Laguna cops chase and catch Newport burglars
3:13 p.m. 3-25-15
Newport Beach PD issued a red channel broadcast to all OC agencies at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday to be on the lookout for a newer model white Kia with three male Hispanic occupants. They were wanted after being interrupted while committing a residential burglary off E. Coast Hwy in Corona del Mar.
LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said a Laguna patrol unit saw the vehicle headed outbound on Laguna Canyon Road near Forest Avenue about six minutes later. When the officer got behind the Kia, the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
Police said the Kia was involved in a traffic crash (no details at this time) in the area of El Toro Road.
“One of the occupants took off on foot and was found hiding in some bushes.” Two others were detained inside the vehicle.
“We have three in custody to hand over to Newport Beach PD,” said Sgt. Kleiser.
Girl, 8, on scooter and car meet in SoLag intersection
“It’s still not clear if she was struck by the car.”
Sgt. Eric Lee, the LBPD Watch Commander Monday night said this when providing some details about a call that came in around 6:45 p.m. at 5th Avenue and Virginia Way in South Laguna as a vehicle vs. child.
A witness said the girl, 8, was on a scooter on Virginia Way when she saw the car coming down the 5th Avenue hill at a low rate of speed. The witness said the girl was quick-thinking enough to lay down her scooter and bail.
Paramedics treated the girl following protocol as if she had been hit by the car and transported her to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.
She had complained of pain in a leg, had a bloody lip that caused some pain and was otherwise in good spirits as she was transported by ambulance according to monitored radio broadcasts.
Cab strikes man after the two argued over fare amount
A taxi cab driver and his passenger argued over the amount of the fare when the driver dropped the man off in Blue Lagoon Saturday night.
A 9-1-1 call was received at 9:53 about a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the location. The cab had left the scene.
Police said the man’s injuries did not appear too serious but the exact injuries were not known at press time.
Sgt. Tim Kleiser said the accident report had not been completed but added that the cab driver had called the police station not long after the incident. Officers met with the driver and took his statement.
The final disposition is pending, Sgt. Kleiser said.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center is calling on coastal communities for support as sea lion strandings reach record numbers - again
In March of this year, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) neared maximum capacity for the amount of sea lions their facility can hold. Sea lion strandings for California are above 1,900 since January - that is five times higher than the historical average. Due to this massive influx, PMMC feels it is imperative that the coastal community, (marine safety, police, residents and visitors) be well educated and informed on stranded sea lion protocol for the safety of the public and of the animals.
California sea lions can strand for a number of reasons including injury, illness, weather and/or ocean conditions.
This early on in the stranding event, it is very difficult to pinpoint what is the definite cause. However, we do have several theories or factors to keep a close eye on. One of those factors is the availability of prey. High fat and rich in calorie prey such as sardines are very important for nursing sea lion mothers; and for the pups as they begin to wean and start foraging on their own. One theory is that mothers are needing to leave their pups for longer periods to search for food as the fish or prey has moved further and deeper from where it normally is, causing the sea lion mothers to be away from their pups for a longer time, or search out nearer prey that is not so calorie rich.
Other potential causes include infectious disease outbreaks and harmful algae blooms; however, there is no indication of either of these issues being involved in this current event.
PMMC asks that the following guidelines be closely followed when you come upon a stranded sea animal:
Do not attempt to touch, pick up the animal or pour water on it.
Do not attempt to feed the animal. They are wild animals and can bite as well as be very stressed by human presence.
Keep your distance and politely asks others to do the same too in order to give the animal the best chance of survival.
Call (949) 494-3050 and describe the animal in as much detail as possible.
PMMC is restricted from rescuing animals from certain areas i.e. jetties, buoys, and rocky points (North Crescent Bay) that are considered “natural haul out areas.”
Rescue teams are responding to multiple rescues a day from San Onofre to Seal Beach; every animal is important to us. The rescue teams and the animals appreciate your patience and understanding.
To assist the animals through the organization, you may contribute an in-kind donation of supplies or a monetary donation. Visit Pacificmmc.org for a list of needed supplies and for the link to make monetary donations.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center wishes to thank all of those individuals, organizations, marine professionals whom have worked so hard to assist the Center during this crisis! Thank you!
Haggen Food & Pharmacy opens in SoLag at 4 p.m.
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The merger between Safeway and Albertsons was required by the Federal Trade Commission to divest duplicate stores in small market areas where competition might be stifled. With just three supermarkets in town, Laguna Beach is such an area.
Haggen, previously an 18-store family-owned chain in the Pacific Northwest, acquired 146 stores from Safeway-Albertsons and will reopen SoLag’s Albertsons store as Haggen Food & Pharmacy on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Albertsons closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Saving the date for the Friendship Shelter - a great cause includes good times with good friends
It’s the Dinners Across Laguna we’re looking forward to! The Friendship Shelter is near and dear to our hearts, and this annual fundraiser is an important component of their success.
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On April 7, from 6-9 p.m., make sure to join hosts Stu Saffer, Shaena Stabler, Ivan Spiers, Marshall and Elizabeth Ininns, and Doug and Judy Anderson for an evening with appetizers and a couple of cocktails by Mozambique, and live music by Jason Feddy and his Beatles tribute band, The Beatroots.
100% of the ticket sales from the Dinners Across Laguna at Mozambique will benefit the Friendship Shelter.
Tickets are $45 per person, and may be purchased by clicking this link: Dinners Across Laguna at Mozambique tickets
Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
The Friendship Shelter has enjoyed proceeds from the Dinners Across Laguna fundraisers for 22 years now. There have been some $1.5 million raised to help struggling, recovering, or indigent people find a helping hand.
The successful residents of the Friendship Shelter have achieved life goals beyond food and shelter, including life skills training and job coaching. The program at the Friendship Shelter provides a home, three meals daily as well as a wide range of support services for 32 men and women. Residents are expected to work, save money, and develop skills to rebuild their lives.
The Friendship Shelter is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, and is funded through the generosity of philanthropic individuals, foundations and organizations throughout the area.
Festival of Arts nominated for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards – cast you vote everyday!
The Festival of Arts happily announced that it was nominated for Best Art Festival in USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. An expert panel selected the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters as one of 20 contenders for the Best Art Festival category.
The public has four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. Online voting is open now and runs through April 13, 2015. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Winners will be announced on 10Best on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 then later on the USA TODAY website.
To vote for the Festival of Arts, please visit www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-art-festival/.
10Best, Inc. is a division of USA Today. 10Best.com provides its users with unbiased travel advice through its consumer site 10Best.com on top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for top destinations in the US and around the world. The core of the site’s power is its team of local experts, a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields (and their cities) but discriminating in their tastes.
This charter bus got hung up on the Third Street Hill…
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…at about 8 a.m. Saturday. An unidentified high school track team exited and got its warmup trekking to LBHS for the 46th Laguna Beach Trophy International
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This is one of some photos Scott took Saturday at the LBHS Track. If we are able to get meet results, we plan to run more photos in our Friday edition.
“What Work Is”
By DAVID PECK
Special to StuNewsLaguna
When I was a teenager – 60 years and 3000 miles away – scrambling for spending money wherever I could pick it up, a friend suggested that I could make cash caddying at a nearby golf course, so I hitchhiked down to the club early one summer morning, signed up, and then spent the next 10 hours sitting in a hot, stuffy caddy shack, waiting for a job. At about 4 o’clock, when the rest of the boys were on the course or had gone home, a man wandered in and gave me his bag, and we started off. He was not a very good golfer, and spent most of the next hour swearing at his clubs and threatening to give up golf. When we finally finished, he gave me $2.
I think of that day often when I drive by the Laguna Day Worker Center, where dozens of men wait for a few hours’ work. It’s no fun waiting for a job; the boredom is bad enough, but the thought of what you’re wasting for nothing is worse. Most of us reading this are successful in some way, work hard, believe in the rewards and the dignity of work, and have rarely had a day like that – waiting for a job. But day workers experience it every day. They work for many reasons: to survive, to pay for rent and food, to support families, and, in some cases, to send money back to families in Mexico or Central America.
I thought of those workers when Philip Levine died last month. He was a poet and a teacher at Fresno State for 30 years, and the U. S. Poet Laureate in 2011-2012. He wrote about working – about his own jobs on assembly lines in Detroit as a young man, but also about work today.
One of his best poems, one reprinted in The Sacramento Bee when he died, is called “What Work Is,” and captures some of what day workers experience.
By Philip Levine
You know what work is – if you’re
old enough to read this you know what
work is, although you may not do it.
Forget you. This is about waiting,
shifting from one foot to another.
Feeling the light rain falling like mist
into your hair, blurring your vision
until you think you see your own brother
ahead of you, maybe ten places.
You rub your glasses with your fingers,
and of course it’s someone else’s brother,
narrower across the shoulders than
yours but with the same sad slouch, the grin
that does not hide the stubbornness,
the sad refusal to give in to
rain, to the hours wasted waiting,
to the knowledge that somewhere ahead
is a man who will say, “No,
we’re not hiring today,” for any
reason he wants.
Levine’s not writing about our day workers, but the experiences are similar – the arbitrary nature of hiring, the uncertainty, the disappointment. Levine was a great poet, and “What Work Is” reminds us why, and reminds us as well of what work is for many people not as lucky as we are.
David Peck is the Chairman of the South County Crosscultural Council, which oversees the Laguna Day Worker Center, among other local projects.
MozambiqueLIVE presents Allen Stone this Friday night
MozambiqueLIVE will present Allen Stone to perform live on March 27 from 10 - 11:15 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available online only $25 in advance and $35 day of show at MozambiqueOC.com.
While the buzz was building in early 2014 about the Internet of Things, Allen Stone was recording in his rustic Washington State cabin and extolling the virtues of an old-fangled kind of connection – the one that exists between people playing music together.
The 26-year-old soul singer, praised as a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” by USA Today, was working on the follow-up to his self-titled breakthrough album, which he released digitally on his own stickystones label in late 2011. His self-titled album shot into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts shortly after its release.
Soon the unsigned artist was appearing on shows like “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Live from Daryl’s House.” NPR’s Ann Powers hailed the album as “meant for those of us who like our R&B slightly unkempt and exceedingly feelingful” and Forbes ran a feature focusing on his remarkable success as an independent artist.
The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised Stone’s live show, noting, “his music reached back four decades to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.”
The Blue Rabbit: exploring the richness of color in art with LCAD professor Michael L. Jacques at Bowers
On Sunday, March 29 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Norma Kershaw Auditorium at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Michael L. Jacques, established artist and Admissions Advisor at the Laguna College of Art + Design, discusses color personalities, color cousins, and how warm
and cool colors affect our daily lives. A book signing will follow in the John M. Lee Court.
The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706.
Michael L. Jacques is a 20+ year exhibitor in the Festival of Arts, professor at Laguna College of Art & Design, lover of dogs, printmaker and colorist.
Summer’s on its way…What to plant now? SoLag Community Garden Park and The Ecology Center workshop this Saturday
In a one-hour workshop by Lauren Fieberg of The Ecology Center, gardeners will learn how to understand the principles of seasonal planting. It provides a specific look at which crops are seasonal and climate-appropriate for local gardens right now. You will learn tips on seasonal garden maintenance and have the opportunity to ask your own specific garden questions.
This Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m., at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. The workshop is free, and donations are appreciated.
Lauren Fieberg has over ten years of experience in organic gardening and fruit trees pruning. She was educated in Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz where she managed gardens and worked to plant edible landscaping around campus. These days she is educating the next generation at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach teaching AP Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Science, and managing their school garden.
In her free time she prunes fruit trees, install gardens with Transition Laguna Beach, and cares for 16 hungry hens.
The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a non-profit educational center that engages individuals, families, and students in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions at the household and community level. Its 1-acre site is composed of a headquarters and general store in the historic Congdon Farmhouse (built in 1878), plus the surrounding learning landscapes and The Eco-Labs of Food, Water, Energy, Waste, and Shelter. The facility welcomes individuals and groups for educational tours, field trips, camps, and private events. For more information on their workshops and events, visit: theecologycenter.org.
Budget symposium March 24 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers
The City Manager announced that Gavin Curran, Director of Finance and Information Technology Services, will be holding a public meeting to discuss the City budget on March 24, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
Expected topics include a review of various City funds, revenues and expenditures along with a description of the process to review and adopt a two-year budget.
Curran holds a degree in both Accounting and Finance from Loyola Marymount University and has over 20 years of experience in municipal finance with the last 10 years being in the City of Laguna Beach.
This is the first ever city symposium to help demystify the budget process and encourage a greater understanding of the budget by the public.
Kids will have three chances to find an Easter Egg
2015 has become the Year of the Easter Egg! Laguna’s kids will have chances to find Easter Eggs on three straight days from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.
World’s greatest colored egg hider
The Laguna Beach Parents Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Alta Laguna Park. Member families are welcome.
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After the hunt there will be food, fun, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Visit lagunabeachparents.com to become a member and join in on the fun.
United Methodist Church is calling all children in the area: bring your baskets! An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m., April 4, the day before Easter, in Lang Park, Coast Hwy and Wesley Drive.
Even the youngest children are welcome. Infants will do their searching on a blanket; toddlers will have their own specific area to hunt as well. Older children will have a larger area on the field to look for eggs. Refreshments also will be served.
The Laguna Beach United Methodist Church sponsors the hunt. For additional information, contact the church, 499-3088, or check lagunabeachumc.org
On Easter Sunday, the veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and the Women’s Auxiliary will once again sponsor the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Laguna Beach High School baseball field. It will take place at 1 p.m. sharp on Easter Sunday, April 5. This free event is open to all children nine years old or younger.
The American Legion has been sponsoring this Laguna tradition for more than 50 years. Come early (12:30), as the Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance and will be available for photo opportunities!
Golf and guide dog puppies – a winning combination
Tee Off for Dogs will be at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine the morning of Sunday, April 26. At this 11th annual tournament, golfers will meet working guide dogs and puppies-in-training in a fun, fundraising event supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB).
Tournament registration of $200 includes breakfast, 18 holes with golf cart, and an awards luncheon. A shotgun start and scramble format allows players at all levels to participate in an easygoing atmosphere, enhanced by numerous opportunities to meet and learn about guide dogs from working guide teams, puppies and volunteer raisers located throughout the course and at meals. Themed challenges including a Blind Man’s Hole and a Faster Than a Guide Dog relay hole add to the fun.
Frank Frand created Tee Off for Dogs in gratitude for guides he received from GDB, and he has raised $330,000 to date.
Frand said, “A new life began for me when I received my first guide dog, Jacklyn. She gave me confidence, companionship and freedom from the many dangers facing blind people negotiating streets, sidewalks, cars and people.” His current guide of eight years, Cardinal, is eagerly looking forward to April 26th.
Jazz Guitarist Frank Potenza on April 1 Jazz Wednesday
Laguna Beach Live! presents Jazz Wednesdays on April 1st at [seven-degrees]. Freelance recording artist and performer Frank Potenza and soulful sax player Rickey Woodard team up for a night of jazz with artists Llew Mathews on keys, Richard Simon on bass and Roy McCurdy on drums. These wildly talented musicians capture audiences wherever they perform. More about the artists and to hear their music, visit http://www.lagunabeachlive.org/concerts/jazz-wednesdays. Last concert in the winter series is April 15 with pianist Bill Cunliffe Trio and special guest.
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Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2015 brings great jazz music and great food together. Concerts are at the distinctive [seven-degrees] (http://www.seven-degrees.com/) event facility, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. A full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase from [seven-degrees]. Cover charge is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Buy tickets online at www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 800-595-4849. Doors open at 5 p.m.; concerts start at 6 p.m. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out. Information line is 949-715-9713.
Summer camp registration for kids at the Ocean Institute
Registration opened March 16 for the Ocean Institute’s weeklong summer camps that teach children about ocean science and maritime history. Summer programs begin June 22 and introduce kids to the tiny world of microscopic plankton to the open seas to look for large sea creatures—seals, dolphins and whales. Maritime history programs introduce kids to the Golden Era of Sail.
The Ocean Institute also offers a multi-day overnight camp and single-day camps. For details and pricing on the camps, visit the Ocean Institute website at www.ocean-institute.org.
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Touch tanks are popular and very educational!
Most camps begin at 9 a.m.; the camps include:
Sea Squirts for ages 5 to 6 (sea life-themed books, crafts and marine touch tanks). The daily three-hour camps are for five days with beginning dates of June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Neptune’s Mysteries for ages 6-7 (A Sherlock Holmes-worthy experience, including a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer). The daily seven-hour camps are for five days with beginning dates June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Buccaneer Adventure for ages 7 to 8 (the world of wooden ships, buried treasure, lost arts of mariners and pirates). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Ocean Discovery for ages 8 to 9 (the world of marine scientists, robotic vehicles and a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer and field trip to Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Seafarer’s Odyssey for ages 9 to 10 (tall ships, rowing, steam power—the full world of the Golden Age of Sail, includes a sail on the Spirit of Dana Point). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 29 (a four-day camp), July 13, July 27, Aug. 10.
Coastal Explorer for ages 10 to 12 (science, surf-zones, labs, tide pools, research vessel cruise and kayaking exploration). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 17.
Sea Tech for ages 12 to 14 (marine-science oriented, a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer, using research instruments, gathering information to understand the ocean environment). Two five-day camps will be offered beginning July 13 and August 10.
Marine Science Careers/Internship Academy for ages 14 to 17 (for marine science career-minded students includes intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, R/V Sea Explorer research and more). Students interested must apply for admission to this program and provide letters of recommendation. An application for this program is available online. It will be held Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.
Ocean to Alpine Adventure for those who have completed 9th grade and up will enjoy a week-long camping trip through the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains July 26 – August 1.
Single-day camps include Junior Neptunes (ages 6 to 8) on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Junior Oceanographer (ages 9 to 12) on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rocky Seashores, Kelp Forests and the Deep Sea (ages 6 to 8) on August 5 or 6 (rocky seashores), August 12 or 13 (kelp forests), August 19 or 20 (the deep sea), 1-4 p.m.; and Turtles, Sharks, Whales & the Sea on July 8 or 9 (turtle day), July 15 or 16 (shark day), July 22 or 23 (whale day), 1-4 p.m.