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Local Lawyer Tapped for Judicial Committee

Kimberly Knill.

Laguna Beach attorney Kimberly Knill received an appointment to the state bar’s Commission on Judicial Evaluation.

The commission assists the governor in the judicial selection process by providing an independent evaluation of candidates for judicial appointment and nomination. Its members, between 27 and 38, serve a one-year term.

Knill, who has served as a temporary judge in the county’s small claims court, is certified as an appellate specialist. She hung out her shingle in Laguna in 1994 and her practice has emphasized civil and child dependency appeals.

Knill, who lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband and two children, serves as a trustee for the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation.

 

‘Sunshine’ Radiates in Retirement 

Pat Petri, a 10-year records clerk in the Laguna Beach Police Department, signed off a final report last Friday, April 27.

Pat Petri.

Petri started her career in law enforcement in parking enforcement with San Clemente, where she worked 15 years.

 

Playhouse Adds to its Board 

Laguna Playhouse elected Jerry Mandel and Cody Engle to its board, chair Henry Mayhew announced.

Jerry Mandel.

Mandel has served as president of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and as a UC Irvine vice chancellor as well as long affiliations with arts organizations.

Engle, a real estate executive, applies entrepreneurial skills as a non-profit consultant, founder of Open Door Advisors.

 

Friendship Shelter Welcomes New Board Members, Officers

The Friendship Shelter board welcomes four new members: M. Stephen Coontz, Loraine Fiore, Barbara McMurray and

Cody Engle.

Bob Mister.

Officers include Doug Anderson, Marshall Innins, John Stumpf, and
Jane Hanauer.

Friendship Shelter, founded in 1987, serves roughly more than 500 homeless adults each year. The organization’s self-sufficiency program, located in Laguna Beach, provides a home-base, three meals daily and a wide range of support services to 32 men and women at a time. The organization also operates the city’s Alternative Sleeping Location emergency shelter, where 45 mostly chronically homeless people, receive a safe, warm bed and meals.

 

Philharmonic Adds Development Leader

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the area’s oldest presenter of classical music, hired Bonnie Hall as vice president of development.

She is the founding executive director of Arts Orange County, and during her 14 year tenure the nonprofit arts council was consistently ranked as a model in the state. More recently, she has been working as a consultant and writer specializing in cultural and heritage tourism Hall previously worked for the Laguna Art Museum and South Coast Repertory.

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