Local to Shape Land-Use Policy
Local Sean O’Malley, a licensed landscape architect and urban designer, has been appointed vice chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Edge Development Initiative Council.
As part of ULI’s focus on land use that supports sustainable communities, its council will develop programs and research for greater Orange County and the Inland Empire, said Phyllis Alzamora, executive director of Irvine’s ULI.
O’Malley is the managing principal for the Laguna Beach office of landscape, architecture and design firm SWA Group.
Designer Makes Funding Pledge
Local website designer Gaylen Corbett is donating 10 percent of proceeds from her work towards the Sawdust Festival’s Artist’s Benevolence Fund.
Since establishing the fund, the Sawdust Festival has awarded over $100,000 in relief to artists in their time of need.
For more information about Corbett of the fund visit www.LiveToCreate.com or http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/benevolence-fund.
Sapphire Celebrates its Fifth Year
Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S. Coast Highway, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Chef Azmin Ghahreman attributes the restaurant’s success to expertise of high-quality professionals including a sommelier, a cheesemonger, mixologists, and brilliant chefs.
The most popular menu items include Barramundi fish, the adult lemonade cocktail and Kobe beef havarti cheeseburger. (More than 45,000 sold.
To see the menu or to learn more about the restaurant of, visit www.sapphirelaguna.com or call 949-715-9888.