18 September 2008

LB Indy Principals to Speak at Laguna Beach Business ClubLBIndenpendent

Stu Saffer, founder of the local Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, and Andrea Adelson, the paper’s City Editor, will speak to members of the Laguna Beach Business Club and guests on September 18, 2008, at 7:30 a.m., Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

21 August 2008

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LB Magazine Founders to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club


The Laguna Beach Business Club invites the public to meet the founders of Laguna Beach Magazine. Ben Warner and Steve Zepezauer, two locals who started the magazine, will speak to members of the Business Club and guests on August 21, 2008, at 7:30 a.m., Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. Warner and Zepezauer started Laguna Beach Magazine one year ago. They will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of print and online media. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com. For more information about the Laguna Beach Business Club, including past speakers, please visit www.LagunaBeachBusinessClub.com.

19 June 2008

ChipMcDermottLaguna Beach Business Club to Honor “Zero Trash” Founder

One measure of a great town is the involvement of its residents. Another measure is the amount of trash in public view. In both regards, the Laguna Beach Business Club is pleased to honor local resident Chip McDermott for his contributions in helping rid our town of trash. McDermott, who runs a market research and data collection business used by film studios and others to test advertising and products, grew tired of seeing trash on our streets and beaches and resolved to do something about it.

0TrashHe founded Zero Trash Laguna (www.zerotrashlaguna.org) and has petitioned the City to add trash receptacles, to start street recycling, and to install ashtrays for the public. McDermott has also created a community event known as “1st Saturday” where volunteers adopt a street and remove as much trash as they can in two hours.

McDermott will speak to the Business Club on June 19. Presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

May 15, 2008

JaneEglyMayor to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

The Laguna Beach Business Club invites you to meet the Mayor.

Mayor Jane Egly will speak to the Club on Thursday, May 15, 7:30 a.m., at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

April 17, 2008

Laguna Beach Business Club to discuss Sustainable Development and Zero Trash

ChrisPerlitzSustainable development consultant Chris Prelitz and Zero Trash Laguna founder Chip McDermott will speak at the Laguna Beach Business Club’s breakfast meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2008.  Prelitz has been passionately involved in “green” building  and sustainability for over 25 years.  His projects range from off-grid solar communities in Taos, NM, to the first permitted solar powered home in Orange County, and the just completed solar powered, LEED certified Mercedes Benz dealership in Arizona.  (See www.prelitz.com.) ChipMcDermott McDermott founded Zero Trash Laguna (www.zerotrashlaguna.org) to rid our town of trash on its streets and beaches.  Presentations begin at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room.  The public is invited to attend.  Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast.  Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.  For more information about the Laguna Beach Business Club, including past speakers, please visit www.LagunaBeachBusinessClub.com.  

March 20, 2008

Lt. Col. Abraham (Ret.) to speak about Service on Guantanamo Tribunals

Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham (Ret.), a decorated Army intelligence officer and counterterrorism analyst, served with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants (“OARDEC”), the military department responsible for review of the status of Guantanamo Bay detainees. Abraham is the first such officer to publically criticize the tribunal process. His declaration, filed with the Supreme Court in June 2007, is widely credited with encouraging the Supreme Court – in a reversal that was so rare that it last occurred 60 years ago – to agree to hear two detainee cases, Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, reversing a decision made just two months earlier. He will speak about his experiences Thursday, March 20, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. The public is invited to attend. Presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. $20 per person, includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 720-4140 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.


For more background information, click here for link to LA TIMES article.

February 28, 2008

Local Expert on Crisis Communication to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Joan Gladstone of Gladstone International will speak Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Laguna Beach Business Club. A longtime Laguna Beach resident, Gladstone has managed media coverage of a number of high profile matters, including the County of Orange’s 1994 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Gladstone also works with companies, nonprofits and public agencies on media-related issues ranging from labor strikes and political protests to environmental problems, regulatory investigations, executive transitions, and property disputes.

January 17, 2008

gregVailSustainable Development Presentation at Laguna Beach Business Club

Greg Vail, former Laguna Beach Design Review Board member and Planning Commissioner, and current forward planning director at The Athens Group, will speak Thursday, January 17, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club.

Vail will address the Aliso Creek Redevelopment project, as well as issues of environmental mitigation and sustainability.

November 15, 2007

Downtown Developers to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Real estate developers and business owners Mark Christy and Sam Goldstein will speak Thursday, November 15th, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club.

The two savvy businessmen will discuss the future of the downtown, including the constraints of the downtown specific plan, the balance between resident and tourist serving development, and the struggle to maintain a village atmosphere while encouraging growth and beautification.
Christy, owner of Hobie Sports and co-Owner of Tuvalu Home Environment Stores, is also the only multi-property owner on Forest Avenue, with six storefronts in total. He was formerly a principal of Laguna Pacific Realty Group. A lifetime Laguna Beach resident, Christy graduated LBHS and the University of California with a degree in business economics.

“I’m a downtown historical property preservationist,” Christy says, because he prefers to restore and enhance, rather than develop. He also claims to be Laguna’s biggest fan, a title that might be challenged by his co-presenter.

Sam Goldstein, a local resident for 28 years, was a musician for much of his early life, before switching to real estate development. He has developed properties in several communities in Southern California, and last year acquired the historical Heisler Building, the largest building in the downtown and home to the Jolly Roger and Soul to Sole boutique. He hopes to renovate the building to its former glory, with additional high-profile tenants. Goldstein also serves on the advisory committee for the Laguna Canyon Foundation, and as a Board of Director for Irvine Barclay Theater, Butterfly, Inc an education foundation, and the Orange County Arts Partnership. Goldstein also founded Laguna Beach Live.

In 2002, Goldstein spearheaded an additional 2% Laguna Beach Hotel bed tax that currently subsidizes roughly $2 million for three local arts programs and the Visitor’s Bureau.

October 18, 2007

Architects of Bluebird Canyon Recovery to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Thursday, October 18th, Bob Burnham, the Bluebird Canyon recovery project coordinator, and Hannes Richter, geotechnical engineer, will present a synopsis of the two-year restoration effort for members of the Laguna Beach Business Club.

Their presentation will include highlights of the plan, the challenges and outcomes, costs and lessons learned.

Burnham, a semi-retired city attorney for Newport Beach, who lives near the affected area, took on the coordinator role shortly after the devastating slide in June 2005. He is paid only a fraction of his usual fees for what has become a Herculean effort to restore the infrastructure destroyed in the slide. Richter is the engineer who developed the complex repair plan that used the most current and innovative techniques in land engineering technology.

Together with construction company professionals and geological experts, the area has been re-established not only for homeowners to rebuild, but in order to maintain the slope and prevent future slippage. The area is expected to be ready for homeowner rebuilding in November, and, according to Burnham, is now the safest neighborhood in the city to live.

September 20, 2007

Assistant City Manager to Speak at Business Club Meeting

John Pietig, Assistant City Manager for Laguna Beach, will speak at the next meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club on September 20. Pietig will report on projects and programs that will impact the business community and the downtown shopping district.

Pietig has been with the city six years and has worked in urban management for 18 years. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. He lives in town with his wife Peggy and two boys, Danny and Jacob.

His responsibilities involve working with all departments in the daily management of the city and on key community initiatives. He is presently overseeing the completion of the new City maintenance and parking facility in Laguna Canyon (ACT V), the renovation of Heisler Park, the design of the new Lifeguard Headquarters at Main Beach, implementation of a new dispatch system for public safety services, and various improvements to city customer service. He also works with Council members and citizens on task forces to retain the South Coast Medical Center and its emergency room in town and to address issues related to homelessness.

August 16, 2007

“Providing Care for Aging Parents”

Director of Patient Care at Newport Bay Hospital, Mary Anderson, BSN, R.N., will shed some light on “Providing Care for Aging Parents” at the next Laguna Beach Business Club meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 a.m.

Mary will discuss the conditions of depression and Alzheimer’s in elders and how early detection and proper care management can help not only the aging parent but the caregiver as well.

Ms. Anderson has lived in Laguna Beach 36 years where she has raised 2 children, been an active volunteer and two time Board President at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and has also participated on the Orange County Mental Health Association Board.

Professionally, Mary Anderson has served as Director of Nurses at a psychiatric hospital, a program administrator, and as a private consultant.

July 19, 2007

Learn About The Hottest Topic in Business

Steve Creech, Vice President of Wyland Worldwide, will be the guest speaker at the monthly Laguna Beach Business Club. Creech will be discussing cause-related marketing with an emphasis on kids and the environment. He handles and coordinates all the media for Wyland Worldwide and the Wyland Foundation.

June 21, 2007

"The Ins and Outs of Design Review"

Former Design Review Chair Steve Kawaratani will shed some light on the "The Ins and Outs of Design Review" at the next Laguna Beach Business Club meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30am.

The Design Review process in Laguna Beach is required for nearly all new construction. This oftentimes contentious process pits homeowners desires and dreams against a complex matrix of conflicting factors. These include issues of view equity, mass and scale, neighborhood compatibility, variances, and landscape mitigation.

Mr. Kawaratani will attempt to shed some light on how to streamline the process and tactics to avoid common pitfalls.

Steve Kawaratani is a fifty-six year resident of Laguna Beach. A landscape designer for over thirty years, his gardens grace homes and communities throughout Alta and Baja California. His practice includes consultation for HOAs on landscape and slope issues, as well as community development and design review concerns.

Steve is a former chair of the Laguna Beach Design Review Board and past member of the California Certified Nurseryman’s Committee. He writes a weekly gardening column for the Coast Line News and horticultural articles for various publications and the Internet. A graduate of Whittier College and regular speaker on the Orange County garden club circuit, he loves growing flowers for his wife, Catharine, and catnip for their two cats.

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