Briefly In The News

September 29, 2011

Interim director of Chamber announced

The board of directors for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has named Kristine Thalman as its interim executive director.

Thalman will take over for Rose Hancock, who recently resigned to explore other opportunities.

Thalman previously was chief executive of the Building Industry Assn. of Orange County, and she currently operates her own consulting firm in Laguna.

She has also served on the Laguna Beach Seniors board of directors and is an ambassador for the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.


"We are confident that Kristine's skills and experience will serve the Chamber of Commerce well, and we are glad to have her on board to execute exciting changes and oversee the development of great partnerships within the business community," Chamber President Chris Keller said in a statement.


Saturday is Harry Lawrence Day

Celebrate the birthday of Harry Lawrence, aka "Mr. Laguna" at 1 p.m. Saturday at Main Beach Park.

Lawrence has lived in Laguna since 1947 and has been a part of many community organizations and projects that helped make the city what it is today.

Oct. 1 has been Harry Lawrence Day since then-Mayor Jane Egly declared it on his 95th birthday.

The annual Main Beach celebration will include cake and ice cream, and the public is invited.


Weekly update from the city manager

•A workshop about the city's proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the City Council Chambers, according to City Manager John Pietig. The workshop is intended to provide information to and hear feedback from restaurant owners and members of the retail industry. For more information about the proposed ordinance, call (949) 497-0390.

•Kristen Berry has been named the city's new public safety communications supervisor. Berry has more than 22 years of experience in public safety dispatching. She is replacing outgoing supervisor Rita Fraser, who recently retired.

•The city's tree maintenance contractor will be inspecting and trimming about 225 eucalyptus trees in Laguna Beach during the next two months.

•At its Sept. 14 meeting, the Planning Commission approved Carmelita's, a new Mexican restaurant at 215-217 Broadway. The restaurant is family owned and operated.


'Heart of Gold' benefit will help children of Baja

Mozambique will host Corazon de Vida's "Heart of Gold: a benefit for the children of Baja" at 6 p.m. Oct. 19.

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