- 2007

November 15, 2007

Downtown Developers to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Real estate developers and business owners Mark Christy and Sam Goldstein will speak Thursday, November 15th, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club.

The two savvy businessmen will discuss the future of the downtown, including the constraints of the downtown specific plan, the balance between resident and tourist serving development, and the struggle to maintain a village atmosphere while encouraging growth and beautification.
Christy, owner of Hobie Sports and co-Owner of Tuvalu Home Environment Stores, is also the only multi-property owner on Forest Avenue, with six storefronts in total. He was formerly a principal of Laguna Pacific Realty Group. A lifetime Laguna Beach resident, Christy graduated LBHS and the University of California with a degree in business economics.

“I’m a downtown historical property preservationist,” Christy says, because he prefers to restore and enhance, rather than develop. He also claims to be Laguna’s biggest fan, a title that might be challenged by his co-presenter.

Sam Goldstein, a local resident for 28 years, was a musician for much of his early life, before switching to real estate development. He has developed properties in several communities in Southern California, and last year acquired the historical Heisler Building, the largest building in the downtown and home to the Jolly Roger and Soul to Sole boutique. He hopes to renovate the building to its former glory, with additional high-profile tenants. Goldstein also serves on the advisory committee for the Laguna Canyon Foundation, and as a Board of Director for Irvine Barclay Theater, Butterfly, Inc an education foundation, and the Orange County Arts Partnership. Goldstein also founded Laguna Beach Live.

In 2002, Goldstein spearheaded an additional 2% Laguna Beach Hotel bed tax that currently subsidizes roughly $2 million for three local arts programs and the Visitor’s Bureau.

October 18, 2007

Architects of Bluebird Canyon Recovery to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Thursday, October 18th, Bob Burnham, the Bluebird Canyon recovery project coordinator, and Hannes Richter, geotechnical engineer, will present a synopsis of the two-year restoration effort for members of the Laguna Beach Business Club.

Their presentation will include highlights of the plan, the challenges and outcomes, costs and lessons learned.

Burnham, a semi-retired city attorney for Newport Beach, who lives near the affected area, took on the coordinator role shortly after the devastating slide in June 2005. He is paid only a fraction of his usual fees for what has become a Herculean effort to restore the infrastructure destroyed in the slide. Richter is the engineer who developed the complex repair plan that used the most current and innovative techniques in land engineering technology.

Together with construction company professionals and geological experts, the area has been re-established not only for homeowners to rebuild, but in order to maintain the slope and prevent future slippage. The area is expected to be ready for homeowner rebuilding in November, and, according to Burnham, is now the safest neighborhood in the city to live.

September 20, 2007

Assistant City Manager to Speak at Business Club Meeting

John Pietig, Assistant City Manager for Laguna Beach, will speak at the next meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club on September 20. Pietig will report on projects and programs that will impact the business community and the downtown shopping district.

Pietig has been with the city six years and has worked in urban management for 18 years. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. He lives in town with his wife Peggy and two boys, Danny and Jacob.

His responsibilities involve working with all departments in the daily management of the city and on key community initiatives. He is presently overseeing the completion of the new City maintenance and parking facility in Laguna Canyon (ACT V), the renovation of Heisler Park, the design of the new Lifeguard Headquarters at Main Beach, implementation of a new dispatch system for public safety services, and various improvements to city customer service. He also works with Council members and citizens on task forces to retain the South Coast Medical Center and its emergency room in town and to address issues related to homelessness.

August 16, 2007

“Providing Care for Aging Parents”

Director of Patient Care at Newport Bay Hospital, Mary Anderson, BSN, R.N., will shed some light on “Providing Care for Aging Parents” at the next Laguna Beach Business Club meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 a.m.

Mary will discuss the conditions of depression and Alzheimer’s in elders and how early detection and proper care management can help not only the aging parent but the caregiver as well.

Ms. Anderson has lived in Laguna Beach 36 years where she has raised 2 children, been an active volunteer and two time Board President at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and has also participated on the Orange County Mental Health Association Board.

Professionally, Mary Anderson has served as Director of Nurses at a psychiatric hospital, a program administrator, and as a private consultant.

July 19, 2007

Learn About The Hottest Topic in Business

Steve Creech, Vice President of Wyland Worldwide, will be the guest speaker at the monthly Laguna Beach Business Club. Creech will be discussing cause-related marketing with an emphasis on kids and the environment. He handles and coordinates all the media for Wyland Worldwide and the Wyland Foundation.

June 21, 2007

"The Ins and Outs of Design Review"

Former Design Review Chair Steve Kawaratani will shed some light on the "The Ins and Outs of Design Review" at the next Laguna Beach Business Club meeting at the Hotel Laguna on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30am.

The Design Review process in Laguna Beach is required for nearly all new construction. This oftentimes contentious process pits homeowners desires and dreams against a complex matrix of conflicting factors. These include issues of view equity, mass and scale, neighborhood compatibility, variances, and landscape mitigation.

Mr. Kawaratani will attempt to shed some light on how to streamline the process and tactics to avoid common pitfalls.

Steve Kawaratani is a fifty-six year resident of Laguna Beach. A landscape designer for over thirty years, his gardens grace homes and communities throughout Alta and Baja California. His practice includes consultation for HOAs on landscape and slope issues, as well as community development and design review concerns.

Steve is a former chair of the Laguna Beach Design Review Board and past member of the California Certified Nurseryman’s Committee. He writes a weekly gardening column for the Coast Line News and horticultural articles for various publications and the Internet. A graduate of Whittier College and regular speaker on the Orange County garden club circuit, he loves growing flowers for his wife, Catharine, and catnip for their two cats.



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