Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is coming to Laguna Beach for a fundraising event next month

Nikki Honarkar Bostwick and husband Eric Bostwick announced this week that they will host a special event at a private venue in the heart of Laguna Beach, on Thursday, April 25, featuring a conversation with 2024 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

This exclusive conversation between Nikki and Kennedy is expected to delve deep into the candidate’s vision for the future and formally introduce him to the community.

“We are thrilled to welcome presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. to Laguna Beach for this special fundraising event,” said Honarkar Bostwick. “We feel very aligned with (his) policies and promise it will be an evening of thoughtful discourse and community engagement.”

A private reception will commence at 6 p.m. and extend until 6:45 p.m., offering Premier Donors an exclusive chance for an intimate conversation with Kennedy.

And then, following that, from 7-9 p.m., all guests will join in for the Bostwick/Kennedy conversation, which will include a Q&A session and an opportunity for photos.

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served throughout the evening.

Tickets for the event are available with a campaign contribution of $3,300 for Premier donors and $1,500 for general admission.

Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He left the Democrat Party last year and is now actively running as a third-party alternative to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Nikki is a staunch advocate for preserving Laguna Beach’s natural landscapes and cultural essence. Her deep-rooted connection to the town drives her philanthropic efforts at The Honarkar Foundation, while her wellness brand, THE FULLEST, promotes mental health through natural supplements and lifestyle support.

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Mayor Sue Kempf has called the Laguna Beach City Council to a Special Meeting at the Montage Laguna Beach this Monday, March 18 at 12:15 p.m.

The meeting notice was accompanied by a Closed Session Agenda containing just two items. The first is listed as Public Employment (Recruitment) and the second as a Conference with Labor Negotiators.

There will be a public comment opportunity after the meeting has been called to order. Then the council will recess into closed session.

No other business shall be considered at the meeting.

What are the best guesses as to what’s up?

Well, remembering that Interim City Manager Sean Joyce’s term of service was originally limited to 960 hours because of prior retirement restrictions, and that it comes to an end later in March, the best guess is that the discussion will look at what’s next for leadership.

It appears that all areas to decide – including both the naming of another interim city manager or a permanent one – are covered under the agenda items.

I guess we’ll know soon!

A couple of things – first off, kudos to the council for getting it right with Sean Joyce. He has done an exemplary job at City Hall during his limited service.

We can all just hope that the next decision will be equally successful.

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In what is now a regular feature of Fair Game, here is our ongoing weekly conversation with Mayor Sue Kempf about items of interest taking place in the city.

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This in from Ann Christoph: Village Laguna presents a special showing of Sawdust and Sand: Douglas Miller’s Laguna Beach at the Rivian South Coast Theater on Monday, March 25. Showtime is 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. And although the program is free, seating is limited. So, go to https://events.rivian.com/sawdustandsand to reserve your spot.

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Douglas Miller

“Experience Doug’s photography and his recording of Laguna as it transitioned over 50 years, in the theater that has just been returned to a new version of its former self.

“Doug and cinematographer, producer and director Jason Blalock will introduce the film and comment, and a representative of Rivian will point out highlights of their restoration efforts.”

Photographer Miller, “ever-present at Laguna Beach events, has documented the days of our lives since arriving here in 1970, taking more than 500,000 photographs, all accompanied by meticulously recorded identifications,” added Christoph. As a Sawdust exhibitor, “he has painted more than 20,000 canvases,” and “as a talented violinist with the Moon Police, he plays where inspired, always appreciated.”

Blalock produced the documentary featuring Doug and his work. In total, it presents “a profound portrait of Laguna Beach and its people,” according to critics.

Blalock works as a cinematographer on a variety of documentary projects, for CNN, Discovery, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Time and Vice. He grew up on El Bosque in Laguna Beach, and now lives in Oakland.

He said appreciatively, “The opportunity to share Doug Miller’s art is an honor.”

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The Laguna Canyon Road Protect & Connect project is looking to improve safety, enhance sustainability and manage congestion along the corridor. But they need your help.

Share your thoughts on what you’d like to see to make Laguna Canyon better.

Take the survey by clicking here.

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Call it spring shopping…heck, call it early holiday shopping…call it whatever you want – the important thing here is to support the Student Art Market at Laguna College of Art + Design.

On Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the community has the opportunity to discover artwork from current LCAD students across all majors.

The Student Art Market is a program designed to empower aspiring artists with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully sell and merchandise their artwork. It’s geared towards students and emerging artists, and teaches various aspects of marketing their art, by providing valuable insights and practical tips.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to support the students by purchasing paintings, prints, pins, jewelry, totes and more.

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The State of the City Mayor’s Luncheon is coming up on April 2 at Montage Laguna Beach. One of the featured parts of the luncheon is where the mayor answers pre-submitted questions from audience/community members.

So, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the event, are requesting questions be submitted.

Make them good, but remember last year that so many questions were submitted that they were unable to get to all of them. Something on your mind – get it to erin@lagunabeachchamber.org.


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