The 2014 Transition Laguna Beach Harvest Festival


Transition Laguna Founding Board Member

There is nothing like September in Laguna. Each Fall we get our town back in a big way. This means so much more than less traffic and the end of crowds. It means we get each other back. It means we find each other in community once again…on the streets, in the stores, at concerts in the park and last Saturday at Transition Laguna’s annual Harvest Festival. 

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Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Transition Laguna’s Harvest Festival was held Sunday at Bluebird Canyon Farm

Once again Scott and Mariella Simon-Tenney of Bluebird Canyon Farm generously hosted the event. Clusters of friends, families, and children were scattered across the 13-acre farm, up and down cascading terraces of verdant vegetation. Gold light from the setting sun washed over couples dancing to bluegrass. Kids chased each other through towering rows of corn. Politicians preached from the pulpit, inspiring us to imagine a better town. 

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Bluebird Farms is the perfect partner, the choice spot to celebrate Transition Laguna’s continuing commitment to resilience and sustainability. As with all Transition Laguna events, folks brought succulent dishes from their home gardens to share. The flowing beer and wine was not necessary for the crowd to find their joy. Children and parents danced to bluegrass. Friends sat together visiting and sharing full plates of organic veggies and creative vegetarian dishes. The pie contest offered dessert options to rival any down home mother’s pie making skill. What a delight to find a little bit of country down on the farm right here in Laguna Beach. 

A big shout-out goes to organizer Christian Macke, Scott and Mariella, and the Transition Laguna members who donated their time and resources. Transition Laguna also thanks StuNewsLaguna photographer Mary Hurlbut for documenting this annual celebration. For more information go to or our Facebook page. See you all next year!

Please enjoy a slideshow of Harvest photos by Mary Hurlbut

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Police Files

Second LB man indicted on insider trading charges

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive officer of an Orange County medical device and eye care company on insider trading charges.

James V. Mazzo, Laguna Beach, who was the CEO of the Santa Ana-based Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., which was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EYE, was added to an indictment that had previously named former Angel baseball player Douglas DeCinces, also of Laguna Beach, and two of his associates.

The case, which was initially filed in 2012, alleges that Mazzo was the source of non-public information that DeCinces and his associates used to trade EYE stock in the midst of a takeover bid by Abbot Laboratories.

The 41-count superseding indictment filed Wednesday in United States District Court charges Mazzo with providing DeCinces, neighbors living in Irvine Cove, with confidential information in advance of Abbott’s 2009 acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics. DeCinces and his associates allegedly used the non-public information to purchase shares of EYE, which increased from approximately $8 to $22 as a result of the acquisition.

The superseding indictment alleges that DeCinces ultimately purchased a total of 90,700 shares of EYE stock, which he sold soon after Abbott’s tender offer for the company was publicly announced, and realized approximately $1.3 million in profits.

The indictment also alleges that DeCinces, 60, provided inside information about the Abbott tender offer to five other individuals who also purchased EYE stock. DeCinces allegedly gave the tip to his friends David Parker, 60, of Provo, Utah, who was a friend and business partner of DeCinces; and Fred Scott Jackson, 65, of Newport Beach, a real estate attorney, in part, to make up for prior investment recommendations that had gone bad. After purchasing EYE shares and selling them following the acquisition, Parker allegedly realized illegal profits of $347,920 and Jackson allegedly obtained illegal profits totaling $140,259.

The four defendants indicted in this case will be summoned to appear for arraignments in United States District Court in Santa Ana.

The indictment charges Mazzo, 57, with 13 counts of insider trading, 13 counts of tender offer fraud and one count of securities fraud.

DeCinces is charged with 19 counts of insider trading, 19 counts of tender offer fraud, one count of securities fraud and one count of money laundering.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation. The Securities and Exchange Commission provided assistance during the investigation.

Woman arrested after computer stolen in Manhattan Beach was located in her S. Coast Hwy hotel room

Laguna Beach police arrested Jerusha Noelani Blevins, 35, San Clemente, Monday night in her hotel room in the 1600 block of S. Coast Hwy for receiving stolen property, a felony with $20,000 bail.

She was in possession of a laptop computer that had been reported stolen in Manhattan Beach, police said.

Captain Jason Kravetz said Thursday that the victim had tracked his computer to the hotel room here. “Officers knocked on the door and met with Blevins. The laptop was there and she was arrested.”

Festival of Arts offers new applicants a free seminar Sept 29

Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Fine Art Show is a prestigious, highly competitive, regional juried fine art show featuring original artwork by southern Orange County’s finest artists. The 2015 show will run next July and August. 

Artists who would like to apply for the 2015 fine art show should submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to the Festival of Arts by Oct 31, 2014 (by 4 p.m.). Applicants may download an application from the Festival’s website,, or call 949-464-4234. 

The Festival of Arts accepts applications from artists residing in the following cities: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (El Toro), Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Artists must be able to show that they have resided in one of the aforementioned cities for at least one year prior to Oct 31, 2014. Jurying fees are $50 per medium submitted.

The jurors will score the submitted artwork based on quality, intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation. 

The free seminar (Sept 29) – “How to prepare your artwork for submission to the 2015 summer exhibit” will help interested artists to learn more about the Festival of Arts, the application process and photographing artwork effectively for submission, artists are invited to attend at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds from 7 – 9 p.m. on a first come first served basis. For more information, please call (949) 464-4234.

eGumball Inc. in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K

eGumball Inc. will be taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Newport Beach on Sunday, Sept 28. The race will raise money for breast cancer and breast cancer research. Up to 25 eGumball employees will be participating in the event at all levels in order to support this worthy cause. 

The captain of team eGumball , Alexis Gobel, is a Laguna Beach resident, who is proud to mobilize so many people around Orange County and the Laguna Beach area for this cause.

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DUI Enforcement Operation means drive sober this weekend

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Think before you drink…

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, Sept 27 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

“This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

After falling dramatically for five straight years in California, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years in Laguna Beach, DUI collisions have claimed 1 life and resulted in 37 injury crashes harming 52 of our friends and neighbors,” said Lieutenant Jeff Calvert. 

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected.   Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000. 

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!

Accomplished author Kira Peikoff will be at LB Books Oct 3

On Friday, Oct 3 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books will welcome Kira Peikoff, author of No Time to Die,for atalk, Q&A and signing. 

In a Washington, D.C. research lab, a brilliant scientist is attacked by his own test subjects. At Columbia University, a talented biochemist is lured out of her apartment and never seen again. In the Justice Department’s new Bioethics Committee, agent Les Mahler sees a sinister pattern emerging. Zoe Kincaid is a petite college student whose rare genetic makeup may hold the key to a powerful medical breakthrough. When she is kidnapped, the very thing mankind has wanted since the dawn of time threatens to unleash our final destruction.

Kira Peikoff is a writer based in New York City. She graduated with high honors from New York University in 2007 with a degree in journalism, after four years of various reporting internships: covering street crime for The Daily News, writing about Capitol Hill for the Orange County Register in Washington, D.C., reporting on business and technology for Newsday, and researching feature stories for New York magazine.
To fulfill her longtime dream of writing a novel, she then spent a year exclusively working on Living Proof. The story was inspired by her experience reporting from the White House in the summer of 2006, as she watched President Bush announce the first veto of his presidency to deny federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Peikoff’s passionate feelings about what many people view as a controversy of morality vs. science-one with potentially life-or-death stakes-led to the central conflict in Living Proof.

After completing that book, Peikoff worked for several years in the editorial departments at two NYC publishing houses, which gave her an invaluable inside look at the publishing process and the rapidly changing industry. 

No Time to Die, her second novel, has just been published by Kensington in paperback, ebook, and audio. These days, Peikoff is working on her third thriller, freelancing for a variety of major media outlets including the New York Times, and attending Columbia University’s Master of Science program in Bioethics. She lives in New York City with her husband and dog.

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