Back to Top

 Volume 10, Issue 98  |  December 7, 2018                              


 

Community mourns the loss of Bulent Gundogar 

Community mourns Bulent

Click on photo for a larger image

Courtesy of GG’s Bistro Facebook

Stu News was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bulent Gundogar, beloved restaurateur, husband, father, brother, and friend, this week. Our hearts go out to the GG’s Bistro (Gundogar) family especially at this difficult time.


Police Files

Marine Safety wants beach-goers to be aware and be prepared for stormy conditions 

Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond said it’s important to take heed of the rainy conditions that have hit the area and Laguna’s beaches. 

“Anytime there’s lots of rain and lots of surf we tell people to be aware of their surroundings and stay off the rocks,” Capt Bond said.

He warned that the rocks with the high surf and high tides can be very dangerous, as can lightning. When lightning strikes there’s a protocol that Marine Safety and the City addresses when it hits within a certain distance of the beach.

“We essentially close the beach and water for a certain period of time until that lightning is no longer there,” Capt Bond said. “The particular closure that happened Thursday [yesterday] at 1:40 p.m. It was approximately 30 minutes based on the fact that there was a lightning strike within a 10-mile radius of the area.” 

It’s important for people in the water to get out as quickly as possible and seek shelter. 

Police Files Storms

Click on photo for a larger image 

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna’s beaches closed on Thursday due to lightning danger

 “Heed the warning of any public safety personnel closing any particular area for any particular reason; it is for the good of public safety,” Capt Bond said. “Whether it be beach access or in this case a beach due to lightning, it’s important to follow the direction and warning from our police, fire, marine safety, and public works personnel.”

In any rain event, OC Health recommends that people stay out of the water up to 72 hours due to beach runoff.

“The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms. The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least three days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions,” according to OC Health Agency at www.ocbeaches.com. 

Myriad bacteria, chemicals, debris, and trash among other hazards from runoff can contaminate ocean waters and beaches after rain.

City’s first SRO puts students first hoping to 

make an impact that lasts

LBPD Corporal Cornelius Ashton is the City’s first SRO for LBUSD and he couldn’t be happier. He worked hard to make the position become a reality for Laguna Beach schools, importantly for the kids. 

Corporal Ashton has 18 years of law enforcement experience, including 15 years at the San Diego Community School District, and three years with LBPD.

With his prior role as a juvenile crime detective, Cpl Ashton found that whenever he was going to the high school or any of the schools it was always for negative situations.

“I started taking a hard look at what our police department is doing for positive engagement with our kids. I saw the need to have an SRO for our schools,” Cpl Ashton said. “I started looking further and saw that we were the only city to not have a dedicated School Resource Officer.”

Police Files Ashton High Five

Click on photo for a larger image 

Courtesy Instagram @lagunabeachpd_sro

Cpl Ashton loves engaging with students; he has a smile on his face everyday, living his dream

He dove in, researched, and wrote a proposal and gave it to his command staff. Through his findings, they saw a need for the SRO role. 

Starting this school year, he was given a two-year contract, and he’s making the most of every minute.

“I do so many things. I do a lot of mentoring for kids. They’re virtually implementing me into their school curriculum. Anywhere they feel I can educate the kids from a police perspective, I teach. It can be anything from health education to government to economics to just going to the classes,” Cpl Ashton said. “I have been working with the social emotion counselor on resilience, stress management, and I could go on and on. I do a lot of co-teaching.”

He takes part in a lot of school events, including WEB Wednesday, “Where Everybody Belongs”. It’s for diversity and inclusion.

“It shows that everyone can come together and everyone has a place,” Cpl Ashton said.

Police Files Ashton at El Morro

Click on photo for a larger image 

Courtesy Instagram @lagunabeachpd_sro

Cpl Ashton teaching El Morro Elementary students about Halloween Safety

He attends events and is really present on the campuses in myriad capacities. 

“My goal is for all the kids here to essentially grow up with a police officer,” Cpl Ashton said. “I feel the more positive interaction they have with police officers the more comfortable they are going to be around them in adulthood and the less likely they’re going to be involved in criminal activity.”

He explained that he wears a lot of different hats working with students, staff, parents, and administration.

“The synergy is just amazing. It’s so extremely positive,” he said.

While people think that there are so many issues going on at the local schools, he said it’s not true.

The main issue is learning coping skills.

“Helping kids to understand to slow things down and take things one at a time and not try to do so much at once. They get flustered easily they want to do well in every aspect of their life,” Cpl Ashton said. “I tell them they need to take time to break things down and sometimes they just need someone to hear them.”

He really encourages communication. He greets each student and asks how they are and really listens before he talks to the next student. It’s critical for each student to be heard and to empower them to be better.

“It’s more than I expected. I feel like I am living out my destiny in this role. My gifts are empowering and motivating. I am like a life coach. As a police officer, I have always had this gift to help people though problems, make them smile again, and see the best within themselves. It’s the most amazing feeling ever.” 

LBPD Cpl Ashton, SRO, wanted to make sure that anyone who wants to reach out to him can find him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/lagunabeachpd_SRO or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


Barbara’s Column

Party Time

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Would you believe half the town could fit in the Lumberyard?

It sure seemed like it Tuesday night after Kelly Boyd stepped down from the City Council dais after 12 consecutive years to party with his legion of friends.

Boyd and wife, Michelle, reigned at a reception hosted at the Lumberyard by former Mayors Elizabeth Pearson and Jane Egly, childhood friend Donnie Crevier, attorneys Tim Carlyle and Larry Nokes, Rick Balzer, former City Manager Ken Frank, architect Marshall Ininns, Old Pottery Place developer Joe Hanauer, Marine Room owner Chris Keller, political protégé Sue Kempf, businesswoman Angie Miller, community activist Francine Scinto and Mark Christy, owner of The Ranch, on acreage homesteaded by the Thurston Family

Party time Kellys son

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

(L-R) Laurie, fiancé of Boyd’s son Sean, Sean, Kelly and his wife Michelle

The guest list included Boyd’s son, Sean, who flew down from Northern California with his fiancé, Laurie, to surprise his dad; nephew Rob Boyd and Kristen Rugg, the Boyd’s “step-in” daughter, a part of the family since her teens. 

Also partying: Stephany and Morris Skenderian, Betsy and Dr. Gary Jenkins, Leon and Bree Burgess Rosen and Lyn Carlyle.

Due to a prior commitment, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett could not attend the Council meeting at which her Community Outreach Advisor Sergio Prince presented Boyd with a proclamation. But she made it to the party. 

Party Time Boyd

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

(L-R) Mark Christy, Kelly Boyd and Tim Carlyle

City Hall could have been run from the party. City Manager John Pietig, City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker, Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Baldridge, Community Development Director Greg Pfost, Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis, City Treasurer Laura Parisi and Police Captain Jason Kravetz were all at the Lumberyard. 

Restauranteur Cary Redfearn couldn’t have been happier. 

Party time Rob

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Rob Zur Schmiede (left) chats with Ernest Hackmon

“It was such fun,” said Boyd. “It was great to see everyone.” 

By the by, Boyd is owed an apology from me. In error, a column written by me incorrectly referred to his military service in the army in the 1950s, which would make Boyd 10 year older. He served in the 1960s in Viet Nam, not in the Korean Conflict. So sorry, Kell.       

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading StuNewsLaguna.com. Contributions are welcomed.


Hospitality Night: Ring in the holidays with Santa, tree lighting and magical merriment tonight

As the Christmas song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And it is especially true here in Laguna. The best block party of the year is happening downtown tonight, Friday, Dec 7, and everyone is invited to celebrate the holidays in dazzling style. 

The first Friday of each December, the City of Laguna Beach and the Chamber of Commerce jointly sponsor Hospitality Night. It’s like walking in a winter wonderland in the heart of our City.

Hospitality Night Crowd

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

Lower Forest Ave filled with festivities and merchant open houses

The non-stop activities start at 5 p.m. and continue at a brisk pace with holiday fun on every corner until approximately 10 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m. 

After the tree is lit, the Community Services Department has arranged activities for the community including music by the Thurston Middle School band, a community sing-along, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and letter writing to the troops. 

Of course, Santa will be in his house on lower Forest Ave to meet families for photos. Downtown merchants, nonprofit organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce will also provide activities, open houses, and live musical entertainment. 

Hospitality Night Ginger

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

“Laguna Big Band with Ginger Hatfield” to perform at 6:15 p.m. next to Hobie Surf Shop

The holiday hoopla schedule is as follows: 

3:30 p.m. Downtown street closures begin

4 - 11 p.m. Free trolley service

5 - 6 p.m. Community Concert Band performs on Beach St

5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Thurston Middle School Band performs in the Peppertree Lot

5:30 - 6 p.m. Elementary school choirs perform next to Santa’s Hut

5:30 - 8 p.m. Enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, and writing letters to overseas troops in the Peppertree Lot

6 - 6:10 p.m. Community sing-along in Peppertree Lot

Hospitality Night Hobie

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

Crowds enjoy entertainment inside Hobie Surf Shop 

6:10 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at the Peppertree Lot to light the tree

6:15 - 7:15 p.m. “Laguna Big Band with Ginger Hatfield” performs next to Hobie Surf Shop (after the Laguna Concert Band at this location)

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at his hut to listen to children’s Christmas wishes

6:45 - 10 p.m. Business open houses and live music on stage at the Coast Hwy end of Forest Ave 

Portions of Forest Ave, Beach St and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest/Laguna Canyon (Lot 11), Lumberyard (Lot 12), and Community and Susi Q Center (Lot 13) parking lots.

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


Join LBFD for Spark of Love Toy Drive

Laguna Beach Fire Department, in partnership with Southern California Firefighters and ABC7, is taking part in the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Riverside counties. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. 

This year marks the 26th anniversary for the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which will run from through December 27. LBFD has been involved since the program’s inception and each fire station will serve as drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment. 

“Although there are many worthwhile toy drives taking place this holiday season, the Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by Firefighters,” said Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia. “Together, the Orange County Toy Collaborative collects and distributes approximately 400,000 toys annually to children who would otherwise not be receiving gifts this holiday season.”

LBFD asks locals to drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment to any of Laguna Beach’s four fire stations. They will also have donation bins at Hospitality Night tonight, Friday, Dec 7. 

Drop off toys or sports items at these four Laguna Beach Fire Stations: Fire Station 1 at 501 Forest Ave; Fire Station 2 at 285 Agate St; Fire Station 3 at 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd; and Fire Station 4 at 31646 2nd Ave.

Toy Request/Family Referral sheets are available at all Orange County fire stations and at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul office at 730 N. Garfield Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. For more information on the event, please contact Firefighter Pat Cary at (949) 497-0700.


Half-staff flag at Monument Point

Half staff flag bowling

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Flag at half-staff in honor of President George W.H. Bush


Starfish hosts 2018 Annual Toy Drive for victims of fires, bring in a toy on Monday, Dec 10 for discount

Get into the holiday spirit at Starfish by participating in the restaurant’s 5th Annual Toy Drive. This year the toys will be donated to the victims of the California Wildfires. Starfish is offering a great discount to customers that bring in an unwrapped toy on Monday, Dec 10 – 50 percent off the entire check, including cocktails. Their promotion runs on Monday from open to close.

Starfish hosts toys

Click on photo for larger image

Submitted photo

Last year, so many toys were donated, they were spread around the restaurant

Gretchen McConnell, owner/partner of Starfish, says, “Every year we donate to Toys for Tots, but last year we donated all the toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. We were hoping to do the same this year, but the devastation across California with the wildfires was something we wanted to help give Christmas assistance to. Last year we collected about 150 toys.”

Starfish hosts Gretchen and Harper

Click on photo for larger image

Submitted photo

Gretchen McConnell and her stepdaughter Harper McConnell on the way to deliver toys to Boys and Girls Club of LB after last year’s toy drive

 Gretchen continues, “The toys will be mailed to distribution centers in Chico. Because their resources are spread so thin, if we get over about 75 toys, we are donating the remainder to “Spark of Love” at our local fire station for the kids of Orange County. I am still navigating and waiting on more information for additional centers for the Camp Fire victims, and don’t want a good deed to be overwhelming with lack of distribution resources.” 

They will be sending the toys out on Friday, Dec 14, and will collect them all week for anyone wanting to contribute! 

Starfish is located at 30832 S Coast Hwy, (949) 715-9200 for reservations.

For more information, go to www.starfishlaguna.com.

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


Arts Commission recognizes Children’s Holiday Palette Winners at Council meeting

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Michael Ervin, Chair of the Arts Commission, said he was honored and excited to present and recognize the 13 selected artists of the 2018 Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. 

Ervin said this was the 14th year the Arts Commission had conducted the program, which was funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Arts Commission Winners

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Mayor Kelly Boyd presents certificates to Children’s Holiday Palette Winners

The Arts Commission received 174 entries from students attending schools throughout the City. Ervin said he would like to thank all the schools, teachers, and students who participated. 

The following artists were asked to step forward to accept their certificates from Mayor Kelly Boyd: Lauren Trautenberg, Charlotte Sekerka, P.J. Mullin, Isabella Scarcelli, Katie Baker, Erin Meihaus, Ella Berberian, Addison Knight, Solomon Scheper-Herard, Grace Wojtaszek, Benjamin Mann, Story Bullington, and Tiam Rouhi.

The selected designs will be displayed at City Hall throughout December and can also be viewed on the City’s website here.


Seniors celebrate the holiday season

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Laguna Beach Seniors ushered in the holiday season on Monday. 

The annual luncheon also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Susi Q, nom de plume of the late Liz Quilter, whose four sons donated a chunk of money for the construction of the senior center. 

The first treat of the day was Bree Burgess Rosen’s rendition of “O Holy Night.” 

Another treat was the performance of The Gardenaires: Pat Quilter, Tony Bison and Jonn Ford on guitars, Davis Law on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Tom Joliet on ukulele, which included a ukulele sing-along. 

Seniors President Kris Thalman welcomed guests and introduced Council members Bob Whalen, Steve Dicterow, soon not-to-be-mayor Boyd, soon-to-be installed Council members Sue Kempf and Peter Blake, and Toni Iseman who swung both ways.

Seniors celebrate at table

Click on photo for larger image

Submitted photo

Attendees celebrate the holiday season

Thalman announced the board will go on retreat in January.

“We will discuss what the City will look like in the next five, ten or fifteen years, if we are lucky,” said Thalman.

She acknowledged the folks important to the seniors, a “Who’s Who of Laguna Beach.” 

City Manager John Pietig, City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker, Treasurer Laura Parisi, Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson and Patty Quilter represented the City. 

On board: Seniors board members Darrcy Loveland, Gary Boisen, Doreen Butler, Rick Cirelli, Cody Engle, Laguna Beach County Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey, Richard Frank, Jim McBride, Ruth Stafford, Stephany Skenderian, Marie Trefethen and Elizabeth Pearson, who recently rejoined the board.

Seniors celebrate Boyd

Click on photo for larger image

Submitted photo

Kelly Boyd in festive sweater surrounded by City staff and his wife Michelle

Formerly on board: Ann Quilter, Tina Haines, past Seniors President Chris Quilter, Terri Johnson and former Executive Director Bea Field

Thalman called on Senior Council members Bill Allen, Scott Eastman, Sharon McNair, Warren Haines, Peter Kote, Phyllis Wilson, Margo Ganson and Christine Montonna to stand and be applauded. 

Special thanks went to Christine Brewer, who organized the luncheon.

And where would the Susi Q be without Executive Director Nadia Babayi and her staff?

Or for that matter, without Skipper Lynn? Lynn, a past president of the Seniors who was instrumental in the quest for a headquarters for the group, attended the annual luncheon, as she has for the past 13 years.

Seniors celebrate band

Click on photo for larger image

Submitted photo

The Gardenaires: Pat Quilter, Tony Bison and Jonn Ford on guitars, Davis Law on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Tom Joliet on ukulele

Also at the luncheon: Realtor and arts patron Bobbi Cox, former City Clerk Martha Anderson, Festival of Arts Event Coordinator Susan Davis, Karen McBride, Karyn Philippsen, and the Johnsons – Marv is a board member of the water district; Anne is a planning commissioner. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading StuNewsLaguna.com. Contributions are welcomed.


The magic of a double rainbow

The magic Porterfield

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Mark Porterfield

“Once I saw a rainbow, Over the ocean blue, Encompassed by a shadow, Of every color and hue, It was a double rainbow, Most beautiful to see” –Virginia M. King

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


LBHS musicians selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC, will host free local concert Dec 10

Laguna Beach High School’s instrumental music groups have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2019. The local community is invited to come hear these LBHS students perform holiday music at a free Winter Concert on Monday, Dec 10 at 7 p.m. in the LBHS Artists’ Theatre. 

LBHS Wind

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

LBHS Wind Ensemble 

Under the direction of Jeremy Chung, members of the school’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band groups will travel to New York City to get coaching from Carnegie Hall’s professional music staff before their adjudicated concert performance together. 

“The kids had to compete with schools from all over the country for this opportunity,” said Chung. “It’s a big honor to be chosen.” 

LBHS Symphonic

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

LBHS Symphonic Band 

Local support has meant a lot to these music students; earlier this year, the Festival Of Arts Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Boosters who directly support these and additional instrumental music groups (jazz, strings, marching band, and drum line) at LBHS and Thurston Middle School. 

LBHS Artists’ Theatre is located at 625 Park Ave.


SPF Addict, a store with a mission, fulfills need for sun protective clothing line and accessories

By DIANNE RUSSELL

If you’ve ever wondered about the tiny yellow cottage on the corner of PCH and Calliope, you’d find the diminutive size of SPF Addict belies its huge mission. It’s a store that combines a line of fashion savvy clothing and, at the same time, addresses the important health issue of skin cancer. SPF Addict carries a line of women and men’s clothing, hats, scarves, umbrellas, skin care products, and other accessories.

Marina Arnold, who opened the store a year and a half ago, says, “It was conceived out of a simple desire to help protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays without compromising personal style.” She ran the business online for 11 years prior to opening the store.

Because of her desire to deliver the highest quality line of fashionable sun protective wear, she works with manufacturers throughout the USA to ensure an optimal level of craftsmanship goes into each of her pieces. Her fabrics are tested for UPF rating of 50+, blocking 98 percent of rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging.

As part of her goal, she also gives back by donating a portion of her proceeds to cancer charities.

Marina undertook this mission because she has experience with skin cancer both professionally and personally. During her 38-year career as a dermatology RN, she’s seen a substantial amount of skin cancer, and even though she has olive skin, she’s had skin cancer twice.

SPF Addict Marina

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Marina has been a dermatology RN for 38 years

Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once. 

Marina says, “The most important message with this line is your regular clothing will not protect you from the UV Rays unless it’s heavy and dark. With the high tech fibers, your lightweight clothing can now keep you sun safe and cool at the same time, while using ecofriendly fibers that have been tested and certified without using chemicals.

“This push for skin cancer awareness and premature aging started with my own patients asking for a fashion forward sun protective clothing line. Twelve years ago, it was non-existent.” 

After searching far and wide, Marina realized that there were virtually no clothing brands offering sun protective factors in their fabrics while maintaining a level of sophisticated design and style.

So, ultimately, she produced her own.

She says, “Thus, SPF Addict® was conceived out of a simple desire to blend environmental consciousness with personal health and style. The collection was created in collaboration with a team of seasoned apparel designers with over 20 years of experience in apparel design and development. Our fabrics are developed with a cutting edge technology, utilizing organic “green” fibers that carry an unparalleled level of sun protective factors. These fabrics are among the first of their kind to be developed, individuals with sensitive skin will enjoy the comfort and softness of this technology.”

SPF Addict Fickling

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Laguna’s own Gloria Fickling sports clothing and accessories from SPF Addict

All SPF Addict clothing is made here in Orange County and is fully tested by a textile chemist. There are no chemicals, and Arnold uses natural fibers, which are sustainable and fully biodegradable as well. The clothing is made from recycled plastic bottles, beechwood, eucalyptus tree, bamboo, supima cotton, and recycled poly. Arnold was the first on the West Coast to use the fiber made from eucalyptus trees, and she showed me samples of wood shavings that are made into pulp and then into fiber. And the result is a buttery soft fabric that is light and beautiful.

 “My biggest sellers are the Whitney Wrap and the California Dreamin’ Poncho,” says Marina. The Whitney was named after a local girl who died of cancer.

“I continue to work as a dermatology RN three days a week in Newport Beach.” And she wants to get the message across to younger people about skin protection.

To this end, she says, “In the spring, I’ll be launching a children’s line of sun protection clothing. Safety measures come into play, so we need to take our time.” 

Marina says, “Our goal is that your skin is well protected while in the sun with soft breathable lightweight fabric yet looking stylish every day. And not even your friends will know you are wearing sun protective clothing.” 

“My mission was not to just have a boutique,” she admits.

And that’s obvious. When listening to her passion and concern for the subject of skin protection, it’s clear, “mission accomplished!”

SPF Addict is located at 1500 S Coast Hwy on the corner of PCH and Calliope.

For more information, go to www.spfaddict.com.


Where’s Maggi?

Santa would feel right at home at this holiday “cottage”. And he’d know where to find it, too. Do you?

If you think you know where Maggi was here, send in your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The location will be revealed in Tuesday’s edition, and we’ll let you know who got it right.

Wheres Maggi 12 7 18

Click on photo for a larger image

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


Tips for Navigating Holiday Stress 

By Vidya Reddy, ND

Hello, and welcome to the Happiness Corner.

It is officially the holiday season! During this time of year there can be so much pressure and unfortunately the joy, magic, and meaning of the season gets lost because of stress. Especially now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is hard to ignore the rush of frenetic energy that happens as we get to the end of the year.

The problem with the holiday season is that we often experience too much of a good thing. Stress is unavoidable, but too much stress has a negative impact on our well-being, both mental and physical. Doing too many activities, even if they are fun, can add up to too much holiday stress and leave us feeling frazzled, rather than fulfilled.

So here are a couple of great ways to change stress into holiday cheer, allowing you to thrive and connect to your traditions in a deeper and more profound way. 

Minimizing holiday stress

This is a no brainer, but it all begins by preventing common stressors that show up again and again every season. Being aware of them and knowing how to prevent them can help prevent a lot of unnecessary stress, before the season turns into a pressure cooker of merriment! 

Set a schedule and meet demands on time

In December, our schedules often fill up quickly with work and personal holiday parties. These back-to-back parties start to feel overwhelming as we try to juggle them with all of our other commitments. So putting your plans on paper can show you how realistic they are. Be realistic and include driving and down time and you will be able to distinguish whether or not your commitments are feasible. If it’s not, look at the level of priority and eliminate the less important activities.

Tips for close up

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Pieter Baetens

Vidya Reddy, ND

Taking care of yourself

Instead of running around like a headless chicken amidst all the chaos, make sure to schedule in enough time for yourself and the people you love. Allow yourself to create the holiday experience you desire for them and be present with them. Don’t forget self- care comes in many ways, so allow yourself to take a night off, enjoy a warm bath or maybe let someone else cook dinner for once.

A personal favorite of mine is to take a walk in nature each day, I go out hiking with my sister every morning in the beautiful nature parks around Laguna Beach! The exposure to daylight can drastically reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of stress.

Take shortcuts

If you can’t fathom the idea of skipping out on sending cards, baking, seeing people, and doing all of the stuff that usually runs you ragged, find a way to simplify the process.

For example, send cards but only to those with whom you maintain regular communication or don’t include a personal letter in each one. The same goes for baking, would anyone be enraged if you buy baked goods from the bakery instead? If you find ways to cut corners or save time on activities that are less important, you get to spend more quality time with everyone!

Tips for view

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Pieter Baetens

Take time to enjoy the view

Change your expectations about others

Family stress shows up in many ways. Most of the stress and anxiety around family is often anticipatory. Usually based on negative past experiences, combined with the mix of different personalities, we start to worry about family dysfunction rearing its ugly head. While there might actually be very real difficulties surrounding the interpersonal dynamics of your family, we sometimes get caught up in fueling the fire, rather than abating it.

So engage in gratitude! Take the time to step back and bear witness to all that you have, to count your blessings, as they say. Gratitude goes a long way when it comes to overall wellness. During this time of year, a sense of gratitude can easily fall by the wayside as indulgence and the idea of “more” and “merrier” are front and center.

Breathe!

Sometimes we forget to take deep breaths and really give our bodies the oxygen we need. It’s great if you can take ten minutes by yourself to do a breathing meditation, but merely stopping to take a few deep, cleansing breaths can reduce your level of negative stress in a matter of minutes, so go ahead, try it! Visualize that you are breathing in serenity and breathing out stress, you will find the positive effects of this exercise to be even more profound. 

So, while in the midst of the tumult of the holiday season, try out these tips to re-center by consciously being grateful for the multiple aspects of this season, and our loved ones, that we are blessed to engage with.

In Peace, Love and Gratitude. ‘Til next time.

Dr.Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

www.Naturally-Happy.com


Laguna Playhouse offers free tickets to Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose to underage patrons

Thanks to the generosity of the Suzanne and James Mellor Fund, Laguna Playhouse is offering patrons age 21 and under two free tickets to Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose on Wednesday, Dec 5 and Thursday, Dec 6 at 7 p.m. 

 Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard present Beauty and The Beast: A Christmas Rose, with performances from Wednesday, Dec 5 through December 30 at Laguna Playhouse.

The production is written by Kris Lythgoe, directed by Sheldon Epps, choreographed by Mandy Moore, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and musical supervisor Michael Orland. 

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to cheer for Belle, boo for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Directed by Tony-nominated Sheldon Epps, and choreographed by La La Land’s Mandy Moore, Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose is sure to delight children of all ages.

Laguna Playhouse Christmas Rose

Submitted photo

Patrons 21 and younger can receive two free tickets to “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” on December 5 and 6

For information or tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Tickets for other patrons range from $41 - $76.

Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Free sandbags available to help residents avoid property damage during storms

Following over 1.6 inches of rain in Laguna Beach within the last 24 hours, with more storms forecasted to come, the City is offering pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach who may need them to protect their property. These sandbags are not for private contractors or commercial purposes.

Pre-filled sandbags are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a first-come, first-served basis (limit 10 per resident). 

Free sandbags avaiable

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Reminder of 2010 flood in Laguna Beach

Sandbags can be picked up at either of the two following locations:

--ACT V Parking Lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

--Aliso Beach Inland Parking Lot – 31118 Coast Highway

Additionally, the City offers free, unfilled sandbags at the four fire stations. The unfilled sandbags cannot be filled with sand from Laguna’s beaches or playgrounds. For locations where sand can be purchased, click here. 

The City is also doing its part to protect the community by cleaning and inspecting the Laguna Canyon Channel, maintaining public terrace drains and manholes, and conducting outreach including workshops and mailers to property and business owners. The City encourages residents to protect their homes from flooding by remembering the following tips:

--Clear out rain gutters and pick up litter and loose objects on your property. Anything loose can be washed away.

--Sandbag flood prone areas.

--Check your own yard drains to make sure they are not clogged.

--While not required, flood insurance is recommended for flood prone properties.

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep for further information about Emergency Preparedness and for video footage from past Laguna Beach disasters.

For further information, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at (949) 497-0389 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider

KENDALCLARK500 0907


Angry skies

Angry skies

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Scott Brashier

Thursday’s storm reminded us just how powerful our oceans and skies are


Public invited to workshop on proposed Ocean Avenue one-way conversion 

The City of Laguna Beach Department of Public Works invites locals to attend a workshop on Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10 a.m., to discuss the proposed conversion of Ocean Avenue to a one-way street from Beach Street to Coast Highway. 

Public invited cars

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Study results show the conversion would create 10 diagonal parking spaces and provide a second turn pocket on Coast Hwy

At the workshop, staff will present results of the study that concluded the one-way conversion would have only minimal impact of traffic, would create 10 diagonal parking spaces, and would provide a second turn pocket on the highway. 

The workshop will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers. You can also complete a short survey on the project here.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, contact Tom Sandefur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 497-0792.

Laguna Beach City Council Chambers is located at 505 Forest Ave.


Rosalind Russell of R Star Foundation delivers new specialized crop of corn to Nepal villagers today

Rosalind Russell, R Star Foundation CEO/Founder, departed today for an extended trip to Nepal. Before she left, she met with volunteer Robin Pierson at Adolfo’s for a last Mexican meal for a while, as Rosalind won’t be back until the end of January. 

Robin gifted R Star with “corn” of the Aztec’s, a hearty, healthy crop of colorful corn, which, of course, is not GMO, says Rosalind. This is Robin’s first and very plentiful harvest, which she grew on her Wyoming farm for Rosalind to take to the Nepal, and because of Robin, R Star is delighted to have a new specialized crop to offer selected villagers.

Rosalind Russell and Robin

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo from R Star

Rosalind Russell (on left) and Robin Pierson

Robin has been to Nepal a few times as well as to the R Star Top of the World – Nepal elementary school to teach classes. She has also volunteered her time and energy on many occasions in several different ways for the sake of the Nepalese people R Star assists. 

While in Nepal, Rosalind will also be overseeing drilling matters and “goats”, greenhouses, and living conditions as she learns the needs of those she works with in her 51 villages with a population that totals 44,000 people. 

Rosalind Russell school

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo from R Star

R Star TOW school in Wojethar, attended by pre-school students to the sixth grade; 55 students are enrolled from various villages

R Star’s mission statement is “Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal…therefore the world.” R Star Foundation serves and educates the isolated and disempowered women and children of Nepal. The nonprofit connects resources to the neediest people in one of the most remote areas on earth and helps to bring about peace. 

If interested in investing in the successful work of R Star, a capable Board member, Betsy, will be managing the mail, banking, and the tax donation letters during Rosalind’s absence. Rosalind says, “Whatever one wishes to do will be enough and wonderful.” 

For further information or to donate, mail goes to R Star Foundation, PO Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA 92652; or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit the R Star website where donations are just a button push: RStarFoundation.org.

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider


Community invited to Festival of Mosaics mural dedication ceremony this Sunday at NCC

Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) invites the public to a mural dedication ceremony this Sunday, Dec 9, at noon. The mosaic, titled “Coastline to Canyon,” reads like an abstract aerial view of Laguna Beach, from the blue ocean to tide pools, shoreline, hillside bluffs, and greenbelt. 

“More than 700 people participated in the Festival of Mosaics program,” said Mike Tauber, Program Coordinator.

Community invited to Festival

Click on photo for a larger image 

Submitted photo

Festival of Mosaics mural dedication party is this Sunday, Dec 9 at noon

Activities included tile glazing workshops with LOCA Arts Education at Laguna Art Museum, LOCA’s annual meeting, and at Festival of Arts Pageant of the Monsters. 

“We also did color picking, tile cracking, and puzzle making workshops at the church campus,” Tauber said. “Lastly, the public came and installed the mosaics over several weekends in November.” 

The project was supported by donations from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima, and others. “We are grateful to our many volunteers, donors, and everyone who contributed to the making of this beautiful public art work,” stated Pastor Rodrick Echols. 

Visitors attending the dedication may arrive early to enjoy a service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, located at 340 St Ann’s Drive. There is free parking available – enter from Glenneyre Street. Light refreshments will be served. 

Hosted by Neighborhood Congregational Church, along with designer and 2018 Laguna Artist of the Year Mike Tauber, this awe-inspiring celebration continues a Laguna legacy of community beautification through the arts. 

For more information, visit www.ncclaguna.org.


Rose-gold and purple sky

Rose gold sunrise

Click on photo for larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Rose-gold and purple sunrise just before the rainbow Wednesday


Holiday Sing-Along at The Garden Park takes place this Sunday

The community is invited to the annual Holiday Sing-Along at The Garden Park this Sunday, Dec 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. Bring your instruments, singing voices, and treats to share during this festive day in the park with neighbors.

Holiday Sing Band

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

The community sing-along is perfect for the entire family to enjoy

Music direction will be by the Garden Band; songbooks, funny hats, and beverages are provided. 

The Garden Park is located at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way.


LagunaTunes invites the community to “Christmas Letters”, a free holiday concert, Dec 16

LagunaTunes invites the community to a free holiday concert, “Christmas Letters,” on Sunday, Dec 16 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program traces how Christmas letters – some funny and some sentimental – have changed through the years. Bring the entire family to the show, which is suitable for all ages.

LagunaTunes invites group

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

Upcoming LagunaTunes concert will include a variety of Christmas favorites in both upbeat and beautiful choral styles

LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some do not, age levels cover a broad range and all are united by a love of music. Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills and the joy of group singing. 

Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s MenAlive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir, leads the 60-member chorus. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern California and in international concerts.

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides choral singing to everyone. The Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

For more information, visit www.lagunatuneschorus.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Manager’s Updates

Three things residents can do to prepare for the storms headed our way – 1) Go to www.AlertOC.com to register your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses into the mass notification system. It is recommended that you register your work and home addresses separately to ensure you receive proper notifications for each location. AlertOC is a critical link for residents and businesses to immediately learn of any required actions. Additionally, make sure you are registered for Nixle by texting “92651” to 888-777; 2) Get free sandbags if you’re a local resident or business; 3) Clean your gutters, trim your trees, and turn off your sprinkler system.

Water Quality at Winter Fantasy – On December 16, from 12 to 3 p.m., the City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department is collaborating with the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. The City will be helping participants to design reusable bags using manhole lid patterns. The bags and workshop are free to the first 100 participants. The City encourages the public to stop by, make a bag, and learn about the City’s Water Quality Department.

Free Parking and Free Trolley to Sawdust Festival – The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is open weekends now through December 16. Bring the kids, meet Santa, and finish your holiday shopping early. Park for free in the Act V parking lot (Lot 16) and take the free trolley. For more information, visit https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

City Managers Sawdust

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is a local wonderland

Friendship Shelter Seeking Blankets – Friendship Shelter needs blankets and twin-size comforters for the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). Donations are being accepted daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 1335 South Coast Highway (check in at the front desk, located at the top of the external stairs at the back of the building facing Gaviota Drive). The City thanks you in advance for your donations.

Trees Being Replanted Along Coast Highway – As part of the City Tree Replanting Project, the City’s Public Works Department is planting 30 street trees in the downtown area and along Coast Highway to replace trees that have fallen or been removed. The City also accepted a donation of $30,000 from the Laguna Beach Urban Tree Fund, which allowed the City to enhance the project by planting 24 and 36-inch box trees in lieu of 15-gallon trees and to provide deep watering tubes. The project includes planting the trees, installing a permeable rubberized tree well surfacing system, root barriers, watering tubes, and a 120-day plant irrigation and plant establishment period.

City Managers trees

Click on photo for a larger image

Submitted photo

30 street trees are being replaced downtown and along Coast Highway

Bluebird SOCWA Odor Control System Going Forward – The Water Quality Department has successfully worked with the neighbors and interested community members to collaborate on an acceptable location of the odor control system for the Bluebird lift station.

Cultural Arts Calendar – Residents looking for arts events this holiday season can visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar here.

These events are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Accurate Crime Statistics – Since 2016, violent crimes (murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault) have decreased 17% in the City of Laguna Beach. Property crimes in the City have decreased 38%. These numbers reflect crime statistics through November 26, 2018. Laguna Beach crime rate information is listed on certain relocation websites and is not representative of the actual situation. Using per capita metrics to compare Laguna Beach’s crime rates or spending statistics is also not representative because it does not take into account that Laguna Beach services six million visitors per year in addition to our residents. When fairly evaluating how many employees, both sworn and non-sworn, are needed to appropriately police a city, the size of the residential, working, and visitor community must all be considered.

Finance Officer Nancy Pauley Hired as Palm Springs Director of Finance – The City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications for the position of Finance Officer in the Administrative Services Department. The position has opened because Laguna Beach Finance Officer Nancy Pauley has been hired as the new Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs. Pauley’s last day with the City of Laguna Beach was November 30. Pauley has worked for the City of Laguna Beach for over 10 years, working annually on the City’s budget. She also played a key role in the City’s Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

To receive the Certificate of Achievement, a governmental unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards. This is the third consecutive year the City has received the award. 

“Nancy has been the driving force behind our recognition of financial reporting awards, and she has been an instrumental part of the City’s Finance Division for the last decade,” said Director of Administrative Services Gavin Curran. “She leaves big shoes to fill, and we wish her continued success in her new role as Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs.” 

Details of the position and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lagunabeach. The position will remain open until filled.

Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Front Page II

Police Beat

Dennis' Tidbits

Barbara Diamond

Click here to continue reading more Laguna news on
Slider