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Volume 2, Issue 75                                                                     September 18, 2017


Police Files

Doctor’s killer sentenced to life and then some

A man was sentenced Friday (September 15) to life in state prison for shooting and murdering his doctor in a Newport Beach medical office after being found legally sane. Stanwood Fred Elkus, 79, Lake Elsinore, found guilty by a jury on Aug. 21, 2017, of one felony count of first degree murder, special circumstances - lying in wait, and personal use of a firearm causing death, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole plus 10 years in state prison.

In 1992, Elkus was diagnosed with a narrow urethra by victim Dr. Ronald Gilbert. Gilbert recommended that the defendant undergo a procedure to widen his urethra and the operation was performed by two different doctors.

Elkus developed an obsession with the procedure, believing that it had damaged his prostate and destroyed his sex drive. The defendant blamed the victim for the “failed procedure” and began plotting his revenge.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on January 28, 2013, Elkus arrived at his doctor’s office in Newport Beach for an appointment while armed with a firearm. The defendant waited in an exam room until his doctor, victim Ronald Gilbert, entered. Elkus then pulled out the firearm and murdered Gilbert by shooting him multiple times.

Other doctors heard the shots and ran to assist Gilbert. They called 911 and attempted to revive the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Elkus gave the firearm to a medical staff member in the office and surrendered without incident to the Newport Beach Police Department, who investigated this case.

At the sentencing, six emotional victim impact statements were delivered to the court by friends and family members of Dr. Gilbert pursuant to Marsy’s law. The victim’s brother and lifelong friends spoke of how he was an inspiration to them, how he helped hundreds of people both personally and professionally, and how he had made a lasting impact on society by pioneering medical treatments that have helped people around the world. His wife, Elizabeth Gilbert, spoke about how not only she and her two sons had been robbed of a loving husband and father, but how the defendant had selfishly taken Ron’s life after he worked so hard and sacrificed so much in order to fulfill his life’s ambition of helping others through medicine.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

Pastor busted for felony fire warrant

A “pastor” was arrested Tuesday (September 12) afternoon on a felony warrant for “being guilty of unlawfully causing a fire when she recklessly sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned, any structure, forest land or property.”

Lora Denise Bender, 45, from Costa Mesa, was arrested at 22nd Street and W. Ocean Front and listed her occupation as “pastor” on the arrest record.

There was no bail set.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


1/1 Marines injured in Pendleton exercise

Fifteen Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion were injured, most critically or severely, when their amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 13. 

Their families have traveled from near and far to be with their loved ones as they begin what is expected to be a long road to recovery. 

Newport Beach and the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Combat Unit have had a close relationship since 2003 when our city “adopted” the unit to assist with emergency family needs, and Unit social and community programs. That relationship led to the formation of the Newport Beach 1/1 Foundation, led by a group of community leaders, to provide ongoing financial support and maintain the strong relationship with the Marines and their families.

Since the accident, there has been an outpouring of care and support for the injured Marines and their families and many have asked what they can do to help. The Newport Beach 1/1 Foundation will remain in contact with the Unit and is committed to helping the injured Marines and their families wherever possible.

Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can direct contributions to the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation, at


Fair Game


Time is ticking on the Peotter recall


I was looking at the calendar the other day and thinking about the recall effort against City Councilmember Scott Peotter and whether it was worth it or not.

Here are the issues in my mind.

On April 11, 2017, Peotter was served with a Notice of Recall at a Newport Beach City Council meeting. That meant the group behind the recall had five months, once the petition was approved, to gather 15 percent of the registered voter’s signatures from Newport Beach. 

That clock began May 23, meaning the signature gathering effort is required to end by late October.

So then what? Well, the signatures are then delivered to the City Clerk’s office. There, the signatures will be counted and then they’ll send them off the Registrar of Voters for confirmation of names, addresses and, again, signatures. If approved, it becomes certified and heads back to council. 

According to BallotPedia, “Once local recall petitions are submitted…the relevant elections department has 30 business days to determine the sufficiency of the petitions.”

Thirty business days could translate to mid-December. 

Remember, there usually isn’t a second council meeting in December.

So now we could be in January 2018 before the Certificate of Sufficiency is submitted to the council.

Council then has 14 days from that point to call for an election.

So now we’re approaching the end of January.

The special election now must be held between 88 and 125 days from that point.

So let’s say everything is approved by January’s second meeting (23rd), at that point the earliest a special election could be called is somewhere around April 21, 2018, and then before May 28, 2018. That means it misses the California Primary Election on June 5, 2018. If it comes thru earlier, really no change. If it comes through later and could be joined with the Primary, then I’d be okay with it.

If not, do we really want to pay whatever it is, some $300,000 at that point?

Whether you’re for Peotter or against Peotter, I think it’s a question that needs to be considered. He’s up for re-election five months later.

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Check it out, this Sunday, September 24 it’s the inaugural Balboa Island Carnival & Taste of the Island. It’ll take place on Marine Ave. 

Here’s what you can expect: carnival games and rides, dunk tank, bungee jump, pie-eating contest, food stations, fashion show, raffles, beer and wine garden…just a good ole carnival.

The event runs 1-5 p.m., with a fashion show planned for 2:30 p.m.

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According to the Newport Beach Police Department they will be posting a live virtual ride-along on their Twitter account - and this time, you’ll be riding along with a K9 officer. Tune in to @NewportBeachPD (or on Friday, September 29 starting at 1 p.m. to spend a shift with K9 Hondo and his partner, Officer Preasmyer.

The NBPD is doing a lot of cool stuff these days to engage the community. Kudos to Jennifer Manzella.

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The unleashing of the new political season, for 2018, is upon us. This week I received the first fundraising announcement, this one for District 1 Councilmember Diane Dixon. The co-hosts for the event are Scott and Shawn Cunningham and Joe and Sarah Stapleton.

It’s planned for Wednesday, October 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Three Newport Beach Chamber events that should be on your calendar: 1) 20th Annual Newport Beach Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner. It’s Thursday, September 21, this week, at 5 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Great event! And women, what do I have to say?

2) Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest, set for Sunday, October 1 at Big Corona. The theme is Pirates of the Pacific. Anybody can put together a team and enter.

Thanks to The UPS Stores and the Los Angeles Rams who have come in as presenting sponsors.

Yup, I said the Rams. They’re obviously not just gonna rollover for the newly arrived Chargers.

3) Finally, the Chamber will host a Hoag blood drive on Tuesday, September 19, 12-5 p.m. at the Chamber offices.

Checkout everything that goes on at the Chamber at

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CdM football owns Newport Beach


Times have changed when it comes to high school football in Newport Beach. That was evident before and after the Battle of the Bay at Davidson Field on Friday night.

Corona del Mar is no longer considered solely elite when it comes to the country club sports: golf and tennis. CdM has become a football school.

They bullied Newport Harbor and built a 20-0 lead en route to a 39-21 victory, the Sea Kings’ fifth straight win over their Back Bay rivals.

There had been a time when the Sailors owned the Sea Kings. But everyone appeared to know that would surely not be the case this year.

CdM, and its fans, were ready. The school had sold out tickets on Tuesday and issued a special T-shirt for each ticket purchased.

The bright baby blue shirt had, “THIS IS OUR HOUSE,” emblazoned on the front. And on the back: “Corona del Mar Kings Krew.”

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Much was made about CdM being the first team to play in renovated Davidson Field this season. The Sea Kings agreed to make Newport Harbor the home team on Friday even though CdM had been slated to be the home team in the annual rivalry.

However, the Sea Kings were not about to give this game away. Over the past decade they have built a strong program. Newport Harbor has remained steady for the most part, but in comparison to CdM, the Sea Kings rule Newport Beach.

“We’re just trying to work our butts off and build Corona del Mar’s football program,” CdM coach Dan O’Shea said. “I can’t speak for Newport Harbor. We have so much respect for that program and coach Brinkley. They’ve kind of set the tone in high school athletics especially here in Newport Beach. We’re just worried about ourselves.”

When it comes to participation numbers, CdM vs. Newport Harbor is no longer an even playing field. CdM had nearly 90 kids come out for its freshman football team this year. Newport Harbor could only muster almost half of that.

Newport Harbor leads the Battle of the Bay series, 38-18, but this was the first time in the rivalry that CdM has won five in a row. After the victory, CdM posed with the winning trophy and each player held up five fingers to signify the achievement.

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Look for the trend to continue, as CdM has solidified itself as a football school.

“Our kids know our priorities,” O’Shea said. “It’s academics, being a man of character, being terrific community servants and the last thing we worry about is football. We’re proud of the numbers we have and we’ll continue to focus on us.”

O’Shea believes those attributes have attracted athletes to join the football team at CdM. 

The energy has carried over to the student body. On the visitor side at Davidson Field mostly everyone wore the bright baby blue T-shirts.

Michael Dobyns, the Associated Student Body director for CdM’s middle school and high school, said many had been wanting for the fan club, “Kings Krew,” to take off. It had been a bit dormant. But it certainly came to life on Friday night. There were close to 5,000 fans at Davidson Field on Friday night. About 2,400 of those wore those T-shirts proclaiming, “This is our house.”

CdM is hopeful it will have a stadium of its own on its campus. For now, the Sea Kings have made Davidson their home.

“It’s a little knock on Newport Harbor for the game,” Dobyns said of the T-shirts. “But in general it’s our house.”


Steve Virgen is a longtime local sports editor and is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Stump the Stu

This is more than just fish “spit”

There are a lot of nice swimming pools around town. This isn’t one of them, although The Stu can only imagine. But staying on track, here’s the question: what is it and where is it? 

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition. 

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

Stump the Stu 9.18.17

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Lynn’s Spin


1/1 Marines set sail during BYC Beer Can races

Lynn sets sails with the Marines

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Lynn sets sail with the Marines

I’ve written in the past about my involvement as a member of the Newport Beach First Battalion, First Marines Foundation advisory board (the City of Newport Beach officially adopted the 1/1 in 2003), and I’ve got some really fun stuff to share with you, as well as an ask of our community.

First off, last Tuesday I was extremely honored to have been invited by a fellow 1/1 Foundation board member to be one of four guests from our foundation to attend a private dinner later this month at the home of new Camp Pendleton commanding officer, Major General Eric M. Smith and his wife.

His ascent from Brigadier General and assistant deputy commandant for USMC Plans, Policy and Operations to this new post has been widely reported in the media. Maj. Gen. Smith now commands the oldest, largest and most decorated division in the Marine Corps including nearly 23,000 Marines and Sailors who make up four combat ready regiments and seven battalions. To say what a great privilege it will be for me to attend this special evening at Camp Pendleton is simply not sufficient, so I’ll just leave it at…wow.

Closer to home, I recently had the pleasure again this year to join in the fun at Balboa Yacht Club’s Thursday beer can races along with thirty-three 1/1 Marines who recently completed some pretty intense training at 29 Palms. Mostly PFCs or Corporals, the Marines chosen to come up and enjoy some well-deserved leave were picked by their commanding officers for showing outstanding performance during the training in relentlessly hot and humid desert conditions. 

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Marines enjoy Beer Can races aboard “It’s OK” 

Carpooled up by designated drivers, the group’s commanding officers opted out so that the guys could kick up their heels without feeling the watchful eye of higher rank. BYC pulled out all the stops for these fine young men who enjoyed an all-expense-paid open bar and impressive post-sail waterfront barbeque. Even the wind cooperated at the last minute as the vessels teed up for an exciting race start.

I had the great fortune of being assigned to sail on “It’s OK!”, an Andrews 49.9, perhaps the fastest sailboat in its class, owned by some of the finest yachtsmen in the sport – Andy Rose, Tom Purcell and Lew Beery. Marines on board with us were given official “It’s OK!” race shirts which they wore along with some of the broadest smiles I’ve ever seen. I overheard one telling his buddy “this is the most fun I’ve had since I joined the Marine Corps 3 1/2 years ago!”

Remember, these young men hail from all over our great nation and many had never been to California before they enlisted much less found themselves out sailing aboard multi-million dollar vessels. It was pure joy listening to their cheerful banter and light-hearted bravado with the racing crews.

Dinner on the Deck

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Relaxing with a post-sail barbeque dinner at BYC

Balboa Yacht Club began the tradition of hosting 1/1 Marines for an afternoon of fun on the water almost 10 years ago under the direction of BYC members Art Mitchell and Bill Frederickson. As Art puts it, “Bill and I thought it would be a good idea to share what we consider to be a very blessed lifestyle with those who protect our freedoms, club leadership agreed and it’s now a line item in the budget. We have so much to be thankful for, it just seemed like the right thing to do given the spoils we enjoy each and every day here in Newport Beach.”

Special thanks go out to BYC Commodore Tom Mooers, photographer Mary Longpre as well as BYC General Manager Ernie Dunn; Project Coordinator Patti Yanochko, Sailing Director Becky Lenhart, and the entire staff at BYC for hosting such a fantastic, flawlessly executed event!

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NBPD Charitable Foundation 1/1 golf tourney and casino night has arrived

There are only a few spots left for one of the most anticipated golf tournaments of the year, the Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Golf Classic, taking place today, Monday, September 18 at the stunning Newport Beach Country Club.

This year’s tourney promises to be better than ever, and that’s saying a lot given the success of last year’s event held at Big Canyon Country Club. With a world-class venue and inclusions, the $300 players fee is a killer value that includes a cart, 18 holes of golf, a commemorative 5/11 T-shirt, lunch, dinner, exclusive limited-edition NBPA bottle opener and entry into the evening’s awards ceremony and Casino Night.

Best news of all, if you want to support NBPACF and their efforts to raise money for the 1/1 Foundation you don’t have to be a golfer, tickets for the Casino Night are only $50 (includes dinner and gambling chips) and can be bought at the door – cocktail reception starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6PM. If you want to support our troops and haven’t been to the new, exquisitely revamped Newport Beach Country Club this is your opportunity!

So, my simple request to our community: If you golf, register to play in the tournament. If you don’t, come out for Casino Night – either way, it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon and evening in support of those who sacrifice for every one of us each and every day.

For more information and to register, visit In the spirit of Semper Fidelis, I hope to see you there!   


Avid boater, Lynn Selich is a 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation board member. She resides in Newport Beach. She is a contributing columnist to StuNewsNewport. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Take Five: Wine & Food Festival founder & CEO gives us an inside peek into this year’s event


Four years ago Stefanie Salem founded the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. Later this month, Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, the festival returns to the Civic Center Green.

We caught up with Stefanie to get the inside scoop on all of this year’s happenings.

Stefanie Salem

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Stefanie Salem, founder & CEO of the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival 

Q: Stef, what can people expect new this year at the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival?

A: Our biggest new event is our Saturday night (September 30) after party, “Havana Nights” and it will benefit our charity partner, Project Hope Alliance. This is an exclusive event, limited to 250 people at a private estate in Pelican Hill provided by MCKNOWN WEINSTEIN & ASSOCIATES. All of our guest celebrity chefs in town will be in attendance and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Lorena Garcia, Art Smith and Rick Moonen will be creating Latin cuisine from Lorena’s new restaurant CHICA in the Venetian, Las Vegas. Guests can expect delicious food, live Cuban music, salsa, mojitos, a silent auction and more. This is an event not to miss.

At the daytime festival, we have cooking demonstrations, all by Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and All-Stars winners and contestants along with many new world-class restaurants and wineries. 

Our one-of-a-kind dinners where we bring celebrity chefs and local top chefs together to create a new menu has never been done before under the same roof. Friday, September 29, at the Winery, Chefs Hubert Keller, Yvon Goetz, Jean-Pierre Dubray and Rainer Schwarz will create a “Taste of Provence” experience with a 5-course tasting wine paired menu.  

Also on Friday, September 29, we have our Top Chef Women All-Stars event featuring season 14 winner Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung, Casey Thompson and Rachel Haggstrom. 

Sunday, October 1, Nobu Matsuhisa will host a 5-course dinner with dishes off the menu and all paired with champagne from Moet Hennessy. Duke Spirits will create signature cocktails for all of our receptions.

Q: You really seem to get the top chefs. Who excites you and why?  

A: It’s difficult to pick just one chef that excites me as many of our guest chefs and local top chefs have become dear friends to me. All of them are incredible at their craft and I can’t wait to see and taste what each one brings to the table this year...but having Nobu Matsuhisa host our Sunday evening event is a particular honor. I have all of his cookbooks, have tried most of his recipes at home and have been going to Matsuhisa and Nobu for the past 25 years.

Q: Tell us about the different wine tastings?

A: We have our VIP Champagne and Caviar event with Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Chef Alan Greeley and Christopher Klapp from Petrosian.

Guests will sip the best and most exclusive champagnes: Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage blanc, Ruinart blanc de blancs, Veuve Clicquot vintage rose, Dom Perignon 2009 blanc, Krug rose. 

Our VIP Riedel glass and Hundred Acre tasting will be led by the international V.P. of Riedel, Master Sommelier Peter Neptune and V.P. of Hundred Acre, Landon Patterson. Guests will taste how each wine is different in each glass and learn why it tastes best in the proper glass. Each will take home their own set of Riedel glasses.  

Michael Jordan will lead a Master Sommelier tasting panel: “Terroir of Willamette Valley” and sample three Pinot Noirs made by the same wine maker, but grown in different regions as well as a blend.  

Peter Neptune will lead a Master Sommelier panel: “Barolo and Brunello, Italy’s Greatest Red Wines” and do a comparative of some of the top wines of the two regions.   

Ted Talks star Wes Hagen will lead a tasting panel with J. Wikes wines titled: “Don’t talk about it, drink it. The hedonistic history of wine and fermented beverages.” 

Wine will be paired with each of our VIP chef demonstrations and guests will be able to sip 250 different varieties of wine in the Grand Tasting Pavilions.

Q: What was the thinking when you came up with the idea of a wine and food festival?  

A: When I started Newport Beach Wine & Food four years ago, there was no other food and wine event in Newport Beach so there was a void and need. I wanted to create something different, an event more like the best food and wine events across the country. Bringing in nationally recognized celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, executive chefs from the best local restaurants, exclusive wineries, spirits, live music and all set within an intimate and boutique experience where you actually get to mingle and converse with your favorite icons.  

Our constant goal is to provide something valuable for everyone involved. An experience for chefs and vintners to share and teach their passions, for foodies and wine lovers to indulge and for restaurants, wineries, sponsors and guests to all connect with each other in a welcoming environment. Being recognized on the world stage is our long-term goal.

Q: Cooking or wine? What does Stephanie Salem know more about?  

A: Definitely cooking. I grew up loving to cook with my mom and grandma’s, so I learned at a very early age that food brings people together. Food and different cultures have always been a driving force in my life. When I lived in Europe, Central Asia, Asia and Africa, I would have a local cook that made meals for our team. These cooks became my friends as we sat in the kitchen, taught each other our different languages and cooked together. 

I’m learning more about wine and would eventually like to take some of Peter Neptune’s classes at his wine school.

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Laguna Beach – The Art of Diversity


Patsee Ober

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Patsee Ober at the 2017 Sawdust Art Festival

There has always been a kindred soul between Newport Beach and its neighbor to the south: Laguna Beach. Not having much in common over the years, people from both cities claim multi-generational friendships connected only by the Coast Highway.

Tongva Indians originally settled Laguna Canyon enjoying two fresh water lagoons and tide pools teeming with sea life. Because there is virtually no usable agricultural land, this portion of Orange County was not included in old Mexican land grants. The lands remained government property thus falling under homesteading laws.

According to the Timber-Culture Acts of the 1870s and under the “160 acres and a mule” principle, land was granted to anyone who would plant 10 acres of trees over 10 years. Laguna pioneers did just that resulting in plenty of trees but very few new settlers. In 1876, William Brooks sold his 169 acres for $50. By 1919, pioneer Henry Rogersʻ niece sold land encompassing much of today’s business district for $24,000.

The township was strikingly beautiful but had no railroad nor a good harbor. Early Laguna, unlike Newport to the north, was of little commercial value. 

Old Laguna Beach with cars

Old downtown Laguna Beach

The seeds to modern day Laguna Beach date back to 1921 when artist Issac Frazee organized an Indian Peace Pipe Pageant called “Kitshi-Manido”. In 1923, Wayne Moon established the Community Players, whose first play was Uncle Tomʻs Cabin. During this same time period, Laguna Beach became a meeting place for famous writers and intellectuals with their renowned “round table discussions,” while, some of the greatest plein air artists of the era roamed the hills capturing beautiful scenes of early California. The combination of these events was the precursor to todayʻs world-famous Pageant of the Masters, Art Festivals, and Lagunaʻs longtime commitment to the arts and humanities.

In 1927, this township of 1,900 people voted to incorporate and the city of Laguna Beach was officially born.

These early traditions remained steadfast through the 20th century and are still alive today. There has been an abundance of creative minds living and passing through Laguna Beach over the past 100 years. Mack Sennet used Laguna as a backdrop for his films while Captain Blood and Robinson Crusoe were shot there. Bette Davis, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Rock Hudson, Lorne Greene, Victor Mature, Mickey Rooney, Mary Pickford and Rudolf Valentino are famous past residents. John Steinbeck wrote Tortilla Flats while living at 504 Park Ave.

One cannot understand Laguna Beachʻs history without knowing about its Greeter, or shall I say Greeters. A favorite childhood memory was family trips to Laguna Beach to wave at the greeter. It felt as if the entire town welcomed you that day.

Without a highway or railroad strand, stagecoach was early Lagunaʻs only mode of public transportation. Their first greeter was long-haired and bearded Joe Lucas. In the town’s beginning, Lucas met and welcomed people arriving via stagecoach from Santa Ana. His long hair and beard were carbon copies of the later and most famous greeter Eiler Larsen. In the townʻs beginning, Lucas met and welcomed people arriving in Laguna via stagecoach from Santa Ana. 

The Greeter

The Greeter Eiler Larsen welcomed all to Laguna Beach

Eiler Larsen, a vagabond, arrived in Laguna Beach in 1934 after hiking across the country. He was taken by Lagunaʻs artsy and folksy flavor. Until his death, several generations of Southern Californians remember his famous smile, pointed wave and drawn out “HALLO-OO-OO”.

Laguna Beach‘s first subdivision was created in 1887. Fifty-foot wide lots along the oceanfront from Laguna Avenue to Sleepy Hollow Lane sold for $1 a front foot.Prices in Laguna Beach have risen exponentially over the years because of the prominence of its “ocean view” properties.

Laguna Beach has a multifarious collection of homes. Small historical “Hansel and Gretel” cottages, sit near charming mid-century beach pads, which are close to hard contemporary homes with strong angles and lines. There are pastoral canyon homes surrounded by trees and greenery, in contrast, to the famous “cliffhangers” poised along hillsides like so many barnacles.

A liberal view of life has always been part of Laguna‘s inner core. The exception comes when someone discusses change. An effort to alter the “small town” feel of Laguna or the wrath of hell may be released upon you. The City and its watchdogs are bent on keeping a village feel despite the huge megalopolis closing in from all sides. Political in-fighting is commonplace. New Ideas are suspect. Alterations and remodels are closely scrutinized. This form of conservatism has helped the citizens of Laguna Beach take on the Irvine Company, the state, various municipal boards and numerous developers wanting to expand and modernize the once sleepy town.

In 1970, local promoters worked on a “Woodstock West” to take place in Laguna Canyon.The Christmas Happening festival and rock concert was less than a success. Weather was cold, wet and crisp. The musical extravaganza lacked organization and was an example of the then hippy philosophy that everything was to be free and easy. Visitors to the “Great Happening” experienced dirt, nudity, shivering nights, traffic jams, insufficient sanitation, overrun garbage pits, makeshift drum fires and at least one snake bite. It is more famous for LSD dropping in Christmas Cards from an airplane than the music.Bob Dylan and Jefferson Airplane never showed and Grateful Dead was not able to get in due to the extreme traffic jams. Disappointed and inebriated, visitors eventually forced a police shutdown of the event.

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Scope of Laguna Beach fire that burned 160,000 acres

Laguna also experienced one of the largest fire losses in U.S. history. In 1993, an arsonist started a conflagration in Laguna Hills that traveled south to the Coast Highway. In its path, it took out 400 homes and caused $528 million in damage. Pushed by strong Santa Ana winds, the fire jumped several roads and fire breaks at an incredible speed of 100 acres per minute. Mystic Hills, Boat Canyon and Emerald Bay were devastated and the fire reached from El Morro all the way to Temple Hills. It was knocking at the door of Corona del Mar when a last-minute wind change literally stopped the fire’s advance.

Laguna Beach, known as a picturesque beach town, an arts town and a town of alternate lifestyles. Open to business executives, artists, writers, Woodstock hold-overs or professionals, Laguna Beach will open its doors to you with a smile and a “Larsenesque hallo-oo-oo”. Its diverse history of rum running, whaling, horse racing, Chinese coolie smuggling, plus a historical mix of Native Americans, Mormons, artists, actors, athletes, gays/lesbians, hippies, surfers and Hare Krishnas, has been a recipe for something out of the ordinary. Laguna Beach is anything but ordinary.

The cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach may be beach brethren as beach towns, but it is obvious that they have been guided by different desires. Their stories are truly a “Tale of Two Cities”.


Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.

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Letters to the Editor:

Reader believes in “fair” play

Did I miss it?

You told me you needed my hometown because you were going to publish my letter. 

Next thing I know Rush Hill is ANOTHER anti-Peotter agent jumping into the fray. 

I’m not a Peotter supporter. 

I am a guy who believes in fair play. 

And it makes no sense, or cents, to demand the council accept the gas tax money while at the same time sweeping $300,000 under the rug. 

Since the first cost estimate of recall was 500k and the current number is 300k one can assume the real expense is probably somewhere in the middle.

So we are willing to spend the money that we get from the state’s gas tax on a recall? Funny, but the people demanding the gas tax money for road repairs think it’s ok to use to embarrass a council member up for re-election in a year. 

And then we wonder how stupid deals like the city hall and new hotel get through?

If Stu News can’t be objective you provide no service to this community.

Mark Adams

Newport Beach

Loves her “some” Nancy Gardner

I’m a huge fan of Stu News since I subscribed 4 - 5 months ago and read every edition, even when I was on vacation. One of my favorites in your publication are the articles from Nancy Gardner on the history of Newport Beach. I just love her stories and the way she writes them makes them so interesting. Keep it up!

Debbie Stevens

Newport Beach

Echo56: New homes define beach lifestyle


ECHO56 residence on Seashore

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This ECHO56 residence offers breathtaking ocean and sunset views

StuNewsNewport Publisher Tom Johnson and I had the pleasure of being invited to view Echo56, a new home community situated on Seashore Drive and River Avenue –  known as Echo Beach. These new premier properties pay homage to 56th Street, the most legendary beach in Newport. The development offers sit-down, whitewater and Catalina views. The evening’s festivities included tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar, signature cocktails, live entertainment and an art exhibit: ‘80s at Echo Beach.

Echo Beach, a 100-yard stretch of sand along our coast, harkens back to the rule-breakers and fashion trendsetters that set the stage back in the early 1980s for the now quintessential Southern California surf culture.

Situated near the infamous Lifeguard Tower 56, this community exemplifies the laidback coastal lifestyle while simultaneously offering luxurious amenities. The main living spaces are located on the bottom floor; the sprawling Master Suite with dual walk-in closets and built-ins occupies the second floor; then ascend to the rooftop deck with myriad ocean and sunset views. These three bedroom, three bath residences measure either 2,291 or 2,799 square feet.

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(L-R): Real estate agents Ann E. Metzger, Christopher Moreno and Cassie Hammond, Surterre Properties

Echo56 is presented by Cassie Hammond, Christopher Moreno and Ann E. Metzger with Surterre Properties. Sale prices range from $2,502,000 - $3,900,000.

For additional information and to reach the agents, visit

Members of the NB Boardriders Club

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Members of the Newport Beach Boardriders Club

Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 9.18.17

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“Let me tell you a story about a man named Jed…” Of course, we’re talking about no one other than former Newport Beach resident Buddy Ebsen (red sweater). A celebrated Hollywood actor, Ebsen here joins the Topaz Avenue block party, circa 1980.

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952.

CdM Home Tour tickets on sale now


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The 44th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour takes place Tuesday, October 24, offering the public a unique opportunity to view beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Your ticket (passport to visit the homes) for $80 entitles you to the following:

8 - 10 a.m., Light breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Fashion Island (also Will Call pickup)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Home Tour

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Luncheon by Pascal at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

4 - 6 p.m., Afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design, Corona del Mar

For more information and tickets, visit

Special art show now on display at Central Library


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“Boats” by Dr. Justin McCall

Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of artwork from the Memories in the Making program of Alzheimer’s Orange County. More than 20 pieces, created by program participants with Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), or related dementias, are on display at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., now through November 3, 2017. 

A special presentation about the art, artists and the Memories in the Makings program will be held on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library.

Memories in the Making was created to provide a meaningful activity for persons with dementia, while focusing on creative expression as a form of communication. As part of the Memories in the Making program, patients with no art background can create art to regain the ability to communicate while boosting self-esteem and opening the channels of communication with loved ones.

The program gives something back to patients, families and the community that no other program has been able to duplicate. Patients benefit through the creation of art. Families benefit because communication is made possible, allowing them to develop a unique appreciation of their loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found on the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at

Critters in the Dark: Ocean Edition at ENC

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ENC Enrichment Coordinator Aimee Arvidson 

Join the Environmental Nature Center’s Enrichment Coordinator Aimee Arvidson for an evening exploring the deep dark ocean at ENC!

Children in grades 1 - 6 and their parents will examine the critters that live in the deepest parts of the ocean.

Don’t miss out on this exciting nighttime event. Cost: $8 per participant ($5 for members). Pre-payment is required.

Visit the website at to sign up.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Today is National Cheeseburger Day

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Enjoy a juicy cheeseburger at Ruby’s Diner 

For all us cheeseburger lovers, today, Monday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! Look around to find the best deals in and around town. Restaurants across Orange County will commemorate the day with discounted burgers, silent discounts and eating challenges.

At Ruby’s Diner, they have cheeseburger deals every Tuesday night (Family Night). From 4 p.m. until closing, youngsters ages 12 and under eat for Free! Valid at participating locations only, so check with the local Ruby’s Diner in Corona del Mar at 2305 E. Coast Highway, 949.673.7829.

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Burger Fun Facts: Fifty billion burgers are eaten by Americans every year. Burgers are the most popular food, followed by hot dogs. Cheeseburgers were supposedly founded in Pasadena, Calif., allegedly started in 1926 when Lionel Steinberger was working in his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot, and during an experiment dropped a piece of American cheese on a sizzling burger.

Decorative Arts Society getting ready to kick off 2017/2018 Lecture Series

On October 10, the Decorative Arts Society will kick off their 23rd annual lecture series. They will welcome the esteemed design team of Steve and Brooke Giannetti. “Stories and Dreams: Designing a Personal Home” is the perfect theme for this much-anticipated lecture.

Steve is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding the firm in 1994 he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. He is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut and Nashville. Brooke runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the authors of two books, Patina Style and the new Patina Farm, which highlights their home in Ojai, Calif.

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Decorative Arts Society kicks off lecture series with renowned architect and interior design team Steve and Brooke Giannetti

The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, C Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, as well as several other publications. “We are so excited to kick off our 23rd series with such a rich lecture which will cover the blending of architecture, interior and furniture design from such renowned individuals,” said Maureen Madigan, President of DARTS. “Steve and Brooke have such a wealth of knowledge and expertise.”

The Giannetti product lines include custom furniture, antiques and a new collection of Giannetti garments designed by son Charlie Giannetti. With a unified philosophy to create only the highest quality, carefully hand-crafted product, the Giannetti lifestyle brand continues to expand across the country. Brooke and Steve live on Patina Farm with their children, mini goats, dogs, Sicilian donkeys, sheep, chickens, and Hector, the house bunny.

The Decorative Arts Society, established in 1995, is a membership group of community-minded women and men who support the organization by participating in an annual lecture series presented by nationally and internationally known experts in the field of the decorative arts, including interior and fashion, architecture and landscape design.

Through this series, their members expand their knowledge of the decorative arts. Their subscriptions and donations to the Decorative Arts Society provide funds for projects and programs which benefit women and children in Orange County.

For more information and membership opportunities, contact Laraine Eggleston, Membership Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit

Roger’s Gardens to open Christmas Boutique

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All that is merry and bright sparkles in the Joyeux Noel Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens, opening Friday, October 6. Come celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions while enhancing them with modern influences and themes.

Roger’s Gardens buyers have traveled over rooftops to bring you curated holiday gifts and decorations that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship, where families pass traditional art forms from generation to generation. Glass ornaments are hand blown and hand decorated in family workshops in Poland, and Nutcrackers made in Germany accompany seasonal dinnerware from Portugal and Italy.

Whether you stay up to watch the first star in the night sky on Christmas Eve or leave a stocking for Santa or a shoe for St. Nicholas, Christmas is a time to celebrate traditions and create new memories.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2302 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Call 949.640.5800.

NBPD to focus on bicycle & pedestrian safety

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The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations today, Monday, September 18 and on Wednesday, September 27.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.

Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 10 fatal and 432 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include September 2014 through September 2017). In 2014, California witnessed 697 pedestrians and 128 bicyclists killed in traffic collisions.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. The message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Shop Talk Shopping Bag


Jenni Kayne celebrates one-year anniversary

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Join Jenni Kayne as it celebrates its first anniversary at Lido Marina Village on Wednesday, September 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy 15 percent off your purchase, flowers by The Flower Stand and food by Lido Bottle Works.

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Jenni Kayne is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

(Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know operates a Newport Beach-based business that you would like to see featured in Shop Talk, please send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


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Animal Shelter


Yankee is a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix. He loves playing fetch with toys and will bring the toy right back to you.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Yankee, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

Images Salon in CdM holds 16th annual Cut-a-Thon to benefit CHILDHELP

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Ron Perez, co-owner of IMAGES Salon and Ashley Leester, Salon Manager

On Sunday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., IMAGES Salon in Corona del Mar is holding its 16th annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit CHILDHELP.

All haircuts are only $45. Don’t need a haircut quite yet? You can also get a shampoo and blowout.

There will be an opportunity drawing and silent auction packages, too.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to CHILDHELP group homes located throughout Orange County.

Images Salon

Please Note: All appointments must be pre-paid (cash or checks made payable to CHILDHELP). For more information, call 949.675.5531, as space is limited.

IMAGES Salon is located at 2515 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Segerstrom Center’s Grand Opening of Julianne and George Argyros Plaza offers artistic surprises

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The fountain at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28, with the dedication taking place at 11 a.m. The Michael Maltzan-designed Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation (CDI) are transforming the Center campus with the addition of inviting and flexible outdoor spaces an array of performances, community events, international festivals, pre-show dining and picnicking. Following the dedication, there is a full day of free family activities and an array of performances on the new permanent outdoor stage.

As soon as the sun goes down, the new Argyros Plaza lighting design will add a glow for music and dancing to ‘60s - ‘70s “let go and let dance” band Orgone and Bay Area soul band Monophonics.


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BANDALOOP, high above the crowd, will perform on opening day

For a dramatic climax to the day, BANDALOOP returns to the wall of Segerstrom Hall high above the stage with another gravity-defying vertical dance performance that weaves intricate choreography with the art of climbing and rappelling.

According to Segerstrom Center President Terrence W. Dwyer, “The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation, and the programs they host, reflect our commitment to complementing great performances with innovative community-focused initiatives to contribute in every possible way to the vitality of the county. We look forward to welcoming families and guests of all ages to the Argyros Plaza, a welcoming new public gathering place where people can connect culturally and celebrate the dynamic diversity of the County’s many wonderful communities.”

On opening day, the entire Center campus will be activated and ready to be enjoyed: the lively, full-service café; permanent stage; shaded seating and picnic areas with free Wi-Fi; and an observation deck atop the café where visitors can take in the plaza ‘scene’ or pose for selfies. It’s a perfect location to catch the Center’s new fountain at the entrance to the Argyros Plaza, a reflection pool 60 feet in diameter with arches of shimmering streams of water shooting 24 feet in the air.


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Monophonics will bring their unique style of soul to the Plaza grand opening

There will be entertainment throughout the day by community artists, choirs, school ensembles, a marching band, Taiko drummers and folklorico dancers. Center resident companies Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale will also join in the festivities, as will South Coast Repertory and Orange County Museum of Art.


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Orgone takes the stage as the “let go and dance band”

Kids of all ages will get a jump on the Halloween weekend, decorating trick-or-treat bags and trick-or-treating at candy stations throughout the Center campus. Other fun attractions will include a caricature artist, face painting, dance class for all, Imagination Playground, food trucks, Music Mobile, puppet shows, and opportunities to observe classes by students of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. Center Docents will provide tours of the Argyros Plaza, theaters and Center for Dance and Innovation.

All events are free and the festivities will continue until 10 p.m. The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information about performances, events and times, visit the Center’s website at

Friends of Harbor, Beaches and Parks celebrate their 20th anniversary

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The regional non-profit, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) announces its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The evening event will be held at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive in Upper Newport Bay. FHBP has been working to protect natural lands throughout Orange County since the County’s bankruptcy that took much-needed resources away from our parks. Through their efforts, 1,300 acres across Orange County have been preserved forever, with 400 more acres being restored to native habitat.

Highlights of the October 14 event include photographs with several rehabilitated wild animals from the Nature of Wildworks; delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while overlooking Upper Newport Bay; bidding opportunities on creative silent auction items; great conversations and reunions with old and new friends; and a memorable evening with supporters and partners.

You won’t want to miss this! Each ticket includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage (must be 21 years or older). Tickets purchased on or before Saturday, September 30 are $40 per person. To learn more, visit

For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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Race for the Cure | Sunday, September 24. Beginning at 6 a.m. Race for the Cure is Komen Orange County’s annual 5K run/walk, and the largest fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.Tickets: $35.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.957.9157, ext. 34,

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner, Thursday, September 28. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for its premier networking event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential business leaders. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guests enjoy a multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, chances to bid on exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he shares with his mentor.Honors Joseph Ueberroth as the Joel K. Rubenstein Man of the Year. Hosted by Actor David Arquette. Scotch and Cigar Bar Reception at 6 p.m.; Dinner & Live Auction at 7 p.m. Attire: Black Tie Formal. Tickets: $1,000; Table Sponsorships from $15,000.

Contact: Sloan Keane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714.619.7048,

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Art of Design | Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Enjoy an action-packed evening with food, rinks and live music, as well as a silent auction. The highlight of the night is the showcase and auction of one-of-a-kind seats designed and created by local interior designers – creativity is the only rule! All event proceeds benefit Illumination Foundation. Tickets: $100.

Contact: Sinae Bang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.273.0555, ext. 204,

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Saturday, October 7. 3rd Annual Hope & Help Gala – The Sky is the Limit. Raises awareness for those living with autism spectrum disorder (asd) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This event honors Bonnie Gillman for her tireless advocacy, dedication and commitment in support of families and individuals with ASD. The evening will feature a Champagne reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and amazing views. All proceeds benefit the enter’s hallmark programs in critical care, education & training and research.


Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast.

Crystal Cove Conservancy 15th Annual Gala | Saturday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Crystal Cove Conservancy’s most anticipated event features dinner, dancing, and silent & live auctions, with proceeds benefiting CCC’s mission of restoration of Crystal Cove State Park. Tickets: $400; Table Sponsorships, $5,000 - $50,000.

Contact: Kate Wheeler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, ext. 205,

Takes place at the bluff-top overlooking Crystal Cove State Park offering a magical night under the stars.

Be Great Gala | Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. This premier annual fundraising event highlights the impact made by the Boys & Girls Club in the lives of those the organization serves. It’s an elegant and entertaining night that includes dinner and a silent and live auction, while remaining focused on the mission of the club and the kids.Tickets: $300; Sponsorships available.

Contact: Kelly Shannon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 714.565.1098,

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

SAVE THE DATE! HomeAid of Orange County | Doorways for Hope Gala, “Denim and Diamonds”, Saturday, November 4 from 6 - 10 p.m. For 28 years, HomeAid Orange County has worked with the Orange County community to provide housing as the first step for those who suddenly find they have no place to call home. By building these doorways, HomeAid, along with those who provide their support, offers hope to those who are experiencing homelessness and starts them on their journey of rebuilding their lives. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Fall Crafts, September 19 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the return of Fall by making some fun Fall crafts. For ages 3 - 8; children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Takes place at Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, September 20 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program.  No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pirate Day, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. Young pirates are invited to partake in Pirate crafts, stories and fun. Come dress in Pirate’s garb if you choose. Takes place at Balboa Library Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Memoir Writing Workshop, September 20 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Local author Jean Ardell has been teaching memoir writing courses for 20 years in places such as the University of California Extension at Irvine, the Blue Ribbon Schools Foundation and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Part of the six Wednesday evening series with tuition at $250. Takes place in the Conference Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

College Essays, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about the most common college essay topics and how to approach them in the College Essay Writing Workshop provided by C2 Education. Free. Takes place in the Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

Medicine in Our Backyard - ‘Secrets to Better Sleep’ with Ruth M. Benca, M.D. Dr. Benca is the Chair of UC Irvine Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and is a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist. She is widely published in her field and an internationally recognized authority on the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Benca has served as principal investigator for a number of basic and clinical research studies funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. She has served as President of the Sleep Research Society and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Reserve your spot by calling, 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Dr Ruth Benca

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Beyond the Canvas, September 27 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Marguerite “Peggy” Guggenheim was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who would establish the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Peggy Guggenheim created a noted art collection in Europe and America. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served.

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Fallish Fun Crafts, September 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. Celebrate the falling leaves and crisper days creating fun, fall crafts. For ages 3 - 8. Takes place at Corona del Mar Library Branch, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Library Live - Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, September 28 at 7 p.m. Take part in Library Live with local literary rock stars, Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvarez, who will participate in a panel discussion with other contributors to Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (including award-winning poet Stephanie Brown and acclaimed author Victoria Patterson). Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly Editor and Ask A Mexican Columnist, will moderate the panel. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited so reserve your spot by contacting 949.548.2411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Orange County Book Cover

ACT Practice Test, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free ACT practice test, in partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach. Students do not need to bring pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but registration is required and space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first serve-basis. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Back to School Drop-in Crafts, October 9 from 12 - 3 p.m. Kids, take a break from homework and enjoy an afternoon of back-to-school crafting fun. No registration is required. Geared for youngsters, ages 3 - 8. Takes place at the Central Library Children’s Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.


Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Stephanie Nicole Maes, 26, Norwalk – Thursday, September 14

Alberto Ramirezleal, 43, Santa Ana – Wednesday, September 12

Incident Reports

Thursday, September 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Candace Paig Trammell, 22, Newport Beach

W. Balboa Blvd. I 2200 Block I Warrants

11:46 p.m. Moses Torres, 18, Tustin, charged with related to drugs and resisting. Bail set at $25,000.

W. Coast Highway I Obstruction, Under the Influence, Bike on Sidewalk and Bicycle Headlight Violation

8:47 p.m. Raymond Lizama Chavez, 30, Bell Gardens, charged with obstruction/resisting a peace officer, riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, under the influence of a controlled substance and riding a bicycle with a headlight violation. Bail set at $1,000.

Newport Blvd. & 28th Street I Warrant

3:03 p.m. Donn Hollis Buxton, 54, Costa Mesa, charged with a warrant. Bail set at $1,500.

30th Street & W. Ocean Front I Minor in Possession, Drinking in Public and Glass Containers

12:24 p.m. Tyler Robert Lucero, 18, Hawaiian Gardens, charged as a minor in possession and drinking in public. Bail set at $500.

12:20 p.m. Sandra Isabel Aguilar Castillo, 18, Stanton, charged as a minor in possession and open container. Bail set at $500.

12:20 p.m. Jorge Alberto Gonzalez, 18, Hawaiian Gardens, charged with minor in possession and glass container on or near the beach. Bail set at $500.

61st Street & Seashore Drive I Under the Influence and Paraphernalia

12:37 a.m. Christian Jay Weber, 45, Costa Mesa, charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

Wednesday, September 13

39th Street & Balboa Blvd. I Appropriate Lost Property and Controlled Substance

7:48 p.m. Carl B. Johnston, 33, Orange, charged with appropriating lost property and possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $500.

Newport Blvd. & Industrial Way I Costa Mesa I Taking Auto w/o Consent, Driving w/o a License and Burglary Tools

1:58 a.m. Juan Fernando Gutierrez, 22, Laguna Hills, charged with taking an auto without the owner’s consent, driving without a license and possession of burglary tools. Bail set at $20,000.

Tuesday, September 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Stefanie Elizabeth Leroy, 31, Newport Beach

Joshua Mykhail Phelps Barnett, 25, Costa Mesa

Chaminade I 00 Block I Contempt of Court and Threaten Crime

10:54 p.m. Jeremy Elijah Goose, 46, Santa Ana, charged with contempt of court by disobeying a court order and threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize. Bail set at $50,000.

McFadden Place & W. Ocean Front I Receiving Stolen Property

5:59 p.m. Trane Darrell Hulbert, 40, San Luis Obispo, charged with receiving stolen property. Bail set at $500.

La Vida & University Drive I Receiving Stolen Property

3:23 p.m. Danaul Jessi Rodriquez, 24, Fullerton, charged with receiving stolen property. Bail set at $500.

22nd Street & W. Ocean Front I Warrant

1:25 p.m. Lora Denise Bender, 45, Costa Mesa, charged with a warrant. No bail set.

60th Street & Beach I Under the Influence

8:30 a.m. Mona Shino, 46, Irvine, charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail set at $1,000.

23rd Street & W. Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia

8:20 a.m. Danaul Jessi Rodriquez, 24, Fullerton, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Polaris Drive I 1000 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Warrant

6:14 a.m. Antonio Lombardo, 33, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant. Bail set at $5,000.

N. Bristol Street & Irvine Ave. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Driving w/o Lights

1:53 a.m. Reed Alan Palmer, 19, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and driving without lights in the dark. Bail set at $10,000.