Those seeking a glimpse into the future of Laguna Beach under incoming city manager John Pietig might want to take a clue from outgoing City Manager Ken Frank's taste in music.
On Monday night, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" rang out as several hundred people — nothing less than a "Who's Who of Laguna Beach" — crowded into [seven degrees] to wish Frank well and thank him for his 30-plus years of service. That is apparently one of Frank's favorite all-time tunes, and Denver, an early environmentalist and conservationist, is one of his heroes, according to those who know him well.
Since Pietig is Frank's personal choice as successor, it could be surmised that the two shared some John Denver over a glass of their favorite beverage at some point or other. But whether Pietig — who isn't part of the John Denver generation, after all — is more of a Garth Brooks man, or maybe favors Faith Hill or opera, remains to be seen.