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This past Monday April 22nd was officially Earth Day and celebrated in many countries around the world. In Laguna Beach, the open space and education-focused group Laguna Canyon Conservancy (LCC) sponsored an environmental networking event to direct attention on protecting and respecting the planet we all share.

 

Over 150 attendees gathered at the Rivian Theater to hear from local concerned groups about their special efforts to carry out this mission.  Participants included Tom and Ginger Osborne from Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Ray Hiemstra from Orange County Coastkeeper, Mike Beanan from Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, Rob Lee from Laguna Ocean Foundation, George Weiss and Jeremy Frimond for the City of Laguna Beach’s Climate Action Plan, Laguna Beach High School FLOW Program educators Sarah Benson and Jun Shen with student filmmakers Tessa D’Amico, Keanu Mir-Scaer, Wyatt Degner and Alexander Elyaza, and Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) faculty Dana Herkelrath and Dan Marriner with students Katia Arriaga, Katelyn Hall and Alysha Martinez.

 

Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s history of activism and its accomplishments were shared by founding board member Gene Felder along with a video from the 1989 Walk in the Canyon that led the way to the eventual open space preservation of 22,000 acres surrounding Laguna Beach. LCC President Gayle Waite moderated the event introducing the speakers each with their fascinating videos, slide shows and pertinent data to a captivated audience.

 

The venue space was generously donated by the Rivian company and the program flowed smoothly thanks to their event group headed by Jennifer Ayala, Ben Burnett and Tom Yim. Both Rivian and Laguna Canyon Conservancy had the same goal to remind everyone to take part in protecting this earth and all the life it supports by making everyday EARTH DAY!

  • EARTH DAY 2024
    EARTH DAY 2024
    Mon, Apr 22
    Rivian South Coast Theatre
    Apr 22, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Rivian South Coast Theatre, 162 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
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  • ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION!
    ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION!
    Thu, Mar 07
    Boat Canyon Park / Riddle Field
    Mar 07, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Boat Canyon Park / Riddle Field, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
    Please join Laguna Canyon Conservancy and other groups at this free, fun event.
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  • What About Trees in Laguna Beach?
    What About Trees in Laguna Beach?
    Mon, Jan 08
    Zoom Meeting
    Jan 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Zoom Meeting
    A candid discussion regarding trees in Laguna Beach hosted by LCC with community guests Bob Borthwick, Ann Christoph, Ruben Flores, and Barbara MacGillivray
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS NETWORKING!
    ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS NETWORKING!
    Mon, Sep 18
    Guild Hall at St. Mary's Church
    Sep 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Guild Hall at St. Mary's Church, 428 Park Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
    This meeting is an opportunity for several of our local environmental non-profits to network and consider aligning together as a larger group in the future to become a stronger voice in the community.
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  • Hallie Jones to Speak  at Laguna Canyon Conservancy on Caltrans Canyon Projects
    Hallie Jones to Speak  at Laguna Canyon Conservancy on Caltrans Canyon Projects
    Mon, Apr 17
    Hallie Jones
    Apr 17, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Hallie Jones
    ZOOM MEETING: Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones will discuss the Caltrans safety projects along Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro Road and comment on environmental issues and concerns.
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  • Terry Welsh, President Banning Ranch Conservancy is our Guest Speaker for March
    Terry Welsh, President Banning Ranch Conservancy is our Guest Speaker for March
    Mon, Mar 06
    Susi Q Community Center
    Mar 06, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Susi Q Community Center, 380 3rd St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
    Please join us on March 6th 2023, at 4 PM and meet our featured guest speaker Terry Welsh. Terry will give a short history of the successful effort to purchase Banning Ranch and bring this important open space into public ownership. www.BanningRanchConservancy.org
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  • Steve Brittan, President and CEO of LCAD is our Guest Speaker for February
    Steve Brittan, President and CEO of LCAD is our Guest Speaker for February
    Mon, Feb 06
    LCAD - Studio Arts Bldg. @ Big Bend
    Feb 06, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    LCAD - Studio Arts Bldg. @ Big Bend, 2825 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
    Please join us on February 6th 2023, at 5 PM to 7 PM and meet our featured guest speaker Steve Brittan. Steve will be a presenting a program that will give the public insight into recent developments at LCAD, their innovative academic programs, and collaborations with industry and institutions.
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  • Honoring Toni Iseman for her Contributions
    Honoring Toni Iseman for her Contributions
    Thu, Jan 12
    Bridge Hall at NCC
    Jan 12, 2023, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Bridge Hall at NCC, 340 St Ann's Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Please join us on Thursday January 12th, 2023, at NCC's Bridge Hall, doors open at 5:30 to 8 PM, as we honor Toni Iseman for the many contributions she has made to preserve and maintain open space in and around Laguna Canyon!
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  • Mayor Sue Kempf is our Guest Speaker for April 4th
    Mayor Sue Kempf is our Guest Speaker for April 4th
    Mon, Apr 04
    Monthly Program Event
    Apr 04, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Monthly Program Event
    Please join us on April 4th, 2022, at 7:00 PM and meet our featured guest speaker Mayor Sue Kempf. She will give some updates on the Canyon and open space issues/activities and a brief state of the city. She will be happy to take questions following her presentation.
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  • Melanie Schlotterbeck, Green Vision Project Coordinator is our Guest Speaker for March
    Melanie Schlotterbeck, Green Vision Project Coordinator is our Guest Speaker for March
    Mon, Mar 07
    Monthly Program Event
    Mar 07, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Monthly Program Event
    Please join us on March 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM and meet our featured guest speaker Melanie Schlotterbeck, Green Vision Project Coordinator for the regional non-profit Friends of Harbors, Beaches,  and Parks as she speaks about the organization's many preservation issues and projects in the works.
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  • Penny Milne, President of CANDO is our Guest Speaker for December
    Penny Milne, President of CANDO is our Guest Speaker for December
    Mon, Dec 06
    Monthly Program Event
    Dec 06, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Monthly Program Event
    UPDATES ON: > Development threats to the slopes of Laguna Canyon > Preservation and Restoration of Laguna Canyon Creek > Will Implementing the Laguna Canyon Planning Study help save the Canyon? > Affordable Housing- meeting RHNA while protecting the rural character of the Canyon
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  • Cottie Petrie-Norris, California Assemblywoman is our Guest Speaker
    Cottie Petrie-Norris, California Assemblywoman is our Guest Speaker
    Mon, Nov 01
    LCC Presents Zoom Meeting
    Nov 01, 2021, 7:00 PM
    LCC Presents Zoom Meeting
    On Monday, November 1st we will have CA Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris as our guest speaker discussing topics such as state vs. local controls.
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  • David Raber, Co-founder of Laguna Residents First is our Guest Speaker
    David Raber, Co-founder of Laguna Residents First is our Guest Speaker
    Mon, Oct 04
    LCC Hosts Zoom Meeting
    Oct 04, 2021, 7:00 PM
    LCC Hosts Zoom Meeting
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  • Norm Grossman to Speak at Laguna Canyon Conservancy
    Norm Grossman to Speak at Laguna Canyon Conservancy
    Mon, Apr 05
    Zoom
    Apr 05, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Zoom
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  • John Peitig to Speak at Laguna Canyon Conservancy
    John Peitig to Speak at Laguna Canyon Conservancy
    Mon, Mar 01
    Zoom
    Mar 01, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
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  • Hallie Jones Guest Speaker
    Hallie Jones Guest Speaker
    Mon, Feb 01
    Zoom
    Feb 01, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    An evening of updates regarding the many issues facing the preservation of our Laguna Canyon and our open spaces.
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  • George Weiss as Guest Speaker
    George Weiss as Guest Speaker
    Mon, Jan 11
    Zoom
    Jan 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
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  • Laguna Canyon Conservancy Presents Julie Hamilton
    Laguna Canyon Conservancy Presents Julie Hamilton
    Mon, Mar 02
    SEVEN 7 SEVEN
    Mar 02, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    SEVEN 7 SEVEN, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA
    The program will be an update from Julie M. Hamilton, the attorney for Friends of the Canyon, on working on an appeal the Coastal Commission's approval for the Artist Live-Work project.
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Available videos of past programs...
 

On January 8, 2024, What about trees?  

A candid discussion regarding trees in Laguna Beach hosted by LCC with community guests Bob Borthwick, Ann Christoph, Ruben Flores, and Barbara MacGillivray.

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On April 17, 2023, Hallie Jones Director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation was our Guest Speaker. 

Hallie discussed the Caltrans safety projects along Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro Road and commented on environmental issues and concerns. 

Head Shot of Hallie Jones Director of Laguna Canyon Foundation

On April 4, 2022, Mayor of Laguna Beach, Sue Kempf was our Guest Speaker. 

Sue Kempf was selected as Mayor unanimously by the Laguna Beach City Council in December of 2021. Prior to her election to our City Council in 2018, she served nearly 5 years on the City’s Planning Commission, three years as Chair of the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, was a graduating member of the first CERT class and participated on the Council assigned committee which created the current View Preservation Ordinance. Her City Council assignments include board member positions on the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Beach County Water District and Festival of the Arts as well as liaison to the Arts Commission, Recreation Committee and South Laguna Water District Advisory member.

Mayor Sue Kempf with City of Laguna Beach logo.

On March 7, 2022, "Green Vision Advocate" Melanie Schlotterbeck was our Guest Speaker. 

Melanie is the Green Vision Project Coordinator for the regional non-profit Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks. She manages multiple coalitions and focuses on policy work at the local, regional, and statewide levels. Part of her work includes managing the Green Vision Map, which documents the existing protected natural lands and those in need of protection. Melanie was deeply involved in the creation of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Renewed Measure M Mitigation Program, which has protected 1,300 acres and funded restoration of 350 acres to date. Since 2007 she has served as the Vice-Chair for the Committee that oversees the Mitigation Program.

Green Vision Advocate - Melanie Schlotterbeck

On December 6, 2021, Penny Milne, President of CANDO was our Guest Speaker. 

Penny Milne as President of C.A.N.D.O. was our guest speaker with an update on the threats to Laguna Canyon. C.A.N.D.O. is an alliance of all Laguna Canyon neighborhoods. Their mission is to preserve the rural, low-density and small-scale character of Laguna Canyon, and to protect the integrity of their unique neighborhoods, to ensure the safety of the Laguna Canyon corridor. C.A.N.D.O. advocates judicious, long-term planning for this biologically diverse gateway into our community.

Penny Milne President of CANDO

On November 1, 2021, Cottie Petrie-Norris, California Assemblywoman was our Guest Speaker

Cottie Petrie-Norris was our guest speaker discussing topics such as state vs. local controls. She represents California's 74th Assembly District - Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, and portions of Irvine & Huntington Beach. Cottie Petrie-Norris is a businesswoman and community leader who was elected to the State Assembly in 2018. In her first term, Cottie has secured millions of dollars in funding for projects in our district and introduced important legislation to combat sea level rise, improve services for veterans and help small businesses.

Cottie Petrie-Norris - California Assemblywoman

On April 5, 2021, Norm Grossman was our Guest Speaker. 

Laguna Greenbelt President Norm Grossman presented a brief history of the Laguna Greenbelt, reviewed our  current issues, and particularly the need to improve the Wildlife Corridor, and address future projects. 

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