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 Volume 11, Issue 22  |  March 15, 2019                                  


Local Methodists decry church bans on LGBT participation


Principles dear to the heart of local Methodists were trampled on by a majority of the United Methodist Church delegates to the church’s general conference on February 25 in St. Louis.

The delegates voted to uphold the bans on same-sex marriages and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy and members of the church. The vote reinforced a policy established in 1972, but loosely enforced, that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, according to a report by Reuters news service.

“These policies are in error,” lamented Ann Quilter, a member of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church. “God loves us all. We regret that has been done and we apologize for the damage this has done to the LGBTQ community.”

The aim of the bans was to unify all Methodist churches’ policies on LGBT clergy and marriage, after decades of inconsistency. Some churches denounced homosexuality as a sin and others embraced gay and lesbian clergy and congregation members, according to Reuters.

An alternative, which would have allowed individual congregations to decide for themselves whether gay and lesbian clergy were valued and could perform same-sex marriages, was voted down.

“A conservative group has hijacked the global Methodist Church,” said Quilter. “Basically, the global conference acceded to delegates from Africa and Asia and they tend to be more conservative. We in Laguna believe in a philosophy of radical inclusiveness.”

Reuters also reported that the new policy, known as the Traditional Plan, includes penalties for breaking the rules and suggested that those who do find another church.

“We know who we are; we are going to remain who we are,” said Laguna Beach Pastor Lynn Francis. “We are a reconciling congregation and a member of an organization called Reconciling Ministries.

“We see the [delegates’] decision as unjust and absolutely not what God wants. Jesus gave us two great commandments: Love God and love one another. It is not loving to exclude people or treat them as second class citizens.”

The pastor said if the delegates’ decision is upheld, the Laguna church would work with other congregations to the leave the United Methodist Church.

“We are walking on holy ground,” said Quilter.

The Laguna Methodist Church is located on Wesley Drive – named for John Wesley.

Wesley was a leader in the Methodist movement in the 1700s in England, founded originally to reform the Church of England that eventually led to a complete split, after his death in 1791. However, before he died, Wesley had transplanted his church to America to fill the sparsity of ministers due to the Revolutionary War.

The church thrived in America. With an estimated seven million American Methodists, the church has been recognized as second in members only to the Southern Baptist Convention, which also opposes same-sex marriage.

Protestant denominations that allow gay marriage and clergy include the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Barbara’s Column

Rockin’ weekend in Laguna 


The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club rocked Saturday night to the music of Jason Feddy and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen, billed as a Joe Cocker tribute band.

Feddy fans boogied to raise funds for Laguna Food Pantry, which provides food for individuals and families in need.

“We are pleased to be here for such a good cause,” said Feddy.

The $75 per person admission to the fundraiser covered edibles provided by Habit Catering Truck – really good hamburgers, fried zucchini and potatoes. Soft drinks were provided for thirsty dancers and there was also a cash bar at which donations were accepted for the Pantry.

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Jason Feddy and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band

“Everybody got their money’s worth,” said Tight Assets owner Heidi Miller.

Club president Kitty Malcolm said the event was a part of the club’s mission to give back to the community.

“It is always good when everyone enjoys themselves and you raise money for a worthy cause,” said Malcolm.

The Pantry has served the community for 25 years, distributing 4,000 pounds of food every day. Customers are mostly women, 40 percent are children. Events like Saturday’s help the Pantry to meet its needs.

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On left, Director of Laguna Food Pantry Anne Belyea, and Susan Thomas, Board President

Donations of food are always welcome. Most wanted are cans of tuna, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and sauce, rice, beans and cereal.

But food is not the Pantry’s only need. Volunteers, especially if bilingual, are also on the wish list.

Volunteering is an opportunity to support a good cause, and meet like-minded, caring folks with whom you can share your talent and energy.

Tasks include greeting shoppers, fundraising, picking up the groceries that are to be distributed, sorting them for storage and stocking the shelves.

Hours are flexible: 7:30 to 11 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 to 11 a.m., weekends. Once a week is the minimum commitment.

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(L-R) Debbie Neev, Anne McGraw, and Councilwoman Toni Iseman

Anne McGraw chaired the event, assisted by committee members Tina Lambert, Patti Oshland, Nancy Shurtleff and Kathleen Reedy, the latter two serving as bartenders too.

Among those who danced the night away: Laguna Beach County Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey, Councilwoman Toni Iseman, Water District board member Debbie Neev, philanthropist Bobbi Cox, Teryll Sindell, Ellen Richard and Lucetti Kalli, whose grandmother, Annie Laurie Daniell, was a Woman’s Club founder.

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A great time was had by all

Also enjoying themselves: former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Meredith Dowling, retired Community Clinic staff member and Pantry Emeritus Chair Dr. Korey Jorgensen, clinic supporter George Heed, philanthropists Betsy and Dr. Gary Jenkins, Lee Durler and Wayne Lawrence.

The Pantry was represented by Board Chair Susan Thomas, Volunteer Chair Lesli Hendersen, Treasurer Patti Gallagher, Secretary Alison Scheitzer, volunteer Mark Doiron and Executive Director Anne Belyea.

Arbor Day Celebrated

Councilwoman Toni Iseman looks forward to the day that visitors come to Laguna to see the city’s trees, as well as the beaches and the unique downtown.

Iseman and Mayor Bob Whalen were the masters of ceremonies at Laguna’s second Arbor Day celebration on March 8 as a recognized Tree City USA.

She is a native of Nebraska where Arbor Day was first proposed in 1872 to the state Board of Agriculture by J. Sterling Morton, the start of a worldwide movement.

Iseman considers being called a tree hugger a compliment.

The Arbor Day activities began at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with community group exhibits and arts and crafts for children, and included the ceremonial planting of a New Zealand Christmas Tree in Main Beach Park.

“We are here today to celebrate our own urban forest, to honor the heritage trees in our neighborhoods and downtown,” said Whalen.

The designation owes much to Barbara and Greg MacGillivray, who founded the Laguna Beach Urban Tree Fund.

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Barbara and Greg MacGillivray

“Barbara is an inspiration,” said Whalen.

The fund was established to help the city replace trees that had died, were removed because of ailments caused by advanced age or posed a liability for the city.

“Barbara is the Queen of Trees,” said Iseman.

Hallie Jones, executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, said that her work is mostly on trees in the open space, but as a native of Laguna she is passionate about maintaining the character of the city.

“With climate change, trees are more important than ever,” Jones said.

Barbara MacGillivray thanked city officials, including the Public Works personnel Shohreh Dupuis, Dale Shuck and Liz Avila for putting forth the effort to get Arbor Day recognized in Laguna.

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(L-R) Councilwoman Toni Iseman, Mayor Bob Whalen, Councilwoman Sue Kemp, kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the MacGillivray grandkids

Special thanks also went to Monarch Environment and West Coast Arborists.

Participants in the celebration included the South Laguna Community Garden/South Laguna Civic Association, LOCA Arts Education, Transition Laguna, Village Laguna, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Crystal Cove Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation and the Laguna Beach Garden Club, Greenbelt, Beautification Council and Boys & Girls Club.

Several booths offered wildflower seeds. The city’s seeds came embedded in colorful, tiny biodegradable paper flowers and leaves that could be planted indoors or outside. Pamphlets were available about the Arbor Day Foundation, Do’s and Don’ts of pruning, the benefits of trees, the Urban Tree Found and tree-planting instructions.

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Let the digging begin

In the crowd or in a booth: Kathy Jones, Former Mayor Ann Christoph, Larry Clemons, Norman LaCourciere and Crystal Cove’s Cindy Otto. Charlotte Masarik borrowed $5 from Village Laguna President Johanna Felder to buy some succulents.

George Weiss and Ellen McKegger staffed the Beautification Council booth, decorated with gorgeous flower posters. Chris Prelitz represented Transition Laguna. Anne and Ryan Caenn shared the Village Laguna booth with Merrill Anderson, son of the late Betty and Ken Anderson.

Also at the celebration: Councilwoman Sue Kempf, Norm Grossman, Kirsten Whalen and Beautification Council board member Leah Vasquez.

The Lowden Harrell Trio and April Walsh entertained.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading Contributions are welcomed.

LBHS Boys Golf team wins two out of three matches, improves to 4-1

Last Thursday, March 7, the LBHS Boys Golf team won a non-league match against Ocean View HS at Mile Square Golf Club. Senior Jameson Roller and junior Tai Diggins earned co-medalist honors with scores of 43. The win brought the team’s overall record to 3-0 on the season.

This week, the team played home and away matches against old league rival from the Orange Coast league, Estancia HS. The teams ended up splitting the matches, with each team winning on their home course.   

On Tuesday, March 12, the Breakers played at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa, par 36. It is a very nice William Bell designed course with tough green complexes.   

Estancia won this match by the score of 242-226. LBHS only had two players who had seen this course before, and all the player’s scores were higher than normal on the tough course. Chase Gioffredi earned medalist honors for the match with a score of 42. Other player scores for this match were: Aiden Svenson - 46, Andrew Mundy - 51, Trent Ralston - 51, and Tai Diggins - 52.

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Sophomore Andrew Mundy hitting his tee shot on the #1 hole at Mesa Verde Country Club Tuesday

On Wednesday, March 13, the team played on Laguna’s home course at Aliso Viejo Country Club, par 35. The Breakers bounced back nicely, earning a win by the score of 215-224, bringing the team’s overall record for the season to 4-1. Senior co-captain Chase Gioffredi continued with his solid ball striking getting two birdies on the round to earn medalist honors with a two over par score of 37. 

Senior co-captain Gus Morck also played great with one birdie, shooting 40 in only his second round back after recovering from an injury. What really contributed to winning the match, however, were two good scores from the middle of the lineup – senior Jameson Roller with a 43 and junior Tai Diggins with a 45. Senior Kyle Shaw and junior Aiden Svenson both finished with scores of 50. 

“This was our best team performance of the year and a big win for us before moving into the tough Sunset Conference matches beginning next week,” said Coach Sean Quigley.

Police Files (Cont.)

Mercedes crew arrested for meth and more

On Sunday, March 10, at 8:29 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 30600 block of Marilyn Drive. 

According to police records, the caller advised officers of what appeared to be some type of drug activity, stating that LBPD responded approximately a week ago, at which times the suspects allegedly fled when units arrived.

Five occupants were contacted in a black Mercedes SUV, including three males and two females. According to LBPD, two of the males were in possession of drug paraphernalia and issued citations. 

“One male was identified as Fernando Najar. He was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

He was issued a citation and taken into custody on a probation hold. 

“The females were identified as Amy Allan and Imiko Maki. Both females originally falsely personated another person because they each had outstanding warrants,” Sgt Cota said. “They were taken into custody for impersonation and the outstanding warrants.”

Fernando Najar, 27, of San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for violating parole and being in possession of methamphetamine and controlled substance paraphernalia. No bail was set.

Imiko Ariel Maki, 22, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine. Maki was also arrested for false impersonation, and again for possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $51,000.

Amy Elizabeth Allan, 35, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on warrants for driving with a suspended license due to a DUI and for a DUI. At the time of the incident, Allan was also arrested for false impersonation.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Lexus stolen after woman reportedly leaves doors unlocked and keys in car

On Tuesday, March 12, at 7:33 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to a parking lot in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway for a stolen vehicle report. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The unlocked vehicle was a white 2006 Lexus 430 and the ignition key was left in the center console. The vehicle has personalized plates with a bedazzled license plate frame.”

A report was taken.

Local man hits utility pole and city-owned electronic sign board in the Canyon

On Wednesday, March 13, at 7:23 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to the 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Road for the report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle that had struck a utility pole. 

“Emergency personnel arrived and found that an inbound Toyota had struck a city-owned electronic sign board and a utility pole. The sign board was knocked onto its side, but the utility pole did not appear damaged,” Sgt Cota said. “The driver of the Toyota was identified as a 44-year-old Laguna Beach resident. He was examined by paramedics but declined transportation to the hospital.”

The sign board was transported to the city parking lot and a report was taken. Inbound traffic was diverted into the center double left turn lane. The road was cleared and traffic was back to normal within 20 minutes.  

-By Suzie Harrison

Dennis’ Tidbits 


March 15, 2019

Spring is just around the corner! 

Dennis 5Slowly but surely we’re sneaking up on spring, now less than a week away. Wednesday was one of those clean days with bright sunshine and clear blue skies and a rare green flash as the sun sank into the blue Pacific. The temp actually scratched and clawed its way up into the low to mid-sixties but still a few degrees below the normal of 68. There was even a little fun zone NW wind swell with neat little peelers at Thalia Reef with manageable tides for most of the day.

The Sierras are having one of their most epic winters of all time with up to 55 feet of snow in some areas like Squaw Valley, June Mountain, and Mammoth, and it’s been mostly all powder up to the waist! Absolutely epic! For going on four months now, the Sierras have been a magnet for dozens upon dozens of moisture-laden lows. Some longtime locals are calling it the best winter ever, almost like skiing and snowboarding the French Alps!

They’re called Bomb Cyclones. The name has nothing to do with terrorism like you’d think, but these Bomb Cyclones completely terrorize huge chunks of American real estate. They’re a rare breed, occurring about once every three or four winters. 

A Bomb Cyclone is any low pressure core that intensifies at a frantic pace like the one that is now centered over northern Kansas. 

Just two days ago, this low was just your average low pressure while it moved over northern Colorado and southern Wyoming with a central pressure of 1,000 millibars. Twenty-four hours later, it morphed into a huge dangerous low with a central pressure plunging to 974 millibars. When a low intensifies at the rate of 25 or more millibars in just 24 hours, it becomes a Bomb Cyclone. The last time a storm of this magnitude occurred was way back on March 6-8, 1993, and that one was dubbed the super storm of all time.

On the cold side, hurricane force winds with one gust at 100 mph, Category 2 hurricane strength battered eastern Wyoming and eastern Colorado with whiteout blizzard conditions and visibilities as low as 25 yards! 974 millibars are found in some Category 2 tropical systems. On the warm side, widespread severe weather with numerous tornadoes and softball size hail is hammering the lower plains and lower Midwest. Right now this mammoth storm is affecting 25 states as it plows eastward, so we’re very fortunate to live where we do. I count my blessings hourly.

Stay tuned and have a great weekend, ALOHA!

Laguna Beach – A Look Back

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society

The White House – on the corner of Coast Highway and Park Ave – opened in 1918. Now 101 years old, the restaurant has survived many owners and the ups and downs of the restaurant scene in Laguna Beach. For many years it was one of the few watering holes for travelers between LA and San Diego.

It was founded by Claude Bronner, who sold the business to the Bird family in 1936. Hence the clever slogan on the sign, “Let the Birds Feed You.” A vintage matchbook tells us their phone number that year was 3182 – no area code needed!

In the 1950s and ‘60s it served as a jazz club, and has more recently hosted Heather Locklear, Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson, and Reggie Jackson as regulars – locals report seeing Mick Jagger and Michael Jordan partying here as well. 

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In this photo from 1936, one can see the restaurant extended to the end of the block, now replaced by souvenir shops. A large LAGUNA BEACH sign announces arrival to our city hanging over Coast Highway.  A half moon canopy extends from the entrance to the curb to welcome guests as was the custom of the day. An upper patio provided ocean views, although still standing, not functional today. And parking was free – and diagonal. 

Laguna Beach Historical Society is located at 278 Ocean Ave. They are open Friday - Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, call (949) 497-6834 or visit

Annual Kids Paint Out

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The Annual Kids Paint Out is one of the elements of the Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Eight students from Laguna Beach Unified School District are invited to come outdoors for a plein air painting experience with a professional artist that mentors students in the creation of plein air painting from start to finish. All LBUSD 4th graders participate in the plein air project led by Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Director of Education and Signature Artist Member Jeff Sewell.

Beauty as far as the eye can see

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Beauty as closeup

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Heaven in every cove

Beauty as Aliso Creek

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Aliso Creek allure

LagunaTots returns to No Square Theatre – the kids take over the stage tonight

Fun for the whole family abounds as youngsters take the stage at No Square Theatre in LagunaTots 2019. Performances run from tonight, March 15, to March 24.

You think it’s hard being an adult? Kids nowadays have serious things to worry about: dress codes, vaccinations, phones, lice, puberty, phones, brace, hormones. And did we mention phones? This original musical parody spoof zeroes in on the issues that plague the younger set…with hilarious results. 

No Square’s Youth Theatre Director Ella Wyatt is the writer and director with additional lyrics by Rufino Cabang and some of the kids in the cast. Music direction is by Susan Thoren. The show is choreographed by Ella with Rylee Bullington, a LagunaTots alumnus and senior at Laguna Beach High School. Rylee is featured in the high school’s current production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Laugh your socks off at LagunaTots this month, featuring local talented youth addressing the issues that matter most to them

The talented cast of LagunaTots includes Katie Baker, Chase Benson, Tatum Brennan, Will Briggs, Mason Bruderer, Lula Buckle, Story Bullington, Quinn Butler, Elisa Camacho, Nicolas Camacho, Harlo Cozzens, Sarina Doshi-O’Neil, Chloe Flaherty, Anna Gabriel, Laird Garcia, Grace Gilchrist, Jonah Goldstein, Lila Goldstein, Kate Hennessy, Hadley Hunt, Piper Hunt, Hannah Kaiser, Lauren Kimball, Lydia Kimball, Marco Lapayese-Calderon, Jude Lifeset, Sienna Mason, Maris Morgan, Douglas Nottage, Chloe O’Kane, Karina Pitz, Nathan Ryan, Kate Storke, Allie Swellen, Lila Tacklind, and Leah Turner.

Opening night is on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m., with shows continuing on Saturday, March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., Friday, March 17 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 17 and 24 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for kids (ages 12 and under) and $25 for adults. All seats are reserved, and this show always sells out. So plan ahead and get your tickets now at

No Square Theatre is generously supported by The Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, The City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, FOA Foundation, Laguna Beach Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. It is a small venue and all seats are good.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, please visit

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School announces New Family Scholarship opportunity

Saint Catherine of Siena School is offering a New Family Scholarship in order to provide all families in the Laguna area with the opportunity to attend a Catholic School. The scholarship deadline is April 30, 2019. 

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is a small, close-knit, friendly community that offers a rigorous academic program in a faith-based environment. From Transitional Kindergarten to a high school preparatory Middle School, Saint Catherine offers a unique atmosphere where small class sizes allow students to shine.

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Students enjoying a day in the life at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School

New Family Scholarship qualifications include: 

--Must be a new family of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School in the 2019-2020 school year

--Enrollment must be completed and payments submitted by April 30

New Family Scholarship program details:

--A new family has the opportunity to receive a 2-year scholarship for all students enrolled

--Scholarships awarded are based on the first year and second year of enrollment

First year scholarship award:

--First student receives $2,500 off of tuition

--Additional students in family will receive $3,000 off of tuition. 

Second year scholarship award:

--First student receives $1,500 off of tuition

--Additional students in family will receive $2,000 off of tuition

New families may also qualify for the Tuition Assistance Program. 

For more information and to apply, visit or call (949) 494-7339. For additional questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is located at 30516 South Coast Hwy.

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Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach announces Spring Social Skills Program

Do you want your child to have an edge socially going into the next school year? How about wanting to help your child or teen make and keep friends? Do you have a child who is shy or doesn’t quite understand social cues?

Led by Certified PEERS Facilitator and Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Director of Social Emotional Development Jennifer MacDonell, M.A. Psychology, the Club presents its Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) to help children navigate and improve social skills and awareness.

The 8-week Peers Program begins on Wednesdays, April 10 and runs through May 8 at the Laguna Canyon Branch. The program is designed for children in second through six grades and their parent/caregiver and is $100. Scholarships are available. 

PEERS is an 8-week evidence-based, social skills intervention for motivated pre-middle and middle school youth who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session youth are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).

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Kids enjoying a day in the life at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

An additional benefit is that children/teens enrolled obtain a short-term membership to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Canyon Branch during the 8-week duration of the program and can attend any time during club operating hours.

To register: 

--First, call the Boys & Girls Club at (949) 715-7786 or email Jennifer MacDonell at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest in PEERS for your child.

--Partake in a 15-minute intake call with Jennifer MacDonell to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your child/teen. 

--Receive a phone call within 48 hours and email verifying acceptance into program.

--Obtain paperwork for program enrollment sent out via email or pick up at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. Note: all paperwork must be completed prior to the start of the program. 

--Enrollment and payment (in full) deadline: two days prior to start of program on April 8 at 6 p.m.

Group times are from: 

--3 - 3:50 p.m. 2nd & 3rd grade

--4 - 4:50 p.m. 4th, 5th & 6th grade

--5 - 5:45 p.m. Parent/Guardian Group for all parents (one parent/guardian per child)

--5:45 - 6 p.m. Reunification with all parents and children (group game)

Note: participants may be placed in a group based on developmental abilities and group dynamics regardless of grade in school. Group instruction is provided in English. 

Guidelines are as following: 

--Limited to one child/teen and one parent/guardian per group for the 8 weeks. Note: if an additional parent would like to sit in a group, they can fill in for the parent enrolled for one or two sessions maximum. 

--Only one parent/guardian is allowed to attend per session, as it is not a couples/co-parenting group and the group leader is focused on the material for social skills to support the youth.

--Regular attendance is required! A parent/guardian is required to attend all sessions. If parent/youth misses more than one session, both are un-enrolled for the rest of the program series and there will be a no refund due to dismissal from the program.

--Classes are on Wednesdays between 3 - 6 p.m. depending on grade noted above.

Pre and post-tests will be given to youth and parents for outcome measures to ensure the quality of the program. Also, group placement is determined at intake appointment and based on group dynamics.

Peer Program goals include:

--How to make and keep friends!

--Entering conversations: How to start, enter, and exit conversations between peers. 

--Trading information: How to use appropriate conversational skills.

--How to handle rejection, teasing, rumors/gossip, and cyber conversations. 

The following book is highly recommended to purchase, but not required for participation: The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults (w/DVD) by Elizabeth Laugeson.

Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact Jennifer MacDonell at (949) 715-7786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Boys & Girls Club Laguna Canyon Branch is located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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Laguna Beach Library presents author Gregory Benford on March 27

On Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m., the Laguna Beach Library invites the community to an author talk featuring bestselling author Gregory Benford, who will be discussing his book Rewrite: Loops in the Timescape. 

In this sequel to Benford’s award-winning bestseller Timescape, a professor learns he can travel back in time to when he was sixteen and becomes a Hollywood screenwriter with great success.

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Bestselling author Gregory Benford 

Gregory Benford is a local Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. 

For more information, call (949) 497-1733. 

The Laguna Beach Library is located at 363 Glenneyre St.

LPAPA presents 15th annual “Best of Plein Air Exhibit” and sale this Saturday at Forest & Ocean Gallery

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LPAPA, is proud to present the 15th annual “Best of Plein Air,” a unique exhibition dedicated to paintings created en plein air. The public is invited to join the celebration at the opening reception with the artists on Saturday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Forest & Ocean Gallery, located at 480 Ocean Ave. Awards will be announced at 6 p.m.

LPAPA Michael Obermeyer

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LPAPA, Michael Obermeyer, Laguna Glare, 9 x 12 oil

LPAPA’s 15th annual “Best of Plein Air” exhibition is a special juried exhibition of original works of art created by Signature and Artist Members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

LPAPA Debra Huse

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Debra Huse, Hidden Dune, 8 x 10 oil

There were 285 entries for this prestigious show with jurors Daniel Marshall, Signature LPAPA, Rosemary Swimm, LPAPA Executive Director, and Ludo Leideritz, LPAPA Board Member and owner of Forest & Ocean Gallery, choosing 60 original framed paintings created by LPAPA Signature and Artist Members for the show’s coveted spots.

LPAPA Erich Neubert

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Erich Neubert, Super Late Afternoon, 12 x 16 oil

“Come join LPAPA on March 16 and let us indulge your plein air passion, celebrate the legacy and become part of the tradition,” Swimm said. “This is a free event and all art lovers welcome.” 

For show details, visit An expanded online gallery show is available through The exhibit runs through March 25.

Board of Supervisors approves countywide suicide prevention initiative

The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced that it has committed $600,000 of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) monies for the creation of a countywide suicide prevention program. 

This funding will be given to MindOC, the fiscal entity of Be Well Orange County, an initiative bringing together public, private, academic, and faith-based organizations, as well as others, to create a coordinated system of mental healthcare and support for all Orange County residents.

“As Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, it is my duty and responsibility to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all Orange County residents. My heart goes out to families who feel they don’t have resources to help their loved ones. I want to let our constituents know that they are not alone and there is hope,” said Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District Supervisor.

In recent years, suicide rates and mental health related hospitalizations have increased throughout Orange County. The County’s per-capita rate of suicide increased 45 percent between the three-year periods of 1999 to 2001 and 2011 to 2013. This compares to an average increase of 22 percent nationwide during the same time frame, and was the largest increase in any metropolitan county in the U.S. 

“Addressing mental health in our county has never been more important than right now. We need to expand our mental health services and make our community aware that there is help, and where there is help, there is hope,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, First District.

During fiscal year 2018/19, the Orange County MHSA Steering Committee supported the recommendation to expand school-based suicide prevention campaigns and activities for students in grades K-12, as well as for transitional-age youth in higher educational and other settings. The Committee also supported several other recommendations targeting underserved individuals throughout the life span, including strategies to increase timely access to services and to promote recovery and resilience, thereby preventing suicide.

“It is my hope that MindOC helps make a greater difference in the lives of our residents. There are three words to remember: Every life matters,” said Supervisor Doug Chaffee, Fourth District.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children and youth between the ages of 10 and 24. In Orange County, teen suicides averaged 13.3 deaths per year over the past 10-year period. Suicide is a leading cause of non-natural death for youth and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 19 years old. In Orange County, suicides accounted for 29 percent of non-natural deaths, making it the second leading cause of non-natural death behind motor vehicle collisions.  This is higher than the statewide average in California, in which 22 percent of deaths among teens were due to suicides.

For more information about suicide prevention, visit OC Health Care Agency at,

Laguna Beach Republicans announce March meeting featuring guest speaker Shawn Steele

On Thursday, March 28, the Laguna Beach Republicans will host the group’s monthly meeting at Mozambique. This month’s meeting will feature Shawn Steele, GOP Committeeman for California. He will be speaking about the 2018 election results.

Emil Monda, President of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians to Mr. Steele’s presentation. “Shawn’s presentation is very informative as a post mortem of the 2018 election and provides ideas for the upcoming 2020 election cycle. I encourage those who want to help Laguna and Orange County elect Republicans in the future to attend and be enlightened,” says Monda.

Social hour beings at 5 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 and end promptly at 7:15 pm.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as space is limited and this will be a popular event. 

Mozambique is located at 1740 South Coast Hwy.

CAP and LPAPA present Artists’ Conversation on Saturday 

Community Art Project (CAP) and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) present another Artists’ Conversation, “Unexpected Places,” this Saturday, March 16, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the CAP Gallery.

Award-winning artists Brandon Gonzales and Toni Danchik will share some insights to their work and some of the unexpected places that have inspired them when painting out in the field. Unlike painting in a studio, there are many factors that can make painting on-site, outdoors, and en plein air exciting and unexpected.

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Brandon Gonzales, S. Union Ave, 16 x 8, oil

This free event is open to the public to not just give insight into the world of plein air painting, but to enhance and expand people’s knowledge base in a casual and unique setting. Come enjoy learning more about this style of Art that is a part of Laguna Beach’s history.

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Toni Danchik, Shanty Town Chic, 12 x 16, oil

The CAP Gallery is located at 260 Ocean Ave, second floor, in the Wells Fargo Bank building. Visit for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits.

Guest Column

The art of using Ayurvedic spices

By Vidya Reddy

Hello! Welcome to the Cooking Corner. Today, let’s talk about something that makes me naturally happy: cooking. Each time I get ready to cook a meal, I become so excited at the thought of using my cabinet full of Ayurvedic spices. It brings me so much joy seeing all the opportunities inside those little jars. The golden color of turmeric powder, the sweetness of fennel seed, everything is just waiting to come alive and nurture my health from the inside out.

Knowing how to use spices brings balance to a meal and supports digestion, which in turn will make it easy to feel healthy in your body and mind. You might say spices are the secret to turning food into medicine. But spices offer so much more than digestive support. They make food taste delicious and when food tastes both great and digests well, we feel satisfied to the core of our being. And those nasty cravings for unhealthy foods will just fade away!

Truly, spices give us the opportunity to engage all of our senses and not just our taste. See the vibrancy of their color inside them. Don’t think you’re just cooking another meal, fully experience the journey and participate. Touch the spices as you add them to your dish. I often use my clean hands to measure, it helps me be more intuitive about cooking, smell, and hear them simmering in the ghee. The act of cooking with spices is a practice in using your senses wisely and you’ll build a foundation that will nurture your health in a deep and lasting way.

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Using Ayurvedic spices for balance, taste, and harmony

Every meal offers an opportunity to build a better relationship with your body and mind. Before you open your spice cabinet, tune in to what your body needs that day. Are you feeling the cold qualities of vata or kapha? Then it’s time to bring out warming spices like cumin, black pepper, and mustard seeds. Or when the weather is hot, or if you feel any signs of pitta imbalance (internal heat, impatience, anger), reach for spices that are more neutral or cooling like coriander, cardamom, and fennel.

The next important matter is using the spices you choose in a balanced way. This is one of the key lessons I teach to students who attend my Ayurvedic cooking classes. Maintaining balance is the goal of a skilled Ayurvedic chef, which is done by using enough spice so that the food is lifted by the taste, but not so much so that one taste stands out in the finished product.

Learning to use spice combinations is a science and an art. The best way to learn is by having a playful attitude and being open to trying new things.

Open the jars of spices and smell them. What scents work in harmony with one another? Take note of their qualities, will they support you moving to a state of balance?

As you eat, keep a journal of what you used, how it tasted, and how you felt afterwards. As you explore the world of spices, be sure to not let your imbalance drive your choices. And remember that when any of the doshas is far out of balance, you may experience cravings for foods that will drive further imbalance. 

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Dr. Vidya Reddy

Practice satya – honesty – in your choices and use the Ayurvedic principle of “like increases like, the opposite brings balance” to choose spice combinations that will guide your healing journey.   

I’ve included a simple dal recipe that uses three spices that taste lovely together. All of these spices have the pungent taste and provide a warming quality.

When you begin cooking, warm the spices in ghee or oil for a minute or two before adding other ingredients. You’ll know they are ready when the aroma comes up to meet you. This small step awakens the prana and makes the flavor come alive.


--1/3 cup split mung dal, rinsed and drained 

--1 1/2 tablespoon ghee 

--1/4 teaspoon salt 

--Pinch of flaked kombu 

--1/4 teaspoon cumin seed 

--1/4 teaspoon fenugreek powder 

--8–10 strands fresh rosemary (use about 15–18 strands if dried) 

--1 cup water if using pressure cooker or 1 1/2 cups water if using stovetop

Warm the ghee and add the salt, kombu, and spices. Simmer until the aroma comes up to meet you. Add the split mung, stir, and simmer for two to three minutes. Add the water and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook with a tightly fitting lid for 25 to 30 minutes until the water is mostly absorbed and the beans are broken down to a soupy consistency. Stir and serve warm and most importantly enjoy.

In Peace, Love and Gratitude   

‘Til next time

Dr.Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC

Enjoy great vibes with Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook at Laguna Playhouse, only six shows

Laguna Playhouse presents an unforgettable evening of music from one of the greatest songwriters of this generation, Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook. Tapestry will perform six performances only, Wednesday, April 17, Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and a Special Easter Show on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. 

Be transported back to the sound and vibe of a 1970s concert experience with Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook, North America’s premier musical tribute to Carole King. Suzanne O Davis gives an energetic and heartfelt performance along with the Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook band and takes audiences on a journey into those great recordings. 

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Don’t miss “Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook,” opening April 17 

This show not only performs songs from the record-breaking, Grammy winning album of the same name, but also King’s follow-up hits that continued throughout the free-spirited 70s. 

Impeccable attention to detail is taken in recreating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of King’s piano vocals, just as they were. Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook brings back a beautiful flood of music memories with every song an unforgettable hit for audiences to experience.

Tickets range from $56 to $71 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229.

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

LAM Film Night to feature La La Land on March 21

Laguna Art Museum will feature the Oscar-winning La La Land as part of its Film Night series on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. The romantic musical stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams.

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic music film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The film was critically praised, particularly for Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone’s performances, musical score, musical numbers, cinematography, and production design. 

La La Land won a record-breaking seven awards from its seven nominations at the 74th Golden Globes. It also received a record-tying 14 nominations at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, winning in six categories including best actress and director.

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Enjoy the award-winning romantic comedy “La La Land” at LAM on March 21

Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+ and college students, and free for those 17 and younger. 

For more information and tickets, call (949) 494-8971 or visit

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.

Susi Q’s Legacy Ball celebrating 10 years on April 14 at [seven-degrees]

Susi Q Senior Center will host its 10-year anniversary celebration at the Hang Ten Laguna Legacy Ball on Sunday, April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Under a setting sun, where the canyon meets the breaking surf, the community is invited to join Susi Q for an epic evening of fun at [seven-degrees]. 

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Join Susi Q for their 10-year anniversary celebration

Susi Q’s mission is to work together to enhance the lives of seniors through programs, services, and advocacy that promote independence, wellness, and community.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call Christine Brewer at (949) 715-8105 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more and purchase tickets online, visit

[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School presents 61st anniversary “Havana Nights Gala” on March 29

On Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Parish School invites the community to attend its 61st anniversary gala. The evening will include a live and silent auction, light fare, live music, and other fun entertainment throughout the night.

The auction will feature an Angels “Once In A Lifetime VIP Experience” for the May 25th Angels vs. Texans Game. The prize includes four front row tickets at the Angels Dugout, with the attending child getting to deliver the game balls to the pitcher’s mound, throw out the “First Pitch”, kick off the game with “Play Ball”, be the honorary “Bat Kid” for the game, and “steal and keep third base”.

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A previous auction winner enjoying the game and perks with her family

To watch the video for more information, click here.

Gala tickets are $150 per individual or $250 per couple. You can also sponsor a teacher to attend the gala and show how much you appreciate them as well!

 Donations are still being accepted from local businesses for the live and silent auction through Friday, March 15. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Tickets to the gala will raise funds for the school

To purchase your tickets or sponsor a table, visit 

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Catholic elementary (TK-8) school. The school offers a faith-based high school preparatory curriculum in a unique small school environment.

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is located at 30516 S. Coast Hwy.

Rosalind Russell of R Star Foundation to speak on Nepal journey on Sunday

Rosalind Russell, founder/CEO of R Star Foundation, will speak at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m., about her recent journey to Nepal and many years of empowering women and children in the underdeveloped country.

Russell is surprisingly glamorous for a woman known as “The Goat Lady.” And while the nickname is accurate (Russell estimates 15,000 goats have been dispersed throughout villages in Nepal as a result of her work), it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Rosalind Russell of R Star

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Rosalind Russell holding a photo of herself with some of the Nepalese villagers her organization helps empower

Russell will be sharing her recent journey to Nepal in depth at the event. She will be recounting the successes, challenges, and direction along with photos and short videos. 

R Star is an eight-time recipient of the church’s unusual tithing offered throughout the year to different organizations its members select.

The talk is free for all guests. For more information, visit or call (949) 443-2537. 

First Church of Christ, Scientist is located at 31897 Del Obispo St #120, San Juan Capistrano.

Laguna Beach Business Club announces Larry Nokes as speaker for March 21 meeting

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to announce trial lawyer Larry Nokes of Laguna Beach-based law firm Nokes & Quinn as speaker for the club’s March 21 meeting. 

Nokes will speak to the Laguna Beach Business Club about the Historic Preservation Ordinance Revision issues relating to plan processing and design review.

Nokes’ litigation practice focuses on matters relating to real estate, including land use, building defect, design and construction issues, land subsidence, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation, real estate broker and agent errors and omissions, and general commercial and personal injury litigation, including defamation. 

He appears in all California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Nokes enjoys the coveted AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized for inclusion by Super Lawyers in its publication. Mr. Nokes has been a featured speaker in seminars hosted by the Society of Professional Engineers on issues concerning design and construction defects. 

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Larry Nokes of law firm Nokes & Quinn in Laguna Beach

Dedicated to his community, Mr. Nokes was the chair of Laguna Beach’s View Preservation Ordinance Drafting Committee, completing one of the most successful pieces of legislation the City has produced; he is past president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and remains a proud member; and he’s currently involved in working with the City to recognize what he firmly believes is the oppressive application of the existing historic preservation rules. 

The club holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month at 7:30 a.m. and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Seven 7 Seven (formerly Tivoli Too). Non-members are welcome. 

For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seven7Seven is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Hang Ten

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Nestor rides the shelf board

Meet Pet of the Week Cricket

Cricket is taking the title of Pet of the Week again. She is a two and a half year old small black doxie Chihuahua mix who is spayed. She is very quiet and sweet. Additionally, Cricket is also housebroken. Having been at the shelter for a few months now, she is looking for a loving home and is ready for a new adventure. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Cricket adopted as soon as possible. 

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Cricket is two and a half years old and ready to explore the world

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, the shelter’s return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of 50 percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information on adoption procedures, call (949) 497-3552 or go to

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.

Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 12

No arrests

Monday, March 11

Park Ave & Bern Court | Soliciting

2:20 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to unwanted solicitation.

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

8:17 a.m. Jason Hale Lobe, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Sunday, March 10

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

6:55 p.m. Brian Kieth Michael O’Connor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

2:04 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Marilyn Drive | 30600 Block | Warrants, False Impersonation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

8:29 a.m. Imiko Ariel Maki, 22, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $10,000), a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $10,000), a warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $10,000), false impersonation to make another person liable (bail was set at $20,000), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Marilyn Drive | 30600 Block | Violating Parole

11:54 a.m. Fernando Najar, 27, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Disorderly Person

11:18 a.m. According to police records, someone told LBPD that he was “tired of the Greeters [sic]. Keeps continuing to set up on the sidewalk across yelling.” The RP wanted LBPD to contact him and ask him to move to another location.

Marilyn Drive | 30600 Block | Warrants, False Impersonation

8:29 a.m. Amy Elizabeth Allan, 35, Laguna Beach, was arrested on warrants for driving with a suspended license due to a DUI (bail was set at $15,000) and DUI – driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $15,000), and for false impersonation to make another person liable (bail was set at $20,000).

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

3:20 a.m. A 34-year-old Irvine man 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).