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 Volume 11, Issue 41  |  May 21, 2019                                     


 

Homeless discussion draws more than 60 to Saturday meeting

By BARBARA DIAMOND

A crowd of more than 60 showed up at Wells Fargo Bank Saturday to hear a presentation on Laguna’s homeless by Friendship Shelter Executive Director Dawn Price.

The room was packed with passionately-held diverse opinions on how the city should treat the situation, which has led in the past to angry confrontations. Not on Saturday. City Councilman Peter Blake set the tone, requesting civil discourse rather than rancorous discord between those of a different view. 

“I am representing myself, not the city,” said Blake. “Dawn Price is as articulate as it gets. She has cutting edge ideas. I am still medieval. Sometimes I lose my temper, but I would love it if we were all cordial – this is Mister Cordial speaking.”

Price made her case with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by, sometimes interrupted by but never rudely put, questions from the folks in chairs around a large table, standing against the walls and seated on the floor. 

“Our goal is no homeless in parks or on the beaches,” said Price, a position favored by many in the room. 

Friendship Shelter’s vision is ending chronic homelessness in South Orange County, one person at a time; that no one is homeless in our community for more than 30 days and that they have a bed for every one of those days. 

Reuniting families is another goal, not always possible if the family has given up on a member. However, social worker Carol Eastman reported on recently reuniting two families that were willing to try again.   

“If their family doesn’t support them, why should we?” questioned one participant at the meeting.

Attorney Jennifer Zeiter suggested the homeless could give back to the community that is supporting them by volunteering. 

Price firmly believes that the best way to get the chronically homeless off the streets is to get them into permanent supportive housing. She claims it is cheaper, cutting in half the $100,000 cost per chronically homeless person in shelters or on the streets per year. That reduction can save the city $4.3 million a year, she said.

Blake was among those who question Price’s numbers.

Currently, Friendship Shelter offers 30 beds in their building on South Coast Highway, 45 mats at the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, a combined 87 beds in permanent supportive housing including at Henderson House – named for Friendship Shelter founder Rev. Colin Henderson – in San Clemente, Silver Lantern in Dana Point and scattered single units. 

Friendship Shelter will add another 17 beds in a San Clemente building formerly rented by the month as affordable housing, as the tenants’ leases expire.

“I can’t tell you how angry that makes me,” said Blake.

His reaction was echoed by some participants in the meeting, who objected to the idea of moving out people who are paying rent and “moving in drug addicts.”

One man flat out did not believe Price’s statement that a donor, whose named Price declined to reveal, came up with the $3.5 million to buy the building.

“Somebody is making money out of this,” he said.

Besides the cost of the chronically homeless to the public, concern was expressed about safety issues: the merely annoying or downright scary encounters with the homeless on the streets, at Main Beach or in Heisler Park.

One man said his daughter and her two daughters are afraid to go the beach because of the homeless. Several in the audience nodded their heads in agreement. 

Police have upped their presence at Main Beach at the request of Blake and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow and reports of misconduct have declined. 

Friendship Shelter has also created a day-time program at the ASL, at which people can shower, wash clothes and get some counseling – not spend their days aimlessly wandering or sunning themselves on park benches.    

“If they aren’t breaking any laws, they have a much right to sit on a bench in a park as I do,” said Laguna Beach resident Anne Frank. 

“And I will gladly pay the taxes.” 

Blake said there has been talk of formally organizing a group, possibly to be called Laguna Residents Alliance. Saturday’s meeting was organized by Jeanette Huber. She can be contacted on Nextdoor.

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Council to be asked permission to fly Gay Pride Flag

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council will be asked tonight to approve a request to fly the Rainbow Flag on the pole in front of City Hall to commentate the impact the gay community has had on Laguna Beach and on the county.

Laguna Beach Pride 365, a year-round organization that promotes cultural diversity in Laguna Beach, has requested that the flag be flown from May 22 to June 30. The group has also requested that flags be placed on the parking meters in front of City Hall from May 23 to June 2.

June has been celebrated by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community since 1968 in honor of the uprising in Greenwich Village in New York City, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement, and to commemorate the impact that the gay community has had in the United States.

Laguna Beach Pride will kick off its festival with a party from 6 to 10 p.m., May 31, on the Club Nirvana Rooftop. There is no cover charge.

Main Street Bar & Cabaret, 1401 South Coast Hwy, will be the site of the official Pride Weekend Kick-Off Dance Party. Wear a Rainbow and join in the Best Rainbow Contest to win prizes and surprises. 

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Rainbow flags flying

JUNE 1

--Nature Hike

8 to 10 a.m.   

Enjoy an early morning hike to get the juices flowing for a full day of pride. Your tour director will meet you with bottled water and maps for the outing as you discover a portion of the 22,000 acres of preserved outdoor spaces that surround Laguna Beach. More details will be provided as they become available. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is free. Location in the Canyon to be determined.

--OC Craft Gastro Pub Drag Bingo Brunch, 237 Ocean Ave 

11 a. m. to 2 p.m.

Endora can call the number as no one else can, including her own raucous commentary, all in good taste, as always. With some great prizes to be awarded to the winners, the competition will be fierce. Enjoy some personable hosts and bingo card distributors that will certainly add to the entertainment value. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

--Laguna Beach Pride Festival, Seven7Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd

Join host Wilhelmina Caviar, Jennifer Corday and Joey Suarez for entertainment from 3 to 8 p.m., and dancing from 8 p.m. till midnight. 

Enjoy a day of entertainment with specialty vendors, GoGos, Queens, Guest DJs, and Special Guest Performances. General Admission is $15. Early Bird pre-purchase is $12. VIP Admission is $55. Early Bird pre-purchase is $45. The VIP Package Includes a private lounge with a no host premium bar, complimentary light bites and free valet parking. More details to come. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

JUNE 2

--West Street Beach Pride Celebration

All ages are welcome for an afternoon of fun at the iconic West Street Beach, with a featured guest DJ, entertainment and dancing. All ages and all families welcome. There is no charge.

--Pride Closing Party T-Dance, Mozambique, 1740 South Coast Hwy

5 p.m. to midnight

Featured guest DJs, GoGos, and Queens galore. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $10 admission.


Light the Way for Change

Light the Way for Change

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Over 400 people attended Light the Way for Change on Sunday at LBHS, hosted by WAVE...to inspire us to be the change we want to see in our community


With abundant resources, the “Back to the Future” summit guides seniors into the realm of aging well 

Story and photos by DIANNE RUSSELL

The old adage “Age is just a number” plays well in theory, but in truth, the numbers do matter. Age brings with it a myriad of challenges, both mental and physical, trials that at times, seem overwhelming. However, on Friday, the 12th Annual South County Senior Summit, “Back to the Future of Aging and Dementia” – sponsored by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Office on Aging, Age Well Senior Services, and Soka University – offered attendees many tools and resources to navigate the rocky terrain of aging. 

With abundant Lisa

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OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett welcomes the audience

Supervisor Bartlett welcomed the large crowd, stating that when she took office in 2014, 750 attended the summit, and this year, they expected participants to number around 2,000.

That isn’t surprising. Where else can seniors listen to experts demystify aging concerns and gather resources to make informed choices – and all at no cost? 

An important result of research is that senior health is 80 percent local (meaning choices), and 20 percent genetic. One of the speakers admitted, “It takes a village to achieve quality of life as one ages and to stay vital and independent.” The resounding advice was to take action, and there are many ways to do so.

Lifelong learning

A critical takeaway from the talks was that mental stimulation is paramount in fighting the isolation and loneliness of aging, getting out of the house and developing friendships is crucial. Saddleback College Emeritus Institute offers a variety of tuition free courses for older adults in over 30 sites in South County. The summer term begins on May 28, but students can typically register for classes even after they have started.

Dan Predoehl, director of Saddleback College Emeritus Institute, said, “There are currently 6,100 registered students. Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed stated mental stimulation was the most important aspect of Emeritus Institute courses.” 

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Time traveling DeLorean from movie Back to the Future – complete with Doc Brown

Michael Schrader, CEO of CalOptima, explained their program: “CalOptima is a county organized health system that administers health insurance programs for low-income children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County.”

CalOptima’s One Care (HMO SNP) (a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan) is for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Additionally, Age Well Senior Services (formerly South County Senior Services) offers a variety of services. CEO Steve Moyer explained that Age Well is a nonprofit, public benefit 501(c)(3) organization located in Laguna Hills. Since 1975, Age Well has been providing critical services, resources, and programs to seniors living in South Orange County. One of their services is Meals on Wheels, which consists of three meals a day. Last year, they delivered 342,000 meals. They also provide transportation for non-medical emergencies such as doctors appointments (last year, they provided 64,000 non-medical rides), and their senior center gives seniors opportunities for socializing. 

What’s most important to seniors

        Erin Ulibarri, Operations Manager for OC Office on Aging, detailed the five most important concerns for seniors: personal home safety (83 percent), in-home care, family caregiving, case management, and housing referrals assistance. Her office provides older adults, their families, and caregivers with information, referrals, and access to agencies and programs that can help them with senior-related services.

There’s no doubt that cognitive functioning is uppermost on seniors’ minds.

Dr. Joshua Grill, PhD, Director, UC Irvine Institute of Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders, presented the latest statistics on Alzheimer’s disease (a type of dementia), its scope, state of the science, and what seniors can do. The lifestyle risk factors include: family history, head trauma, midlife obesity, midlife hypertension, high cholesterol, and poor sleep. Of course, the biggest risk is age. Dr. Grill said, “The risk dramatically increases as we age.” To lower risk, factors involve: higher education, healthy diet, physical exercise, cognitive activity, and social activity.

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Dr. Joshua Grill points out risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease in OC

The most common progressive dementia among the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases. Nearly 50 million people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease, including 6 million in the United States. Approximately 600,000 Californians are affected, with an estimated 84,000 individuals in Orange County. In OC, it’s the third cause of death, while in other places, it’s the sixth cause. Collectively, it costs 200 billion dollars a year and can cost a family $300,000.

It represents a cluster of systems that cause cognitive impairment, which can result in the inability to function in daily life, and at its worst, the patient needs 24 hour a day, 7 days a week care. 

Unfortunately, as stated by Dr. Grill, the drug options in 2019 can’t slow or reverse the disease or prevent onset or stop it. The hope it that a cocktail of drugs might work, and UCI Mind is looking for research heroes.

Judi Bonilli, Director of Education for Brain Fix Now, offered words of encouragement to take action using the Six Pillars of Brain Power (which counteract the triggers for Alzheimer’s). All are evenly weighted: stress management, health (drug interaction), physical activity, nutrition, lifelong learning, and social prescriptions. Her motto is “The future is what you make it.”

Healthy living online community

Iris OC, of which Linda Zimmer is project director, is a healthy living online community for older adults. It uses technology for aging services, since each individual can input personal information and then search events and services.

Dr. Kerry Burnight, Chief Gerontologist and one of the creators of GrandPad, works to prevent social isolation by use of an elder user-friendly phone. She also advocates for elders and has worked in elder abuse. The GrandPad is described as, “a simple and secure tablet for seniors. GrandPad senior tablet easily connects loved-ones ages 75+ with family & friends.”

How does the movie Back to the Future play into the topic of aging well? We obviously can’t time travel back 30 years, the past is gone, but with 2019 comes a vast array of knowledge to maneuver the bumpy path of “aging” in order to live well and independently – into the future.

For more on Emeritus classes at Soka, go to www.saddleback.edu/emeritus.

For more on Age Well Senior Services, go to www.agewellseniorservices.org.

For more on UCI Mind, go to www.mind.uci.edu.

For more on Iris OC, go to www.irisoc.

For more on OneCare Connect, CalOptima, go to www.caloptima.org.


Laguna Beach – A Look Back

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society

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The Pottery Shack was started by two brothers – Van and Roy Childs – in two old log cabins on the corner of Coast Highway and Anita. Success required more space and in 1937, they moved a few blocks down to the corner of Brooks and Coast Highway. Eiler Larsen loved “greeting” visitors from the front of the Shake, and an imposing statue of the Greeter was placed on the corner circa 1965. Christmastime was very special at the Pottery Shack, with an elaborate holiday display taking over the grounds. Also in the ‘60s, artists would “throw” pots on urns in the front, attracting locals and tourists to browse the large selection of pottery available. In 2016, the Pottery Shack was preserved as The Old Pottery Place, with new shops, Sapphire restaurant, and a refurbished Greeter statue taking over the landmark site.

Laguna Beach Historical Society is located at 278 Ocean Ave. They are open Friday - Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, call (949) 497-6834 or visit www.lagunabeachhistory.org


5G Rally in Laguna 

5G Rally signs

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Residents rallied on Saturday, May 18, calling on wireless companies (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) and their sub-contractors (Crown Castle, ExteNet System, and other antenna installers) to suspend the deployment of small cell wireless antennas near homes and apartments until such time as chronic, low-level exposure to 5G radio frequency (RF) microwave radiation can be proven safe for everyone.


Dennis’ Tidbits 

By DENNIS McTIGHE 

May 21, 2019

The swells are swell 

Dennis 5Most uncharacteristic of May, Pacific storms have been invading all of California with a pattern of weather more typical of late February or early March with generous amounts of snow down to 5,500 ft. We’re talking significant snow totals over the last few days, up to three feet of new snow and here on Sunday evening it’s dumping up there again!

A little over a week ago, it was warm up there with rapid snowmelt as high temps approached the 70 mark at the 6,000-foot level and lows at the same altitude were above the freezing mark. Sunday, the hi-lo at 6,000 ft. was 34-27 with heavy blowing snow with winds up to 50 mph.

Down in the lowlands, hefty rain amounts up to five inches or more are pelting the Bay area, setting all kinds of May rainfall records. Previously, San Francisco’s wettest May was 3.81 inches in 1957. May of 2019 has shattered that record with a total so far this month of 5.71, and we still have ten more days left in the month. The Northwest is getting some rain from this latest system but the brunt of the action is focused on California. May in Laguna averages about two tenths of an inch. Our wettest Mays were 1977 with 2.62 inches and 1.31 in 1990.

Finally a healthy Southern Hemisphere swell visited our coast with three strong days last week. The welcome swell came from 195 degrees and it was a long period (17-19 seconds). The standout spots were Malibu with six-foot sets trying to accommodate the 75-100 hungry riders. Lower Trestles loves this direction and everybody knows it. Body count: 75-100. 

Laguna’s Rockpile Point offered several well overhead sets with that usual hairy takeoff right in front of those big rocks, hence the name Rockpile! Brooks Street had a few Second Reef sets but the inside doesn’t really shine on this direction and wave interval. It closes out a lot. A severe angle (160-180 degree) shorter interval (10-11 seconds) is needed for the inside to really work. The best tide is 3.5-5.0 ft. 

Brooks is positively a one-person wave, or supposed to be, but when the inside is firing, count on two to three dozen players out at any given time. Point Loma, just south of San Diego, has a very compatible bathymetry to accommodate these long period swells on almost any tide. Baja has a whole host of assorted point breaks that welcome this direction. Laguna’s south swell window is 160-225 degrees. The more severe angle, the better the wave.

There’s a wave in Newport that’s really elusive, that only breaks correctly maybe three times in a good year. The stars almost have to line up but when they do, 15th Street in Newport morphs into a wave as heavy and hollow as Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore, the only real difference is the bottom. Hawaii’s version explodes over a very shallow and dangerous coral reef where our version is all sand bottom.

In all my years, I’ve only seen 15th Street (Newport Point) huge and perfect at 10-15 ft. plus at 10-second intervals and an angle of 160-165 degrees. Only a Mexican hurricane can make the spot work magic. Heavy riders from Hawaii have ridden the spot for years, ever since the place first gained notoriety in September of 1966, compliments of a Category 5 hurricane that was creeping along to the NNW about 250 SW of Baja’s tip just inside our swell window. The last time “The Point” really fired was in late August of 2014 from Category 5 hurricane Marie.

Finally, we’re still waiting for that first 80-degree day in Laguna. Don’t count on that happening anytime soon! 

Stay tuned, ALOHA!


The art of rain 

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The art tennis

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Splish splash, your serve! 

The art drops

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Drops create scarlet circles

The art drain

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Beauty in rushing water


LBBC presents “Urban Design for Downtown Laguna, a Citizen’s Perspective” with Norm Grossman, May 29

The Laguna Beach Beautification Council is proud to present “Urban Design for Downtown Laguna, a Citizen’s Perspective” with Norm Grossman on Wednesday, May 29 at Montage Laguna Beach.

Norm Grossman has been involved with planning and development issues in Laguna Beach since moving here in 1978. He has served on the Laguna Beach Planning Commission from 1988 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, he served on the Design Review Board from 1984 to 1986. 

LBBC presents Norm

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Norm Grossman will speak at the LBBC meeting on May 29

He has stayed involved in City planning issues as a Board member of the Laguna Beach Beautification Council and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. His professional background includes 25 years as an electrical design engineer and manager in the aerospace industry and 20 years as a college instructor and administrator.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leah Vasquez, President of LBBC, at (949) 494-5787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complimentary parking is provided by Montage Laguna Beach.

Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 South Coast Hwy. The event will be held in Executive Suite #225.


Three new chefs helm the luxury culinary experiences at Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach is pleased to announce three new talented chefs holding key positions on the culinary teams for the resort, including the elegantly casual all-day dining venue The Loft and the standalone signature restaurant Studio.

“With the addition of these three exceptional, highly experienced and innovative talents, we are excited to provide new destination-worthy dining pleasures throughout Montage Laguna Beach,” said Anne-Marie Houston, general manager for the 255-room resort. “New Executive Resort Chef David Serus, The Loft Chef Joosung Lee and Studio Sous Chef Robert Rando each bring enthusiastic dedication to his craft and expert culinary management leadership skills to the various dining venues at the resort.”

Chef David Serus brings to Montage Laguna Beach his refined approach to food preparation by outsourcing the best seasonal products, applying well-executed classic techniques and keeping flavor profiles clean and distinctive. With over 25 years of luxury culinary experience, he is well equipped to oversee operations for the resort’s special events, meetings, weddings, and banquets. Additionally, lending his culinary support and business acumen to the resort’s restaurants, Serus is looking forward to perfecting the exceptional dining options Montage Laguna Beach offers.

Raised in Le Mans, France, and taking early inspiration from watching his grandmother in her kitchen and working at his uncle’s bakery during school vacations, Serus knew early on excelling at fine hotel restaurants would be his chosen career. After attending cooking school in Quimper, France, he served a year in the French navy and then worked at two Michelin Star restaurants – one in London and the other in the South of France. 

Three new Serus

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Executive Chef David Serus joins the Montage s

He went on to work seven years at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, followed by 17 years working for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts across the U.S., including serving as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Arizona; The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grand Lakes, Florida; and The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. In 2013, Serus was awarded the prestigious title of Maître Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France) from the French culinary community, of which there are only 86 in the U.S. He’s an avid cookbook collector and enjoys exploring the region on his motorcycle.

Seoul, Korea-born and raised, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park graduate Chef Joosung Lee is leading the culinary team at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach. He is introducing enticing lunch and dinner menus that reflect inventive California cuisine heightened by Asian and other global food influences and flavors. 

With over 15 years of working in prestigious kitchens, including the now closed The Dining Room Ritz-Carlton Pasadena, Charlie Palmer in Costa Mesa, and at Scarpetta, Montage Hotel and Spa, Beverly Hills, Lee is excited to be creating new dishes at The Loft drawing on his love for the bounty of seasonal, interesting multi-cultural ingredients available from area markets and purveyors and the use of fresh herbs from the resort’s gardens.

Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft, a chic all-day dining destination for Montage Laguna Beach guests and local casual food lovers, is known for its outstanding dining experience and interactive Cheese Gallery with over 30 selections of regional and international cheeses. 

Lee’s innovative new lunch menu offers temptations including Artisan Sandwiches such as Arugula Pesto Wrap and Crispy Chicken with emmental and red cabbage. New entrées include Shrimp Chitarra, Seared Ahi Tuna Niçoise, and more. His new dinner menu designed for food devotees features refreshing Cantaloupe and Cucumber Gazpacho; Superior Farms Lamb Chops with sorrel pesto, vanilla-braised treviso and aged balsamic; Sunburst Squash with tarragon, chili flakes and lime; and other new selections. The chef has also created new Pasta and Grain dishes, Choices From The Ocean and local side Accompaniments.

Since attending The Culinary Institute, Hyde Park, New York, Studio’s new Sous Chef Robert Rando’s culinary career trajectory started when he worked at various starting positions at Relais & Châteaux Toppers at the The Wauwinet hotel in Nantucket, Mass. Then it was on to NYC’s Eataly and positions at Mario Batali’s former Lupa Osteria Romana, also in Manhattan. From there, Rando gained the job as saucier chef de partie and then sous chef at famed Relais & Châteaux Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island, and most recently he returned to Toppers as sous chef and then chef de cuisine.

Rando has left the East Coast to bring his years of high-end luxury dining experience to the West Coast, where he will be in the kitchen of Studio, working in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Martinek at this luxurious signature restaurant perched bluffside over the Pacific. Rando will be an important part of the team that creates Studio’s à la carte menus, much-loved tasting menus, special wine dinners, and private dinners at the Chef’s Table – all featuring exquisite French cuisine inspired by local purveyors and markets, as well as Studio’s expansive garden. Rando says he “is particularly excited to be cooking with diverse seasonal Southern California ingredients in such a stunning ocean setting.”

 For more on the Montage Laguna Beach, visit www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach

The Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 South Coast Hwy.


Boys & Girls Club Pancake Breakfast 

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Boys and playing

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In honor of its 15th anniversary, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Bluebird Branch held its annual Harry Bithell Pancake Breakfast at Bluebird Park

Boys and crowd

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Crowd enjoys beautiful weather

Boys and girl

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A hand-painted unicorn to celebrate the occasion


LCAD Game Art students win Blizzard Student Art Competition

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that an LCAD student won and another placed in the Blizzard Entertainment Student Art Contest. Leah Jackson’s “Enchanted Cottage on a Cliff” won the Environment Art category and Josh Shelnutt’s “Kuhn’Vusa Battle Tank” was a Character Art category runner-up.

“I wouldn’t be where I stand if it weren’t for the kind souls that have guided me here,” Leah said. “There have been times when I lost belief in myself and felt wrapped in darkness. It was those people who gave me golden glimmers of knowledge and empathy that lead me to find a path to greatness.” 

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“Enchanted Cottage on a Cliff” by LCAD student Leah Jackson

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a great collaborative relationship with Blizzard Entertainment,” said Gavin Rich, chair of LCAD Game Art. “We’re extremely proud of Leah and Josh for their achievements.”

LCAD’s reputation has attracted industry partners like Blizzard to teach and mentor students. Many LCAD Game Art alumni have been recruited to work with the game giant.

Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams hold the annual contest for college and university students to submit original artwork that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft. Grand prizewinners receive a tour of Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, two hours of mentorship with a senior artist, a one-year subscription to World of Warcraft, a Blizzard Entertainment notebook (featuring an original sketch by a Blizzard artist), and a Blizzard t-shirt.

For more information about LCAD Game Art, visit www.lcad.edu/game-art/program/program-overview


LBHS Drama and Park Avenue Players present Little Shop of Horrors in concert this weekend

This Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m., LBHS Drama and Park Avenue Players present Little Shop of Horrors in concert. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. 

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

LBHS Drama cartoon

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Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant

The meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant, which he names “Audrey II” – after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination. 

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy, has been produced worldwide to incredible success.

This LBHS Drama presentation is performed in concert style with live on-stage musicians at Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theater.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lbhs.booktix.com

Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theater is located at 2100 Park Ave.

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Breakers’ Community Day offers cardiac screening, athletic physicals, breakfast and much more on June 15

Laguna Beach High School Breakers will host a Community Day “Breakfast with the Breakers” on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities will take place in various locations at the high school: the quad, Artists Theatre, library, and green room, and will include athletic physicals for $40, a pancake breakfast for $5 donation, sports teams, clubs, colleges, K-12 art activities, drama and student performances, and cardiac screening.

Families are invited to come and enjoy their 2nd annual “Breakfast with the Breakers” community day.

Breakers' Community quad

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2018 event activities in the LBHS quad

To stop sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), Heartfelt is partnering with LBHS to offer student/athlete and family cardiac screenings in the north gym. For a donation of $85 per person, they will screen adults and kids, ages five and up. The echocardiogram (ECHO) and electrocardiogram (EKG) are the best tools for detection of the risks of sudden cardiac death. These tests typically cost $1,500 and are usually not covered by insurance.

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from this nation’s number one killer, sudden cardiac arrest. Residents can help with their “heartfelt” efforts to save lives through early detection, education, and increasing public awareness. 

Breakers' Community pancakes

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Community flips over pancakes at 2018 breakfast

A young athlete dies from SCA every three days. SCA is the #1 killer of women, and kills 450,000 people annually.

To schedule a screening appointment, go to www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org and click on “Schedule a Screening.”

The event is sponsored by the Laguna Beach High School Athletic Boosters.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave. Parking is available in the District Lot across the street from the school.


Furry and feathered friends 

Furry and dog

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Who’s walking who? 

Furry and birds

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Hmm, wonder what those sandals taste like?


First LagunaPalooza Concert this weekend will raise money for great causes

The first-ever LagunaPalooza Concert for Charity, featuring American Idol contestant Andrew Bloom, will raise money for Waymakers Laguna Beach Youth Shelter and the National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation.

The concert takes place this Saturday, May 25, from 4 - 11 p.m. at HotelSeven4one in Laguna, and will include an open bar, gourmet cuisine, silent auction items, and other special entertainment to raise funds for the two worthy causes.

The 9-99 Foundation, which organized the event, is thrilled that Andrew Bloom will be headlining the show. Bloom, a pop and R&B guitarist and vocalist, counts among his influences Allen Stone, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer. He was just 17 years old when he was a contestant on American Idol Season 14. (He is now 21.)

With an emphasis on resolving the crisis and providing long-term stability, Waymakers works with families and leverages community resources to create healthier situations at home. Waymakers Youth Shelters have touched more than 13,457 family members and served more than 5,317 at-risk Orange County youth since opening in 1979.

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American Idol contestant Andrew Bloom

The National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation assists the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community. Their bravery brings great sacrifices of career-ending injuries, post-traumatic stress, and line of duty deaths. The 9-99 Foundation is there for these heroes when they need it most, providing support, guidance, and relief to injured law enforcement officers and their families through financial aid and mental health.

The 9-99 Foundation Grant Recipient Justin Ellis is just one example of the wonderful work that the Foundation does to help law enforcement personnel.

“Thanks to the donation from the 9-99 Foundation, I was able to complete four physical therapy training sessions at REACT. These are two-hour sessions where I worked with two different trainers who pushed me towards a goal. Mine was to stand in my leg braces and build up my endurance & strength,” Ellis says.

“Due to me pushing myself and having this money to make these sessions happen, for the first time in two years I was able to stand without a walker in my leg braces for our family Christmas photos. This was an incredible experience for me, and for both my children and wife to see me stand after it being so long since I last stood. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

There are several opportunities for Lagunans to make a difference in the lives of local youth and law enforcement heroes. Tickets to attend the event can be purchased online for $150. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The event organizers also appreciate donations and silent auction items. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 11683, Newport Beach, CA 92658 and checks made payable to The 9-99 Foundation.

For more information, visit www.lagunapalooza.org.


Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 at LAM extended to September 22

Laguna Art Museum announced that Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991, which opened on January 17, 2019 and was previously scheduled to close on May 27, will remain on view through September 22. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, on May 23, the museum will host Victor Hugo Viesca, Cal State LA professor and co-producer of the Self-Help Graphics oral history project, for a talk titled “Creating Our Own World Where We Belong: The Cultural Value of Self Help Graphics & Art.”

Self-Help Graphics is an East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s. It was founded by Sister Karen Boccalero, who was inspired by the committed social and political commentary she saw in the silkscreen prints made by her fellow nun, the celebrated Sister Corita Kent. 

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Ricardo Gonsalves, “Don Juan’s Got the Blues,” 1988, silkscreen (18 colors)

In 1982, Boccalero launched the Screenprint Atelier program, which provided Chicano and Latino artists of the Los Angeles region with studio facilities, materials, and the technical guidance of a master printer. The result was an extraordinary and exuberant flowering of the silkscreen print.

Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 is comprised of prints from the large Self-Help Graphics collection purchased by the museum in 1992 with the help of Charlie Miller, René and Norma Molina, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition includes sixteen works by Glenna Boltuch Avila, Alfredo de Batuc, Yreina Cervántez, Sam Coronado, Alex Donis, Ricardo Gonsalves, José Lozano, Delilah Montoya, Malaquías Montoya, Raoul de La Sota, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Miguel Angel Reyes, Frank Romero, Eloy Torrez, and Patssi Valdez.

For more information on the Laguna Art Museum, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.


Community Art Project presents “Expressions Grand,” opening June 8

Starting June 8 and showing through September 27, Community Art Project (CAP) will present “Expressions Grand.” The opening reception is Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to come meet the artists and see their work up close and personal.

The CAP Gallery celebrates summer with abstract art in “Expressions Grand,” showcasing two remarkable Laguna Beach abstract artists, Elizabeth Bridy and Elaine Cohen.

Abstract art, not unlike the summer season, is pure fun. Swirling shapes, an array of colorful patterns or maybe pure energy is what the viewers see. It is open to interpretation and only requires an open, inquiring mind. It gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to it.

Form, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition, and process are the formal qualities of abstract art: they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Meaning is derived from how these formal qualities are used to create a visual, emotional or cerebral experience.

The paintings by Elizabeth Bridy and Elaine Cohen feature abstract art consisting of bold colors, original designs, layered compositions, and the use of mixed media. Their art reflects passion, spontaneity, and emotional freedom.

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Elizabeth Bridy, “Jamais,” Mixed Media, 84” x 60”

Art has been a part of Elizabeth Bridy’s life since her youth. Growing up in Quebec, Canada, she was always fascinated by the seasons and the way the colors, textures, and materials could blend together to form something new and beautiful.

Bridy has studied various art mediums over the years, and her paintings have been displayed and collected locally and internationally. She has been particularly drawn to mixed media because of her desire to incorporate various materials on a blank canvas. She takes different aesthetics to create compositions that speak to the viewer in many ways.

Each layer tells a story. Each layer evokes a different emotion. The compositions of her mixed media works are layered with fabrics, magazines, clippings, charcoals, crayons, and acrylic paint. Colors, textures, and the overall composition define this artist’s emotions.

Born in New York, Elaine Cohen was raised in California. She first dreamed of becoming an artist when she was five years old. After raising a family and a career in several fields, she eventually studied sculpture with Robert Cunningham, a former Artist-in-Residence at the Getty Museum.

Cohen has since received numerous commissions for sculpted and pencil portraits. She was the featured “Emerging Artist” on PBS White House Chronicles on three separate occasions. She has developed a passion for abstract art, which is completely different from the figurative sculptures she has created. She creates her paintings with mixed media, which consists of acrylic paint, found objects, ink, pastels, and printed materials. Her paintings are all original, no reproductions, and as she forms her creative process, she may take a few minutes or weeks or months to complete a painting.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. Ongoing exhibitions can be enjoyed at The CAP Gallery, in the unique Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave. 

Visit www.caplaguna.orgfor information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be added to the email list, or to become a member and supporter of CAP. 

CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.


Real Talk Laguna Beach presents “Journey to Justice” tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Real Talk Laguna Beach is proud to present a community discussion on the Tahirih Justice Center, titled “Journey to Justice,” at the Susi Q Center.

The Tahirih Justice Center protects courageous women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by elevating their voices in communities, courts, and Congress by creating a world where “all women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity.”

The Tahirih Justice Center stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

For more information, visit www.tahirih.org

This is a free event with limited seating. To reserve a seat, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.


Cox recognized for 14th time among Top 50 Companies for Diversity

Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in the U.S. and pioneer of gigabit broadband to homes and businesses, earned the No. 11 spot on the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. 

This marks the 14th time the company has been recognized among the nation’s corporate diversity leaders. Cox was also specifically praised for its leadership in executive diversity councils and ranked in the top five for supplier diversity and philanthropy.

“Building stronger connections with our employees, our suppliers and our customers gives us a competitive advantage, and I’m so proud of how diversity and inclusion has become the core of who we are at Cox,” said Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications. “Earning a spot on the DiversityInc list reinforces the important work happening every day across our business.”

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The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. Cox first appeared on the list in 2006 and was ranked No. 13 in 2018.

“I am thrilled that the commitment by Cox leaders, team members and employee resource group and diversity council participants is being recognized again by DiversityInc this year,” said Karen Bennett, executive vice president and chief people officer. “We will continue to push to create a diverse and inclusive environment that brings out the best in all of us.”

DiversityInc’s extensive annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on talent results in the workforce and management, senior leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. 

This year’s competition was improved by adding questions that connect talent programs and workplace practices to desired talent results. The Top 50 analysis also addressed the intersectionality of race by analyzing women and men representation of each race/ethnicity separately, rather than combined.  

“We revamped our algorithms and now have a reliability quotient of .92,” notes Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. “DiversityInc Top 50 Companies have a decisive advantage because they treat people more fairly than other companies and there is more opportunity for all. Top 50 companies also deliver a greater-than-average return for shareholders.”

To view the entire Top 50 list and specialty lists, visit www.diversityinc.com/top50.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Suzie Harrison

Police Beat derives from information in the daily police and arrest logs published on the City of Laguna Beach’s website and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). Additional information is obtained through communication with the Laguna Beach Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

Information in the logs is deemed reliable and Stu News Laguna is not responsible for any mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.


Incident Reports

Saturday, May 18

Fairview St | 200 Block | Driving with a Suspended License, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

11:54 p.m. Gabriel Cacres Jr., 25, Anaheim, was arrested for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500), possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Ocean Ave | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:42 p.m. A 23-year-old Fullerton man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Sunset Terrace | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

7:19 p.m. A 26-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Oak St | Parole Violation

6:02 p.m. Jerald Jerrod Cousian, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

3:14 p.m. Linda Lee Scott, 50, Hemet, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Nyes Place | 100 Block | Probation Violation, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance 

9:18 a.m. Scott Jay Abraham, 48, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating probation (no bail was set) and possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

Anita St & Glenneyre St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Driving with a Suspended License, Warrant

2:18 a.m. Alan Reggino Espinoza, 29, Highland Park, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500), and on a warrant for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $15,000).

Unknown | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:20 a.m. A 21-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Cress St & Catalina St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:29 a.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).c

Beach St | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:47 a.m. A 26-year-old Louisville, Colo. man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, May 17

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:49 p.m. A 25-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Monterey St | 31200 Block | LBMC Violation

9:10 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to fireworks discharged. According to police records, the RP stated that suspects in a nearby rental home were shooting off fireworks.

S Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Battery on a Peace Officer 

7:37 p.m. Sandy Edith Larios, 46, Anaheim Hills, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and sbattery on a peace officer (bail was set at $2,500).

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Vandalism

4:44 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a broken toilet in the South Heisler bathrooms. According to police records, the toilet in the first stall was “broken in half…the stall was locked and tied off.” LBPD contacted Public Works and they responded that the damaged toilet would be replaced and marked off until it was replaced. The damage was estimated to be approximately $500.

Unknown | Warrant

3:16 p.m. Dustin Robert Clapp, 37, Fountain Valley, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Y Place | 300 Block | Contempt of Court

1:32 p.m. Sean Patrick Minney, 30, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in contempt of court. Bail was set at $15,000.

Unknown | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Trinidad Sotello, 31, Placentia, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500). 

Thalia St | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Resisting Arrest

1:34 a.m. Gregg James Clapper, 47, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and for resisting arrest (bail was set at $2,500).

Thursday, May 16

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

11:18 p.m. A 57-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St | 1100 Block | Petty Theft, Trespassing, Loitering 

7:41 p.m. Ryan Terrance Conley, 18, Laguna Beach, was arrested for petty theft (bail was set at $500), trespassing (bail was set at $500), and loitering (bail was set at $500).

Park Ave | 800 Block | Burglary

6:36 p.m. Robert K Martin, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for burglary. Bail was set at $50,000.

Cypress Drive | 800 Block | Information Only

10:17 a.m. LBPD received a report referencing road rage. According to police records, a motorcyclist followed the RP to her garage door yelling profanities. The RP wanted it noted in case something else occurs.

Wednesday, May 15

S Coast Hwy & Cleo St | Information Only

4:28 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a possible road rage incident. According to police records, the RP stated, “an older driver almost hit a pedestrian crossing the street. The pedestrian then threw a drink towards the vehicle and possibly wet the driver since the window was down.” LBPD reported that no calls had been received from either party involved. 

Broadway St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:11 p.m. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:37 p.m. A 73-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Jasmine St | Emergency

1:43 p.m. LBPD received a 911 call in reference to harassing phone calls. According to police records, the caller said he has been “receiving harassing phone calls stating that there is a warrant out for his arrest. He advised that he did not give any information or cash.” LBPD advised the man that the calls were “more than likely a scam and advised him how to proceed.”

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:32 a.m. A 62-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

High Drive & Cypress Drive | Probation Violation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

8:47 a.m. Michael Allen Garcia, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating probation (no bail was set), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and for being under the influence of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).