Caller reported man in wheelchair in middle of Laguna Canyon Rd
A cell caller called 9-1-1 Monday at 6:47 p.m. out of concern for a man “…wheeling down the center of the roadway in a wheelchair.” The caller was at Laguna canyon Rd and El Toro Road.
Police did an area search. Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said, “An officer approached a man sitting on the ground in a parking lot with an open bottle of vodka next to him.”
That turned out to be Zachary Turman, 28, no fixed address, who had been in the wheelchair.
Wants and warrants turned up a no bail Santa Barbara County Court warrant for probation violation and felony domestic violence.
Man arrested for DUI with three kids under 10 in his car held for felony child endangerment - $100K bail
A cell caller reported to police that a man appeared to be driving impaired with three young children in the car this past Sunday evening.
At 7:11, officers stopped the car in the 400 block of Through Street. Three children ages, 9, 8 and 7 were on board.
Jason Lowell Hamm, 46, San Marcos, was investigated for drunk driving and after failing field sobriety tests, he was arrested for DUI with a prior conviction.
Because the children were in the car, he was also charged with felony child endangerment with bail set at $100,000.
Their grandfather later picked up Hamm’s children, 8 and 7, and the 9-year-old was released to his father.
DUI checkpoint will be set up here this Sunday night
The Laguna Beach Police Department said in a press release that it would be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on May 29 at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
It said, “The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
“In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.”
Laguna College of Art and Design bestows degrees on 123 students - largest graduating class in its history
LCAD Class of 2016
As of Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m., 123 students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) class of 2016. President Jonathan Burke with James R. Mellor, chair of the board of trustees conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Design and Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Game Art and Illustration. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred four graduate candidates earning MFA degrees in painting and two post-baccalaureate certificates.
LCAD’s class of 2016 is the largest graduating class in the College’s history. It is also the college’s most diverse student group.
“During rehearsal I asked the graduating seniors if they were first generation or second generation from another country. Thirty-eight of our undergraduate senior class told me they or their families were from around the world,” said Hélène Garrison, PhD, dean and vice president of Academic Affairs. “It is telling the wide reach of Laguna College of Art and Design and its influence on art, design and entertainment throughout the world.”
She listed the countries: Armenia Georgia, Brazil, Britain, Chile, China, Cuba, El Salvador, France, Iceland, India, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Tonga, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Elizabeth Turk, a celebrated sculptor and accomplished photographer and videographer delivered the keynote address. Turk has won several awards and grants, including: a MacArthur Genius Grant, and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship, both in 2010; a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2011; and a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for Artistic Achievements from Arts Orange County in 2012.
Turk commended students for their imaginative and eloquent Senior Capstone projects, citing Neal Wojahn’s persistence in earning his Bachelor of Fine in Game Art over the course of 13 years.
“Thinking about this moment for all of you is humbling. The years, the resources you have committed, I wonder what words will do that effort justice,” she said. “All of us who create chase our curiosity, our passion, our crazy ideas, expose our vulnerabilities are undeterred by failure. We turn impossible into possible and this inspires everyone around us. This is success.”
Sigmundur Thorgeirsson, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with an Entertainment Emphasis, was LCAD’s 2016 Student Commencement Speaker. He thanked his family for traveling from Iceland to see him graduate.
“I learned firsthand how hard-working and creative LCAD students really are,” he said. “In my major I took a class in almost every department. In Animation and Game Art, I saw students bring their creations to life. In Fine Arts, I saw paintings that left me breathless, in Illustration, students were creating whole worlds from stories and in liberal arts, I watched students become thinking artists. LCAD is a great school.”
Sue and Bill Gross gave $15,000 to Sandra Woodard
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Sandra Woodard’s co-workers were excited when the $15,000 check from Sue and Bill Gross was delivered to Hudson Salon & Spa in North Laguna last week
Laguna Beach residents and generous philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross read a story in Stu News earlier this month and decided to help Sandra Woodard. Their check in the amount of $15,000 was delivered to Hudson Salon & Spa upstairs next to Pavilions at the end of last week.
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Single Mom Sandra Woodard and her daughters
Here is the story about Sandra that we featured:
The Hudson Salon & Spa is reaching out to the community to help one of their own. Hudson staff member and dear friend, Sandra Woodard needs help. She is an esthetician, single mother of two girls and local Laguna Beach resident who just was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
At this time, it has been confirmed that Sandra has the rarest form of ovarian cancer: Clear Cell Ovarian Carcinoma. She is stage 3C/4. There is no cure for this cancer. However, there is a chance that it can be put into remission with chemotherapy.
“As you can imagine, this is a tremendously difficult time for Sandra and her family,” said Katrina Martino, owner of Hudson Salon. “We remain hopeful that she responds well to chemo and we pray for a full remission. With your love and support it will make it possible for Sandra to focus on beginning her journey towards recovery. Please share with your friends and family, together we can help her make this happen!”
Katrina has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Sandra. To learn more and contribute click here: https://www.gofundme.com/29ax6xak
“It’s Your Money” final session today – 1:30 at Susi Q
The final session for the free 8 week “It’s Your Money” series is being presented at the Susi Q this Friday, May 27, at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker for the session titled “The Big Takeaway” will be Meghan Coolbaugh, CFP® a fee only fiduciary financial advisor with Duttenhofer Advisory Group since 2012 in Laguna Beach.
In this session we explore the psychological side of investing that leads most folks to dramatically underperform the market. This session will dive into recent research in neuroscience that proves that the human brain is hardwired to make highly emotional and mistake-prone investment decisions. We also cover how the 24/7 media news cycle wreaks havoc on our decision-making, again leading to poor investment decisions and performance returns. Finally, we recap the five most important takeaways that lead to investment success.
Meghan is an active board member on the Financial Planning Association of Orange County, and in 2015 was named “Volunteer of the Quarter.” She is committed to being a philanthropic resource to those who are charitably minded, and is a Professional Council member on the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California, she played professional volleyball in both Europe and Asia, then returned to California and earned a teaching credential with a Master’s Degree in Education.
The “It’s Your Money” series is sponsored exclusively by charitable organizations, is purely educational and no insurance or financial products are sold at the session or afterwards.
Memorial Day in Laguna Beach: Pancake Breakfast, Monument Point ceremony and a band at Main Beach
Memorial Day has long been a traditional community gathering for many locals starting with the $5 pancake breakfast at Cliff Drive and Myrtle St from 7-10:30 a.m. and followed by the Laguna American Legion and VFW posts solemn Memorial Day Ceremony at Monument Point at 11 o’clock.
At 12:30, the Laguna Concert Band will be in concert at Main Beach.
The Laguna Beach Exchange Club hosts the pancake breakfast with firefighters, police and lifeguards flipping and pouring at the grills. Sponsors include Las Brisas, the White House, and Whole Foods.
All proceeds go toward the Exchange Club’s partner, the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct their 89th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of all their comrades who died in all the wars and conflicts protecting our country. The ceremony will take place at Monument Point in Heisler Park at 11 a.m. sharp. The keynote speaker will be Constitutional Historian and Post 222 member Howard Hills.
Music will begin at 10:30. The public is invited to come early, as seating is limited. For more information contact Richard Moore at 376-6340 or Dave Connell at 494-2065.
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The Laguna Concert Band will remember those that paid the ultimate price defending our country during a free Patriotic Concert
City gets a look at $57,524,600, fiscal 2016-17 budget
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The City Council will have more money than expected to spend in the next fiscal year---and lots of places to spend it.
Finance and IT Director Gavin Curran had the happy task of reporting to the council and members of the public at the budget workshop Tuesday afternoon that more revenue came in than expected during last year. The unanticipated increase offered the council the opportunity to fund or increase funding for staff-recommended projects and a wish list, appropriated when the two –year budget was approved in 2015.
“Staff assumed some moderate financial growth in 2016-17 and put in a three Percent increase in property taxes,” said Curran. “When we looked at sales last year, we pushed it up to four percent. But we didn’t change our estimates of 3.5 percent increase in hotel taxes and a two percent increase in sales taxes.”
The property tax increase adds $283,000 to revenue estimates. Community Develop Department fees also exceeded expectations, estimated to be $88,000, as did the vehicle license fees, now estimated to increase by $100,000. The parking fund is expected to generate $325,000, $75,000 more than anticipated.
The proposed budget is projected to be $57,524,600, with $107,300 left to address the wish list.
Despite the increase in revenue, City Manager John Pietig cautioned the council and public to be aware of talk about recession in Sacramento.
“It is important to keep this in mind as additional appropriations are considered,” said Pietig.
However he did present 13 proposals for funding, with which the council agreed. His suggestions ranged from hiring new personnel to funding for a ballot measure if required after completion of a community survey and upping the salary of the Civilian Services Offer Jim Beres to compensate for added responsibilities.
Pietig also culled eight items from a 14-item wish list compiled from requests by council members and city departments.
Requests included funding for a lifeguard tower at Treasure Island, additional part-time hours at the Community Center, one time funding for experiments in traffic control programs such as scrambles, cultural arts staffing and a matching $50,000 grant for the Laguna Plein Air Painting Assn. sponsored by council members Kelly Boyd and Toni Iseman.
“This year we have more requests for funding than ever,” said Pietig.
And that was before 28 folks in the audience went to the microphone to plead their cases, in addition to the 52 community assistance grant applications, to be reviewed and recommending for funding by Boyd and Councilman Bob Whalen.
KX93.5 founder Tyler Russell submitted an application for a $40,000 annual maintenance grant, in addition to a one-time request of $23,490 for the installation of new equipment. The council was most impressed by the station’s desire to be an active player in critical situations.
“We are the only instantaneous source of information other than the Nexil system, which everyone isn’t subscribed to,” Russell said. “Everyone does have an FM radio.”
Chamber of Commerce President Larry Nokes asked for another $45,000 to broaden an assessment of parking to encompass the whole city.
Former Councilwoman Ann Christoph asked the council to help communications with the owner of the land on which the South Laguna community Garden is planted and a financial contribution to implement the purchase of the garden.
John Thomas urged the council to fund police department requests to deal with tourist activities.
Diamond Crestview resident Matt Lawson supported the Fire Department’s request for $500,000 to continue fuel modifications in the city’s most dangerous interior canyons. Hobo Canyon is next on the list.
“We urge council to make fuel modification a baseline budget going forward rather than a ‘wish list’ item and the same for ongoing maintenance,” said Lawson, a member of the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee.
The revised budget will come back to the council at the June 28.
The version presented Tuesday is available for review on the city’s website, http://www.lagunabeachcity.com
53rd Brooks St Surf Contest window opens June 3
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The waiting period for the 53rd Brooks Street Surf Contest begins on Friday, June 3. The surf contest, touted as the oldest surfing classic in the world, is open to Laguna Beach residents only.
This year, the contest “window” will include Fridays in addition to the weekend to increase the likelihood the event will occur.
To download a registration form, please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net or call the Community Services Department at 497-0304 for more information.
Hill Insurance Agency will celebrate 70 years here in business – with the community on Friday, June 3rd
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
It’s been a family affair for 70 years at the George FJ Hill Insurance Agency. John Hill’s dad, George, started the business in Laguna Beach in 1946.
“He crawled out of a ditch,” John says with a laugh. “He was working as a plumber – with Andrus, and worked with Joe Valenti in the day.”
George Hill and his brother opened up the insurance agency where Whole Foods is now, and brought John into the business when he was just a teenager. Minus a stint in Germany during the Cold War after he was drafted, John has been with Hill Insurance for 64 years now. Add in 26 years that John’s son worked at the business before finding another calling (he’s a full-time pastor now), and daughter, Peggy, who continues the tradition, and you’ve got a family that knows how to work together.
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(Left to right) John, Peggy, and Alice Hill will host a 70-year anniversary for their insurance agency located at 319 Third Street, on June 3, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
“We get along,” Alice Hill said. She added that their daughter is ready to take the helm, “Peggy is set to row the boat.”
John’s none too sure about the concept of retirement. “I don’t like it,” he mummered.
So, instead of retirement, the Hills want to celebrate their 70 years of continuous coverage for Laguna Beach. They will be hosting an open house on Friday, June 3 at their 319 Third Street office, from 3:30 – 7 p.m. Long-time customer, Mandarin King will be doing the catering, and the community is invited.
It’s Hill Insurance Agency’s way to thank all of their clients, friends and business associates for their continued business and support.
“Come by for a bite and raise a glass, or stay for awhile,” the Hills all say. “We would love to see you!”
LPAPA “12th Annual Best of Plein Air” show opens June 2
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is excited to continue its curated exhibitions at LPAPA In Residence with a juried exhibition featuring over 60 original paintings chosen from a pool of over 450 entries from LPAPA members all across the country, which opens during First Thursdays Art Walk at Forest to Ocean Gallery, www.forestoceangallery.com.
The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, June 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Awards being presented by Mr. Jean Stern, The Irvine Museum’s Executive Director, at 6:30 p.m.
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(Artists L-R) Frank Eber, Jo Ann Arnett, Larry Cannon
“This is an amazing show. With the First Prize award being the coveted automatic entry into LPAPA’s 18th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational held in October, the best of the best have entered this show,” said LPAPA Executive Director, Rosemary Swimm. Participating artists include Ebrahim Amin, Scott Lloyd Anderson, Joe Anna Arnett, Joli Beal, Nanette Biers, Jacquelyn Blue, Gobind Boyes, John Budicin, Larry Cannon, Bill Cramer, Rick J. Delanty, David Downes, Frank Eber, Aimee Erickson, Maryana Espe-Wagor, Jonathan Gaetke, Richard Gallego, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Pamela Ingwers, Sibyl Johnson, Becky Joy, Paul Kratter, Greg LaRock, John P. Lasater IV, Susan Lynn, Will Maller, Patricia McGeeney, Clark Mitchell, Gia Moody, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Paige Oden, Rita Pacheco, Frances Pampeyan, Lori Putnam, Laura Rosenkranz, Anthony Salvo, Aaron Schuerr, Julia Seelos, Randy Sprout, Kim VanDerHoek, Durre Waseem, Toni Williams, Jim Wodark, and Tonya Zenin.
For more information, visit Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) at www.lpapa.org.
LB Books will host local author, Randy Kraft June 1
On Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will be welcoming local author Randy Kraft discussing her latest book, Signs of Life.
An intimate story of an unusual bond between a pragmatist and Buddhist, potter and photographer, and a woman who documents memories versus one mired in memory. Who will show signs of life?
Nell’s husband and son died in a freak accident only weeks before 9/11 hit NYC, where she resides, and the one-two punch rendered her a recluse. Ten years later, Anna, her last friend and confidante, is also the victim of an accident, and Nell ventures out from the city to join family and friends awaiting Anna’s recovery. What no one knows is Nell promised Anna to protect her right to die, a role she never wanted, which is further complicated when she discovers secrets that call their friendship into question. Confronting Anna’s defiant sister and husband, bolstering her adolescent children, and encountering unexpected allies, Nell is forced to examine the narratives we create about ourselves and the people we love, and ultimately defend her place in Anna’s destiny, as well as the unusual choices she has made to deal with tragedy.
Author Randy Kraft migrated to Laguna Beach in 2006 from the east coast, where she grew up in New York City and raised two daughters in Connecticut. She has written for several New England newspapers and both regional and national magazines, reporting on business, education, women’s issues and social services.
She is a freelance journalist, who previously covered the city for the Laguna Beach Independent, pens the OC BookBlog book review at Firebrand’s OCInsite.com, and is a communications consultant and writer for non-profits. She has a Master’s Degree in Writing and an MBA.
gofundme campaign for Terri Smith reaches out
By TINA HERTENSEN
My name is Tina Hertensen and I am launching this campaign on behalf of my very good friend Terri Smith. We are raising money to help cover the vast cost of Terri Smith’s medical treatment, and for the ongoing support of her and her family. I am extremely lucky to have Terri as a friend, and I want to thank each of you in advance for any donation you may make to help Terri and her family.
Terri (center) with her son, Dylan, and her husband, Darren
This is an overview of what has been happening to Terri beginning in Oct 2015: Diagnosed Thyroid Cancer, Nov: Surgery Thyroidectomy and Amyloidosis detected/found, Dec: Radioactive Iodine Treatment, Dec: Diagnosed with Unexplained Congestive Heart Failure and signs of amyloid cardiac involvement, Jan 2016: Multiple biopsies performed typing the amyloidosis, Feb: Diagnosed with AA Amyloidosis and diagnosed with Cardiac Amyloidosis diastolic left ventricle congestive heart failure, March: Pet-Scan detected inflamed lymph nodes and mass in abdomen, April: Evaluated at UCLA for a heart transplant and biopsy mass found in abdomen, May: Surgical consultation to remove mass and surgery at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital.
Terri’s condition is very rare, and the treatment is very expensive. On May 17, she was checked into UCLA to remove the mass in her abdomen.
Update Thursday, May 26: Terri was having surgery at 1:30 p.m. All prayers and positive thoughts on deck now. Ask that her heart stays strong through surgery and she has no complications.
“I’m scared but more terrified of not having it, and letting the amyloid slowly steal my life and my families joy. They have suffered as much as I have; it has been extremely difficult for all of us,” said Terri recently. “Last year, I was a healthy happy mother, cheering my son Dylan and his teammates on at his Laguna Beach High School freshman football games, and excited for his first year of high school. [I was] working in a job that I loved for the last ten years as a Massage Therapist. I was taking ballroom dancing and drum lessons, paddle boarding, and enjoying beach parties.
“I am going back into the hospital and hopefully the mass taken out in my abdomen will be successful and indicated as the source of the inflammation that has attacked my heart.”
We are very positive this procedure will be successful and will allow Terri to go back on the heart transplant list.
Please consider contributing to Terri’s care and medical expenses by making a donation to the gofundme campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/terrismithfamily
Free admission to locals at LAM through May 30
The City of Laguna Beach voted unanimously in favor of a Cultural Facilities Improvement Matching Grant Program.
As a token of thanks for the City’s support, Laguna Art Museum is granting free admission to all Laguna Beach residents through May 30.
Just show your ID and get in free!
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. Hours are Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Wednesday. For more information, call 494-8971.
City photo contest “My Laguna” entries due June 1st
To celebrate Laguna Beach, the City is sponsoring its second annual Photo Contest. Photographers are invited to submit high-resolution photographs fitting the theme “My Laguna.” Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on June 1, 2016.
They are looking for original perspectives on life in Laguna Beach and encourage images that depict the vibrancy, vitality, and livability or our City. Photographs may be entered in the categories of “Parks and Open Space,” “Built Environment,” “Community Life,” and “Beach Life.” Participants must live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach.
All images must be taken within the city limits of Laguna Beach.
Winning entries will receive $100, recognition at a City Council Meeting, be featured on the City’s social media channels, and be posted in a gallery on the City’s website. For details, complete rules, and information about how to enter, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/photo_contest.htm.
Prestigious FOA scholarship grant for LBHS student
The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation (LBHSSF) announced that it has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Festival of Arts (FOA) Foundation. The FOA Foundation grant creates an endowed scholarship fund that will award an annual scholarship to a graduating Laguna Beach High School student who is pursuing advanced studies in visual or performing arts.
“This is such a great honor,” says Mark Powell, President of the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation. “Laguna Beach has been at the forefront of arts and culture in Orange County for almost a century, and we are honored to be able to custodian this FOA Foundation grant to support a new generation of artists from our city.”
In 2015, the LBHSSF awarded 308 awards totaling $373,400.00 and is on track to increase those numbers for 2016. “The average cost of an in-state public university is about $28,000 per year, not including books and living expenses,” adds Powell. “Our goal is to help all of our LBHS graduates by relieving some of that financial strain.”
The Dupp Brothers will open at Bluegrass & BBQ concert
Returning to the roots of American music via Appalachia and the American West, with a nod to Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and English traditional music, Laguna Beach Live! will present its fifth Bluegrass & BBQ concert on Sunday, June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. outdoors beneath the oaks of Laguna Canyon at the Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.
Arizona-based bluegrass sensation The Sonoran Dogs will headline the family-friendly concert. The band of four seasoned musicians plays traditional bluegrass standards, Americana, folk, and Celtic arrangements. They are highly sought-after for bluegrass festivals throughout the western U.S.
“Signing them was a coup,” according to Laguna Beach Live! executive director Lucinda Prewitt. “It’s a special treat to have this caliber of talent come to Laguna to play t our fifth bluegrass concert. The event has taken hold among locals as a relaxed day to come together to enjoy wonderful music and delicious food in a beautiful outdoor setting before the rush of summer.”
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The Dupp Brothers
Opening for the Sonoran Dogs will be The Dupp Brothers, a Laguna Beach band that describes themselves as “a bunch of good ole boys who play hippie hillbilly music.” The tongue-in-cheek band name plays on the alter egos of the musicians: Popp Dupp (Morgan Burrell, guitar, dobro, mandolin, vocals), Jack Dupp (Rob Boyd, guitjo, harmonica, washboard, vocals), Waxy Bill Dupp (Steve Belkin, vocals, lead guitar), Stan Dupp (Chuck Pierce, upright bass, vocals), Bo Dupp (Daniel Blank, fiddle), Rev. Allcooter Dupp, (Richie Uhl, guitar, lead vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo).
A highlight will be the food selection. Guests are invited to enjoy barbecue selections including pulled pork (which must be ordered in advance), tri-tip, chicken, or a chicken and tri-tip combo plate. Dinners include coleslaw, baked beans, a dinner roll and bottled water. A gourmet cheese board includes four cheeses, charcuterie, dried fruit, nuts and crackers. Salads, wine, and beer will also be available.
Dinner for children 12 and under consists of two mini hot dogs, chips and a cookie.
Tickets are on sale now at 800-595-4849 or www.lagunabeachlive.org. Information line: 949-715-9713. Concert tickets: Adults $20 advance, $25 at door; children 12 or younger $10 advance, $13 at door.
Barbecue: $20 advance, $25 at door; children 12 and younger $10 advance, $13 at door. Cheese board: $14 in advance, $15 at door.
VIP tickets are available in advance only; $100 includes reserved table seating, concert and barbecue.
General admission includes seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are provided. No outside food or beverages will be permitted. Limited parking is available at LCAD. A free trolley will run between LCAD and free parking at ACT V, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit lagunabeachlive.org.
Third Street Writers invite the public to attend an open reading on June 1 entitled Here Comes the Sun
On Wednesday, June 1, the Laguna Beach Third Street Writers will hold an open reading of short stories, poetry and essays, entitled Here Comes the Sun, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third Street.
The free event will feature original stories by local writers. Light refreshments will be served and on-site parking is free. No registration is required. If time allows, guests may read their works of 750 words or less, for a maximum of three minutes.
Third Street Writers, a membership 501(c) 3 nonprofit based in Laguna, is dedicated to fostering the development of new and veteran writers by providing opportunities to study, produce and showcase literature. In addition to individual projects, Third Street Writers sponsors writing workshops, public reading events and community outreach in an effort to promote the art of writing.
For more information, call 858-775-3114 or visit www.thirdstreetwriters.org
Critics of San Onofre’s nuclear waste storage will present an expert panel about the issue on June 8
Secure Nuclear Waste, a coalition of concerned San Diego and Orange County citizens, elected officials, legal authorities and nuclear experts, will be available to the public on June 8 at 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach City Hall to discuss San Onofre’s nuclear waste storage strategy.
“Our goal is to empower the public voice to force Edison to remove all radioactive materials from San Onofre through all political and legal means. We believe in transparency at all levels of government and regulatory agencies. Their first job is to keep the public safe, not protect the profits of Edison,” says spokeswoman Rita Conn.
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Will San Onofre become a nuclear waste dump?
According to Secure Nuclear Waste, Edison, if not stopped, will bury 1632 tons of lethal radioactive material in untested, experimental canisters on the beach, 42 yards from the ocean and only inches above the water table. The group contends that there is currently no way to transport these canisters and no way to inspect them for cracking.
The canisters contain 89 times the amount of radiation as was released at Chernobyl, according to a study by Senior Policy Advisor Richard Alvarez.
A Q&A with Tom Palmisano, vice president, Decommissioning and Chief Nuclear Officer, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, published on the website www.songscommunity.com in February of this year, contains the following comment on the used nuclear fuel at San Onofre:
We will continue to safely store used fuel on site, as we have for more than 30 years, following best industry practices and subject to ongoing NRC oversight. San Onofre’s safe and secure storage uses a combination of technologies…we intend to move all of the used nuclear fuel into dry cask storage by 2019. Storage in canisters is a key step as it also facilitates transfer of used nuclear fuel to an off-site storage facility.
However, Secure Nuclear Waste contends that every year Edison does nothing to find a safer place for the radioactive materials and has no incentive to move them, because the Department of Energy gives them millions of dollars for keeping it there.
The panel discussion on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach City Hall promises to be both contentious and enlightening.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center seeks local Gift Shop volunteers to seal the deal with visitors
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is looking for volunteers to work in its gift shop on a regular basis. Gift Shop volunteers greet and assist visitors with their Gift Shop purchases and payment transactions. They also help stock the gift store shelves, take simple inventory as requested, and help keep the Gift Shop tidy.
Volunteers are expected to make a commitment for a full year, with some flexibility allowed during the summer months. There are two shifts: morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m. Gift shop volunteers are asked to work one three-hour shift a week on a consistent day, and they are encouraged to volunteer at PMMC’s annual fundraising events.
The Center prefers that volunteers be over the age of 18 and able to work well on a team. Basic computer and cashiering skills are a plus.
More information can be found at http://www.pacificmmc.org/volunteer-opportunities/ - giftshop