for this special production.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion Street. Visit for more information.

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LB Republicans will hold meeting on Feb Wed 22 

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their monthly meeting on Wed Feb 22 at Mozambique, 1740 S Coast Hwy. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m.

Emil Monda, president of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend the meeting. “We are continuing the success of our January meeting with a number of issues affecting the residents of Laguna Beach,” Monda said.

“We will follow-up on the City’s employee housing assistance perk policy,an update on short term rentals, discuss John Cox, a possible GOP candidate for Governor of California, and look into Measure LL and the oversight committee for using the funds,” he added.

Writer’s Block Party and The Literary Posse featured at their seventh annual Laguna Beach Books reading

Always a strong supporter of the local community, on Sunday, Feb 12, Laguna Beach Books again hosted a reading by writers who belong to Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s workshops, Writer’s Block Party and the Literary Posse, during their seventh annual reading. 

“We love to support our community of writers as well as readers,” said Danielle Bauter of LB Books. “This is a great event.”

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Peter Sanger reads from his novel Ashen Sky

The audience was treated to the works of 10 writers, including a touching personal essay by local resident Marrie Stone about visiting her father in a nursing home, an essay by Larissa Chiari-Keith on how a father-daughter relationship was repaired by rock ‘n roll, and a piece by Judy Wagner on online dating that left the crowd howling with laughter. 

After the readings, those attending mingled and chatted in this lovely space, surrounded by books and book lovers.

Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Phone 949-494-4779.

Fourth generation Lagunan chooses iconic pepper tree for wedding site on Valentine’s Day

Tristan Abel and Sarah Yahnke exchanged wedding vows on Valentine’s Day under the iconic pepper tree in front of City Hall.

Abel’s family hasn’t been around quite as long at the tree, but since 1935 they have left their mark on Laguna Beach. His great grandfather Carl was a wood carver of note and a builder. His grandfather was highly regarded architect Chris Abel. 

Parents Kathleen and Gregg Abel have carried on the family tradition with the Gregg Abel Design and Construction Co.

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Tristan Abel and Sarah Yahnke exchange vows beneath the pepper tree during t their wedding, officiated by City Clerk Lisette Chel Walker

Tristan, who like all the males in the Abel family has Christian as one of his given names, is following in the artistic footsteps of his forebears.

He has exhibited at the Sawdust Festival for two years, works in the family business with his sister Lea, also an artist, and is a full-time student at Laguna College of Art & Design, which his grandfather designed and from which his sister graduated.  

The bride is a Laguna Beach resident and a well-known cyclist.

City Clerk Lisette Chel Walker officiated.

“This was our first Valentine’s Day wedding,” said Chel Walker. “It was such a pleasure.”

By Barbara Diamond

RTC Mortgage Corporation workshop on February 25 focuses on reverse mortgage loans and healthcare

In the second of a series of workshops on the last Sat of each month, a free workshop will be presented by Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation and James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group. 

The event will be held on February 25, between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., at the Laguna Board of Realtors office at 939 Glenneyre St., second floor.

Rick Cirelli, founder of RTC Mortgage Corporation and an industry veteran with more than 40 years of professional mortgage experience, will discuss Reverse Mortgage Loans- Is It Right for You, including myths & misconceptions; benefits of the program; how to utilize it as a financial planning tool; and as a way to solve the common house-rich cash-poor challenge of staying in your home after retirement. 

James Hitchcock, who throughout his career has given numerous presentations on retirement planning and money management to individuals and corporations, will speak on Healthcare – The Retirement Wild Card, including the rising expenses of healthcare, current deductions, and how to finance the costs of healthcare today.  

For more information about this event or future events call Richard Cirelli at (949) 494-4701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leadership Laguna workshops resume on March 2

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City of Laguna Beach are proud to announce that they are once again co-sponsoring Leadership Laguna, a citizen’s academy consisting of a series of five workshops. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce residents to the inner workings of their city.

Each workshop will deal with specific aspects of city functions: local government, finance, public safety, local government legal framework, public works, community services, community development, and cultural arts. 

Workshops will be held on five consecutive Thursday nights from March 2 through March 30 between 7 and 9 p.m., and are open to residents through an application process. Ability to attend all five sessions is required for application. 

In addition to providing general information about city government, the workshops will introduce participants to volunteer opportunities to become involved by serving on one of the city’s committees, commissions, or boards.

An opportunity to give back to the community

“Laguna Beach has active citizenry, so it’s no surprise that the first year of Leadership Laguna quickly hit maximum capacity. We expect an even higher rate of applications this year,” said Dan Pingaro, executive director of Laguna Beach Community Foundation. “Making information more accessible to residents about the inner workings of our city is a great opportunity to not only strengthen civic engagement, but to also build collaborative relationships benefiting the long-term health and well-being of Laguna Beach.”

Residents who would like to participate in this series should apply online at Registration will be confirmed by email on Wed, Feb 15. Space is limited.

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

Police Beat 022117

DUI Arrests

Amanda Marie Burmaster, 34, Topanga – Sunday, February 19

Joseph Testa Jr., 51, Trabuco Canyon – Sunday

Jonadab Andre Hernandez, 18, Buena Park – Thursday, February 16

William John Kropp, 21, Hemet – Thursday Traffic Crash

Kevin Matties, 44, Nevada – Thursday Cell Caller


Incident Reports

Sunday, February 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Joseph Anthony Trujillo, 24, Mission Viejo

Saturday, February 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

John Raymond Bragg, 37, Alabama

S. Coast Hwy | 2200 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

9:13 a.m. A swim backpack was taken from an unlocked vehicle. 

Friday, February 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Curtis Abbott, 52, no fixed address

Arlin Uddberg, 21, Laguna Niguel

Katella Street | 900 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

4:48 p.m. The RP’s garage was open last night and loose change and an iPod were taken from the vehicle within it. 

S. Coast Hwy & Cress Street | Traffic Crash

4:33 p.m. A vehicle struck a pedestrian. The extent of the injuries to the pedestrian were unknown. 

Cliff Drive | 500 Block | Petty Theft

3:21 p.m. Xanax was stolen. 

Katella Street | 800 Block | Stolen Vehicle

7:41 a.m. A Jeep Wrangler was taken from the RP’s driveway sometime overnight. There had been a key locked inside the vehicle. 

Thursday, February 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Paul Ogle, 60, no fixed address

Y Place | 300 Block | Fraud

9:39 p.m. An unknown suspect took $5,980 out of the victim’s account. 

Jasmine Street & N. Coast Hwy | Warrants, Drugs

2:37 a.m. During a traffic stop, Nicole Frances Suzanne Snyder, 33, Whittier, was arrested on a $5,000 North Court warrant for narcotics charges and a $30,000 Los Angeles warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Kristin Winona Cordova, 25, Whittier, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wednesday, February 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 52, San Clemente

Jeffrey Noon, 62, no fixed address

Cleo Street | 100 Block | Warrant

3:11 p.m. Justin Evan, 34, Foothill Ranch, was arrested on a $15,000 West Court warrant for DUI. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrants

12:35 p.m. Chauhan Neilesh Bhikhu, 45, Mission Viejo, was arrested on four Harbor Court warrants: three for illegal lodging and one for battery.

This and that around town

From readers and press releases


First Thursday March 2 Artwalk

JoAnne Artman Gallery will be hosting an artist’s reception for America Martin: This is America II.

Saltfineart will present flamenco dancing at 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Plus plenty more art to browse!




March 4: How can you forget?

Patriots’ Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. from Park Ave




No Square Theatre

School of Rock performances will be from March 3 – 12

Check for more information

Laguna Beach Books

This Week’s Bestsellers



1. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

3. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


1. Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi

2. Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly

3. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis 

Children’s Books

1. Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

2. Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty

3. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Staff Recommendation

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maria Kalman

“A refreshing, unorthodox, upbeat – and most welcome – tribute to America.”


1200 S Coast Hwy


Watch for gray whales and other wildlife while cruising aboard the R/V Sea Explorer 8

Gray whale watching season has come again to Southern California. The Ocean Institute offers weekend whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer, giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  

Cruises are offered most weekends. Upcoming dates include Feb 11, 12, 19, 25 & 26 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 19 & 26. Cruise times vary. Most are 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m. Check the website for specific dates and times.

Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military, and $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17). There is a transaction-processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders.  

Members of the Ocean Institute receive a 10 percent discount. Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274. Register online at

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


Tuesday, Feb 38

6 p.m.

Bezel Setting


Friday, Feb 3

1 p.m.


1 p.m.

iPhone Photography with Mary Gulino

2 p.m.

Pottery Wheel

3 p.m.



Saturday, Feb 4

10 a.m.

Screen Printing

1 p.m.

Basic Soldering



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