Asst. City Manager Moves On
Assistant City Manager Ben Siegel will be leaving Laguna Beach city staff to run his own show as city manager of San Juan Capistrano.
Siegel, 37, who has worked where he lives since 2012, described the move as a great opportunity in a town steeped in history and facing many issues. He starts Feb. 8.
Siegel, who previously worked as assistant city manager in Lake Forest, started in Laguna’s community services department, but took on greater responsibilities and most recently was appointed as director of public works.
Officer With Unique Skill Set Retires
Sergeant John Falk concluded a 30-year law enforcement career on Thursday, Dec. 31.
He joined the Laguna Beach Police Department in 1989 after spending four years with the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department where he served as a police officer and firefighter. With this combined skill set, he was put in charge first aid, CPR and hazardous exposure incidents in Laguna Beach.
Over the years, Falk also trained several employees in life saving skills and was instrumental in getting defibrillators placed in police vehicles so officers could take immediate action in the field. His career will have a lasting impact on the LBPD.
Falk will now “kayak off into the sunset,” joining his wife, Joy, a longtime animal services officer, who retired earlier.
Radio Show Appeals to Entrepreneurs
The business radio show “Talking Ventures” made its broadcast debut on KX 93.5 this past Saturday, Jan. 2.
Kevin Klein, co-host of the “InvestTalk” radio show and the creator of the new show, assembled a team for co-hosting “Talking Ventures” that includes Chapman University alumni Anthony Katz and Mike Brown.
Katz is the founder and president of Hyperice, which makes compression wraps for athletes and is based in Irvine.
Brown is the co-founder and chief executive officer of ModBargains and ModAuto, auto supply companies.
“ ‘Talking Ventures’ was born as a service to all
those who want to grow their knowledge base about the latest business trends and entrepreneurial experiences,” Klein says in a statement.
“Talking Ventures” streams from any device at www.kx935.com at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.