Glenneyre repairs should take three weeks
Although the Glenneyre Street rehabilitation project will cause
noise, traffic delays and dust, residents and businesses will end up
with a brand new street.
The City Council has contracted with Excel Paving Company to
retrofit curb ramps so that they are compliant with current disabled
access regulations, and to grind up and repave the street with
rubberized asphalt. The company will receive $410,000 for the job.
The project, which began on Nov. 4, will take about 25 days to
complete, said Derek Wieske, assistant city engineer. It will affect
Glenneyre Street from Forest Avenue to Bluebird Canyon Drive and
Bluebird Canyon from Glenneyre to South Coast Highway.
“It’s quite a process,” Wieske said. “But they’ll have a
new-looking street free of pot holes, with a smoother ride, and more
Although the rain delayed the project by one day, Wieske expects
that it will be completed on-time.
The project is funded in part through state gas tax revenues.
-- Mary A. Castillo
Iseman remains top vote-getter
Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman was still the top vote-getter in the
Nov. 5 City Council race after a partial number of outstanding
absentee ballots were added to the count. Her total was 5,083 as of 4
p.m. Tuesday -- or 25.8% of the votes.
Only 1.8% of votes separated Iseman from fourth-place finisher
Melissa O’Neal in one of, if not the closest council race on record
The results of the remaining ballots are scheduled to be announced
this coming Tuesday.
Iseman picked up 76 votes in the latest count of absentee ballots,
increasing her narrow margin of victory to 405 votes.
Steven Dicterow overtook Elizabeth Pearson by one vote. Dicterow
added 413 votes to his total and Pearson added 382 votes, which would
seem to bolster the claim that more conservative voters tend to use
Iseman is the only Democrat on the new council. The others are
O’Neal picked up the most votes from the absentee ballot, 622,
giving her a total of 4,727,or 24% of the votes.
Dicterow and Pearson were each credited with 25.1%.
Laguna Beach has 16,536 registered voters, about 2,000 of them are
absentee ballot voters.
The reelected Steven Dicterow will miss the Dec. 3 meeting, when
the new council is to be installed. He will be in Spain on business.
City Clerk Verna Rollinger will swear in all the other council
members at the meeting.
“Elected city officials are required to take the oath of office,”
Rollinger said. “Arrangements will have to made for Steve.”
Dicterow will be returning to the city late on Dec. 4. Rollinger
said she would install him sometime before Dec. 17, the first meeting
that he will attend as a member of the new council.
The council votes for its new mayor after council installation.
The gavel traditionally passes to the mayor pro tem -- Councilwoman
Toni Iseman this year.
In Dicterow’s absence, a 2-2 split would be a no vote, and the
election would have to be delayed until a full council was in
Financial statements covering the 2002 election year will be due
Jan. 30 in the city clerk’s office.
Candidates, independent expenditure committees, political action
committees and any other groups or individuals that raised and spent
money in the municipal election must file. Homeowners who host
fund-raisers are generally exempt from filing.
For more information, call 497-0705.
-- Barbara Diamond
Spill closes portion of Victoria Beach
The Orange County Environmental Health Division closed a 200-foot
portion of Victoria Beach to swimmers and surfers this week because
of a sewage spill.
The beach was closed at 1:15 p.m. Monday, said Monica Mazur,
senior environment specialist of the Orange County Environmental
Health Division. The spill was reported when residents noticed water
running down their driveway.
Twenty to 50 gallons of sewage material entered the surf because
of a blocked lateral line from a private residence, Mazur confirmed.
A lateral line sends sewage material from a home to the city sewer
line. The city was not responsible for the spill, she said.
“It wasn’t a really big spill, but it was right there,” Mazur
“We call the combined effects of first flush and sewage a ‘double
whammy,’” said Roger von Butow of Clean Water Now! “Victoria could
remain posted longer than the usual 72 hours minimum due to these
toxic cocktail sampling results.”
Mazur confirmed that the beach was still closed as of Wednesday.
New president named to pageant board
Bruce Rasner was elected board president of the Festival of
Arts/Pageant of the Masters, now in its 70th year, and John Campbell
was named vice-president at the board’s annual meeting Wednesday.
Also reelected for three-year tenures were Bob Dietrich, Kathleen
Blackburn and Dianne Reardon.
The board introduced the 2003 theme, “Seasons.”
“Seasons” will celebrate a collection of time periods from the
10th through 20th centuries through artists such as John Falter,
Norman Rockwell and Thomas R. Gould.
Diane Challis Davy will be returning for her eighth year as
director. She has been a part of the pageant’s production department
for 23 years. Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 1, prices
range from $18 to $80.
For ticket information, call 494-1145 or (800) 487-3378.