Guest Columnist

Preventing Trauma Accidents during the Holidays

By Dr. John Shaver, M.D.


As the holidays quickly approach, we begin to fill our days with seasonal activities.  Soon we will be hanging lights on our homes and attending holiday parties. Despite this joyous time of year, it is unquestionable that the holiday season brings a spike in trauma accidents, most notably drunk-driving accidents and falls from ladders. Whether it’s driving home tipsy from a holiday party or simply hanging lights on your home, serious injuries can occur if we’re not careful.

With all the celebrations that the holidays bring about, it’s important to avoid finding yourself in a situation where you will likely drive home under the influence. In fact, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report drunk driving related fatally crashes rise significantly in the two-week period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On average, 45 daily fatalities are experienced on American roadways during Christmas and spikes to 54 on New Year’s Eve. This is an increase of 18 deaths per day compared to the annual average.

At Mission Hospital, 34 percent of all trauma incidents during the winter months are from automobile accidents.  Whenever possible, have a designated driver with you at the party. Or, arrange to have someone you can call to give you a ride home.  Even the small amount you would spend on a cab fare is a small price to pay to avoid placing lives in peril. However, driving under the influence is not the only action that contributes to the rise in automobile accidents. Distracted driving – such as texting, talking or listening to a hand-held device or changing the radio – delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Dialing a hand-held device can in fact increase the risk of a crash or near-crash by almost three times.

Of course, it’s not just automobile accidents that see a rise during winter months. Falling accidents account for 23 percent of injuries we treat during the holidays, often a result of falling off a ladder or roof while hanging lights on homes or Christmas trees. It’s a good idea to have someone hold the bottom the ladder for you when you install your lights. Never anchor a ladder on shaky ground. And if you have a helmet, wear it when you’re on the ladder. You may feel silly doing so, but it is far better to feel silly and be safe than to injure yourself in a fall.

Falls off a bike or skateboard can also lead to very serious head injuries should individuals fail to wear a helmet. When shopping for your loved ones this holiday season, remember to always purchase a helmet with that new bike, skateboard, scooter or razor and help protect those you love.

It’s important to know that the risk of these accidents is more than just a bump on the head. The real danger lies in causing severe damage to the brain. Head traumas caused by incidents like automobile accidents or a fall can lead to a very serious if not fatal injury if gone undetected or untreated.

Since head injuries can be so devastating when not treated properly, be aware of how head injuries can occur and be aware of the symptoms. Common symptoms to look out for include nausea, headaches, blurry vision, dizziness or unsteadiness. Should you experience any of these symptoms following a head trauma, it is important seek medical care immediately.

Because of the rise in traumatic injuries around the around the holiday season, it is important for individuals to be extra cautious at this time of the year. We need to remind our loved ones to drive home responsibly from their holiday events and take precautions when hanging Christmas lights. Most importantly, we all must choose to make responsible decisions. Especially at a time when we come together to celebrate each other’s company, we want to make sure we protect ourselves and our loved ones by being aware of the risks that surround us during the holiday months.


Dr. John Shaver is the Medical Director at Mission Regional Trauma Center at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Mission Regional Trauma Center is one of three Level II trauma facilities in Orange County.

I have a blue Christmas tree

Nancy Hamm

Blue Tree Photo

Yup, that’s right, blue!


It was just before Halloween and I was wondering the aisles of a well-known mega store with my family when we happened upon the section devoted to all things Christmas. It seemed harmless enough until out of nowhere my husband, who is typically a man of good taste, proclaimed that the fake 3 1/2 foot baby blue tree at the end of the aisle was perfect. In fact he went as far as saying it was, and I quote, his “dream tree”.

He began telling me that when he was a kid he would beg his mother to get the blue flocked tree (who knew they even made blue flocked trees?) but she never would (I can’t imagine why).  At this point I am doing my very best to keep all taunts and howls of laughter to a minimum. Instead, I opted for the obligatory nods and sighs of sympathy.

That day a little seed was planted in my husband’s head. For the next few weeks this tree was all he could talk about. Had I been of sound mind I would have continued to nod sympathetically, understanding he missed his childhood dream, all the way to the tree lot where we would have picked out a real tree. I know he would have continued to reminisce about the little blue tree but it would have just become a happy memory. Here is where the trouble lies; the more he talked about its benefits the more I warmed to the idea.

After all, it was enticing to not have to worry about the cat drinking from possibly chemically treated water. No worrying about it bursting into flames because I forgot to water it. No dead needles falling to the ground only to be found well into July. And at just 3 1/2 feet tall it wouldn’t take over our living room. Yes, the benefits of this little tree were starting to grow on me.

Last weekend we battled crowds back to the mega super store only to find that our perfect little blue tree was sold out. Sold out! Our anxiety was palpable as my husband spent part of Sunday calling around to all the stores within Orange County to find that the only one within 30 minutes that had our tree was in San Clemente.

It’s hard for me to say this but on Sunday we drove down to San Clemente to buy a 3 1/2 foot blue Christmas tree. It’s not exactly how I imagined my son picking out his perfect tree but from the look on my husband’s face and the excitement our son had as we loaded the boxed tree into our cart it is the perfect tree.


Nancy Hamm PhotoNancy Hamm is a wife and mother to a 4 year old with cerebral palsy. She is currently working on her first novel.

Pot talk

The President of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, Larry Bammer, says the marijuana proposition #19 is dangerous and talks about illegal sales of marijuana from storefront dispensaries.

You can get a medical marijuana card if you have any one of over 200 medical conditions. The 1997 law passed by the people allows those people not only to grow marijuana but also purchase it at dispensaries.

In spite of marijuana being smoked all over Laguna Beach, even by young family parents and hundreds of citizens who have medical marijuana cards, Laguna Beach has no marijuana dispensaries. More hypocrisy by our city council.

Bammer sounds like he would like to raid the dispensaries and goes onto to say 21% of traffic fatalities involved drugs, but he never mentions the legal drug that accounts for a large part of these fatalities – alcohol.

Bammer also fails to mention a new law the Governator signed months ago that allows any citizen to have in their possession – one ounce of marijuana with you in your car or on the street and if questioned by a cop, the most the cop can do is give you a ticket (a misdemeanor) which can be cleared for $100. If you have more than an ounce, you can choose a diversion program and have the ticket taken off your record. If you have a scale, baggies or anything in your car -- beware because the cops will claim you are selling marijuana & that’s a felony.

Roger Carter

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A suggested use for parking revenue

Mark, I love your letter. Our current state of mind [SNL 12/10/10]

One of the reasons our city likes parking is because the city earns about $5,000,000 per year. What some cities are doing is to plow parking revenue directly into, as mark said “walking/biking and other non-congestive modes of transportation.”

To see examples go to

Michael Hoag

Laguna Beach

Everyone loves a parade!

Remember me? Robin Wethe Altman…you put my article in your online paper about “Focusing on the Pageant Binocular Concession”? [StuNewsLaguna 8/3/10]

Grace Wethe Photo

Patriots Day Parade co-founder Grace Irene Wethe in 1967

I wanted you to know that because of your publishing that article, the Patriot’s Day Parade Committee found out that my grandmother was one of the two gals who started the parade in 1967 and they have asked me to ride in the parade this year with the president of the parade in honor of my Grandmother Grace Irene Wethe. She was a DAR member.

Thank You Stu for doing what you do!

Robin Wethe Altman (Laguna local artist)

Our current state of mind

I read with interest Mr. Frank’s interview.  How sad that his biggest disappointment is more parking.  This is not intended as a statement of Mr. Frank’s tenure (which can be described only as most professional) but as a reflection of our current state of mind. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”.

We fancy ourselves an “environmental” city yet we refuse to do what is appropriate to diminish driving and encourage walking/biking and other non-congestive modes of transportation.

Mark O’Connor

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Roger Carter’s inaccurate comments re: Prop 19

As a veteran law enforcement officer, member California Narcotic Officer Association and President of the Laguna Beach Police Employee Association, I felt I must respond to Roger Carter’s inaccurate comments last week regarding Prop 19.

I am proud to say that my organization, the LBPEA, was one of hundreds of law enforcement groups that did not support this dangerous proposition.  As many illegal sales of marijuana in storefront dispensaries in Orange County are being investigated and prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney, I believe the tide is turning and people do not want marijuana legalized.  Even those who supported Prop 215 back in ‘96 and are medicinal marijuana patients have not supported Prop 19.

The DUI statistics from California fatalities from 1998 to 2008 have tripled, with 21.3% of total traffic fatalities involving drugs.  Drug Driving is a huge problem locally and nation wide.  The residents of Laguna Beach can rest assured knowing the Laguna Beach Police Employee Association will continue to oppose the legalization of drugs to protect our community.

Larry Bammer


Laguna Beach Police Employee’s Association

Do we ignore CalTrans policy?

With regard to the $1.6M street re-surfacing project on PCH and Laguna’s residential streets, and the on-going  $10k change-order for striping and final adjustments, now would be a good time to recall the updated policy from Caltrans, California’s Department of Transportation [DOT].

It says “The Department views all transportation improvements as opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers in California and recognizes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes as integral elements of the transportation system.” This means even small paving projects are an opportunity to make small adjustments to better accommodate all travelers, such as shifting striping to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, or in the case of Laguna Beach, providing the stripes in the first place.

Today virtually all the streets planned for re-surfacing are finished while the DOT policy goes ignored. Further, the status quo argues that Complete Streets policy mandated by the State doesn’t apply till Jan 1, 2011, so CS policy can be safely ignored till then.

With the prime interest rate hovering at zero, I will argue it is better to comply with Complete Streets policy yesterday than it will be tomorrow.

Les Miklosy (chair)
The Task Force for Complete Streets LB

“Christmas Ships!”

This year I’m having a bit of trouble ushering in the season. After all, my nearly six years in Seattle got me so used to pine trees, powder-white walkways, and those breath-taking boats aglow with thousands of twinkling lights parading across Lake Washington to kickoff the Holiday festivities.

Kraft Letter Photo

It’s not that the glorious Orange County sunsets and the sweeping coastline aren’t remarkable here. They’re just not, well, very Christmas-y.

Putting all in context, you can imagine my thrill upon looking out my window last evening to see at least a dozen brightly lit boats cruising along the Laguna Beach shore. “Christmas Ships!” I delighted while believing that ‘my’ Christmas season had finally been officially ushered in. Hurrying to the refrigerator I popped open a bottle of extra-dry and selected my most beautiful flute to accompany the merriment.

Upon arriving home minutes later, my husband, Ron (with eyesight clearly intact) hurried out upon the deck to see those glorious Christmas Ships that inspired me so. Not wanting to spoil the pageantry but always one to tell the truth, he could hardly contain his laughter when informing me that those luminescent lights were, in fact, Squid boats harvesting their catch.

“Alas, oh season that eludes me,” so crestfallen and morose was I.

But then, a quick change of spirit so as not to spoil the fun, “A toast to calamari!” I exclaimed as I raised my glass to fisherman everywhere.

“Merry Squidmas” and let the blessed season begin!

Janene Kraft

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Auto vs. Pedestrian

When a person who is using a cross walk to cross a street gets run over by a person driving a car does the driver of the car automatically get a ticket?

Michael Hoag

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…always something to clean

Nancy Hamm

Hamm PhotoAs we pass Thanksgiving, and approach the subsequent December holidays, I find myself in a space of reflection and gratitude. I am grateful for my son who has shown me how to smile through all of the crap that life can throw at you. I am grateful for my husband having a job after a year of unemployment. I am grateful to have a family that is as loving as they are committed.

Last night as I lay down in my bed exhausted but counting my blessings I looked up to see a cobweb hanging about a foot down from the ceiling. It was as if all of the beautiful thoughts running through my mind came to a screeching halt. Admittedly in that moment I did give thanks that the cobweb was hanging over my husband’s side of the bed. However, instead of getting up to swat at it with the duster, I just closed my eyes, rolled over and continued my happy thoughts leaving my husband oblivious to the situation.

Unfortunately happy thoughts alone weren’t enough to keep out the knowledge that a cobweb was dangling precariously over our bed. As a result my sleep was somewhat constrained as I woke up periodically to make sure that it was still dangling and naturally tried to keep as far to my side as possible.

This morning however the reality of housework hit me as I reached for the spatula only to notice a daddy long legs had made his home in my utensil jar overnight. Whether its spiders, dirt that creeps in through windows that don’t effectively close, hair from the cat, fingerprints from grubby little hands or general wear and tear from people passing through there is always something to clean. Anymore all I do is sigh because housework is a battle that I never seem to win.

I can, somewhat nostalgically, look back to a time in my life when I had a spotless home, as you can imagine that was pre husband and pre child. I find that I have the same “pull up your sleeves and do it yourself” mindset as my parents but lack the necessary energy to keep it up. There is absolutely nothing satisfying about doing five loads of laundry only to look down and realize that you have somehow in the space of an hour accrued enough for a sixth load. I can forget about having clean floors, it can be guaranteed that they will look beautiful for about 30 seconds.

In this season it is easy to lose track of all that I’m grateful. In the moments when life lapses gratitude, all I need to do is look at my messy house and breathe in the knowledge that it is home.

At the end of the day I love those sticky little fingers even if they are leaving gooey marks all over the flat screen.

Amy Kramer

Business As Usual


The elections brought the dreary doldrums of another go’ round with Jerry Brown playing joker-in-charge and Barbara Boxer sneering at military personnel who call her “ma’am”. Certainly Babs and Jerry will get on just fine with expensive flights on private jets while they brush up their “do with less” speeches. All whilst sucking down tax payer dollars and trolling the small business community for more money to cover the state’s collective bottom.

Okay, yes, I am a little exasperated about California’s lack of ovaries or male parts that had they been present, and had our state made a rational, rather than emotional decision, we could have pulled our golden, now fleeced, state out of the quagmire and made something of it again. We’re bankrupt, we’re over-social-programmed and our population thinks that someone else should take care of everything. How about we all “man-up” and take care of things ourselves like cut way, way back on all the social programs and introduce a work-for-welfare program like the rest of the states? What about standing up to all the groups with their hands out and just saying “no”?

Arnold really complicated things with his nonsense about “girlie-men” in the legislature (although I agree many of them are), and his inability to make clear, strong decisions based on conservative values. California was not always the bluest of the blues state. We used to have a thriving educational system, tons of manufacturing and jobs that allowed people to work for private industries, not just state-gimme, social-supported paychecks. Arnold did not deliver when he became the “governator”. He did not stop the spending, he did not deal with the many issues ravaging California such as illegal immigration and the over-regulated slaughter of industry, nor did he confront the state unions that need a good talking to and a reality check regarding our fiscal condition.

Truly, California has everything. Beautiful weather, gorgeous landscapes and Californians are some of the brightest and most gifted people in the country - yes, I am using exceptional-“ism” to point out that our state should be the best. Before everyone became all wishy-washy and politically correct, it was okay to strive for excellence, and not everyone was special, some were just average, and some, not so great. But before the overly neutral commentary became status quo, Californians wanted and strived to be number one. We took risks, competed, we made our own way and did not rely on the state for jobs, motivation or hand-holding because Californians could do it better.

Alas, here we sit waiting for our fate to be handed to us with the impending doom of higher taxes and fees and less incentives for private enterprise, all the while trying to figure out if it’s worthwhile to own a home or a business in California. Maybe the federal government will finally pull its head out of the sand and realize that California is destined to borrow until the cows come home - but of course there’s the methane gas issue that puts cows on the most wanted list. Or maybe Governor Moonbean, Part Deux, and  “don’t call me Ma’am” Senator Boxer will figure it all out, because that’s what all the supposedly educated voters believed, right?


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The re-election of Troglodytes

The recent election was truly a Kum Bah Yah moment in the history of council elections. The three ancient incumbents holding hands across the aisle could almost make one forget the vicious campaigns of the past.

However as we head into the next round it appears the bell has rung. I would like to share my own learning experience for those who make themselves targets by daring to participate in the political dialogue.


For the Troglodytes or Don’t forget the mustard:


I’ve been slimed and much maligned and told to go to Hell

As sticks and stones will break my bones

And make me bleed and swell

Mere words cannot hurt me a lot

That is a truth to tell.

The gift of speech

Unique to each

Cannot be cut short

Baseless innuendo

Will motivate retort.

Although I try and

I don’t know why

To be a decent sport.

So don’t abate the continuing spate

of insults or complaint,

in the interest of fair debate,

all will be answered without restraint.



C. Penney – Hall

Laguna Beach

The real reason Prop 19 failed?

Fifty seven percent of Laguna voters voted NO for proposition 19 the so-called legalization of marijuana initiative. Forty two percent voted yes. Northern California voters, where lots of “pot” is grown along with voters across the state turned down the proposition.


Simply stated, voters don’t want government meddling in the long established production and supply lines and since it is a “cottage industry” people want the government to stay out. Along with this desire, people are afraid of big business coming into marijuana production, even tho[ugh] it is California’s largest cash crop.

Farming, preparing and selling “pot” is working quite well without big brother’s interference and I don’t think any marijuana proposition in the future will win either.

The cops got their way but for reasons they will never understand.

Roger Carter

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Main Sequence Stars – exoplanets – Super Earths?

Perhaps the greatest scientific discovery in the last 15 years has been the identification of planets revolving around stars outside our solar system. Over 500 extrasolar planets or exoplanets have been discovered orbiting nearby stars. Virtually everywhere astronomers look carefully at nearby stars, planets are observed. Some stars have only one planet while other stars harbor multiple planets. The evidence is now mounting that when a star forms a solar system also forms.

Astronomers have also discovered that almost any kind of star that forms out of the massive clouds of nebular gas scattered throughout the universe may also form with a planet. When Stars emerge from their nebular wombs they tend to come in seven types according to mass, surface temperature, color, and brightness. These seven types of stars are known as Main Sequence Stars. Star types O, B, and A are blue, blue-white, and white in color. Type O-B-A stars tend to be hot, bright, and much more massive than our sun. Star types O-B-A also have short life spans because they are so hot they burn up their nuclear fuel quickly and die away usually within a few hundred million years. Stars that are designated F, G, and K are about the same mass and surface temperature of our sun and come in yellow-white, yellow, and orange colors. Our sun is a G type star. Star types F-G-K burn their nuclear fuel slowly. The last types of stars are known as type M stars. Type M stars are cool in temperature, red in color, and much less massive than our sun but longer lived.

In the search for exoplanets, the holy grail for astronomers is to find an Earth-like planet. Every star has a “Habitable Zone” where it is possible for liquid water to exist. Venus, Earth, and Mars occupy the habitable zone for our sun but only Earth has liquid water flowing freely on its surface.

Where liquid water can exist in the habitable zone, life can also evolve. Since it takes billions of years for life to evolve, to find an Earth-like planet where life may exist, intelligent or not, astronomers look toward F-G-K-M type stars because those stars have a 10 billion year and longer life spans. Plenty of time for evolution to do it’s thing.

Most of the exoplanets that have been discovered are Jupiter-like gas giants. A few of the newly discovered exoplanets are Earth-like rocky planets except that these rocky planets are two, three, four or more times more massive than Earth. Astronomers have dubbed these massive rocky exoplanets as “Super Earths!”

Four planets have been discovered orbiting the Type M star Gliese 581. The Super Earth exoplanet Gliese 581d is about seven times more massive than the Earth. Gliese 581d orbits within its star habitable zone and surprisingly 581d may be covered with an ocean!

With the discovery of exoplanets within our Milky Way Galaxy, is it possible that exoplanets orbit stars in other galaxies? Recently The European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile announced the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a 10 billion year old star, which migrated into our Milky Way Galaxy from another nearby galaxy. The ESO discovery is further evidence that planet formation is more common than once thought.

Serious scientists around the world agree the discovery of exoplanets is an astounding achievement. So why is the big corporate lame stream news media ignoring this story? Could big media be ignoring the discovery of exoplanets because of it’s religious implications?...hmmmmmm

T.C. Borelli

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Then and Now…too late for a U-turn?

The more things seem to have changed the more they seem to be the same. My generation was born in the Great Depression era of the 1930’s.  Reflect with me what my life was like as a kid growing up in Los Angeles. It was nothing unusual for the time.

We ate dinner together as a family every night, and I didn’t get up and walk away from the table when I was done eating. I asked my father to be excused from the dinner table. Sometimes I was refused permission until I had eaten everything on my plate, whether I liked the food or not. I didn’t fear my parents, I respected them and I learned from them.

Kids stood up when ladies entered the room, and addressed male adults as “Sir” and ladies as “Mam”.  This was out of respect for our elders and we didn’t think it was something stupid or downgrading to do.

My family ate freshly popped popcorn and drank Root Beer Floats made with Hires Root Beer as we sat around a radio and listened and laughed at unseen comedians like Bob Hope or Red Skelton.  Our imaginations ran wild with the “Green Hornet” or  “Gang Busters”.  Family togetherness was fun. It wasn’t corny.

We all shared the terrible grief of the lady who lived across the street from us who lost her son as a Marine on Iwo Jima.  She hung a Gold Star banner in her front window. She didn’t burn the flag or curse her country.

Our family went to the movies together every Friday night.  We survived just fine without computers, cell phones, iPods, HD TV’s, and not many of us kids had cars in High School.

We didn’t have credit cards to induce us to buy things we couldn’t afford and to live beyond our means. We didn’t need to have a lot of material “things” to keep us happy. Kids were taught to save money for a “rainy day” and don’t spend it like there is no tomorrow.

My generation was taught as kids not to lie or cheat, and that our word was our bond.  Some pretty big business deals were even made on a handshake in my time.  We were raised to understand that the most valuable “things” that we could ever posses was our good name and good reputation.

So why is today so different than when I was a kid? Is it wrong now to disrespect your elders?  What happened to family, honesty, and patriotism?

I lived in an economic down turn called a  “depression”.  Is that really so different from today’s economic down turn which is called a “recession”?

Some where along the line my generation failed to teach the lessons we were taught very well. I hope that it is not too late for a “U turn”.

Don Knapp

Laguna Beach

Festival grounds is a public park

Regarding the Festival of the Arts plans for a façade redesign along Laguna Canyon Road, I hope new signage will include “Irvine Bowl Park”.  The Festival of the Arts ground uses the City of Laguna Beach’s “Irvine Bowl Park” and the park should be properly identified.

While most people do not realize that it actually is a public park, ironically, the Irvine Bowl Park is the largest municipal park in the City of Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, if you stop by on most any day, you will likely find the area where exhibitors stalls are used during the summer deserted and unused.

FOA Photo

Festival of Arts grounds circa 1959

From “History Of Laguna Canyon” written by Laguna Beach Historical Society President Emeritus Belinda Blacketer May 2001:

“The site of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters was to be a community park, which was chosen in 1938. In April 1940, the citizen’s of Laguna Beach passed a ‘Park, Music and Advertising Tax’ of 10 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation to purchase and develop the Irvine property.

“The area that is now the festival grounds was shown on a map of the proposed park site as the ‘play area’, the canyon where the police firing range is now was to be used for ‘rustic trails’ and the Amphitheater the Festival wanted to build was to use a very small portion of the park land.

The original deed stated that the City ‘shall use said real property for the following purposes only, and for no others, to wit:  for the construction, enlargement, improvement, maintenance and operation of the outdoor amphitheater now situated thereon and known as Irvine Bowl, for the production and holding of public concerts, theatrical performances, festivals, exhibits and any all forms of public entertainment and recreation’.

“In 1947, after James Irvine’s death, the park was donated to the City of Laguna Beach by the Irvine family. The community planned a community center, a children’s playground, and community kitchen along with many other civic uses. These facilities do not exist today. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the park was used for the community Easter Egg Hunt, carnivals, the Orange County Goat Show, the Scottish Festival, and various other community group events. The park served as the only real community park for the City of Laguna Beach for many years. In the 1950’s a restaurant was built on the former playground terrace.”

Gene Felder

Laguna Beach

Photo courtesy LB Historical Society from the Tom Pulley Postcard Collection

Give David Perlman a call

PearlmanMy husband’s (David Perlman) regular 30-mile bike ride was significantly reduced when he was struck by a car in Irvine last Monday. He was traveling on the sidewalk towards a crosswalk to enter the bike lane when a driver of a Jeep waiting to exit from a driveway into traffic suddenly accelerated and hit him, resulting in a hairline fracture of the tibia.

My 74 year old husband is an exceptionally physically active person and his major complaint, other than his new “bionic” splint is that his usual walks on the Fire Road and Pilate classes at the Suzy Q are now on hold.

(David is not aware that I am writing this/sending it to you. He knows quite a few people from walking the Fire Road, but on a first name basis. I thought that some might read it and give him a call, as our phone number is in the Laguna directory.)

JoAnn Perlman

Laguna Beach

Thank You Laguna Beach!

The Second Annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week was a great success thanks to the support of our community.

With the help of our partner Waste Management, you donated about several tons of food...and we’re still counting.

The Hunger Bowl event, hosted by the Neighborhood Congregational Church, was a wonderful evening with guests sipping soup donated by La Sirena Grill, K’YA, Marks, Nick’s, Stalkers Fine Foods and Sundried Tomato. Devine Desserts and The Laguna Coffee Company served up delicious coffee and dessert.

Our enthusiastic guests turned the silent auction into a “competitive sport” as they bid on the bowls donated by generous artists and our VIP’s, while listening to music of Jamie Browning, sponsored by Mozambique.

The evening ended with a gift of bowls made by children at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School and the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

The City of Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee wishes to thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated their time and resources to this very important week benefiting the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.

Faye Chapman

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Frederik Chel

Chel PhotoFrederik Chel, father of Deputy Laguna Beach City Clerk Lisette Chel, died on October 5, 2010 in his Long Beach home. He was 80.

Chel, who emigrated to the U.S. from Holland during Word War II, was an attorney, businessman and former California State Assemblyman. He served two terms in Sacramento representing the 58th District in Long Beach.

He was 17 when he left Holland avoiding conscription by the Germans by fleeing to the U.S. He quickly obtained a scholarship to Pepperdine University and earned his law degree from UCLA’s law school.

He maintained a private law practice and was both an alternate judge in Long Beach and later a volunteer hearing officer in Laguna Beach. In 1978 Chel was named as President of Snug Top, a manufacturer of fiberglass camper shells replacing the firm’s owner and founder who died. Chel had been the company’s chief legal counsel.

In addition to his daughter Lisette, his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth, and son Fred survive him. A celebration of his life was held in Long Beach in October.

Letter to the Editor

Traffic light on Laguna Canyon Rd is vital

There is a vital need for a traffic signal at the entrance to LCAD [2200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd].  Students are virtually taking their lives in their hands each and every time they attempt to enter or exit the campus.

The recently installed crosswalk does not adequately serve the students needs.  Nor does it protect drivers in the Canyon. I have personally stopped for pedestrians and have nearly been rear-ended twice in the past year.

Please don’t wait until someone is seriously hurt - or worse!  We need to protect our children and our community!

Glenna Lineck, Laguna Beach

Letter to the Editor

Another traffic concern on LCR

Ed. Note: This letter was sent to all Councilmembers

I believe you all have an opportunity to save a life.

I just witnessed a near miss on the Canyon Road at the Big Bend where LCAD is now in session.  Something should be done soon to prevent a major accident.

Gary Simpson, Laguna Beach

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Alexis Amaradio, Cameron Gillepsie  Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

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