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 Volume 10, Issue 75  |  September 18, 2018                           


Statement from Mayor pro tem Rob Zur Schmiede

It is with disappointment and great reluctance that I must announce that I am no longer able to seek re-election to the City Council seat that I have proudly held these past four years and am immediately suspending my re-election campaign.

My younger brother Tom was involved in a near fatal vehicle collision in Louisville, KY on June 16th. He was rear-ended at high speed, is still hospitalized, and struggling with the medical, legal and financial after-effects of that life-changing incident.

As his legal representative and the only immediate family member with the skills needed to assist him with many of his needs, I have had to wrestle with the demands of ensuring that Tom has the care and resources he’ll need for the remainder of his life and have come to recognize that it is impossible for me to commit to another four years of service on the City Council at this time.

Just a short while ago, when I submitted my re-election signature petition, I thought I would be able to manage assisting my brother, while also running a successful re-election campaign and continuing to serve our community on the City Council.  Over the last few weeks, however, my brother’s situation has become more complicated than I ever could have anticipated, to the extent that I can no longer sustain all of these commitments with the level of engagement I believe they deserve. My attention now must be focused on doing everything I can to support Tom and ensure that his recovery is the best possible – both medically and financially. As I hope everyone will understand, I have to be able to sustain the work of caregiver and advocate for as long as my brother needs me.

I am profoundly grateful for the efforts of my campaign team, for the encouragement and collaboration I have enjoyed from my colleagues on the Council, and from the enthusiastic support of residents throughout Laguna. It has been my honor to serve Laguna Beach as Mayor pro tem, as a Council Member, as a Planning Commissioner, and as a Design Review Board member. I remain as passionate as ever about the unique City we all love and will serve out the balance of my term on the Council to the best of my ability.

Zur Schmiede suspends candidacy, family comes first


Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede announced his candidacy for a second term on the City Council at a well-attended kick-off on a sunny June 24. 

But dark clouds were hovering. 

Zur Schmiede’s younger brother, Tom, had been severely injured in a near fatal traffic accident just 10 days earlier in Louisville KY. He was in intensive care for a month and is still hospitalized. 

Zur Schmiede announced on Monday he is terminating his election campaign to allow him to deal with the complications related to the younger Zur Schmiede’s struggle with medical, legal and financial issues resulting from the accident.

“This is the hardest thing I have ever done,” said Zur Schmiede. “He is getting better. His mind and his personality are there – he is a wickedly funny guy – but it’s baby steps.”

After crisscrossing the country several times since announcing his candidacy, it became evident to the elder brother that it would be impossible for him to provide the necessary support for his sibling while trying to run a successful re-election campaign and still serving on the council.

Zur Schmiede’s brother’s needs took precedence 

“I slept in the same room with him for 17 years,” said Zur Schmiede. “I said to myself, ‘I know what I have to do’ and I am completely at peace with my decision. 

All I ask is for people to understand why I have to do this. Everyone has been so supportive.”

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Zur Schmiede suspends candidacy

Zur Schmiede said he would be contacting supporters within the next few days. He will not be advising them to switch support to another candidate.

“I do not want to take advantage of an emotional situation,” Zur Schmiede said. 

He plans to finish his term as Mayor Pro Tem and will continue to support the one-cent tax increase to fund undergrounding utilities along Laguna Canyon Rd.

Zur Schmiede was also active in the passage of Measure LL, on which nearly 80 percent of Laguna Beach voters approved an increase in bed taxes from 10 percent to 12 percent. The increase funds fire and police department protection and utility undergrounding. 

Among his accomplishments in his service to Laguna, Zur Schmiede is especially proud of the Leadership Laguna program created by him and Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson.

Before being elected to the council, Zur Schmiede served on the Planning Commission and on the Design Review Board, to which he brought a treasure trove of professional experience in planning.

That experience included employment as the Long Beach Deputy Director of Development, from which he retired in 2013. He subsequently held three interim appointments: Deputy Director of Community Development for San Clemente in 2015, followed by Deputy Director of Long Beach, and another position in Santa Ana which he just finished.

Colleagues and supporters have rallied around Zur Schmiede since he went public with his decision to withdraw from the council election, in order to cope with the complications that have arisen in the aftermath of his brother’s accident. 

Doing both was doing neither justice, said Zur Schmiede; his brother Tom comes first.

Colleagues praise Zur Schmiede


Mayor Pro Tem announced on Monday that he could not devote the appropriate time to his brother’s recovery in Kentucky from a severe injury and to his re-election campaign and was canceling his bid for a second term on the City Council.

The announcement drew praise from colleagues for his contributions to the city and devotion to his brother. 

Comments are listed in order of seniority on the council and city appointments:

Mayor Kelly Boyd: “I told Rob that family is the most important thing. I’ve lost two brothers since 2011 and I know how important family is. 

“I think he is doing the right thing. The most important thing for Rob is his brother, his family and the [great] distance between Laguna and Kentucky.

“I told him sometimes you just lay everything aside and family comes first. Rob was

very concerned that he couldn’t do a lot of the forums in his situation. 

“I didn’t always agree with Rob, but I respect him.”

Councilwoman Toni Iseman: “His professional background gave us someone we [council] could always count on. He was always meticulously prepared. I regret his decision – family comes first – but this is a loss for the community.”

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Steve Dicterow and Rob Zur Schmiede share good times

Councilman Steve Dicterow: “This is a leave of absence. I believe at some point things will square with his brother and I would hope he would run in two or four years. A guy like Rob should have two or three terms.

“To me, this is not retirement, he’s way too young and he had only one term.

The most important thing for me when deciding who to vote for isn’t their ideology or their philosophy. It’s about their ability to make good judgments and decisions. 

“One of the most noteworthy things about Rob is he sits back and listens, listens to staff and listens to colleagues before making a decision. I love him as a councilmember.

“I will miss serving with Rob and when I spoke to him, I encouraged him that when his family matters are less pressing and he’s able to commit to being here full time, I would like him to consider running again.”

Councilman Bob Whalen: “Rob’s withdrawal from the Council race is a real loss for the City but the right decision for Rob and his family. He will be greatly missed. 

I served four years with Rob on Planning Commission and now four years on Council.  I have the utmost respect for Rob and the integrity with which he approached his role. He was always prepared on the issues and open to listening to all viewpoints before making a decision. He also would work hard to balance competing interests and make the best decision possible for the City. 

“We all owe Rob a heartfelt thank you for his years of hard work and dedication to the City. Rob can exit proudly knowing that he made significant contributions in his years of service and made this city a better place for all of us to live in.” 

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Ribbon Cutting at Agate Street

City Manager John Pietig: “I have appreciated Councilmember Zur Schmiede’s dedication to the community for many years, not only as a Councilmember, but as a Planning Commissioner and former Design Review Board member. I wish Rob and his family the best during this difficult time.” 

Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson: “The breadth and depth of Rob’s knowledge and his strong commitment to service will be a huge loss to our city, especially at a time when we face so many critical issues.

“On a more personal note: My husband Marv and I have known him as a neighbor, a friend and a colleague. In all of his dealings, I have never known Rob to do anything halfway.

“I know he feels strongly that he could not do the job as councilmember the way he wanted at this time.”

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair Matt Lawson: “I served with Rob for more than five years on the Design Review Task Force and for the past four years on the EDPC, to which he has been council liaison. 

“Rob proudly served Laguna Beach for the past two decades as Mayor Pro Tem, council member, planning commissioner and Design Review Board member.

“He always brought to his public service a keen intellect, a civil disposition and a great willingness to listen impartially to all sides of an issue before rendering an informed, independent judgment in what he believed to be the in the best interest of our community.

“All of us who serve the city, in whatever capacity, or just aspire to, would do well to learn from and follow Rob’s example.”

LBHS Football upsets #3 ranked Bellflower, 17-14

LBHS Football notched another historic win on Friday, defeating number 3 ranked Bellflower High School in a thriller at Guyer Field, 17-14. The game was highlighted by two touchdowns by Junior Raul Villalobos, and a critical 39-yard field goal by Senior Noah Handel.

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Junior Raul Villalobos scored 2 TDs for the Breakers on Friday night against Bellflower

“I’m so proud of Raul. He really stepped up for our team tonight,” said Receiver’s Coach Nate Ball after the game.

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Noah Handel winds up to kick a critical 39-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter

According to a report, Laguna was ranked 37th out of 46 teams in the Division to start the season, and was predicted to go 1-9. Beating number 3 ranked Bellflower along with the team’s strength of schedule will most likely jump the Breakers up to one of the top spots.

This week, LBHS Football takes on Estancia in the team’s first away game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Kempf’s track record combines business and public service


This is the fifth in a series of one-on-one interviews with City Council candidates, speaking for and about themselves.

Sue Kempf brings a wealth of business experience and community service to her campaign for a seat on the City Council.

Kempf, who moved to Laguna in 1999, became active in local affairs on top of two careers, separated by a period of consulting, that included a stint as Executive Director for Verizon’s four primary data center locations in the western United States. Skills honed during her business career at the highest levels in software development and systems infrastructures have served her well in her three terms on the city’s Planning Commission.

“There is a nexus of skill sets that I bring that will be beneficial to the council,” said Kempf, who holds a master’s degree in business administration from Redlands University.

“My skills are transferable between the private and public sectors. The ability to listen to others, to craft good solutions and temperament are attributes of particular importance.

“I am thoughtful – not impulsive – and I work well with diverse people. I understand

budgets and finance and I am able to make decisions in the best interests of Laguna Beach.”

Kempf’s volunteer activities also include serving on the View Preservation Task Force, where emotions ran hot and high. She co-chaired the Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Committee after graduating from the first Community Emergency Response Team training class. CERT graduates are trained to conduct tasks that free up first responders for more grave efforts.

“Safety is important,” said Kempf, who supports the proposed one-cent sales tax increase to fund undergrounding utility poles along Laguna Canyon Road. 

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Sue Kempf

Kempf says not getting rattled is valuable quality for a council member.

She is a listener, soft-spoken and calm even when confronted by rude behavior on issues such as the proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance, among the most rancorous hearings ever to come before the Planning Commission. Insults, boos and hoots by the audience ricocheted as factions presented their cases on whether the city should, by law, deem a structure a “historical resource” without the owner’s consent.

“I haven’t talked to one person in favor of mandatory inclusion on the inventory,” said Kempf.

The revised ordinance is due to be heard by the City Council on Sept 29 in a special, single-item agenda to give direction to the Historic Preservation Task Force. 

 However Kempf’s top priority is the revitalization of the downtown, which also has consumed hours of debate before and by the Planning Commission, some of it highly critical of recommendations by consultants.

“I like the idea of a downtown neighborhood as a way to bring economic vitality, community, culture and a pedestrian lifestyle,” said Kempf. “This includes housing for seniors, students and anyone who would like to live downtown.

“We can be strategic about housing in our land use policies to revitalize the downtown, while keeping the charm we all love.”

Kempf is concerned about what she terms the “retail apocalypse.” 

“The Orange County Business Council just released a study on the future of e-commerce and retail,” said Kempf. “No new retail centers are planned in Orange County. Instead, properties are being either repurposed as mixed use with retail on the ground floor and housing on upper floors or on building new centers designed as mixed use.

“In Laguna, we can move in this direction in our land use policies. We are in a period of economic expansion – yet we have too many [storefront] vacancies. Many of

our retailers report that business was down this summer. We need to get going on this.”

Also of concern: Complaints about Laguna’s homeless.

“People tell me they don’t feel comfortable going to Main Beach,” said Kempf.  “The issue of homelessness and how to address it is getting a lot of traction, particularly at the state and county levels. 

“I believe regional solutions are now possible. For example: Senate Bill 448, if signed by Governor Brown, will create a funding mechanism to plan and build permanent supportive housing with wrap-around services in Orange County.” 

Responding to the question of how she would handle the homeless issue posed at the candidate forum hosted by the Laguna Board of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce, Kempf said she would favor creating a housing trust to build permanent housing on county land. 

“There are 100-acre sites in the county that could be repurposed for housing,” she said.

Asked at the forum what she would do about parking in Laguna, Kempf recommended more peripheral parking and increasing parking rates downtown until people won’t pay the price.

She also opined that the Design Review Board is perceived to be an arbitrary process and is felt by many to be far too expensive even before calendared for a hearing. The city should look at what people are most upset about and fix it, Kempf said.

With three seats open and only one incumbent running now that Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede has announced he is suspending his candidacy due to a family emergency, the complexion of the council could be drastically changed. 

“This is a consequential election and voters need to think carefully when they cast their vote,” said Kempf.

Surf was up at Brooks Street Classic

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See results and more photos from the 55th Annual Brooks St Surfing Classic on our Front Page I

Dennis’ Tidbits


September 18, 2018

Just in the nick of time, waves pumping for Brooks St. Surfing Classic 

Dennis 5The sun was out, the winds were generally favorable, water temps were in the high ‘60s, and the waves were pumping as the 55th Annual Brooks Street Classic finally became a reality last weekend. The swell direction wasn’t all that great, but the size was there, especially on Saturday, and the action was there too. 

The window for waves on a weekend was closing, and we were wondering if we’d ever pull it off, but King Neptune finally came through after a long generally flat summer was coming to a close. 

Contest results can be found on Front Page I in today’s Stu News Laguna.

A few spots in North Carolina collected as much rain in four days as we get in two and a half years! As of Sunday evening at 9:45 P.D.T., Florence is a tropical depression about to become a remnant low, as she speeds up to 12 mph to the NNW with only 30 mph winds with a central pressure up to 1,007 millibars. Her accompanying Biblical rains are still very much a factor as she takes aim at the Atlantic Seaboard and New England.

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LB Lifeguard Porter Hogan competes at Brooks St. Surfing Classic

We’re approaching the anniversary of the tropical system that hit our area way back on September 25, 1939. Actually, the week of September 19 - 25, 1939 was probably one of the wildest weeks ever seen around these parts. More on that and a rundown on a tropical system that found its way all the way from West Africa to Southern California in Friday’s edition of Stu News.

Pretty soon it will be the beginning of the 2018-19 rainy season. I have no idea what to predict for the upcoming season, so I won’t even go there, especially when the last El Nino broke all the rules. 

See y’all on Friday, Aloha!

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Dancer from Utah celebrates a Laguna sunset

Health in Balance hosts Community Appreciation Day this Thursday, Sept 20

Health in Balance is offering free treatments all afternoon this September 20, expressing gratitude for their patients and the community. For their annual Community Appreciation Day, the group opens up its practice and offers free treatment all day, and raises money for local charities.

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Chiropractor Dr Gary Arthur works on a patient

There will be complimentary: Chiropractic Adjustments, Therapy Massage Treatments, B-12 Shots, and Consultations for new guests, plus 50 percent off IVs and Detox Foot Baths. Guests will receive goodie bags and healthy food, provided from local sources.

Health in Balance will have health stations with information on Mind-Body Health, Genetic Weight Loss, Allergy Testing, Nutrition and Immunity, Flexibility and Home Care, Essential Oil Living, and more.

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The Health in Balance Integrative Medicine team

Community Appreciation Day will raise money for the Friendship Shelter, and the Dominguez Roth Integrative Medical Foundation.

Spread the healing to your loved ones. Anyone new to the facility will receive a complimentary consultation with one of the doctors along with their treatment.

Schedule your treatment time at or call (949) 497-2553. Walk-ins also welcome, but RSVP is recommended.

Health in Balance is located at 330 Park Ave Suite #3.

Rowan Reports: Stu News’ youngest columnist talks with Sylvia Fishman, a Holocaust survivor


What if your life was turning? If you felt like you had to hide yourself for the way you think and feel? Like in order to survive you had to put a barrier over your heart, and lose control of what is right. That is what I wonder about the word “surviving.” What if “surviving” means losing your soul in the process? By learning more and more about a survivor, I think maybe it’s the opposite; that maybe “surviving” is holding on to your soul and letting your body free. My survivor is Sylvia Fishman and she lived through the Holocaust. 

Sylvia’s eyes had sorrow in them, but were also full of hope. She looked like she was holding onto something bigger than her, something bigger than all of us. Sylvia is my great-cousin. We were at a wedding for my cousin when I met her. She told me how happy she was to see me, and I stood next to her for a while. 

Then my mom came up to us and pointed to a series of numbers tattooed on her arm. “Those are from the Holocaust,” she said. As soon as Mama said those words, tears welled up in Sylvia’s eyes. She looked at me and asked me to never forget her story. That moment I knew that she was going to be my next topic. 

Sylvia lived through something that most people couldn’t. She was stripped of her religion, family, and friends. But they never took away her passion to live. Sylvia lived a happy, carefree life before the Holocaust, but as soon as it started, they were forced to leave their home. They tried everything but couldn’t find a way to escape the Nazis. They were desperate for food, so Sylvia went to a farm when it was still legal to send food to the ghetto. 

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Rowan’s great-cousin Sylvia Fishman

Soon after they banned it. Sylvia got a letter from her father that said to not come back to the ghetto and to find safety. So she cared for the cows at a farm. She pretended that the was just a Polish girl and had to watch the Jewish people getting sent to camps every day. She knew she had to go back and see her family. But when she got there, her family was gone. She got caught in the ghetto and sent to a camp. Life was hard in this camp. Every day was a struggle but she made it through. She survived. 

After the wedding, I started studying the Holocaust more closely. I wondered if anything that I can read online was true. I knew telling Sylvia’s story was going to be difficult, but this was more than expected. I have always written from my heart, and since Sylvia’s son had already written down what had happened, I thought it best to write about what I feel and give you, the readers, something that will make you see Sylvia’s life through different eyes. And maybe it will give me some courage to write my life through the eyes of my heart. 

What if you could change history? If you could go back in time and change one thing in anybody’s mind. What would I do? To me, that’s a hard question.

After learning so much about different people’s life stories over the years, I think, this was such a horrible and inhumane thing to happen, but we can’t deny that it did, so we must remember it, even if it’s very painful.

What if that’s the only way to make sure it never happens again?

Laguna Beach Cub Scouts Pack 35’s kick-off meeting will feature a reptile show on Sept 25

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts? Then check out Laguna Beach Pack 35’s kick-off event, next Tuesday, Sept 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave, inside Tankersley Hall. Children and their parents will have a chance to learn about all the fun things Laguna Beach Cub Scouts do including camping, swimming, making s’mores and so much more.

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Laguna Beach Cub Scouts enjoy a delightful visit to the Laguna Beach Fire Station

Cub Scout Pack 35 is chartered by the Laguna Presbyterian Church and is part of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. A highly active and progressive group, Pack 35 draws members from both Laguna Beach and surrounding cities. Its leaders have a combined experience of nearly 50 years as Scouting volunteers and have been trained and recognized for volunteer service at Scouting’s highest levels.

What do Cub Scouts in Pack 35 do? Just about everything from A to Z – that is archery to zip line! And in between the group does BB gun shooting, biking, boating and sailing, climbing, exploring nature, fishing, map and compass, photography, tomahawk throwing, sports, and video games, just to name a few. 

Tuesday’s meeting will also feature an incredible reptile show performed by the Lizard Wizard and friends. The Lizard Wizard offers children of all ages and abilities a hands-on journey into the fascinating world of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. It’s a great event you won’t want to miss, so be sure to stop by.

LOCA Brunch & Annual Meeting and mural project with keynote speaker Mike Tauber on Sept 23

LOCA Arts Education invites everyone to its Annual Meeting on Sunday, Sept 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Healy House on the Sawdust Festival grounds. Bobbi Cox will be honored as attendees enjoy champagne brunch, meet LOCA’s board of directors, and learn how LOCA is expanding services to children in schools, parks, and the library. LOCA’s exciting line up of new workshops for residents and visitors will also be introduced.

Keynote speaker Mike Tauber will share how his mural projects evolve from the studio to the street. Everyone will be invited to decorate a tile as part of the city-wide Festival of Mosaics program. Silhouettes of local wildlife will be glazed, fired, and forwarded to Tauber’s community-installed public mural in November. 

To round out the fun there will be a sale of hand decorated art shirts, table treasures, and a prize drawing for a dining and stay package at La Casa del Camino Hotel and K’ya Restaurant.

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Learn how to be a part of the city-wide Festival of Mosaics at LOCA’s annual meeting on Sept 23 with keynote speaker Mike Tauber

LOCA Arts Education is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds will support LOCA programs. Admission is free to new and renewing members, $20 for guests. Advance registration is required. 

Visit the calendar at or call (949) 363-4700 for more information. The Sawdust Art festival is at 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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The wondrous view from inside a wave

LBUMC invites the community to Footprints in the Sand at Montage Beach

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church invites the community to participate in Footprints in the Sand, a version of “Messy Church,” at Montage Beach on Sunday, Sept 30 between 4 and 6 p.m. 

Barbara Crowley, who is leading the event, says, “Messy Church is an intergenerational experience for those looking to experience spirituality outside of traditional Sunday morning services. It will include creativity, celebration and community.”

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All ages are invited to “Messy Church” at the picturesque Montage Beach 

Messy Church is geared to people of all ages, including families, couples and singles, who would like to explore Biblical lessons through playing games, building sandcastles, music, and a communal meal. “We expect lots of laughter and fun,” says Jen Rothman Kucera, director of LBUMC’s Children and Youth Ministries. 

Attendees can park at LBUMC, 21632 Wesley Drive, and walk down the street to Montage Beach. 

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

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Laguna Beach Live! presents a special tribute concert at The Montage

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 or call (949) 715-9713.

City Council candidate forum at Susi Q on Oct 8 to focus on senior issues

Laguna Beach Seniors in conjunction with the League of Women Voters Orange Coast (LWVOC) invites the public to a nonpartisan City Council candidate forum on Monday, Oct 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center. The LWVOC’s Armida Brashears will moderate the Forum.

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Candidate Forum at Susi Q to focus on issues such as senior housing and traffic and transportation 

Nine of ten City Council hopefuls will come together on the same stage giving residents another chance to get to know more about the candidates running and to ask questions prior to the November 6 election.

As part of the agenda, questions will focus on issues such as senior housing, aging in place, traffic and transportation, and local initiatives.

“Our seniors like to be informed about the candidates and the issues on the ballot, and are clearly one of the most active voter segments of the community,” says Laguna Beach Seniors’ Board President, Kris Thalman.

The forum is free, open to the public and will be live streamed on the Laguna Beach Seniors Facebook page at Information about the candidates will be available on tables outside the forum. Campaign literature, buttons, signs, or any other campaign-related items will not be allowed in the room where the forum is taking place.

League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Laguna Beach Seniors has been enhancing the lives of seniors for over 40 years. Mental health support, care management, recreational and educational classes are available and designed for local seniors to promote independence, wellness and community. The Susi Q also is the heart of an ambitious vision called Lifelong Laguna: a community and a nonprofit working together to make the town we love a better place for the rest of our lives.

For more information, contact Kris Thalman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Susi Q is located at 380 Third St. Free parking is available in the underground structure.

BC Space presents Mark Chamberlain art sale and exhibition with opening reception this Friday

BC Space is pleased to present an exhibition and sale of Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, created and printed during the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition, Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints, will be on view, with his work available for purchase, until October 31. 

There will be an opening reception this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at BC Space. The exhibition and sale will also include works of art from Mark’s private collection. 

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“Lip Service” is from Mark Chamberlain’s Future Fossil series from the 1970s and ‘80s

Following Mark’s April 2018 passing, these historic photographic artworks represent a rare collecting opportunity, explains Miriam Smith, art consultant and founder of Art Resource Group, Irvine, CA.

The exhibition and sale will include Chamberlain’s well-known Future Fossils series from the 1970s and ‘80s in which he examines the California landscape of that period. He explained for a 2010 exhibition, “Steel and glass structures with the energetic colors in the glossy billboards that advertised the new age, dominated the western landscape. They seemed almost super realistic to me.”

Chamberlain’s lesser-known sensual Dream Sequences series from the 1980s, also created with the Cibachrome process, is an impassioned series exploring human sexuality and eroticism. His important and documentary images from the Laguna Canyon Project, a photographic documentation of the Canyon Road, the main access route to Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean from inland Orange County, will also be included.

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“All that glitters” is a Future Fossil piece that examines California landscape during the 1970s and ‘80s

The Cibachrome process (today known as Ilfochrome) is a 30-plus-year-old method of creating color prints that do not fade, discolor, or deteriorate. Characteristics include image clarity, color purity, and especially, archival permanence.

Printed images from Chamberlain’s most recent project, The Legacy Project, also for sale, document the transition of the MCAS El Toro (an abandoned military base in the heart of the OC) to the Orange County Great Park, from 2002 to 2010.

Mark Chamberlain co-founded BC Space Gallery in 1973 with Jerry Burchfield, and operated the space solely since 1987. It is one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the country.

In October 2014, Chamberlain received a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award as “Artistic Visionary” from Arts Orange County. In 2015, an exhibition on the Laguna Canyon Project, “The Canyon Project: Artivism,” opened at Laguna Art Museum and ran for two months. Chamberlain’s book, “The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism,” was published in 2018 by the Laguna Wilderness Press. 

Chamberlain’s work is in public and private collections, including the Laguna Art Museum, UC Irvine Archives and the Orange County Museum of Art.

To view some of the works for sale, visit

BC Space is located at 235 Forest Ave.

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Rachel Callander announced as Keynote Speaker at

RARE Champion of Hope Awards

More than 800 rare disease patients and advocates from around the globe will gather at Hotel Irvine on October 3 - 4, for Global Genes® 7th Annual RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist, and author, Rachel Callander, has been announced as the 2018 Keynote Speaker for The Summit. 

The Summit is the largest educational event for rare disease patients and advocates worldwide. Offering five specialized learning tracks and led by more than 100 rare disease experts, the event equips and activates those affected by rare disease. 

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TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer and award winning artist and author, Rachel Callander 

When her daughter, Evie, was born with a rare condition, the award-winning photographer, Callander, used her talents and the power of language to focus on Evie’s “super powers”, ultimately resulting in her life-affirming work, The Super Power Baby Project. Today Callander’s photographic art book features stunning photos of children born with rare conditions and offers a fresh perspective and a strong message: rare diseases bring challenges and grief, but also much to be celebrated.

Global Genes® is also honored to announce FOX11 and Good Day LA’s morning reporter, meteorologist, and rare disease ambassador, Maria Quiban, will host the Thursday night RARE Champion of Hope Award celebration. Quiban is a passionate advocate who proudly utilizes her platform to campaign for those affected by rare disease. After losing her husband to an 18-month long battle with Glioblastoma, a rare brain cancer, in December 2015, Quiban became a champion for caregivers, recently briefing senators and policy makers on Capitol Hill with Global Genes and National Alliance for Caregiving.

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The Summit is for patients and advocates connecting and growing together

“The RARE Patient Advocacy Summit is an annual conference for rare disease patients and advocates to connect, learn and create forward movement for the rare disease community,” said Lisa James, Global Genes technology manager and Laguna Beach resident. “It’s so inspiring to see the community come together and celebrate the incredible efforts of these rare disease leaders.” 

Global Genes assists many families both globally and locally here in Orange County by building awareness, educating the global community, and providing connections and resources to families. 

Global Genes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and they provide hope for more than 350 million people affected by rare disease around the globe.

For more information and to register for the RARE Patient Advocacy Summit, visit

Aragon the cat named “Kindness Cat” for the City in honor of World Kindness Day USA

Last Tuesday at the Council meeting, the City announced that it is officially participating in World Kindness Day USA and named Aragon the cat “Kindness Cat” for Laguna Beach.

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(L-R) Bill Levin, Michael Lloyd White, Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson, Shadi Pourkashef, Sandy Thornton, Sande St. John, Ernest Hackmon, Ce Ce Card and Aragon the cat

YMCA of OC encourages Laguna Beach residents to live healthy during Childhood Obesity Month

The YMCA of Orange County is a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving healthy living countywide. Its Laguna Niguel branch, which serves 224 Laguna Beach residents as members, encourages local families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity. 

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YMCA youth programs help reverse the course of childhood obesity through improved eating habits and increased physical activity

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their families’ habits with the goal of overweight and obese children obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity has remained stable at about 17 percent and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents. Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers. Here in Orange County, one in five fifth grade students are obese and more likely to develop health related issues like diabetes.

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YMCA of OC offers youth swim, volleyball, basketball, dance, track, soccer and even more programs for kids to stay active

“The YMCA values helping all youth reach their full potential in life and amid the dangers of childhood obesity, real progress can be made by helping families make the necessary lifestyle changes,” said Jeff McBride, president and CEO at YMCA of Orange County. “Together we can learn healthy behaviors, and encourage youth to foster an excitement and passion for healthy activities to help them gain new skills, develop a sense of community and connect with positive role models.”

In just one year, 14,205 kids participated in active YMCA outdoor programs like: sports, swim, day camps, and resident camps. YMCA of Orange County is helping families improve their health and potentially reduce the impact of childhood obesity through youth sports and fitness programs, including basketball, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, track and field, volleyball, water polo, yoga and swim programming.

For more information about the YMCA of Orange County, visit

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre open auditions for Godspell this Friday & Saturday by appointment only

Laguna Playhouse is casting actors, singers, and dancers for for the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the Rock Opera Godspell based on the gospels of St. Matthew. 

Auditions are by appointment only this Friday, Sept 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept 22, from 1 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

To audition, prepare a one-minute monologue and a 16 bars up-temp musical theatre song. Improvisation and storytelling skills are a plus. All vocal types are needed. Only phone calls are accepted. To make an audition appointment with Wally Ziegler, call (949) 342-1785. Bring a photo, resume, and fall schedule and fill out a conflict sheet. 

Callbacks are by invitation only on Sunday, Sept 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. Full Cast Rehearsals begin on October 1. The production performs November 10 to 18 for 12 performances, including two school day morning matinees on November 15 and 16. Godspell is a Rock Opera suitable for ages 7 and older. 

Godspell is a whimsical, unique, and contemporary ensemble show. It speaks to the passion of Jesus Christ, to teach love and joy in the hearts of people, rather than hate and sadness. The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

For more information,

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, Sept 15

Glenneyre Street | 2400 Block | DUI

11:56 p.m. A 21-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Bench Warrant

3:28 p.m. Kerry Ladwayne Hawkins, 56, San Clemente, was arrested for a bench warrant as a felony fugitive from the law.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2900 Block | DUI

3:08 a.m. A 25-year-old Foothill Ranch man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

1:20 a.m. A 35-year-old Anaheim woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

1:08 a.m. A 23-year-old Cerritos 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).

Friday, Sept 14

Brooks Street & S Coast Hwy | DUI

11:29 p.m. A 36-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

10:56 p.m. Vincent Lombardi Hassell, 45, Greenville, WI, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

10:56 p.m. Randy Dee Heffley, 52, Laguna Beach was arrested for a bench warrant. According to Jordan Villwock, LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator, “An officer conducted an occupied vehicle check in the Broadway lot, 226 Broadway Street. The occupants, Vincent Hassell and Randy Heffley, were [reportedly] seen snorting methamphetamine inside of the vehicle. Both subjects had active warrants for their arrest. Heffley was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.” Bail was set at $150,500.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Shoplifting

8:36 p.m. Cari Jo Rousselle, 46, North Las Vegas, was arrested for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

2:56 p.m. Donald Douglas Kramer, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Oak Street & S Coast Hwy | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

1:20 a.m. Patrick Thomas Hilton, San Diego, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000).

Katella Street | 900 Block | Bench Warrants

12:30 p.m. Leo J Montegut 57, New York, NY, was arrested for bench warrants on multiple counts of felony forgery and fraud. “LBPD detectives attempted to locate Leo Montegut who had an outstanding FBI warrant for forgery and fraud,” said Jordan Villwock, LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator. “Montegut was located at his residence on Katella Street and placed under arrest. Montegut was later transported to Orange County Jail.” No bail was set.

Montage Resort Drive & S Coast Hwy | DUI

1:02 a.m. A 50-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, Sept 13

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Trespassing 

1:19 p.m. Craig William Dorrell, 37, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Bench Warrant, Vandalism

9:15 a.m. Richard Thomas Morton, 22, Miami, AZ, was arrested for vandalism and a felony warrant. According to Jordan Villwock, LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator, “LBPD officers responded to the Gazebo at 365 Cliff Drive in reference to a male subject cutting the wood structure of the Gazebo with a pocket knife. Officers contacted Richard Morton, who was positively identified as the suspect. A record check of Morton revealed an outstanding warrant. Morton was placed under arrest for vandalism and his outstanding warrant. He was later transported to Orange County Jail.” Bail was set at $20,500.