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Laguna’s city-owned beaches will open Saturday from 6 - 10 a.m. for active recreation

In a Community Update released yesterday, May 7, the City of Laguna Beach announced that city-owned beaches would be open tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 10 a.m. for active recreation.

“We appreciate the community adhering to guidelines on social distancing and active recreation requirements on the beach this week! Because of great community cooperation with these efforts, the City of Laguna Beach will extend the opportunity to use the beach this Saturday, May 9, for active recreation use from 6 - 10 a.m.,” the City stated.

“Opening beaches on Sunday from 6 - 10 a.m. will depend on the outcome of Saturday’s beach use, and will be determined at a later time.”

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Local skim boarder enjoying access to Laguna’s beaches this week

Active recreation permitted beach activities include:

--Walking/running/jogging

--Dog walking is permitted; all dogs must be on a leash at all times

--Ocean recreation: swimming, paddle boarding, surfing, bodyboarding, skim boarding, kayaking

Non-permitted beach activities include:

--Gatherings

--Beach towels, blankets, easy-ups, tents, umbrellas, etc. – items used for settling in place

--Sitting or lying on the beach

--Setting up chairs and staying in place

--Picnics/coolers/tables

According to the release, Laguna Beach City beaches are open weekdays and on Saturday, May 9 from 6 to 10 a.m. for active recreation only. Each weekday the City beaches and ocean water will close promptly at 10 a.m. and Laguna Beach public safety staff will be present on beaches to enforce the closures.

Anyone who requires special ADA accommodations regarding beach access for active recreation may contact the Laguna Beach Department of Marine Safety at (949) 494-6572.


Fire Department tests city officials, staff for COVID-19 antibodies

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Members of the City Council, City Staff, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board were tested the week of April 27 - May 1 for COVID-19 antibodies. 

Fire Chief Mike Garcia bought 300 tests, not all of which were used. Fire Department personnel administered the tests. Everyone tested was given literature from the FDA and BioMedomics, which produces the test. The literature included test procedures, instructions for use, and reasons for the tests.   

“Testing was a joint idea,” said Garcia. “Early on, when cases were expanding, we heard concerns from the council, emergency personnel, and health authorities, and we were tasked with looking into FDA [Food and Drug Administration] COVID-19 [antibody] tests. We found some that fit the bill.” 

Garcia passed the information along to City Manager John Pietig. 

Tests cost $30 each. The total cost of $9,000 came out of the General Fund, Pietig said. 

The test cannot be shown to definitively diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection according to the FDA.

“Tests for antibodies don’t tell if you have the virus,” said Garcia. “They could tell if you have been exposed. We found various levels – some minor bouts and some more severe ones.”

However, broad use of antibody or serology tests and follow-up may possibly provide the medical community with more information on whether or not and how a person who has recovered from the virus is at a lower risk of infection if they are exposed to the virus again, according to the FDA.

Additionally, although not everyone who is infected will develop an antibody response, appropriately validated serology tests, when used broadly, can be useful in understanding how many people have been infected or exposed and how far the pandemic has progressed. 

At least two known cases of the virus reportedly did not register positive on the tests.   

The test took about 10 minutes from pricked finger to results. No special training or facilities were required to administer the tests.

Although social distancing is not possible in fire engines, firefighters are taking special precautions, such as staying out of contact with outgoing teams and thoroughly cleaning equipment and the city’s four stations. 

“I expect we will operate this way for quite a while,” Garcia said. “We prepare and plan for the worst and hope for the best. We don’t let fear drive us.”


County of Orange-operated beaches, including South Laguna beaches, reopen with limitations

Yesterday, May 7, the County received approval from the State of California for its four-phase plan to reopen County-operated beaches. At the Board of Supervisor’s meeting earlier this week, Supervisor Lisa Bartlett brought forth a motion, that was approved on a 3-2 vote, for staff to develop and submit a plan to the State that would allow for limited, active recreational use of county-operated beaches. 

County beaches in South Laguna Beach (Aliso, Table Rock, West, and Camel Point beaches) will be open weekday mornings for active recreation only. Bayside, Capistrano, Salt Creek, Strands, Poche, and Baby beaches will be open regular operating hours daily for active recreation only. Parking lots remain closed. 

“I am very pleased with this alternative to a complete shutdown and the collaborative efforts of state, county, and local officials to bring the plan to fruition. This phased approach allows us to reopen our beaches in a prudent, responsible manner that prioritizes public health and safety, while recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation. We want Orange County residents to get back to fully enjoying their beaches as safely and quickly as possible,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. 

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County-operated beaches in Laguna Beach have reopened for active recreational use weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.

Phase 2 of the plan, which went into effect immediately and aligns with approved local city reopening plans, identifies permitted and non-permitted activities. 

Permitted activities (with appropriate social distancing) include:

--Walking, running, jogging, dog walking (where permitted), and other non- stationary activities

--Swimming, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, bodyboarding, skim boarding, scuba, kayaking, outrigger, recreational boating, and other ocean activities

Temporarily non-permitted activities include:

--Sunbathing, sitting, sandcastle building, use of fire rings, and other stationary activities

--Volleyball and other high-touch group sporting activities

--Use of beach chairs, coolers, BBQs, tents, umbrellas, and other personal gear associated with stationary activities

--Placement of beach towels, blankets, etc. on beach

Modified County-owned beach hours within Laguna Beach are 6 to 10 a.m. on weekdays only (closed weekends), according to the County.

Modified operations at other OC Parks facilities remain unchanged and are available to view at www.OCParks.com.


Governor outlines guidance for lower-risk workplaces to reopen today with modifications

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting today, Friday, May 8, 2020, some lower-risk California businesses would be allowed to reopen with modifications. Click here to read the Governor’s press release on updated industry guidance.

“Californians, working together, have flattened the curve. Because of that work, our health data tells us that California can enter the next stage of this pandemic and gradually begin to restart portions of our economy,” said Governor Newsom. “It’s critical that businesses and employers understand how they can reduce the risk of transmission and better protect their workers and customers. COVID-19 will be present in our communities until there is a vaccine or therapeutic, and it will be up to all of us to change our behavior and eliminate opportunities for the disease to spread.”

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Some of Laguna Beach’s businesses are able to reopen today, with modifications including curbside pickup for the time being

According to the Governor’s release, Californians are flattening the curve as part of the stay at home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on the roadmap for modifying the statewide order. The Resilience Roadmap stages that California is using to guide its gradual reopening process are:

--Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness

--Stage 2: Lower-Risk Workplaces

--Stage 3: Higher-Risk Workplaces

--Stage 4: End of Stay at Home Order

This early Phase 2 modification of the stay-at-home order affects “lower-risk” businesses such as clothing stores, florists, bookstore, and sporting good stores – all of these businesses may reopen today, May 8, with modifications including the use of curbside pickup for the time being.

Click here for the State Department of Public Health’s Guidance on the Phase 2 Reopening of Retail Uses.


The Force was with Glennwood House on International Star Wars Day

On May 4, Glennwood House commemorated International Star Wars Day with a Stars Wars Trivia contest hosted by UNLV graduate and friend Gabriel Garcia, a Star Wars aficionado. Glennwood’s G-Force took this opportunity to share their gratitude with some very special Laguna Beach service providers, the nurses at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach. 

“We are so grateful for their support, care, and compassion, so we wanted to just give this special ‘force’ a little bit of gratitude for their amazing service,” said Glennwood House Development Director Janet Parsons. 

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Glennwood Engagement Coordinator Katie Flores (on left) and Ron, ER Nurse at Mission Hospital

CEO Faith Manners and Community Engagement Coordinator Katie Flores delivered over seven dozen specialty Stars Wars chocolate cookies – Darth Vader and Jedi warriors – to the Emergency Room Nurses, along with a special thank you card for all. Thank you Mission Hospital for all you give to our community!

Glennwood Housing Foundation, Inc. opened in August 2013 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing housing and supported living services to adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. 

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Glennwood Residents with Staff Member Jen

The purpose of this uniquely formed program is to provide a compassionate and caring environment that promotes increased self-esteem and assists participants in developing daily living skills that enable them to live independently and live, work, and play in the local community. 

After Glennwood opened the doors to its 42-room Adult Residential Facility, it became home for 50 adults. The mission of Glennwood is to provide nonprofit housing and assisted living for young adults with special needs with an emphasis on community. 

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


Guest Column

Homework, grades, and kids

By Michele Hall, AMFT, APCC 

Many parents are faced with the struggles of homeschooling and homework during this time of COVID-19. It’s not uncommon for children of all ages to complain and push back about doing their schoolwork which creates stress and disruption in the family unit. As a marriage and family therapist associate with my partner David Lindquist, we are seeing normal stress levels rising and are giving the following pieces of advice to help during this time COVID-19. 

We have given you two different techniques for completing schoolwork. Structured Study is geared towards students that are struggling with grades, completing assignments, and who struggle with time management. The Obstacle Course geared for students who have a normal amount of fidgety energy while studying. Both techniques can work very well when applied with dedication and consistency. 

The following pieces of advice are meant to address these issues. Structured Study teaches a child to be responsible for themselves by giving them the structure to be responsible. The only choice is to get the job done and when that is completed, they earn their reward. The results are that the student feels good about themselves and learns time management which can be a huge skill for the rest of their life! The Obstacle Course is a fun way to help parents find fun and creative ways to stay in place and complete assignments! 

Structured Study is about doing homework. Homework can actually create happiness when done and completed correctly. If homework is completed, the teacher is happy, the parent is happy, and the student is happy! However, getting to the point of completion can be tricky. Kids are not always organized and parents tend to believe their kids when they say they, “I don’t have any more homework.” What Structured Study does is set up a designated, consistent time and place when the child is required to do their homework. Where does your student like to do their work? Is it better to be at the dining room table or in their room? Pick a spot and stick to it! 

Most kids cherish their screen time, especially during this time of staying at home. Screen time is the “reward” that they have to earn but it can also be cycling, skateboarding, or crafting. It’s whatever motivates the student to want to do their homework in order to earn their reward. A designated time is set for the student to do their homework – preferably before dinner time. During this time, they must work on homework and if they do not have any schoolwork, they must read an age-appropriate book recommended from the school library. The agreed upon designated Structured Study time is kept the same Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are “free” days. Sunday night they must complete one hour of schoolwork. If for some reason they miss a day during the week, they can make it up on Friday night. Once the Structured Study time is complete, the child is allowed to have a designated amount of reward time whether it’s crafting, gaming, etc. 

The amount of Structured Study time depends on the age of the child. A first grader, for example, could have their Structured Study time be 15-30 minutes and a third grader might have 30-45 minutes, and so on up. It’s important that the child focus on their work during this designated time. As a parent, ask yourself: “How much study time do I think it would take for my child to get an A or B?” If it takes an hour for your child to do four problems, that’s an indication of how long it might be. Also, getting prepared for study time is important. Have your student use the bathroom and get a drink of water before they start, so that there are less interruptions. If they habitually ask to use the bathroom, want to make a call, or do anything to disrupt the Structured Study time, a parent should add 15 minutes on to the designated amount of time. 

If a student is the type that needs a parent to help with schoolwork, then any questions regarding homework must be asked before the start of the Structured Study time. For the parent/child relationship, this isn’t about not trusting your child. It is, however, important to check on them to make sure they are actually doing and completing their work. Checking online for grades and completed homework is critical and demonstrates to the child that grades are important to the parent and should also be to the student. Often times, children like to negotiate to try and get their way. It’s very important to stay consistent  and not “buy in” to what they’re saying. History of achievement is the key! 

Finally, a big mistake parents tend to make is that once a child brings their grades up or becomes more consistent with their studies, they tend to start loosening up the Structured Study time. It is not about what a child can do in the future (“I’ll keep my grades up I promise!”), it’s about the history of what has already happened. Time and experience will be the indicator of whether or not it’s time to “loosen up.” Parents should look at the last week, month, semester, etc. to make a decision regarding the child’s ability to keep up with homework. Take the negotiating out of the dialogue. The more you negotiate, the less the structure takes effect. 

Structured Study is about teaching your children how to manage time and complete homework assignments, and these are skills that can be used for a lifetime.

The Obstacle Course – making homework fun! 

Sitting at a desk doing online classes and homework can become frustrating for kids. The Obstacle Course is a technique that awards children for completing assignments. It can be a struggle for a child (especially younger children) when they are faced with 20 math problems. When engaging this technique, a parent offers their child the “award” of an Obstacle Course if they complete, for example, five math problems. The Course can be a run to the tree in the back yard, a run around the sofa three times, to open the fridge five times, pet the dog, etc. A parent can choose to award the same course at each break and time it for those kids that are competitive, or they can choose to change it up each time. What this does is give kids the motivation to complete their assignments, get any fidgety energy out, and make homework fun! 

David and Michele are still seeing clients during the quarantine. They would like you to know that if you need any kind of mental health support or therapy, most therapists are still working and available through Zoom/Facetime/Skype, etc. 

Editor’s note: The information in this column expresses the experience and opinions of Michele Hall, AMFT, APCC.


Guest Column

R Star remains focused and moving forward for the women of Nepal

By Rosalind Russell, director of R Star Foundation 

With the pandemic, getting R Star’s projects to continue has been hard. Regardless, we have people who feel the need for masks to be fulfilled – now there is even a glut as the needs are achieved – which is wonderful. The women (not to exclude males) are now able to pick up their shears and turn on their sewing machines to help R Star with the Personal Pad Solutions we began prior to COVID-19 shutting things down and creating other immediate needs. 

Beth Johnsen, who is the president of The Auxiliary of the American Legion, had fabric. She cut the material, almost 100 ready-to-sew pieces of fabric to be used for the pads. 

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Rosalind Russell (left) and Paige Flora

Paige Flora of Three Arch with the LDS Church called me with completed pads to pick up. She has young women of her church to finish the prepared fabrics furnished by Beth. What a day it was with a pickup and deliveries, as the photos depict. 

If you wish to join in any part of the Personal Pad Project, R Star will be delighted, as it will help the women in Nepal in need. The travel bans will be lifted soon, and what pads we have ready to send will be on the way to our rural village women. These pads lend to comfort and the women’s safety, including those with enuresis. The pads are awesome!

Perchance you have fabric remnants but no desire to cut or sew, contact R Star and a pickup will be gladly arranged. For those wishing to do it all, the pattern can be sent to you to use. 

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Rosalind Russell (left) and Beth Johnsen

We are especially looking to locate “micro-fiber,” like what we use to wipe down our cars or counters. It can be used if not stained terribly, though new is preferable. The micro-fiber fabric is sandwiched between the other fabrics, creating the pad for absorbent qualities. Thread and plastic snaps will also help with getting the pads finished.

Call (949) 497-4911 (not good for texting) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our “snail mail” address – PO Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 – will reach us too. Our website is www.RStarFoundation.org for those of you preferring to support in other ways.

Any and all of your gifts are tax-deductible as we are a registered 501(c)(3).


3,004 reported cases of COVID-19 in OC to date

Numbers released by the OC Health Agency today, May 6, reflect that there have been 3,004 reported cases of COVID-19 in Orange County to date, including 131 new cases reported today. There have been 38 reported cases of COVID-19 in Laguna Beach to date.

Laguna Beach has the second highest per capita rate in OC at 1.627 cases per thousand residents. Los Alamitos, with a population of 11,721 and 35 reported cases to date, has the highest per capita rate in OC, 2.986 cases per thousand residents.

Newport Beach has had 103 reported cases to date. Irvine has had 138 reported cases to date. Dana Point has had 22 reported cases to date.

Anaheim has had 438 reported cases to date. Santa Ana has had 389 reported cases to date.

The County reports 218 cases to date in its “Other” category, which includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than five cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails.

Sadly, the County reports 65 deaths due to COVID-19, including four deaths reported today. 192 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 73 are currently in ICU.

The County Public Health lab and reporting commercial labs have tested 40,707 people as of today, with a 7.4 percent positive rate.

The County is not releasing data on the number of individuals who have tested negative following a positive test at this time.

For more information, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.

Numbers are updated daily by Stu News Laguna.

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186 citations made in weekend speed and modified exhaust enforcement operation

The Laguna Beach Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol conducted a directed speed and modified exhaust enforcement operation over the weekend in the cities of Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and selected neighboring areas along Pacific Coast Highway, to reduce excessive vehicular speed and noise.

During the twelve hours of operation, the Task Force issued a total of 186 citations: 153 for speeding and 33 for loud exhaust. LBPD traffic officers did an outstanding job and wrote 75 of these citations.

This is the first of several directed enforcement operations that will be conducted in 2020.

“Speed and loud exhaust can impact the safety and quality of life for our residents, and we will actively enforce these laws to mitigate their concerns,” said LBPD Captain Jeff Calvert.

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