Laguna Beach civic leaders and business people celebrated their accomplishments of 2010 and stated their goals for 2011 at the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership Luncheon.
Meeting Tuesday at Hotel Laguna, the first order of business was honoring the memory of hotel owner Claes Andersen, whose death in 2010 stunned the community. The 60 seconds allotted for individual comments was instead filled with silent reverence for the hotelier who had hosted the event since it began 22 years ago.
Also missing was longtime organizer Bobbi Cox, who reportedly decided to sit the event out this year after serving as mistress of ceremonies — and rigorous time-keeper — since the event began in 1988. Serving as "mistresses of the gong" were Michele Clark of Waste Management and Kay Kearney of Doctors Ambulance, who performed as a veritable comic duo in keeping the speakers brief — and the crowd laughing.