American Legion Honors Laguna’s Finest

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From left, police Captain Darin Lenyi, Officer James Michaud, Legion Commander Richard Moore and Mayor Steve Dicterow.
From left, police Captain Darin Lenyi, Officer James Michaud, Legion Commander Richard Moore and Mayor Steve Dicterow.

The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion honored three public servants from the police and fire departments Thursday, Jan. 21.

Firefighter-paramedic Alex Pacheco was honored as firefighter of the year and Jeff Zaccaro was honored among reserves. James Michaud was honored as police officer of the year.

The honorees received certificates of merit presented by Legion Post Commander Richard Moore and Mayor Steve Dicterow.




Christy Reveals Vision for The Ranch

Mark Christy will present his vision for the future re-development and preservation of The Ranch, formerly known as Ben Brown’s and Aliso Creek Inn, during the Laguna Canyon Conservancy meeting Monday, Feb. 1.

The dinner meeting takes place at Tivoli Terrace Restaurant, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, beginning with a no-host bar at 6 p.m.

The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP to 949 235-8277.


Interruptions to Traffic Flow Continue   

Construction of the pipeline project continues on Third and Forest Streets in downtown Laguna Beach through Feb. 12.

Due to large pits being dug, the Third Street hill, from Park Avenue and Mermaid Street, will remain closed in both directions, and the westbound lane on Mermaid Street, from Second Street to Glenneyre Street, will also be closed.

Traffic control will be present during peak periods to assist downtown traffic flow..

In addition SoCal Edison is replacing three deteriorating subterranean vaults along southbound South Coast Highway between Mountain Road and Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work requires the outside travel lane to remain closed.


Woman’s Club Honors Former Mayor

In keeping a two-decade-old tradition, the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach will host a luncheon honoring the outgoing mayor, Bob Whalen, on Friday, Feb. 12.

Whalen, who completed his term as mayor in December, will be feted from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the clubhouse located at 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

The tradition of honoring outgoing mayors began with Club president Anne Johnson and her board, who decided that the city’s mayors deserve a thank you event for their service. “It’s really a tough job to be mayor in this town,” Johnson said. “We put a lot of demands on them and this is a way to honor them.”

Reserve tickets for the $40 per person lunch at by Feb. 5.


Blood Donation Opportunities


The Red Cross is seeking blood donors for a drive Monday, Feb. 1, taking place at the Montage Resort, 30801 S. Coast Highway, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other locations in Laguna Niguel and Dana Point can be found by visiting: or calling 800-733-2767.


Foreign Policy Group Studies ISIS

A discussion on the rise of ISIS, based on curriculum published by the Foreign Policy Association, takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, part of the Great Decisions current events group.

The group meets at the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr, says spokeswoman Barbara Miller.

For further information, please call Jonathan at 949 230-3640.


Applications Due for Arts Grant

The Festival of Arts Foundation is now accepting grant requests through Feb. 12 from nonprofit organizations that have programs promoting fine arts in the city of Laguna Beach.

The foundation anticipates a record number of applications for $140,000 in grants, said President Scott Moore.

Applications are available at or may be picked up at the Festival of Arts office, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Info: 949 494-9680.


Winter is the Right Season for Pruning

Master tree artist and landscape contractor Gilbert Briseño offers advice.
Master tree artist and landscape contractor Gilbert Briseño offers advice.

Master tree artist and landscape contractor Gilbert Briseño will lead a 10 a.m. pruning workshop at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, 31610 S. Coast Highway Saturday, Jan. 30.

Briseno will offer tips and a demonstration on managing the size and density of pine trees. The workshop is free and open to the public.

R.S.V.P. at [email protected]


Apply to Serve on the Next Grand Jury

The deadline to apply to be on the next grand jury is today. The Superior Court empanels a new 19-member grand jury each year to serve a one-year term that begins July 1

The grand jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county, city, and other local agencies, including jails, schools, and special districts within Orange County. They then write a final report with their findings and recommendations for improvement. The grand jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in criminal cases and reviews complaints submitted by citizens.

Application are available online at, or by calling 657 622-6747.


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