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Village Entrance Project – monthly update

The City broke ground on its Village Entrance Project on September 11. Located in the area adjacent to the intersection of Laguna Canyon Rd and Forest Ave, The Village Entrance focuses on enhanced pedestrian safety, improved traffic flow and new public open space.

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September project achievements included the re-opening of employee parking behind City Hall

Key project elements include: 120 new trees, 9,100 new shrubs and 2,200 flats of ground cover; wide multi-use walking and biking trails; 52 bicycle racks and 4 electric vehicle charging stations; new parking lot lighting; upgraded decorative fencing along the drainage channel; new building for Police and Marine Safety storage; two brand new vehicle bridges; and new parking lots, sidewalks, storm drains and pervious concrete pavers.

September project achievements were: demolition and removal of trailer and parking structures behind City Hall; removal of gravel at parking Lot 10 and old sidewalk from traffic signal to Art-A-Fair; two foot excavation and re-compaction of soils at parking Lot 10 for better support of the new parking lot; raising the level of Lot 10 to prepare for new asphalt, pavers and new water quality basin; utility potholing to uncover utilities and measure depth; and re-opening of employee parking behind City Hall. 

The October project schedule includes: Developing solutions for pedestrian pathways during construction along Laguna Canyon Road; closing entrance/exit to Lot 11 at Forest Avenue traffic signal (October 8); installing new asphalt base and conduct grading of water quality basin at Lot 10; begin drilling caissons for new vehicle bridge at Lot 10, and removal of old asphalt and prep area for foundation of new Police Department and Marine Safety storage buildings behind City Hall. 

For questions call (949) 464-6688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the Village Entrance Project, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/villageentrance.


Susi Q presents free workshop – The Secrets Your Advisors Never Tell You, Oct 5

David Moore of Chapman University will be presenting a free workshop about charitable income and tax planning on Friday, Oct 5, “The Secrets Your Advisors Never Tell You.” The workshop will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Susi Q Community and Senior Center. 

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David Moore is a philanthropy advisor and Assistant Vice President for legacy planning at Chapman University

The workshop will include discussions about strategies to partner with charitable organizations to boost your retirement income while reducing your taxes, avoid capital gains taxation, and transfer wealth to your family and more. The information presented will benefit those who are planning for retirement as well as those who have already retired.

The workshop is part of a free educational series of workshops called “It’s Your Estate!” and is sponsored by a number of charities, including the Laguna Canyon Foundation and Chapman University. 

David Moore serves as the Assistant Vice President for legacy planning at Chapman University, where he has worked since 2004. He has completed a series of specialized classes on planned giving techniques and the corresponding examinations in an intensive program offered through the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies, expanding his 25 years of fundraising experience in higher education. 

Nothing is sold at the workshops, no charitable gifts are solicited and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.feelincontrol.org

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St. 


Local candidate Judie Mancuso leads the way in passing the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Social Compassion in Legislation, led by local candidate Judie Mancuso along with the Physicians Committee, applauds California Governor Jerry Brown for signing Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. 

Authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, SB 1249 will make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with some exceptions for regulatory requirements.

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Senate Bill 1249 will make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in CA if it was tested on animals 

“This is a dream come true,” stated Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation. “I had hoped in my lifetime we would say goodbye to animal-tested products. My group, Social Compassion in Legislation, was poised and politically ready to take this issue on. We found the perfect partner to merge forces with in the Physicians Committee. Leading this effort is the biggest accomplishment of my lifetime, and we are so grateful to Governor Brown for signing this lifesaving and landmark bill into law. It is a legacy both he and Senator Galgiani can be proud of, and one for the history books as a huge step forward for humanity.”

Introduced to the legislature in February of this year, SB 1249 was endorsed by over 100 cosmetics companies, including John Paul Mitchell Systems and Lush Cosmetics. Tens of thousands of individuals wrote letters and made phone calls to their legislators. The bill also attracted support from celebrities Alicia Silverstone, John Salley, Maggie Q, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Harley Quinn Smith, Sia, Emily Deschanel, Alyssa Milano, and more.

California will join the European Union, Switzerland, India, Israel, Guatemala, and other regions that have banned or restricted animal testing on cosmetics.

For more information, visit www.socialcompassioninlegislation.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sally’s Fund Cocktail for a Cause Fundraiser this Thursday

Eric Jessen, president of Sally’s Fund board, invites locals to attend the Sally’s Fund Cocktail for a Cause fundraiser this Thursday, Oct 4, from 5 - 7 p.m., at the home of Steven and Maura Short in Emerald Bay at 119 Emerald Bay. Guests are encouraged to wear casual elegant attire for the event that will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails

“Sally’s Fund provides essential assistance to Laguna’s frail elderly population. “We’ve been doing this for almost 40 years now,” Jessen said.

“We are asking for a donation of $150 per person and welcome those who would like to attend. Please RSVP to Sally’s Fund at 499-4100,” said Rachael Berger, Managing Director, Sally’s Fund.

Sally’s Fund provides transportation services to seniors who can no longer drive, but desire to live independently and remain in their homes. They have provided transportation and other essential services to seniors in Laguna Beach since 1982. 

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Don’t miss out on Sally’s Fund Cocktail for a Cause this Thursday, Oct 4

“Sally’s Fund currently serves the fail elderly between the ages of 55-95 who require the special type of care we provide. All the seniors we serve no longer drive themselves, due to age and health related issues and many are homebound,” Jessen said. “We provide transportation to the Susi Q senior center, to participate in programs such as classes, special events, Ted talks as well as the lunch program.”

“We average approximately 567 rides per month equating to over 6,000 rides annually,” Berger said. 

Sally’s Fund staff also provides transportation services to medical appointments, physical therapy, grocery shopping, prescription pick up, banking and other errands. 

“If required, Sally’s Fund will accompany the senior to the appointment and help to ensure they understand instructions and /or assist them with their shopping needs, inside the grocery store and at home helping to put items away,” Jessen said.

Sally’s Fund staff will make regular visits when transition to an assisted living facility takes place, assuring that the senior is not alone at this critical time. Once the transition has been completed, Sally’s Fund staff will make visits and continue being their advocate, ensuring proper care is received and transporting a homebound partner/spouse for regular visitation.

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Sally’s Fund van can be seen throughout Laguna helping seniors get on their way

“We have a special team at Sally’s Fund. Our staff members are caring, empathetic and responsible people who strive to ensure the health, safety and best interests of each senior we serve,” Jessen said.

Those unable to attend Sally’s Fund’ Cocktail for a Cause, but who would still like to provide a donation, may visit www.sallysfund.org and donate via PayPal or with a credit card. For more information, call Berger at (949) 235-5401 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The last sunset of September

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Sending off September in Laguna Beach with a breathtaking sunset


Limited tickets remain for tonight’s forum

Stu News Laguna is teaming up with KX 93.5 to host a very special Laguna Beach City Council Candidate Forum tonight at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. 

Moderated by Stu News Owner, Publisher & Editor Shaena Stabler and KX 93.5 Founder Tyler Russell, the forum will cover a variety of topics from the future of Laguna, to homelessness, to business development, to city finances, and more. 

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a reception including complimentary food and drink from Kitchen in the Canyon. The forum will begin at 6 p.m.

A $20 ticket gains to access to the forum and reception, with all ticket proceeds to benefit KX 93.5’s “Tune In, Drop Out, and Vote” public affairs campaign, working to encourage voter registration and participation this November. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online.

Can’t make it tonight? Tune in at KX 93.5 on the radio or online (www.kx93.5.com) for a live broadcast of the forum, or head to Stu News’ Facebook page to watch a Facebook live video stream of the forum (www.facebook.com/stunewslaguna).


Laguna Beach Business Club breakfast meeting will feature guest speaker Mo Honarkar

On Thursday, Oct 18, Mo Honarkar will be speaking at the Laguna Beach Business Club’s monthly breakfast meeting. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Kitchen in the Canyon.

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Mo Honarkar, seen here with daughter Hasty, is a prominent property owner and developer and will be speaking about his vision for Laguna

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Non-members are welcome and there is a guest breakfast fee of $20. 

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs. They meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. The club’s goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that they are proud to recommend to local clients and friends.

For more information about the club, visit www.lagunabeachbusinessclub.com. To register to attend a meeting, contact a club member or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kitchen in the Canyon is located at 845 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Community invited to all-ages musical by Laguna’s Literary Laureate at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and local playwright and City of Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon invite the community to a free performance of Seeds of Change on Monday, Nov 5 at 5:30 pm. Seeds of Change is a new all-ages musical by Simon and is touring the country through Creede Repertory Theatre’s Young Audience Outreach Tour. 

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Seeds of Change is a show for all ages and explores topics in environmental science and deforestation

Inspired by myth, fairy tale and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Seeds of Change fosters environmental literacy through the story of an ornery young girl who leaves the isolated Isle of Oro where she grew up and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. This bilingual story explores topics in environmental science, deforestation, ocean plastic, and habitat loss through wonder and empowerment. 

As part of Family Fun Night at the Boys & Girls Club, a pre-show reception will be held at 5 p.m. and pizza will be served. After the performance, each child receives an original book that reinforces the play’s themes. 

This performance is open to the community and offered free of charge, but RSVP is required. Contact Linnea at (949) 494-2535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to RSVP.

Founded in 1966, Creede Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre company located at 9,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. CRT’s award-winning company produces big city quality productions in this spectacular location from May through September. Each season, CRT produces 7-10 plays in rotating repertory, hosts numerous musical events and concerts, develops new works through the Headwaters New Play Program, and offers nationally recognized educational programming. USA Today called CRT “one of the 10 best places to see the lights way off Broadway” and The Denver Post hailed CRT as “legendary” and “one of the state’s top five theatre companies.” For more information, visit http://creederep.org.


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

October 2, 2018

Hurricane status Sergio heads our way, as Rosa loses her punch

Dennis 5As of Sunday the 30th of September, the Eastern Pacific tropics have popped out 18 named storms with the latest being Sergio, who just graduated to hurricane status as a Category 1, so he’s the 11th system in 2018 to reach hurricane status. He made hurricane status at 7 p.m. PDT on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and a central pressure of 988 millibars. Sergio is located about 600 miles south of Baja’s tip and is entering the Southern California swell window as we speak, and he is moving WNW at 10 mph. 

Meanwhile, Rosa, who at one point was a high-end Category 4 storm, is losing her punch and is now a tropical storm about 350 miles south of Laguna. She’s setting her sights on the Desert Southwest as a tropical depression, and ultimately as a remnant low centered near Flagstaff, Arizona. 

She promises tons of rain for Arizona before all is said and done. Here on the Pacific side, we’ve never had a season when we went through the entire alphabet, but we came close. In 1983, we got all the way to Winnie in late November. In 1985, we made it to Xina, and in 1990 we had Waldo. 

In the Atlantic Basin in 2005, they ran out of the alphabet and went six deep into the Greek alphabet. That was the year that Katrina terrorized Louisiana and Mississippi.

Now it’s October, the crowds are gone and some of our best beach weather happens. The average hi-lo for October is about 75-59. The hottest October day was 101 in 1958 and 1971 and the coldest night in October was 38 in 1948 and 1960. 

Normal October rainfall is about 0.45 inches. Our wettest October happened in 2004 with a lofty 6.57 inches. Average water temp is 65-67 degrees, and that’s where we’re at right now.

Seventeen hours of continuous thunder. Sounds like something that would occur in places like Texas or Oklahoma, but it actually happened right here in Laguna between 5 p.m. on September 30 and 10 a.m. on October 1, 1981. 

A huge cluster of strong thunderstorms, part of a near stationary upper level low, gave us some spectacular lightning and thunder along with an inch of rain. Most of the action focused on southern Orange County. The thunder just kept rumbling through the entire night and well into the next morning. Definitely a rare treat for us here in Laguna. 

Aloha!


2018 Election: Arts Alliance Forum

By LAURA BUCKLE and BARBARA DIAMOND

The Laguna Beach Beach Arts Alliance hosted a candidates’ forum on Saturday at the Laguna Playhouse.

About 80 people attended the forum. The mood was mellow, perhaps due to the coffee and donuts served before the forum began or the demeanor of former Mayor Jane Egly, who moderated the forum.

Candidates Peter Blake, Ann Christoph, Jorg AKA Comrade Dubin, Toni Iseman, Sue Kempf, Cheryl Kinsman, Lorene Laguna, Judie Mancuso, Allison Mathews and Paul Merritt were given one minute to answer questions and microphones were cut off when they exceeded the time limit. When it happened, the speaker took it in good part. 

Question 1: What is the main reason or reasons you decided to run for City Council?

Iseman: “We have to take a look at how our artists are being treated. I ran into a woman who was at the Sawdust Festival for years, and she couldn’t afford to live here anymore because her apartment went to Airbnb, so she moved and, therefore, didn’t qualify anymore for the Sawdust.” 

Iseman also referred to the impressive amount of money available to the arts through the Business Improvement District that the City Council distributes. (Microphone shut off)

Kempf: “I am retired now. When I was asked by a lot of people to run for City Council, I considered it very carefully, but I feel if you have the luxury of time, you should volunteer. I enjoy volunteering. I have a lot to add.”

Kinsman: “I’m a certified public accountant, and the reason I am running has everything to do with money. I am opposed to the sales tax [Measure P], which I think hurts our local businesses. I’m opposed to a bond for undergrounding in the canyon.

I believe that money that needs to be spent can be spent within our budget. [The City has] $100 million dollars a year. We have a $96 million budget right now, where’s the other $4 million? I have been on the Council before, so I don’t need any start-up education. I can do it and I have run to do it.”

During Kinsman‘s reply, S.T.O.P founder Jennifer Zeiter raised a banner and was advised that no political signs were allowed at the forum. 

Laguna: “If you’re happy with the way that the City has treated artists, then vote for the incumbents. I am here to represent the voice of the people, to represent the voices who are sitting before me.”

Mancuso: “My neighbors recruited me. ‘Judie you gotta run for city council.” So I have stepped up. There is a lot of paralysis and there’s money spent that shouldn’t be.”

Mathews: “Quite honestly, I’m getting a little tired of saying this is an artists’ town when we don’t support [them]. The City is really not willing to put its money where its mouth is. We do not have affordable housing for artists. We do not have affordable housing and the disparity [between] people with homes and people who rent and people who can’t even afford to be in Laguna Beach is ridiculous! So I’m kinda disgusted with the whole, “oh yeah we are an artist community, let’s support the artists, let’s do something, but let’s not house them.” 

Merritt: “Some of [my] reasons are no sales tax increase, we don’t need the 12.2 percent compounded rate increase, which will take up all of our available credit. Secondly, the town is changing in a direction that a lot of us don’t find comfortable. The homeless element and promotion of Laguna as a homeless magnet is not a reason that anybody would want to not get in this race.” 

Merritt also would like to slow down traffic on Coast Highway. 

“Secondly, we have positive things we can do like the estuary [project] in South Laguna.”

Blake: ”I’m running because, I have to say it, I am sick and tired of the way this town is being run by the same old people. I want something fresh. I want new ideas. That is why I am running.”

Christoph: “I am running as part of long continuum that I started in 1971 when I came to Laguna Beach, and we started on the South Laguna General Plan as a community and a donation to the County of Orange. I think that our City could be doing more with leadership that will promote positive projects that people will really love.”

Dubin: “I’m here for a pretty specific reason and that is the cultural heritage of Laguna Beach, which in my mind has been slipping away for a lot of years. The City was founded by artists. We call ourselves an art colony, and yet every year, I see more and more a diminished vital, working artist population here. I’ve read the Cultural Arts Plan, it didn’t mention artists’ studios, which we don’t have enough of. It’s all frosting. It’s all fluff, and it’s time to change and get some things done.”

Question 2: Where do you encourage development of artist/work live housing?

Kempf: “We have to look for opportunities for people to purchase land around town and reconstitute [it]. I think we need to look at some people who can purchase land and do that on an independent basis [so] we can facilitate. The studies say you need 30-plus units to be effective.”

Kinsman: “We know that people are always looking at the canyon, and the canyon people are not happy with that.”

Laguna: “There are so many unpermitted – and I am an example of that with my artist studio – unpermitted structures out there [Laguna Canyon] that can be re-zoned and accepted with warmth into the City. My art studio is one of those that after a long battle was re-zoned, but it cost a lot of money. So that’s one idea, repurpose the buildings we have out there. (Microphone shut off)

Mancuso: “Affordable housing is a very popular thing in the state of California right now, and there are many developers making money off these projects. It’s not a matter of can this exist. It can. It is about the right project. No, you can’t encroach on the environment. You can’t dump in the stream. Stop talking about it and just do it.”

Mathews:  “First of all there is land, there’s land behind Mission Hospital; there is some land in the canyon that we can build on. We can take commercial places right now that are empty and turn them into cool lofts – the village can be the renters.” 

Blake: “The answer is simple. It’s in the canyon. We are going to put houses there. We are going to put studios there, and we are going to put small businesses there. We are going to take a piece of that canyon, and we are going to make it serve the residents of this community. There’s plenty of open space out there.”

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Forum at Laguna Playhouse

Question 3: What portion of the cultural arts plan do you think should take priority?

Kinsman: “I think what artists need most is a place to meet. They also need a place to perform. So, more sites where they can meet and perform.”

Laguna: “AEA has taken care of a lot of this with the Cultural Assessment Plan.”

Mancuso: “I think proliferating areas for art is a priority.” She also favors fostering other mediums such as concerts. (Microphone shut off)

Mathews:  “I think there is a lot here for the visual artists, but there’s not much for other kinds of art.” 

Christoph: “The highest priority, I think, is the housing issue, it’s affordable housing in general and affordable housing for artists. Lastly, I’d like to look at Laguna Beach as a city of the arts. It’s not a downtown of the arts. I’d like to see our neighborhoods benefit more from the arts program and to spread that inspiration throughout town.”

Dubin:  “We have to quit being reactive and kick in with the canyon down the road.” 

Iseman: “Well, the consultant that we’re talking about [AES that consulted on Arts Plan] – we have had a lot of bad ones – was a really good team, and they came to the conclusion that we don’t need a facility. We have enough; we just have to manage it. 

If we have to build something, we would hemorrhage money, and we would take away from the facilities that we have. We need to make Forum Theatre handicapped accessible. There are places for us to use that we are not using and that’s important.”

Question 4: People are talking about changes, how do you make changes, how do you force a change?

Kinsman: “We need more police. We need to manage our budget more effectively. We need to stop doing things that are wonderful and nice and get back to the basics of financial management. We can do this without increasing sales tax or borrowing money.”

Mancuso: “To make change, the first thing you have to do is identify what needs changing. So you reach out to your stakeholders – and your stakeholders are your community – and you ask what are the priorities? Once you’ve identified the priorities, you make a list and you prioritize that list. 

“Then you have to assign resources and figure out what it takes to get a particular thing done. Do you have the money to get it done? You have project plans and these project plans have the time, the resources and the money that it takes and you keep checking until it’s finished.”

Mathews: “You gotta want change. Running as an outsider we can do change.”

Merritt: He suggested the City should build bridges and work with Cox Cable, Caltrans and the Coastal Commission.

Blake: “To make a change, we need get the politicians and the bureaucrats out. We need to make sure we don’t re-elect the incumbents that are pretty much going to give us no change, just lip service.”

Christoph: “First you need to have the ideas that you want to change. You need to prioritize, build consensus, speak out in the council meetings and make sure [if elected], you have at least two other council members bought into this. Once you have that, you can direct staff regarding budget on what they should do and then check they have actually done it.”

Dubin: “Change City Hall, first and foremost. Streamline the process for people that are trying to develop projects through design review. We have to stop being the City that says it can’t be done or being reactive when people bring ideas into city hall. It’s time to end that process.

“When people talk about consensus, I hear this kick the can down the road, have another study or come up with a great mediocre solution. This is all that it’s going to take to change.”

Iseman: “I have sat with the City Manager and until he knows that I can count to three [council majority], things aren’t going to change. We are spending an inordinate amount of time with a handful of architects who are building $20 million dollar houses on the sand that get a $1 millon dollar fine immediately because they’re done wrong. I knew it was done wrong, but I couldn’t get anyone’s attention,” (Microphone shut off)

Kempf: ”We really need to have mixed use spaces, retail on the bottom, housing on the second floor. It’s great for residents and the business that we have in town. We need to revitalize our town and the way we do that is by relaxing some of our land use requirements.”

Question 5: Tourism is vital to the success of nonprofit art organizations. How would you balance the needs of the arts and the residents?

Mancuso: “The tourists add to all of our businesses, whether restaurants, T-shirt shops, or art galleries, I think we need to make it pleasant for visitors to be here at every level. 

“We have to address our parking and our traffic issues. I know that as a resident, I have missed appointments and gone without groceries for days, because I don’t want to get in the middle of it all. We have to make our town easy to be in and to get around in and enjoyable. I think that will bring people here that will spend money and also that will accommodate residents.”

 Mathews: “I don’t think we are any different than a lot of other seaside communities when it comes to traffic and parking issues in the summer time. It’s bad during tourist season for sure, but it’s temporary. There is land on the parameter of Laguna Beach where parking could be created and tourists could park and then get the free trolleys into town so they don’t bring their cars in.”

Merritt: “The city of Palm Springs started their film festival 15 years ago and now it’s an international sensation. It draws people from everywhere and it does not impact the residents.” 

He suggested that events for locals, including the arts community, could be held in the spring, fall and winter and leave the summer to the tourists. 

Blake: “I just can’t seem to find a correlation between a cultural visitor and how I would have to balance that with a resident. A cultural visitor is the ultimate visitor a coastal community can get, the person who is coming here and seeing an event at the Laguna Art Museum is a person that is staying in a nice hotel and spending money here. 

“The problem we have is the low-end tourists who are clogging our streets, not spending money, and leaving their trash here. Those people are here because of poor planning over the years and a City Council that somehow or another blocked really great businesses from coming in.”

Christoph: “I believe that the tourists love our town for the residential quality. I don’t think there’s a conflict there. If there are places that the residents love to live in, that’s what tourists love to experience too. They like to come and say ‘Wow, I wish I could live here. Isn’t this charming? Isn’t this beautiful?’ 

“I think anything that we do to make our neighborhoods better gives back to us three fold. The charm of our community is what the tourists enjoy so I would like to see more emphasis on this.”

 Dubin: “I don’t agree we have to necessarily be spending a million and a half dollars a year [BID allocation to Visit Laguna Beach] advertising the fact that we are a tourist town. We need to spend that on working towards getting back our cultural heritage.”

Iseman: “I don’t object to Visit Laguna Beach spending money to bring people into Laguna Beach, if they’re advertising in Sunset Magazine and not on the internet saying free parking in South Laguna. 

“People without their cars are usually the ones who are not causing grief.”

Kempf: “We need to enhance our reputation as an arts community to the outside world, but we do need to do something about parking. It’s a core problem. When we look at the statistics of people coming to Laguna for arts events, they are highly educated people. Day-trippers are something else. The people who come to the arts have money and spend money. When we talk about bringing people into town, we need to target the right people”.

Kinsman: “I think what we need to do for both residents and tourists is finalize our downtown. There are a lot of empty shops, and it doesn’t look good. Our downtown specific plan right now is too restrictive. We are not allowed to have chains and let’s face it, chains are the ones who can afford the higher rent right now. 

“When we [residents] want to shop, we don’t go downtown because the things that we buy you can’t get in our downtown area. We need to bring our residents downtown so we have to have more liberal rules and more parking. (Microphone shut off)

Laguna: “We need to listen to the Laguna Beach Arts Commission and Visit Laguna Beach. They are the organizations that the council needs to listen to.” 

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

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