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 Volume 10, Issue 91  |  November 13, 2018                            


City to declare support for a kinder world


City officials will sign a declaration of support for a kinder world at a public ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today at City Hall.

The declaration moves the City closer to its goal of being designated a World Kindness USA city, according to Councilman Steve Dicterow. The City has also put November 13 on the City calendar as the annual World Kindness Day.

“I believe a kinder world can be realized in our lifetime,” Dicterow stated in an email to Stu News.

The City joined the World Kindness movement this year with the Community Services Department’s #BeAGreeter anti-bullying campaign, the community #RockOnLB Kindness Initiative and the Police Department’s partnership with the Tony Hawk Foundation for cyber bullying awareness.

“I look forward to a show of support to celebrate this next step in creating a kinder society as we sign the declaration of support,” Dicterow said.

The Councilman will be appointing goodwill ambassadors to identify and support kindness initiatives in the community, he said. 

“We believe kindness is contagious, and we encourage residents, local businesses and neighboring communities to join [Laguna Beach] in the World Kindness movement,” said Dicterow. 

The City partners with the Ability Awareness Project in Laguna Beach, founded in 2013 by Shadi Puoukashef 

Pourkashef has extended invitations to the ceremony to mayors and city councils in Orange County, state and federal government members and more than 100 local businesses, organizations and community leaders, according to Dicterow.

She will moderate a panel discussion beginning at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

“We will be discussing obstacles to world kindness, our goals, where we are now and where we want to go,” she said.

Michael Lloyd-White, chief executive officer of World Kindness and immediate past general secretary of the global movement, will be a member of the panel.

For more information, contact Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson at (949) 497-0797.

LBHS Football defeats Northwood, advances to CIF Semis on Friday 

LBHS Football defeats 1

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LBHS defeated Northwood High School 34-13 in the CIF Quarter Finals on Friday. QB Andrew Johnson led the way again for the Breakers, throwing for 315 yards and 4 TDs on the game. Johnson and receiver Sean Nolan have broken almost every LBHS record for their respective positions this season. 

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LBHS (10-2) will face Artesia (9-3) on the road in Lakewood on Friday in the CIF Semis. With a win, the Breakers will host the CIF Division 11 Championship at home the following weekend at Guyer Field.

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Orin Neufeld: Master of Laguna’s batting cages


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Orin Neufeld describes himself as a “kid guy.” He also says he will do almost anything to avoid an office. So when the opportunity to buy the Laguna Beach Batting Cages literally walked into his dugout one afternoon, he jumped at the chance.

So this guy walks into a dugout…

“I’m very involved in Laguna Beach Little League,” recounts Neufeld who, despite being in Laguna for almost 25 years, still sounds very much like the New Yorker he once was. “I’m coaching my then seven-year-old son,” he continues, “and we’re in the middle of a game, and this guy walks into the dugout. My first thought is, ‘Dude, what are you doing? It’s the 4th inning!?’”

“The dude,” as it turns out, wanted information about the next Little League board meeting because he was interested in selling the batting cages located on Laguna Canyon Road. Neufeld says once he heard what the man wanted, he went from “take a hike” to “please come into my dugout.” A deal was reached and Neufeld has owned the batting cages for the past five years.

A job blending both of his passions

“I was pretty excited,” he remembers. “My passions are baseball and kids. I’ve always worked with kids.” When he was in New York, he ran a school for autistic children. Both his daughter, now a senior at LBHS, and his son, a seventh grader at TMS, played Laguna Beach Little League. His son, who seems to have inherited his dad’s passion for the game, is still at it. 

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Orin Neufeld, owner of the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Rd

Neufeld says his wife was very supportive of the purchase, even if it was a bit of a surprise. “We did a deal that was doable, and I did it,” explains Neufeld. “She was all for it.” Which is helpful, since it means Neufeld is away most evenings. The batting cages are open from 3 - 8 p.m. weekdays plus weekends (call for hours). His busy season coincides with the Little League season that runs February to June. “I have a lot of teams, Little League and club that come and use it,” he says.

Honing his fix it skills

As for any surprises about owning one’s own batting cages, Neufeld shrugs. “I used the cages, so I knew how they worked,” he says. However, he has had to brush up on his mechanical skills. “If anything surprises me, it’s the maintenance. It’s an outdoor facility, and there’s just stuff that needs to be fixed. And I wouldn’t say I was a Mr. Fix It kind of guy, but I’m getting better!” he says, laughing.

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Orin Neufeld gives Warren some pointers during a private lesson

When not maintaining the machines, Neufeld is giving private lessons. “For the most part, I teach kids 10 and under, but I have high school kids, too,” he says. “I start at the basics. I start at the ground up.” Neufeld says that since his playing days, he has seen the game get a lot more technical at a younger age. “I really notice it with my son,” he says. However, Neufeld’s son takes his lessons from someone else. “He’s done with me,” he laughs. “It’s the natural order of things.”

A little music on the side

While Neufeld managed to get both of his kids interested in baseball, at least for awhile, he was not as successful at getting them to take an interest in his other passion: music. A guitarist for the past 30 years, Neufeld plays in a local band “The Skeleton Crew” that covers Grateful Dead songs. He also teaches guitar lessons, just not to his kids. “Nope, “ he says with a shrug. “Neither kid plays.”

The Skeleton Crew pays tribute to The Grateful Dead

The Skeleton Crew is made up of Laguna locals, many of whom play in other bands as well. Lead singer Bob Campion, for example, plays in several local bands. “Bobby and I went down to the beach one night and just started playing Grateful Dead tunes. We both love the Grateful Dead. We did it a couple of times and said, ‘We should do this.’ And we did it.” 

“Actually, I’m not talented at all. I don’t know how to read music or anything,” he says, laughing. He must be able to fake it pretty well as the band has a standing gig at The Cliff (the second Friday of every month). Their next show is November 30. “It’s very difficult being an international rock legend,” he says, trying to maintain a straight face.

Orin Neufeld batting cages

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Jerry Rootlieb looks on while his grandson gets batting lessons from Neufeld

It may not be superstardom, but it is a lot of fun

I asked Neufeld if he ever had aspirations to be a pro baseball player or a rock star. “Of course,” he laughs. “What kid doesn’t?” The reality that he wasn’t going to achieve superstardom came relatively early. “I realized these two passions weren’t realistic in high school,” he says. But that’s not to say he isn’t living his dream. “I play guitar and teach kids baseball. I can’t complain. It really is fun.”

A baseball workout facility is more than enough

Neufeld has no plans to alter the fun. The batting cages are on Laguna Beach Unified School District property and to make any kind of big changes would be a massive bureaucratic undertaking. Besides, he likes it the way it is. “I wouldn’t mind doing more birthday parties,” he muses, but quickly adds, “We’re not Boomers.” 

“We are a baseball workout facility,” he says proudly. “It is what it is.” For kids in Laguna, San Clemente, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel looking to improve their baseball skills, it’s plenty.

Proposal to gauge public support for extension of one-way Ocean Ave traffic


The City Council will consider tonight reaching out to the public to determine support for the extension of one-way traffic on Ocean Avenue to South Coast Highway and relocating the crosswalk.

Staff is seeking a greenlight to move forward on the assessment of support for the extension, which would make Ocean Ave one way from Forest Ave to Main Beach, and to proceed with the project if there is no significant public opposition. The staff also requests Council direction to include relocating the crosswalk to the north side of the intersection that tees into the highway. 

“Ocean Avenue merchants would have to be involved,” said outgoing Mayor Kelly Boyd, former owner of the Marine Room on Ocean Ave. 

The Council in March declined to eliminate the crosswalk when other intersection improvements along South Coast Highway were considered. Staff also was instructed to investigate the relocation of the crosswalk and the extension of one-way traffic.

Staff reports that its study concluded that the extension is feasible and would have only minimal impact of traffic, would create 10 angled parking spaces and would provide a second turning pocket on the highway.

“Some of the Ocean Avenue merchants might be in favor of the proposal because of the increase in parking spaces,” said Boyd. 

Moving the crosswalk from the southern side of the intersection to the right side would have little effect on traffic, but it would decrease delays for drivers turning left onto the highway, according to the staff report. 

However, the move would require compliance with American Disabilities Act standards, including curb ramps. Modifications to the existing traffic signal would be needed to provide push buttons for pedestrian control of traffic.

The changes might trigger additional Caltrans requirements, staff reported.   

Cost of the one-way conversion is estimated at $30,000. Moving the crosswalk would be another $35,000. Funding would be in the 2019-2020 budget.

Dennis’ Tidbits


November 13, 2018

Outlook dismal: fires, winds, no rain, no snow, and no surf

Dennis 5It’s now called fire year instead of fire season. We thought 2017 was bad, until 2018 came along. The winds are offshore all the way from the Mexifornia Border to the Canadian Border. Here in Southern California, we have the fierce Santana Winds, and in Northern California, they have what they call up there the Diablo Winds. In the Northwest they have the strong Gorge winds that funnel from east to west from strong high pressure in eastern Oregon, winds that gain strength as they travel westward down the Columbia River to the Pacific. 

They all have the same thing in common. They’re very strong and send humidity plunging into single digits. The only difference is they’re warm winds in California and very cold, but very dry, in the Northwest. 

High pressure extends all the way up to southern Alaska and British Columbia, totally blocking incoming Pacific storms as November is the second wettest month up there. Not this year. So far, there’s only been three tenths of an inch of rain in Portland, on pace to become the driest November on record. 

Normally in November, Portland averages only four days with sun for the entire month. So far there have been eight sunny days this month, and we’re not even halfway through November. Little or no rain, with more sun than clouds, is forecast through at least Thanksgiving Day. No rain is seen in California through Thanksgiving as well. It’s a very scary situation, folks.

Check this out…the entire Pacific West Coast is flat, surf-wise. I just looked at webcams that span from San Diego to British Columbia, and not a single wave over one to two feet can be found. Nothing from the Southern Hemisphere, and nothing from the central or North Pacific. 

I’ve never seen such a prolonged flat spell in the 60 years I’ve been keeping track of this stuff, not even close. Skiing and snowboarding? Forget it. Long range forecasts are not encouraging at all from our mountains, the Sierras and even the Cascades in the Northwest. Sorry for such a dismal report this time around, but I’m just callin’ ‘em as I see ‘em from the Coliseum. What El Nino?! Hoping for better news on Friday.


From tragedy comes beauty

From tragedy star sunset

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Smoke from the Woolsey Fire turns sunset sky deep amber, making the sun a star


School Board Meeting’s agenda tonight includes special study session on school nutrition program

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Nov 13) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. Open session will begin at 5 p.m. The agenda includes a special study session on the school nutrition program. A reception to honor retiring Board member Ketta Brown will immediately follow at approximately 5:40 p.m.

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Tonight’s agenda includes the important topic of student nutrition at school

The regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The Board will receive information about the 2019 SchoolPower Fund-A-Need and a report on developer fees. Action items for Board consideration include the appointment of two Board representatives to the College and Career Advantage Board, approval of a resolution approving an employee retirement incentive, and approval to purchase research databases for students and a subscription for ParentSquare communication system.

625 pounds of candy collected from community to benefit Operation Gratitude

Lion’s Heart Laguna Beach is proud to announce that, thanks to the our local schools including TOW, El Moore, Anneliese, and Laguna Presbyterian Preschool, Laguna Beach Library has collected over 625 pounds of unwanted Halloween candy to benefit Operation Gratitude, which provides care packages for deployed troops, newly enlisted military personnel, first responders, veterans, and their families. The Lion’s Heart teen volunteer group placed collection bins at the Laguna Beach Library.

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Library staff members and manager John Gilliom with candy collected

Operation Gratitude sends over 200,000 care packages annually, filled with food, handmade items and personal letters of appreciation, to veterans, first responders, new recruits, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers, and to individually named US service members deployed overseas, as well as their families at home. 

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Lion’s Heart members Mia Pitz, Piper Warner, Molly Cohn, Chloe Schaefgen,

 and Kayla Coscino collecting candy for Operation Gratitude

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Bank of America’s Student Leaders program is accepting applications for Laguna students 

Applications for Bank of America’s Student Leaders program open this Sunday, Nov 11. The program gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to gain real-world professional experience while making a difference in their community.

Through the program, five high school students will take part in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where they will develop civic, social and business leadership skills, learning firsthand the critical role nonprofits play in a community, as well as attend a leadership summit in D.C. with over 200 students from around the county. 70 students have been selected as Student Leaders in Orange County since 2004.

Andrew Hwang, a 2016 Student Leader from Tustin, spent his summer working at Second Harvest Food Bank and is still benefitting from it personally and professionally. 

When asked about his experience, Andrew explained that, “The program has positively impacted me – during the internship, summit, and even now, two years later as a college student. My experience as a Bank of America Student was a springboard for me, it influenced the way I perceive those around me, impassioned me with a sense of purpose, and brought along a plethora of new opportunities. I would definitely like to see more students benefit from the program!”

The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb 2 and more details can be found at

Sunset Seekers

Photos by Scott Brashier

Sunset Seekers people

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Watching the sunset from land

Sunset Seekers bird

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A bird’s eye view above the sea

Girl Scouts of OC hosting countywide food drive, drop off food at Laguna Beach location on Nov 17

On Saturday, Nov 17, Girl Scouts of Orange County will be hosting a countywide CAN DO! food drive, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, an organization that helps feed the more than 300,000 hungry and food insecure residents in Orange County. 

In addition to going door-to-door and organizing collections at their schools, the Girl Scouts are hosting a drop-off location in Laguna Beach on Saturday, Nov 17, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. They are calling on the community to help put an end to food insecurity in Orange County. Non-perishable food items can be donated at GSOC Laguna Beach Program Center, 190 High Drive.

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Girl Scout Brownie Troop 5210 sets up donation box outside their home for neighborhood donations

According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, there are hundreds of thousands of people, including one in six children, who are at risk of hunger each month in Orange County. And while many food drives, including CAN DO!, take place just before the holidays, hunger is a year-round issue. Girl Scouts are working hard to stock the pantries at Second Harvest and ensure that all OC residents have nutritious food to eat.

Since our girl-led organization’s founding in 1912, Girl Scouts have promised to help people at all times. Helping others is part of our Girl Scout DNA. The 2018 Girl Scouts CAN DO! food drive is an excellent opportunity for Girl Scouts and OC residents to work together in service to the community, to help put a stop to food insecurity in Orange County,” says Vikki Shepp, Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO.

 The items most needed are: peanut and other nut butters, canned vegetables, rice, canned fruit, natural applesauce, dried or canned beans, whole grain cereal, canned or boxed soup, whole grain pasta, canned meats and fish, granola bars, raw nuts and dried fruit.

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Montage hosts blood drive with free valet parking Nov 20

On Thursday, Nov 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Montage Laguna Beach is 

partnering with the American Red Cross for a quarterly blood drive as part of its employee supported Hearts of Montage organization. 

Montage hosts outside

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The Montage will provide free valet parking for blood donors Nov 20 

The local community is invited to participate by registering at www.redcrossblood.organd using sponsor code MontageLB. Walk-ins are welcome to participate, however pre-registration is encouraged. Please allow one hour for the entire process. Photo IDs are required. Complimentary valet parking is provided.

For questions, call the Red Cross Donor Support Center at (866) 236-3276.

The blood drive held will be held in the Grand Ballroom III, at 30801 South Coast Highway.

Ball Capture Completed

Photos by Scott Brashier

Ball Capture retriever

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That big white dog almost got my ball, but go ahead, throw it again 

Ball Capture lab

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That brown dog almost got my ball, quick let’s get out of here

Laguna Beach Sister Cities celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 at Wine Gallery on Thursday

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LCSCA) will present an evening at Wine Gallery celebrating the annual Beaujolais Nouveau 2018, in honor of Laguna’s Sister City – Menton, France – this Thursday, Nov. 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

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Members of Laguna Beach Sister Cities celebrate with friends at a previous Beaujolais Nouveau gathering

The cost is $40 for LBSCA members or $50 for non-members. The event is available for pre-purchase only; no tickets will be sold at the door. The evening includes a French café singer, food, drink and merriment. The dinner choice will be from a special menu, along with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau. The event honors the release of the highly anticipated 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau. The wine is made entirely from Gamay grapes handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France, bottled just weeks after harvest. 

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Laguna Beach Sister Cities and their good works of international culture and educational exchange.

Visit www.LagunaBeachSisterCities.comto purchase tickets. For additional information, contact Susan Davis at (714) 785-7335.

Wine Gallery is located at 1833 South Coast Highway #110.

LBPD is raising awareness about men’s cancer with ‘No Shave November, all men encouraged to join in

The month of November is being called “Movember,” an initiative to raise awareness about cancer, men’s health, and to raise money for charities related to researching and developing cures for all forms of cancer. 

This year, the Laguna Beach Police Department, with the endorsement of the Command Staff and City Manager, has decided to participate in this event, allowing employees to forgo facial grooming standards for the month of November. LBPD will be participating in an initiative called “No Shave November.” 

“The goal of “No Shave November” ( is to grow awareness by embracing men’s hair, which many cancer patients lose, by letting it grow freely,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The goal is to help educate others about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those who are fighting the battle.” 

Movember Sgt Cota

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A recent “before” No Shave November picture of LBPD Sgt Jim Cota 

“No Shave November” will contribute to aiding three different charities:

 --Prevent Cancer Foundation – one of the nation’s leading nonprofit voluntary health organizations focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection.

--Fight Colorectal Cancer – an advocacy group run through St. Jude Children’s Hospital that give grants to scientists who are working on cures for colorectal cancer.

--St. Jude Children’s Hospital – one of the nation’s leading hospitals that treat and defeat childhood cancer.

“Finally, the rules for those that wish to participate. Simply put down your razor or shaver for 30 days and grow a mustache or beard,” Sgt Cota said. “There are only a few regulations to this in order to maintain a professional appearance:

--Hairstyles will still be maintained in a neat appearance.

--Mustaches will be neatly trimmed around the mouth and nose.

--Beards will be neatly trimmed around the mouth and nose. Also, beards will not extend below the Adam’s apple and onto the neck.

LBPD urges the community to be a part of “No Shave November.” 

“We are dedicated to the fight against cancer. At the same time, we will all enjoy seeing who can grow some nice mustaches and beards for all to see,” Sgt Cota said. “Thank you to all who will participate during Laguna Beach’s ‘No Shave November.’”

Free Cat Scan

Free Cat Nestor

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Look into Nestor’s eyes

SeniorServ honors local Senior Care Heroes and Raises $315K

Over 650 guest honored dozens of senior care providers at the 8th annual Senior Care Hero Awards gala on October 20 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Laguna Beach resident Tom Tait was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Considered the largest senior care recognition program in the county, the event serves as the sole fundraiser for SeniorServ, which garnered $315,000 in gross proceeds.

The glamorous evening featured a red carpet cocktail reception with a silent auction followed by an awards program, live auction and dinner entertainment. Senior advocate and KTLA morning news personality Henry DiCarlo served as event emcee. 

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(L-R) SeniorServ Board Chair Randy Platt, SeniorServ CEO Holly Hagler, Humanitarian Award Honoree Tom Tait and Event Chair Di Patterson

Family was the event theme reflected in SeniorServ CEO Holly Hagler’s presentation. “We bring life-saving meals and human contact to people who’ve lost their precious independence and won’t make it without help. And in so many cases, there are no relatives nearby or at all. Without us, there’d be nobody. Ever. So, we don’t treat seniors like clients; we treat them like family,” she said.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was recognized as the Senior Care Hero Humanitarian of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement honoree was Bob Dowson, Managing Director of Orange County and Major San Diego Markets for Dignity/Fairhaven. The Irvine Health Foundation received the Senior Care Hero Innovator award for creating IrisOC. 

Based on public voting, the People’s Choice honorees were Veteran Hero William Schultz, WWII US Navy, the Volunteer Hero was David A. Bunch, and Dick Atnip was named Family Member Hero. Di Patterson, MSG, CPG of Success in Aging served as the 2018 Senior Care Hero Awards chair. 

Major underwriters for the event were Fairhaven Memorial Services, Alignment Healthcare and Irvine Health Foundation. 

For additional information, visit or call (714) 229-5284.

Live! at the Museum presents Celtic Consort of Hollywood on Thursday, Dec 13

Live! at the Museum presents Celtic Consort of Hollywood on Thursday, Dec 13 at 7 p.m. The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award-winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp), and Mark Sellin (cello, mandolin, and fiddle). 

Together and separately the group has performed all over Southern California (as well as abroad) from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to Walt Disney Concert Hall, with weddings, club dates, and recording sessions in between.

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Check out Live! at the Museum featuring Celtic Consort of Hollywood

Live! at the Museum, a special collaboration of Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum, takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 - 8 p.m. The concert is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. 

Pre-reservations for Celtic Consort of Hollywood are available online through the Museum’s website at or by calling (949) 494-8971, ext. 203. These seats are held until 6:50 p.m. Additional seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit or call (949) 715-9713.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Beach Republicans announce meeting for Nov 28 at Mozambique

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov 28, at Mozambique. Pending election results and other issues that affect the citizens of Laguna Beach will be discussed. 

Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m.

LBGOP President Emil Monda invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend the meeting. “We will discuss the pending election results, next steps we take and what issues will we be addressing going forward.”

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mozambique is located at 1740 South Coast Hwy.

LAM to feature acclaimed LA-based artist Lita Albuquerque on Nov 29

Laguna Art Museum will feature Lita Albuquerque, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, to discuss her work on Thursday, Nov 29, at 6 p.m.

Since the early 1970s, Albuquerque has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting, and multi-media performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe. 

Often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements, she has developed a unique visual and conceptual vocabulary using the earth, color, the body, motion, and time to illuminate identity and its relation to the universal. 

In Person Lita Albuquerque

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Particle Horizon 2014 by Lita Albuquerque, Laguna Art Museum

She was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for her Stellar Axis: Antarctica project, which culminated in the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on that continent. In 2014 her performance piece on Main Beach, An Elongated Now, played a central part in Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival, complementing the installation Particle Horizon inside the museum.

Advance tickets are recommended for “In Person: Lita Albuquerque” on Thursday, Nov 29, at 6 p.m. Tickets are included with museum admission, $5 for students, $7 for general public, and free for ages 17 and under. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or 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

Saturday, Nov 10

Temple Hills Drive | 1600 Block | Conspiracy to Commit False Indictment of Another

9:41 p.m. Linda Angelina Garrido, 39, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for conspiracy to commit false indictment of another. Bail was set at $500.

Temple Hills Drive | 1600 Block | DUI, Conspiracy to Commit False Indictment of Another 

9:41 p.m. Abraham Garrido, 41, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for driving under the influence (bail was set at $2,500) and conspiracy to commit false indictment of another (bail was set at $500).

Temple Hills Drive | 1600 Block | Conspiracy to Commit False Indictment of Another 

9:41 p.m. Katia de Santiago, 41, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for conspiracy to commit false indictment of another. Bail was set at $500.

Temple Hills Drive | 1600 Block | Conspiracy to Commit False Indictment of Another 

9:41 p.m. Angel Elroy de Santiago, 39, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for conspiracy to commit false indictment of another. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

5:21 p.m. A 45-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Bench Warrant

1:03 p.m. Greg Mitchell Wilkerson, 23, unknown address, was arrested on a bench warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:12 a.m. A 50-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Address Unavailable | Bench Warrant

Terry Dwayne Sanders, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Friday, Nov 9

N Coast Hwy & Myrtle St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

11:30 p.m. A 27-year-old Los Angeles woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

N Coast Hwy & Broadway St | Bench Warrant

11:30 p.m. Jamie Collin Gates, 29, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for violating a park curfew. Bail was set at $1,500.

Coast Hwy | 30600 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

12:15 p.m. Kennan Lee Bakken, 30, Laguna Beach, was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper for $950 or less. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Bench Warrant

9:28 a.m. Timothy Michael Libby, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for fare evasion and violating written promise to appear in court. Bail was set at $100.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Patrol Check

8:56 a.m. LBPD received a report of three male subjects riding bikes and throwing a rock at the reporting person’s car.

N Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Petty Theft

7:59 p.m. LBPD received a report of 7 to 9 juveniles coming onto the property, accessing the conference room and taking sodas and cups. According to police logs, the RP was not desirous of having them arrested, he just wanted LBPD to get their names documented and to have them verbally warned. 

Montage Resort Drive & S Coast Hwy | DUI

2:19 a.m. A 30-year-old Dana Point man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:17 a.m. A 27-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, Nov 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Bench Warrant

11:23 p.m. Emily Marie Vollert, 30, Mission Viejo, was arrested on a bench warrant for petty theft. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy & Myrtle St | DUI

7:19 p.m. A 23-year-old Garden Grove man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

6:04 p.m. Anita Marie Novak, 39, Sterling Heights, MI, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Catalina St | 1000 Block | Hypodermic Needle

8:58 a.m.  A needle was reported to be in the street near the location. The reporting person wanted LBPD to respond and dispose of it.

Wednesday, Nov 7

S Coast Hwy & Cress St | DUI, Drugs

11:01 p.m. A 34-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of DUI, drugs. Bail was set at $2,500.

Address Unavailable | Driving on a Suspended License, DUI, Contempt of Court

Steven Washington, 35, Laguna Beach, was arrested for driving on a suspended license due to a DUI (no bail was set) and being in contempt of court (no bail was set).