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City Clerk makes November election official…meaning, if you want to run, now’s the time

Just to make things official, City Clerk Ann Marie MacKay earlier this week officially noticed the November election and the local offices included therein.

One office listed, in fact, is actually hers!

Here’s the official list: two members of the City Council for full terms of for years; City Clerk for a full term of four years and City Treasurer for a full term of four years.

The election is called for Tuesday, Nov. 5 to coordinate with the General Presidential Election.

Should someone have an interest in any of the above offices, here’s the deal: the nomination period begins on Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.

If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the city are not filed by 5 p.m. on August 9 (the 88th day before the election), meaning the incumbents decide NOT to rerun, the voters shall have until the 83rd day before the election, or Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m., to nominate candidates other than the person(s) who are incumbents on the 88th day before the election, for that incumbent’s elective office.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by §10229, Elections Code of the State of California.

Select Vote Centers will then be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 days prior to Election Day. All Vote Centers will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. three days prior to Election Day and all Vote Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop boxes will be open for 29 days prior to the election, including on Election Day, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Visit https://ocvote.gov/elections for voting options.

So, who’s going to run? Time will tell…but we’ll attempt to keep you posted.

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Speaking of elections, the Greater Laguna Beach GOP Members’ Meeting is happening on Wednesday, July 17 at Mozambique.

The keynote speaker will be Diane Dixon, who currently represents Laguna Beach and is running for reelection as the District 72 Assemblymember. Join and hear about what she has accomplished and her plans in the next Assembly.

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Assemblymember and guest speaker Diane Dixon

Also attending are the founders of Sensible Laguna, who will present an update on the Laguna Beach School District’s Facilities Master Plan, including the approval of the “giant Olympic-size pool and the related excessive costs.”

Other items to be discussed include a Get Out the Vote initiative and how GLBGOP will work on supporting local candidates for the upcoming election.

The event will start with a 5 p.m. Social Hour upstairs in the newly remodeled Ivan’s House, followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. downstairs in the Parrot Room.

Seating is limited. RSVPs are required at www.glbgop.com/upcomingevents.

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It was announced earlier this week that Firebrand Media was acquired in their entirety by the Arizona-based Times Media Group. The sale closed on July 1.

The Laguna Beach Independent and Newport Beach Independent will join a line-up in SoCal that includes the Capistrano Dispatch, the Dana Point Times and the San Clemente Times.

Overall, Times Media Group publishes a collection of some 60 titles primarily located in the Phoenix, Tucson and Los Angeles-metro areas.

Reports are that Firebrand’s Chief Executive Steve Zepezauer will remain with the new group as director of custom publishing.

No sales price was disclosed.

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The Fair Game Laguna Beach podcast with me joining Mayor Sue Kempf resumed this week after my extended absence. And while we mostly discussed yesterday’s big day, there was a discussion on why we don’t have parking permits in the neighborhoods, a common question that Mayor Kemp addresses.

So check it out and moving forward we’ll be back weekly.

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Our LBPD can probably use a respite following the long July 4th weekend. And, as luck would have it, LBPD will host Coffee with a Cop at Equator Coffee on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Equator Coffee is located at 160 S. Coast Highway.

These Coffees with a Cop are designed to offer a relaxed environment to allow residents and members of the PD to share ideas and/or to just drop by for a quick hello.

Hope you’ll join in.

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What’s going on at Susi Q these days, you ask? Well, more than you might imagine: background info presented on scams presented to the elderly, tech assistance for your computer and smartphone questions, Mahjong and bridge, yoga, book clubs, explorations of classical opera masterpieces, planning for the years ahead and so much more.

Oh, and I can’t forget. Stu News’ own photographer Mary Hurlbut offers a Tuesday (1-2:30 p.m.) class on Taking Sensational Smartphone Pics…and we can all use that!

She’ll make your pictures better; I can just about guarantee it.

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Laguna Art Museum is busy these summer days. If you’re still looking for a fun summer camp for the kids, you might check these out: upcoming days include Awesome Animals Summer Day Camp (July 8), Creation Station Day Camp (July 15), Cartoon Day Camp (July 22), Under the Sea Day Camp (July 29) and Art Play Day Camp (August 5).

The classes are designed for children 6-12 and are designed to “allow them to play, explore and create with guidance from our professional teaching artists. Each camp has a unique theme that encourages imaginative, messy and lively summer fun!”

The classes run from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more info, go to https://lagunaartmuseum.org/lam-kids-summer/.

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And, don’t forget, the Festivals are now open. Enjoy!

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