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LAM honored with Arts OC with Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award

On October 16, Laguna Art Museum was honored by Arts Orange County with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award in recognition of the museum’s 100-year legacy and lifetime contributions as Orange County’s oldest arts institution. 

The Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award is named for the great Polish actress who is best known for her performances in the plays of Shakespeare and who is the namesake for what is now Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Along with art collectors and philanthropists Mark and Janet Hilbert, artist Carol Saindon, and South Coast Repertory Managing Director Paula Tomei, Laguna Art Museum received the award during the 19th annual OC Arts Awards, hosted by the county’s non-profit arts agency, Arts Orange County.

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LAM is honored with prestigious Arts OC Award

Malcolm Warner, Laguna Art Museum’s executive director, remarks, “We’re especially delighted to receive this award named for the great Helena Modjeska. Many of the Laguna Beach artists of a hundred years ago followed the same path as Modjeska – from Europe to the United States and ultimately Orange County, where the arts community has been an international one in which immigrants like Modjeska have played essential roles. The Modjeska award is not only relevant to Laguna Art Museum, but also timely as the museum is soon presenting the first-ever exhibition of Helena Modjeska’s work as a visual artist.”

LAM is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Laguna Dance Festival presents Sankofa Danzafro at NCC on Oct 25

Renowned Laguna Dance Festival will showcase powerful Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live drumming and singing, featuring Colombian dance troupe Sankofa Danzafro’s “The City of Others,” on Thursday, Oct 25, at Neighborhood Congregational Church.

 This episodic work about urban struggle and resilience is “judicious in form, resonant with meaning, and delivered in dance languages that run the gamut from diasporic African to Latinised hip hop,” according to The Financial Times. “The City of Others demands the city be a place of coexistence; a place for everybody, not only a few.”

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Laguna Dance Festival presents Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live drumming featuring Columbian dance troupe Sankofa Danzafro Oct 25

The show is co-produced by the Laguna Dance Festival with the University of Southern California and other presenters nationwide on the dance company’s national tour.

Guests will experience the troupe’s dazzling, thought-provoking “La Ciudad los Otros” (The City of Others), an episodic work showcasing powerful Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live drumming and singing. 

The company hails from Colombia, the country with the second largest Afro-descent population found in Latin America. 

A work about urban struggle and resilience, “La Ciudad los Otros” is a relevant and timely reminder of the importance of acceptance, unity, and inclusion. In the piece, The City of Others is a city populated by people with diverse backgrounds and worldviews. These dissimilar people coexist in a limited space, and despite the forward march of progress, the city can become a place of discrimination, resulting in hostility and solitude. The work denounces the lack of opportunities for minority and other marginalized communities, demanding the city be a place of coexistence for everyone, not a privileged few.

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. 

Sankofa Danzafro’s “The City of Others” will be performed on Thursday, Oct 25, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, Bridge Hall. Tickets are $50 for the reception and performance. The reception is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lagunadancefestival.org. Neighborhood Congregational Church is at 340 St Ann’s Dr.


Discover treasure troves in the Southland with Hoffy Tours

Bill Hoffman of Hoffy Tours will lead a group of Lagunans on their next adventure, a King Tut Tour, on Saturday, Nov 17. 

“This is our last chance to see 60 new artifacts from a stunning exhibit from gold jewelry and exquisite furniture and learn the story of the incredible discovery of King Tut’s tomb almost 100 years ago,” Hoffy Tours founder Bill Hoffman said.

“The IMAX film ‘Mysteries of Egypt’ is exquisite, and you will love the renovated California Science Center near USC,” Hoffman continued. “There’s so much to see – the Space Shuttle, the Rose Garden, and Natural History Museum. This is the best of LA.”

Hoffy Tours will also host the Mission San Juan Capistrano & Los Rios Historic District Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Dec 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Sometimes the best things are near your own backyard. If you haven’t been to Mission San Juan Capistrano lately, you will love the new exhibits and beautiful landscaping,” Hoffman said. “See Serra Chapel, the Old Stone Church, the Sacred Garden, and relearn your California History. Then, go with Hoffy to gorgeous Los Rios for a team scavenger hunt where you will discover secrets of the oldest neighborhood in California. Prizes of course and great for families and kids.”

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Hoffy Tours offers an exciting choice of adventures and experiences

On Saturday, Jan 12, Hoffy Tours will tour the Broad Museum, San Antonio Winery, and Olvera Street Discovery Walk. 

“I started Hoffy Tours, LLC in 2012 because I love teaching, and wanted to show people the most beautiful and interesting places that cities have to offer. I’m proud to say that since then I’ve given over 300 tours and have devised 71 different tours,” said Hoffman. 

“It’s amazing to me how much there is to explore in Southern California. It may be the most diverse and interesting region in the world,” Hoffman added.

For more information about Hoffy Tours or to book a tour, call Hoffman at (949) 246-4548, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up at www.hoffytours.com.


Laguna Beach Live! presents special “Women of Song” tribute concert at The Montage Oct 23

Laguna Beach Live! will present Paying Tribute to the Incredible Women of Song on Tuesday, Oct 23. The concert will be held at the Montage Resort from 6 - 8 p.m. Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monhiet was recently confirmed to join the other very talented vocalists Maya Sykes and Olivia Kuiper Harris. 

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Acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit will pay tribute to legendary female artists

Together the vocalists will pay homage to legendary females whose voices and music are timeless – from Natalie Cole, to Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, and beyond. Backing up these amazing vocalists will be the Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars, led by renowned trumpeter Bison Watson. 

VIP Tickets are $100 for preferred seating including your choice of one menu item that will be served at your table, $50 for Premium table seating and $30 for Standard theatre style chairs in rear. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and food and drinks are available for purchase in advance or at the time of the event. Parking is $5.

The Montage Resort is located at 30801 South Coast Hwy. 

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.


Friendship Shelter celebrates 30th year anniversary with a grant and a gala at Montage on Oct 27

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Friendship Shelter (FS) commemorates two extraordinary milestones this month, its 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Oct 27 at Montage Laguna Beach and the receipt of a sizable grant from Bank of America.

In 1988, FS, in response to community need, opened its doors to provide year round shelter and rehabilitation to homeless adults. Initially, 18 were accepted into the program. Now, 30 years later, more than 10,000 people have participated in a FS program and each night, in excess of 150 sleep safe and warm. To date, FS has placed 87 clients in permanent housing.

In addition to the emergency shelter on Laguna Canyon Rd and the residential shelter in South Laguna, the Permanent Supportive Housing program (PSH) encompasses two other properties, a residential youth facility in San Clemente which houses 14 and a residential building in Dana Point which houses 16. The remaining 57 are in private market apartments outside of Laguna Beach. 

FS has just received an unrestricted B of A grant in the amount of $200,000 to expand its successful work providing permanent supportive housing to help homeless adults become more self-sufficient. 

Grant Process

Executive Director of FS, Dawn Price, says, “It was a competitive process, and we were nominated in the spring I believe. They chose about 60 organizations nationally, and we are pleased to be recognized for what we’re doing.”

When asked who nominated them, she says she doesn’t know, “But the City is proud of our work, and some organizations we’ve partnered with have supported us.”

And she admits that some of the questions on the application aligned with their strategic planning process. “They were interested in how we work and collaborate.”

Before Price, who has been the organization’s executive director for 10 years, relocated to Laguna Beach, she had never worked with the homeless, although she served meals in a homeless shelter in Iowa. “I had misconceptions and I understand that,” she says.

Price comes from nonprofit background

Originally from Wisconsin, Price came here from Texas when her husband took the position of Dean of Students at Chapman University. In academic circles, she was known as the trailing spouse, the spouse who doesn’t have a job. “I was executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in TX, and I was really hoping to get another director position. I like the work; attending to client and staff needs, dealing with the board, and fundraising. Our son was in high school, LBHS is a good school, and this job was open.”

Beyond the benefit of the funds, Price is excited about other aspects of the grant as well.

“There’s a whole leadership training component for myself and one other staffer, who will be Rick Scott, and we’re both very excited about that. We will train separately and then come together in the last session. I’ve heard wonderful things about this training.” Rick has been at FS 10 years and oversees program managers.

Goal is 30 days in shelter

Friendship Shelter launched its Permanent Supportive Housing program in 2014, which provides a holistic approach to keeping people in housing and off the streets for the long term. Since then, they have established 87 sustainable housing units with 97 percent of residents remaining stably housed, far above the federal requirements and national average for residential retention. Bank of America’s grant will enable the nonprofit to expand this approach with the goal of creating an additional 180 Permanent Supportive Housing units, more than double its current portfolio of supply, across Orange County by 2020. FS covers Southern OC, which includes Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach and south.

Price explains, “The housing program needs to grow, because without housing, people languish in the shelters. There’s no alternative, nowhere to go from the shelter. We had a gentleman housed last week that had been in the ASL for nine years, sleeping on a mat on the floor. That’s way too long to be in a shelter. Our goal would be that they’d be in a shelter 30 days, in and out, back into housing, back into employment, back into school, into whatever someone left behind. If we can help them reclaim that, it might mean back to where they came from. We’re looking for a swift solution and a good flow through our shelters and into housing. If we do that well, we don’t need all these shelter beds we’re talking about. If that person for 9 years in one shelter bed had been out in 30 days, it would have freed up the bed for others.”

To this end, Price says that once someone enters the shelter, they begin the process of tailoring the housing to the client needs.

“First thing we do when a client comes in here is say, ‘Tell me about yourself. Where did you last sleep? Where did you last safely sleep? Do you have family? What would it take for you to go back there?’”

“We’re always trying to do the simplest thing, and we talk about their history, and we’re able to assess and interview using national instruments, to find out what type of house this person is suited for, and we work toward that housing situation.”

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Formerly homeless, Samantha in her new apartment

When asked what she thinks is the prevailing misconception in our community regarding the homeless, Price replies, “A lot of people in Laguna Beach don’t know that housing is our biggest program, because none of that housing is in Laguna Beach.”

She continues, “So when we were asked in the application (the grant is unrestricted), our goal is always housing, and the money will fuel ongoing housing efforts. All of our shelters are focused toward housing today. As of January 1, 2018, we’ve changed how we deal with our housing process, approaching it on an individual basis, level and ability. If someone needs to get a job and a room, we work just as hard with that person as someone who comes in with a different set of requirements.”

And it appears there are various types of needs that they address. Overseen by FS, the specialized youth program in San Clemente works with 14 people at a time from 18 to 25 years of age, who have a serious mental health diagnosis (they come through the county mental health system) and help them learn independent living skills while in the program. They are housed in two buildings FS owns that formerly were transitional housing. It was determined that permanent housing would change outcomes better than transitional, and it was the best use of the two buildings. 

If by the age of 26, after working with supportive services and through therapy and medication, residents learn to control their mental health, they can go back home, or to a private market rental. Price says, “The whole point is to look at the trajectory for that person, what is the next best step. They age out of the building, but not permanent housing.”

The other dedicated unit of 16 in Dana Point has a staff on site.

The remaining 57 are in private market apartments. “We go in to the manager and see if we can rent one, two or three,” she says. “Once we’re in there, and they see that we’re good managers of our program, they will let us know when they have open units. The permanent housing program is for a specific kind of client, one who has documented long-term homelessness and documented long-term disability, and, therefore, needs supportive services to stay stably housed. We also help people get housed in different ways, help them get a room, an apartment, help people return to family.” 

Different types of housing/individual basis/need

Price says, “By looking at the number of chronically homeless people in South OC, based on the last count of homeless, which was January of 2017, if we add another 180 units to the 87 we already have, we could wipe out chronic homelessness, making the shelter stay brief and get them into housing very quickly.”

Regarding the homeless issue, she says, “We do this work whether it’s election year or not. We don’t look for best sound bite, we look for what’s working nationally, and what can we bring to our community from our colleagues across the nation that works. That’s what we’ve been trying to do for the last 30 years, but especially the last five to seven years, which has been a period of learning and discerning and adopting new strategies.”

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Dana Point

If you missed the Safety Net Tour last month and want to visit the LB facility, Price says, “The best time to see our shelter is early evening, to get a sense of the population we’re working with and how staff interacts with clients. The best way for a person who is interested in what the organization does is to contact me, call us for a tour or sign up to volunteer for evening meal. That’s where you’ll really get a sense of beyond what the building looks like and see what the work looks like.

“I always want the public to see what we do, and learn how we work with our population. Come meet people, look them in the eye, know who we’re dealing with. There’s a lot of misconceptions about what we do and about who clients are. Any time visitors can see the context, it’s beneficial.”

FS currently has a staff of 51.

The grant will also help with the best use of staff time in supporting those in permanent housing. The staff helps with general and specialized needs, helping folks access food programs, go to banks, how to make nutritional food, and other basic life skills. Price says, “There’s a lot of driving around. If we had more dedicated sites like Dana Point, there would be less driving for staff for the additional 180 units. It would be a better and more efficient use of staff time, so that they’re not spending 20 minutes in a car with no client.” 

Of those in permanent housing, some people need more support, some only once a month visits. Price says, “We just started a program for those who don’t need ongoing support to get them to the point they can get housing. We’ve just begun to transitioning some clients to the regular Section 8 vouchers, the federal low income housing voucher. But we have an agreement with the County that we’ll continue to support them for a year, that’s one of the things we raise private money for.

“The gala helps with this county program as we’re graduating people out of supportive housing. FS has a year-long commitment to support them with no funding. This unrestricted grant money and gala money helps grow the program.”

Need for infrastructure dollars

Price says, “There’s a need for infrastructure dollars, for training money, as we grow PSH units, as there are more financial transactions every year. We went from 0-87 in four years (2014 - 2018), and it was a big hit on the administrative infrastructure, more HR, more financial. We need to be able to build those up in anticipation of future growth; it is very critical.

“And just freeing up more time for people to be sourcing the apartments and the next way to grow. The opportunities don’t fall in your lap; they grow through building relationships and looking for opportunities and knowing how to assess each opportunity, so that we make the right decisions. We’re lucky that we have some of that provided through volunteers, but we need infrastructure.” 

Although FS has a fundraising gala every year, this year is a special one.

Price says, “So much has changed in 30 years, but we’re proud that at our core, we’re still the same organization that opened its doors in 1988. Through all this change, our purpose and approach have never wavered. We were founded to respond to community need, and that remains our focus today.”

The 30th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, Oct 27 at Montage LB. Every dollar raised will go toward Friendship Shelter’s Housing Opportunity Fund, giving the financial agility to respond with confidence to new housing opportunities, to preserve existing housing programs, and to fill housing needs across all programs.

For more information on Friendship Shelter including its gala, go to www.friendshipshelter.org.


Splashes presents Seaside and Sommelier – a dinner with Daou Vineyards & Winery

On Thursday, Nov 1, Surf and Sand’s premier restaurant Splashes invites the public to experience a 4-course menu with pairings from Daou Vineyards & Winery. 

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Enjoy exceptional dinner and wine while taking in the ocean front views

The elegant dinner is $125 per person.

For reservations, contact Charlotte Scofield at (949) 376-2754 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Splashes is located within the Surf and Sand at 1555 South Coast Hwy.


2018 Election: Campaign Committees report contributions, expenditures

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Committees that take part in an election, but are not controlled by a candidate, must file forms detailing contributions and expenditures on specified dates.

The most recent filing was due September 22. The next one is due October 25.

Liberate Laguna, a sponsored General Purpose Committee, reported contributions of $72,403 – $42,403 in cash and $30,000 in non-monetary contributions – as of September 22. 

A sponsored committee is one that is sponsored by an entity, rather than an individual.

No other committee came close in raising funds or in spending.

As of the September 22 filing date, Michael Ray, Principal of Sanderson J Ray Development, had contributed $12,000; Samuel Goldstein, Radford Ventures, LLC, had contributed $10,000. Other contributors included Cindy Shopoff, Principal of Shopoff Realty Investments ($8,500); Leslie Ray ($5,000); real estate broker Russell Fluter ($3,000); and energy consultant Douglas Cortez ($1,000).

Shopoff Enterprises in Irvine also donated services valued at $30,000. 

Liberate Laguna spent $65,092.07, which included $19,425 with Mollrich Communcations, Inc. Also reported was an $880 advertising split between candidates Peter Blake and Sue Kempf.

Yes on P, also known as “Committee to Underground and Keep Laguna Fire Safe”, primarily formed in support of the ballot measure to raise sales tax from 7.75 to 8.75 percent, is formally supported by Mayor Kelly Boyd, Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede and Councilman Bob Whalen. 

Cash donations totaling $37,000 were received by September 22. Expenditures subtracted $9,448.27 from the war chest. Major donors included James Cailloutte, M.D. ($5,000), Bob Whalen for Council ($4,000), Combined Investments LLC ($3,000), Barbara MacGillivray ($3,000), Patricia O’Brien ($2,500), Keith Swayne ($2,000) and Mark Orgill ($2,000).

Village Laguna Inc. raised $5,000, $4,100 of it from Village Laguna and listed no expenses.

Stop Taxing Our Property raised $4,223.66 and spent $2,050.50 for mailers and signs to oppose Measure P.

The Laguna Beach Police Employees’ Association (LBPEA) PAC and Animal PAC did not file before September 22, and will be included in our next report. 

A press release issued on October 16 by LBPEA announced the 85-member association is supporting Toni Iseman, Kempf and Cheryl Kinsman.

Editor’s Note: We have included campaign data through the September 22 filing deadline only. Future campaign data from September 23 through the next filing period deadline will be included in a follow-up story.


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2018 Election: Campaign donations, expenditures reported by candidates

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Candidates for public office are required to report donations which total $1,000 or more and expenditures by specific dates in the election calendar.

The most recent reports were due by September 22. The next ones are due October 25. 

Incumbent Toni Iseman raised the most money as of September 22, $43,222. She also raised $2,706 in non-monetary contributions to a fundraiser. 

More than 200 donors contributed to Iseman’s war chest to fund her sixth run for the City Council. If she wins, she will break the record she set in 2014 when she was elected for her fifth consecutive term. 

Donors included Councilman Bob Whalen, California Assembly candidate Cottie Petrie-Norris, Women in Leadership, environment advocates Derek and Natalie Ostensen, Mozambique owner Ivan Spiers and the Orange County League of Conservation Voters.

Iseman spent or owed a total of $23,275, as of the filing date.

Former Mayor and Certified Public Accountant Cheryl Kinsman wasn’t far behind Iseman in reported cash at hand. However, $41,355 of the $41,822 came out of her own pocket. 

Non-monetary contributions included an $85 ticket to the Pageant of the Masters and $132 for campaign hats purchased by her sister, UC Davis Professor Becky Westerdahl. 

Landscape architect and former mayor Ann Christoph came in third in the Donor Sweepstakes with contributions of $35,841 raised between July 1 and September 22. She spent $18,463.69 in the period. She received more than 125 donations. Among the donors: former City Clerk and Mayor Verna Rollinger, former Mayor Neil Fitzpatrick and Bonnie and Arnold Hano.

Planning Commissioner and retired businesswoman Sue Kempf raised $30,529 and spent $9,467, as of August 31. Joe and Jane Hanuaer, Barbara MacGillivray, Mark and Dora Orgill, and Mozambique owner Ivan Spiers were among the donors.

Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede, whose candidacy was cut short by a family crisis, raised $27,402 during his truncated campaign. 

Zur Schmiede spent $9,920.90 on campaign advertising and for his kick-off party.

No decision on the distribution of the remaining donations has been made at this time, according to Zur Schiede’s campaign treasurer Matt Lawson.

Art Gallery owner Peter Blake received donations totaling $15,386, as of September 22. He paid out $6,605.79 in office expenses, legal services, advertising, and campaign expenses. Donors included Samuel and Pamela Goldstein, Law Offices of Jennifer Zeiter, Laguna College of Art & Design President Jonathan Burke, Mozambique owner Ivan Spiers and artist Roark Gourley, whom long-time residents may remember for his “Fork You” exhibit in the hillside opposite the Festival of Arts.

The Friends of Judie Mancuso Election Committee, a candidate controlled committee, posted contributions of $12,749 and expenditures of $8,542. Donors included the Orange County League of Conservation Voters, Loreen Gilbert and veterinarians. Mancuso is a CEO of three nonprofits.

Lorene Laguna, who has the same campaign treasurer as Blake, reported contributions of $1,990, payments of $113.72, unpaid bills of $1,851.72 and a cash balance of $1,876.60.

Candidates Allison Mathews, Sue Marie Connolly and Paul Merritt did not file a Recipient Committee Campaign Statement, casually known as a 460.

Editor’s Note: We have included campaign data through the September 22 filing deadline only. Future campaign data from September 23 through the next filing period deadline will be included in a follow-up story.


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

October 19, 2018

Does above normal rain always come with El Nino, not necessarily! 

Dennis 5Like I said last week, every El Nino – weak, moderate, or strong – has resulted in above normal rain during that event, except for the last one, when we fell far short of the normal season total of 13.95 inches here in Laguna. 

Ready for some stats? The mega El Nino of 1883-84, which coincided with the historical eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia, produced a record 40.06 inches according to L.A. records that date back to 1877. The strong El Nino of 1889-90 resulted in 32.76 inches in L.A. I might note here that Laguna rainfall records only date back to 1927, so L.A. records were used here from 1877 to 1927. 

The mild El Nino of 1901-02 saw 17.75 inches in L.A. Incidentally, L.A.’s annual normal is 14.94, about an inch more than Laguna averages. The moderate event in 1909 produced 20.33, the mild 1914 El Nino dropped 19.18, and the moderate event produced 19.92 inches in 1922-23. 

Now we’re in Laguna rainfall records. A strong El Nino in 1931-32 saw 23.45 inches. Another strong event in 1937-38 resulted in 24.42 inches. Only two years later, a moderate event saw 18.85 inches, and the event got even stronger with 31.24 in 1940-41. A mild El Nino in 1945-46 gave us 15.94, then a strong event in 1951-52 came up with 26.21. The strong 1957-58 El Nino dropped 23.39, and 1965-66 produced 22.00 inches. The strong El Nino from 1972-73 gave us 21.26, while the mega El Nino popped out 31.25. The mild event of 1985-86 resulted in 17.86. The moderate El Nino of 1991-92 produced 21.00. 

Another mega El Nino occurred in 1997-98, which gave Laguna its wettest season on record with a generous 37.27 inches, which is what Seattle averages a season. Incidentally, that season saw Seattle’s driest season on record with only 22.48, so we beat ‘em by almost 15 inches! The mild 2009-10 event dropped 16.94 on Laguna. 

Then we come to the much heralded mega event when we were expecting well over 30 inches in 2015-16. We ended up with a meager 8.14. First time ever that well below normal rain resulted from an El Nino, and obviously, so much for that theory about wet El Nino years. That’s the thing about weather, always a surprise!

Have a great weekend, Aloha!


Laguna Beach Breakfast Club features developer Mo Honarkar discussing his vision for Laguna

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Yesterday morning, Thursday, Oct 18, 46 attendees gathered for the Laguna Beach Business Club Meeting to hear Mo Honarkar speaking about his visions for Laguna Beach. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. every month at the Kitchen in the Canyon.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Non-members are welcome and there is a guest breakfast fee of $20. 

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Honarkar shared his story starting with his first store in 1999 up to the present day, plus his visions and plans for various properties in Laguna

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs. They meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. The club’s goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that they are proud to recommend to local clients and friends.

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(L-R) LBBC members Peter Freeman, Jerry Immel, and Rick Cirelli with guest speaker Mo Honarkar

For more information about the club, visit www.lagunabeachbusinessclub.com. To register to attend a meeting, contact a club member or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kitchen in the Canyon is located at 845 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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