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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Hallie Jones officially kicks off her race for City Council this weekend

Two seats are up for City Council come November. The seats are presently occupied by City Councilmembers Bob Whalen and George Weiss. Either or both may run again or not.

Hallie Jones isn’t waiting for either of their decisions. She’s announced that she’s running. In fact, Jones officially launches her campaign this Sunday, June 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. in a gathering at The Ranch at Laguna Beach in the Canyon View Room.

Her campaign piece reads, “Help bring Hallie’s experience and leadership skills to our city government.”

For more info, go to www.hallieforlaguna.com.

Joining Hallie in the race is previously announced Judie Mancuso. You can stay up with Judie’s campaign at https://judiemancuso.com.

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In the last issue, we discussed the objection Village Laguna was taking with a proposed increase in the fee amount to appeal decisions made by the Community Development Department, Design Review Board and Planning Commission. The appeal fee would move from $2,000 to $12,200.

We suggested that those who took exception to reach out. Well, guess what? Apparently, many of you did. According to Mayor Sue Kempf, “after hearing from many community members, (the) City Manager removed the item from last Tuesday’s agenda.”

The mayor also suggested that “the City Manager also recommended that the increase not go forward as part of the budget and instead be brought forward at another time when there can be a better discussion about it.”

The mayor agreed.

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Speaking of our City Manager, on Thursday, July 11 on the Zoom platform, beginning at 8 a.m. the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will welcome Dave Kiff as the guest speaker for their monthly Government Affairs Committee meeting.

If you haven’t listened to or met Kiff, I urge you to do so. I think you’ll be impressed, as evidenced by his common-sense approach to the appeal fee issue handled above.

If you would like to attend, email director@lagunabeachchamber.org for the Meeting ID and passcode.

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Now, if you’re one of those people that think about getting your fireworks purchased before the 4th which comes up on the calendar next week, here’s some advice…don’t do it!

There is no good that is going to come from lighting off any type of fireworks in the city. Period! First off, it’s dangerous and it’s illegal. Secondly, the potential fire damage risk is far too great.

I encourage the community to get behind the new idea the city is trying to bring forward this year in the form of an elaborate drone show.

The show will start at Heisler Park at 9 p.m. and will be accompanied by music played jointly during the performance on KX FM Radio and Voice of Laguna.

I’ve seen multiple drone shows and they can be spectacular.

Keep an open mind and get up to Heisler’s Monument Point to check it out.

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Laguna Live! at the Museum presents Soprano Anastasia Malliaris and guitarist Taso Comanescu for an afternoon chamber music concert from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.

Malliaris is “acclaimed for her exquisite high range and multihued timbre.” Her versatility has led her to play classic operatic roles of Nannetta, Olympia, Zerbinetta, Marie and Frasquita, to name a few.

Joining her is guitarist Comanescu, who is himself an in-demand solo performer, ensemble artist and instructor whose musical accomplishments have taken him around the globe.

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Soprano Anastasia Malliaris will be joined by guitarist Taso Comanescu at the LAM for a chamber music concert

Laguna Live! at the Museum is on the first Sunday of each month. The concert remains free to members of Laguna Beach Live! and to members of the Museum; $14 museum admission to non-members. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made at www.lagunalive.org, or by calling the museum at 949.494.8971.

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A peek at the 58th Sawdust Festival

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

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This wonderful old truck is ready for selfies just inside the main gates at the Sawdust Preview on June 25

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Kyle Caris Ceramics

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Makaila Palmer Jeweler (on right) with her sister and dad

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Beau Donnan, jeweler

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Ora Sterling – Ceramics with mixed media

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Hedy Buzan – painter and printer

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Kayla Janes – painter and potter

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Candice Brokenshire creates art and functional objects with wool

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Jeff Lavinsky and Kate Cleaves

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The lovely mural on Martina Schertenleib’s booth

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Anya Gourley, jeweler (3rd from left) celebrating with friends at her first-time showing at the Sawdust (she’s a second-generation exhibitor)

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Maryam Rouhi, oil painter (center) in front of her booth

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Alex Evans – metal sculptor

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The booth of Brittney Silva and Nevada Silva

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New work by glass artist Michael Panetta

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(L-R) Ana Sundvall, Haley Rovner and Jeff Rovner waiting in line

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Robert Jones’ raku pottery

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Bold new colors by ceramist Mike Brennan

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(L-R) Shaena Stabler, Rachel O’Neill-Cusey and Emma York

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A selfie mural in the food court

For more photos by Mary Hurlbut, go to slideshow below:

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Commercial property beautification, maintenance program moves forward with financial incentive plan

By SARA HALL

A majority of City Council this week agreed to move forward with proposed commercial district beautification and property maintenance program, including a financial plan to encourage property owners to participate.

Councilmembers on Tuesday (June 25) voted 3-1 (with Councilmember George Weiss dissenting and Councilmember Bob Whalen absent) in support of the program, along with an incentive plan that would reimburse community development fees (up to the identified max amounts) for property owners who completed qualifying projects. The action also directed staff to return with an ordinance. The program will run for a 12-month period starting on July 9 (the scheduled first reading of the ordinance).

Mayor Sue Kempf also added the condition that they work on a smoother and more expedited permit/planning process going forward. She also suggested including the public works department in the recognition portion of the program so the city can also acknowledge the work of their own employees.

The program was identified as a priority at the council’s planning workshop and an ad hoc committee (Kempf and Councilmember Mark Orgill) has been working with staff and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce on the project.

They spent a lot of time walking around the Downtown, Kempf noted.

“We all like the charm of the town, but when you really walk around and really look at the town, you can see that there’s a lot of deferred maintenance and there’s a lot of neglect on some properties. So we want to try to get that cleaned up,” Kempf said. “Our town does look kind of shabby when you really take a close look at it.”

Kempf also mentioned plans to improve the local landscaping and code enforcement. She’d also like to work on signage to be more uniform, uncluttered and well-presented.

She suggested a “charm challenge” by first promoting the program and then acknowledging as property owners begin fixing up their buildings.

“We promote the fact that they’ve done it, to try to get some kind of organic momentum going,” she explained.

They’ve been working on this ordinance for quite a while, Orgill agreed.

“We’ve gone back and forth, and I feel pretty confident where we’re at today,” he said.

There are still some open-ended questions on some of the items, he added, but it will give the city a chance to start working with local organizations (like the Beautification Committee and the Chamber of Commerce) on approaching property owners.

This is also going to coincide with other efforts, Orgill pointed out, like the design and plan to make the Promenade on Forest permanent and the Downtown Action Plan. There are also several hotel renovations in the works, he added. There are other improvements and maintenance items slated to happen around the Downtown, he said.

“The tie-in is perfect timing,” Orgill said. “Now if we can approach some of these property owners and see what we can do to encourage them to raise the bar. I just think that we’re really poised to see some significant change in town and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Council agreed to move forward with a commercial district beautification and property maintenance program

The goal of the program is to promote and incentivize commercial property maintenance throughout the city, said Senior Administrative Analyst Louie Lacasella. Staff has already identified approximately 25 to 30 properties located in Downtown and along Coast Highway that will be addressed first.

The ordinance would amend city code to further define conditions of a property that constitute a nuisance to ensure that commercial properties are maintained in good condition, promoting a safe, clean and attractive community and also make such conditions and violations subject to administrative citations to provide the city with additional enforcement tools. Lacasella explained that the proposed program would provide resources to support commercial property owners and tenants in understanding and fulfilling their maintenance responsibilities and may provide incentives, depending on the direction of council.

Many buildings in the city’s commercial districts require maintenance and care, and some are more than 50 years old, Lacasella said. Common maintenance issues include deteriorated paint, windows, landscaping, awnings and signage.

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ALL fireworks are illegal in Laguna Beach

By Nicole Rice | CSO Crime Prevention, Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.), Laguna Beach Police Department

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Instead – enjoy the Drone Show at 9 p.m. from Monument Point

Laguna Beach Police Department: “All fireworks are illegal in the City of Laguna Beach. Fireworks are not allowed in Laguna Beach, including those labeled ‘safe and sane’ such as sparklers, fountains, etc. To report the use of illegal fireworks, please call non-emergency dispatch at 949.497.0701. Any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department can seize any fireworks. Persons in possession of or discharging fireworks of any kind – including firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, or anything that flies/shoots through the air – may be cited for a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to 6 months.”

For this year’s 4th of July celebration, Laguna Beach City will be providing a drone show, starting at 9 p.m. from Monument Point at Heisler Park.

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Sawdust Preview Party

Photos by Scott Brashier

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Long line for the Sawdust Preview on Tuesday, June 25. Sawdust opens today – for more information visit https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

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Happy ticket holders

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First visitor through the gate

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Trio: Franky, Gabi and Lisa

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This year’s photo truck

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Staffers were ready to go

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Shane Dunlap Woodworking

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Sound check

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Brennan Ceramics

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Gonzalo Rebollar of Taco Loco

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Crowded aisles

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Michael Panetta Glass

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Debbie Forsyth and Jorg Dubin

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Exhibitors Tess and Lisa Mansour

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Franky Duschane, Sawdust Art Festival director of marketing & PR

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The Great Northern Special

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New stage with larger dancing area

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Heath Glass

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Laguna crew

For more photos by Scott Brashier, go to slideshow below:

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach becomes first official California hotel partner for Rivian

The Ranch at Laguna Beach announced a partnership with Rivian, making the electric adventure vehicle their official house car. The partnership with The Ranch at Laguna Beach marks the first official hotel partner in California for Rivian, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., just 30-minutes away from the resort. The Ranch at Laguna Beach will feature R1S and R1T vehicles, available for resort guests to book based on availability, as well as utilized for guest shuttles for local adventures.

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

“It’s an honor to have The Ranch at Laguna Beach be the first official California hotel partner for Rivian and to elevate our guest experience with such an impactful, innovative brand,” said Kurt Bjorkman, chief operating officer of The Ranch at Laguna Beach. “Our partnership with Rivian allows us to provide our guests with even more opportunities for immersion into the iconic destination of Laguna Beach, while continuing our unwavering commitment to sustainability in all that we do.”

The Rivian house vehicles at The Ranch at Laguna Beach will be wrapped in artwork by Laguna Beach-based, world-class artist Troy Lee, founder of industry-leading action sports apparel and custom paint company Troy Lee Designs. From his father creating signage for the resort to his family living on the property during his childhood, Lee’s deep history with The Ranch at Laguna Beach also led him to design the new logo for the property in July 2022. Lee’s admiration for The Ranch at Laguna Beach and the destination will be reflected in his art for the Rivian house vehicles.

Guests of The Ranch at Laguna Beach will be able to book one of the Rivian house vehicles though the concierge team to enjoy on their own. The R1T vehicles will feature both bike and stand-up paddleboard racks, giving guests the ability to explore Laguna Beach and nearby towns with ease. The Gear Tunnel of the R1T or front trunk of the R1S acts as an ideal storage space for golf bags, primed for a day at The Ranch at Laguna Beach nine-hole at the GEO Certified® golf course. Additionally, the Rivian house vehicles will provide service as a shuttle for resort guests to experience off property adventures such as surfing, hiking and mountain biking, as well as the resort’s Cultural Experiences – Birds of Prey, The Painter, and The Shaper – taking guests into the workshops of celebrated community members, showcasing Laguna Beach’s iconic culture elements of surfing, plein air painting and bird watching.

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The Ranch makes Rivian its official house car

The Ranch at Laguna Beach will also partner with Rivian South Coast Theater, recently opened in Downtown Laguna Beach, to become the host resort for future events and theater programming that celebrates community and adventure, integral pillars of both brands.

The new Rivian partnership is just one of the impactful initiatives that makes The Ranch at Laguna Beach a leader in sustainable tourism. The property is a founding member of Beyond Green – helping to pave the way for hospitality companies through global standards of sustainability in-tune with the United Nations sustainable development goals – as well recycles glass bottles into sand for its golf course, saves 20 million gallons of water annually by irrigating with reclaimed water, tree planting in partnership with The Ecology Center and much more. On the culinary side, The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s signature restaurant Harvest is Laguna Beach’s first “Ocean Friendly Certified” restaurant by Surfrider Foundation, which utilizes local and sustainable sources for seasonal menus as well as from the property’s own one-half acre biodynamic farm, operates on-site composting and features seafood from the James Beard Sustainable Seafood Standards list.

For additional information about The Ranch at Laguna Beach, visit www.theranchlb.com and to learn more about Rivian, visit www.rivian.com.

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Grüvi debuts award-winning non-alcoholic beverage at Rivian South Coast Theater

On Saturday, June 22, the award-winning non-alcoholic beverage brand Grüvi made its debut at Rivian Space for a night of PRIDE dedicated to uplifting LGBTQIA2S+ voices and celebrating culture and community. Guests were treated to a Rivian “frunk” filled with a variety of the brand’s award-winning beers and wines offering the exclusive NA option at the event. The sold-out event was an evening of LBGTQIA+ animated and adventure films curated by the Coast Film Foundation as part of their partnership with Rivian.

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Photos by Carol Rustigian

Grüvi Co-founder Anika Sawni showcasing her line of non-alcohol beverages at Rivian. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and trailblazer for the NA space.

Co-founded by sister and brother Anika and Niki Sawni, Grüvi aims to challenge the status quo of the alcohol-free space. The brand focuses on creating a wide variety of delicious alcohol-free social beverages that elevate all of life’s moments, from brunch with friends to family BBQs.

Anika, a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Canada award, was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 at just 25 years old. As a co-founder and a board member of the Adult Non-Alcoholic Beverage Association, she continues to be a trailblazer in the non-alcoholic beverage space, redefining what a social experience can be.

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Rivian “frunk” filled with a variety of the brand’s award-winning beers and wines offering the exclusive NA option at the event

Grüvi is the first brand ever to be awarded gold for the world’s best non-alcoholic beer and wine at the World Beer Cup and the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Grüvi is sold at 4,500 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada, including Total Wine & More, Whole Foods, Safeway, Loblows, Natural Growers, and in key music and sporting venues.

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Visitors try out Grüvi

Grüvi recently was added to Denver’s Mile High Stadium as their preferred NA brand.

Grüvi made history with its launch at Denver’s Ball Arena, becoming the first non-alcoholic beer and wine option in the stadium.

In 2023, Grüvi launched into Whole Foods Market with more than 100 new locations nationwide.

For more information, go to www.getgruvi.com.

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The Plant Man: Answering your summer planting questions

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” –Nat King Cole

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Photos courtesy of Steve Kawaratani

Steve Kawaratani

Sun-kissed days and warming evenings ensure an abundance of color and growth in our Laguna gardens. Let’s roll up our sleeves, slip on our goatskin gloves and get back to the garden with the Plant Man.

Let’s get back to the garden with your questions for the Plant Man.

Q: What is an important summer garden task?

A: Before we fully immerse ourselves into summer fun, start with the less than enjoyable chore of dealing with pesky weeds and rubbish. Take the time to remove them from flowerbeds, vegetable patches and walkways. Remember to pull the weeds out from the roots, ensuring they don’t make a reprise all too soon…and keep litter in the trash can.

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Ice plant and trash are not the best look anywhere

Q: When is the best time to water?

A: Water early in the morning or later in the day to minimize evaporation, and foliar diseases and sunscald. Deep watering is key, your goal is to thoroughly saturate the soil. Keep a close eye on potted plants and hanging baskets, which tend to dry out more quickly.

Q: Should I be fertilizing my garden now?

A: To keep your garden thriving, apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer to flowerbeds, vegetable patches and container plants, following the label instructions. Fertilizing will provide the necessary nutrients to support vibrant growth and abundant blooms throughout the summer season

Q: Can I prune my plants during the summer?

A: Summer pruning provides an excellent opportunity to shape plants for their vigor and health. Prune spring-flowering shrubs by removing any dead or spent flowers and trim leggy growth on shrubs and perennials to promote compactness and encourage fresh growth. A well-pruned garden not only looks neat but also improves air circulation, reducing the impact of opportunistic pests and diseases.

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Be inspired by the endless possibilities of gardening by the sea

Q: Should I be mulching my garden now?

A: Always consider applying a layer of organic mulch throughout the year. It will not only discourage future weed growth but also helps to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature and nourish the soil. Besides it gives a finished look to any planting bed.

Early summer gardening lays the foundation for a thriving garden throughout warmer months. Let’s embrace the bliss of early summer, celebrate the Fourth of July and tend to our gardens with care. And it is true, “You’ll wish that summer could always be here.” See you next time.

Steve Kawaratani has been a local guy for seven decades and likes to garden and drive the Baja Peninsula with Catharine and Loki. He can be reached at plantman2@mac.com, or 949.494.5141.

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Naked Dog Bistro & Bath celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

On Thursday, June 20, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated the newly renovated Naked Dog Bistro & Bath with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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New owner of Naked Dog Bistro & Bath, David Wyatt

The completely renovated interior was revamped to include self-service dog washing stations, high quality dog food, a fully stocked chew bar and more.

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Charlotte Sadek and David Wyatt celebrating the new opening of Naked Dog Bistro & Bath

According to Wyatt, “As a member of this community for nearly a decade and dog owner of 13 years, I recognized the need for a one-stop pet shop in Downtown Laguna. I look forward to sharing my experience and expertise of dog nutrition with the community. Come say hello and see what we have in store!”

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Happy furry customers

Naked Dog Bistro & Bath is located at 424 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

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Sunshine brings blooms

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Enjoying the colors of summer

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in Summer

“Summertime at Crystal Cove is magical – and our programs team has been working all year to create new opportunities for folks to explore the park and to reimagine old favorites,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy President & CEO Kate Wheeler. “Our team has been testing new ideas like science hikes and rethinking and expanding classics like the Historic District Walking Tours and movies on the beach to create a menu of programs to help parkgoers deepen their connection with the park and become part of protecting it.”

From hands-on explorations of history and nature to art classes and conservation stewardship, there is something for everyone to explore during the summer at Crystal Cove.

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Sign up to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines

The Great Plein Air Art Experience every Monday and Wednesday through October, except July 1, July 3 and September 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines. During these four-hour classes, you’ll take part in living history while learning the step-by-step process of creating your very own plein air painting from beginning to end. Each class will have a break for lunch, but lunch is not provided. Classes are for ages 18 and up. Register here.

Tuesdays in the Commons: Hands-on Educational Activities from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30).

Stop by the Education Commons in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District each week on Tuesday for new hands-on educational activities that will help participants learn about ongoing conservation work at the park, the critical habitats at Crystal Cove, and how it all connects with landscape scale efforts to protect and preserve the natural world. Park at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer then walk through the tunnel to the Education Commons (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos). $15 day use fee.

Junior Ranger Programs, Tuesday and Thursday mornings July 2-30 from 10-11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the animals and plants of Crystal Cove State Park in their weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows kids to earn a badge, stamps, a poster, or a patch. Each Tuesday they will focus on tidepools and on Thursdays they will learn about sharks. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Campground.) $15 day use fee. No program on July 4.

Shark Shack, Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy learning about sharks at Crystal Cove State Park when students from the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach staff their Shark Shack information and activity booth and help beachgoers build an appreciation for and eliminate fear about sharks and other marine life. Check out some cool shark stuff, play a game and learn some fun facts about these amazing creatures and about the technology the lab is using to study them. The Shark Shack will be popped up near the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day use fee.

Sunset Bluff Walk, Thursday, July 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Join a park naturalist for a three-mile guided Sunset Bluff Walk and enjoy the day’s end along the coastal terrace. Bring a camera and binoculars as you scan the ocean for dolphins, look for birds and watch the sunset. Your walk will take you along the paved path from one end of Pelican Point to the Treasure Cove overlook. Dress in layers and bring water and a red flashlight (if you have one.) Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #4, (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, left at kiosk to the last lot.) $15 day use fee.

Perimeter of the Park, Monday, July 15 from 6:45-11 a.m. Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove State Park backcountry? Join a park docent as you go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike known as the “Perimeter of the Park.” Distance is around nine miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1,850 ft. The hike is done at a moderate pace with one or two short breaks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. as the hike will start promptly at 7 a.m. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs towards the Ranger Station.) $15 day use fee.

Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California: coastal sage scrub. Join a park docent for a Walk on the Wild Side and enjoy a one-hour stroll learning about this amazing native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day use fee.

Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk,” Saturday, July 20 from 9-11 a.m. Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist for a Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Bring binoculars for better viewing. Meet at Pelican Point lot #4 (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.) $20 day use fee.

Full Moon Hike on Saturday, July 20 from 7:45-10 p.m. Explore the park after dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Bug repellant is recommended. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station.) Registration is required, so sign up at https://letsgooutside.org.

Explore the Cove Science Hikes, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Take a hike with a Conservancy educator to explore Crystal Cove State Park’s geological and ecological systems. Explore the impacts and challenges of climate change including fire ecology, ecological restoration, coastal engineering and marine conservation, as well as native versus non-native species and their impact on natural communities and ecosystem functions. Registration is required for these events.

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Historic District Walking Tours take place the fourth Saturday of every month

Historic District Walking Tours, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 2-3 p.m. Historic District Walking Tours return to Crystal Cove State Park. During this 60-minute tour led by Conservancy educators and former cottage residents, participants will step back in time to explore the history of Crystal Cove and the Historic District’s rescue and restoration.

Movies on the Beach, monthly from July through September. Click here for upcoming events.

Cove Talks, Ongoing. Click here for upcoming events. Registration is required for these events.

Grunion Run, One night only. Click here for details. Registration is required for this event.

For more information about summer programming at Crystl Cove and to register for upcoming programs, go here.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

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Laguna Playhouse announces single tickets go on sale today for 2024-2025 season

Laguna Playhouse has announced that single tickets will go on sale today (June 25) for their 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical,  Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner; next is one of Arthur Miller’s most powerful plays, A View from the Bridge; then spend some time with one of America’s greatest first ladies in the tour-de-force play, Eleanor; followed by everyone’s favorite detective in a new musical comedy whodunit, The Remarkable Mister Holmes; then the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterwork, August Wilson’s Fences; a world premiere mystery, Peril in the Alps, from Steven Dietz, the writer/director of the 2023 smash-hit Murder on the Links and the Playhouse will close the season with the heartfelt country music musical, Honky Tonk Angels.

Also, tickets are now on sale for everyone’s favorite “Sister” as the Playhouse celebrates her Easter and Christmas “Catechisms,” the return of the wildly popular “Comedy Nights at the Playhouse” and don’t forget their annual bonus holiday Panto with the world premiere of Rapunzel’s Holiday Wish: A Hair-Larious Tangled Tale (tickets on sale July 9). Celebrate an exceptional new season of shows at the Laguna Playhouse and purchase single tickets to these unique and unforgettable experiences beginning today by clicking here.

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“Camelot” runs July 24-August 11

Special bonus production

Lerner & Loewe’s, Camelot

July 24 – August 11 (Press Opening July 28 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart, based on The Once and Future King by T.H.A White, new orchestrations by Steve Orich, directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

Prepare for an evening of enchantment in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, brilliantly adapted for intimate theaters. This Tony Award-winning fairytale musical resounds with such memorable songs as, “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title song, “Camelot.”

Camelot is not included in 2024-2025 season subscription packages, but can be added by subscribers at a special discounted rate. This production is licensed by Music Theatre International.

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“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs September 4-22

Don’t Dress for Dinner

September 4 – September 22 (Press Opening September 8 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon and directed by Christopher Williams.

This wildly successful comedy was first produced at Laguna Playhouse in 1997 and is back by popular demand. This outrageous farce has all the right ingredients for a delicious and sexy night of laughter.

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“A View from The Bridge” runs October 30-November 17

A View from The Bridge

October 30 – November 17 (Press Opening November 3 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Arthur Miller and directed by David Ellenstein.

This stunning drama from one of America’s greatest playwrights is set in 1950s Brooklyn where Eddie Carbone wrestles with the complexities of family, assimilation and the American Dream.

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“Eleanor” runs January 15-February 2, 2025

Eleanor

January 15 – February 2, 2025 (Press Opening January 19, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by David Ellenstein.

A tour-de-force solo performance by Kandis Chappell brings to life the dynamic and iconic First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both strong and vulnerable, both public and private, Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating story will sweep you away.

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“The Remarkable Mr. Holmes” runs March 5-23, 2025

The Remarkable Mister Holmes

March 5 – March 23, 2025 (Press Opening March 9, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Book by Omri Schein & David Ellenstein, lyrics by Omri Schein, music by Daniel Lincoln and directed by David Ellenstein.

Sherlock Holmes is back with an all-new madcap mystery to solve…and a new sidekick.

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“Fences” runs April 30-May 18, 2025

August Wilson’s Fences, Pulitzer-Prize winning play

April 30 – May 18, 2025 (Press Opening May 4, 2025 at 5:30 p.m.)

Directed by Yvette Freeman (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Troy Maxson was a star of the Negro baseball leagues, but now it’s 1957 and he’s a garbage man in Pittsburgh. In one of August Wilson’s best and most well-known plays, we see one man struggle with disappointment and the effect it has on his marriage and relationship with his sons.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Laguna Playhouse presents legendary musical Camelot on July 24

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the creative team and full casting for one of the most legendary musicals of all time, a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, original production directed and staged by Moss Hart.

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North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCR) cast of “Camelot”

Laguna Playhouse also announces that single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 25 for its 2024-2025 season of shows. This sensational season begins with a special bonus production of the legendary musical, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (now on sale); followed by an uproarious comedy.

Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White, the play features new orchestrations by Steve Orich, musical direction by Daniel Lincoln, choreography by Jill Gorrie Rovatsos and directed by Jeffrey B. Moss.

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NCR cast members

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot begins previews on Wednesday, July 24, will open on Sunday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. (press opening); and perform through Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Prepare for an evening of enchantment in Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot, brilliantly adapted for intimate theatres. This Tony Award-winning fairy-tale musical resounds with such memorable songs as, “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and the title song, “Camelot.”

Based on the King Arthur legend, it features the iconic characters King Arthur, Guenevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. This epic story centers on the quest for democracy, justice and the tragic struggle between passion, aspiration and kingdoms.

Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (composer) wrote some of the American theater’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi.

Jeffrey Moss (director) has staged more than 35 national and international tours including Guys And Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, On The 20th Century, The Music Man, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, The Music of The Night, Annie, West Side Story and 42nd Street.

Daniel Lincoln (musical director) As pianist/conductor/pit musician (keyboards): Such acclaimed productions as Broadway: Wicked, On Your Feet!, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and The Cher Show.

Jill Gorrie Rovatsos (Choreographer) has worked on productions such as Romance Romance, Desperate Measures, The Remarkable Mister Holmes); SDMT (Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street and Damn Yankees.

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(L-R) Brian Krinsky, Jered McLenigan and Lauren Weinberg (part of NCR cast)

The cast of Camelot features (in alphabetical order): Nick Apostolina as Squire Dap/Mordred, Jacob Caltrider as Sir Dinadin, Jason Heil as Merlyn/Sir Gareth, Scott Hurst, Jr. as Lionel, Brian Krinsky as Lancelot, Jered McLenigan as Arthur, Eben Rosenzweig as Tom of Warwick, Noah Weibel also as Tom of Warwick, Lauren Weinberg as Guenevere and Elias Wygodny as Sir Sagramore. Cole Fletcher will understudy the roles of Merlyn, Sir Gareth, Sir Dinadin, Sir Sagramore and Sir Lionel.

The design team for Camelot is as follows: scenic design by Marty Burnett; costume design by Elisa Benzoni; lighting design by Matt Novotny; sound design by Ian Scot; props design by Audrey Casteris; hair and wig design by Peter Herman and fight coordination by Benjamin Cole. The Production Stage Manager is Phil Gold.

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot will preview on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; will open on Sunday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. (press opening) and perform through Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a post-show talkback following the Friday, Aug. 2 performance.

Tickets range from $55-$94 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com, or by calling 949.497.ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949.497.2787, ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.

The box office is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 12-4 p.m.; Mondays open two hours prior to show time and until 15 minutes after curtain. It is open until showtime on all performance days.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

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Visit Laguna Beach announces the return of Passport to The Arts

Visit Laguna Beach has announced the return of Passport to the Arts, a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach. For $29, Passport holders will gain one-time entry to three of the summer’s most anticipated art festivals: Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival. This special pass also includes one-time free parking at the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, with convenient free trolley services to each venue.

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Festival of Arts – enjoy all three art festivals with the Passport to the Arts

Passport to the Arts is valid June 28 through September 1, 2024, and is available for purchase in-person at the ticket counters of Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival. With the Passport to the Arts, visitors can explore the works of more than 500 artists, enjoy more than 200 musical performances, participate in hands-on art workshops and attend dozens of special events and artist demonstrations.

Here’s a glimpse of what each festival offers:

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Art-A-Fair

Art-A-Fair:

June 28 – September 1

Location: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Art-A-Fair invites art enthusiasts and visitors alike to experience a world of creativity and inspiration in a peaceful garden setting. This year’s festival showcases an impressive array of artworks from more than 115 award-winning fine artists and artisans, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Stroll through the expansive outdoor covered space, surrounded by natural beauty and breathtaking works of art. Festivalgoers can also take part in creative workshops and enjoy great food, drinks and live music.

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Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival:

June 28 – September 1

Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is dedicated to promoting local art and educating the public. This non-profit organization hosts two major annual events and offers year-round art classes and workshops. During the summer festival, visitors can explore a handcrafted village featuring more than 200 local artists, live entertainment on three stages, artist demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

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Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts:

July 3 – August 30

Location: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Set in a beautiful open-air gallery, this highly acclaimed juried fine art show features the work of more than 100 award-winning Orange County artists. The Festival showcases a variety of mediums and artwork styles for avid collectors and festivalgoers to browse and purchase directly from the artists. In addition to the artwork on display, visitors can enjoy art demonstrations, live music, opportunities to meet the artists, special events, art classes and more.

Pageant of the Masters is excluded from the Passport to the Arts.

For more information about Pageant of the Masters and to purchase tickets, click here.

For more information about Passport for the Arts and other Laguna Beach events, click here.

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The BGCLB Preschool announces registration date and continues Legacy of Excellence

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Preschool, a trusted community resource since 2001, continues its mission of serving children and families from Laguna Beach and neighboring areas, including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo. Established to address the critical need for early childhood education after the Head Start program left the school district, the preschool initially operated under the name Even Start Preschool and is licensed by the California Department of Social Services.

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Focusing on school readiness

“Over years of dedication, we’ve built strong community partnerships and secured crucial funding to provide an affordable, high-quality preschool experience. Our focus on school readiness ensures that each child starts their academic journey on an equitable basis,” emphasized Jonathan Navarrete, director of Early Childhood & Family Services.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Preschool, children thrive under the guidance of dedicated professionals in Early Childhood Education and Child Development. Navarrete brings his expertise in Psychology and Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood, ensuring a nurturing environment that empowers each child to reach their full potential academically and developmentally.

Preschool Session Options:

Full-Day Sessions:

Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $300 per week

Half-Day Sessions:

Hours: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tuition: $225 per week

Additional Information:

Discounts available for monthly payments.

Financial assistance and free enrollment offered to qualifying families.

Registration for the upcoming school year will end on July 28. Parents are encouraged to secure their child’s spot early, as spaces are limited.

For more information about their programs or financial assistance, contact Jonathan Navarrete, director of Early Childhood & Family Services, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Preschool, by calling

949.494.7812, or by emailing jonathann@bgclaguna.org, or go to

www.bgclagunabeach.org/earlychildhood/.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

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Meet Pet of the Week Chili

 Chili is ready to warm up your heart. This Chihuahua with maybe a bit of mini-pin is a precious little fellow. At 4 years old, he is very comfortable with other dogs and enjoys being around them. He’s also a little shy if on his own, so he really enjoys having a companion around. Chili is playful, neutered and ready to move into his forever home.

Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, is hoping to have Chili adopted as soon as possible.

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Chili is a fun-loving Chihuahua who loves the company of other dogs and people

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is 5% as compared to the national return rate of 50%.

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.497.3552, or go to the website for information on adoption procedures, www.puplagunabeach.org/our-pets.php.

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It’s not easy being green

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Plants are happy with the rain and now sunshine

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Up and at ‘em…Fair Game is back…from sick bed to feet back on the ground…let’s get going!

Gosh, do I feel out of the loop. Having a medical issue that knocks you on your keister for an extended period of time is challenging. But thankfully, because of family, the great Hoag team and the encouragement of friends, life is definitely improving.

All that being said, this week I’m fully returning to the fray. I’ve already booked coffees with our mayor to help get my finger back on the pulse.

I also need to make it a point to get with “old friend” and recently named City Manager Dave Kiff, and councilmembers Alex Rounaghi and Mark Orgill. Anyone else with a burning desire to catch up, let’s do it! Shoot me a suggested time and date, along with a location. Then, I’ll confirm back with you.

Soon, beginning Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m., on the election front we’ll begin seeing anyone interested in running for council go through the filing process. The period will remain open until Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.

Two potentials being watched are incumbents Bob Whalen and George Weiss, with residents wondering if either or both will re-up, and then who else will formally jump in.

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Speaking of politics, a couple of interesting, unrelated items came into Stu News in recent days…from two groups that often don’t see eye to eye.

The first was a letter submitted by Sam Goldstein of Liberate Laguna, accompanied by one signed from the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

The (FPPC) letter was in response to a complaint filed six years ago by Cindy Shopoff, Mike Ray and Sam. They had complained of alleged wrongdoings by Village Laguna related to a failure to “notify customers of their annual Charm House Tours that contributions to the effort were reportedly going for political campaigns.”

The FPPC’s determination was that various violations on Village Laguna’s behalf were found. Specifically, in the “matter of Village Laguna and Mary Ives (their committee treasurer), it was determined that Village Laguna and Ives failed to report independent expenditures on campaign statements, in violation of Government Code Section 84211, subdivision (k)(5) (5 counts).

“Additionally, Village Laguna and Ives failed to timely file an independent expenditure report, in violation of Government Codes Section 84204 (1 count).”

Village Laguna received a Tier One penalty of $1,817.

According to Goldstein, “the FPPC has a fine policy that includes a streamlined fine structure that goes light on those who violate the laws for the first time, where the violations are not considered to be extremely serious. If Village Laguna were to continue to break the law in the future, the FPPC fines would likely be greater.”

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Completely separate, Village Laguna was also in the news with a press release submitted taking issue with a proposed increase in the fee amount to appeal decisions made by the Community Development Department, Design Review Board and Planning Commission. The appeal fee would move from $2,000 to $12,200.

Yikes!

Just two years ago, that fee moved from $748 to the $2,000 amount, which was considered a healthy increase back then.

Why the proposed increase? “City staff’s rationale is that the number of appeals has gone up. And the city should recover the full costs of defending itself against appeals of community development decisions.”

Of the $12,200, $5,700 would be non-refundable, while the other $6,500 would be a “deposit to cover the costs of consultants.” If the city doesn’t spend all of that on city attorneys and other outside experts, the person appealing would then receive a refund.

Village Laguna’s take is that “residents have the right to appeal decisions that affect their well-being and their property values.”

They claim the $12,200 would negatively impact too many people.

They’re asking those similarly concerned to email comments to all City Councilmembers at citycouncil@lagunabeachcity.net.

The item will be on tonight’s City Council agenda.

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Also on tonight’s agenda for the Council meeting that begins at 5 p.m. are a number of different items. However, a couple that caught my attention were Item 10 that includes a presentation for the proposed Commercial District Beautification/Property Maintenance Program and Ordinance and direction to staff; and then Item 11, which is the all-important adoption of the Police and Fire budgets.

For a complete look at the budget, go here.

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Well, it’s great to be back! Look forward to seeing you all around town…and getting my hands dirty again!

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Hoag names new Foundation President amid major OC expansion

Hoag has named Caroline Pereira president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, the health system’s philanthropic arm. Pereira, who has more than 20 years of fundraising experience mainly in academic health care and has led the fundraising of nearly $1 billion for local health initiatives, joins Hoag during a pivotal time in the health system’s evolution as it expands their footprint throughout Orange County.

As president of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, Pereira will oversee one of the nation’s highest performing non-profit organizations, which raises more than $100 million annually to support Hoag’s growing health network that had more than 35,000 inpatient admissions and more than 639,000 outpatient visits last year.

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Newly named Hoag Foundation President Caroline Pereira

“Caroline’s knowledge and experience of the local health care landscape make her especially fitting for this role, as she has been key to the execution of major health initiatives in our community,” said Robert Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “Her passion for building strong teams, fostering their skills, and creating a supportive environment for them to aim for and meet ambitious philanthropic goals make her exactly what we want in a Hoag leader.”

Pereira has spent most of her career supporting health care and academic institutions and ended a successful nearly 11-year tenure earlier this year with UCI Health, where she was most recently associate vice chancellor for Health Advancement. During her time leading the team, the institution raised nearly $1 billion in philanthropic support. Her experience in the non-profit sector is international, as she previously spent more than 11 years at the University of Toronto in Canada, where she led fundraising for key departments in the School of Medicine.

“Hoag’s excellence in delivering the best care to its patients, engaging the most renowned clinical minds and shaping the future of medicine has always impressed me. It’s exciting to join the team working together to grow Hoag’s innovative health care,” Pereira said. “And it’s inspiring to know that there is such a generous community of donors and supporters who are dedicated to bringing excellent care to their families, their friends and neighbors.”

In 2022, Hoag announced the launch of the Boldly Hoag campaign, a multi-year fundraising effort to grow its hospital in Irvine on Sand Canyon Avenue, now named the Sun Family Campus after donors Diana and David Sun, who made a $50 million gift to the project. The campus will grow to more than one million square feet and feature state-of-the-art specialty care centers for surgical innovation, cancer, and digestive and women’s health. Construction on the campus continues and is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

“What inspires me most about the Sun Family Campus is how we’re expanding Hoag’s patient-centered care, which encompasses everything from the newly imagined physical spaces that blend high-tech and high-touch elements, the ability to grow research and clinical trials and make them available sooner, and having the most specialized clinical experts to be partners in the health care journey,” Pereira said.

In addition to the Irvine campus growth, in recent years, Hoag has opened health centers and urgent care facilities across Orange County. This expansion is in line with Hoag’s response to the public’s evolving health needs and priorities. Hoag is creating more health resources and wellness offerings to emphasize prevention, education and holistic approaches to well-being.

“Well-being is a passion area of mine,” Pereira said. “Moving upstream from disease, prioritizing preventive health and changing the course of a diagnosis – that’s what the community wants, and I’m excited to help deliver more of that by building upon the stellar work of the Hoag Hospital Foundation.”

In collaboration with its board of directors, Pereira will lead the more than 80-person Hoag Hospital Foundation team, with offices in Newport Beach and Irvine. Since its creation in the late 1970s, the Foundation has been instrumental in launching and executing major philanthropic initiatives supporting Hoag’s growth and expanding its clinical offerings.

Hoag Hospital Foundation Board Chair Debbie Margolis added, “After a national search of exceptional talent, Caroline impressed us with her deep appreciation for Hoag’s vision. She understands the importance of guiding our talented foundation team and the significance of partnering with donors who have propelled Hoag into the health system it is today. Philanthropy is the key to Hoag providing the best medical care in Orange County.”

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City of Laguna Beach to host 4th of July Drone Show from Heisler Park

The City of Laguna invites residents and visitors to join for the 2024 City of Laguna Beach 4th of July Drone Show celebration! The drone show begins at 9 p.m. from Monument Point in Heisler Park on Thursday, July 4. Large crowds are anticipated for the July 4th holiday and the city is requesting the public’s cooperation to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors.

Areas of Heisler Park, including the Lawn Bowling Green and Monument Point area, will be closed all day on Thursday, July 4. Additionally, at approximately 5 p.m., the area of Heisler Park from Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed to the public to allow for the 4th of July drone flyover beginning at 9 p.m.

Tune into the Voice of Laguna and KX FM Radio to listen to a live audio simulcast of patriotic music during the drone show.

After the drone show ends, expect heavy traffic as many visitors will be leaving via Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway. For traffic and emergency updates, sign up for Nixle by texting 92651 to 888-777.

Transit services operating under modified schedule

City Trolleys will operate under a modified schedule on July 4 – the Coastal Route will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and the Canyon Route from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The Laguna Beach Local On-Demand service will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The normal transit service schedules will resume on Friday, July 5.

Reminder: All fireworks are illegal in Laguna Beach

The city would like to issue a reminder that all fireworks are illegal in Laguna Beach. This includes “safe and sane” type fireworks and sparklers that may be legal to purchase in other cities.

The Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will have extra officers working on the 4th of July holiday looking for fireworks violations. Any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department can seize any fireworks. Persons in possession of or discharging fireworks of any kind – including firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, or anything that flies/shoots through the air – may be cited for a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to six months. If you see or hear illegal fireworks being used in Laguna Beach, call LBPD’s non-emergency hotline at 949.497.0701.

The public is expected to observe all city park and beach ordinances, including:

–No fireworks of any kind are allowed in Laguna Beach.

–No alcohol on the beaches.

–No smoking in public places.

–No single-use plastics are allowed on beaches, trails, or in parks.

–No private drone use from Main Beach to Crescent Bay.

–No canopies, awnings, umbrellas, tents, or covers over six feet in height or wider than six feet square on or in any public beach or park. Any canopy, awning, umbrella, tent, or cover installed shall have no more than one side closed to public view.

–No portable barbecues are allowed in city beaches or parks.

–No dogs are allowed on city beaches from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer season, which extends from June 15 through September 10.

–All OC Parks trails will be closed at sunset.

–The Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will be strictly enforcing all the ordinances.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July from the City of Laguna Beach!

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