The League of Women Voters of Orange Coast held its annual meeting
Monday at Tivoli Terrace.
Jean Raun and Kit Drollenger, two of the four Laguna Beach women who
have served as president of the league since its inception in 1961,
attended the al fresco luncheon meeting.
“I’ve been a member of the league since 1986 when I retired,” said
Jean, who served two terms as president from 1991 to 1993.
The League of Women Voters encourages citizens to take an active and
informed role in government and tries to influence public policy through
education and advocacy.
Kit attended the meeting with her husband, Ed. She was league
president from 1971-73, when the national league agreed to admit men. Ed
was one of the first males in the country to join -- perhaps the very
“He’s proud of that,” said Jean, who was presented with Hot Tamales at
the meeting, one of the symbolic candies handed out in recognition of
service to the league.
Other locals who attended included Barbara Wright, Barbara Jones,
Adelyn Minsky, Norma Young and Siggy Johnson, who greeted members.
Past Presidents Judy Swayne and Ann Quilter of Laguna Beach were
unable to attend.
Sandra Genis, former Costa Mesa mayor, was the guest speaker. She
talked about growth -- smart and stupid. Smart growth, she said, is
making sure the community balances jobs and housing and that the housing
is affordable for the wage earners.
“City financial officers don’t like housing under $400,000 or
$500,000,” she said. “It isn’t just property taxes, it is also the
presumption of more disposable income.”
“Mansionization,” of course, is a hot topic in Laguna and the local
members of the league support a general plan that “preserves and protects
the unique human and natural resources of the city.”
Laguna Beach is one of the 11 units that constitute the Orange Coast
League. Jean and Adelyn will serve as co-chairs of the Laguna unit for
“We are probably the most active,” said Jean.
Traditionally, the Laguna Beach unit sponsors a candidates forum in
election years when asked, and often assists other groups to conduct
forums. The unit also was active in seeking campaign-spending limits in
“We are looking at having an evening meeting as well as the morning
one,” Kit said.
In the past, the unit has met at 9:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of
the month from September to May. For more information about league
activities or membership, call 494-0572.
CHARMED, I’M SURE
The Village Laguna Charm House Tour is an all-volunteer effort.
Ginger Osborne is the chair this year, assisted by co-chairs Helen
Krugman and Anne Caenn.
“My daughter said she would kill me if I did this again.” Helen said,
as T-Day approached.
Helen was assigned to find a Tram Volunteer Chair (and snared Dr. Gary
Jenkins), Home Hosts Chair (a chore that Johanna Felder and Charlotte
Masarik agreed to share), and Traffic Control Chair (for which Gene
Felder was tabbed), not to mention other assignments.
“I will personally sell tickets at the Festival of Arts Grounds Sunday
and I am arranging for the homeowners’ plaques myself,” Helen said.
Gary has his tram guides all lined up. The guides ride the trams all
day, sharing their knowledge of the city with tour-goers traveling from
house to house. Guides this year include Councilwoman Toni Iseman, Ed
Fry, former Chamber of Commerce Manager Howard Levin, former Design
Review Board members Linda Morgenlander and Jeff Powers, county Harbors,
Beaches and Parks Chief Eric Jessen, landscape architect Bob Borthwick,
Ed Merrilees, Tom Osborne, Ryan Caen and past City Council candidate Ron
Head home hosts picked their own teams for each of the six homes on
the tour. George Alexander and Nancy Baker will serve as head hosts at
the Kodak House. Dotty Parnell will be stationed at the Sea Castle and
Carriage House. Ellin and the Rev. Colin Henderson will head the hosts at
Old Laguna. Diane and Kip Kepliner will greet guests at the home of the
late Sally Dunne. Maxine Graves will captain the hosts at Caruby Corner.
With no paid staff, more of the proceeds can go to the various
charitable and political activities of Village Laguna. The tour has been
a fund-raiser for the group for 30 years.
The highly successful Music in the Park partnership between the city
and private supporters of the concert series celebrated the upcoming 20th
season recently at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club.
Les and Marilyn Thomas organized the sixth annual appreciation
celebration, which honored the Arts Commissioners, volunteers, donors and
supporters that make up the partnership. The evening included a Mexican
dinner, a preview of the 2002 series and the selection of artwork for the
Kristen Kress and Jamie Andrews, students in Peter Tiner’s Laguna
Beach High School advanced art class, were the winners of the program
competition. Marilyn presented them with certificates and a $100 check on
The concert series will begin July 21 and run for eight more weeks at
Bluebird Park. The 10th and final concert of the series is scheduled for
Among the guests at the Music in the Park Musical Adventure: Arts
Commissioners Nancy Beverage, Michael Tauber, Jan Sattler, Linda Dietrich
and Pat Kollenda: their spouses, Gary Beverage, Festival of Arts Board
member Bob Dietrich, Fred Sattler and Jim Kollenda.
Also: donors Morris Skendarian and Steve Parks; volunteers Dean and
Cheryl Harbold, Frank and Monique Daniel and Bob Dornan; former Arts
Commissioners Ken Anderson and Suzie Chauvel and spouses Bette Anderson
and Arno Chauvel; Faye and Mayor Wayne Baglin and Hilda Madrigal, a dear
friend of Music in the Park founder Doris Shields, Arts Commission
Emeritus, who cut the cake at the celebration.
BUT WHO’S COUNTING?
North Lagunans will finally be able to get downtown by using the
signal at Broadway and Beach Street, where the dogleg splits off of Cliff
“It has only taken 9 1/2 years,” said former mayor Wayne Peterson. “I
know because I started pushing for it when I was first elected.”
Caltrans is installing the signal, expected to be completed June 15,
at a cost of $100,000, of which the city will pay half.
WOMEN’S COUNCIL INSTALLEDThe new officers of St. Catherine’s
Women’s Council were installed Sunday at a special mass. Nancy Caster
will serve as president for the coming year. Also installed: First Vice
President Cris Casey, Third Vice President Ways & Means Virginia
Atherton, Recording Secretary Angela Ordway, Treasurer Bien Cruz, Mothers
Group Representative Maria O’Connor and Parliamentarian Kay Ross, past
president. A luncheon and fashion showed was held after the mass at
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