Briefly In The News

August 18, 2011
  • Christa Johnson
Christa Johnson (Coastline Pilot )

New assistant city manager named

Christa Johnson has been appointed assistant city manager, according to City Manager John Pietig.

She will start Sept. 6. She is taking over the position previously held by Pietig.

Johnson comes to Laguna after spending the last five years as the assistant town manager for Windsor, north of Santa Rosa. She has also been assistant to the city manager of Alameda, near Oakland.

She received a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a master's degree in public administration from San Francisco State. She and her husband, Carl, have two children.


Friends of Newport Coast closes up

Friends of the Newport Coast has been dissolved, according to a letter from the nonprofit group to supporters.

Its board of directors voted in June to disband. Over its 35-year history, the group has helped protect almost 80% of the coast between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.


"It is not often that a nonprofit organization has completed its mission and is able to step into the history books," Fern Pirkle, president of Friends of the Newport Coast, said in the letter. "We believe we have done so and the time is right."

Friends of Newport Coast was formed in 1976, and its main goal was to preserve public open space and protect natural wildlife habitat, according to the letter.


9/11 sculpture dedication is planned

Artist Jorg Dubin's sculpture "Semper Memento" will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at Monument Point in Heisler Park.

The sculpture was made from two of the steel beams from the World Trade Center. The beams were donated to Laguna Beach from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their transport to Laguna and installation was funded through a donation by Laguna Beach resident Mark Porterfield.

The sculpture was created as memorial of the 9/11 attacks, the 10th anniversary of which is this year.

For more information, contact Cultural Arts Manager Siân Poeschl at (949) 497-0722 or


Clinic director elected coalition president

Dr. Tom Bent of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has been elected president of the board of directors of the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers.

The coalition was created in 1974 to offer support for the independent medical clinics of Orange County.

Bent is also the medical director and chief operating officer of the Community Clinic. He has been with the clinic since 1982 and became director in 2002.


Grant application deadline is Sept. 23

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