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 Volume 10, Issue 98  |  December 7, 2018                              


 

Community lauds Boyd, Zur Schmiede for their service to Laguna; Council members installed; Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem elected

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

“Kelly’s time is up,” sang a No Square Theatre quartet before Kelly Boyd presided over his last task as mayor, the swearing in of newly elected Council members – the culmination of his 16 years of public service.

Councilman Bob Whalen presented Boyd with a commendation citing his accomplishments and leadership and made him a member of one of Laguna’s most exclusive clubs – owner of a Main Beach Lifeguard Tower tile conferred by a grateful City staff and Council.

Community lauds Boyd with plaque

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Kelly Boyd and his wife Michelle after receiving commendation

Boyd was brought to tears by the admiration showered on him, especially with his wife Michelle, his son Sean and his fiancé Laurie, nephew Rob Boyd, “step-in” daughter Kirsten Rugg, a member of Boyd’s family since her teens, and her husband Doug, in the audience.

He made special note of three women, other than his wife, who were important influences on him: Elizabeth Pearson, Cheryl Kinsman and Jane Egly, all former mayors of Laguna Beach. 

Boyd praised City Manager John Pietig and the management team he has put together.

Whalen also had the opportunity to present a commendation and a tile to outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede, who was not expected to be able to attend the meeting. He has spent much of his time in Kentucky since his brother was severely injured in June.

Zur Schmiede made the tough decision to pull out of his bid for re-election to care for his brother.

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Rob Zur Schmiede receives commendation

“I was sad about the choice, but I don’t regret it,” he said. “It was the right thing to do.” 

Zur Schmiede gave a special nod to his wife, Robin, and to Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, with whom he launched the Leadership Laguna program. 

Boyd squirmed as members of the Council heaped compliments on him, unable to put a time limit on them, as he did with the audience. 

“You ran over,” he told longtime friend and political ally Pearson, who along with Steve Dicterow called Boyd their hero, recalling how bravely Boyd had coped with cancer.

Iseman’s recollections of Boyd went back to 1971 when they worked in adjacent stores and used to sneak out back to smoke. 

“A few words come to mind when I think bout Kelly: honest, straightforward, clear-headed, decisive, consistent, to-the-point, effective, loyal, prepared and a good friend,” said Whalen.

Zur Schmiede called Boyd an icon. 

But Zur Schmiede came in for his fair share of encomiums. 

“Rob, I didn’t know you were going to be here, but I can wing it,” Whalen said. “You are always prepared, dedicated and thoughtful. You reached out to people who agreed with you and people who didn’t.”

Dicterow and Boyd both commended Zur Schmiede for his dedication to his brother. Iseman said she had begged Zur Schmiede to run for Council and would love to see him back on the Council. 

Community lauds swearing in

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(L-R) Council members sworn in: Toni Iseman, Sue Kempf and Peter Blake

With the conclusion of Council and Community comments, Boyd and Zur Schmiede stepped down from the dais and watched with the audience as City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker installed the newly elected Council members Peter Blake, Toni Iseman and Sue Kempf.

“I am glad the election is over,” said Kempf. “I see some of the candidates in the audience – that is a testament to the community.” 

Iseman said the Council has much work to do, starting with healing the community she feels was sundered by the election.

 “I have never seen the City so fragmented,” Iseman said. “There was so much anger.”

Blake did not comment. 

To no one’s surprise, Whalen was elected Mayor and Councilman Steve Dicterow was elected Mayor Pro Tem. 

The final action of the meeting was the appointment of Council representatives to various committees and organizations, in and outside of Laguna, as liaisons to City committees and participants in Council subcommittees.

As mayor, Whalen represents the City and the Council on 13 of the 32 appointments. Dicterow volunteered for nine appointments, Iseman for eight. Kempf took on five appointments. Blake agreed to two assignments.    

The list of appointments and the text of the commendations for Boyd and Zur Schmiede are available on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net.


Five questions with your Laguna Beach City Council

Following Tuesday’s installation of Laguna’s newest City Council members, Stu News decided to catch up with all five of our City’s elected officials in a new series called “Five questions”. Here are their responses:

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Bob Whalen, Mayor

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member (mayor) for the year ahead?

Whalen: (1) Establish a Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety subcommittee to understand the fire risks that we face and identify and prioritize the additional steps we need to take as a community to protect residents in the case of a major wildfire.

(2) Provide enhanced staffing for police to improve public safety.

(3) Develop a citywide plan for improved parking and sidewalks.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Whalen: Passage of Measure LL to increase the hotel bed tax and provide over $2 million a year for enhanced public safety services and programs.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Whalen: The natural beauty and the small town feel where you can walk places and meet friends. The great schools are what brought us to Laguna and now I would say what keeps us here is the fact that we are an arts community with a unique feel and with talented and interesting friends and neighbors.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Whalen: Winston Churchill, who said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” As a longtime public servant, I can relate to this quote!

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Whalen: It is hard to pick just one but for today I will say Van Morrison. We Irish feel a kinship with one another.

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Steve Dicterow, Mayor Pro Tem

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Dicterow: (1) Public Safety – In particular reducing the amount of criminal behavior. I am starting with my agenda bill on the 11th to add more police resources at Main Beach and Heisler Park.

(2) Land use entitlement process reform, including design review board.

(3) Continue and expand my kindness program.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Dicterow: I have yet to achieve my greatest accomplishment, but keep watching because it will be happening.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Dicterow: My favorite thing about Laguna is that it has the look and feel of a small town. I know literally thousands of people here. I could not do that in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Dicterow: Two leaders – Abraham Lincoln and Robert Kennedy. They each were strong and powerful leaders who led with compassion.

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Dicterow: Amy Winehouse

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Toni Iseman

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Iseman: (1) Create efficiency to make the City more user-friendly. Maximize the use of technology that would leave an electronic trail to end confusion. 

(2) Streamline our process to reduce the time for residential approvals. 

(3) Supplement our police budget so we respond rapidly and ensure consequences to the small segment of homeless who are disrupting our town. 

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a council member thus far?

Iseman: The free trolley is my most significant accomplishment. Getting visitors out of their cars is essential. Then locals realized what a gift it is for our kids to enjoy the independence of the trolley. Now we don’t have to look for a parking place and we can have a second glass of wine without concern. Continued refinement of the schedule will make the trolley even more appealing. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Iseman: Laguna’s a small town with the advantages of a city. We have much to celebrate. Residents have created so many cultural opportunities – incredible dance, Laguna Art Museum, so many music venues, festivals, Laguna Playhouse, countless art galleries. Exquisite natural beauty surrounds Laguna and it’s been protected by those who came before us. The mix of historic and modern give the town soul. And we have a downtown. I can’t pick a favorite.

I came here for the beauty. I stay here for the people. We have a very diverse population. So many accomplished people. So many fascinating stories. So many to learn from. 

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Iseman: Eleanor Roosevelt. In retrospect, I had few women role models growing up. Strong, independent, compassionate – she paved the way for so many. 

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Iseman: Depends on the day. Michael Jackson…Prince…Elton John...The Beatles...The Stones...Shaggy...Bonnie Raitt.

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Peter Blake

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead? 

Blake: (1) Work with the Chief of Police to ensure safety for our residents and institute a policy of zero-tolerance on all criminal behavior. Enforce the law through aggressive policing and work towards adding more police to Main Beach and the Canyon to address resident’s concerns.

(2) Reform Design Review, Planning and Heritage. Recall members who have dealt with residents egregiously and enact term limits on appointees. Streamline the building process and restore property rights back to the residents. Reverse the stranglehold by a vocal minority who’ve treated Laguna like an HOA. Limit the influence of Village Laguna, CANDO, Friends of the Canyon and others who’ve assumed rights over the silent majority who pay the bulk of the property tax. Allow residents to build and remodel their homes without excessive scrutiny provided they’re within the current codes and height limits and not asking for a variance. Change the zoning in the Canyon to allow for affordable housing for our elders, artists, millennials and those who work in Laguna. Reform the Conditional Use Process allowing great businesses to open without excessive restrictions.

(3) Reassess our homeless policies and accept the fact that we’ve done more than our share and have failed. Our town has become inundated with criminal transients who’ve come to Laguna from all over the country and are taking advantage of our compassion and generosity. We are not helping any of them and need to come to terms with it. We should scale back the amount of beds at the ASL and strive to ensure the safety of our own vulnerable residents who truly need and deserve our assistance. I will put the homeless advocates on notice that I will fight all efforts to build permanent supportive housing in Laguna and will not cower to their demands for more assistance while they continuously sue us.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a community leader thus far?

Blake: Getting elected despite a campaign of lies and falsehoods by political adversaries intent on defeating my candidacy. I won my seat freely speaking my mind and expressing my views regardless of how controversial they were. My issues resonated with the residents and they voted me in.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Blake: I love the small town vibe, natural beauty, and weather. It’s a great place to live and will only get better as we move it forward unimpeded by the party of no that has ruled it since the ‘70s. They’re yesterday’s news!

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Blake: Kelly Boyd. I love the fact that even after all the years he was in office he was always voting his mind and conscious. He expressed himself honestly and transparently and never wavered over political influence. You never were sure where he would vote which drove the politicians crazy. 

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Blake: My favorite band is whoever’s spinning on my turntable at the moment. Right now it’s the Allman Brothers.

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Sue Kempf

Q: What are your top three priorities as a council member for the year ahead?

Kempf: (1) Enact measures to improve fire safety/evacuation routes citywide.

(2) Streamline the process of building or remodeling a home.

(3) Adopt policies to attract interesting new businesses for residents.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a community leader thus far?

Kempf: Working on the task force commissioned by Kelly Boyd that created the View Ordinance.

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Laguna Beach? Why have you chosen to live here of all the places in the world?

Kempf: The exquisite natural beauty from the greenbelt to the ocean, and all parts in between.

Q: Name one leader historically or present whom you admire and why

Kempf: Mike Brumbaugh, my longtime business mentor. He is a model for uncompromising ethics, thoughtful decision-making and effective collaboration.

Q: Who is your favorite band/musical artist?

Kempf: Coldplay

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Jade Howson from LBHS wins gold in China

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Last month, when Stu News reported that Laguna Beach’s Jade Howson qualified as the top Jr 18 and Under for the USA to compete in the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, it was a cause for celebration. Now she and her family have even more to celebrate. Jade (along with her mother Kris) has just returned from the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships as a World Champion with a gold medal. 

It’s been a long haul for Jade, a 16-year-old junior at Laguna Beach High School, who has been paddleboarding since she was eight. 

As reported in SUP Magazine, “Jade Howson took a convincing win in the junior Technical races (this was the first time the ISA ran a junior division, a great addition to the event).” 

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Jade proudly carries flag after her championship win

“After a week of action in Wanning, China for the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, the 196 best paddlers in the world from 27 nations are headed back to their home countries. 

“The yearly team event, which features a SUP surfing competition and both SUP and paddleboard races in Sprint, Technical, Distance and Relay divisions, is unlike any other paddling competition in the world and features a veritable who-who of the world’s top talent.” 

Kris says, “Traveling to the other side of the Globe was a big trip. I didn’t know how all the changes and pressures would affect Jade. Seeing her dominate and win the gold medal in the first ever Jr Technical was very emotional. I know how hard Jade has worked over the past seven years and it clearly paid off. I was overwhelmed with joy and tears!”  

Jade Howson podium

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Jade wins gold

Robert, Jade’s dad, says, “I have always been a nervous dad. I want so much for my daughter to succeed as she has trained so hard to achieve her goals. Watching her in China, I was filled with such immeasurable pride! However, racing is never over until it is over. So much can happen even with a solid lead. You can have a physical problem, a mental error, or a mechanical failure of the board or paddle. Occasionally a lucky set wave can benefit the paddler from behind. All these things have happened to every seasoned racer. I was nervous for all those things. 

“Now it was Jade’s time on the biggest stage for pride and country! Gold! She won! I jumped up and down and yelled and screamed with my daughter Moorea. It could not get better than that for me! Jade was so far away. I wanted to hug her and Kris. I would have to wait. Days later came the Bronze in the sprints! Team USA killed it! The experience, win or lose, was a dream come true. How amazing it is for us to have a World Champion living under our roof!”  

Before the trip to China, Jade already had gathered many awards and honors.

Currently, she is ranked the 14th fastest woman in the world in the Paddle League Women’s World Rankings.

Now, Jade is the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships World Champion in the 18 and under Jr division and has the gold to prove it.

Congratulations!


Council to choose Kempf replacement on the Planning Commission

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council has a plethora of candidates from which to choose a successor to former Planning Commissioner Sue Kempf, who was elected November 6 to the City Council. 

A selection is scheduled to be made at the first meeting in January from the 12 residents who have submitted applications for a seat on the five-member commission.

Applicants include Jorg Dubin and Allison T. Mathews, both candidates in the recent City Council election, Stephen Ball, Chad Edgley, Illana Feldman, Jeff Feldman, Steven Goldman, Ernest Hackmon, Casey Hensel, Caroline Parker, Kavita Reddy and Walker Reed.

It takes a special kind of person to be an effective commissioner, according to commission doyen Anne Johnson.

“We are wonky,” said Johnson. “We are fact based. We are policy based.” 

Members of the Planning Commission perform the duties of an officially appointed “planning agency” as required by California State law. This includes preparing, reviewing, revising and implementing the City’s General Plan.

“One of the most important characteristics for a commissioner is the ability to synthesize a lot of complex information,” said Johnson. “One cannot fly by the seat of one’s pants. 

“It is also vital that the Commissioners act collegially. We need to be able to tap into one another’s expertise.” 

The Commissioners administer specific plans, including the Downtown Specific Plan and zoning and subdivision ordinances, annually review the City’s Capital Improvement Program for its consistency with the General Plan and tries to promote public interest, comments and understanding of the General Plan and the regulations related to it.


A bluesy kind of sunset

A bluesy Linda

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Photo by Linda Winslow

Beautiful blues and hues evoke strong emotion


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

December 7, 2018

Weather cooperating for Hospitality Night 

Dennis 5Tonight is the annual Hospitality Night downtown, so get down there if you can. It starts around 5 p.m., and it’s a lot of fun for all ages. The weather should be cooperating as that dramatic upper level low moved its operations eastward starting late Thursday.

Well, we’re actually ahead of the curve rain-wise so far here in the 2018-2019 season. An additional quarter inch fell in town on Wednesday with over 1.5 inches on Thursday, including thunderstorms scattered across the Southland, upping the season’s total to over 4 inches.

San Diego is getting really hammered with strong to severe thunderstorm activity with occasional heavy downpours with hail and frequent lightning. Some areas around San Diego County got drenched with over two inches of rain. Several waterspouts were reported off the coast of Leucadia, Solana Beach and near Point Loma, where one waterspout moved ashore as an EF-1 with a width of 100 yards and winds approaching 100 mph. That was large and strong for a waterspout as most spouts are maybe 50 yards wide and carry winds up to 50 or 60 mph. As you know, waterspouts are merely tornadoes over open water and once they make landfall, they become a tornado. 

Back on Thanksgiving of 1981, there were many waterspouts from Orange County all the way to San Diego County from very strong convection resulting in strong thunderstorms over much of that afternoon. There were nine waterspouts off Laguna alone. One spout moved ashore just south of Aliso Pier as an EF-1, and it tore up roofs of several beachfront homes south of the pier before dissipating a couple of blocks inland from PCH.

On that same day, a strong EF-1 waterspout moved up San Diego’s Mission Bay with winds of 100 mph. A few moments later, hundreds of fish were raining on downtown San Diego to the surprise of everyone in that area. What happened was as this spout was at its peak strength while heading inland over Mission Bay, the strong updraft sucked up hundreds of fish high into the atmosphere. When the spout approached the downtown area, it began to weaken. Surrounding air up there was no longer able to support the weight of all these fish, so gravity took over and down they fell. I’ll bet a lot of folks said, “Well, it looks like we’re having fish for dinner tonight and we didn’t even have to catch ‘em! Just gather a few off the sidewalk and take them home and throw them on the skillet or Barbie!” True story! 

See you downtown, Aloha!

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Twice the beauty

Twice the Lauren Carter

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Husband and wife Alexander “Curly” Carter and Lauren Carter capture the spectacular double rainbow from two different perspectives

Twice the Curly Carter

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Photo by Alexander “Curly” Carter

The rainbows seem to disappear into the ocean


Laguna Beach Chamber seeking Executive Director

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking a dynamic person as its Executive Director. The Executive Director is a full-time, at-will position responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities, including business advocacy, community development, financial, management, membership, and program goals and objectives. 

Key areas of responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, securing and retaining sponsorships and membership, administration and management of staffing, and providing leadership consistent with the Chamber’s goals and mission.

Education and Experience sought include the following:

        --College degree or related business experience (required) 

--Business, industry or civic experience (required) 

--Excellent communication skills, both written and oral (required) 

--Leadership and management experience (required) 

--Strong computer and social media experience (required) 

--Chamber experience (preferred) 

--Nonprofit budgeting (preferred) 

--Membership sales (preferred)

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information including a full job description, or submit resume for consideration on or before December 31, 2018.


Laguna Beach Acupuncture presents Tuesday Teatime with Dr. Anne Davies

On Tuesday, Dec 11 and 18, the community is invited to drop in for a free cup of delicious 5 Mountain Heirloom Organic tea at Laguna Beach Acupuncture from 4 - 6 p.m. This is an informal opportunity for the community to meet owner and practitioner Dr. Anne Davies, if you don’t already know her, and enjoy a great cup of tea.

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Teatime is an informal way for the community to get to know the doc

Enjoy the famous Detox Pu’er if you need a bit of energy to get through the rest of your day. Select the Heirloom Silver White packed with polyphenols to help reduce inflammation. If you need to relax and unwind after a trying day, savor a cup of Nile Valley Chamomile.

Questions about Chinese medicine and modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping or the broader principles of Yang Sheng “nourishing life”, are welcome. 

Dr. Anne Davies’ studies of Chinese Medicine began as a teenager at the Taoist Sanctuary. She left her native Southern California to earn a BA in Psychology and an MA in HR and Organization Development. She went on to travel the world and enjoy a successful career in management consulting. Still, she never lost her passion for Chinese Medicine. 

Laguna Beach doctor

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Dr. Davies opened her Laguna Beach practice in 2013

After Davies retired from consulting in 2007 she earned an MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Anne is both an NCCAOM nationally board-certified Diplomat and a California state licensed acupuncturist. She opened her private practice in Laguna Beach in 2013. 

At Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Dr. Anne listens closely to her patients. She addresses their pain using time tested healing methods and traditional medicines. She also works with patients to create a realistic treatment plan and helps them to achieve their health goals. Her bias is prevention so she may also suggest some new ideas for patient’s nourishment, movement and building resilience for a brighter, healthier future. 

For more information, visit www.lbacu.com or call (949) 407- 8728. 

Laguna Beach Acupuncture is located at 1100 South Coast Hwy, Suite 312.


Laguna Playhouse presents The Skivvies including special guest Jason Feddy on Dec 10 & 11

Laguna Playhouse brings back last year’s sensation in an all-new outrageous holiday event, The Skivvies: I Touch My Elf, with two performances only on Monday, Dec 10 and Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s guests include: Jason Feddy, Laguna’s resident rock star; Nick Adams from the Falsettos national tour; Nicole Parker from the Wicked national tour; Seamus Dever from Castle; and Kirsten Vangsnes who plays Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds. 

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Laguna’s own rock star Jason Feddy will be a guest star in the show

Broadway’s Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped down, mashed up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello, and an array of zany instruments as well as many special guest artists performing along with, and some even in their own “Skivvies.” 

Tickets range from $51 - $56 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.     

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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LB Chamber of Commerce presents Holiday Mixer and Oliver’s Osteria Ribbon Cutting, Dec 20

On Thursday, Dec 20, The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce presents a Holiday Mixer and Oliver’s Osteria Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Oliver’s Osteria will supply a menu sampler buffet and complimentary glass of champagne (over $50 value per person) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 There will be a Chamber sponsored raffle with an ugly holiday sweater contest. Come in your best ugly holiday sweater and be entered into the holiday raffle. Raffle items include dining gift cards plus much more.

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Come in your best ugly holiday sweater to the the Chamber’s Dec 20 Holiday Mixer and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Oliver’s Osteria

Inspired by the authentic cuisine of the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, Oliver’s Osteria is a traditional Italian restaurant reimagined for the present day. Chef Ferdinando Bernardi blends his passion from his childhood food traditions with a commitment to our local family growers and purveyors. 

After the Ribbon Cutting, make dinner reservations through the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and receive an extra 15% off your entire dining bill. 

Chamber of Commerce members pay $10 in advance, $15 at the door; non-Chamber of Commerce members pay $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Oliver’s Osteria is located at 853 Laguna Canyon Rd. 


Selections from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach City Hall

The Festival of Arts is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at Laguna Beach City Hall entitled “Selections from the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters” now through January 18, 2019. The hours for the exhibit are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed every other Friday. 

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Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Baldridge contemplates a piece on display at City Hall

In addition to pieces from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection, the display also features historic ads, costumes, and behind-the-scenes photographs from the Pageant of the Masters archives. 

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. 

For more information, call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.foapom.com

Laguna Beach City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave.

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Watch and listen for the Laguna Beach Girl Scouts caroling with Santa on the trolley, Dec 14

On Friday, Dec 14 from 4 - 9 p.m., hundreds of local girl scouts will be on board the trolleys singing holiday carols for the community to enjoy, while they traverse the streets of downtown Laguna.

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Local Girl Scouts join Santa on the trolley for a night of Christmas caroling fun

In addition to caroling for the Laguna community, participating girl scouts will also make hundreds of candy cane cards for our military troops stationed abroad during the holidays. Join in with the holiday singing fun or simply stop and listen as they go by singing delightful songs.


Troup 35 establishes a troop for Girls in Laguna Beach

Troop 35 in Laguna Beach will be expanding to include a troop for girls as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s new family scouting program. The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion of its programs to serve families by including girls under a program called Scouts BSA.   

Troop 35 logo

The new troop will be for girls ages 11 to 17. The troop for girls will begin meeting in February 2019 on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Presbyterian Church. Benefits of Scouts BSA include character development, team building and personal fitness. Girls will be eligible to work on ranks and merit badges to eventually earn the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Contact Tanya Hovanesian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the leadership opportunities of a troop for girls in Laguna Beach.


Somewhere over the rainbows

Somewhere over Hovanesian

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Photo by John Hovanesian

Twice the good fortune over American Legion Hall: A double rainbow is considered to be a sign of luck in eastern cultures

Somewhere over Barron

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Two pots of gold at the end of the rainbows in Bluebird Canyon

Somewhere over Kramer

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Photo by Conor Kramer, LBHS Senior

A double rainbow is also a symbol of transformation. The first arc represents the material world, and the second arc signifies the spiritual realm.

Somewhere over Miura

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Dreaming of more rainbows in Laguna


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents “Sip & Paint” Workshop tomorrow, Dec 8

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec 8 and again on Dec 15, LPAPA presents “Sip & Paint” from 5 - 8 p.m. LPAPA’s Tasteful Palette “sip and learn” painting workshop is a fun-filled Saturday evening of camaraderie and creativity as you sip fine wines and create a work of art. 

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Painters enjoy an evening full of creativity and sipping wine

This is a great opportunity to release your inner creative side with a LPAPA Signature Artist and enjoy the company of friends. No painting experience is required to attend the class. All painting levels are encouraged to join the fun, including first-time painters, beginning artists, and master painters. All are welcomed to come sip and learn, and just have plein fun. 

All painting materials, along with wine or non-alcoholic beverages and nibbles are included in ticket price. For the first workshop on December 8, LPAPA Signature Artist Brandon Gonzales will be leading the class. LPAPA Signature Artists Ebrahim Amin and Brandon Gonzales will lead the second class on December 16. 

Tickets for each workshop are $50 for LPAPA members or $60 for non-members.

To register, visit www.lpapa.org/member-workshops

LPAPA’s workshop will be held at Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave.


Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Lisa Berman’s Sculpture to Wear is on display at Laguna Art Museum today, Friday, Dec 7 and Saturday, Dec 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sculpture To Wear is donating over 50 percent of this weekend’s profits to the Museum. Sculpture to Wear has been a benchmark brand in the country for wearable art jewelry for 45 years. Raised in Laguna Beach, owner Lisa Berman (aka Babik) is thrilled to have her company give back to LAM in the town where she learned to love art.

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Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Sculpture to Wear will present work in the foyer and front window of the museum through the weekend. Featured artists include designers from Berman’s recent show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles and her former Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, including Jeanet Metselaar, Yves Amu Klein, Kelly Berg, Marc Cohen, Jacqueline and Ondrey Rudavsky, and Valerie Jo Coulson, plus other accessories and artists to be confirmed. The Collection ranges from $50-$500. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


LA Charger to wear custom cleats with Laguna Beach nonprofit logo

Los Angeles Chargers’ Offensive Guard Forrest Lamp has partnered with Laguna Beach nonprofit Waymakers, as part of the National Football League’s My Cause My Cleats initiative. Lamp will wear his custom cleats during the December 9th game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

My Cause My Cleats is an NFL initiative, which allows players to customize their cleats to raise awareness for causes they are passionate about. Lamp will use his platform to raise awareness for Waymakers and help raise funds by auctioning off his customized cleats after the game on www.nflauction.nfl.com. All proceeds will benefit Waymakers’ youth shelters in Laguna Beach, Tustin, and Huntington Beach serving at-risk youth. 

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These vibrant shoes are sure to stand out in Sunday’s game

Without Waymakers’ intervention, children suffering with mental health issues, unstable housing, and severe family conflict are most at-risk for victimization and out of home placement. The shelter program serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

Waymakers’ youth shelter program aims to achieve the following goals: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school dropout prevention. In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including outreach and prevention. 

In addition to a variety of other programs for at-risk youth, Waymakers also has a Project PATH program to help create a safe and healthy Orange County by eliminating problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use through education, training and technical assistance. The program consists of health education experts who engage community members and leaders to apply alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention strategies throughout Orange County.

A complete list of Chargers players who will be participating this year can be found at www.chargers.com/cleats.

For more information on Waymakers, visit www.waymakersoc.org.


Deadline extended to Dec 30 for grant applications for “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” funds

Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund

is accepting grant applications until December 30 for funds generated from Laguna’s 2019 “A Taste for Charity” and “Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off” events.

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Nonprofits may apply for grants through December 30

The Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2019 fundraising events: the 24th Annual “A Taste for Charity” and the 22nd Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook Off.

Proceeds are donated to local nonprofit, registered 501c(3) organizations and the Laguna Board of REALTORS® CAF general fund. Priority is given to groups that are generally smaller in size, serve local needs and do not have other consistent funding sources. Scholarships are also awarded to qualifying Laguna Beach High School students. Prior recipients may reapply.

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Don’t miss out on grant opportunities from the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund

Groups are invited to apply for these grants by contacting Nancy Pooley, President of the Laguna Board of REALTORS® & Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund at (949) 230-3353 or go to www.LBR-CAF.INFO to download the application.

Applications are due on December 30 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid-January 2019.


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Seasonal colors abound in Heisler Park


LCAD announces $1 million gift from The Moulton Company at 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, Nov 16 at Montage Laguna Beach. The College also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD. 

 “The Moulton family has been a member of the LCAD family from our earliest days,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Their extraordinary generosity and volunteer leadership supports the success of LCAD students during their time at the College.” 

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President Jonathan Burke speaking during the gala

Jared Mathis, chief executive officer of The Moulton Company and chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees was on hand to acknowledge the excitement of the crowd. “My family and I are incredibly inspired by LCAD’s young artists and designers who pursue their work with a commitment to excellence and absolute dedication,” he said. “We are honored to be part of LCAD’s legacy and to expand its support programs for the next generation of creative leaders.”

LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser was co-chaired by LCAD Board of Trustees members Carla Arzente of saltfineart and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Lou and Lara Rohl served as honorary co-chairs.

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Auctioneer Jim Nye is joined by LCAD student volunteers to excite the crowd at the 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Auctioneer Jim Nye excited Orange County art collectors, LCAD donors, trustees, faculty, students, and staff to bid for exceptional paintings, sculptures, and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists, and Laguna Beach galleries including saltfineart and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. 

Peter Neptune, master sommelier and Laguna Beach resident, donated a magnum of Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012, the top tier of Tuscan wines made from the Sangiovese grape to kick off the live auction. 

The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Adrienne Stein, and Jeff Sewell. Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled “Titanium” by Cristian Castro. 

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Wade Mathis with Cristian Castro, the artist of the “mystery item” donated by saltfineart

Additionally, Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio. LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumnus and faculty member Miguel Gonzales (2016) expressed his gratitude for the financial aid support he received as a student at LCAD. 

According to the College, nine out of ten students receive financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships. 

For more information, contact Director of Development Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000, ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Coastal eddy hosts holiday party for a cause this Sunday, Dec 9

Coastal eddy a gallery is hosting a holiday party, dubbed #ThisIsNotNormal...still, this Sunday, Dec 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. Last year at this time, the gallery‘s event focused on supplying water filters to Puerto Rico and USVI. This year the Southern Poverty Law Center will benefit. 

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Coastal eddy holiday fete this Sunday, Dec 9 will benefit Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Based in Montgomery, Ala., it is noted for its successful legal cases against white supremacist groups, its classification of hate groups and other extremist organizations, and for promoting tolerance education programs. 

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Coastal eddy a gallery holiday party will feature an evening of activism, art, raffles, music, food and fun

There will be several raffle opportunities to win donated works of art and gift certificates from local businesses which will benefit SPLC. The gallery will also be introducing new artists, as well as new work from current favorites. 

Coastal eddy, the only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach, is located at 1417 S Coast Hwy, in the HIP District. To RSVP, call (949) 715-4113 or visit www.coastaleddyagallery.com.

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Ball of Jack Lynn

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Red sky at night, sailor’s delight

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Suzie Harrison

Police Beat derives from information in the daily police and arrest logs published on the City of Laguna Beach’s website and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). Additional information is obtained through communication with the Laguna Beach Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

Information in the logs is deemed reliable and Stu News Laguna is not responsible for any mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Police Beat 120718

Incident Reports

Tuesday, Dec 4

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | DUI

10:41 p.m. A 23-year-old Dana Point man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St & St Anns Drive | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

7:23 p.m. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Beverly St | Contempt of Court

6:29 p.m. Hae Ri Kim, 33, Irvine, was arrested for contempt of court for violating a court order. Bail was set at $15,000.

S Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Trespassing

5:46 p.m. Brittany Leanna Wilson, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Unknown Address | Possession of a Controlled Substance and Suspended License

4:19 p.m. Scott Alan Jenkins, 55, Highland, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500).

Unknown Address | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

3:59 p.m. Joseph Anthony Livermore, 55, Highland, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:06 p.m. A 21-year-old Western Springs, IL, man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury and Violation of a Court Order

12:24 p.m. Leslie Jan Shacklett, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury (bail was set at $50,000) and violating a court order to prevent domestic violence (no bail was set).

Monday, Dec 3

Park Ave | 400 Block | Bench Warrant

11:54 p.m. Stacey Lynn Werner, 42, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed bench warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:36 p.m. A 73-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrants

12:06 a.m. Kyle James Blaker, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for drunk in public and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 1600 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

5:13 a.m. Miles Kane Zook, 31, Huntington Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Sunday, Dec 2 

Oak St & Glenneyre St | DUI, Drugs and Alcohol 

11:33 p.m. A 65-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI, drugs and alcohol. Bail was set at $2,500.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:21 p.m. A 64-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & 3rd Ave | DUI 

10:49 p.m. A 39-year-old Laguna Hills man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery and Elder Abuse

9:40 p.m. Lon Edward Hornbuckle, 67, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery of spouse or significant other (bail was set at $10,000) and felony elder abuse with great bodily harm or death (bail was set at $50,000).

Laguna Canyon Road & Canyon Acres Drive | DUI 

12:33 a.m. A 27-year-old Hollywood man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.