-- Barbara Diamond
The fate of two endangered eucalpti in the Thurston Park
neighborhood hangs on a report by a consulting arborist, hired by the
City officials took emergency action Tuesday night to engage an
expert to determine whether the two 80-foot trees had been so
severely damaged during grading for a new home that they would have
to be removed or could be saved.
The city's consultant visited the site Thursday morning and was
expected to report back the city's Community Development Department
One previous report gave the property owners the option of
removing the trees or trying to save them by cabling them to an
adjacent tree, crowning them and watering them should be left up to
the property owners.
Bill and Claudia Hardy will have until Tuesday to decide whether
they will comply with any new recommendations.
Bill Hardy said the trees were inadvertently damaged during
grading. Councilwoman Toni Iseman wanted immediate action taken to
preserve the trees.
"You don't wait around on a eucalyptus," Iseman said. "You have to
The cost to cable and crown the trees was estimated at $4,000.
"We didn't mean to hurt these trees," Hardy said. "But the
likelihood of them surviving is not good. To spend another $4,000 is
Claudia Hardy said a condition of the Design Review Board's
approval of the plans for the home included the provision that if
trees were damaged they had to be replaced.
"We want to do that," Hardy said.
Should the Hardys decline to accept the arborist's
recommendations, a special City Council meeting will be held Tuesday
to take action.
Friendship Shelter raises funds for homeless
The third annual fund-raiser for Friendship Shelter raised more
than $26,000 to help the homeless in Orange County.
More than 200 people attended the "Endless Summer Luau" benefit on
Oct. 5 at the Woman's Club. The food was donated by Pei Wei's Asian
Diner, a division of P.F. Chang's, and the rest of the evening was
underwritten by an anonymous donor. The merchants of Laguna Beach are
to be applauded as well, as they dug deeply to donate spectacular
items for the silent auction portion of the event.
Friendship Shelter is a nonprofit agency, which assists homeless
adults in regaining their self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The
shelter provides a program of mental health care, substance abuse
rehabilitation and life skills classes to our residents. Volunteer
opportunities are endless at the Shelter. Information: (949)
Playhouse, shelter willed thousands
The Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter announced
two sizable gifts from the estate of Laguna Woods resident Jean
Adelson, who passed away in February, bequeathed $187,000 to the
playhouse and $93,500 to the shelter.
She had been a frequent office volunteer and ushered performances
with her husband, Jack, according to Richard Stein, executive
director of the playhouse.
Adelson served as play librarian and worked in the business office
and in the box office. Volunteers and staff at the playhouse remember
how she read and researched every play so that she could explain the
plays to the theatergoers buying tickets.
"Jean Adelson was a member of this community who devoted much time
and effort to the Laguna Playhouse over a period of many years," he
said in a written statement.
Using the funds, the playhouse created the Jean B. Adelson Cash
Reserve Fund for its short-term cash needs and will add to the fund
so it can grow concurrently with the its operating budget. The
theater's budget has grown from $800,000 in 1989 to nearly $5
The animal shelter deposited the money into an account that will
allow staff to provide routine as well as specialized medical care
for animals, said Chief James Spreine. The costs of medical care and
public education outweigh income from licensing and vaccination fees.
"A person or persons who donate this type of money are interested
in directing it to the animals and to educating the community," he
Although Adelson never volunteered at the shelter, she stood
behind the mission of the organization.
"It's extraordinary," said Nancy Goodwin, director of the shelter.
"It's never happened before and it will last us for many years."
to disrupt Alta Vista
The Laguna Beach County Water District has started replacing a
portion of its cast-iron water pipeline in Alta Vista Way between
Iris and Bonita. The work will continue until about Oct. 25.
The pipeline improvement will enhance residential and fire-flow
delivery and upgrade the overall reliability of the water
The streets will remain open to pedestrian traffic, and crews will
try to maintain normal vehicle access. Hours of construction will be
from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions and
information, please contact the district's engineering department at
Medical center lab honored for quality
South Coast Medical Center Main Laboratory was awarded an
accreditation with distinction by the Commission on Laboratory
Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.
"I am absolutely proud of my lab team," said Terri Garza, director
of clinical services. "They worked very hard not only for the
inspection but every day."
Inspectors examined the records and quality control of the
laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and
qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities,
the equipment, laboratory safety and laboratory management to
determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.
For nearly 40 years the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program has
been recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more
stringent than the government's own inspection program. South Coast
Medical Center's main laboratory is now recognized as one of 6,000
CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.
Brandy's Friends honored by Disney
The Disneyland Community Service Foundation awarded Brandy's
"We are delighted to be recognized by Disney as an important
resource for families in South Orange County," said Cheryl Post,
director of community development. "The funds will support our
ongoing education programs in local schools."
The Laguna-based adolescent treatment center was among 100 Orange
County nonprofit community service organizations and agencies that
were honored at the 45th annual awards ceremony at Disney's
California Adventure Park. The organizations were selected in honor
of the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth.
Founded in 1993, Brandy's Friends is a non-profit outpatient
counseling center focusing on family intervention for adolescent drug
and alcohol abuse. For information about the programs and service
provided by the center please call (949) 494-8100.