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 Volume 10, Issue 58  |  July 20, 2018                                     


Voters will decide on sales tax increase


A unanimous Laguna Beach City Council voted on Tuesday to put a one percent sales tax increase with sunset of anywhere up to 25 years on the November ballot. The revenue would be earmarked for undergrounding utilities along key evacuation routes and other fire safety measures. Passage of the Special Purpose Tax requires a two-thirds majority vote to take effect.

The estimated $5.6 million annual revenue from the increase will be augmented by funds from other city sources, bumping the total up to approximately $8 million. City officials stated that $8 million is enough to support debt service on a $120,000 lease revenue bond, some $15 million less than the expected total cost of the proposed undergrounding project. Barring a bond, the $8 million would fund “pay-as-you-go” projects along the evacuation routes and other safety measures. 

Four council votes were required to put the measure on the 2018 ballot. 

“I will vote to put this on the ballot, but I am opposed to the tax and I won’t vote for it,” said Councilman Steve Dicterow. 

However, Dicterow said he would support the tax if the required two-thirds of the voters approve it. 

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Utility poles spur enormous dissension 

Councilman Bob Whalen has been the driving force behind the measure for at least three years. For a while he was practically commuting to Sacramento to drum up legislative support for undergrounding along Laguna Canyon Road.

“I am the most passionate about this (of anything) in my 20 years of service to the city,” said Whalen. ”We are at great fire risk. The new normal is a year-round fire season.”

Whalen served with Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede on the development of the ballot measure and the second option: a general purpose tax measure that would have required only a bare majority vote of 50 percent plus one. 

Zur Schmeide said he rather fancied the less restrictive measure because of the flexibility it allows in projects to be funded at the discretion of the council. Nonetheless, he joined the rest of the council in support of the special tax measure. 

“We have listened to the community,” said Whalen.

The council listened on Tuesday to the community for about an hour before voting. Comments ranged from accusations of council hanky-panky, to advice to look carefully at council candidates, to astonishment at the vitriol expressed, to advice to trust the voters to do the right thing.

“Undergrounding is imperative,” said Underground Laguna Now spokesman Tom Gibbs. “The decision can’t be made on a hope and prayer. I favor the dedicated tax – it is the only way to convince the voters.”

It certainly did not convince announced council candidates Lorene Laguna (Auger) and Judie Mancuso. They both oppose the tax.

“It is reckless and irresponsible to expect a vote in favor of a Sales Tax Increase when the scope and total bid cost for undergrounding remains unclear and without any certainty,” Laguna wrote in an email to Stu News. “In short, residents are being asked to tax themselves, for 25 years, to pay for a project of an undetermined amount.”

Mancuso recommended downsizing the proposed project so the City could put it on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Speaking on behalf of Village Laguna, Johanna Felder opposed the tax and said her organization would encourage a no vote on it. 

Michele Monda described herself as apoplectic after listening to fellow South Laguna resident John Thomas claim the majority of the tax would be paid by tourists. 

“It is estimated that visitors will pay about two-thirds of the tax,” said Thomas. “The average daily cost to each Laguna Beach resident is about 22 cents. The cost is modest. “

Penny Milne, president of the Canyon Alliance Neighborhood Defense Organization, said safety must be the first consideration.

“Overhead utility lines have been recognized as a fire hazard here at least since the adoption of or Safety Element (in the city code) in 1995,” said Matt Lawson, chair of the city’s Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee, in support of the tax increase. “The utilities have refused to help after three years of fruitless discussion and the state offers nothing beyond using existing credits to eliminate a few poles along Laguna Canyon Road.”

The majority of the 36 speakers from the audience preferred either the special tax or no tax.

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Nine file intent to run for council


Allison Matthews is the most recent addition to the list of folks who have filed their 501 forms – indicating an intent to run for City Council in November – bringing the number of potential candidates to nine.

Matthews turned in her 501 on Thursday.

Elizabeth Bates submitted her form on July 14. Lorene Laguna, formerly known as Lorene Auger, said she filed her 501 under her new name on July 11.

Judie Mancuso was the first to file – in June of 2017. She was collecting signatures on her nominating papers Tuesday at the City Council meeting. Planning Commissioner Sue Kempf was second in line to file an intent to run, followed by former City Councilwoman and current Laguna Beach County Water District Commissioner Cheryl Kinsman.

Incumbent Rob Zur Schmiede, art gallery owner Peter Blake and former City Councilwoman and businesswoman Ann Christoph complete the roster, which offers a varied choice to voters. Candidate forums are expected to be interesting.

Incumbent Toni Iseman has still not made public her decision to run for another term. Mayor Kelly Boyd, whose term also ends in December, will not be a candidate.

Matthews is the only one on the list who has submitted a statement with her 501. 

She has been a resident of Laguna Beach for two years, a member of the Affordable Housing Task Force for one year – characterizing it as a thrilling eye-opening experience.

Matthews grew up on the East Coast where she gained political experience as the daughter of United States representative to Switzerland and later a candidate for the US Senate – which she described as a family affair.

“I see Laguna Beach as a unique jewel in Orange County,” Matthews wrote in her statement. “Between its European flair and eclectic art scene, Laguna Beach is one of the nation’s greatest seaside cities. I also see a lot of work to be done.”

As a council member, Matthews said she would first address what she termed the affordable housing crisis and the homeless population. Next she would take up transportation and zoning issues.

South of Nick’s Mexican kitchen + bar: Laguna welcomes its newest eatery

Review and photos by MAGGI HENRIKSON

I thought I’d stroll in on a weeknight and try out the new South of Nick’s. Just a casual dinner out with my husband, Mexican food, right? Hardly. The place was packed and I didn’t have a reservation. Never fear, the extremely friendly staff told me, and we were seated at a nice wide wood table with cushiony bench seating looking out toward the newly placed center bar area, and out to the vast blue ocean beyond. What a view!

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Before the busy evening – South of Nick’s will be opening for lunch service starting Monday

I had to do a double take as I remembered the former Big Fish restaurant here in this same location. Nick’s Restaurants VP of Operations, Adam Castinetti, told me that it was a six-month remodel, down to the studs. 

“It took us a long time to find the right location,” he said. “We’re really excited to be here.”

And who wouldn’t? I don’t know what went wrong at Big Fish, but it wasn’t the size of the space, the killer views, or the plentiful parking (in the structure right out back). At least Nick’s has inherited these valuable features.

The Look

The signature of Nick’s restaurant designs is an exhibition kitchen. The big pane of glass directing the eye to the heart of the kitchen action was right behind my table, so it was fun to watch their busy culinary output. I can imagine that prepping, during the daylight hours, is all the better for that window.

“Our cooks have an ocean view!” said Adam.

The horseshoe-shaped bar takes center stage. It’s a better feel than the off-to-the-corner location previously. It’s the kind of space that, if you were to come alone and dine at the bar, you’d feel company all around you. I like that. 

One would think that sitting at the bar is super-casual, but South of Nick’s has a dressed-up vibe. Oh, and the bathrooms have been relocated and expanded. Ladies who remember Big Fish will be happy to know there is more than one stall now.

The overall design aesthetic is upscale, in light and beachy tones. But the lighting, the upholstery, the woodwork…all send the signal that maybe flip-flops are not in order here. (That, and the pricing – which is above and beyond your average Mexican menu.) 

The Staff

I have never seen so many servers in a restaurant! Well, being a new restaurant, it is training time. Many waiters from the San Clemente’s South of Nick’s were on hand to guide and train the newbies. (Maybe they were from elsewhere too – Nick’s now boasts seven locations). Everyone was smiling, friendly, and accommodating.

I can also say the staff were not only attentive, they were also very good about keeping the table, and me, clean. We got hot towels after the meal to clean up any bits of chipotle that may have landed in hand.

Our server was knowledgeable about every menu item, and graciously guided me to their most popular dishes.

The Food

We started with a couple of appetizers that could easily stand in as a small plate main course. 

Of course, one must sample guacamole at every Mexican place in town. (Perhaps there’s a competition for Laguna’s best guacamole?) I can say with some authority that this is authentic and delicious guacamole – made with avocados, Roma tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro and red onion. Scooped up with fresh tortilla chips, this is a winner.

The Shrimp Taquitos were very good, too. They are made with blackened Mexican prawns wrapped in crispy tortilla and served with diced fresh tomatoes, chile de arbol, picante salsa, avocado salsa, and topped with crumbles of cotija cheese.

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Shrimp Taquitos

The highly recommended Chipotle Dusted Alaskan Halibut is also their most expensive dish, at $31. Doesn’t it always go like that? We decided to splurge anyway, even though this was supposed to be a simple and casual night (it was turning into fancy dining date night, quickly).

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Chipotle Dusted Alaskan Halibut 

I’m a lover of fresh seafood, so I was very happy to enjoy this dish. It’s really quite unusual, giving a little spicy kick to the mild-flavored fish. The halibut is pan seared and dusted with a chipotle sprinkle, served with a poblano cream sauce and white rice and black beans on the side. It was topped with a sautéed greens mixture called verdolagas, but I was not a fan of that part.

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Carne Norteña

We also had the Carne Norteña, and this was my favorite. It’s a nicely char-grilled steak adobado, served along with Spanish rice, refried beans, sliced avocado, a little sour cream and onion, and – bonus – a chicken enchilada. This was a big dish, so what we couldn’t finish happily became lunch the next day.

There is an extensive list of specialty margaritas, sipping tequilas (one that costs $450 really popped out at me!) and mezcal, plus all the regular bar offerings. The desserts look tempting, too, if you can save room. I would go for the Helado con Churros, and the Banana Flan if I could.

Bienvenidos to the newest South of Nick’s!

South of Nick’s 540 S Coast Hwy  (949) 715-3717

With new pipeline rehab technology, sewer system repairs should soon take only one day, City says

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 10, the Laguna Beach City Council approved the first of four pipeline rehabilitation projects within the City’s sanitary sewer system. The first area approved for inspection and repair includes 5.8 miles of sanitary sewer pipeline from the Bluebird Canyon neighborhood stretching into portions of North Laguna.

The project incorporates new sewer pipe rehabilitation technology that can repair damaged pipes in only one day, providing faster service for residents with minimal down time.

“It’s a pipe within a pipe”

“It’s a pipe within a pipe,” said David Shissler, LB Director of Water Quality. “It’s blown up with steam and then heated and cured. It takes a third of the time it used to since we started doing these 15 years ago.”

Affected residents will be given a two-week notice ahead of the sewer repair work, which is minimal and involves manhole access to systems to minimize any digging. The project may involve some night work to minimize traffic impacts.

Project is first of four over the next four years

The rehabilitation of existing damaged pipes will extend the life of City sewer piping by more than 50 years. As outlined in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), this sewer rehabilitation project is the first of four happening over the next four years. Specifically, the project areas include Temple Hills Drive, Central Laguna (between Park Avenue and Mountain Road) and North Laguna (from Broadway Street to Irvine Cove).

As part of the CIP planning, a low interest loan from the California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank was recently secured. The City is now funded to implement and start the first part of this four-year project.

Women’s World Cup roster announced: Laguna’s Hillary Beall is goalkeeper

The 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup have been named, and the roster includes goalkeeper Hillary Beall of Laguna Beach. 

The final roster was named after the completion of a training camp last week in Portland, Oregon, that featured two matches against Brazil.

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Laguna’s Hillary Beall made USA team for the World Cup

“Honestly, these were some of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my coaching career,” Coach Klimkova said. “The overall pool was so competitive and we needed every training session and game before we selected the final 21. We are confident that the group we picked is the best team. We looked at many factors over the past year from their influence and decision making in games to their training mentality and versatility, to the intangibles, and of course their performances in international matches. The credit goes to the players for their work ethic and mental toughness throughout the process.”

“It’s an honor to represent my country and also Laguna Beach,” said Hillary. “Playing at the international level – it’s so awesome!”

The 21 players on the roster come from nine different states. Eight hail from California (seven from Southern California), while three are from Michigan and two each are from Colorado, Florida and Washington. The roster also features players from New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

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Beall is currently a sophomore, playing for University of Michigan

Beall was born and raised in Laguna Beach. She played on a local AYSO team, and is currently a sophomore, playing for the University of Michigan. She also played on the U-17 Women’s World Cup team in Amman, Jordan.

Every player on the roster except for goalkeeper Hillary Beall has been capped at the U-20 level.

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group advance to the knockout round quarterfinals. All 32 matches of the tournament will take place in four venues across France’s Brittany region.

The US opens the tournament on Monday, Aug 6 against Japan, faces Paraguay on Thursday, Aug 9 and closes out the group stage against Spain on Monday, Aug 13. All of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on FS2.

Kids learn about the wilderness and animals from Laguna Canyon Foundation during summer vacation

Laguna Canyon Foundation’s Outreach Manager Paula Olson talks about what’s happening on the trails this summer, and it sounds as though a lot is going on, especially for school kids.

Olson says, “Last year, Laguna Canyon Foundation (LCF) hosted 76 hikes, with 4,506 participants, covering 169 miles of hiking.”

She reports the latest activities on her LCF blog:

The participants are second through fifth graders, their teachers, and several parents. The hikes are out of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s Barbara’s Lake and Dilley and Willow Staging Areas, as well as Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.

Laguna Canyon Foundation offers bus transportation, programs led by their trained field educators, and materials – all at no cost to schools or students. 

The curriculum covers such subjects as design in nature, adaptations, habitats big and small, the art of observation, and general fitness, all the while emphasizing how each of us can be good stewards of the earth, whether in the wilderness or in our own neighborhoods.

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Kids learn about being good stewards of the earth

“But while facts and figures are always interesting to crunch and review, the most rewarding part of our yearly review is remembering the individual conversations we had with students, teachers and parents, and how a morning hike in the wilderness sparked their sense of wonder,” Olson says.

Students learn that one of the biggest “social” trails fragmenting the habitat and making it very difficult for animals to cross between the Santa Ana Mountains and the South Coast Wilderness is the very freeway they traveled on to come to the trailhead. They learn that while a snake can’t make all the holes along the trails they see, they can – and sometimes do – certainly come out of one. 

Why? Snakes are looking for their lunch. 

Students ponder, as they see the “No Dogs” sign, why their pet cannot come on the trail with them. Then an “a-ha moment” comes: a dog, after all, is a predator.

This past school year, Laguna Canyon Foundation brought students who typically might miss out on such an adventure: students who need ADA bathrooms or may not be able to hike the trails as their classmates can, and students who may need one-on-one attention, such as those who are visually impaired. 

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Everything is exciting in the wilderness. What is she pointing at? A duck maybe

“We prioritized accommodating the needs of each individual student, ensuring that every single child (and his/her parent) felt welcomed and had the confidence to learn and grow alongside their classmates,” Olson added.

“Hats off to our wonderful field instructors, Alex, Audra, Cameron, Chrisha, Luma and Joanne, for the care, the knowledge and the enthusiasm they shared with each and every participant of our school program.”

Student quotes from thank you notes and trailside wrap-ups

“Thank you for taking your time to teach us about nature. I loved learning about the flowers. My favorites were the wild cucumber and the sticky monkey flower.” –Eli

“Keep calm and love animals.” –Fabian

“I love nature.” –Stephany

“If you take flowers, you might be taking an animal’s food or shelter.” –Omar

“I liked being outdoors, learning new stuff, being with my friends and hiking with our teacher.” –Janet

“The graham crackers were delicious, but I know human food isn’t good for wildlife.” –Adela

“Picking up trash like glass, is important. Hot days and trash could make a fire.” –Bailey

“I saw bunnies, one snake, animal ‘footsteps’ and a hawk’s nest. My favorite part was when we played camouflage.” –Navid

What a wonderful experience for all the kids involved. They’ll have a lot to say when they have to write their essays, “What I did on my summer vacation.”

For more information on Laguna Canyon Foundation, go to

Toddler time: Ankle-high waves and 72-degree water makes for a great introduction to the Pacific

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Toddler time

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Young Jonah has no fear, he loves the ocean – and here he wears a seaweed accessory for his outing, de rigueur for the modern toddler

Dennis’ Tidbits


July 20, 2018

Some swell names from the past – including In Betweens, Meepees and Boneyard – from this former grom

Dennis 5On this date, July 20, 1960, Tidbits stood up on a surfboard for the very first time and rode his wave all the way to the beach. The historic event took place at Doheny Beach on a clean little two-foot peeler and it changed his life forever right then and there. The 58-year journey begins. Still surfing to this day and will until I drop.

Doheny was a magical place back then. It would be another decade before they ruined the place with a harbor at Dana Point. There were seven different breaks along the 1.5-mile stretch between the Point at Dana Point. First there was the Point, a south swell spot that could accommodate south swells from two to 20 feet. When it got big it was a pretty heavy wave unlike its gentler breaks to the south. A few photos from the giant hurricane swell in September of 1939 show the late Laguna surf legend George “Peanuts “ Larson dropping in on a monster that was at least 25 feet.

Then there was Dana Cove, which was a fun right-hander from two to eight feet. There was a small fishing pier right there at the Cove so it wasn’t in the way when you rode past it. Heading south a couple of hundred yards there was “In Betweens,” a fun left and right reef break at two to six or seven feet. It broke best on medium tides; it was too shallow on low tides. Another 100 yards or so there was “Meepee,” also a fun left and right that handled waves up to about six feet on any direction swell at medium to high tide. Another 200 yards or so was the famous “Boneyards,” a really clean and fast right-hander that broke best on tides above 2.5 feet. Oh, but the sea urchins on the bottom! You had to walk over on the reef if you lost your board. Remember there were no surf leashes back then.

Next there was ‘”Second Spot,” which broke on any swell at two to six feet and offered at least a 150-200 yard long ride. The wave there was gentler, resembling the break at San Onofre. Go another 200 yards and you’d arrive at the main break that was a really clean right and left on any direction swell at two to eight feet. On bigger south swells there was “Indicators,” which sat about two hundred yards outside the takeoff zone at Main Break. When it feathered you knew there was a big set on the way. Main Break was good on any tide. Finally there was South Camp, a hollow and fast kind of shorebreak at the end of the right-hander from Main Break that ended right at the mouth of San Juan Creek.

My first wave was at Main Break and standing up on a board for the first time for even two seconds was a feat in itself, but I had been knee paddling and standing up on those hard canvass surf mats at Main Beach since I was six years old. Right there on the boardwalk at PCH and Broadway, George Moore would rent surf mats and umbrellas to the tourists.

When I was a young grom I only weighed maybe 70 pounds on a good day but I was light enough to knee paddle and stand up on those hard canvass mats, so I learned how to catch waves without pearling and after six summers of doing this I had acquired enough ocean savvy to pull off the near impossible on a nine-and-a-half foot surfboard all the way to shore. Heck, I learned how to swim at Main Beach when I was three, and by the time I was seven or eight I was going out on yellow flag days much to the amazement of the lifeguards. I’ve been a water baby ever since and I’ll be 71 in a couple of weeks. The ocean is probably the prime reason I’m still above ground at 71.

To this day when I’m away from the ocean for any length of time I’m like a fish out of water. I’m serious! To be landlocked would be like doin’ time! 


Frisbee flinger is in fine form

Photo by Scott Brashier

Frisbee flinger

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Fun with a Frisbee

The Sawdust Festival: A history of daring to be different

Brought to you by Visit Laguna Beach

Photos by Douglas Miller

The Sawdust evolved from humble roots. In the mid-1960s, changes in the art world mirrored shifts in society, with some artists beginning to work in less traditional, more experimental directions. Long known as a place where artists could express themselves freely, it was only natural that many young artists were drawn to Laguna Beach.

At this time, the only art festival in Laguna Beach was the Festival of Arts, a storied institution dating back to 1932. The Festival of Arts was juried, and the younger, less traditional artists found they were unable to show their works there.

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Less traditional artists find an outlet at the Sawdust

Shut out of the Festival of Arts and disillusioned with its jury system, in 1965, a group of about 30 young artists decided to start their own art festival in Laguna Beach. 

The new festival, called the Laguna Artists and Gallery Owners Association, would be un-juried. The first show, dubbed the “Rejects Festival” by the media, took place on a vacant lot on Park Avenue, across the street from the current location of the Laguna Beach Library. With about a dozen artists in attendance, the show was considered to be moderately successful.

There was no show in 1966, as organizer Dolores Ferrell had moved to Hawaii for a year. In 1967, with Ferrell back and now president, the festival resumed. The group then decided to set up the art festival on an empty lot on North Coast Highway. With more artists and craftspeople, the festival’s second year was a success. The artists spread sawdust on the ground to deal with the dust and mud and the media gave the venue the nickname “the sawdust festival,” by which it would soon come to be known.

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Artists enjoy creating their own booths on the sawdust at the Sawdust

By the following year, the festival had outgrown its North Coast Highway location and moved to its present site, a two-and-a-half-acre eucalyptus grove at 935 Laguna Canyon Road that was rented from Walter and Dorothy Funk. Just three weeks prior to the opening, about 60 artists, mostly painters, objected to the hippie vibe that ran through the festival and pulled out. Four board members also quit. The defectors returned to the North Coast Highway location of the 1967 show and formed what they called the “Sawdust Splinters,” which would later become Laguna Art-A-Fair. The Sawdust Festival organizers scrambled to find replacements for the departed artists, adding about 50 last-minute entrants, who were mostly craftspeople.

During the following three years, the Sawdust Festival organizers worked to create guidelines for the show. It was decided that all artists showing at the festival must be residents of Laguna Beach and all art must be handmade.

1972 was a watershed year for the Sawdust Festival. The board purchased the land from the Funks for $225,000, using a new 25-cent admission fee to finance the down payment on the sale. 

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Some things have stayed the same – if more colorful now…

By this time, the festival was enormously popular. The participants’ booths became increasingly intricate, with some reaching four and five stories. Crowds turned out to see and buy the assortment of art and crafts available for sale and to experience the festival, which had become a bona fide event.

Attendance continued to increase. “1974 though 1979, the crowds were enormous,” said Jay Grant, the current Sawdust president. “There were many Saturdays and Sundays where we had 6,000 to 8,000 people coming in one day. In July of 1978, on a Sunday, 10,000 people came to the Sawdust. In a six-week show, we had 325,000 paid admissions. It was unbelievable.”

Over the following two decades, the city regulated the size and height of the booths. The current façade of the venue was constructed at the end of the 1980s. The organization conducted classes, workshops and demonstrations, and it instituted scholarships to high school art students. The holiday-themed Winter Fantasy, which began in 1991, was open to exhibitors who weren’t Laguna Beach residents.

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All ages love the Sawdust, then and now

2000 to 2006 were good years for sales. The Sawdust Festival survived the country’s tough economic climate that began in 2007. The Sawdust hired more full-time staff to support its now year-round arts program, including art classes, hands-on art projects and the Sawdust Enrichment Fund, which supports charitable art programs.

The Sawdust Art Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Today, the festival continues to showcase local artists, and it provides a place where the public can appreciate and purchase their work. The spirit of the ‘60s can still be felt in the collection of art and crafts on display. Now, the Sawdust Festival is held annually in Laguna Beach from the end of June through August. There’s also a Sawdust Winter Fantasy festival held on weekends from mid-November through December. Located on Laguna Canyon Road, the festival features fine art as well as crafts. About 200,000 visitors attend each year.

“What was once a dream has come true,” said Grant. “The Sawdust Festival continues to reflect the courage, originality, creativity and friendliness of the pioneer Laguna Beach artists, who dared to be different.”

Be sure to visit the Sawdust Art Festival this summer, open daily 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 

Keep a look out for our next article on the history of the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center hires new CEO, Peter Chang

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) has hired Peter Chang as their new Chief Executive Officer. Chang was most recently Executive Director of The Child Creativity Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing explorations.

“I’m somewhat overly obsessed with making a difference,” says Chang. “But this has drawn me to amazing organizations that are dedicated to addressing excessively important unmet needs in the broader community.”

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Peter Chang

Bringing in Chang allows current Executive Director Keith Matassa to transfer into the role of Director of Zoological and Conservation Programs. Matassa will be focusing on expanding PMMC’s animal care, research and collaborative efforts.    

“The Pacific Marine Mammal Center Board of Directors are pleased to announce the hiring of Peter Chang as PMMC’s Chief Executive Officer,” says John Kinney, PMMC Board Secretary.

“Peter brings extensive non-profit experience and will enable PMMC to fully realize its mission to improve research and collaboration with other stranding organizations and the scientific community.”

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

PMMC is constantly evolving: an education wing is planned for the future

Plans to expand PMMC include adding an education wing to the already existing classroom and build upon the education department, water reclamation project, additional pools and isolation pens, and expand the medical lab and necropsy.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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LBUSD hires new Director of Assessment and Accountability

Laguna Beach Unified School District welcomes a new Director of Assessment and Accountability, Dr Chad Mabery. 

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Dr Chad Mabery

Mabery joins LBUSD from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District where he previously served as the Director of Data, Assessment, and Professional Development in the Educational Services Department. 

With almost 20 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Mabery has held roles as a middle school teacher, vice principal, and principal. He received his Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from UCLA and his Master of Arts in Education Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Laguna Dance Festival: four exciting performances on an intimate stage October 4 - 7…and there’s more

As part of the Laguna Dance Festival’s 14th annual summer and fall program, the organization will bring to the local stage a variety of stunning dance performances between October 4 - 7 as well as two master classes. The program will also include a free backstage peek with Complexions, a one-night-only Bowie tribute, featuring international dance stars in their prime.

Prior to those dates, there will be two free performances at the Festival of Arts grounds on July 29 and August 26, and then a bonus show by an athletic Afro-Colombian contemporary troupe on October 25 at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall.

Introducing the onstage festival on Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. is a free dance experience dubbed Backstage with Complexions, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the rehearsal process, speak directly with performers, and gain a deeper understanding of the dances being performed during the Festival. In an onstage demonstration, the Director will work with star dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, leading them through a live rehearsal.

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Photo by Karolina Kuras

Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell, a principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada, will return to his hometown to appear in Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performances October 6 & 7 

On Friday, October 5 – one night only – Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie with StarDust, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance tribute to the late rock icon. This production will feature the rhythms, personas and musical drama of nine Bowie songs including “Changes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” StarDust takes the genre-crossing, gender-bending, boundary-breaking music of Bowie and translates it into powerful, poignant movement to create a tribute to his restless artistic invention.

StarDust made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ contemporary repertory. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded in 1994 by master choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to see current and future stars share the stage in one spectacular program at the Stars of Dance shows on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. Onstage in dazzling duets and solos will be principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform excerpts by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion will present Knockturne by director/choreographer Jacques Heim. In addition, dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class will perform a variety of works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates.

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Terk Waters of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will appear in the single performance of “StarDust,” a moving tribute to David Bowie on October 5, part of the Laguna Dance Festival

The festival’s four onstage performances will be held at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are on sale now at and will go on sale August 6 at Laguna Playhouse.

In addition to these shows, the Laguna Dance Festival will present free public dance performances by Entity Contemporary Dance and Contra Tiempo, both based in Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 26 at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds’ outdoor stage. 

Entity, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, founded in 2005 and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance theater. Contra Tiempo’s dancers create an invigorating blend of physically intense performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education. Visit for more information.

The Laguna Beach Art Association will host a discussion led by Dr. Deborah Solon on July 26

On July 26, art historian and co-curator of Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1919-1935, Deborah Solon, will discuss the Laguna Beach Art Association in the context of twentieth century art associations.

The exhibition currently at Laguna Art Museum celebrates the centennial of the Laguna Beach Art Association. It’s a tremendous milestone in both the history of the art association and the art colony in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking the museum’s history and legacy, honoring those early artists who influenced the fabric of the developing community, and surveys the evolution of the art association through the 1930s.

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Early pioneers of art in Laguna Beach

Art associations were a phenomenon of the late nineteenth-century, both on the East and West Coasts. But, no two art associations were alike. The Laguna Beach Art Association was a pioneering organization, whose inception helped determine the fortunes of the Laguna Beach art colony and its artists. 

Although monographs have been published on several members of the art association – and some scholarship has focused on aspects of the organization – this is the first large-scale, critical study to focus exclusively on the art association’s growth and development. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 66 artists, including a number of works by major artists that were seen in the original exhibitions.

Dr. Deborah Solon will present a discussion about the historical art association and its relation to modern times. A professor of art history, Solon has a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Solon has worked as a curator, an auction house professional, and she owns her own business as a fine art appraiser. 

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive.

Admission is included with museum admission.

To reserve tickets in advance, visit:

Find gold at the End Of The Rainbow: Angela Ingersoll is Judy Garland at Laguna Playhouse, opens August 8

Laguna Playhouse presents the second show in its 98th season, Angela Ingersoll starring as Judy Garland in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of the critically acclaimed End of The Rainbow. The show previews on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:30 p.m.; opens on Sunday, Aug 12 at 5:30 p.m.; and runs through Sunday, Sept 2. It is recommended for audiences 12 and older.

End of The Rainbow was written by Peter Quilter, with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen, and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “Angela Ingersoll gives one of the most stunning and heartbreaking performances you will ever see as Judy Garland in her final days. It’s simply a tour-de-force performance that is not to be missed.” 

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, “We are honored to be presenting this extraordinary production under the exquisite direction of the incomparable Michael Matthews at our theatre.”

Angela Ingersoll’s “powerful, breathtaking performance” (Broadway World) as Judy Garland takes the audience back to December 1968 when Garland is about to make her comeback….again. 

Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do it),” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” ”The Man That Got Away,” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow,” this savagely funny play offers a unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of America’s most beloved figures.

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Angela Ingersoll is Judy Garland in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of End of the Rainbow, coming to Laguna Playhouse beginning August 8

Michael Matthews has directed many productions at Laguna Playhouse, such as The Graduate and Twelve Angry men, as well as in theatres all over the country. He has received many nominations and awards, including for Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, and The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), to name a few. Matthews is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction and was nominated for Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance in 2018.

Playwright Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award, for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. End of The Rainbow had its world premiere at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005. The show ran for 176 performances at the Belasco Theatre, had a rave review in the New York Times, and received three Tony Award nominations. 

Jon Steinhagen (Musical Director/Anthony) is thrilled to be making his Laguna Playhouse debut; he previously appeared in the role in the Porchlight Music Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment (at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts) productions. Steinhagen has received four Joseph Jefferson Awards and 11 nominations for his work in Chicago theater. 

He is an alumni Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His numerous plays and musicals have been produced nationally and in the UK. He has authored a collection of stories, The Big Book of Sounds, and a forthcoming novel, The Hanging Artist.

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End of The Rainbow runs through Sept 2

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland) garnered Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and “Top Performances of the Year” honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland at Porchlight Music Theatre. A recipient of numerous awards and nominations, her theatre credits are vast and nationwide. 

Ingersoll and husband Michael produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Her many national concert credits include recently partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll in Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll also stars in in her filmed concert Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, coming soon to Public Television. 

The cast of End of The Rainbow will also feature (in alphabetical order) Zachary Ford and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper.

The Design Team is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Original Costume Design at Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago by Bill Morey & Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.

The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.

End of The Rainbow performances (after the preview on August 8 and opening on August 12) will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. There will no performance on Thursday, Aug 16 or Thursday, Aug 30 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 18 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Aug 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $75 - $105 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.    

The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit website

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Urban Voices perform free concert at Laguna Beach United Methodist on Sunday, July 29

Acclaimed choral group Urban Voices will perform a free concert Sunday, July 29 at the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church (LBUMC). Directed by Leav Sofer of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the group is composed of residents from the Los Angeles Skid Row community. 

The choir serves as a bridge to the John Wesley Health Centers in LA, which offers health and wellness services for the homeless in LA. 

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 Everyone is invited to attend the concert, as well as the lunch to be held in Healton Hall following the service. A $5 offering is encouraged (for the meal). Following the concert and lunch, attendees are also welcome to join the choir for fun and fellowship at Treasure Island Beach at the ocean end of Wesley Dr.

Lynn Francis, pastor of LBUMC, says, “We are excited to be welcoming the Urban Voices Project for its premiere concert in Orange County. The performers in this remarkable choir are using their talents to enrich and positively impact the L.A. Community. As they’ve now discovered, the dedication to music has served to enrich their own lives, opening doors for their future.”

Urban Voices Project has performed throughout the Los Angeles area and been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Guest instructors have included conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera.

LBUMC is located at 21632 Wesley Dr, up the hill from the Gelson’s Shopping Center. 

For additional information, contact the church at (949) 499-3088 or visit

An appeal for summer volunteers at the Laguna Food Pantry: Teens can fulfill Community Service hours

The Laguna Food Pantry needs summer volunteers to assist at its Laguna Canyon facility Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. As predictably as the crowds that pack the city’s beaches, summertime also brings a decrease in available helpers. Vacations, childcare duties, family activities, and houseguests take a bite out of the number of hands to help collect, sort, and stock the Pantry’s shelves and refrigerators.

“If you’re looking for a direct way to serve and to interact with the community, spending one morning a week assisting at the pantry may be for you,” said board member Kristy Melita, herself a volunteer who manages the Pantry’s 100-plus helpers, some regulars, others intermittent. 

“Our volunteers often express surprise at how much more meaningful this work is than they expected. We pride ourselves on our atmosphere of collaboration. Many new friendships are forged in the daily work toward our common goal of making sure no one goes hungry.”

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Volunteering at the Food Pantry can be a joyful occasion

Melita added, “For teens 16 and older, it’s a good way to fulfill those community service hour requirements while high school is not in session. This kind of community service inspires learning.”

To learn more, call (949) 497-7121, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Other ways to help include:

--Writing a check or donating online (

--Holding a food and fund drive

--Donating nonperishables at U.S. Bank’s Laguna Beach branch

--Giving monthly via PayPal

--Participating in retailer rewards programs like AmazonSmile

--Maximizing your donation with workplace matching funds

--Purchasing food items for delivery by Laguna Beach High School students with service club Crushing Hunger (

Run almost entirely by volunteers, the Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes 4,000 lbs of free, fresh groceries to approximately 80 families every weekday, half of whom have children. 

Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road between the Dog Park and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, the Laguna Food Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection is a 20th anniversary celebration at Narrative Gallery, August 10 – September 16

Art dealer Robert Chase met Dr. Seuss’s wife, Audrey Geisel, a while back to discuss her late husband’s artwork. While the world knew of Dr. Seuss’s prolific children’s book illustrations, hundreds of major artworks spanning nearly his entire 70-year career had remained unseen. 

This archive included concept drawings and final line drawings painstakingly created for his children’s books, artwork created in the 1930s and 1940s for early commercial projects, and private paintings and sculpture done within the intimate setting of his studio. Both Chase and Geisel believed this Secret Art deserved to be seen and the historic project began nearly two years later, six years after Geisel’s death. 

Narrative Gallery in Laguna Beach will share a rare and compelling selection of artworks from 20 years of The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. Visitors can explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure.

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Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian

Wolghast, to name a few.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings or sculptures.

Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr.

Seuss Estate.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection has become one of the most comprehensive projects ever undertaken for a deceased artist. Nearly 300 gallery, museum, and public exhibitions have been mounted in this country and abroad over the past 20 years, garnering both critical and popular attention from the art world and the collecting public. Three major coffee table books have been published on The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection and 77 limited editions of Seuss imagery have now sold out. Most importantly, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) has taken his rightful place among America’s greatest artistic talents of the 20th century.

In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes: “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” 

Join the gallery for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel. The exhibit runs from Friday, Aug 10 through Sunday, Sept 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Narrative Gallery, 417 S Coast Hwy. For more information, visit

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Women surfers made the Ohana Gala a huge success & the Women Making Waves exhibit is still running 

Last month, the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) celebrated decades of “Women Making Waves” and honored four of surfing’s most influential ladies with the Ohana Gala. The event featured both a silent and live auction. 

Celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Joyce Hoffman, Lisa Andersen, Stephanie Gilmore, and Rell Sunn, the evening’s highlight was a speech given by Women’s IPS tour co-founder and former pro surfer, Patti Paniccia. 

Hoffman, Andersen and Gilmore were in attendance, as well as the late Rell Sunn’s daughter, Jan Sunn-Carreira.

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(L-R) Lisa Anderson, Joyce Hoffman, Jan Sunn-Carreia (daugher of Rell Sunn), and Stephanie Gilmore 

The event was sold out, and Hoffman, Gilmore, and Anderson spoke to all the individuals in the crowd, giving heartfelt speeches. “It was an incredible evening. It was really special to see not just the women being honored, but the room was filled with women who’ve all had a profound impact on the sport of surfing,” said Hoffman. “It was a very special evening and one that is probably long overdue.”

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View the exhibit filled with collected items from the four influential woman 

The SHACC offers an exhibit focusing on all four woman, titled “Women Making Waves,” which runs through the end of August.

SHACC houses the world’s most important and authoritative archive of surfing artifacts, surfboards, memorabilia, photography, video, periodical and scholarly works. The nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, promote and present surfing’s heritage and cultural impact.

For more information, visit

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Suzie Harrison

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

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

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

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, July 17

Bluemont Street| 500 Block | Bench Warrant

2:14 a.m. Robert Kenneth Berglund, 55, Santa Ana, was arrested for an outstanding felony bench warrant. Bail was not indicated in the arrest report.

Cliff Drive| 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

12:40 p.m. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol, on his birthday. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre Street| 800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Obstructing or Resisting an Executive Officer

5:56 p.m. Jeffery Donald Cates, 57, Los Angeles, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and felony obstructing or resisting an executive officer (bail was set at $25,000).

S. Coast Hwy| 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

9:38 p.m. A 40-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20300 Block | DUI

10:36 p.m. A 53-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, July 16

S. Coast Hwy| 1100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

1:25 a.m. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S. Coast Hwy| 100 Block | Outstanding Warrant

2:31 a.m. Donald Douglas Kramer, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $200,000.

S. Coast Hwy| 1200 Block | Bench Warrant

12:52 p.m. Michael Hays Matekel, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding felony bench warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Forest Ave| 200 Block | Bench Warrant, Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

12:52 p.m. Sean Patrick Eskeli, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant (bail was set at $1,500) and for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

4:10 p.m. Allan Neville Friant, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

4:10 p.m. Anita Marie Novak, 39, Sterling Heights, MI, was arrested for being in possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription, Possession of a Controlled Substance 

8:59 p.m. Sarah Anne Alwan, 27, Colton, CA, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Battery on a Peace Officer

8:59 p.m. Neyzza Mendoza, 25, Huntington Park, was arrested for battery on a police officer, emergency personnel, etc. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, July 15

Wesley Drive & Coast Hwy | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:28 a.m. A 24-year-old Murrieta man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway Street & coast Highway | Vehicle Theft

2:08 a.m. Miguel Castaneda, 38, Inglewood, was arrested for vehicle theft, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the city limits by way of Laguna Canyon Road. The vehicle was stolen from the city of Inglewood. The vehicle was observed at Forest Avenue and Broadway and occupied by one individual. Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop at Broadway and Coast Highway. “The driver, identified as Miguel Castaneda, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. He chose to “plead the fifth” when questioned about the stolen vehicle. He was booked and transported to OCJ,” according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. Bail was set at $20,000. “If you choose to come to Laguna Beach in a stolen vehicle, you will be found and arrested. Our officers are just the best in the business at locating stolen vehicle’s,” Sgt Cota added.   

Thalia Street & Glenneyre Street | DUI – Drugs, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

9:08 a.m. A 38-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI – drugs (bail was set at $2,500) and for being in possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Parole Violation

10:55 a.m. Michael Patrick Cohen, 46, Laguna Beach was arrested for parole violation. Bail was not listed.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Warrants

3:04 p.m. Christopher Brian Lawson, 29, Laguna Niguel was arrested for two outstanding bench warrants. Bail was set at $2,500 each.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Resisting Arrest

6:38 p.m. Christian Dale Gaddis, 51, Lake Forest, was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway Street & N. Coast Hwy | DUI

9:50 p.m. A 25-year-old Westminster man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S. Coast Hwy| 1400 Block | Disorderly Conduct Alcohol

9:21 p.m. A 42-year-old Florida man was arrested for disorderly conduct, alcohol. Bail was set at $500.