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Stu News and KX 93.5 Forum: Part One

By ALANNA WIGHT and BARBARA DIAMOND

Candidates Jorg Dubin, Judie Mancuso, Peter Blake, Toni Iseman, Sue Kempf, Allison Mathews, Cheryl Kinsman, Paul Merritt, Lorene Laguna, and Ann Christoph were given anywhere from 15 seconds to two minutes to answer questions at the Stu News/KX 93.5 Forum. The forum was broadcast on the local station and posted on the Stu News Facebook page. For those who missed it, here is Part One. 

Paint a picture of your vision of Laguna over the next five to 10 years. (1 minute)

Dubin: “One of the big things that I’m here for is to try to maintain our cultural heritage and make sure it’s viable going forward.” 

Mancuso: “The vision I have is that it’ll be the greenest and the bluest Laguna Beach. It’ll be the greenest because we’ll start recycling all of our wastewater, and we could have perimeter water not only for our fire mitigation, but also for our ecosystem. It will be the bluest because we’ll do everything possible to stop any kind of runoff or untreated water going into our ocean. It’ll be a more pedestrian friendly Laguna Beach.”

Blake: “In 10 years, I’d like to see a Laguna that’s charming, small and sophisticated, emphasis on the word sophisticated. We have charming and small, but it’s frumpy. 

“I do not see where we have to accept the fact that we are talking about permanent supportive housing of chronically homeless people who are addicted to drugs or mentally incapacitated.” 

Iseman: “In the next five to 10 years we’re going to see some things happen we’ve all been waiting for. We’re going to see the Hotel Laguna back in its glory. We’re going to see the movie theater reopen.

“It’s not just what we will see, but what we won’t see. If our town isn’t careful, we’re going to go through some changes that are not going to benefit us. You know, I say I put residents first and putting residents first means we have a vibrant downtown. Putting residents first means that your neighborhoods are clean. But putting residents first means we have to be careful and treasure that which we have right now and why we moved here.”

Kempf: “I’d like to see a very vibrant downtown and I’m not just talking about businesses. I’d like to see people living downtown. 

“Secondly, I’d like to see better transportation options. I’d like to see where cars can be parked. I’d love to see permanent parking in the neighborhoods, getting people into the parking garages, maybe even peripheral parking garages if we can do that. I’d like to see the Transportation Corridors Agency do its part. They committed to making the toll road free after 20 years and they haven’t done that yet.

“And finally, I want to make sure that we don’t have any catastrophes here, that we create a very safe environment, that we don’t have any fires, don’t have any floods.”

Mathews: “What I would like to see in 10 years is smart, urban, professionals, artists, LCAD students. I’d like to see commerce come back to the village and people going to restaurants to eat and to walk into the grocery stores and commercial zoned space that’s just sitting there, zoned to be residential space, [ready for] pre-fab houses.”

Kinsman: “I will do everything in my power to reverse the decision that’s been made on the $11 million paving job...there should be parking structures against the hillside, there should be bathrooms. And the digester will be moved. I know it’s on the historic register but it can be moved. I’ve been to Egypt and they moved the Temple of Ramses up. They can move that digester.”

Merritt: ”We’re going to have to really get aware of protecting our public beaches. Parking and circulation will be solved in 10 years, because we’ll have autopilot cars, just send them on autopilot out in the canyon parking lot, and they can circle, and you can buzz your button to come pick you up in front of a restaurant.”

He would also hope something would have been done about Cox Cable, whose rates he describes as “outrageous.”

Laguna: “The picture has been painted and it’s called our green open space and our bluebelt.” 

She also envisions safe pedestrian crossings, complete streets, dog and resident parking permits for everyone, and municipal wireless in this town for free.

Christoph: “My vision of the future is that the problems that have been outlined here been solved, and we are united as a community again.”

We all know we have an affordable housing crisis here in Laguna, especially for our artists, seniors, and emerging youth. If elected, what specifically, if anything, will you do to create more affordable housing?

Mancuso: “I don’t think we have to do anything but find the right project and get it done.”

Blake: “Affordable housing can only happen in the canyon. It’s not going to happen anywhere in town; we have the most expensive real estate in the country. In the canyon, we have the opportunity to work with development that’s responsible.” 

Iseman: “The really operative word is affordable. I think affordability comes if we use our own land and find somebody we can have a partnership with. 

“You’ve got to be smart about this, and being smart means that we don’t take money that’s going to have those strings attached.”

Kempf: “I think the most obvious solution is a new state law, called Accessory Dwelling Units. We have an ordinance that allows people to rent out portions of their home. If you are an elderly person, and you want to stay in your house, you can have a caregiver live on-site with you, or vice-versa: if you’d like someone else to rent your house and you can live in the smaller room, you can stay in your house. 

“The second thing is somebody really needs to donate land, and then we can do a public/private partnership. That’s probably the second easiest way to do it. 

“Thirdly, there’s a lot of office space downtown that are small that we could convert to housing, little 500-square-foot places, with restrooms. Students could live there.”

Mathews: “Everyone’s talking about what I was talking about three months ago:  turning the commercial space into affordable housing for students.” 

Kinsman: She said one of her clients built Hagan House and there are other places that would be affordable just like that. 

“There’s a building next to Whole Foods. There are some properties around town that can be converted, I can think of some motels that are really not in the best of shape. So creative, good private and public money can be used. I don’t know about the work part, but the live part I think we can do. 

Laguna: “Let’s get to the ADUs and what Governor Brown did for this community to allow places to be configured to put in affordable housing. We need tiny houses in the canyon, tiny, rural, small scale, which follows the Laguna Canyon Annexation Plan.

“We also can legalize non-conforming structures that are existing and repurpose M1-A and M1-B zones in the canyon.” 

Christoph: “I don’t think big projects are the answer for us. I think the ADUs are a good possibility, if we can assure that they’re affordable. The state has a law that says they are permitted in a certain situation, but they didn’t allow the city to put controls over how much they’d be renting for, so that they’d be assured they’d really be affordable.” 

Dubin: “I’m telling you, if we don’t change just talking about things and start being more proactive, we’re not going to have an artist community anymore.

“There’s plenty of industrial buildings out [in the canyon] that are one story that could easily be added to if the city and the property owners got together on this.”

What, if anything, are three things you would do about the problem with homelessness in Laguna Beach? (2 minutes)

Blake: “We need to send cops down to the beach and into the canyon. We need to make these people uncomfortable. What’s the most important thing in the world to a drug addict? His drugs. I’ll remove those drugs from him; he will not stay around very long. 

“Coming to terms with this permanent supportive housing that gets floated around by the compassionate “ignorants” in town, we will never be able to build permanent supportive housing in the most expensive real estate in the country. We need to bring them into areas where housing is inexpensive.” 

Iseman: “I think we need to aggressively deal with those people who are making it difficult for the downtown merchants, frightening the people that are walking down the street. I do believe that we have to have an aggressive way of dealing with repeat offenders, so that they don’t get in the police blotter three times.” 

Kempf: “If I’m on the Council, I’m going to push for regional solutions. I’ve met with Jason Ferris, our outreach officer for Laguna Beach. He often gives these people bus tickets and sends them home. He locates their relatives and sends them home. He also works with the Friendship Shelter to get them permanent support housing or some housing.” 

However, Ferris also told her that he has arrested the same people five or six times.

“We need tougher laws,” she said.

Mathews: “We’ve got to tease out those problems between addiction and domestic violence.” 

Kinsman: “The first thing, we need more boots on the ground, we need police to patrol Heisler Park, Main Beach, downtown.

“Number two, we can work with the hospital because the hospital has a three-day hold for mental health patients. I have personally seen a hospital employee wheeling a wheelchair all the way down the highway and leaving this person at the bus bench. Those people need to be transported back to the cities or wherever they came from, they should not be left in Laguna Beach. 

“And third, we need to work with the federal Judge David Carter, who is trying to get other cities to do similar things to what we’re doing, because the burden right now is way too high on Laguna Beach.”

Merritt: “We’ve got to be very careful and we have to understand and study the details and issues of permanent homeless housing.”

Laguna: ”I ask that the police department have equal enforcement of the law for all of us, whether you are homeless or you’re a resident that can afford to pay your ticket and your fine. 

“We should not be bussing [homeless] in a van – a $68,000 brand new van – down to the bus stop every day. Let’s keep them at the Alternate Sleeping Location. Let’s keep that shelter open, and let’s give [the homeless] purpose-driven life solutions there. Let’s bring in social services. Let’s think about growing an organic garden out there and having them pet the dogs at the animal shelter.” 

Christoph: “We should be working with the regional situation with Judge Carter, looking at how we can as a whole region deal with problem. 

“Friendship Shelter has had outreach workers that go and interact with the [homeless] people that are downtown, try to find services for them. We need to support that. And I agree with providing useful activities so that they’re not just hanging around.”

Dubin: “Each city could potentially build a shelter or redevelop a space within their community, but most people don’t want them in their neighborhood.”

He thinks he has a better solution. 

While he was working on art at the former El Toro Marine Air Station after the Marines moved out, Dubin spotted a lot of empty buildings there that could be converted to a homeless shelter that is not in the middle of Laguna or surrounding communities.

“I think one of those existing buildings [could be redeveloped] into a South County or regional shelter that could be staffed properly and funded by all the communities around here. 

“Utilizing one of the huge empty buildings out there that’s just sitting there waiting to either be torn down, or who knows what, would be a really good place to start looking at building a regional homeless shelter that could take care of a lot of people.”

Mancuso: “Three things: First, stop the dumping by sober living homes and the hospitals that are dumping patients in the streets when they’re all of insurance money. 

“The second thing: We need to decrease the time from when they commit the crime and they’re prosecuted. When they get to the Orange County Jail, they can dry out and sober up. So it gets them out of Laguna Beach, they have to face the consequences and they sober up and from there, they can go wherever. 

“The third thing is we have to segregate the populations. There are veterans, there’s women, there’s mentally ill. They do not have to be housed in Laguna Beach. As long as we are housing some, we can house the rest that we are responsible for out of Laguna Beach, at a regional facility. The money that comes from our pot goes to there to house them.”

RAPID FIRE ROUND 1 (15 seconds each)

Do you support making Forest Avenue pedestrian traffic only?

Iseman, Kempf and Mathews did not support restricting Forest Avenue to pedestrian traffic.

Kinsman: “Only for certain events like Christmas.” 

Merritt: “Let the merchants give their two cents, do they want it closed or not, and secondly, I would consider it only if we recover the 124 parking spaces missing at City Hall.”

Christoph: “I think we should be careful not to mess with it.”

Dubin, Mancuso, and Blake support closing the avenue to vehicles. 

Question 2. Do you support parking meters on South Laguna streets, assuming we’re able to pull off neighborhood parking zones?

Kempf and Mathews: Yes

Kinsman: No 

Merritt: “Young kids that are looking for parking spaces, who won’t pay $4.50 an hour to park, are going to be circling like bees; that’s a bad for our rural neighborhoods.”

Laguna: “Assuming that we could have resident parking permits, and the Coastal Commission would allow that, then yes I would support it.”

Christoph: “No, unless the South Laguna people support it.”

Dubin: “Yes, as long as the funds that come out of those meters go to paying for the garden park in South Laguna.”

Mancuso: She’s in favor of it, if her South Laguna friends and constituents were, otherwise, no. 

Iseman: “Parking meters make sense, but we’ve got to make sure that neighborhoods are protected.”

Are you in favor or opposed to Caltrans’ road widening proposal for Laguna Canyon Road?

Mathews and Merritt: Opposed 

Kinsman: “I really don’t support anything that Caltrans is doing.”

Christoph: “I felt that the widening of the road north of the El Toro Road intersection would probably be a good safety measure, and the area to the south I am opposed to.”

Dubin: “I’m only in favor of it if it was tied to undergrounding the poles and putting in a mass transit lane with peripheral parking, otherwise I’m opposed to it.”

 Mancuso: “I went to a presentation that Hallie (Jones) and Penny (Milne) gave on this, and I agreed with everything they presented so yes, the part they showed was good.”

Blake: “I support it.”

Iseman: “The North Safety Project, which means from El Toro Road toward the Toll Road, has to be made safe. And that’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of – South California Edison needs to figure out where they’re going to put their stuff. But what Caltrans is proposing south of [El Toro] doesn’t work.”

Kempf: She agreed with Iseman about the south end of the project. 

Name some nonprofits that you have supported in the last year.

Kinsman: “I’ve been the treasurer of the Laguna Plein Air Association for the last 10 years.” 

Merritt: “I guess the one nonprofit I’ve been active in since I was 17 years old is the Laguna Beach Beautification Council.”

Laguna: “I am on the executive board of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy. I am a member of CANDO, I’m on the zoning committee. I was a board member of the Laguna Beach Beautification Council.”

Christoph: I’m a member of LOCA, the arts education group, South Laguna Civic Association, the Greenbelt, Laguna Art Museum, the South Laguna Garden Park, the Beautification Council, Laguna Canyon Conservancy, and Village Laguna.

Dubin: “The Laguna Art Museum and Jorg Dubin.”

Mancuso: “I’m the founder and president right here in Laguna Beach of Social Compassion and Legislation. It is a Laguna Beach nonprofit. We had five bills signed into law this year in Sacramento, and we are saving and protecting millions of animals each year.”

Blake: “I serve on none and unlike my colleagues, beholden to none.”

Iseman: “I was one of the original members of the board of Laguna Canyon Conservancy. I served on the Laguna Greenbelt, the Friendship Shelter, the museum, the Playhouse, and Laguna Live!”

Kempf: “I’m a member of the museum, the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach Seniors, the Marine Mammal Center, and the Boys & Girls Club.”

Mathews: “I have served on the League of Women Voters. I am on the Affordable Housing Task Force.”

In the past year, about how many City Council meetings have you attended?

Merritt: “Too many. My guestimate is about eight to 10.”

Laguna: “I have attended at least one per month and also spoken at many of them.”

Christoph: ”I would say at least half of the city council meetings, maybe more.” 

Dubin: ”When I am not working, I’ve attended probably about 6.”

Mancuso: “A dozen.”

Blake: “Can’t think of any.”

Iseman: “All of them.”

Kempf: “I’ve attended about six. I watch them all. I’m on the planning commission. My work goes to the council.” 

Mathews: “I go to the Affordable Housing Task Force [meetings] because I have to. I mean, I’m on that one, and I’ve been to about five I guess.”

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least voluntary and 10 being the most voluntary, how voluntary do you feel the city’s historic resource inventory should be?

Laguna: “I think that decision has already been made at the last historic preservation ordinance meeting.”

Christoph: “I can’t put it on a scale of 1 to 10.”

Dubin: “7.5. I think it should be mostly voluntary.”

Mancuso: “What I saw was about a 10, and that’s what they voted on.”

Blake: “A 10”.

Iseman: “There are two words you need to understand: the registry and the list. If you’re on the registry, you’re on voluntarily; you put yourself there, and that means it was [voluntary].” 

Kempf: “I’m a 10.” 

Mathews: “I think you’ve got to figure out what’s historic, and you’ve got to give it maybe two or three criteria that can’t be changed on anything, and then make it completely voluntary.”

Kinsman: “Absolutely the most voluntary that it can legally be.”

Merritt: “10.”

What is the number one issue facing the city of Laguna Beach right now?

Christoph: “I think the number one issue is discord; that we need to be working on projects as a community, build enthusiasm and be inspired with our solutions so that we don’t have Measure P and the conflict that comes from that.”

Dubin: “Our creative heritage and how we treat our ‘creatives’ in this town.”

Mancuso: “Climate change, without a doubt”.

Blake: “I consider crime and homelessness as an existential problem in Laguna Beach.”

Iseman: “We are a town of 23,000, but our development in this town currently would be equal to a town of 100,000. We cannot keep up with things.”

Kempf: “I think we need smart planning to adapt to the changing world around us going forward.”

Mathews: “I’m worried about the heart of the village. I’m worried about what people want, I’m worried about the nastiness, I’m worried about us not thinking into the future for our kids. I’m worried about where they are going to be in 10-20 years.”

Kinsman: “The number one issue is money. It’s the taxpayers’ money and how [it is] used.”

Merritt: “Public safety is my number one issue, all the time, for everybody.”

Laguna: “One of the most concerning problems we have is San Onofre. However, right on its tail is the economic fire that will be created by Measure P.”

Published answers, including paraphases, are limited to those that responded directly to the questions asked.


Lorene Laguna hosts Dog Beach event on Saturday

By ALEXIS AMARADIO

Laguna Beach City Council candidate Lorene Laguna hosted a campaign event on Saturday at Main Beach in support of her 365 Dog Beach concept. It was a very intimate and neighborly gathering with about 20 people in attendance and 12 dogs of all breeds and sizes.

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Lorene Laguna (center) with supporters – both humans and dogs – at Main Beach on Saturday

“My dog wants to run on the beach so I have to run for City Council to make it happen,” Laguna said. “In this community, the only way you can really get things done often is from serving on council. So I am going to serve the community and speak for residents first. I give value back to the residents and also one VIP resident parking pass for every R1 household. We shouldn’t have to pay to park in our city, we pay a lot in property taxes.”

Local resident and supporter Jennifer Zeiter added, “A lot of us locals like to take our dogs down early in the morning to our local beaches just to have a little social time, the neighbors get together, the dogs get together. [With Laguna’s 365 Dog Beach idea] we are off the beach by 9 o’clock and everything is cleaned up, I just think it would be a great idea.”


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work water quality experts met to reduce runoff in critical Laguna areas

Water quality leaders and staff from surrounding coastal cities met Thursday at The Ranch Board Room to review progress and reconfirm their commitment to tackle ways to reduce dry weather urban runoff flows from contaminating Aliso Creek, the popular Aliso Beach and Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

“The presence of a large natural beach sand berm all summer at Aliso Beach is a clear indication of a significant reduction in the quantity of urban runoff being released onto streets and waterways leading to the creek,” said Jinger Wallace, the Laguna Bluebelt’s Coordinator for the pioneering project. 

She added, “By reaching out to Moulton Niguel Water District last winter, we were able to join together as a team to protect the creek, estuary and beach from the unhealthy runoff.” 

The team concluded their meeting with a walking tour of the Aliso Beach Berm and proposed Aliso Estuary Restoration site.

Team Work Dream Work Aliso Creek

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Team works to keep Laguna clean from runoff in critical areas

Lindsey Stuvick, Water Efficiency Manager for Moulton Niguel Water District, presented multiple examples of outreach and education materials aimed at helping educate residents, landscape contractors and HOA members on water-wise and money-conscious outdoor water use. 

“Every gallon of wasted water finding its way to Aliso Creek damages not only creek and coastal habitats, it is also a waste of money,” reminds Lindsey. Further monitoring of the creek will also be enhanced through grant funds applied for by MNWD from Metropolitan Water District to install real-time flow monitors at each major storm drain in the Aliso Creek Watershed to immediately detect and assess dry weather flows.

Ray Heimstra, from Orange County Coastkeeper, emphasized “Across the region and State, no one is taking the effective measures to actually reduce urban runoff through collaboration like this group.”

Aliso Creek has long suffered from unnatural flows of 1 to 5 million gallons of inland urban runoff ponding at the beach throughout the long summer months ultimately overwhelming the natural sand barrier and carrying the polluted water into the surf zone. Compounding it, vandals would dig out the natural, protective sand berm releasing millions of gallons of polluted water for a few minutes of thrills riding the standing wave. At risk were visitors and young families who traditionally gather at Aliso Beach to flee ever-rising inland heat temperatures and unknowingly swim in the polluted waters.

Fortunately, this has begun to change. Networking with Supervisor Bartlett’s Staff and OC Lifeguards, members of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition gained signage at Aliso Beach allowing Park Rangers and police to ticket anyone illegally digging out the naturally occurring and protective beach sand berm.

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A walking tour of the Aliso Beach Berm and proposed Aliso Estuary Restoration 

Today, the Aliso Beach Sand Berm protects ocean water quality in Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) while also improving the health and safety for visitors and locals alike. 

“By working together, the team is investing the time and effort to remediate dry weather flows through skilled and measurably effective education campaigns by the County, cities and water districts in the region,” Wallace said. “With good teamwork, everybody wins.”


Friends of the Laguna Beach Library annual dinner is this Friday, Oct 12

The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library is holding its annual dinner at the Library, “Come into the Light,” at 363 Glenneyre Street, this Friday, Oct 12, at 6 p.m.

The program this year will be outstanding, led by photographer Jeff Rovner and the author and poet who won the challenge of writing in response to Rovner’s visual art, and is organized by Suzanne Redfearn, last year’s speaker. The winning poet is Ellen Girardeau Kempler, and the winning author is Theresa Keegan, who will share their writings with the guests.

The three-course dinner will be catered by Alessandro Pirrozi, chef and owner of Alessa, Salerno, and Pirozzi. Dinner, which includes wine, is $60. Make your reservation by sending a check made payable to Friends of the Library to Sandy Hovanesian, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach, 92651, or go to the website at www.friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.org

For more information, call (949) 376-5135 or (949) 228-2342. Time is short, please call if you plan to attend.


The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Ocean Institute to host A Night under the Moon, to benefit youth camps

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will host an evening of culinary luxury on Wednesday, Oct 24 as a benefit dinner sponsoring the Camping Outreach Program at The Ranch and its partnership with Ocean Institute. 

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The evening will feature live music and a four-course luxurious dinner 

A Night under the Moon will include libations and live music from Zach Churchill on The Ranch’s picturesque patio, followed by a four-course dinner curated by The Ranch’s Executive Chef Kyle St. John. The evening will feature an ocean-minded panel with filmmaker, journalist, and conservationist Angela Sun, along with Dan Pingaro and Kurt Bjorkman. 

“Through our collaboration with Ocean Institute we have been able to run four summers of camps resulting in over 1,200 kids experiencing a deep and meaningful moment in nature. Many have never camped nor seen the ocean before this unique experience. As a legacy program here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach and with our partners at Ocean Institute, our camping program will benefit countless young lives,” said Kurt Bjorkman, general manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

The Ranch at sunset

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The event will benefit the Camping Outreach Program, a collaborative effort between The Ranch and Ocean Institute

The Camping Outreach Program at The Ranch focuses on students from low-income areas and aims to give children the opportunity to experience the outdoors, which is often their first time camping, hiking, and learning about the local wildlife.

For reservations, contact Emma Opie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 496-2274 x416. Reservations are $250 per person and this event is expected to sell out.


Dance the afternoon away as LB Community Clinic hosts its 2nd Annual Salsa Sunday on Oct 14

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

One doesn’t usually associate dancing with going to a clinic, but on Sunday, Oct 14, from 3 - 5 p.m., they will definitely go together in a fun and festive way. Laguna Beach Community Clinic hosts its Second Annual Salsa Sunday in the Clinic’s parking lot. At the First Annual Salsa Sunday held last year, 80 locals showed up to salsa and socialize.

Authentic Cuban pastries will also be provided. LA’s La Charanga Cubana, an eight member band, will make a rare Orange County performance to benefit the Clinic, and professional Salsa Dancer, Kati Hernandez will be on hand to provide lessons and get the crowd moving.

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2017 Salsa Sunday, Dr. Rubal third from left 

“Part of keeping our community healthy includes forming closer relationships with our neighbors. We want folks to know we’re here and we care,” stated Dr. Jorge Rubal, CEO and Medical Director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. “Growing up, music and salsa dancing was how my neighborhood came together, so I thought it would be fun to create that experience for Laguna Beach families.”

Laguna Beach Community Clinic is a busy place. Last year, they saw 12,000 patients. Founded in 1970, a group of concerned physicians and community leaders established a free clinic to meet the needs of low-income and medically uninsured people of South Orange County. However, they do provide services to those with HMO, PPO, Medicare and Medical.

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Dr. Rubal and his wife salsa with the crowd

In 1985, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic became a licensed community clinic. The Laguna Beach Community Clinic is a nonprofit, primary care health facility that provides family-centered medical care, offering non-emergency, curative and preventive care as well as educational services.

When asked what he considers the clinic’s biggest success, Dr. Rubal says, “Staying true to our mission, which is to provide excellent medical care regardless of the patient’s inability to pay.”

The cover is charge for the event is $20, and accompanying children get in free. Attendees can pay at the door or purchase tickets online at www.LBClinic.org

All funds raised will support patient programs. 

LB Community Clinic is located at 362 Third St. For more information, call (949) 494-0764.


Indulge in foodie paradise under the stars: Taste of Laguna returns to FOA grounds on Thursday, Oct 18

Photos by Scott Brashier

Join Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for a night of tasty bites and delicious drinks from Laguna’s finest restaurants. The Festival of Arts grounds will be transformed into a paradise of delectable food and libations on Thursday, Oct 18 from 6 until 9 p.m. It’s the Chamber’s favorite night of the year, so they are going to kick it up a notch!

Taste of Laguna features local restaurants and celebrates award-winning chefs at a fabulous open-air venue with music and fun under the stars. Share tiny bites of your most popular menu items, signature recipes, or specialty dishes with over 700 foodie lovers. This showcases what is unique about each restaurant.

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2017 Taste of Laguna offerings from Royal Hawaiian

Attendees will enjoy selections from favorite local Laguna Beach spots including: Jan’s Health Bar, Kitchen in the Canyon, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Las Brisas, Lumberyard, Mozambique, Nick’s, Okura Sushi, ​Reunion Kitchen & Drink, Rooftop, Sapphire, ​Sergio’s Empanadas, Skyloft, ​Slice Pizza, South of Nick’s, Starfish Laguna,
Terra Laguna Beach, The Cliff, The Grove on Forest, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, Ti Amo by IL Barone, Tommy Bahama, Watermarc, and Whole Foods. 

Additional local spots represented include: Amenah, Asada Boat Canyon, L.P.

Broadway by Amar Santana, Circle K, Dizz’s As Is, Laguna Baguettes, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille, Las Brisas Restaurant, Main Street Bar & Cabaret, Maro Wood Grill, Oak Restaurant, Organic Cellar, Royal Hawaiian, Ruby’s Diner, Rugg Wines, Sapphire Laguna Restaurant & Pantry, Temecula Olive Oil Company, Tequila Partida, Vine and Fork, Wine Gallery Bar & Kitchen, Tortilla Republic, Catmosphere Laguna, Inc., Tommy Bahama, La Casa Del Camino (Kya/Rooftop), Nick’s, Olive Oil & Beyond, and South of Nicks.

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Bowls of delectable delights from last year’s Taste of Laguna

Participants rave about this event. “We have been going to the Taste of Laguna for years now and always look forward to seeing the community come together for such a wonderful evening. Getting to speak to the teams behind our favorite local establishments as well as sampling the best of what they have to offer keeps us coming back year after year. The beer, wine, and cocktails are always the icing on the cake,” says a local.

​Taste of Laguna features a variety of locally sourced food, whether it be artisan influenced, internationally inspired, infused, sweet, spicy, perfectly paired, oven-baked, gourmet, gluten-free or farm fresh, craft brewed, aged in a keg, or mixed in a blender, all the exhibitors shine, and foodies will be in heaven! 

General admission is $85, sales end on October 16.

VIP admission is $150, sales end on October 16. VIP tickets include access to a VIP Reception and private area at Terra Laguna Beach on the Festival of Arts grounds, along with a special VIP swag bag and one drink ticket good for beer or wine only at the cash bar. Enjoy free parking, early entry to the event, a designated entry lane, and many more exclusive perks. Also includes admission to official after party at The Royal Hawaiian.

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For tickets and more information, go to www.tasteoflagunabeach.com.


A Cook’s Delight – Stock the Kitchen Tour Oct 14

If well-appointed kitchens stir your soul, don’t miss the Stock the Pantry Kitchen Tour on Sunday, Oct 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. This self-guided visit to five local homes, sponsored by the Mike Johnson Group, will raise funds for two beloved local causes, the Laguna Food Pantry and SchoolPower.

Tickets are $50 each, available here. After purchasing tickets, guests will receive a list of the addresses of homes on the tour and proceed at their own pace. When the tour ends at 3 p.m., ticketholders are invited to convene for conversation and refreshments at the Old House Garden Café at 320 N Coast Hwy.

The Kitchen Group

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Don’t miss the Stock the Pantry Kitchen Tour on October 14, a peek inside five beautiful Laguna Beach homes

“The kitchen is the heart of every home,” said Mike Johnson, whose Compass real estate group is planning the tour. “This first-time event offers a chance to take a close look at some incredible kitchens, many that have never been open to the public in any way and in some of the most unusual homes in Laguna. We’re excited that every dollar raised will go to support two of our favorite nonprofit groups that feed hungry families and further fortify our great Laguna schools.”

For more information, call Sylvia Ames at the Mike Johnson Group at (949) 295-0570.


Bevy of classic cars cruised into Laguna Beach for the 15th Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday

Photos by Scott Brashier

Classic car enthusiasts were in automobile heaven this Sunday at the 15th Annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show, hosted by the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach. The show is designed to attract the finest examples in each category, and this year was no exception. Classic cars on display were all models made before the early ‘70s. Proceeds from the event go to local charities.

Bevy of red and blue cars

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An invitation to take a peek under the hood

Bevy of Volkswagen

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A Volkswagen beauty

Bevy of little car collection

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Car displays its collection of little cars

Bevy of orange car

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Gorgeous classic won its category

Bevy of chrome

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Polished to perfection


Harvest Sunset

Harvest Sunset slice

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Clouds slice the sun into pieces

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