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A love letter to Laguna


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Last Thursday and Friday nights were the final run-throughs of the 2018 Pageant of the Masters before opening night. Audiences both nights included a large contingent of locals – I was lucky enough to be among them.

Let me be clear – I am not qualified to be an art critic or a theater critic, but “I know what I like” and I would urge locals to get tickets. This show is for us.

“It is a love letter to Laguna,” said Sharbie Higuchi, marketing and publicity director of the Festival of Arts.

Friday night was VIP night. The audience included members of the festival’s board members Pat Kollenda, Anita Mangels, Scott Moore (also an exhibitor), Wayne Baglin, Tom Lamb, Fred Sattler and Kathy Jones; and staff members Higuchi and Events Director Susan Davis.

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The Pageant of the Masters is beautifully set among oaks and sycamores

 “I was very proud of the presentation about Laguna’s art history and the details about the festival,” said former Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, who attended Friday’s show. “It is important for residents to know about our art heritage.”

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn founder Karyn Philippsen couldn’t agree more.

“I truly enjoyed the historical component about California and the city,” said Philippsen. “And I enjoyed the music particularly in the second half. We forget how professional the musicians are.”

This year the Festival Orchestra was augmented by “Dapper Dans of Disneyland,” paying homage to Laguna’s surfing history, in the first half finale.

Thursday night was Laguna Appreciation Night. Members of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce were in the audience, following dinner at the Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, organized by Tight Assets owner Heidi Miller.

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One of the many “living pictures” featuring early Laguna: this one depicts Red and Green by Joseph Kleitsch

Sergio Prince, community relations advisor to Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, hotfooted to the dinner after attending the two-hour forum on the Laguna Canyon Road project, hosted at the Susi Q by the Laguna Canyon Foundation, CANDO and Barbara and Greg MacGillivray.

The Chamber is among the nonprofits that sell Pageant tickets as a fundraiser, all 500 selling this year, according to Chamber president David Rubel, one of the ticket holders.

“I thought the Pageant did a great job,” said Rubel. “I like how they told the story of Laguna Beach.”

Michael Kinsman, Chamber past-president, said it was the best Pageant in years. He especially appreciated the scaling back of live action.

“The piece I liked best was the portion of a painting Monet never finished,” said Chamber board member Norm Grossman. “I enjoyed the history of it in the narration.”

The 2018 Pageant honors the artists who set up their canvases out of doors – in plein air – and captured its beauty, among them the members of the Laguna Beach Art Assn founded in 1918, with Edgar Payne as founding president.

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The iconic movie Endless Summer inspired a more recent tableau reflecting the Pageant’s Under the Sun theme

Under the direction of Diane Challis Davy, “Under the Sun” captures the essence of Laguna’s early artistic pioneers (and others around the world) who left their studios for the great outdoors. 

2018 is Challis Davy’s 23rd year at the helm. She succeeded 16-year veteran director Glen Eytchinson in 1995. No one could have been better prepared for the job.

Challis Davy has been a part of Laguna’s art history since childhood. She met many artists hanging out at the art gallery owned by her late father, Richard Challis, who also served as judge for festival entries. A recipient of Festival of Arts scholarships, Challis Davy served as a cast member and got her first job in the Pageant’s costume department. 

“I will never get tired of working and creating in this beautiful amphitheater, on the edge of the greenbelt of oaks and sycamores, with its owls, hawks, jays and an elusive roadrunner,” said Challis Davy.

The theme of the 2018 Pageant was inspired by her view one spring evening last year of Saddleback Mountain bathed in sun. It was an aha! moment.

“I thought “Under the Sun,” Challis Davy said in a press release. “The phrase is from Ecclesiastes and I think it serves very well. I wanted the theme to express an awareness and appreciation of the beauty of nature, to focus on artists who choose to paint in the open air.” 

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Director of the Pageant, Diane Challis Davy, would not be sitting alone for long: sellout crowds have been pouring into the amphitheater

The show features works by early Laguna artists Anna Hills, William Griffith, Rex Brand (one of the artists her father represented), Julia Bracken Wendt and Joseph Kleitsch.

Challis Davy also paid tribute to the late Roger Kuntz.

Dan Duling’s script, performed nightly by Richard Doyle, meshes perfectly with the “insider” vibe of the show.

The show opens with “From the Beginning,” works by current Festival of Arts exhibitor Jorge Fernandez, depicting the earliest Laguna inhabitants.

Two local milestones are celebrated – the 85th anniversary of the Pageant, and the 100th anniversary of the Laguna Art Museum, which began as a sales and exhibition gallery for local artists.

It takes 500 volunteers to produce the show: two complete casts of 150 on stage including art patron Mark Porterfield, a sponsor of the Festival of Arts Junior Exhibit, and another 200 people backstage.

When the show closes on September 1, the cast and crew will have amassed 60,000 volunteer hours. I recommend you spend two hours at the show.     

Terra Laguna Beach

Some early arrivals to grounds for the 8:30 p.m. show on Friday dined at the former Tivoli Terrace, renamed Terra Laguna Beach.

“The food was excellent, beautifully presented, the wait staff was charming and the ambience made for a great dining experience,” said Kollenda, whose party included family members as well as Philippsen and Pearson.

Pearson was especially impressed by the stylish remodel. 

“I am thrilled with it,” said Pearson. “The original architecture fits perfectly with the upgraded exhibition grounds.”

The only remnant left of the Tivoli Terrace restaurant and event venue, leased for about 50 years by June Neptune, is the swooping paraboloid roof.

“I will always have fond memories of the old Tivoli Terrace, but this is our future and wow!” said Philippsen.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading Contributions are welcomed.

Howling for Coyote Almost at an End


If you’re a SoLag resident, your restaurant options are few and far between. So, when Coyote Grill closed down for a purported six weeks of renovation, we residents here had to face some tough questions: 

--Do we move?

--If we don’t move, how do we survive the 6-week torture?

Coyote is our own little watering hole. The food is decent (particularly the seasonal Baja grilled lobster and their daily unforgettable calamari tacos and wet chicken burrito smothered in their own melty cheese and green sauce). The happy hours are seven days a week. Steve and Mark stir up a serious margarita. It’s an awesome option for quiet weekday breakfast meetings. And, watching tourists from the four-seater window is better than any TV show.

In a nutshell, Coyote rocks. 

Money Pit’s “Six Weeks”

If you saw the Tom Hanks movie, “Money Pit,” you’ll remember that every contractor coming in to rescue parts of Tom’s dilapidated mansion assured him that their part in the restoration would only take six weeks. Here’s my photo of Mark, the bartender, on April 7, just 48 hours prior to the restaurant closing. 

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Only six weeks!

Since then, 14 weeks have passed. That’s two six-week periods PLUS two weeks for good measure.

Rumor is that Coyote Grill will be doing a soft opening sometime this weekend to welcome back their most valiant supporters. This is akin to handing a pail of fresh, cool water to a poor soul who’s just crossed the Mojave Dessert. We’ve been absolutely miserable these 14 weeks.

When I dropped in yesterday (Thursday), though, we don’t look like we’re quite to that point. 

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Getting there…

You never know, though. Once the permitted pieces are approved, it’s really just a matter of interior finish and dusting off a few tables, right? (I ask hopefully.)

Why All the Dust?

Aside from the need to replace an aging bar and kitchen, Coyote Grill needed to update its accommodations for ADA compliance. In so doing, the bathrooms and the hallway to said bathrooms have been beautifully revamped, and the bar has been completely reconfigured for ADA compliance as well.

Because the compliance requires understandable and necessary space, the Coyote bar portion is now significantly smaller. Gone is the palapa and the great white shark (if you’re a regular, you know what I’m talking about), and the bar is certainly more vertical and open in nature. Granted, the vertical stature isn’t going to seat more bar patrons, but I’m not sure that’s even going to be a contingency factor. Coyote Grill patrons who prefer the bar will maintain that state of mind to the end of times.

The dining areas in the small restaurant remain the same, though now boasting lovely new tile floors and the removal of a divider wall that divided the former space into tiny little squares. 

Enough About the Details 

Right. We just want to know when it’s going to open.

Well…it will hopefully happen sometime in the week ahead. Watch their Facebook page – – or my own blog at TheBestofLagunaBeach.comfor celebratory details. 

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book, The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of Laguna based reviews, finds and upcoming events at her blog, 

Five babies will graduate from the Assistance League Laguna Beach’s Early Intervention Program on August 1

To date in 2018, Assistance League Laguna Beach’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) has graduated 13 babies. And on August 1, Stu News will cover the graduation of five more babies. 

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is designed to provide group-based therapy for developmentally delayed infants from birth to one year. EIP educates parents on how to exercise, stimulate, guide, play and care for their babies. It is the only program available for these youngest developmentally delayed and special needs babies, and parents come from all over Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and as far as Indio to attend EIP. 

On March 28, six babies graduated from the program, and seven more babies graduated on June 13, including three sets of twins. In the 42 years that the program has been serving infants with developmental delays, this is the first time three sets of twins have been in the program at the same time. 

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Another happy grad from the Early Intervention Program

During this year’s two graduation events, the 13 grads, each decked out in traditional caps and gowns, seemed quite happy to grasp their diplomas to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Proud parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents looked on, all very pleased with the observable developmental progress their little ones had made through the efforts of the EIP therapists from the Intervention Center for Early Childhood.

Assistance League of Laguna Beach provides the facility and all the funding for EIP so parents of developmentally delayed infants are able to attend the program free of charge. In existence since 1976, the Early Intervention Program of Laguna Beach is a collaborative program with Assistance League of Laguna Beach and the Intervention Center for Early Childhood. 

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Volunteer assists mothers during session of Early Intervention Program

There is no fee or cost to the families participating in EIP. Assistance League of Laguna Beach funds the program through proceeds from the Assistance League of Laguna Beach Thrift Shop and from grants and cash donations.

They believe that parent participation is the key to success in providing early intervention services. Therefore, they provide parents with the “hands-on” experience to guide them as occupational and physical therapists, developmental teachers and behavioral specialists make specific recommendations for each child to ensure his or her optimal development.

For more information on EIP, go to

Tax ballot measure hearing rescheduled


The scheduled hearing on alternative ballot measures to fund utility undergrounding along key evacuation routes was postponed on Tuesday for a week.

Mayor Kelly Boyd requested the postponement because he was ailing and could not attend Tuesday’s meeting at which the council was to discuss the ballot measures prepared by staff. The staff report set forth the choice between special purpose and general purpose measures and the steps that must be taken to put one of them on the November ballot. The item will be heard July 17.

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Two ballot measures to fund undergrounding will be considered for the November ballot

Councilman Steve Dicterow said he welcomed the postponement because it permits more time for the public to be informed about the differences between general and special purpose tax increase measures.

“I think it is very important for people to understand the difference,” said Dicterow.

Special purpose taxes require a two-third supermajority vote for approval and the revenue is limited to the specified use approved by the voters. A general purpose tax increase requires a 50 percent plus one vote and revenue goes into the general fund, to be spent at the council’s discretion, not as incorrectly reported last week.

If the general purpose tax is selected, the council must adopt a resolution expressing support for the Utility Undergrounding, Fire Safety and Other Essential City Services Measure, its intents to prioritize spending options for future ballot measure revenue, and its intent to create an oversight committee. The special purpose measure is titled Laguna Beach Undergrounding and Fire Safety Measure.

Both measures to be considered recommend a one percent increase in sales tax.

Council actions must be taken regardless of selected option

Wording of both measures was developed by Boyd and the council’s Utility Undergrounding Subcommittee of Councilmen Rob Zur Schmiede and Bob Whalen. 

Regardless of which option is selected, certain actions must be taken by the council:

--Direct the City Attorney to prepare an impartial analysis measure

--Authorize City Manager John Pietig to prepare a fiscal analysis

--Authorize Boyd, Whalen and Zur Schmiede, any other council members so inclined and the chiefs of the Police and Fire Departments to prepare direct and rebuttal arguments in favor of the selected measure

Staff has also recommended that the council appoint Whalen and Zur Schmiede to prepare a ballot argument in favor of the selected ballot measure and a rebuttal.

All of the documents must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office by 5:30 p.m., August 10.

The first reading of an ordinance for the selected measure is scheduled to be introduced at Tuesday’s meeting. A second reading will be required for adoption.

Staff had prepared a lengthy report on steps for placing measures for a general purpose sales tax increase or a special purpose sales tax increase on the ballot. 

Also delayed until the July 17 meeting: The request by the city to the Orange County Board Supervisors to consolidate the municipal election with the statewide general election on November 6, because all five council members are required to participate in the request.

Agate Street beach access completed – City invites public to opening July 24

The City of Laguna Beach invites the community to join for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 24 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the newly renovated pedestrian access to the beach at Agate Street. The renovations will make beach access safer, more accessible and user-friendly for beachgoers. 

The Agate stairs were closed in October of 2015 because of storm damage.  Improvements made to the beach access include a new wheelchair-accessible overlook at the entrance, complete stair replacement, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Agate Street Stairs

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Agate Street Beach access stairs during construction. The finished access will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting on July 24.

The project cost for Agate Street beach access rehabilitation was approximately $1 million.

The ribbon cutting will be Tuesday, July 24 at 4 p.m. at the top of Agate Street beach access stairway. The public is invited along with the media, elected officials and Laguna Beach City staff.

For any questions regarding the City’s beach access projects, please contact Lou Kneip at (949) 464-6688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crystal Cove Conservancy seeks help to meet challenge


Crystal Cove Conservancy has California Coastal Commission approval to restore the remaining 17 cottages on the North Beach of the Historic District. All that is needed now is the financing.

The Packard Foundation has agreed to a $10 million low interest construction loan, if the conservancy can raise $5 million in pledges, payable by 2023.

“We are at an important milestone for the park and this project – we need your help,” Crystal Cove Conservancy Vice President Laura Davick told the City Council on Tuesday. “As of today, $1.1 million has been raised. Another $3.9 million in pledges is needed by September 8.”

Pledges have to be paid by 2023.

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Seventeen cottages still need to be restored

“The construction loan will fund the final phase of restoration at the historic district, allowing full public access to that area of the park and creating a range of the most affordable overnight accommodations on the California Coast,” Davick said. “Upon completion of the restoration of the last cottages, the Historic District will be self-sustaining, requiring no additional revenue from the general fund for their maintenance.”

Bills are paid through rentals of the cottages, operated by the conservancy’s for-profit Crystal Cove Management Co. Food service is run by The Beachcomber, a sub- concession that includes the Shake Shack/Bootlegger Bar and all catering rights.

Proceeds are re-invested into Crystal Cove State Park, a private/public partnership between California State Parks and the conservancy.

Davick invited the council and members of the public to take advantage of the many programs at the park, including a Founder’s Tour, from noon to 2 p.m., on the third Sunday of every month except December – including this weekend.

“We meet on the deck at check-in and go inside several cottages and give tips on how to rent a cottage,” Davick said. 

She also suggested checking the conservancy’s online calendar for free events and programs this summer – art events, educational programs and movies on the beach. 

Information about park programs and the Packard Challenge is available on the park website at, with instructions to click on North Beach – also known as a Heritage Legacy Project for California.

Sultry summer sunset

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Sultry sunset

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Laguna’s sunset has many moods: this one is particularly seductive

Notice and Call of Special Meeting of the City Council

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the City Council has been called by Mayor Kelly Boyd, to be held Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. in Conference Room A at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. The Special Meeting has been called pursuant to Government Code section 54956 for the purpose of conducting a Closed Session concerning the following items:

Conference with legal counsel regarding existing litigation (pursuant to Government Code section 54596.9(D) (1) Fudge v City of Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach Golf and Bungalow Village, LLC) (Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2016-00884488); (2) Glover, et al v City of Laguna Beach (US District Court Case No. 8:15-cv-01332); and (3) City of Santa Ana v City of Laguna Beach, et al (US District Court Case No 8:18-cv-00155).

No other items shall be considered.

Offshore News: Grom of the Week

By Team Laguna Beach Coach CHRIS WILLIAMS

The surf world in Laguna Beach is deep with talent. This week I caught up with Thurston student Jax Hutcheon. Jax is another multi-sport athlete who is turning heads up and down the coast with his explosive surfing. My favorite thing about Jax is his joyful disposition out in the surf – he’s one of those kids you want to surf with!

Offshore News Team

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Team Laguna Beach (L-R): Coach Chris Williams, Landon Hutcheon, Felix Hayes, Jax Hutcheon, Hudson Saunders, Morgan Saunders, and team dad 

Don Saunders

CW: Talk about when you started surfing.

JH: I started surfing when I was four years old. I used to go to Blackies in Newport and Doheny with my dad. We also went with the Saunders family. It was super fun.

CW: When did you know you were hooked? Was there a session or a wave that blew your mind? Also who are your best surf buddies?

JH: I remember my first surf contest in Huntington Beach with Soul Surf. I was six years old. I made the Final and got a trophy. It was super exciting! My best surf buddies are Hudson Saunders, Zach Van Meter, Hunter Harrington, Parker Smialowicz and my little brother Landon.

CW: You play elite level soccer, how do you manage to compete at high level in surfing and soccer? Does surfing help prepare you for other sports?

JH: I play academy soccer with the OC SURF. We train three days a week plus games on the weekends. When I am not on a soccer field I am in the ocean. I feel like I am always rubbing sand and salt off me to put on soccer socks. Honestly it was an exhausting year.

I love playing soccer. I think surfing has helped me with my overall fitness and upper body strength, also my balance.

CW: What surf competitions do you do? And talk about some of this year’s highlights.

JH: This year I participated in WSA and Scholastic Surf Series, Soul Surf and also local contests. 

The highlights of my year have been winning the Surf n Sport Spring Fever Surf About, middle school division, getting a perfect 10, and winning the Soul Series Team Event with Hunter Harrington. Also any contest with good waves was a highlight. I placed eighth of 160 middle schoolers in the State Scholastic Surf Series in Oceanside

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Grom of the Week Jax Hutcheon with his latest surf award, “Champion Thurstonite”

CW: Your house is full of athletes, who’s the most competitive?

JH: I would say I am the most competitive, but my brother Auston is best at Fortnite. And my brother Landon is really good at soccer and super competitive with me.

CW: Talk about mom and dad’s support, and what that’s meant to your surfing.

JH: My parents have been great about getting me boards and wetsuits, and always taking me to comps and just being supportive.

CW: Where do you want to take your surfing next year and beyond – any goals you’ve made for yourself?

JH: I would not mind winning the Brooks Street, but mostly I just want to enjoy surfing good waves in warm water with my friends and family.

CW: Shout outs to supporters, friends, sponsors?

JH: I would like to thank my mom and dad, also you and Karen at Soul, Dave Post and Mo Van de Wall, for teaching me so many things about surfing. Also Elevate industries and Jenson surfboards for all of their support.

On-site group therapy sessions offered for club members at Boys & Girls Club LB starting July 19

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach (BGCLB) announces a partnership with Living Success Center, a nonprofit community oriented therapy center in operation since 1977. The Center’s goal is to promote emotional health and wholesome relationships through therapy and psycho-education.

To this end, BGCLB is offering a series of group sessions for its members, beginning on Thursday, July 19, from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Club’s Canyon location. Sessions will continue for six weeks at a cost of $60 for the entire series.

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Michele Hall of Laguna Beach will conduct support group beginning on July 19

“When people want and need assistance to deal with their problems, concerns and aspirations, they should be able to get it without the sacrifice of dignity, privacy or financial well-being,” states Michele Hall, who will be conducting a support group for members at the Club whose families may be experiencing change of any kind – such as divorce, remarriage, illness, move or other issues. 

Hall, a Marriage Family Therapist Trainee, has lived in Laguna Beach since she was six years old. She attended Aliso Elementary School, Thurston Middle School and graduated from LBHS. A graduate of UC Berkeley, with a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies, Hall worked as a political consultant for several years in Los Angeles until she was offered the position of Executive Director of United Laguna, a 501(c)(3).

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Group sessions to be held at Boys & Girls Club on Laguna Canyon Rd

After raising two children, Hall’s passion for people and their emotional and psychological well-being led her to pursue her passion as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently attending the graduate program of psychology at Pepperdine University, Irvine Campus. She is looking forward to counseling the children of her hometown. 

Anyone interested in having their child attend should contact Cherie Andrade, BGCLB Social & Emotional Wellness Director, at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7786 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to complete the required paperwork.

Boys & Girls Club is located at 1085 Laguna Canyon, Rd.

For more information, go to or call (949) 715-7942.

Dennis’ Tidbits


July 13, 2018

Blobs in the Eastern Pacific and haboobs in Arizona create a stir

Dennis 5After a busy June during which a total of six named tropical systems formed in the Eastern Pacific tropics, it has been a quiet July so far with no new named storms. Now it’s the Atlantic Basin’s turn as Category 2 Hurricane Chris, which formed just off north Carolina a few days ago, is now well offshore and speeding to the northeast. Chris will pass to the west of Bermuda while setting its sights on the eastern shores of Newfoundland by the weekend, still a tropical system thanks to the Gulf Stream where warm waters can extend as far north as latitude 50 north. Then Chris will become extratropical and move to the east setting its sights on Southern Iceland with all kinds of intense weather, and then onward where it hooks up with a strong low in the Northeast Atlantic and then onward to Europe where high surf, strong winds, and heavy rain will pound England, Ireland, and Scotland. Sometimes that happens when a storm will form way down in the tropics and will hold it together long enough to put in a couple of thousand miles more.

Chris never made landfall on the East Coast as a low-pressure trough in the northeast steered the system to the northeast and out to sea, otherwise the hurricane probably would have made landfall somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic states as a dangerous Category 2 or 3 storm, so they dodged a bullet this time around. At this time of year earlier in the season, most tropical systems form in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico. Then in August tropical systems are born near the Cape Verde Islands just off the coast of West Africa at 15-20 degrees north latitude.

The reason it was so busy in June in the Eastern Pacific is because there’s a huge blob of super unstable air that pops out giant clusters of thunderstorms down there in the tropical Convergence Zone. After a while that blob shifts to the east continuing its voyage around the globe and wherever that blob happens to be at that time, there’s a better chance of increased tropical system development. By next month that blob will reappear in the tropical Pacific so it could get really busy again in August.

Multiple haboobs have been occurring in Arizona as of late. Sounds a bit naughty but a haboob is a Middle Eastern term for giant dust storms, an integral part of desert thunderstorms that erupt during the summer monsoon season. A haboob, or dust storm, is a heavy downdraft of a heavy thunderstorm that blows a strong blast of colder air downward, known as a gust front, ahead of the storm and spreads out along the surface. These dust storms are several thousand feet high and can move up to 50-60 mph and when they hit the Phoenix area you better get inside where you can breathe as dust and particulates can really do a number on the lungs. Visibility can be reduced to ten feet or less and day turns into night.

Finally, Laguna’s ocean temps on Tuesday and Wednesday were a very balmy 75 degrees! That’s the warmest it’s been since August of 2015. 

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

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Laguna Board of REALTORS - Charitable Assistance Fund comes through for Laguna Food Pantry

The Laguna Food Pantry was a beneficiary of the Laguna Board of REALTORS & Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund’s 23rd Annual A Taste for Charity & Silent Art Auction, which raised more than $106,000.

“We are overwhelmed at the Realtors’ ongoing support,” said Pantry executive director Anne Belyea. “It gives us a big boost that will allow us to purchase quality food at a substantial discount. Our volunteer operations team has become quite savvy at finding bargains on fresh, nutritious food items for our shoppers to choose from.” 

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Laguna Board of REALTORS treasurer Patrick Zellar presented a check to the Laguna Food Pantry’s treasurer Susan Thomas (left), executive director Anne Belyea and board vice chair Suriya Khan Mastroberti

The Laguna Board of REALTORS & Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund is a stand-alone nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. It was created in 2004 by the Laguna Board of REALTORS to help its own members and affiliate members who find themselves struggling economically, as well as others in the community. 

LBR-CAF committee chair Natalie Alvarez noted, “Everyone who serves on the board of directors for the Charitable Assistance Fund is concerned with the needs within our community. Laguna’s ‘A Taste for Charity’ event aims to address these needs with disbursements to organizations that help people in need.” 

Every weekday, Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes 4,000 lbs. of free, fresh groceries to approximately 80 families, half of whom have children. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the Dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run almost entirely by volunteers, and new recruits are welcome. For more information, call (949) 497-7121 or visit

Yoga Sapien celebrates its six-month anniversary with evolving event experiences for all

Last January, upstairs at The Pavilions Center off Boat Canyon, new studio Yoga Sapien drew aside its unique barn doors – surrounded by a “living” green moss wall, and opening into a vast, airy, high-ceilinged space – to yogis of all shapes, sizes, and physical conditions. 

The yoga studio’s goal, founders Liz Campbell and David Taylor said, was to “offer this incredibly yoga-hungry community the encouragement to discover a deeper internal practice, and to hold space for all bodies no matter the physical or even financial limitations.”

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Co-founders David and Liz are livin’ the dream – and so are the members

And Yoga Sapien has evolved very nicely during the past half-year, offering up to six classes daily, ranging from restorative yoga, to varying levels of Vinyasa and even Yamuna Body Rolling. 

The innovative yet down-to-earth studio, in addition to yoga and meditation sessions, also holds unusual, illuminating events that calm body and soul.

“Our friends from The Conscious Groove are coming back Saturday, July 21 from 5 - 8 p.m. to bring us Live Kirtan, Aromatherapy, Pranayama (Breathwork) and lots of love!” co-founder Liz says. “These talented musicians and healers know how to put on a good show while guiding you through some powerful energy work.”

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Talk about body art: Liz is both a canvas and a sculpture in this pic

Then, on Sunday, July 29, from 2 - 4 p.m., the idea is to soak in state of Savasana, while being guided through a practice of conscious awareness of the body’s subtle landmarks, one by one.

“Add a hint of burning sage, a beautifully spacious room, and the calming voice of Lynette Kozuma…and that might just be the most perfect Sunday afternoon…ever,” Liz suggests.

This Yoga Nidra meditation practice is said to induce a state of deep, but conscious relaxation designed to help you release what is no longer in service of your true nature. 

For more information about Yoga Sapien classes and these workshops, call (949) 416-3996, drop into the studio at 610 N Coast Hwy (off Boat Canyon, upstairs above Pavilions) or download the very friendly Yoga Sapien mobile app. Visit the website at; they’re on Facebook too.

New members who live in Laguna Beach and most contiguous cities receive two free weeks of yoga upon proof of residency.

Road trip or Read trip? As part of the Smart Girls program, kids from BGC visit LB Books

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Photo courtesy Kaira Rouda

Best-selling local author Kaira Rouda recently had fun with young visitors to Laguna Beach Books, where the kids learned about bookstores and authors and shared their love of reading.

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“I love the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club,” Kaira says. “My favorite thing to do is volunteer in the art room. That’s when I learned about the SMART Girls program and I was so happy to host the girls on a field trip at and with Laguna Beach Books. 

“The Paper Bag Princess was my favorite book to read my daughter when she was these girls’ age. The princess outsmarts the dragon, (spoiler alert) saves the prince, and realizes she’s way better off without him!”

The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach announces appointment of Chef De Cuisine, Victor Casanova

Montage Laguna Beach has appointed Victor Casanova as the new chef de cuisine of The Loft restaurant. With over 20 years of fine dining and hospitality industry experience at award-winning restaurants, resorts and hotels, Casanova will oversee all operations of The Loft, developing new menus and leading the team of chefs, sommeliers, servers and fromagiers at this all-day resort restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

“We are delighted to welcome Victor Casanova to helm the kitchen at The Loft,” said Anne-Marie Houston, general manager of Montage Laguna Beach. “With his refined approach to setting the stage for a customized dining experience, creative menu development expertise and leadership acumen, we know Chef Vic will take The Loft to new heights.”

The Loft new chef

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Victor Casanova takes helm as new chef de cuisine of The Loft restaurant

 For the last six years, Casanova, known for his innovative international cuisine prowess, was chef/owner of highly acclaimed Gusto in LA. Prior to that, he was the executive chef of Culina Modern Italian at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and also served as the executive chef of Il Terrazzo, The Praying Monk and The Thirsty Camel at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ.

New York native Casanova competed on TV’s “Iron Chef” in 2011. He attended Peter Kump’s The Institute of Culinary Education in NYC and graduated with a degree in culinary arts, management and hospitality.

Montage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. 

For more information, call (888) 715-6700 or visit

Grammy nominated Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers shake up stage at Festival of the Arts tomorrow

Two-time Grammy nominated singer/saxophonist Mindi Abair will perform live tomorrow, Saturday, July 14 at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts as part of the 2018 Concerts on the Green music series, sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery. This popular series highlights living legends in a casual outdoor gallery setting that offers a memorable and unique concert experience. Abair and her acclaimed band, The Boneshakers, will take the stage from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time Grammy nominee Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon. 

“There’s no mistaking the sound of Mindi Abair on her saxophone,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “Backed by the dynamic and talented musicians of the Boneshakers, this concert is one you won’t want to miss!” 

Grammy nominated Boneshakers

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(L-R) Rodney Lee, Randy Jacobs, Mindi Adair, Derek Frank, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Third Richardson

She has garnered 10 number one radio hits, six top five solo records and two number one spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart. In 2014, Abair received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring the late Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.

To help translate this sound to her live shows, Abair enlisted longtime friend and The Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was, Willie Nelson) to inject his brand of Detroit Rock/Funk. The collaboration was undeniable, and it led to an almost immediate decision to join forces creatively. 

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers features Abair (Saxophone, Vocals), Randy Jacobs (Guitar, Vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Vocals), Rodney Lee (Keys), Derek Frank (Bass, Vocals), and Third Richardson (Drums, Vocals). Their first record together, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle, was released in September 2015, and recorded at their first official show together in Seattle in February 2015.

Grammy nominated FOA

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Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers perform at Concerts on the Green tomorrow, Saturday, July 14

General Admission tickets are $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. Tickets for students and seniors are $7 on weekdays and $11 on weekends. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 daily. Admission is free for children 5 and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents. 

Passport to the Art, a special promotion funded in part by Bank of America, is $29 and includes unlimited admission all summer long to FOA, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair.

The Festival is open now through September 1 from noon - 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on weekends. There is an early closing on Tuesday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Green are free with FOA admission. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $40 per person per concert (includes Festival admission). Call (800) 487-3378 or order online at

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Dueling selfies: It’s all about the background, really

Photo by Tom Berndt

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Look, I’m here, in Laguna!

Stop by the “Pastels!” exhibit at City Hall, enjoy the vibrant colors & vote for Peoples’ Choice Award

“Pastels!,” CAP’s current exhibit on the walls of City Hall (505 Forest Ave) is not only giving viewers the enjoyment of seeing the variety of subjects and painting styles, but offering viewers an opportunity to vote for their favorite work and be a voice in choosing the Peoples’ Choice piece. 

The winner will be announced at the close of the exhibit. Original works by Mary Aslin, Gianne de Genevraye, Mike Ishikawa, Margaret Lindsey, Sally Strand, Marie Tippets, Elizabeth Wallace, and David Wolfram are the contenders.

Mary Aslin’s floral still lifes of roses in full bloom, backlit with natural sunlight and defined with sharp and subtle edges, give a depth and dimension to these calming, peaceful works.

Gianne de Genevraye’s “Grand Cardón Cactus,” created with rough strokes, brings to mind the aridity and heat of its home in Cabo San Lucas.

Stop by Heisler

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Mike Ishikawa, Heisler Park, 12” x 18”

Mike Ishikawa’s scenes of Laguna’s coastline are done with strong strokes and bold colors. His “Heisler Park” was voted the Arts Commission’s Choice Award.

“Playa Vista,” by Margaret Lindsey, is a scene of rich green space tucked in an unexpected place: a scene reminiscent of old California hidden in the current urban Los Angeles area.

Stop by Strand

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Sally Strand, Man With Yellow Towel, 36” x 24” 

Sally Strand’s portraits of Laguna’s lawn bowlers and beach goers glow with warmth from the summer sun in current scenes of today.

In the style of Realism, Marie Tippets salutes the world of baseball, pro and collegiate. Her composition in “Retired” includes ball, bat, baseball cards and other baseball paraphernalia that tie to local and national teams.

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Elizabeth Wallace, Lift Off, 9” x 12”

Elizabeth Wallace works in loose, short strokes and rich color. A small work, “Lift Off”, gives an up close and personal view of a bee taking flight off a flower on a hot, sunny day.

David Wolfram’s work has the feel of plein air oil. Done in Laguna, his subjects are beach related. The delight of a small child, splashing their way into the surf on a bright sunny day, brings smiles to the viewer.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. 

The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. Visit for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be added to CAP’s email list or to become a member and supporter of the nonprofit. CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

“Pastels!” is now on exhibit through August 7 at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. Hours are Monday – Thursday and alternate Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; closed on alternate Fridays; closed July 20 and August 3. Admission is free.

Joshua Rose discusses “The Current State of the Art Market” at FOA on Wednesday, July 18

On Wednesday, July 18, Joshua Rose, editor of American Art Collector magazine, will return to the Festival of Arts as part of the weekly series Art Talks and Tea. These fascinating and informative discussions are held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. during the Festival season and highlight a different art topic each week. Rose will focus on the contemporary art world with the topic “The Current State of the Art Market.”

At the Festival of Arts Artist Preview on July 2, event sponsor American Art Collector magazine selected two exhibiting Festival artists to be featured in an upcoming issue of the publication. Originally, Rose was to award only one artist the “Editor’s Choice Award,” but he was so impressed with the level of talent that he honored two artists instead. 

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Elizabeth McGhee, Joshua Rose, and Ray Brown

Rose brought charcoal artist Ray Brown to the stage, commenting on his lifelike wildlife drawings and oil painter Elizabeth McGhee, calling her work “expressive, poignant and beautifully set up and rendered.”

According to Rose, the contemporary art world is in a continual state of flux. Auctions, art fairs and online resources all compete for the attention of the collectors while galleries continue to redefine their role in this ever-changing art market. Where do collectors go these days to find works for their collection? What defines quality and value within all these spaces? Rose will address all of these issues in an open accessible way that will help collectors navigate these often confusing worlds.

Rose is the Editor of American Art Collector, Western Art Collector and American Fine Art magazines. As such, he travels to many events around the country visiting galleries and museums, speaking to collectors and attending art fairs. He has spoken at such places as the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, the Boston International Fine Art Show, and many others. Rose has also juried art shows and exhibitions across the country. 

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Art Talks and Tea Series at Festival of Arts, Joshua Rose to speak on July 18

Rose has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Literature and Art from the University College of North Wales in Bangor, UK. He was hired in 2005 to serve as the founding Editor of American Art Collector and has been with the magazine ever since.

Prior to this work, Rose taught English, Art History and Humanities at the Art Institute of Phoenix from 1996 to 2005. He has spent the last 15 years writing for both local and national art magazines and launched his own art magazine, shade, in Phoenix from 2002-2005. In AZ, he has been a frequent speaker at museums. 

General Admission tickets are $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. Tickets for students and seniors are $7 on weekdays and $11 on weekends. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5 daily. Admission is free for children 5 and under, military, and Laguna Beach residents. 

Passport to the Art, a special promotion funded in part by Bank of America, is $29 and includes unlimited admission all summer long to FOA, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair.

The Festival is open now through September 1 from noon - 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. on weekends. There is an early closing on Tuesday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Green are free with FOA admission. Limited seating is available in a reserved section for $40 per person per concert (includes Festival admission). Call (800) 487-3378 or order online at

FOA is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information, go to

Terra Laguna Beach welcomes FOA/POM ticket holders and Passport to the Arts holders

Terra Laguna Beach welcomes Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters ticket holders and Laguna Beach Passport to the Arts holders throughout the festival season for drinks, lunch, and/or dinner.

Officially opening July 7, guests at the Festival or Pageant may also stop by Terra Laguna Beach for a variety of California fresh cuisine and refreshments or they can visit Terra’s Neptune Lounge for custom drinks and tapas. 

Executive Chef Jenny Messing has prepared an elegant and delectable menu for Terra diners, and has included a few favorites from the previous on-site restaurant, Tivoli Terrace.

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Terra Laguna Beach is on the Festival of Arts grounds

Chef Messing’s menu includes tantalizing dishes like the Maple Brined Pork Chop topped with a chunky summer peach-pancetta bourbon sauce served with sautéed kale and cauliflower mashed potatoes, the Char-Grilled Flank Steak sprinkled with a savory chutney of fig, smoked bleu cheese, toasted walnuts and fresh thyme served over a bed of cauliflower mashed potatoes, and the Pan Seared Chicken Breast with a fresh fennel and tart green apple slaw and earthy roasted beets served over a bed of herbed basmati rice. 

There are also vegetarian options available including a beautiful Tuscan Primavera Pasta slow cooked with fresh summer vegetables, herbs and freshly cooked pappardelle pasta, fresh parmesan cheese and basil. 

For dessert, the Rosemary-Lemon Olive Oil Cake Berry Trifle is innovative and refreshing, and the Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with a hazelnut crust and fresh blackberries will make your mouth water for more. With delicious cuisine and artfully crafted cocktails, Terra’s serene and luxurious atmosphere only heightens the sumptuous experience under the historic canopy from 1957 at Terra.

To access the unique experience of Terra, you must be a ticket holder for the Festival of Arts or Pageant of the Masters. Festival of Arts tickets are sold either per day or per season. One ticket to the Pageant of the Masters can get you into the Festival of Arts for the whole season on top of the access to the Pageant, which will allow you to come and enjoy the tantalizing taste of Terra again and again, all season long.

You may also purchase a Laguna Beach Passport to the Arts, which allows you access to dine at Terra, and get you into the three art festivals in the area: Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair, and Sawdust Art Festival.

Of course, Laguna Beach residents, those in the military and children under 5 are all admitted to the Festival of Arts for free.

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Pastels on show at City Hall are great: and so are these pastel tableaux on the beach – found art?

Photos by Susan Nazaroff Smallwood Cooper

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Sometimes the best art is to be found on the beach

Ruby, July birthstone, is The King of Gems

By Lorraine Hornby

The ruby’s sanskrit name, “ratnaraj”, means “king of gems” and its English name comes from the Latin word for red, “ruber”. Ruby, the July birthstone, is prized for its rarity and fiery red color. Ruby is also the symbolic gem for a 40th wedding anniversary.

Rubies are part of the corundum gem species, which includes sapphires (the September birthstone). They rate a nine on the Mohs hardness scale – the only gemstone which is harder is a diamond. 

The highest quality gems have historically come from deposits in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma so gems sourced from that region are still commonly referred to as Burmese rubies. Thailand, Madagascar, and Mozambique are also regions where ruby is mined.

How valuable are rubies? And what is “pigeon’s blood”?

Top quality rubies are more valuable per carat than any other gemstone, with the exception of certain colored diamonds. Color and clarity are key factors in determining price, with the classic “pigeon’s blood” red considered the most desirable. For those of us unfamiliar with the actual color of a pigeon’s blood, think of “American flag” red – a vivid, bright color.

Many rubies are heat-treated to enhance the color, so those which have not been enhanced are rarer and more valuable. 

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Crimson flame

In December 2015, Christie’s sold the Crimson Flame, a 15.04 carat Burmese ruby, for $18.3 million. At over $1.2 million per carat, this was the highest prices per carat ever paid for a ruby. The gem was analyzed by the Swiss Gemological Institute and it was described as a Burmese ruby with no indication of heat treating and having a vivid and saturated red color. 

The report concluded that “a natural ruby from Burma of this size and quality is very rare and thus can be considered an exceptional treasure.”

The star ruby phenomenon

Rubies can have inclusions of the mineral rutile. Sometimes the rutile aligns in such a way that when the ruby is cut in a cabochon shape (meaning a flat bottom and a rounded top) and a single point of light shines on the ruby, a “star” effect is seen. 

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Star ruby

Synthetics and look-alikes

Rubies and star rubies can be lab-grown to create gemstone-quality synthetics. Two well-known manufacturers are Chatham (transparent faceted stones) and Linde (cabochon cut star rubies). 

Although the man-made versions are beautiful, they are significantly less valuable, so it is important to know whether the gem you are buying is natural or man-made. Always ask, and be sure the receipt documents what the seller has told you!

Natural gemstones which can be confused with ruby include red garnets and red spinel.

Industrial uses for rubies, including laser beams

Because of its hardness and chemical stability, poor quality ruby and lab-grown ruby have been used in industrial applications. The first laser was created in 1960 using red fluorescent light emitted by a ruby. And crushed corundum was once commonly used as an abrasive.

In the mid-1800s, Swiss watchmakers discovered that corundum was an excellent material to use in making the tiny bearings necessary for the moving parts of a watch. Their precision watches with “jewel movements” became famous for longevity and reliability.

Lorraine Hornby is a local jewelry artist and Certified Gemologist, SCC. Her work can be viewed at and at the Sawdust Art Festival, and you can read more about gemstones and jewelry fabrication on her blog at

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.

Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 10

Mermaid Street & 2nd Street | Resisting Arrest

11:34 p.m. Rene Karlson, 49, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

7:35 p.m. Allan Nevile Friant, Jr, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Warrant 

6:15 p.m. Margarito Sanchez Munoz, 37, Paramount, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

2:13 p.m. Inshad Egap Kaller, 40, Irvine, was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper ($400 or less). Bail was set at $500.

Coast Highway | 30800 Block | Probation Violation – Flash Incarceration

1:14 a.m. Jeffery Joseph Clody, 37, Orange, was arrested on a probation violation – flash incarceration. No bail was set.

Monday, July 9

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia 

7:44 p.m. Anita Marie Novak, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

7:35 p.m. Allan Nevile Friant, Jr, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

7:24 p.m. Jermaine Austin Sterling, 33, Huntington Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $300.

Cedar Way | 500 Block | Possession of Methamphetamine

9:49 a.m. Ralph Francis Bowers III, 48, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for personal use without a prescription. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Brandishing a Weapon

8:27 a.m. Justice Thomas Long, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested brandishing a weapon. He allegedly tried to stab someone with a pen. Bail was set at $500.

Cleo Street & Coast Hwy | Shoplifting, Probation Violation – Flash Incarceration

8:17 a.m. James Eugene Leis, 29, San Clemente, was arrested for shoplifting (bail was set at $500) and a probation violation – flash incarceration (no bail was set).

Anita Street & Coast Hwy | Public Intoxication

2:22 a.m. A 29-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for public intoxication. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance 

12:36 a.m. Travis Paul Savoy, 30, San Diego, was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and possession of narcotics (bail was set at $500).

Sunday, July 8

Cleo Street | 200 Block | DUI

11:03 p.m. A 43-year-old West Covina woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Bluebird Canyon Drive & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

10:06 p.m. Cassie Marie McPherson, 31, Escondido, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Battery

8:14 p.m. David Edward Lente, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Park Ave & Alta Laguna Blvd | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

5:25 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Cliff Drive | 1200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Disturbing the Peace

4:38 p.m. A 38-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and disturbing the peace (bail was set at $500).

S. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Warrants

10:09 a.m. Robert Charles Hitchcock, 64 Laguna Beach, for outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $1,500 for one warrant and $10,000 for a separate warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Probation Violation 

10:09 a.m. Daniel William Del Rosario, 25, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia (bail was set at $500) and a probation violation (bail was set at $500).

Canyon Acres Drive & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

3:02 a.m. A 39-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI, Driving While on Probation

1:29 a.m. Kalina Isabella Russell, 23, Tustin, man was arrested on suspicion of DUI, his second arrest in 10 years (bail was set at $10,000), and driving while on probation (bail was set at $10,000).