The Gulls at TI Beach

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Finding things to love in Laguna – seen these?

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From press releases

City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker announces candidacy

I am excited to announce my candidacy to serve the citizens of Laguna Beach as City Clerk for my second term. I am proud to say that all the City Council members have endorsed me.

I became a resident of this beautiful city in 1980, and it has been my privilege to have worked for the City of Laguna Beach for 33 years. I was hired by the Laguna Beach Police Department in 1983; in 2008, I began my career as Deputy City Clerk; and in 2012, I was fortunate to become City Clerk. 

I continue to learn all aspects of the position and earned my Certified Municipal Clerk status from the Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. I am currently working toward my Masters Municipal Clerk status.

I am experienced in providing a superior level of customer service and I am committed to serving all the citizens of Laguna Beach in a friendly and courteous manner with the intent to create a citizen-friendly and transparent government.  My primary motive for running for City Clerk is that I love working with the public, I love the City of Laguna and I enjoy what I do. My door is always open during office hours and I am available by email 24/7.  

I am announcing my candidacy and asking for your vote and support on November 8, 2016, so I may continue my passion to serve the citizens of Laguna Beach. 


City Treasurer Laura Parisi announces candidacy

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of City Treasurer, City of Laguna Beach and would like your support in the November 2016 election.  

It has been an honor and my privilege to serve the citizens of this City since 1999.  I have the education, experience and a proven ability to navigate turbulent economic times.

My knowledge has been tested.  I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified California Municipal Treasurer (CCMT) and Certified Fixed Income Practitioner (CFIP) in addition to serving on state and county boards.  Also, I am the 2016 Chair of the Revenue and Taxation Committee for the League of California Cities.

Safe, high quality investments have generated income that will positively exceed this year’s budget by more than $200,000.  Assessment district bond refunding has generated more than $1.3 million in savings to district participants and the City has saved considerable outside consultant fees by allowing me as an internal CPA to audit the lodging Transient Occupancy Tax and Business Improvement District.  

I will be honored to receive your votes and continue to serve the City, which we all love and care about so very much.

Laguna Beach Library’s June events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout the year. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.

Laguna Beach Library’s June Events:

Summer Reading Program at the Library or Join the Online Learning Challenge!!

Read For The Win

Children, teens and adults can play! Or visit the library to sign-up and learn about Summer Events! Starts Monday, June 20.


Tuesdays, June 21 and 28 at 6:30-7:30 - Summer Reading Entertainment Events! See Abbit the Magician perform his comedy magic show on June 21!  Wild Wonders with exotic animals from around the globe will perform June 28.  No preregistration required.  Come early for the best seats!

Wednesdays, June 22 & 29 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Sunshine Readers Family StorytimeThe National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members.  Each show last approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

Thursdays, June 23 & 30 at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme.  Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.

Thursday June 23 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. - 3-D Printing at Laguna Beach LibrarySchedule a 20-minute session with our 3-D printer. Customize an object using Makerbot Printshop software and prepare it for printing.  Staff will print the item and contact you when it is ready for pickup.  Space is limited, so preregistration is required.  Consult the library for available times or for more information ask a staff member.

Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Children’s Craft Open House

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.

Saturday, June 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. - Introducing Chess at the Library! Join chess coach Lior as he helps children and parents learn the basics of chess.  To sign up or get more information, please inquire at the desk.  These classes occur monthly the 2nd Tuesday and the 4th Saturday. All levels of experience are welcome.  Meets in the Program Room.  No preregistration required.

Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact library for additional info. 

Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact library for additional info.

For information, call 497-1733.

Dennis’ Tidbits


June 21, 2016

60º water and nothing tropical – not a good summer start

60 degree water and no tropical systems yet is not a good start

Summer 2016 officially began on Monday at 3:34 pm PDT. The calendar and the weather were both in total sync at that moment as the air temp at water’s edge was 86 degrees, however the water temp was not very summerlike at 60 degrees thanks to the brisk afternoon westerlies as of late. Normally on this date the water is about 66-67 degrees so we’re back to square one.

It’s going to be a rough fire season as several wildfires are already chewing up tens of thousands of acres across the Southland and it’s only June. The highest temp in the Southland on Monday was 121 in Palm Desert. Even Big Bear Lake got in on the heat action with a record tying 91 on Monday. 

It sure is nice to see the sunrise lately. Incidentally, Monday was the longest day of the year as far as amount of sun time is concerned with a total of 14 hours and 26 minutes. Sunrise occurred at 5:42 and sunset happened at 8:08 p.m. The entire Northern Hemisphere is enjoying its longest day of the year while it’s vice versa in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Speaking of the Southern Hemisphere that was a nice pulse brought to us from the other side of the Equator the last few days. Finally we’re getting healthy Southern Hemis at the time of year we’re supposed to. It’s been since August of 2011 since we got a big Southern Hemi during our summer. Lately they’ve been hitting way early or hardly at all.

Meanwhile in the tropics the Eastern Pacific remains quiet while the fourth tropical system on the other side made landfall early Monday as a medium strength tropical storm about 300 miles south of the Texas-Mexico border down there in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s name is Danielle and it’s slowly breaking up as it drifts westward over land in Mainland Mexico, a definite sign that La Niña’s coming on. 

So, another summer. I hope it’s a decent one. 60 degree water and no tropical systems yet is not a good start. I gave up predicting summers after last year’s fiasco.

See you on Friday. ALOHA!

Short Term Lodging subcommittee first meeting today at 4

The City Council’s Short Term Lodging Subcommittee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, June 21 starting at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Ave. Members of the public are welcome to attend.


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