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 Volume 10, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2018                                


 

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Twelve candidates to run for three City Council seats

Twelve Laguna residents have picked up papers to run for City Council, and all but two have turned in all the necessary information, according to City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker.

Candidates who have completed their nominating papers include (in no particular order) Sue Kempf, Ann Christoph, Allison Mathews, Toni Iseman, Rob Zur Schmiede, Judie Mancuso, Peter Blake, Lorene Laguna, Elizabeth (Liz) Bates, and Paul Merritt.

Cheryl Kinsman and Sue Marie Connolly have also filed but have yet to turn in their papers (as of press time), according to Chel-Walker.

The date for filing for new candidates (not including incumbents) has been extended to August 15.


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Kai Bond: Junior lifeguard grows up to be Captain of Marine Safety

Story by DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Captain Kai Bond says, “I started my career at eight.” 

And that’s not as much of an exaggeration as you might imagine. Even at such a young age, Bond had already developed a special attachment to the sea. That’s when he enrolled in Laguna’s Junior Lifeguard Program. Fast forward to 2018, and he’s now Captain of Marine Safety and has been employed by the City for 23 years. 

Although Bond wasn’t born in Laguna, he grew up here, and the ocean has always played a major role in his life, so the journey from Junior Lifeguard to Captain of Marine Safety isn’t unexpected, but it took a while. 

Love for the ocean started as a child

From the time he was a small child, Bond and his family spent a lot of time at the beach. He and his dad surfed at San Onofre and, of that time, he says, “I loved the ocean environment. Everything about it was exciting and fun. And the ocean is in a constant state of change.”

Bond participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program every year (from 8) until he was 15. I ask if there’s anyone from those days still around?

“Mike Guest,” he says. “He’s worked here for 40 years. He’s still out in the field making things happen.”

Logical step from Junior Lifeguard to Lifeguard

Not surprisingly, after the Junior Lifeguard Program, Bond tried out for lifeguard. “I was very excited about it. It was the natural next step. I found I had a passion for public service, I like to interact with the public, and I understand the beach is a place you’re supposed to have fun, but be safe.”

He was hired as a full-time lifeguard in 1995, and in June of 2006, he became an officer with Marine Safety. In November of 2017, he was appointed Captain of Marine Safety.

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Bond became Captain of Marine Safety in November of 2017

However, while growing up, he couldn’t spend all of his time in the water. 

Bond attended Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School, and Laguna Beach High School. Then he continued on at Orange Coast College and Long Beach State, where he earned a degree in Film and Electronic Medium Management, which turned into being a production assistant on films. 

This work translated into long days in Los Angeles, but he was still deeply entrenched in Laguna. 

“I was commuting from Orange County to work. I always had a connection to both jobs. I would work a few days up in LA, then come back and lifeguard. There was never really a clear-cut separation. But I realized happiness was in location.” 

Happiness is in location

Currently, he lives in Laguna Hills with his wife Tonya, and daughters, six-year-old Ruby and five-year-old Penny. He met his wife through mutual friends, and although he excels in interacting with the public, he says, “It took four to five years to get up the courage to ask her out.”

With his new position as Captain of Marine Safety, comes a tremendous amount of responsibility – public service and education, overseeing lifeguards, interaction with City staff, contact with community members and visitors – there are many plates to keep in the air, and his training as a production manager serves him well. Because isn’t that exactly what production managers do, make sure everything is running correctly, and I mean everything? And the challenges are increasing.

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View from the lifeguard tower

“The number of beachgoers is up, there has been a significant increase. We had 6,000,000 visitors last year,” Bond says.

That’s a substantial number of people to keep an eye on.

He continues, “There are a lot of factors that contribute to beach attendance. Laguna is a beautiful place to be, it’s a year-round resort. With the continuous building in Irvine, residents want to drive down the 133 and put their feet in the sand. It’s easy and fairly inexpensive. And social media is another big factor, people posting pictures and commenting, ‘come down to the beach, it’s beautiful.’”

Emphasis on safety

Of course, an increase in visitor attendance means an increased emphasis on safety, and that’s uppermost on his mind. As Watch Commander, Bond handles all the daily operations, critical rescues, and major medical situations. He oversees a minimum staff of 60 people, although he says, “We can bring on a few more depending on the conditions.”

Training is critical

“There is a huge emphasis on training. We are putting lifeguards out there without immediate direct supervision, and they have to perform at a very high level. They could be anywhere from Main Beach to an isolated area with rocks and reefs.”

Bond explains that they are on a continuous vigil without letup, constantly executing the “z scan.”

He expands, “Lifeguards scan the coastline by looking from the horizon to the beach in a “z” formation. This occurs in their area between their neighboring towers. I believe it gives beachgoers a sense of comfort to see that type of vigilance from a lifeguard.”

Additionally, they have rigorous criteria that must be met. Current lifeguards must requalify every year in order to return. They must be able to swim 1,000 meters in under 20 minutes and have recertification in CPR and first aid.

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Lifeguards scan coastline from the horizon to the beach in a “z” formation

Bond says, “My first day as a lifeguard was the longest day. I was nervous and hypervigilant. I’ll never forget it. Scanning for eight hours a day for a 16-year-old is difficult, but it gets better with more experience. We train to a very high standard.”

In addition to his operational duties, Bond also must attend a fair amount of administrative and City Council meetings, and he works closely with the Fire Department and the Police Department.

“I’m lucky to be able to interact with the Police and Firefighters and the City personnel. The people I work with make this job great. We have a lot of outstanding people here in the community,” he says. “I’m very fortunate to be a part of this community and to work with our city. Growing up during the time I did was definitely a privilege. My goal was to be in the Marine Safety Department. I’m honored and proud to be at this point in my life.”

Facing daily challenges 

It’s clear Bond loves his job.

“I get to work with great like-minded people in public service and safety. I’m fortunate to wake up every morning and want to go to work. I see every day as a new and exciting challenge.” 

What is his biggest challenge?

Bond says, ”We have more and more people every day, and the number is going to increase. This year has been different than in years past. People are coming at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. at night, which is the time they would usually be going home, and the crowds are staying a lot longer.”

The summer is now not the only busy time of year. “Spring breaks are at different times now, so the spring break is longer. It feels like summertime all year round.”

However, dealing with the public must be frustrating at times to lifeguards.

Bond says, “They learn to be very patient and direct if needed. Everything we do, and all of our actions, are based on public safety. And it’s difficult for a beachgoer to argue against the safety of the public. Hopefully, they understand that safety and the interest of the public are the lifeguard’s focus, and that they go hand-in-hand. Usually 99 percent of the time, beachgoers are compliant.”

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Summer all year long now in Laguna 

Bond spends a considerable amount of time educating the public, and as result, he’s been to all the schools in town. He lectures on beach safety, and the kids are able to come to the lifeguard station as well for more interaction. 

His sister, Brett Dick, is a first grade teacher at Top of the World. Bond says, “One of the wonderful things I get to do in the education portion of my job is giving back. I got to read Dr. Seuss to her class. I sat in the same classroom that I had been in when I went there. It was a full circle moment.”

Other things have come full circle as well. Does Bond still surf? The answer is yes, and now he’s sharing his love for the ocean with his girls.

Viewing safety from a parent’s perspective

“Now, with my daughters, the big thing is family beach day. At their ages, they’re getting acclimated and in a comfort zone. They’re certainly enjoying the warm days and water. They’re starting to body board. It’s fun to see their first experiences in the water.”

Even though safety has always been prominent in his mind, he says, “It’s different now that I have little girls, it heightens the importance of preventing accidents. Being a parent gives me a different perspective.” 

When asked what’s the best part of his job, Bond says, “I’m always drawn back here, knowing that this was a community and organization where I wanted to work. I really love this career. It’s challenging mentally, and I love the physical aspects, especially making a critical rescue with a good outcome. And I get an opportunity to train staff and see them execute critical rescues as well. That’s why we’re here.”

Given the number of people flocking to our beaches, ensuring their safety appears to be a Herculean task, but if anyone can do it, it’s Captain Bond and his staff of lifeguards. 

Without a doubt, the journey from Junior Lifeguard to Captain of Marine Safety took some time, but it appears as if Bond was destined for this position from his very first swim in Laguna waters.


Laguna Beach nonprofit Global Grins delivers one million toothbrushes to individuals in need

Global Grins, a grassroots Laguna Beach-based nonprofit delivering toothbrushes and smiles worldwide, will deliver its one-millionth toothbrush this week. Global Grins has donated toothbrushes to individuals in more than 100 countries and in nearly all 50 states in the US. Their landmark delivery was made to Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach on Friday, Aug 10.

Global Grins was founded by Laguna Beach residents Todd and Joselyn Miller in 2010. After traveling the world, the Millers realized that billions of people worldwide do not have access to toothbrushes, a vital tool in maintaining dental health. 

Their sole mission is to improve overall health of underserved individuals everywhere by improving their oral hygiene with one simple tool: a toothbrush. Now, the globetrotting couple has transformed their own garage into a warehouse, currently housing more than 150,000 toothbrushes for future deliveries.

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Global Grins Founders and LB residents Todd Miller (left) and Joselyn Miller (right) present their one-millionth toothbrush delivered to Dawn Price (center), Executive Director of Friendship Shelter, on Friday, Aug 10

“When Todd and I created Global Grins, we wanted to do something really simple that makes a big difference,” said Joselyn, co-founder of Global Grins. “Toothbrushes are easy to transport anywhere around the world – from local Southern California shelters to the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and villages near Everest Base Camp. We are so thankful to our supporters who have helped us change the lives of so many people and we look forward to delivering millions more toothbrushes to people that need them.”

Tooth decay and poor oral hygiene can cause serious health issues by promoting the spread of bacteria in the body. This increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, pregnancy complications and even premature birth. These complications can often lead to even greater health issues among people already challenged with hardship. 

Global Grins’ Delivery Squad is the official outreach team for getting these toothbrushes in the hands of those in need. Anyone can volunteer to serve on the delivery squad by making a personal delivery to an orphanage, shelter, school, village or other organization. Squad members simply contact Global Grins and request a box of 100 toothbrushes, a box smaller in size than a shoebox and approximately two pounds in weight. 

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$100 donation supplies a village of 500 each with a new toothbrush

All that is asked in return is a photo or video of the delivery to Global Grins. Toothbrushes are made in a custom size so they can be used by both children and adults, and come in four colors so that each family member can identify his or her own toothbrush. 

From individuals in the US Navy and US Air Force on humanitarian missions, to Doctors Without Borders staff, to an award-winning filmmaker visiting HIV-affected children in India, each delivery transforms a life. Recently, Global Grins’ toothbrushes have been delivered to the US Embassy in Guyana, an orphanage in Burma, and the US Air Force delivered toothbrushes on a Pacific Angel Humanitarian Mission in Tonga.

“When you see the images of these children and the conditions they live in, and then see them light up when they receive a toothbrush, knowing it will improve their daily life, all of our hard work is worth it,” said Todd Miller, co-founder of Global Grins. 

Global Grins has no paid employees but is strictly a volunteer-run nonprofit, and 100 percent of public donations go directly to purchasing and delivering toothbrushes. A one-dollar donation will supply a family of five with a new toothbrush, and a $100 donation supplies a village of 500 each with a new toothbrush.

For more information about Global Grins, visit www.globalgrins.com.


Brooks Street still waiting to happen but hopes are high for next weekend

Brandy Faber, Brooks St. Surfing Classic Contest Director, reports that despite the epic waves produced by Hurricane John last Friday and the great 75-degree water, Brooks Street couldn’t happen over the weekend because the swell declined on Saturday and was much smaller by Sunday.

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Waiting patiently for Brooks Street to happen

Faber notes, though, that “There is a lot of activity in the Southern Hemisphere and in the tropics so, fingers are crossed that we’ll get swell worthy enough of getting the 55th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic in the water in the coming weeks!” 

Still No Sleep Till Brooks St!


Street-width requirement set for accessory dwellings

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Separate accessory dwellings will be approved by the City only if unobstructed, paved, travel lanes of 28 feet wide of parking is limited to one side of the street, and 36 feet wide of parking is permitted on both sides of the street.

The travel lane’s width must be provided to qualify for the state’s exemption due to fire and safety concerns and must continue to the nearest intersection, according to the City Council, which voted unanimously on Tuesday for the amendments to the City’s municipal code. The council also directed staff to revise the amendments to designate the city’s Mainline Bus Service as public transportation for the purposes of the ADU ordinance.

“We may as well move ahead,” said Councilman Bob Whalen. “We’ll have something on the books that complies with state law.”

The street-width requirement does not apply to accessory dwellings within an existing structure.

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Access for emergency vehicles is a key element in the ADU ordinance

Some of the folks in the audience at Tuesday’s hearing opposed the amendment dealing with street-width requirements. Diamond Crestview resident Matt Lawson said the city is ill-advised to encourage multi-family housing for vulnerable residents in the city’s most imperiled neighborhoods. Others, such as Morningside Drive resident Cody Engle, supported as 20-foot “clear path.”

“We do not support the notion of excluding the 47 percent of homes which happened to be in the impaired access area, said Engle. “There are many wide streets in these areas that should qualify.” 

Engle also suggested that the fire department standard of an 8-foot width for cars should be reduced to six-feet wide, which would allow streets like 33-foot, six-inch wide Morningside Drive where parking is allowed on both sides of the street to meet the 20-foot-clear path standard. 

Folks also suggested the council should wait before passing the amendment at the second hearing and see what is happening in Sacramento regarding ADUs.

“Wait until the Assembly Bill (AB 2890) is passed and wait until after the city council election,” advised resident Jennifer Zeiter. 

The bill prohibits the imposition of lot coverage standards or requirements or a minimum-sized lot, lot coverage or floor area ratio and would prohibit an ordinance from establishing size requirements for accessory dwelling units that do not permit at least an 800-square-foot unit of at least 16 feet in height to be constructed.   

Director of Community Development Greg Pfost advised the council that the League of California Cities opposed the bill.

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Three LBUSD School Board candidates have filed

Three candidates have filed for the LBUSD School Board post in November’s election: Carol Normandin, Dee Namba Perry, and Christine de Bretteville. 

In order to qualify, there are mandatory Candidate Filing steps required for candidates to complete:

Candidate Information Statement: The candidate completes this document to provide basic information to the Registrar of Voters. The Candidate Information Statement is not public record.

Campaign Finance Reports: All candidates for Member, High School District Board must file campaign finance reports. A campaign finance kit is provided each election that provides details and deadlines. Campaign Finance Disclosure Statements are public record.

Declaration of Candidacy: This is the final step of Candidate Filing. The Declaration of Candidacy is the document on which the candidate indicates how he/she wants his/her name to appear on the ballot and what Ballot Designation he/she desires, if any. It also contains the Oath of Office. The Declaration of Candidacy is public record.

Optional Candidate’s Statement: A candidate may prepare a brief description of his/her background and qualifications to be printed in the County’s Sample Ballot Pamphlet. A deposit is required to file the statement with the Registrar of Voters’ office. The Candidate’s Statement is public record after the close of Candidate Filing.

Carol Normandin (Governing Board Member LBUSD) qualified for the ballot on August 11. Dee Namba Perry (incumbent) issued a statement and qualified for the ballot on August 1. Christine de Bretteville (attorney/parent) declared candidacy and issued a statement on July 14 and qualified for the ballot on August 8.


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

August 14, 2018

Dennis is a little under the weather today – but here’s photo to warm his heart – and the hearts of all Laguna surfers…

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Hurricane impact brings out the surfers last Friday


Newly a US citizen, Elaine Croxton cheers for the red, white, and blue

Elaine Croxton, a US resident for 24 years, has finally received the honor of US citizenship. Elaine came from Brazil and pursued a career in the insurance industry, working for John Campbell Insurance, downtown, for the last two years.

John, proud of his employee’s accomplishment, stated, “She loves being an American Citizen!” 

Elaine was over the moon, “I’m just amazed! It’s such a great country. I’m so appreciative that Mr. Campbell took me to the meetings. The ceremony was even more important because he was there.”

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 “I learned a lot of our history – but you need to know that to value this country.”


Community pool has been closed for emergency repairs, may open today

The Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool has been closed recently until further notice due to emergency repairs to the pool pump. 

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Community pool on Park Ave opposite the high school

The pool will remain closed until further notice as the City completes emergency repairs. “We hope to be open to the public by Tuesday, August 14, however, this is just an estimate. As soon as we know when we will be able  reopen, we will post on the City website with an update,” the City states. “Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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School Resource Officer is now part of Joint Use Agreement between City and LBUSD

The City and the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) have renewed their Joint Use Agreement for use of shared sites and also entered into an agreement to establish a School Resource Officer (SRO) program in the District.

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Laguna Beach High School

The program will assign one LBPD law enforcement officer to the District facilities during the nine-month academic school year. The mission of the SRO program is to reduce school-related violence and crime committed by juveniles and young adults, and foster a program that will build a positive relationship between law enforcement, youth, parents, and school administrators. 

The District has expressed support for the program and will make a formal decision on the program at its upcoming August 21 meeting.


Hey, Maggi – where was Lynette last week? (Not in Laguna Beach…)

Photo by Lynette Brasfield

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Lynette was on vacation last week – where was she? (Answer on Friday)


Community Art Project announces Sally Strand as the winner of Pastels’ People’s Choice award 

The votes have been counted and the winner is Sally Strand for the “People’s Choice Award.” Viewers were encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite work during the recent CAP exhibit, titled “Pastels!” at City Hall. It was a tie between two of Strand’s pieces, “Man With Yellow Towel” and “Player Series No. 2”.

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Man With Yellow Towel by Sally Strand

“Man With Yellow Towel” depicts a beachgoer with the accoutrements of a summer day at the beach, complete with a bright yellow towel. “Player Series No. 2” shows a couple of lawn bowlers on a bench planning their next moves. Strand saw these scenes in Laguna and chose to recreate them in pastel. Her light and shadows bring the viewer a glimpse of summer life in Laguna.

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Heisler Park by Mike Ishikawa 

Mike Ishikawa won the Arts Commission’s Choice Award, announced at the July Art Walk Reception, for his piece “Heisler Park.” Community Art Project sends a big thank you to all who cast a vote or even just visited City Hall and enjoyed the exhibit. 

Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits.

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Drag Me To Brunch at Mozambique serves up fun, flamboyance, and festive fare – prepare to be dazzled 

Story by DIANNE RUSSELL

Photos by Marrie Stone

Anyone can go to a brunch, dine on boring omelets and endure small talk, but not just anyone can have brunch with a drag queen. Oh, yes, you can! At least five of them. Drag Me to Brunch at Mozambique just put on its third performance last Saturday, and this is a ruckus remedy for anything that ails you. 

Drag brunches are especially popular in urban centers with large gay populations, such as cities like New York City, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Quebec, and New Orleans. Drag historian and New York University professor, Joe E Jeffreys, believes that these venues have the ability to expose people to drag, who might not have encountered it before.

And now, hairdresser Greg Brittner, who works at Belo Blow Dry Bar in downtown Laguna, is bringing “drag brunch” to Laguna Beach. Originally from Dallas, Greg was a club kid, doing drag during the party monster days, but he was a performance artist, “Glam Art,” he calls it. He moved to Laguna 18 months ago.

“The brunches can educate straight people. Straights are awake. Gay people are still asleep,” he says.

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(L-R) Shae Shae Lareese, GliciousG, brunch attendee, Vancie Vega, Wilhelmina Caviar, and Ava Stone

Greg says, “I was a country boy with a big dream. I did music festivals and parties.” 

Since this is only the third show, he admits that it’s a work in progress. However, although he may claim it’s a work in progress, it certainly seemed like a final production to me (and my brunch companions). He has put together an impressive cast of performers who all have the wow factor and the talent to pull off song and dance numbers that will amaze you. 

The cast members are GliciousG, Shae Shae Lareese, Wilhelmina Caviar (also the hostess), and guest cast members are Vancie Vega, Nomi B, and Ava Stone.

Sultry Wilhelmina was a great hostess who also did a sexy rendition of Glamourous Life.

Vancie Vega, the only transsexual member of the group, was the first Madonna impersonator in Las Vegas in 1990. She’s from Galveston and a former Miss Texas. When not in the show, she travels internationally and performs on cruise lines. 

Shae Shae is the most seasoned performer. In a costume that resembled the wicked witch in Wicked, she made the audience believe in magic. She was crowned Miss Gay USA in 2013 and travels extensively for contests. 

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Shae Shae sings Do You Believe in Magic, Do you Believe in Dreams?

To achieve these looks takes some time. GliciousG takes two to three hours to do makeup. 

The cast members chose their own music and Hot Fuss handles the DJ duties. They also design their own spectacular costumes (some use outside seamstresses and others sew their own). Greg’s only rule is that there be no nipples showing, and they must wear tights.

Of the cast, Greg says,” We’re all friends, it’s like a sisterhood, there’s a lot of camaraderie, and we help each other. I got all the entertainers from where I grew up. Besides me, two others are from California (Wilhelmia and Shae Shae) and the rest were lounge singers, drag queens, or avant-garde performers. I’ve known Shae Shae for 20 years. Everyone in the cast is different. I wanted variety. I told the cast, I’ll pay for your best drag.”

He calls being a drag queen a high-priced hobby. “I’ve been very blessed in my career as a hairdresser and my career as a drag queen. And I’m blessed to live in Laguna Beach. It’s more open here. As a hairdresser, you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not.” 

Because the show is so well put together, I was surprised to learn that this is his first endeavor. “This is the first time I’ve done anything like this. When I got here, I asked Shae Shae what happened to the gay scene? I need to get the joy back here. People have been so kind, it reminds me of Austin.” 

So, Greg started doing some research. “I talked to my clients and asked them what people do here, if there are any shows. The only drag show was at Main Street Bar, and that’s no longer there. I thought, I’m finally going to do this, so I did my homework. One of my clients had attended a Christmas party at Mozambique and she said, ‘try them.’ So, I partnered with Mozambique. We work as a team, and with all of the cast members. 

And how does one spread the word about the show?

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Ava Stone does some wild dancing to “We got the power”

Greg says, “I’m doing my own promoting. I want guests to get excited, enjoy, and for the show to take them away from daily life. Our show would be perfect for birthdays, bachelor parties, and anniversaries.”

What happens when you put a bunch of costumed performers in a small dressing room? He says, “We do have our tiffs, but we’ve known each other for a very long time. For the most part we get along, we’re such a family.”

But, the requirements for cast members go well beyond the stage.

Greg says, “My cast members must be relevant, do pageants, contests, appearances, and fundraisers. In some of the pageants, part of the competition is how much money you raise for charities, such as HIV, hospice, and gay AA.”

As he says, “He’d pay for the best drag.” And he certainly got it.

There’s no need for anyone to drag you to Drag Me to Brunch. You will need someone to drag you out. 

The Drag Me to Brunches are held on Saturday (upstairs) and Sunday (Durban Room outside). Greg says the Sunday brunches are a big deal. The next performance (which will include additional cast members) will be on Sunday, Aug 19 at 11 a.m. in the Durban Room.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy, (949) 715-7777.

For more information and to make reservations, go to www.mozambiqueoc.com.


Festival Runway Fashion Show returns on Sunday, August 19: creativity, innovation, glamor and more 

On Sunday, August 19, the Festival of Arts will hold its annual Festival Runway Fashion Show from noon to 3 p.m. Highlighting creativity, sustainability and innovation, the Festival Runway Fashion Show has grown in popularity year after year. Now in its tenth year, the competition is more exciting than ever as Festival artists compete to win the top prize.

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Competing in this show “where fashion meets art” are Festival exhibitors Richard Bohn, Carla Bosch, Antje Campbell, Kate Cohen, Brad Elsberry, Carolyn Johnson, Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, and Kirsten Whalen. Utilizing reclaimed, reused or recycled material, each artist is encouraged to wow the judges with their talent and originality.

The Festival Runway Fashion Show offers cash prizes of $1,000 in four categories: Most Creative Concept, Most Exciting ensemble inspired by Pageant of the Masters theme “Under the Sun,” Most Innovative Use of Materials, and Most Glamorous & Elegant “Red Carpet” worthy creation. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” to be voted on at the event.

The fashion show will be hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. She has been covering red carpets and award shows for over 10 years for Hollywood Today Live and the Orange County Register before joining the FOX11 team in 2017. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and film production designer Nelson Coates.

“The Festival Runway Fashion Show is one of the most popular events of the summer,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “The artists put so much effort and ingenuity into crafting these stunning one-of-a-kind runway looks. It’s not to be missed!”


City Safety Briefs

With the Holy Fire and other recent fires so close to home, it’s always important to be prepared in case of an emergency. LBFD and LBFD provide key resources, information, services, and tips to help Laguna Beach residents. 

LBFD offers free smoke alarms and installation

The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers free batteries, installation, and smoke alarms for residents of Laguna Beach. These fire protective items are intended for property owners of residential properties, not apartment and/or income properties. 

Management of these units have an obligation to rent units with working devices in place. To participate in the program, complete the “Free Smoke Alarm” sign-up on the City’s website. A representative of the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment when a LBFD member can come out and install the smoke detector. 

City Safety Smoke Alarm

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LBFD offers free smoke alarms, batteries, and installation to residents

The firefighters will make a determination on how many detectors are needed.  This program is not intended to install a detector in each room, only to provide one on each floor. For more information, contact the LBFD Fire Marshal at (949) 497-0700.

In-home wildfire safety consults for residents by LBFD

LBFD is here to help Laguna Beach residents with all things safety related, especially how to be prepared for a wildfire. LBFD’s experienced fire fighters will come to your home and offer advice about how you can prepare for a wildfire. 

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LBFD firefighters offer free consults about fire safety in person at home

To learn what’s best for you and your loved ones in case of a wildfire, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/sign_up.htm.

Get Nixle, instant LBPD traffic and safety alerts 

Key safety information from LBPD is at your fingertips including traffic, severe weather, and other urgent alerts via text message. It’s easy to sign up: Just text 92651 or LBGOV to the number 888-777.

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An example of a recent Nixle text alert: be instantly alerted wherever you go

In addition to the City-sponsored Nixle text alert program, residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertOC, which will notify you in case of a larger area emergency.

For more information about Laguna Beach Nixle, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep/nixle.htm or visit the Nixle site www.local.nixle.com/register to receive phone or email alerts.

Laguna Emergency Preparedness Safety Resources

Be ready no matter what happens. Whether flood, fire, earthquake, or tsunami, these integral resources provided by LBFD, LBPD, and the City of Laguna Beach can help.

--Sign-up for AlertOC; this is an emergency mass notification system which will help you stay informed during disasters.

--Create a 72-hour emergency kit stocked with food, water, and supplies. 

--Make a family emergency plan so all family members know what to do in a crisis. 

--Check out the Laguna Beach disaster preparedness guide.

--View the information shared at Laguna Beach’s Storm Preparedness Workshop.

--Plan for safety evacuations here.

--Family, friends, and neighbors with disabilities may need a little extra aid preparing for an emergency and click below on the link to FEMA via the LBPD Emergency Preparedness site.

For information and links to these important Laguna Beach Emergency Preparedness resources, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep/default.htm.

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Sunset Serenades begins its fall season on Friday, Sept 7

Sunset Serenades returns on Friday evenings in September at 5:30 p.m. at the Heisler Park Amphitheater at Cliff Dr and Jasmine St.

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Sunset Serenades takes place in a stunning setting

This fall’s schedule includes:

9/7: Valerie Geason – Jazz Vocalist

9/14: Jack Benny – Eclectic rainbow pop group

9/21: Dr. Jane G. Ferruzzo – Virtuoso Harpis

9/28: Community Beatles Singalong with Jason Feddy

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

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Sitting on the beach on a Saturday (with sea gull)

Photo by Susan Smallwood Cooper

Sitting on the beach

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Serene (if smoky) Saturday on Main Beach


Save the Date: Laguna Beach Live! presents “Paying Tribute to the Incredible Women of Song” October 23

Laguna Beach Live! will present “Paying Tribute to the Incredible Women of Song” on Tuesday, Oct 23, and tickets are now on sale.

Honoring such talents as Aretha, Ella, Natalie and more, the very talented Maiya Sykes and two other acclaimed vocalists will be backed by an All-Star band. This concert will pay tribute to jazz, R&B and soul female greats. 

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The concert will be held at Montage Resort, 30801 S Coast Hwy, from 6 - 8 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

VIP tickets will be sold at $100 for preferred seating, including your choice of one menu item that will be served at your table. $50 Premium table seating is priced at $30, with standard theatre style chairs in rear.

Visit www.lagunabeachlive.org for more information.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events Aug 18 – Aug 24

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule:
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission
Saturday, Aug 18: Black Market Trust
Sunday, Aug 19: Bob McChesney and Calabria Foti

Concerts on the Green:

Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Lee Ritenour

Date: Saturday, Aug 18

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission)

Growing up in LA in the ‘60s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty-year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Painting with Fabrice Spies
Date: Saturday, Aug 18
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

In this easy, fun and entertaining class, students will create their own painting inspired by Laguna Beach. With step-by-step guidance from the instructor, participants will create a beautiful finished painting to take home. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org

Wine & Painting Nights:
Octopus with Mike Tauber
Date: Saturday, Aug 18
Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included.

$75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. 

Festival Runway Fashion Show

Date: Sunday, Aug 19

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person (includes festival admission).

Festival of Arts Calendar Fashion

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2017 Runway design by Kirsten Whalen, and modeled by Erika Schindele

The Festival of Arts is known for putting on truly unique and imaginative events, and this summer Festival artists are making fashion their medium at the “Festival Runway Fashion Show.” See who’s IN and who’s OUT this year as Festival artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. 

The fashion show will be hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. She has been covering red carpets and award shows for over 10 years for Hollywood Today Live and the Orange County Register before joining the FOX11 team in 2017. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and film production designer Nelson Coates.

Adult and Teen Art Classes:
Abstract Painting with Kathe Madrigal
Date: Sunday, Aug 19
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the nature of abstract art painting with artist Kathe Madrigal. Students will experiment with mark making techniques to find the most comfortable way of expressing their artistic expression. This class is open for all levels and will include a brief education on the masters of Abstract Expressionism. Students will work quickly through several loosening-up exercises and then create an abstract piece, which will be ready to take home and hang. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule:
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission
Monday, Aug 20: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink
Tuesday, Aug 21: Here and Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross with Terry Steele
Wednesday, August 22: The Salty Suites
Thursday, August 23: The L.A. Collective (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, August 24: Terron Brooks (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Art and Story Time:
Date: Monday, Aug 20
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents! On Monday, Aug 20, author Liz Climo will read her book “Rory the Dinosaur: Me & My Dad.” Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the author of Rory the Dinosaur, The Little World of Liz Climo, and Lobster is the Best Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Art Talks and Tea:
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 22
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, Aug 20, the topic will be “Fashion Show,” featuring the participants of the Festival Runway Fashion Show. They will have their designs on display and discuss their inspiration and process creating their recycled fashions.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Performance by The L.A. Collective

Date: Thursday, Aug 23
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

The L.A. Collective is an exciting, contemporary jazz group that was formed several years ago as a backup band for several artists on the Dave Koz Cruise. The L.A. Collective’s personnel includes guitarist Adam Hawley, drummer Tony Moore, keyboardist Greg Manning, and bass player Darryl Williams. 

This talented group of players has continued to impress Southern California audiences and enthusiastic fans for years. Their success comes directly from their diverse musical talents, coupled with their combined energy on stage. The ability to switch effortlessly from one style to another comes from their shared love for many different styles of music, along with an intense passion and dedication to that music. There is a raw energy to their sound, which is a blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul. 

Adult and Teen Art Workshops:
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd
Date: Friday, Aug 24
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints. For Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

For full schedule and reservations, call (800) 487-3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

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.

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Saturday, Aug 11

Cliff Drive | 1000 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

8:31 p.m. A 20-year-old Phoenix, AZ man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy | 31700 Block | Bench Warrant

3:34 p.m. Zephaniah Levi Alva, 23, San Clemente, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy & Rockledge Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

2:43 a.m. A 22-year-old Placentia man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. Bail was set at $10,000. 

S Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

12:46 a.m. A 47-year-old Frederick, MD woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Violating a Restraining, Protective or Stay Away Order

12:28 a.m. Robert Frank Weller, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating a restraining order to prevent domestic violence. Bail was set at $15,000.

Friday, Aug 10

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Assault and Battery

9:41 p.m. Michele Ann Prince, 44, San Diego, was arrested for assault and battery. Bail was set at $500.

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Domestic Violence to a Spouse or Cohabitant

6:54 p.m. Robert Frank Weller, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence to a spouse or cohabitant. Bail was set at $10,000.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Bringing a controlled Substance into Jail, Assault with a Deadly Weapon

11:24 a.m. Anita Marie Novack, 39, Sterling Heights, MI, was arrested for being in possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), knowingly bringing a controlled substance into jail (bail was set at $25,000), and assault with a deadly weapon (bail was set at $50,000).

Diamond Street | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 2:30 a.m. A 26-year-old Ontario man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. Bail was set at $10,000. 

El Paseo & Laguna Ave | DUI

12:31 a.m. A 19-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

El Paseo & Laguna Ave | Bench Warrant, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:31 a.m. Isai Zamorano, 28, Garden Grove, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and a bench warrant for parole violation (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

12:24 a.m. A 58-year-old Irvine man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:20 a.m. A 59-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, Aug 9

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block |Outstanding Warrant

15:16 p.m. Lon Edward Hornbuckle, 67, Costa Mesa, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Assault and Battery

12:34 a.m. Robert Lenn Caltabiano, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for assault and battery. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, Aug 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant, Assault and Battery

10:35 p.m. Christy Lyn Weisz-Bushore, 45, San Clemente, was arrested on a warrant for assault and battery. Bail was set at $1,500.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

6:58 p.m. A 64-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

West Street & Monterey Street | Warrant

4:28 p.m. Adrian Casillas, 36, Dana Point, was arrested on a warrant driving on a suspended license. Bail was set at $1,500.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Warrant

1:51 p.m. Gerald A. Blasi, 71, Laguna Woods, turned himself in to LBPD at the station for an active warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.