Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Indications suggest that City Council prepares to name new City Manager

The naming of a new City Manager for the City of Laguna Beach appears to be imminent. Mayor Sue Kempf has called for a meeting of the City Council for this Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers for the “specific purpose of a City Manager appointment.”

The Closed Session Agenda, distributed earlier this week by City Clerk Ann Marie McKay, lists as Item #1 – Public Employee Appointment for the purpose of “discussion of the appointment of a new City Manager.”

Item #2 – Conference with Labor Negotiators then follows continuing in the Closed Session to “review its position and instruct its designated representatives regarding the salary and benefits relating to the appointment of a new City Manager.”

Public Comment at 4 p.m. will precede the move to Closed Session following the meeting’s call to order. Council will then recess to handle their business behind closed doors.

No other business shall be considered at the Special Closed Session Meeting.

The potential appointment will permanently replace interim City Manager Sean Joyce, who came in following the “retirement” of previous City Manager Shoreh Dupuis in August 2023.

Dupuis left under controversy; however, Joyce seems to have done a very nice job making key changes and mending some broken fences between councilmembers, the community and city hall.

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Wednesday morning (Jan. 31) I sat down at Rye Goods in town to enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about “how this world is going to the dogs” with Laguna Beach’s Roxanne Kruger. Well, that’s actually Dr. Roxanne Kruger, DVM, a young but very accomplished veterinarian who owns Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Clinic, along with her husband and co-owner, Dr. Mathew Cohen, DVM, MS, CVA.

And, as far as “this world going to the dogs,” Roxanne and Mathew are actually good with that. It’s a big part of their business as you can only imagine. A business that specializes in surgical care, emergency care and wellness for both dogs and cats.

I could just sense in talking with Dr. Kruger her love of animals and her desire to embrace the varying challenges brought to them at Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Clinic, while providing the highest level of care that this community needs and deserves.

But while we sat there, our conversation eventually morphed over to coyotes and the challenges and dangers they bring to our pets every day. Especially now, as Dr. Kruger pointed out, with January through March being their gestation period, with pups to follow between March and May.

It’s a time when both male and female coyotes are a lot more active; males are “searching for more food to keep up with the increase in energy demands secondary to their increase in roaming as they search for a mate.”

B-t-w, during this time that also makes them a lot more aggressive and desperate.

Females, on the other hand, according to Dr. Kruger “are also searching for more food to increase their body fat in preparation for pregnancy and parturition. They also increase their roaming to seek out potential den locations.”

Add to all of that, the coyotes have become more confident around humans and are not as scared as they used to be, and they travel in packs. Chances are that if you see one coyote on a walk, there is most likely another one nearby.

What’s all this mean according to the good doctor?

“We have seen an increase in coyote attacks over the last few weeks. The most common have been on dogs under 30 lbs.,” said Dr. Kruger. “However, last week we had a 90 lb. Labrador Retriever that was attacked by two coyotes during a walk while he was briefly let off leash.”

She added that just because you have a bigger dog doesn’t mean they won’t attack them anymore. The coyotes are becoming more confident and desperate.

It doesn’t stop there…here’s a scary one. Dr. Kruger said, “I had one owner where a coyote came into the house through the doggie door and grabbed their dog.”

So, she’s now recommending locking doggie doors at night.

Here are some of her best prevention recommendations:

–If you see a coyote try to make a lot of noise and make yourself big and scary.

–Carry an air horn on walks.

–Have your dog wear a coyote vest.

–Do not let dogs off leash in big open fields.

–Avoid walking your dog during higher risk times (dawn and dusk).

–Report if you see any coyotes in your neighborhood.

–There are ultrasonic animal repellers you can purchase on Amazon.

–And, we can’t forget about cats, keep indoor/outdoor cats indoor more.

Roxanne and her staff would love to help you with your pets or answer any questions or concerns. Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Clinic is located at 1855 Laguna Canyon Road, just a half-mile up the canyon past Sawdust, on the same side.

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Join in an artist talk between featured Art + Nature artist Andre Woodward and renowned art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, Arts Editor at L.A. Weekly, tomorrow evening (Saturday, Feb. 3) at 6 p.m. at Laguna Art Museum.

“Woodward’s Art + Nature installation at the LAM, Burghers of Cali: A Ballad of Redwood Spirits, whimsically references Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais and poses penetrating questions about our complex human relationships with the natural world and, specifically, California’s Coastal Redwoods, the tallest trees on earth able to live to be 2,500 years old.”

Woodward is a Southern California artist whose work examines the complicated relationship we have with nature. His work has been shown in alternative and traditional sites around California, including Southern California galleries, the Torrance Art Museum and the Huntington Beach Art Center.

He has received a Hoff Foundation Grant and the 2011 Visions from the New California award.

For tickets, go here.


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