Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Crime numbers reported for previous year (2023) show Laguna Beach Police are making community safe

The Laguna Beach Police Department released crime stats this week that compared 2023 with the previous two years. First of all, any crime is one too many, and I know that Police Chief Jeff Calvert would 100% agree with that. However, that being said, the trends for Laguna Beach are strong signs of everything moving in the right direction.

Now when you think of Laguna Beach, violent crime is not at top of mind. Our numbers are low, which means that one more or one less crime can seem like a lot if posted by percentage. That being said, rape over the past three years has moved from four in 2021, to three in 2022, to now one in 2023.

Robberies were up slightly, but again we’re only talking 12 total over the past year. Not something to wake up in the middle of the night and be alarmed at. Add to that a world that seems rife with crime and we should realize just how lucky, and safe, we are.

Aggravated assaults continue to stay almost 1/3 down from two years ago; burglaries are down slightly over last year and more than 10% from two years ago.

Larceny – down; auto theft – down; and arson, knock on wood, reported zero incidents in 2023.

The only category that was up was homicide and that’s because this past year we tragically lost young Tatum Goodwin, which became the first homicide in three years.

Nobody was more outraged and intent on solving that crime than our own police department who quickly solved it and helped with an iron-clad effort to put the suspect behind bars.

All-in-all, the PD appears to be in good hands. Leadership, continuity and morale appear at recent highs.

Next time you see one of our men or women in blue, you might offer them a thumbs up for a job being well done.

A complete listing of the stats can be found here.

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This week Mayor Sue Kempf and I discuss our thoughts on our first responders, including the latest numbers, Earth Day around Laguna Beach more.

Give us a look.

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A traffic advisory for the community: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is scheduled to conduct pavement repairs along State Route 1 (SR-1; Coast Highway) at the following locations and dates:

Southbound Coast Highway from Calliope Street to Bluebird Canyon Drive on Monday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning (April 23).

Northbound Coast Highway from Oak Street to Cleo Street on Monday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning (April 23).

From Pearl Street to Center Street on Tuesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning (April 24).

From St. Ann’s Drive to Cleo Street, on Wednesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning (April 25).

One lane of Coast Highway will be closed to conduct the work. Traffic and noise impacts can be expected. This work is part of the ongoing Coast Highway ADA Sidewalk Improvement Project.

(Please note that the work schedule is subject to change due to weather, traffic incidents, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.)

For more information and updates, you may contact the District 12 Public Information Office via email at d12pio@dot.ca.gov.

Visit https://cleanca.com to learn more about how Clean California is transforming communities and how you can get involved.

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JoAnne Artman Gallery is presenting an exhibition showing the new works by Greg Miller with UNDER THE SURFACE-ART IN LAYERS, on exhibit now through June 15.

According to a gallery release, “in clever, incongruous juxtapositions, Miller layers and reconstructs imagery of the mid-century American consciousness.

“Known for his cheekily playful and vividly rendered collages, Miller draws on his urban Californian roots, engaging with the ambiguity in the American landscape. Combining his paintings with found elements on the surfaces of his canvases and panels, he addresses both art history and the fleeting natures of memory and contemporary ephemera. Parsing through remnants of our collective visual history, the works are a dynamic force that lay bare the commonalities, as well as polarities, of perception.”

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of JoAnne Artman Galley

“Holiday,” acrylic collage, 36” x 72”

The JoAnne Artman Gallery is located in Laguna Beach at 346 N. Coast Highway. It’s open daily – call JoAnne at 949.510.5481, or email her at joanneartman@aol.com to make an appointment.

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And, if you’re out and about Saturday evening Downtown, you should consider stopping by The Honarkar Foundation for Arts & Culture (HFAC) between 6-8 p.m. Enjoy Tony DeLap as they present “A Survey of Works: 1960s-2000s.”

The HFAC is located at 298 Broadway St.

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With Earth Day celebrated this Monday, April 22, what better time to join in on the following, should the need exist – the city will conduct their annual free Paint, Universal Waste & E-Waste Drop-Off Event tomorrow (Saturday, April 20), from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

Laguna Beach residents and businesses are invited to dispose of unwanted paint, batteries, CFL bulbs and e-waste.

Here is what is acceptable:

–All oil and latex paints; five-gallon and smaller containers only; wrap or contain materials properly before transporting them to the collection site (paint thinners, caulk, fillers or similar items will not be accepted).

–Alarm clocks, camcorders, CD players, cell phones, computer monitors, CRTs and flat screens, computers/CPUs/laptops, copiers, digital cameras, digital thermometers, display boards on exercise equipment, DVD players, hand held electronics, home use medical monitors, iPods/MP3 players, microwave ovens, PDAs, programmable kitchen devices, pagers, printers/scanners/fax machines, radios of all types, stereos (no speakers), telephones/answering machines, televisions and video game consoles.

–Mercury thermometers, aerosols (cans), all lamps and light bulbs and batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiCad, Mercury and small lead acid).

(Rechargeable batteries which include lithium-ion are hazardous waste and will not accepted at the drop-off event.)

No other hazardous waste will be accepted at the event. See below for a detailed list of unacceptable items.

Unacceptable hazardous household wastes that are not considered universal waste such as, but not limited to, compressed gas cylinders (aerosols are acceptable), flammable liquids, oxidizers, toxics, corrosives and state-regulated material, household chemicals/products, commercial chemicals/products, radioactive materials, sharps, expired pharmaceutical products, explosives, ammunition, large containers (more than five gallons).

Important Reminders:

–A maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds may be transported per vehicle, per trip, as required per the Department of Transportation regulations. Multiple trips are okay.

–Materials delivered to this event must be in secure, labeled containers.

–Materials will only be accepted from vehicles. Pedestrian traffic/drop-offs are not allowed.

–Please remove your personal information and data from old computers and cell phones.

–Participation is strictly limited to residents (please bring proof of residency) and small businesses (please bring business license number).

For questions, contact the Recycling and Solid Waste Division at 949.464.6677, or at recycle@lagunabeachcity.net.


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