Mayor Dicterow Withdraws from Race

By RANDY KRAFT

Mayor Steve Dicterow has withdrawn from the City Council fall election. Dicterow, who served three terms, said that unexpected work demands will preclude spending the time he feels is needed to campaign.

“You can’t serve unless you win,” Dicterow commented on his decision. “Contenders will all run a formidable campaign. It takes time to run well and I won’t have that time. My work might take me out of the country in the fall. Ironically by November

December that will be done.”

Dicterow is an attorney, and co-owner of International Racers, Inc., in Irvine.

Four candidates will compete for three open seats: Mayor Pro-Tem Toni Iseman, Council member Elizabeth Pearson-

Schneider, former City Clerk Verna Rollinger, who was the

first to announce her candidacy,

and Kelly Boyd, owner of the Marine Room. Council members Jane Egly and Cheryl Kinsman complete their terms in 2008.

“Steve has a really great job, and his young athletes require a lot of attention. I admire his commitment,” said Iseman, who indicated she was surprised by the announcement.

Said Pearson-Schneider, who recently turned over the gavel of mayor mid-term to Dicterow, “I’m disappointed. Steve is a long-term friend and colleague and we all owe him lots of thanks for his hard work.” When asked what impact his departure might have, Pearson replied, “Right now the Council is working so well together, I hope we can continue. This hasn’t always been the case. However we are always looking for new ideas and skill sets.”

Asked what he might have wanted to tackle in his next term, Dicterow said, “Ultimately, the

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Boom Gets One Year Reprieve

By ANDREA ADELSON

The owners of Laguna Beach’s landmark Boom Boom Room won a near eleventh-hour reprieve that will keep the well-known gay watering hole open for at least another year.

Patrick O’Loughlin, co-owner with James Marchese of the Boom Boom Room and historic Coast Inn, said Wednesday he negotiated a favorable lease extension with the property’s owner, Steven Udvar-Hazy, who wants to build an upscale boutique hotel and 20-table restaurant on the site. The lease previously set last call for Sept. 4, O’Loughlin said.

“It’s like Christmas in August,” raved Fred Karger, a loyal patron and retired political consultant who resides in Laguna Beach. He organized Save the Boom, a summer petition drive that collected signatures from nearly 5,000 supporters to keep the gay bar open.

“This is the best possible news and we are so grateful to Mr. Hazy for giving the oldest gay bar in the Western United States new life,” said Karger in a statement. “We look forward to keeping our Save the Boom! campaign alive, and hope during the next 12 months we can convince him that these landmark businesses should remain a vital part of Laguna Beach.”

Though Karger was quick to claim the petition played a role in the decision, economics not political persuasion was the deciding factor, according to O’Loughlin. After getting a better idea of how long it would take to obtain city approvals for the project, Hazy three weeks ago approached the owners about renegotiating a new lease, O’Loughlin said. “His project isn’t going to be as quick as he would like. He wanted to have someone in here.”

“I told him about the realities here; it’s a slow process,” confirmed project architect Morris Skendarian.

After explaining the value of preserving rather than razing the structure’s existing footprint, Skendarian said Hazy agreed to pursue the expensive proposition of remodeling Coast Inn internally as well as excavating beneath for parking. “At the end of the day you end up with an icon that’s saved, plus you’re a hero to the community,” said Skendarian, who also renovated Laguna’s historic Pottery Shack, nearing completion.

A similar remodel of the Coast Inn will take at least 18 months to obtain approvals, Skendarian predicted.

Hazy, on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people, is the chairman of Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance Corporation, which leases jetliners. He was said to be traveling and unavailable for comment. O’Loughlin said Hazy owns other residences in Laguna Beach and has been a visitor for decades.

The lease extension will allow the gay and lesbian population another 52 weeks to relish the Boom’s weekly drag show and save employees jobs. It will also give O’Loughlin and Marchese another opportunity to find an alternative location in Southern California to transplant the Boom

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Only One School Board Incumbent Seeks Reelection

As expected, only one of three incumbents filed for re-election to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board.

Four others, though, officially declared their candidacies. They include activist parents, Ketta Brown and Theresa O’Hare, and two other parents with community volunteer credentials, who in June each sought appointment to a vacancy on the board.

They are Kelly Cornwell, a senior UPS manager, and Jeff Elghanayan, a retired real estate developer.

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Will the Public be Stoked About Brooks Street Art?

By SUZIE HARRISON

The Arts Commission is seeking the public’s input at its next meeting, Monday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m., on a Brooks Street art project to commemorate the street’s surf competition, believed to be the longest running, continuous surf contest.

Bruce Hopping of Kalos Kagathos last October initially sought the City Council’s approval for the installation of permanent life-sized surfing figures to honor the competition.

Hopping took up the cause again at the Aug. 1 council meeting, proposing the installation of two

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Far East Comes West

Asian Arts Day at the Festival of Arts, this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Chinese Lion Dance performed by the Immortals Kunk Fu Lion Dancers. Performances of other traditions and customs, from Korea, Japan, India and Cambodia, will also take place throughout the afternoon.

Leaderless, Cancer Society Postpones its Relay for Life

By ANDREA ADELSON

Turnover at the American Cancer Society, along with the absence of a local volunteer leader, led to the postponement this week of Laguna Beach’s sixth Relay for Life, planned for next month.

The surprise announcement disappointed relay team members, some of whom blamed the nonprofit group for mismanagement.

Last year, Laguna’s 38 teams, who created a festival-like atmosphere on El Morro Elementary’s field, raised $191,000 toward combating cancer, second only to Irvine among 26 relays in the county and a stand-out nationally for its online participation.

The effort was led by networking phenoms and local residents Penny Svenson and Michelle Struss. The friends agreed to co-chair the event for two years and grew participation to 48 teams from nine in their first year. Freeda Freeman, former editor of the News-Post, helped start the first relay in 2000 with the help of Anne Morris, director of the senior center.

“If you don’t get a chairman,

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Contract Talks Between

Firefighters, City at Standstill

By STU SAFFER

Negotiations between the city and Laguna Beach Professional Firefighters Association (LBPFFA) remained at an impasse this week and neither side appears ready to make an offer the other can’t refuse.

When asked what it would take to return to the bargaining table, Captain Dan Stefano, speaking on behalf of the union, said “We’ve never been adverse to being at the table. The impasse that is occurring was not unilateral, as the city has been saying. When we hear something of substance, we will return.”

To the same question, City Manager Ken Frank replied: “We feel that a generous offer was made to them but they haven’t made a counteroffer. Our goal is to get them back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.”

Last week, city officials blamed the impasse on firefighters’ rejecting a proposed salary increase, while the firefighters’ union cited other issues. “Salary is not our only concern. Laguna Beach residents and firefighters deserve to have the same equipment and operational standards that exist throughout… Orange County.”

As a method of easy comparison, listed below are the topics raised

by firefighters, as explained by

Stefano, and Frank’s response.

Money

Frank: “The firefighters have already been offered a 20 percent salary increase with an immediate 10 percent raise as soon as the labor contract is signed. This extraordinary increase for Laguna firefighters would place them above the median for fire agencies in Orange County.”

Stefano: “The Laguna Beach Fire Department receives the lowest compensation and benefit package of any department in OrangeCounty…Wearenotasking to be the highest compensated, or even the second or third highest. We are asking to be compensated fairly, based on the average (not median) of what every other firefighter in Orange County receives.” No ladder truck

Stefano: “Laguna Beach is the

only fire department in Orange

County without a ladder truck.

[Standard] fire scene management

assigns tasks to engine companies and trucks. Ladder trucks are

manned with four firefighters with specific tasks [early] at the

scene such as search and rescue

and ventilation. The first five to 10 minutes of a fire are critical. With a working fire, it is necessary to first determine if a rescue mode

is required and to ventilate the

roof. Very seldom is our first engine not on scene in over five

minutes and all four are on scene usually within 10. The average time for a ladder truck to arrive on scene here is 15 minutes. On more than one occasion, if a truck

had arrived earlier on scene, fire

damage could have been less. The city talks about the costs. We can’t put a cost on life and property.”

Frank: “We have an automatic

aid agreement with county fire

and a mutual aid agreement

with [the] Newport Beach fire

department. Both provide us with ladder trucks on a structure

fire call while we provide them

with engines and paramedics in their areas. There is no additional cost to the city for this. A ladder truck costs around $500,000 and is manned with four people. With three shifts, that’s a total of 12 and that would cost us about $1.5 million a year. And I don’t think

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Gift of Comic Sculptures is a Serious Matter

By SUZIE HARRISON

The Arts Commission unanimously voted to reject a donation of two human-size coiled

metal sculptures to the City’s
public art collection over safety
and maintenance concerns.

The offer was intended as a memorial and came from longtime resident Lew Geiser as his dying wish. His sister and trustee, Gay Geiser Sandoval, and longtime friend Katy Moss, intend to appeal the decision made by the commission Monday.

“If the people of Laguna Beach don’t want it, I think that’s what matters,” Sandoval said. “For Lew’s sake we have to find out if the people of Laguna Beach want to have these sculptures free of charge.”

“The art application says if you don’t agree then you can appeal to the city council. It doesn’t say how. It’s probably a good thing I’m a lawyer.” Sandoval said. “[But] whatever the council says is fine.”

Geiser instructed Moss purchase

sculptures specifically from French

artist Vincent Magni at Modus Gallery in Paris. The trust will pay Moss to pick up the works.

“Magni makes ‘humanobiles,’

human figures from coiled metal.

They move when touched,” Moss said. “Lew thought this whimsical art would be enjoyed in Laguna Beach, especially by children.”

The works are estimated to cost about $23,750, excluding shipping, according to Moss.

Geiser, a Laguna Beach resident since the mid 1970s who endured both Bluebird Canyon landslides, died from cancer on April 1, 2006.

“Lew was an avid art collector and had a very extensive collection with a large number by local artists,” Moss said. “Lew was too ill to undertake the acquisition and donation of the pieces.”

The City’s Cultural Arts Manager Sian Poeschl met Geiser because of the most recent Bluebird Canyon slide.

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An offer of public art was refused out of safety and maintenance concerns. The donor is appealing the Arts Commission decision, seeking public opinion.

postponing isn’t going to change anything,” said realtor-broker Michael Gosselin, who led a 25-person relay team that cumulatively raised $60,000 in two relays in as many years. “You need someone in the trenches. Penny and Michelle were hands-on. They called me personally. We had a meeting every single week.”

This year, the relay’s most

productive team leader first heard

from a society staffer last week to consult about postponing.

“I could see from the get-go it wasn’t going to happen because of the kickoff in May,” said party chair Caroline Wright. Instead of 2005’s motivational standing

year just 30 people filtered into

Seven Degrees. Wright took leftovers to the youth shelter. “I love relay. To me, it’s such sadness.”

Other relays, including a new event in Dana Point scheduled to take place Aug. 11 and 12, have also been postponed over the last year for various reasons, said Theodore Braxton, the society’s Orange County community development manager.

“Because of its importance to us in the region, it’s not a decision we arrived at lightly,” said Braxton about Laguna Beach’s relay. Last November, he began managing a five-person staff responsible for cultivating of previous managers along the way.

Among them was a failure to follow the society’s own guidelines for volunteer leadership development. The model calls for identifying a successor a year in advance, allowing a year-long mentorship, Braxton said. “At the conclusion of the first year, the future leader can be under their wing to pass that legacy on. If it doesn’t happen, you have an uphill battle,” he said. “I can’t speak to why it didn’t happen.”

“That’s not going to happen on my watch,” Braxton promised. “I’d agree we have some staffing challenges that are being addressed and dealt with.”

Struss, who lost her mother to cancer, agreed that the decision to postpone was in the best interests of marshaling support for a successful future relay. “It will be next year, unequivocally,” she said.

She was reluctant to assign or assume blame. “We’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” she said, referring to a quest for successors. “It’s hard to get people to commit. It’s a challenge recruiting new volunteers for a committee.”

Or to step into shoes filled so

ably.

August 18, 2006 A3

...Sculptures, from page A1 wonderful,” commission chair over the last eight years have

Nancy Beverage said. “But it’s been denied due to problematic

“I spoke to him on numerous our job to represent the city’s materials or maintenance costs. occasions on how to retrieve his best interest.” Moss and Sandoval offered artwork from his home,” Poeschl Beverage said the $5,000 for maintenance. In said. “I certainly appreciate commission’s job in selecting addition, the gallery and artist the collection, diversity and works is to screen for safety, promised a replacement if there appreciation he had for the arts durability and maintenance as was a problem. and appreciate him wanting to well as aesthetics. “There’s a huge difference share that with Laguna Beach.” The horizontal coils in the between art pieces we would

Dora Wexell, chair of proposed sculptures, while have in our home to those in a the commission’s sculpture beautiful, didn’t seem durable public realm,” Wexell explained. committee, said “We’ve come and were seen as an attractive A lot of consideration and to the conclusion, although we nuisance, she said. “It’s whimsical scrutiny must be given prior to would love to have it in our and wonderful and would indeed even looking at aesthetics.” collection, we feel it would appeal to kids. That’s my main “Lew’s goal was to have be best installed in an indoor concern,” Beverage said. “The the people he loved in Laguna space and we don’t have indoor overall piece is intended to flex enjoying the art from the other space.” back and forth. It’s exactly that city, Paris, that he loved,”

The commission suggested charming quality that could Sandoval expressed. alternative recipients, such as entice kids to climb the sculpture Six donated public art works in Laguna Art Museum or Laguna and possibly be injured. “ the city’s collection thus far have College of Art and Design. The Five proposed donations all come from Laguna artists. museum declined.

The proposed sculptures would measure 68 inches by 26 by 14 and would be created of metal. Similar materials but rustproof were used by artist Leonard Glasser for “The Sunbathers” at Nita Carman Park, which has required three renovations at additional cost to the city.

“No one does not want or love the pieces. They’re charming and

HEALTH SCREAM

August 18, 2006

“Standing On the Corner”

What a sight. She is all dressed up and he’s in his Gucci blazer and they are

out in front of the restaurant puffing away on their fags. Out for an evening and

an elegant meal and they look like loiterers. Not exactly Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.”

How bad does it have to get before you kick the habit? The cost of a pack is ridiculous, you’re the object of scorn from the rest of the gentry, and you’re always hiding. Hiding at the airport, at work, out in the garden hiding from your wife, the children. Maybe we should LIGHTen up. How about more outdoor cafes where the delinquents and the righteous can bump elbows… Whoops! How about a cigar once a week instead of apackaday?

As the General said: “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,” but pick a day to give it up. It can be kind of lonely out there on the sidewalk…especially during the winter…in Chicago…in the dark…brrrrrr.

Grab heed!

Bill Anderson, M.D.

OPEN 7 DAYS. TRAVEL MEDICINE SHOTS AND CONSULTS

Fan mail!

Ed. Note: The following letter was addressed to Indy columnist Christine Fugate: “Mothering Heights”

I love your column and look forward to reading about your antics that define parenting and being a mother. I’ve shared your storage bin story with many friends since I also have a compulsive need for order and a love of storage bins.

Between diapers, meals, baths and the rest of my life, I no longer have the time or energy to my keep house, let alone my life, in the tidy order I crave. It’s nice to know there are other moms out there who love their family, but still have the desire to be a sex object, if we’re lucky.

Thanks Christine for the many laughs! Jan Schrieber Laguna Beach

League of Women Voters will assume campaign oversight role here

Editor:

In 1994, Laguna Beach adopted a campaign ordinance proposed by the League of Women Voters (LWV), Common Cause, and Shirley Grindle of TINCUP. This ordinance placed a limitation on campaign contributions for the offices of City Council, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. The campaign contribution limit for the current election cycle is $330. Since the LWV was one of the primary advocates for this ordinance, we feel a particular responsibility to see that compliance with this ordinance, and other required campaign disclosure regulations, is uniform.

As we did in the last election, the LWV will be closely monitoring public campaign disclosure statements as they are filed during the current election. We will be doing this as an ally with campaign treasurers and not as an adversary. The forms are complex and inadvertent errors are easy to make.

We will ask treasurers for

clarification when necessary. If

a mistake has been made, we will ask that an amendment

be filed with the City Clerk.

The LWV’s interest is in the integrity of the process. As such, we will make a public statement only when a material error remains unamended after it has been brought to the attention of a treasurer.

For the record, the LWV has not made a single public statement nor have we filed a single complaint with any regulatory authority since undertaking this oversight role in 2004. The laws governing campaign disclosure are not arbitrary, and voter trust can be maintained only when the rules applicable to all candidates and committees are being followed.

The benefit that results is that the important issues facing our City can take center stage rather than the shortcomings of campaign disclosure statements.

Linda Brown, Member

The League of Women Voters of

Orange Coast - Laguna Beach Unit

Ignorance = Dysfunctional

Editor:

Regarding Dave Connell’s

letter “The Kids Are Running

the Candy Store” in the

Laguna Beach Indy, August

11, 2006: It’s this kind of ignorance

that makes this town

dysfunctional. Thanks...

Dave...for nothing!

Dan Elia

Laguna Beach

City needs to curtail frivolous spending and pay firefighters

Ed. Note: The following letter was addressed to Mayor Dicterow

My name is Kathryn King Nocella. I have been a resident of Laguna Beach for 65 years. The reason I am still living and writing this letter is because of the Laguna Beach Fire Department. I have been a brittle diabetic with hypoglycemia unawareness for 40 years. Our firemen and paramedics have saved my life so many times it is beyond counting.

I was appalled and outraged at the City after learning of its behavior towards the inadequate funding of our Fire Department. Apparently, Laguna Beach has the outstanding audacity to:

1.) Have the lowest paid Fire Department in Orange County;

2.) Provides no ladder truck to the Department;

3.) Provides no 24-hour on-duty Battalion Chiefs;

4.) Provides no adequate reserve fire engines:

5.) Provides no mobile data

computers in the fire engines.

The City is unwilling to

commit its financial obligations

to the community, thus ignoring one of our most important public services.

The City refuses to put first things first, its residents.

However, we can throw money at ego-building nonessentials such as the canyon entrance and the statuary.

I suggest we curtail Laguna Beach’s frivolous spending and redirect finances to the essentials. Laguna Beach’s financial obligation is to the community and, first of all, to

its public services and the Fire Department. Kathryn Nocella Laguna Beach

Is the city ignoring tools at hand?

Ed. Note: The following letter was sent to the City Council, Planning Commission and Staff.

The Hobo Aliso Neighborhood Association joins the voices of all the other neighborhood associations and civic organizations regarding protection from the ongoing development of mansions in our “village.” It is our sincere hope that our City government and staff are listening to our combined voices, and that they will begin utilizing the tools at hand – CEQA, Coastal Act, and the City’s General Plan. As of now, all of these tools are being completely and totally ignored by every single decision-making body.

When the associations and civic organizations speak of quality of life issues related to mansionization, there are many issues involved, that include, but are not limited to:

  • Grading = massive landform alteration that destroys Laguna’s natural beauty and creates other forms of pollution.
  • Export from grading = haul trucks up and down our streets and on Coast Hwy.

Haul trucks = air pollution,

noise, traffic, parking and

circulation issues.

  • Noise pollution = on-site aggregate equipment, bulldozers and other large earthmoving equipment in addition to air-conditioning units and other devices required for the day-today operation of mansions.
  • Water pollution due to lack of proper BMPs for runoff during construction. Additionally, large areas of impermeable surfaces create greater runoff to our ocean.
    • Light pollution and elimination of our night skies.
    • The Hobo Aliso Neighborhood Association created the following principles and criteria for proposed development in our small neighborhood located just above the Aliso Plaza Shopping Center in South Laguna in 2003 and submitted it to the Planning Commission, City Council, City Manager and Staff:
  • The creation of new lots should not result in new adverse effects or any increase in adverse conditions or loss in the elements that contribute to neighborhood character.
  • The project should be consistent with all elements of the General Plan.

• The tract should not create lots that would result in visual intrusion. (Visual intrusion is defined as sightlines from the new lot into private interior spaces of existing houses; view angles from proposed lots to

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602 San Nicholas Ct Canyon Hills $598,900 SUN/ 1-5 pm David Michaud/364-0000 Assist 2 Sell
31865 Cypress Lane 8th $1,149,000 SAT/SUN 1-4 pm Mike Roth/533-0205 Coldwell Banker
3024 Bern Park $1,275,000 SUN/ 1-4 pm Andy Bunn/233-2814 First Team Nolan
31603 Scenic 2nd Ave $1,350,000 SAT/ 1-4 pm Steve Woods/310-6391 First Team Nolan
SUN/1-5 pm Sandra Ross/235-8133 First Team Nolan
2968 Terry Rd Hinkle $1,350,000 SUN 1-5 pm June Campbell/422-9770 First Team Nolan
2474 Glenneyre Upland $1,495,000 SAT/ 1-4 pm Loraine Mullen-Kress/494-0215 Coldwell Banker
546 Oak St Glenneyre $1,495,000 SAT/1-3 pm The Share Team/422-8939 Prudential
SUN/ 1-5 pm
21452 Ocean Vista Marilyn $1,499,000 SUN/ 1-4 pm Pamela Horton/633-6667 CB Previews
422 Graceland Catalina $1,535,000 SAT/SUN/ 1-5 pm Bill Coveny/310-994-2344 Prudential
2860 Chateau Way Temple Hills $1,575,000 SAT/ 1-4 pm Victoria Strombom/533-1116 CB Previews
31712 Jewel 4th/Coast Hwy $1,599,000 SUN/ 12-5 pm Toni Thomas/451-1352 ReMax
741 Griffith Wendt Terr. $1,599,000 SAT/1- 4 pm Robin Tench/874-4109 Prudential
1553 N. Coast Hwy Crescent Bay $1,650,000 SAT/SUN 1-5 pm McAfoose $ Assoc/499-8957 CB Previews
940 Hillcrest Beverly $1,685,000 SAT/SUN 1-5 pm Robert Leedom/887-5009 Prudential
986 Meadowlark Oriole $1,750,000 SUN/ 1-4 pm Pamela Horton/633-6667 CB Previews
913 Summit Bluebird $1,750,000+ SAT/SUN 2-5 pm J. Cunningham/494-1177 Prudential
30852 Driftwood Wesley/S. Coast $1,799,000 SAT/SUN 1-4 pm Danielle Purcell/874-1187 Only in Laguna
1798 Del Mar La Mirada $1,825,000 SAT/ 1-4 PM John Stanaland/494-2124 Laguna Seaside Realty
405 Panorama Ledroit $2,100,000+ SAT/SUN 1-5 pm McAfoose & Assoc/499-8957 CB Previews
2175 Hillview Dr Park $2,295,000 SUN/1-5 pm Lance Kramer/228-2404 Prudential
1589 Skyline Dr Park $2,399,000 SAT/ 1-5 pm Lance Kramer/228-2404 Prudential
599 Alta Vista Glenneyre $2,450,000 SAT/SUN 1-5 pm McAfoose & Assoc./499-8957 CB Previews
1445 Bounty Way Pacific $2,649,000 SUN 1-5 pm Mark Toof/939-0256 CB Previews
950 Canyon View Temple Hills $2,795,000 SAT/SUN/1-5 pm McAfoose & Assoc/499-8957 CB Previews
1515 Tahiti Park $2,995,000 SAT/SUN 1-5 pm Claude Gourdal/533-3387 Prudential
1085 Skyline Dr Park $3,295,000 SAT/SUN 12-4 pm Peter Grohmann/677-8109 CB Previews
1832 Ocean Way Pearl $3,599,000 SUN/ 1-4 pm Traudi Hansen/887-3417 CB Previews
1360 Moorea Skyline $6,900,000 SAT/SUN/ 1-4 pm Richard Leavitt/494-0215 CB Previews
2017 Ocean Way Diamond $9,495,000 SAT/SUN1-5 pm McAfoose & Assoc/499-8957 CB Previews

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existing houses should not exceed view angles between existing houses)

    • Landscape planting is not a viable or acceptable method of mitigating visual intrusion problems.
    • • New lots should not result in structures or grading that significantly impact the public viewshed.
  • Project design should retain the natural landform as much as possible.
  • Lot and street layout, and the relationship of lots to streets, should resemble that of the existing neighborhood.

Construction phase impacts

should be identified before

project approval and eliminated

or significantly reduced through

formal conditions of approval.

Adverse impacts should be eliminated by tract map design and/or elimination of lots – not presented as a choice between trade-offs to the neighborhood.

• Final project approval should be based on principles and sound criteria, rather than a brokered compromise in the manner of a Design Review conflict resolution.

For more information on the Hobo Aliso area please visit www.savealisocanyon.org.

Penny Elia

President – Hobo Aliso

Neighborhood Association Task Force

Chair –

Sierra Club

We need a Council that will stop illegal immigrants and mansionization

Editor:

Poor Laguna Beach, a beautiful ship without a sail.

So sad this lovely city has no management direction and no organized plan on how to maintain us as a lovely seaside village. They, Design Review, City Council and City Manager, allow mansions to go up in spite of citizen protests. Other cities have passed ordinances prohibiting mansionization. Three cities recently did this to protect their cities from being ruined – Fountain Valley, Downey and Westminster. They, the city council and manager, felt the need to protect their cities and they had the guts and leadership to do it! No such help from our powers that be.

We have monsters going up all over the city tearing down hillside, trees, scrub and riparian areas. We were once a beautiful little beach town – no more. Could it be money that drives them? Could it be tax dollars? Who knows the answer

I surely don’t. I sure know one thing though, we need a new city government from the manager on down!

But, the illegal immigrant yard really got them active and making decisions right and left. In no time at all they decided to spend more of our money, plus the $21,000 from the Festival to lease the yard. They even feel it is a wise move to buy land for this illegal project.

Are they blind to the fact that this is not their duty as our Manager and Council? Their duty is to protect us, their taxpaying citizens. Spend our tax dollars on us! Their obligation is to us! The illegals who thrive

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biggest issue is that Ken Frank will retire in the next few years,

and finding the right city manager

will affect Laguna Beach for the next 20 – 30 years.”

Iseman agreed. “Depending on the outcome of the election, the city manager’s longevity may be at stake. Will he be fired? No. Ken is really good at doing whatever three Council members want.” She referred to the majority rule of three members of the five. The city manager administers according to the Council’s directives, as well as supervising staff and spending.

City Manager Frank said that he prefers not to comment on political issues.

Related to voices urging the value of an all-female City Council, Iseman remarked, “In just 2000 I was the only woman on the Council. More important than gender is a person with dedication and concern about the future of our town.” Said Pearson, “I do think it helps to have both genders represented. I’ve encouraged anyone who wants to run to run.”

Michael Gosselin, president of the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors, received 10 calls suggesting that he run. “I wrestled with it. To mount a campaign in less than 90 days is just too difficult. And this is too great a time commitment while my kids are still home.”

Anne Caenn, president of Village Laguna, a political action committee whose stated mission is to preserve and enhance the town’s unique village character, said they were more surprised that Dicterow had announced a run for another term.

“Twelve years is a long time to serve the community in such a high level capacity.”

In the last election, Village

Laguna did not officially

endorse a candidate; however candidates are invited to speak at their general membership meeting Sept. 18 after which an endorsement may be announced.

“We would like to see Council members who are protective of our environment,” Caenn said. “Mansionization is an issue. Mar Vista was very disappointing. We’re looking for candidates who will maintain our neighborhood integrity – we don’t want to be commercialized like other coastal towns.”

Frank Ricchiazzi, a board member of the Taxpayer’s Association and town Republicans, has a different assessment. “We all want it quaint, we all want our uniqueness, but if you play with the economy, you make a town only for rich people,” he said.

“We have a Council that truly represents our voters. Steve is mainstream, slightly to the right. Kelly will keep it more in balance, while Verna will tilt to the left. People who lived in Laguna before 1994, when Village Laguna was in control, should be very afraid. We don’t want to go back to ideas like rent control, failure to build a reservoir, or choosing what color white you paint your house.”

Larry Nokes, a lawyer who specializes in land use and construction management projects, and frequently finds himself before the Council, hosted the kick-off fundraising event for Dicterow. “We had a great turn-out. Steve had a lot of support,” he said Wednesday when he returned from vacation to discover the news. “One of my concerns is that kids deserve to have a voice and often their needs are lost to seemingly more pressing demands. Having a parent on the Council is important to me.”

When asked what is the

greatest difficulty or challenge

when serving on City Council, Dicterow said, “The challenge for anyone on the Council is that your constituency are your

neighbors. It’s very difficult

because everything we do is under a microscope, and things tend to get raised to fever pitch in this town.”

...Letters, from page A6

off us through our health care facilities, our schools, all of our services, also over-crowd our jails. If our leaders are so blind as not to see by breaking Federal Law and cheating us (their tax-payers) that they are harming us in so many ways they should step down. We need a Manager and Council that can solve the above problems for us and who really cares about us as a community. These problems have gone on too long. Check out Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa city leaders, you could learn a few things.

Yvonne Meredith

Laguna Beach

Charitable thanks

Editor:

I would like to publicly acknowledge the overwhelming generosity displayed by Mozambique Head Chef Alfonso Constriciani and Managing Partner Tony Shill.

On July 22, Diana Ferrone Gallery hosted an evening benefiting Jordan Property Group charities, Outreach to Africa and Fields of Life. Mozambique supplied all the food for the event, greatly reducing the cost thus allowing more to be donated to these very worthy causes.

Chef Constriciani went above and beyond, supplying the gallery with numerous trays of signature Mozambique gourmet appetizers and a spectacular fruit and cheese platter. Although always a fan of Mozambique, they certainly evidenced a level of class and style that elevated its status to one of Laguna Beach’s local gems.

I sincerely appreciate their kindness.

Diana Cook, Gallery Director

Diana Ferrone Gallery

Laguna Beach

This writer’s experience has him concerned over lack of windows in new senior center

Editor:

I am a Board-Certified Internist and have read much material relative to the new Community and Senior Center (C/SS). I have been a resident of Laguna Beach for 16 years.

I have a concern for the health of the persons utilizing the building.

Based upon my experience in geriatric care and Correctional Medicine, I see that an egregious design flaw exists in the proposed building, specifically that 16 of the 22 rooms do not have windows.

The neighbors are concerned about privacy and noise. A support group is opposed to the lack of windows. One ideal solution is to have the dance and exercise studios face Third Street. The street is far noisier to the neighborhood than dance music behind windows that may be open during daylight hours.

The lack of windows would be detrimental to the health and well being of the users of

See Letters, page A15...

Sizemore (among others) would diligently enforce the trash code

sometimes with a harsh verbal reminder if we didn’t pick up our stuff. We’d go, “But those Pepsi cans aren’t ours…” Parlette would bark: “Oh! Do they have to have your friggin’ initials on ‘em for you to pick ‘em up?”

C’mon Thalia Street crew – I know manners and social graves aren’t fashionable in 2006 – but don’t make me call Parlette and the boys. Just because mommy’s not there to pick up after you all…

Yea, I know, you’re all tan and groovy and can surf but that doesn’t give you diplomatic immunity. They’re called t-r-a-s-h c-a-n-s…try it, you might like it.

Weatherwise, this time it’s all about the Western Pacific. Another in a series of typhoons (the latest having reached Category 5 status) stormed ashore in China late Friday. Now, the area has three new ones to deal with.

The Eastern Pacific hasn’t even pumped out one spinner so far and the Atlantic machine has been kind so far. Only three named storms, all tropical – no hurricanes.

Both oceans are entering the potential peak period for storm production, roughly Aug. 15 through Oct. 1. For now, it’s all quiet on the western and eastern fronts! Normally, August will pop out three or four spinners. There’ve been as many as seven in August

such as ’72 and ’73. Only a couple of times have we seen zero.

August has seen quite a turnaround humidity-wise. The first two weeks have seen comfortable readings with dewpoints hovering in the high 50s. Quite a change from sultry July when we saw dewpoints reaching into the 70s, quite oppressive for Laguna.

Our region has been under a dry SW airflow with little or no monsoonal thunderstorm activity. It’s all happening in Arizona and New Mexico. Since July 1, Tucson has collected 6.86 inches of rain, Sedona 7.74” and Phoenix has had 3.12”. El Paso, just across the New Mexico border, has seen 9.09 inches.

For about six days through this past Monday, we have seen unusually good ocean visibility, as much as 30 feet at places such as Shaw’s Cove, Wood’s Cove, Moss Street, Rockledge and others. Minimal surf and wind and the absence of red tide have made inshore waters look like a big aquarium.

Monday’s water temps are right there in the normal zone – 68-70 degrees over most of the OC beaches.

Sincerely, Your beach babysitter,

Dennis

See y’all next time!

Dennis McTighe is serious about the weather! While serving in the US Air Force, he was Meteorologist 61st MAW, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii from 1969-1972. He has a B.S. in earth sciences from UC San Diego and told us, “I even pulled off a 3.7 GPA back when I still had an attention span.” Dennis was a NOAA forecaster from 1979 until November, 1993 – Reported weather and surf and ski conditions on KSBR from ’86-’91 – Had a weekly science/ weather segment on Terry Neptune’s “Hello Laguna” and has kept a personal daily weather diary everyday since 1957.

…to not only accept one’s own individuality, one’s specific

identity as a certain kind of person, but also to accept one’s beauty, the shape of one’s soul and the fact that living authentically transforms us and all that we touch.

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Inner Journey

Since we are still in summer mode, it is a perfect time to come to the last pages of the mystery. The main question that is up for answering is: “Why were you born to whoever you were born to and why don’t you fit into all the proscriptions and roles that you were told would ensure you a happy, fruitful life if only you would placidly go along with the program?”

Trying to be good, acceptable and right according to whatever standards are most popular may be blocking you from discovering what you really want and how you need to live. Or perhaps, in order to survive, you have experienced painful amputations of leaving your family, marriages you promised under oath would be until death, or jobs that were supposed to be springboards to a better standard of living but in actuality, numbed your innate creativity and deadened your senses.

Whatever the scenario that brought you to this notion that you are ‘different’ with a negative connotation, we are about to leave behind.

You are different, diverse, distinct, unusual, special, distinguishing, varied. You are a wild child. This is a fact not a fault. There is no need to try to convince others or waste your energy fighting and resenting the world or specific people in your inner circle.

In order to author your own life to your specifications, you must uncover, discover and own your individual, inquiring, instinctive, passionate core self.

The door to your inner dreams and desires remains locked until you free yourself from using all your energy to appear consistent and to prove you are acceptable. It is time to accept your own individuality. The more visible you become to yourself the more inconsistent you will probably appear to others. Consistency creates predictability and uniformity.

When we shatter our stultifying veneer of placid predictability, we ignite our passion. We claim our strength and unleash our power to change, flex, perceive and respond. We begin to blossom and be funded by our inner wellspring of moment-to-moment guidance and direction.

When we finally give our loyalty to ourselves, we begin the

process of becoming soul-centered.

Today is a great day to activate healing and thriving by upgrading our soul identity. Make the decision to leave the bad times behind. Our next task is to identify as many avenues as possible that will help us nurture, protect, rejuvenate and ignite a new, warm, validating and enriching soul identity.

What aspects of yourself do you want to open up to and embrace to further your inner and outer journey? What aspects of yourself do you want to consciously let go of to clear the way for new experiences of the delightful and insightful kind? Who can help you thrive? What creative people, projects and environments can you seek out, open to and explore to further your self-development?

By listening to our inner longings and claiming our birthright to a full partnership with our highest and best future selves, we can open to a new day and therefore, a new life filled with the promise of fulfillment and the satisfaction of having our feet solidly planted on our unique path.

Susan McNeal Velasquez presents on-going small group seminars on the topic of how to Unleash the Power of Your Intuition. She has been writing and producing personal development seminars for 33 years and has focused exclusively on the topic of intuition

for the past 14 years. To find out how to join a local group, request a brochure on the local seminars or to find out about individual

phone consultations, Susan can be reached at: (949) 494-7773. To receive a copy of these articles by e-mail, send your name and e-mail address to: SusanVelas@aol.com.

we have a place for one.”

Stefano says stations at Top of the World and Agate Street can house a ladder truck.

Lack of an on-duty shift battalion chief

Stefano: “We have always pushed for it. Standards in other departments have a battalion chief on duty in a fire station who responds on specific calls. At night, our BCs are paged to respond. Two live in town and the other lives in San Clemente. BCs take command when there’s a working fire.”

Frank: “Battalion chiefs with

county fire have eight stations

under their command and cover a large distance. For instance, when our automatic aid response is to Emerald Bay or Crystal Cove, the battalion chief the county dispatches comes from Irvine. We feel a 24-hour on duty shift battalion chief isn’t necessary here.”

Engine replacement twice the county average

Frank: “The Council addressed that in June by changing the maximum age for a front line engine from 17 to 15 years. We purchased a new engine two years ago and we have another new engine due to be delivered in ’07. Another engine is four years old and the fourth will be seven years old then. In reserve, we have the state Office of Emergency Services engine that’s four years old and our other reserve engine will be 12 years old next spring.”

Stefano: “Have to disagree with Mr. Frank. When the new engine arrives, the oldest of the four front line engines will be a 1989 model – 18 years old next year.”

Orange County Fire constantly reassigns engines to stations where they receive less use and expect to get 20 years of service from their equipment.

Old police dispatch system; lack of mobile data computers

Frank: “On Sept. 5, the Council will be awarding a bid for a new public safety dispatch system. The system we’ll be buying is designed for police and fire and will be the best available system for us. It is the same system that Brea just bought and they dispatch fire and police from the same dispatch center. In the selection process, we had input from representatives of fire, police and lifeguards.

August 18, 2006 A13

August 18th-24th, 2006

LAUREN MEGGISON, MFA, Ph.D., is a professional astrologer who maintains a private practice in Laguna Beach, California, where she advises an international clientele. For Brochure on Full Astrological Services or to Schedule Personal Consultation, phone: (949) 489-3100.

ARIES (March 21-April 20): Fast talk, Aries, gets you

everywhere! Mercury and Venus simultaneously favoring your sign make smooth communications now the norm! You usually need a helmet for that hard head of yours. Now others see you as intellectually endowed! So, talk it up! Your stars and others applaud!

TAURUS (April 21-May 21): Important communications,

Taurus, are now yours for the making! A Mercury/Jupiter contact on the 18th can bring big ideas & plans. The 20th’s Mercury/ Saturn then advises a serious, practical, and long-term view. Combined planetary alignments make the 20th-22nd a time to take practical measures to make insure that big dreams do come true!

GEMINI (May 22-June 21): Stay the course, Gemini! A

flurry of activity on the homefront is likely as Mars continues to activate your domestic sphere. Tackle those home improvement projects in a steady & sensible way. Patience with family now pays dividends. Virgo, Sag, and Pisces are the signs now moving at your fast & passionate pace!

CANCER (June 22-July 23): An easy & enjoyable

weekend for you, Cancer! Emotions are upbeat and intuition is strong as August 18th & 19th hosts the Moon in your sign! On the 19th, expansive Jupiter and “The Great Awakener” Uranus form a beneficial “grand trine” to the Moon in your sign! Positive and transformative change calls your cosmic number and your name!

LEO (July 24-Aug. 23): Oooh La Leo! Your charisma

count is now off the charts with four planets in your sign! August 18th’s Mercury/Jupiter contact heightens confidence but also advises against going to lavish extremes. The voice of reason arrives on the 20th as Mercury and Saturn align. Blend the best of intuition and the facts on the 21st & 22nd as the Moon sashays through your sign!

VIRGO (Aug. 24-Sept. 23): Nothing hotter than you, Virgo,

except the weather! Summer temperatures continue to rise with impassioned Mars blazing through your sign. August 18th’s Mars/Saturn alignment assists you in setting a more measured and effective pace. New emotional and domestic options open with the August 23rd New Moon in your sign! Try something exciting, rewarding, and new!

LIBRA (Sept. 24-Oct. 23): Working overtime, Libra?

Career and social opportunities are yours for the making as August 19th and 20th see the Moon at the top of your chart. New friendships or professional alliances are likely on August 20th as Mercury & Saturn align. Be not just charming, but also practical and selective. August 23rd’s New Moon is an ideal time to quietly review new options in career. Listen to yourself. Develop that ear!

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22): Blonde ambition, brunette

ambition, auburn ambition! Scorpio, that head of yours is now bursting with powerful ideas for career. Professional plans receive a semblance of sanity on August 20th as Mercury and Saturn align. August 21st-23rd finds the intuitive Moon joining four planets at the top of your chart. Stay both focused & attuned. Savor your menage-a-quatre!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21): Talk about target

practice, Sag! Arrows fly fast, furious, and hit your chosen career marks with Mars at the top of your chart! Take all possible initiative to advance your professional goals. August 23rd’s New Moon in your career sector can bring new interests or developments. Action & intuition both lead you towards greater success. Stay upbeat. Good will brings good results.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 20): A romantic weekend for

you, Capricorn, as August 18th-20th finds the Moon making its monthly pass through your partnership sector! August 20th’s Mercury/Saturn contact can bring a valuable shift in finance or romance. Minor adjustments can bring significant results. On August 23rd, the New Moon favors travel, publishing, or global expansion. Steady efforts bring success.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 19): Dare to decide, Aquarius!

Favorable news arrives on August 18th as Mercury aligns with Jupiter at the top of your chart. By the 20th, serious-minded Saturn on the scene requires a significant personal or business commitment. Several aspects on the 21st & 22nd suggest that attractive opportunities benefit from a specific and practical review.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20): Romantic waters are inviting,

Pisces! The weekend of August 18th finds feelings running strong as the Moon favorably aligns with your sign. Mars in your relationship sector continues to advise you to convert impatient tendencies to constructive passions. The New Moon of August 23rd offers new directions in both personal & professional partnerships. Open your heart & your mind!

Security that includes mobile data computers [MDCs] for

fire engines. Because of our

topography, there is some question whether our wireless network will

be sufficient all over town.”

Stefano: “We’ll wait and see but we have seen the problems with not having a fire-based dispatch system here for years. Yes, there were fire department personnel included in the process of selecting the system, but at no time did they support the pathway it’s going down.

“Not having MDCs is

unbelievable to me as a fire officer.

We hope the grant comes through but we still don’t know if they will be compatible with the new CAD (computer aided dispatch) system they’re buying.”

Understaffed, unqualified city

auto shop

Frank: “We disagree with the firefighters. There has been some friction between the fire department and public works in the past but we’ve hired new employees that are experienced with large vehicles. If a fire engine needs specialized service, we’ll send it out. A more modern fleet and the planned facilities in the new yard will make a difference.”

Stefano: “In the past few years, the city lost two top notch employees who knew what they were doing with our equipment. We either need the city to use a third party to work on fire engines or send the new people to fire services mechanics school as soon as possible.”

...Boom, from page A1

nightclub. For more than a year, they’ve been attempting to obtain trademark rights to the name.

The Boom’s owners also considered but rejected renovations to the 1920s era structure, believing such an investment would not pay off. The upscale hotel and restaurant envisioned by Hazy “is a very different operation than what we do at the Boom,” O’Loughlin said.

Karger intends to turn over

signature lists to city officials

after Labor Day, hoping city leaders will be convinced that the Boom’s continued operation is crucial to sustaining Laguna Beach’s gay community.

Town Crier In and around Laguna beach

A14 August 18, 2006

Applications Due

Citizen

Applications for the next Police Department Citizen Academy will be accepted until Sept 9.

The academy starts Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will meet from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks (the 13th week is graduation).

The Citizen Academy is a non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of LBPD and to help foster better communications between police personnel and the community. The academy will include instruction on the department’s history, crime and accident investigations, traffic enforcement, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, K-9 program and volunteer programs.

There will also be a tour of the police facility. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is even a tour of the Orange County Jail!

To obtain an application, contact the LB Police Department at 497-0701. For questions regarding this program, contact Sgt. Lenyi at 497-0375 or dlenyi@lagunabeachcity.net.

Photo by Leslie Cunningham

Already Airlifted

Finishing touches are being put on the Old Pottery Place over the next two weeks prior to its opening. One of the most anticipated is the return of the larger-than-life fiberglass animals, “corralled” after repair on the rooftop, but soon to be remounted overlooking the courtyard.

Chabad’s Tribute to a Member Spurs Another Act of Charity

Photo attached by Christa Henry Parents Club is holding a Bluebird Park get-together Aug. 23. Attending last month’s picnic were, from left, Holden Geary, Shayne Applebaum, Anna Sanders, Keala Henry and Gianluca Megerdichian.

It’s a Family Affair Next Wednesday in Bluebird Park

Laguna Beach Parents Club invites all interested families to a summer family evening in Bluebird Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. It is an opportunity to socialize, sample grilled hot dogs and learn more about the club’s activities.

The club sponsors many activities each month to promote fun and community spirit among families, giving the parents a chance to kick back while the children play.

No RSVP required; just show up with your kids, meet other families and enjoy a casual dinner. Bring some drinks and/ or a snack to share. The hot dogs will be provided by the club.

The mission of the LBPC is to provide opportunities for Laguna Beach parents, particularly those with new babies and young

children, to find support, create

connections and develop a

community to help them flourish

as parents. The organization is dedicated to providing activities and resources that create supportive environments for mothers, fathers and children. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachparents.com.

New Parking Curbs to be Debated

The proposed concept to Council chambers. Information
restrict overnight parking in the regarding the proposal and
Woods Cove and “Flatlands” recommendations being
neighborhoods that would considered are available
require resident-only permits on the City’s website at
will have its first public hearing langunabeachcity.net.
on Aug 21. Written comments can be
The Parking, Traffic and submitted via email lavila@
Circulation (PTC) Committee lagunabeachcity.net or fax at
will meet at 6 p.m. in the City 494-1864 by Aug 20.

Volunteers Needed to Answer Labor Day Calling

‘Grapes of Wrath’ Auditions

Santa Ana College will hold auditions for “The Grapes of Wrath” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 and 6. “The Grapes of Wrath” is based on the novel by John Steinbeck and adapted for the stage by Frank Galati. It will be directed by Sheryl Donchey, with musical direction by Jimmy Vann.

Individuals interested in auditioning should prepare a one-minute, dramatic monologue and should all be prepared to sing a short song to show vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. For those who do not have a prepared audition, scripts will be available for cold readings. Everyone auditioning should be familiar with the story and the characters.

The auditions will be held at the Phillips Hall Theatre at Santa Ana College, 1530 W. 17th St. in Santa Ana. Phillips Hall Theatre and the adjacent parking are located on Bristol just south of 17th St. For more information call 714-564-5666.

English as a Second Language (ESL) course for all interested individuals from Monday, Sept. 1 through June 22.

The classes will be held from

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in room 90, across the street from Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Avenue, at the corner of Manzanita and Park avenues above the swimming pool.

For more information and to register in an individual class with the instructor, call 4977700, ext. 210.

...School, from page A1

Both Elghanayan and O’Hare withdrew from contention for appointment to the vacancy, fearing their candidacies would be tainted by a political appointment. Cornwell did not.

Because at least one incumbent

had not filed for re-election, the

county registrar extended the

filing deadline one week to Aug.

16.

Robert Whalen, who served on the board for 10 years, will not seek re-election, nor will William Landesiedel, who was appointed in June to fill the balance of the term vacated by the death of Kay Turner. Landesiedel announced at that time that he would not seek to be elected to the post.

Betsy Jenkins, a Laguna Beach resident for 26 years, will

Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach has established a Bikur Cholim in memory of congregant Dr. Melvin Tonken, a cardiologist who pioneered new medical treatments and saved many lives with his medical genius.

Bikur cholim, Hebrew for “visiting the sick,” is a mitzvah, or commandment, that is an act of loving kindness and charity and places upon every Jew the imperative to visit and to inquire into the needs of those who are

See Tribute, page A18...

fulfill her first term this year

and hopes to continue. “I feel that continuity and history are important right now because we are in transition. We have a new assistant superintendent, and our superintendent will be leaving at year-end. We also have a new high school principal.”

Jenkins is a former high school teacher and her younger son is a sophomore at Laguna Beach High School.

The Orange County Registrar accepts filing papers and approves candidates for office based on their filing statements. According to the county election code, candidates must be citizens of the state and registered to vote in the county, in addition to being able to serve the term of office and fulfill the duties required.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is currently seeking telethon volunteers from civic and community service organizations for its 2006 Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon on Sept. 3 and 4. The local show will be broadcast live on KCAL, Channel 9, from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.

Mailroom volunteers and positions answering phones and taking pledges on live TV are still needed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to answer the phones. Contact the local

MDA office at 714-550-0161 for

a volunteer application. The only skills necessary are a friendly personality and a desire to help.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.

Free Seminar is a Laughing Matter

A free Introduction to Laughter Yoga seminar will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Creativity Center. Presented by Jeffrey Briar, director of the Laughter Yoga Institute, the seminar will include videos of the founder, Dr. Kataria of India; a talk on the history and philosophy of Laughter Yoga; and the joyful experiencing of numerous pro-active, heartfelt laughter exercises.

Laughter Yoga is touted as a way of reducing stress and strengthening the immune system. Other benefits purportedly include relief from anxiety and depression, better sleep patterns, a gentle massage to the internal organs (improving blood circulation, digestion and elimination), enhanced creativity,

and increased self-confidence.

The seminar is free, although “love donations” are welcome. The Creativity Center is located in central Laguna near the high school. Reservations are required for directions. Call 376-1939, or send an e-mail to JoyfulB@cox.net.

Note that Laughter Yoga leader training will be given at the Creativity Center on Sept. 2 and 3. Participants receive a diploma, are fully trained in the teaching of and theory behind Laughter Yoga and Laughter Clubs, and are eligible to affiliate with other laughter organizations throughout the world.

Denomination that Supports Gay

Rights to Receive Equality Kudos

The United Church of Christ,

of which the Neighborhood
Çongregational Church of
Laguna Beach is a member,

will be the recipient of the Equality Ally Award tomorrow, Aug. 19, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Conference Minister Jane Heckles of the Southern California Nevada Chapter will accept the award.

The UCC is being recognized for taking an unwavering stand in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trandsgender civil rights and for welcoming all into their church. The UCC’s recent television commercials made national news for their

welcoming and affirming

message. Even though some networks and cable stations refused to air these television ads, the message of inclusion and acceptance has reached a wide audience.

The UCC claims to be the first mainline Christian denomination to take a public stand in support of marriage equality and testified with Equality California before the California Senate Judiciary Committee, in support of EQCA’s Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.

Religious Services Announcements

Calvary Chapel Seaside Sunday Worship, 10 a.m.. Kurt E. Schonheinz, Pastor Children’s Ministry Sunday mornings; Wednesday Night Worship Service, 7 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Studies monthly. All services at Lang Park Multi-purpose Room, 21546 Wesley Dr. For more information call 949-200-7288 or www.calvaryseaside.org

Calvary Evangelical Free Church 468 Legion Street 494-6191 Sunday services at 9 &11AM Check Lagunaefc.org for information about Sunday services. Nursery care and Children’s Church available at the morning services; High School and Junior High meet Tuesdays at 7PM. Men’s & Women’s studies. Intercessory prayer available - call for appointment.

Chabad Jewish Center

30804 S. Coast Hwy Rabbi Eli Goorevitch 499-0770

Open to all regardless of background or affiliation

Services: Monday-6:15AM; Friday-6PM; Saturday-10:30AM Saturday morning service is followed by a sit down lunch. Torah Tots Preschool (age 2-5) M-F; Mom ‘N Me Wednesdays 9AM Chabad Hebrew School (ages 6-13) Tuesday afternoon 4:15-6:15

Christ Chapel of Laguna 286 St Ann’s Dr. Rev. Lillian Lobb, Pastor Sunday Service 10 a.m. Celebrating 14 yrs of ministry providing outreach to the GLBT community. A Christ centered church open and affirming of all sexual orientations.For info: www.Christchapeloflaguna.org or 376-2099.

Christian Science Church 635 High Drive Sunday Service at 10AM Wednesday Testimonial Meetings are at 7:30 to 8:30PM. All are welcome. Childcare is provided. Reading Room is located at 284 Forest Avenue. The public is welcome to study, pray, and meditate. Hare Krishna Cultural Center

285 Legion Street Public Service 5PM Sundays Tukaram Garvey, Director 494-7029

LB Church of Religious Science The Center For Prosperous Living Rev. Diane Wolcott Watson. Rev. Joy Shippy Asst. Minister - Sunday morning services, 10:30 Meditation - 11AM Celebration Service. Gail Chasin and Friends, Music Director. Join the LunchBunch every Sunday from 1 to 5PM for a concert or workshop in the sanctuary. Check website, www. lagunabeach-cpl.org for future events or call 715-0294. Services: Aliso Creek Inn Conference Center, 31106 Coast Hwy.

Laguna Presbyterian Church 415 Forest Avenue Sunday Services at 9 & 10:45AM Pastors: Dr. Jerry Tankersley, Dr. Steve Sweet, Rev. Kathy Sizer 9AM – Traditional service – choir-led; 10:45 – Contemporary service

band-led; Nursery/Toddler Care, Sunday School at both services.

Neighborhood Congregational Church – A United Church of Christ

340 St. Ann’s Dr. Interim Pastor: Rev. Dr. Bill Peterson 494-8061

An “Open and Affirming” Congregation

Adult and Children’s Services 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Coffee hour follows.

Healing Prayer Service offered first Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m.

LABYRINTH walking meditation resumes September 20 and thereafter on the third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Parking entrance on Glenneyre, between Cleo and St. Ann’s Dr. Handicap parking or drop-off, curbside on St. Ann’s Dr.

St. Catherine of Siena – Roman Catholic 1042 Temple TerracePastor: Rev. Eamon O’Gorman Welcome back to the renovated church! Mass is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.A Spanish Mass is celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.Daily Mass at 8AM.Reconciliation (confession) is from 4 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, or by appt. 494-9701

St. Francis By the Sea- American Catholic

430 Park Avenue Mass Sundays at 9AM
Bishop Simon Talarczyk. 497-4678
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
428 Park Avenue 494-3542

Sunday Services: 8AM-The Holy Eucharist: Rite One; 10AM-The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two; Choir; Sunday School. Healing Service Tue at 10AM. St. Mary’s is a community of faithful people dedicated to

prayerful, thoughtful worship; outreach and affirmation to all; Christian

education for personal & family growth; and meaningful community inv olvement. Please join with us to help further develop your relationship with God and your fellow men and women. The Rev. Elizabeth Rechter, Rector; The Rev. Pat McCaughan, Asst. Rector

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 1190 Morningside Drive494-7998 Sunday Service at 10AM. Sunday School and Adult Bible Study classes begin at 9AM St_ PaulsLutheranChurch@msn.com

Scientology Mission of Laguna Beach 2949 S. Coast Highway 9-6 Monday through Friday Pastoral Counseling; Directed Study. Myles Binford, Director. 715-0968 www.lagunabeachmission.org

Sri Pancha Tattva Temple

285 Legion Street 494-7029 Temple President: Tukaram das

Open to all regardless of background or affiliation.

Services: M-S 5AM, 8AM, 11:30AM, 5PM, 7:30PM. (7:15-Sunday)For daily morning Bhagavatam class, call 494-7029.Vegetarian dinner served on Sunday evenings. Sunday school for children while adults attend Bhagavad-Gita class from 5:45-6:45PM.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 682 Park Avenue Bishop: Robert Hellewell Sunday services begin at 10AM - Sunday School: 11:15AM - Relief Society: 12:10PM. For information regarding services during the week, please call 494-6095

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 429 Cypress Drive Sunday Services at 10:30AM Coffee, tea, and refreshments served after services.

United Methodist 21632 Wesley Drive 499-3088 Rev. Ginny Wheeler Sunday Services: 9:30 a.m.(Summertime) On July 16, Rev. Ginny Wheeler will deliver the morning message.Childcare and elementary Sunday School are available

Vajrarupini Buddhist Center Buddhist nun Kelsang Gyalmo (800) 965-5056 429 Cypress Drive(At Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) Introductory Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8. All are welcome; no previous experience necessary www.MeditationInOrangeCounty.org

Please send updates and weekly information to Stu@LBIndy.com

...Letters, from page A8

the facility, most especially the Senior Citizens. To be cut off from views of the natural sky, daylight and clouds will foster and enhance a sense of

isolation and being confined or

trapped, which can contribute to depression.

This is often seen in prisoners kept in cells devoid of natural daylight due to “security” concerns.

I would urge the City Council to convene a committee of independent experts to provide a recommendation to the architect and Planning Commission that resolves these concerns.

Dr. Alan L. Menkes

Chief Medical Officer/Health Care

Manager (Ret.)

CA Dept Corrections and Rehabilitation

More words and suggestions re: trash

Editor:

Don Romero’s letter of July 14 regarding trash on our beaches was a great start addressing an unnecessary and too familiar a problem. For the last few years I’ve also been bummed by the garbage littering our beautiful beaches and streets. I have long thought of ways to effect change.

Not only is Thalia a problem but Oak Street, where kids go to the beach daily in the summer and keep their personal stuff at the steps. Sleepy Hollow and the Vacation Village Hotel’s beach, which I’ve heard locals sadly refer to as ‘trash beach.” So too the bus stops and shops along PCH.

I’m fortunate to have my

office at Oak Street; and go to

the beach daily. I’m amazed our kids are leaving trash wherever they settle during the day, especially with the heightened awareness of our embattled environment. It brings to mind the call to save the environment for our kids. In some ways we need to save it from them.

We owe our beaches and ocean, our town and visitors, as well as ourselves, clean streets and beaches, and the education to go with it.

Here are some suggestions to eliminate trash from our city.

  • Parents: when you drop your kids at the beach or when they leave the house, remind them to throw their trash away. And their friend’s trash too. Remind then it is their community and their beach.
  • Laguna Lifeguards. As they are the front-line stewards in the public eye, I feel they owe more to the beach. Certainly, their paramount responsibility is watching the surf, but it appears they could also lead the way periodically during their shift by talking to people about cleaning up after themselves. Many times I’ve been amazed to see trash even under lifeguard towers for the entire day going unnoticed by the guard. There should be a zero-tolerance policy for trash in our city.
    • City of Laguna Beach. The city should have a much more comprehensive and aggressive trash pickup program. Make it easier for people to throw their trash away. There are far too few trashcans in Laguna, especially on and around the beach.
    • • Laguna Beach Police. Be beach stewards, as well: send one or two patrol officers along the beach morning and afternoon to politely remind people to pick-up their trash. Write tickets, if necessary. I’ve personally spoken to smokers who don’t know about or ignore the smoking law and also toss their butts in the sand.
  • Laguna Businesses. Stores, Restaurant and Hotel owners and managers: undoubtedly, it is your town too so you share a profound obligation to act as stewards to the area in which your business operates, particularly to our guests who have chosen Laguna to visit or vacation.
  • Construction sites: Laguna is in the middle of a rebuild/ model cycle. We’ve all seen

See Letters, page A18...

FTA...failure to appear RP...reporting party

GOA...gone on arrival UTL...unable to locate AKA...also known as LCR...Laguna Canyon Rd. 594...malicious mischief ...aka...vandalism DUI...driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs) NPA...no police action is required 647F...public intoxication FST...field sobriety test(s) OCJ...Orange County Jail 925...suspicious activity

Monday, August 7:

Laguna Canyon Rd- 3300 Bl – 9:21AM Burglary, commercial

Entry was gained to a business over the weekend through smashed rear windows.

Ceanothus Drive – 31400 Block – 12:08PM Vandalism

The RP said that someone had poured chocolate syrup and cooking oil onto a neighbor’s wall. The neighbor was out of town.

Circle Way – 1300 Block – 1:11PM Petty theft

A wallet containing $240 in cash and an ATM card was taken from an unlocked car while the RP was at the beach.

Cliff Drive – 800 Block – 3:18PM Fraud

12 checks totaling $1850 were written on the RP’s bank account.

Thalia Street – 300 Block – 7:20PM Grand theft

The RP provided suspect information after discovering that a surfboard had been stolen.

S. Coast Hwy – 800 Block – 10:19PM Public intoxication

Blake Smith, 21, of Dana Point was arrested for public intoxication after police responded to a report of a disturbance.

PCH & Niguel Road – 11:26PM Warrant arrest

Wants and warrants checked during a traffic stop revealed that Kirk Gerald Gay, 31, of Dana Point was wanted on a traffic warrant

from Central Court for reckless driving with bail of $10,000.

Tuesday, August 8:

N. Coast Hwy – 100 Block – 00:40AM Parole hold

Timothy James, 31, was arrested for being under the influence of

methamphetamine with prior convictions. Standard police protocol for active parolees is to notify the Dept. of Corrections if contact is made with a parolee for any reason. In this instance, James’ parole was immediately violated and he was ordered held without bail.

Main Beach – 12:12PM Petty theft

A backpack containing a wallet, cell phone and keys was stolen.

S. Coast Hwy – 1400 Block – 11:13PM Marijuana sales

Ryan Morgan, 27, of Aliso Viejo was arrested for felony sales of marijuana, booked here and taken to county jail with bail of $50,000. Two juveniles were taken to the police station for

parental pickup. The incident began when an officer took note of

three males on foot, one of whom appeared to be a juvenile and thus, possibly in violation of the city curfew ordinance. As he approached, two took off. One male was quickly apprehended. The

third remained where the officer approached them. As a search of

the area ensued, a Shadow Lane resident reported the suspicious

presence of a young male. An officer contacted the male and realized he also met the description of the person that earlier fled from officers. The 15-year-old told police the marijuana in his

possession had been purchased from one of his two companions,

one of whom he positively identified.

Wednesday, August 9:

S. Coast Hwy & Thalia Street – 1:07AM DUI +

Police stopped a car traveling at high speed and arrested the driver

after conducting field sobriety tests for DUI. Randy Yassine, 32, of

Capistrano Beach, was on active parole. He was held without bail for parole violation. Police also issued a citation to a passenger for possession of under an ounce of marijuana.

Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle – 3:20AM DUI

A cell phone caller reported a single car crash. The caller said a black Mazda sports car hit a retaining wall after switching lanes at a high rate of speed. Christopher Roy Crawford, 27, of Van Nuys was uninjured and arrested for DUI.

S. Coast Hwy – 100 Block – 4:33AM DUI +

An patrol officer saw a woman across Broadway and fall into a

planter before getting into the passenger side of a waiting car in a

gas station. The officer stopped the car as it was about to exit. The

driver, Dana Lee Mathis, 26, was arrested for DUI with a prior conviction and the woman who had been running across the street. Samantha Dunn, 29, of San Diego, was arrested for 647F.

Police Department – 10:52AM Courtesy report – Boston, MA

A courtesy report was taken. A Laguna resident reported the theft of a suitcase with a laptop, clothing and credit cards from a luggage room in Boston.

Police Department – 11:14AM Burglary, vehicle

A courtesy report was taken. A Santa Monica resident reported that items valued at $5200 were taken out of a locked car parked outside of a restaurant here.

Cliff Drive – 200 Block – 11:03AM Grand theft

Patio chairs valued at $1200 were taken.

Ocean Avenue – 300 Block – 4:50PM Resisting

Chastain Carson, 33, homeless refused to cooperate with an officer and was arrested for resisting/obstructing/delaying a police officer.

Osgood Court - 400 Block – 7:17PM Vandalism

The RP provided police with suspect information after someone placed dog poop in her mailbox.

Thursday, August 10:

S. Coast Hwy & Ocean Avenue – 1:33AM DUI

Jimmy Yeom, 33 of Buena Park was arrested for DUI.

La Brea Street – 100 Block – 9:56AM Vandalism

A garage door was damaged.

Mountain View Drive – 3000 Block – 11:31AM Petty theft

A wallet was taken from an unlocked car.

Broadway Bus Depot – 1:58PM Public intoxication +

A bus driver requested assistance in removing a man from the

bus. Officers removed Calvin Ard, 52, homeless and took him into

custody for public intoxication. It was also learned that there were outstanding misdemeanor warrants for him from the LA Sheriff and Pomona Court.

Wesley Dr & Marilyn Drive – 2:05PM Vandalism, vehicle

A car was keyed while the RP was visiting friends.

S. Coast Hwy & Legion Street – 6:54PM Public intoxication

Randall Willis Frazee, 39, homeless was arrested for 647F.

N. Coast Hwy – 600 Block – 9:08PM Drug sale

An undercover operation by Laguna’s narcs resulted in the arrest of Brian Lathen Chatman, 42, of Long Beach on charges of sales of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges and both for methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, August 11:

Park Avenue & Wendt Terrace – 1:14AM Warrant arrest

A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Covina resident Phillip William Bride, 19, for a West Covina Court traffic warrant on

a charge of reckless driving with bail of $15,000. After he was booked here, he was transported to county jail.

Dartmoor Street – 500 Block – 8:52AM Burglary, vehicle

The rear window was smashed to gain entry.

Alta Laguna Blvd – 3200 Block – 10:54AM Vandalism

Graffiti was sprayed onto heavy construction equipment.

Tyrol Drive – 3200 Block – 1:52PM Probation violator

A caller felt two young males selling door-to-door were suspicious.

When officers spoke with the two, they learned the two had neither

a business license nor products to sell. When wants and warrants were checked, it was learned that one of the two, Jose Zuniga, 24, was wanted on a San Bernardino County warrant for no bail probation violation. He was arrested while the other man was issued a citation for no business license and released.

Broadway Bus Depot – 4:18PM Drinking

Randall Willis Frazee, 39, was arrested for drinking in public.

Saturday, August 12:

Ocean Avenue & Beach Street – 00:32AM DUI

Rachael Kelly, 32, of Laguna Beach was arrested for DUI.

S. Coast Hwy & Legion Street – 1:45AM DUI

Andrew Arthur Thompson, 36, of Irvine was arrested for DUI.

Treasure Island Beach – 8:56AM Public intoxication

Police responded to assist lifeguards who were dealing with an

“uncooperative male.” On scene, officers arrested Bradley Koppel,

18, for public intoxication.

Broadway Bus Depot – 5:54PM Public intoxication

“Cowboy” was arrested for 647F.

Pearl Street – 300 Block – 7:42PM Hashish

An officer made contact with two women on foot. Jacqueline

Annette McKee, 22, of Laguna Beach and Anne Clarke, 21, of San

Clemente, were both taken into custody after an officer made a

consensual search and discovered 30 grams of hashish. They were charged with felony possession of hashish.

Chiquita Street – 200 Block – 10:50PM Burglary, residential

The RP returned from an out of town trip and discovered a break

in. Losses were not specified.

S. Coast Hwy – 400 Block – 10:38PM Drugs

Moreno Valley resident Justin Michael Brinsky, 25, was arrested for possession of narcotics without a prescription.

S. Coast Hwy – 600 Block – 11:11PM Public intoxication

John Albert Sandoval, 45, of Arizona was arrested for 647F.

Sunday, August 13:

Mountain Road – 100 Block – 2:14AM DUI

Paul Teinert, 24, of Texas was arrested for DUI.

Tablerock Beach – 4:19PM Petty theft

A backpack containing a wallet and cell phone was stolen.

Coast Hwy – 31300 Block – 6:49PM Stolen car

A 1964 Chevy Impala (last seen at noon) was stolen.

Mountain Street Beach – 2:41AM Drugs

Officers contacted a man on the beach stairs. After investigating,

San Clemente resident Vincente J. Ferrariuolo, Jr., 41, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and being under the

influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

ill, homebound, or isolated. This mitzvah is so essential to Jewish life that the act of bikur cholim has been institutionalized in every Jewish community throughout the world.

Chabad has organized a team of volunteers who will be going to the local area hospitals and nursing homes, to bring support and reassurance to patients in need of a hand to hold, a prayer at their beside, a hot Kosher meal, or a shoulder to lean on.

Tonken lived in Laguna Beach with his wife, Edie, and sons Jason and Neil, and was blessed with the recent birth of his grandson, just a few weeks ago.

Tonken, known to most as “Mel,” was a familiar face at the Center, where he attended weekly Saturday Shabbat services, as well as Passover seders, Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur services, and other holiday events. An integral part of the synagogue, he was a longtime member of the board and was consistently involved in efforts to ensure that the Chabad Jewish Center remain active and flourishing.

Tonken took great pride in his heritage. This new Bikur Cholim venture has been dedicated to him in the hope that it will bring comfort and compassion to those in need during times of illness and despair.

Bikur Cholim serve as testimony to a living continuation of the Jewish tenets of caring, compassion, and devotion passed on from one generation to the next.

To learn more about the newly established Bikur Cholim, call Chabad Jewish Center at 4990770. Chabad is located at 30804

S. Coast Highway, across from the Montage Resort.

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the trash around the sites which accompanies the crews and the unattended residence or store front. Regardless who’s responsible it should be incumbent upon the business owner to clean up the job site. Likewise, the homeowner should be responsible for their site.

If each of us picked up litter in our day, we could solve the problem, too. No one should ever come to see trash on the beach, in the water and on the street as normal or natural.

It’s our town and our beach.

Join me in fighting to keep it

clean. Chip McDermott Laguna Beach

Thank goodness for me! Us!

Editor:

In response to [recent letters to the editor from:] Don Romero, Stephanie Marshall and Morgan Weiss (LB High School).

The crescendo of public outrage over the sadly trashed condition of our beautiful coves and strands is welcomed by the CWN!C. We took on the California Coastal Commission

(CCC) as sole beach cleanup administration duties 6 1/2 years ago because we felt the same way.

Why were these programs even available? Because like orphans in a foster home, no one seemed to want them. Not the City of Laguna Beach, not the Chamber of Commerce, not Surfrider, nor any other entity though all could have easily filled out the forms to do so. We learned about them in late 1999 from our avid supporters over at the Visitors & Conference Bureau!

We don’t just do Quarterly “Adopt-A-Beach” as some believe, we also do the big yearly event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. All are administered uncompensated donations. I take time off to personally supervise 3 or 4 additional private ones per year for educational institutions, scouts and even corporations seeking some community outreach for employees and their families.

A recently circulated letter by a Ms. Stephanie Marshall offered $2,000 as seed money to instigate a more vigorous, daily cleanup program in partners with local businesses and schools. Sorry to rain on everyone’s parade, but CWN!C has gone down this road many times without success, and here’s why:

Unfortunately, the City has a sign ordinance prohibiting any group, non-profit or otherwise, from posting signs with their name or logo on City property. This is why we also have no “Adopt-A-Highway” signs throughout our City.

Businesses wanted some visibly displayed signs, some acknowledgments that we couldn’t deliver. So yes, early on we pursued passing the hat among businesses to underwrite exactly what’s being proposed now: More cleanups and public awareness campaigns spearheaded by the group that has become Orange County’s award winner: The CWN!C.

We have always felt, and have repeatedly petitioned LBCC incumbents and candidates to champion a variance to assist us. None has ever replied in any way. Rightfully, we provide almost $100,000 per year in volunteer hours and we should be part of the budget. Even though apathy has ruled in the past, for the first time we requested $5,000 from the Community Grant Program this year. We received $1,000.

Frankly, an Adopt-A-Highway program could proactively gather much of this debris before it even hit our beaches, a great suggestion made to us

See Letters, page B3...