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Harman is outstanding legislator of 2008

The California State Sheriffs’ Assn. has recognized Sen. Tom Harman as an Outstanding Legislator for 2008.

The award was given to Harman in acknowledgment of his commitment to public safety and in appreciation of the senator’s dedication and support for law enforcement. The group represents the 58 elected county sheriffs throughout the state.

“Keeping our neighborhoods and streets safe is one of my top priorities,” Harman said. “To be recognized by the California State Sheriffs’ Assn. — the men and women working every day with other law enforcement professionals to meet California’s public safety needs — is truly a privilege.”

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Meeting planned on city transportation

Residents and business people who support the notion that Laguna Beach’s Central Business District would benefit from increased accessibility and decreased auto congestion are invited to a potluck dinner and film, from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16.

“Contested Streets,” a documentary about how cities have a choice between planning for more auto infrastructure or planning for more foot traffic, bike trips and public transport, will be shown. For more information, call Michael Hoag at (949) 494-5960, or e-mail villageat@cox.net

League to look at state budget crisis

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The League of Women Voters will meet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the home of Siggie Johnson, 616 Mystic View, to discuss the California budget crisis. The meeting is scheduled to follow by a few days the time the California Controller has said he will shut down the payment of bills incurred by the state because of lack of funds. For more information, (949) 494-2247 or (949) 494-0572.

Club discusses caring for elderly parents

A panel of experts will discuss issues of importance to “the Sandwich Generation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club.

The topic is “Caring for our Parents and Ourselves,” and covers medical and physical challenges, legal issues, and caring for the caregiver. Panel members include Pam Berkson, an adult nurse practitioner; Lyn Kennedy, community relations manager for Silverado Hospice; Fay Blix, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Sharon McNair, director of a geriatric care management company; and Kim Salter, PhD, a family therapist who will address coping mechanisms for the caregiver. A staff member from the local Senior Center will also be on hand to help discuss the issues.

The discussion will be moderated by Renae Hinchey, president of the club, at 286 St. Ann’s Drive. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Call (949)497-1200.

Documentary film series starts with Dalai Lama

Laguna Beach Film Society will launch its annual documentary series with “Dalai Lama Renaissance,” the 2007 best winner from both the Monaco and Moondance Film Festivals at 7 p.m. Friday, at the Forum Theater at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Narrated by Harrison Ford, this film traces what transpires when 40 “visionaries” including two quantum physicists, writers, psychiatrists, religious scholars, and others converge on the Dalai Lama to meet to solve the crucial problems of the world. Cost is $20 to see the film and meet the director. Tickets go on sale at 6:45 p.m. before the film.

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