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2.0 quake strikes area

A small earthquake struck the Laguna Beach area Tuesday morning.

The 2.0 temblor struck about a mile off the Laguna coast at 8:04 a.m. There were no reports of damage or injuries. The quake was about 46 miles south of downtown L.A. and 12 miles from Irvine.

The U.S. Geological Survey website did not have any data about whether the quake was felt on land.

A USGS map placed the quake in the south Laguna area between Laguna Beach proper and Dana Point, parallel with Woods Cove.

Roberts, Jillson to lead parade

The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Committee has named Al Roberts and Ken Jillson as grand marshals of the 45th Parade, taking place Saturday, March 5 in Laguna Beach. Roberts and Jillson created the high successful AIDS Service Foundation fundraiser "Splash."

Honored Patriot of the Year is World War II veteran Frank Keneley, U.S. Army Air Corps. Citizen of the Year is Pat Kollenda, a community volunteer and member of the Festival of Arts Board. Laguna College of Art + Design, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, has been named "Artists of the Year."

Athlete of the Year" is James Pribram, professional surfer and environmentalist. Junior Citizens of the Year, chosen by the Laguna Beach High School faculty are Caroline Rechter and Ben Hanson, class of 2011.

The Parade Honoree Brunch will be held Sunday, Feb. 6, at Tivoli Terrace. For more information or volunteer opportunities, contact Sandi Werthe at (949)494-6016 or

Diabetes reversal program on film

A film, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 days," that shows how six Americans used raw, vegan foods to reverse diabetese, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at Feel Well for Life, 1409 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach.

"The change we witness in the eyes and skin and joy of these people in just 30 days is remarkable," said Pam Sterling, raw food teacher, speaker and coach. "We witness moments of struggle, support, and hope as what is revealed, with startling clarity, is that diet can reverse disease and change lives."

The film will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. Healthy Holiday Raw Food Reception. For more information, contact Sterling at (714) 654-9860 or Tiffani Diorio at (949) 878-6353.

Skateboard proposal moves forward

The Parking/Traffic/Circulation Committee has received a comprehensive report from the Laguna Beach Police Department regarding proposed skateboard regulations, according to former City Manager Ken Frank. The report indicates that some of the recommended policies already exist in the Vehicle Code—to whit, skateboarding is a pedestrian activity, skaters under 18 are supposed to wear helmets — and that some would conflict with the Vehicle Code. The Committee voted to forward their draft proposed drdinance and the police department report to the City Council. The proposal will likely be presented to the Council in February, according to Frank's Dec. 3 Friday Update.

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