Zur Schmiede’s election opens a seat on the Planning Commission for a term to June 30, 2016 – apply now

On June 30, 2016, the term of Planning Commissioner Robert Zur Schmiede will expire. Zur Schmiede will begin his term on the City Council on Dec. 2 and his seat on the Planning Commission will be vacant. 

The City Council is currently accepting applications for the Planning Commission (1 seat), to complete the two-year term of Planning Commissioner Zur Schmiede through June 30, 2016. The term for the newly appointed Planning Commissioner will begin on Jan. 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. 

The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of reviewing and advising the Council on items related to the development and modification of land uses within the City limits. As such, the Commission reviews and recommends action on the development and amendment of the general plan, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and special projects related to land use planning. 

Planning Commissioners serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $324 per month. The regular meetings of the Commission are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Study sessions may be held as part of the regular meeting or at other specified times. A substantial time commitment averaging 4-6 hours a week is necessary to be a Planning Commissioner. Meetings may be four or more hours long and require a great deal of preparation time. In addition to these regular meetings, Commissioners are expected to visit sites and review project proposals prior to the meeting, as well as attend special project workshops. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand zoning regulations and their effect on allowed land uses. Experience in land use planning, architecture, engineering, and/or real estate would be an asset.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in this position, are required to submit an application which is available at the City Clerk’s office or on the City’s web site at www.lagunabeachcity.net. Applications must be filed with the City Clerk by 5 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 9. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. 

World Cinema Tuesday film series at Susi Q open to all

The Tuesday film series returns with a focus on Going Places beginning November 25 at 12:30. The average class runs a little over two hours. 

Register for Ticket #32664 the first day at the front desk of Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third St.
The cost is only $20 for an eight-week session. This winter session includes a tribute to the lesser-seen film work of Christopher Plummer.

11/25/14 THE HUNT 2012 Denmark Winner of 38 awards.

12/2/14 THE SAPPHIRES 2012 Australia Winner of 19 awards. Loosely biographical. 

12/9/14 MOZART’S SISTER 2010 France An account of Maria Anna Mozart, a musical prodigy five years older than Wolfgang.

1/6/15 MURDER BY DECREE1979 UK Christopher Plummer stars as Sherlock Holmes pursuing the Ripper murders. Won five awards.

1/13/15 ARARAT 2002 Canada W/D Atom Egoyan casts Christopher Plummer as a retiring customs official. Winner of twelve awards.

1/20/15 BEGINNERS 2010 USA W/D Mike Mills based this on his own father. Stars Ewan McGregor. Christopher Plummer won the best supporting actor Oscar. 

1/27/15 BARBARA 2012 Germany An East German doctor winds up at a small hospital. Written and directed by Christian Petzold and winner of ten awards.

2/3/15 THE EAST 2013 USA Brit Marling, who co-wrote the screenplay, stars as an undercover operative infiltrating an anarchist group. With Alexander Skarsgard.

Visit Laguna adds Callie Malone as Partnership Manager 

From a press release

Callie Malone has joined the staff at Visit Laguna Beach as Partnership Manager, under the leadership of Ashley Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing & Communications, effective Wednesday, Nov. 12. In her new position, Malone will oversee and develop local and national partnerships, as well as foster and maintain all existing partnerships through in-person communication. Malone will also work to continually enhance the partnership benefits package and solicit new partners within the guidelines of the Visit Laguna Beach bylaws.

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Callie Malone

Malone brings her expertise to the position, having served as Group Sales Digital Manager with the Bloomington, Minnesota Convention & Visitors Bureau, working as a private dining/events coordinator in the hospitality industry and as a sales coordinator for an event center. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Visit Laguna Beach has been evolving over the past several years in terms of its offerings to its partners and in its marketing outreach on behalf of the lodging establishments, restaurants, retailers, and attractions in Laguna Beach. With growth comes the need for additional revenues in order to support the many programs currently being offered and to fund new initiatives in the months and years ahead to ensure a robust hospitality industry within the City of Laguna Beach. 

“The partnership model is one being successfully implemented by many other visitors bureaus across the country, and allows businesses to maximize their return on investment and choose strategic marketing platforms that best meet their goals and objectives,” Ashley Johnson stated. 

“With Callie in this newly created position, Visit Laguna Beach can broaden its partnership reach in conjunction with both our local businesses and leisure markets which are invaluable to our city,” said Karyn Philippsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Visit Laguna Beach. 

“We are excited to welcome Callie to our professional team as we continue to grow the bureau,” Johnson added.  

Formed in 1986, Visit Laguna Beach is celebrating 28 years of commitment to Laguna Beach and the tourism industry, with its offices located at 361 Forest Avenue, Suite 200 and the Official Visitors Center at 381 Forest Ave. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitlagunabeach.com. Get social with Visit Laguna Beach on Facebook (LagunaBeachVisitorsBureau), Twitter (@VisitLaguna), Instagram (@VisitLaguna) and Pinterest (VisitLaguna).

Final weekend

Park Avenue Players perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream


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The LBHS performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a remarkable comedy filled with beauty and color and performed by 50 Laguna Beach students.  The audience alternated between laughter and awe as Shakespeare’s story unfolded on the high school stage.  The comedy is filled with drama, fantasy, and adventure and is aimed to please all ages. 

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Anya Gourley with Jude Young

Don’t miss this spectacular performance! The final shows will be Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on the 23rd at 2:30 p.m. 

Please call the Artists Theatre box office for tickets: 497-7769. 

Dennis’ Tidbits



November 21, 2014

Has our winter’s precipitation tone already been set?

Sorry for the brief absence, folks. Had some eye issues in my surgically repaired right eye. I was surfing out at Thalia St last Friday when I milked this little peeler all the way into the shorebreak and did a semi faceplant on the sandbar. Turns out, a grain or two of sand got lodged up in there and the eye got infected so I went to the eye doctor and he fixed it in ten minutes. I have to use antibiotic eye drops for a couple of weeks and that’s it. Whew, that was a close one! Things like that seem to happen in small surf.

The high in Laguna on Thursday was a cool 65 making it the coolest day since early April. Otherwise, Laguna has been four degrees above normal so far this November. We’ve got another round of warm, dry Santanas slated for Sunday through Wednesday when temps could climb to 80 or so for three or four days. Thanksgiving Day will be dry with temps near 70. The normal hi-lo for the date is 70-49. 

Ocean temps are running at 65-67 along the OC coast, the warmest this late in the season since 1997, in fact on this date in 1997 the water temp finally sank to below 70 ending an incredible run of 70 plus water that started way back on April 5 of that year. Normal ocean temps for today’s date are 59-61 degrees.

There’s a weak cold front due to pass through here sometime early on Friday but don’t expect anything more than a few sprinkles or a stray light shower. Amounts will be way less than a tenth of an inch, however some generous rainfall amounts were collected north of Point Conception through Northern California. 

Mammoth collected another 6-8 inches with a base now of 4 feet so they’re off to a much better start than last season at this time.

Normally our rainy season begins to ramp up with an average of about 2.65 inches in December. Our wettest Decembers have been 11.65 inches in 2010, 11.12 inches in 1940, 9.89 inches in 1997, 8.17 in 2004, and 6.75 in 1971.

For at least the next 7-10 days high pressure will dominate our weather down here with most of the action aiming at Northern California up into the Pacific Northwest so what else is new? 

It seems like the tone has already been set, almost like a repeat of last season with the jet stream hitting the upper Northwest then plunging far south east of the Rockies with the Arctic vortex stronger than ever and firmly locked in place. Some locals that have lived near the Great Lakes in Western New York say the snows this week, which totaled up to 90 inches just this week were the heaviest snowfall events by far that they’ve ever seen in 50-60 years and winter is still officially a month away. 

It’s looking like it might be even worse than last season when it snowed in Minnesota just before Memorial Day weekend! I’ll bet somebody back there has gotta be packing their gear saying enough is enough! I’m outta here! I wouldn’t last a week in a cold place like Buffalo or Minnesota. I’m all about flops and shorts and being outdoors all the time. I guess it’s about where you’re from. 

I’m so glad my folks moved away from the Northeast and discovered Laguna! 

I can’t thank you enough, Blue Eyes!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you (with both eyes) next Tuesday, ALOHA!

Community Clinic awarded $10,000 matching grant by The John D. Evans Foundation for its HIV/AIDS care

The John D. Evans Foundation has awarded the Laguna Beach Community Clinic a $10,000 matching grant in support of its HIV/AIDS program. Mr. Evans is known for his role as co-founder of C-Span.

The Clinic is the only low-cost provider of HIV/AIDS care in South Orange County, providing over 900 patients visits each year to those infected with the virus. 

“These patients not only have a serious health issue but they also struggle financially; with government funding now stripped from this program we face tremendous challenges but remain committed to providing the continuity of life-saving and life-enhancing care our patients have come to rely on,” stated Dr. Tom Bent, COO and Medical Director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

The Clinic’s Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Ngo are certified through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and their successful treatment programs have garnered national recognition. Treatments that keep viral levels below the detectible limit allow a patient’s immune system to regenerate and helps to prevent transmission of the infection. It’s what makes the Clinic a national leader in the delivery of individualized and comprehensive treatment. 

Local artist, James Koch, simply states, “The Clinic saved my life and gave me an opportunity to grow old.”

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Community Clinic board members Susan Neely and Brian Sadler 

Two of the Clinic’s board members, Susan Neely, a local realtor and Brian Sadler, Chair of the Laguna’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, have teamed up to make sure the community knows about the Clinic’s important work. Speaking to various organizations, neighbors and community leaders, Neely and Sadler are hopeful that they will not only match but triple the donor response to the grant. “Laguna is a small town with big connections. Because of an on going business relationship with Steven Wozencraft who heads the Foundation, when we got to talking it became clear that our program was a perfect fit to their interests,” said Neely. 

Sadler adds, “I’ve lived here a long time and I’m proud to see how this community has rallied to champion this issue. We’ve made a lot of progress but the fight continues.”

To learn more about the Clinic’s HIV/AIDS program, visit www.lbclinic.org.


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