November 20, 2008

Linn Wiley“Business and Credit in these Economic Times” will be the subject of discussion at the November 20, 2008 meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. Long time banking professional D. Linn Wiley will lead the discussion. Mr. Wiley is Vice Chairman of CVB Financial Corp. and Citizens Business Bank. He is also a former director of the Federal Reserve Board, 12th District, Los Angeles Branch. The presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

October 16, 2008

Employment and Mentoring for the Homeless to be Discussed at Laguna Beach Business Club

DawnPrinceRepresentatives of Friendship Shelter will speak at the October 16, 2008 meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. Dawn Price, the organization’s new Executive Director and Rick Scott, Project Ready Manager, will speak about building employment opportunities for the homeless. Randy Kraft, Director of Development for Friendship Shelter, and a LBBC member, will moderate the discussion. The presentation begins at 7:30 a.m., Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

Friendship Shelter launched Project Ready! (which stands for Relapse prevention, Employment development, Affordable housing, Determined by You!) in July to help equip shelter residents and graduates for long-term success in the mainstream community. The program will help the formerly homeless establish working lives that sustain them financially, which is of particular significance in Orange County, the 4th most expensive housing market in the country, according to the National Association of Home Builders. An Orange County minimum wage worker would have to work 169 hours per week to rent an average 2-bedroom apartment, and many county residents spend more than a third of their income on rent alone, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

RickScottProject Ready! will also establish an alumni network, not only to provide mutual support and inspiration, but to provide mentorship opportunities, which are much in need. Start-up funding has been provided by a HUD grant and two generous private donations.

Rick Scott, a resident of Laguna Beach, earned his degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University and has worked with many non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth and the homeless, and also at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in L. A. County. During a 13-year teaching career in Laguna Beach, he coached varsity boys and girls water polo and swim teams. Dawn Price joined the organization in September and was previously with Ronald McDonald House in South Texas, Planned Parenthood of Iowa and Drake University. For more about Friendship Shelter programs, go to www.friendshipshelter.org.

18 September 2008

LB Indy Principals to Speak at Laguna Beach Business ClubLBIndenpendent

Stu Saffer, founder of the local Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, and Andrea Adelson, the paper’s City Editor, will speak to members of the Laguna Beach Business Club and guests on September 18, 2008, at 7:30 a.m., Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

21 August 2008

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LB Magazine Founders to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club


The Laguna Beach Business Club invites the public to meet the founders of Laguna Beach Magazine. Ben Warner and Steve Zepezauer, two locals who started the magazine, will speak to members of the Business Club and guests on August 21, 2008, at 7:30 a.m., Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. Warner and Zepezauer started Laguna Beach Magazine one year ago. They will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of print and online media. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com. For more information about the Laguna Beach Business Club, including past speakers, please visit www.LagunaBeachBusinessClub.com.

19 June 2008

ChipMcDermottLaguna Beach Business Club to Honor “Zero Trash” Founder

One measure of a great town is the involvement of its residents. Another measure is the amount of trash in public view. In both regards, the Laguna Beach Business Club is pleased to honor local resident Chip McDermott for his contributions in helping rid our town of trash. McDermott, who runs a market research and data collection business used by film studios and others to test advertising and products, grew tired of seeing trash on our streets and beaches and resolved to do something about it.

0TrashHe founded Zero Trash Laguna (www.zerotrashlaguna.org) and has petitioned the City to add trash receptacles, to start street recycling, and to install ashtrays for the public. McDermott has also created a community event known as “1st Saturday” where volunteers adopt a street and remove as much trash as they can in two hours.

McDermott will speak to the Business Club on June 19. Presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

May 15, 2008

JaneEglyMayor to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

The Laguna Beach Business Club invites you to meet the Mayor.

Mayor Jane Egly will speak to the Club on Thursday, May 15, 7:30 a.m., at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.

April 17, 2008

Laguna Beach Business Club to discuss Sustainable Development and Zero Trash

ChrisPerlitzSustainable development consultant Chris Prelitz and Zero Trash Laguna founder Chip McDermott will speak at the Laguna Beach Business Club’s breakfast meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2008.  Prelitz has been passionately involved in “green” building  and sustainability for over 25 years.  His projects range from off-grid solar communities in Taos, NM, to the first permitted solar powered home in Orange County, and the just completed solar powered, LEED certified Mercedes Benz dealership in Arizona.  (See www.prelitz.com.) ChipMcDermott McDermott founded Zero Trash Laguna (www.zerotrashlaguna.org) to rid our town of trash on its streets and beaches.  Presentations begin at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room.  The public is invited to attend.  Admission is $25 per person, which includes buffet breakfast.  Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 769-3600 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.  For more information about the Laguna Beach Business Club, including past speakers, please visit www.LagunaBeachBusinessClub.com.  

March 20, 2008

Lt. Col. Abraham (Ret.) to speak about Service on Guantanamo Tribunals

Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham (Ret.), a decorated Army intelligence officer and counterterrorism analyst, served with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants (“OARDEC”), the military department responsible for review of the status of Guantanamo Bay detainees. Abraham is the first such officer to publically criticize the tribunal process. His declaration, filed with the Supreme Court in June 2007, is widely credited with encouraging the Supreme Court – in a reversal that was so rare that it last occurred 60 years ago – to agree to hear two detainee cases, Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, reversing a decision made just two months earlier. He will speak about his experiences Thursday, March 20, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club. The public is invited to attend. Presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hotel Laguna, Catalina Room. $20 per person, includes buffet breakfast. Please RSVP to Josh Wolff at (949) 720-4140 or jwolff@wolff-law.com.


For more background information, click here for link to LA TIMES article.

February 28, 2008

Local Expert on Crisis Communication to Speak at Laguna Beach Business Club

Joan Gladstone of Gladstone International will speak Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Laguna Beach Business Club. A longtime Laguna Beach resident, Gladstone has managed media coverage of a number of high profile matters, including the County of Orange’s 1994 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Gladstone also works with companies, nonprofits and public agencies on media-related issues ranging from labor strikes and political protests to environmental problems, regulatory investigations, executive transitions, and property disputes.


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