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September 21, 2007
“Because Laguna Beach is very tolerant of the homeless.” Janet Barkawi Laguna Beach “I don’t know why they would come here more than anywhere else.” Michael Vallee Oregon “It’s a pretty accepting environment for all kinds of people.” Debra Kirchhofer Laguna Beach “I don’t think more homeless people gravitate toward Laguna.” Ronnie Williams Laguna Beach “Because there’s a good chance of getting a roof over their heads.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 29, 2008
City leaders decided Tuesday that they weren’t ready to set a timer for homeless folks to stop using beaches and parks as campgrounds. Proposed revisions to a city ordinance that would prohibit people from making public areas their living space were set aside without action. Instead, the council unanimously voted to appoint Council members Kelly Boyd and Toni Iseman to create an oversight committee to deal with recommendations made by the Homeless Task Force on which they served.
NEWS
June 18, 2010
The relocated Laguna Beach emergency homeless shelter, or Alternative Sleeping Location, began accepting lodgers Tuesday, according to city officials. The nightly shelter at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road replaces the temporary facility that has been in place since November at the ACT V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. The new facility is between the Dog Park and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Homeless people will be picked up at the city bus depot on Broadway beginning at 6 p.m. and transported by van to the new shelter, which is about a mile farther up the canyon from the former shelter site.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | February 4, 2010
Laguna Beach has begun turning away “nonlocal” homeless people from the Alternative Sleeping Location at the ACT V parking lot, according to Assistant City Manager John Pietig. The shelter has been at or above its capacity of 50 for 27 of the 31 nights in January, Pietig said. On two nights, 60 people sought shelter there. As a result, the city is now accommodating only homeless people who have ties to Laguna Beach, including having grown up or attended school here, having family in Laguna Beach, or a record of being homeless in Laguna for the previous 18 months.
NEWS
January 23, 2014
Re "Homeless Hide in Plain Sight," Hansen, Jan. 17. I wish to commend columnist David Hansen on the enterprise and skill with which he wrote about "Reagan," the homeless man who has been living in an outdoor space between two Laguna restaurants. Bo Calabrese and his family are wonderfully kind for reaching out to Reagan and bringing him food, clothes, dental supplies and money. Although I don't know the particulars about this man, Reagan is precisely the sort of homeless person who might benefit from permanent supportive housing.
NEWS
October 23, 2009
The city has been backed into a corner legally and now must find someplace to offer shelter to homeless people in order to regain control of the city?s beaches and parks, indeed, all its public spaces. The ACT V parking lot is the only remotely acceptable choice: It is a developed site, not right next to homes, and is earmarked for public use only a few months of the year. Laguna Canyon residents are understandably not happy with the prospect of these new neighbors. But the folks who live across the street from Heisler Park were also not happy when groups of unhoused people began living and carousing day and night within eye- and ear-shot of them, after the city became unable to control the use of the public parks.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 2, 2007
More homeless people are finding their way to Laguna Beach, and city officials have taken notice. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the Affordable Housing and Human Affairs Committee to explore the issue of homelessness and work with community groups who have expertise in dealing with the homeless. "I think the population has grown, and I am seeing more aggressive behavior than in the past," said Councilman Kelly Boyd, who requested the item be put on the agenda.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | November 20, 2009
City officials, police and organizers are very pleased by the early results of Laguna Beach’s Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) for homeless people. The ASL opened Nov. 12 with a capacity crowd of 51 guests, Assistant City Manager John Pietig reported. By the morning of Nov. 13, the encampments at Heisler Park and local beaches had disappeared, as homeless people were made aware of the nighttime shelter by police and informed of the new law prohibiting sleeping at night on public property.
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NEWS
January 23, 2014
Re "Homeless Hide in Plain Sight," Hansen, Jan. 17. I wish to commend columnist David Hansen on the enterprise and skill with which he wrote about "Reagan," the homeless man who has been living in an outdoor space between two Laguna restaurants. Bo Calabrese and his family are wonderfully kind for reaching out to Reagan and bringing him food, clothes, dental supplies and money. Although I don't know the particulars about this man, Reagan is precisely the sort of homeless person who might benefit from permanent supportive housing.
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NEWS
By Britney Barnes and Lauren Williams | January 17, 2013
A 33-year-old homeless man was found dead Tuesday morning in a gazebo at a Laguna Beach park, police said. The death was reported to the Laguna Beach Police Department at 8:35 a.m. by a fellow transient, who told officers the man was not moving and couldn't be awakened, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The two were sleeping in the gazebo at Jahraus Park off Cliff Drive. The man who died came to Laguna from Colorado and Georgia, she said. The coroner's office found no evidence of foul play, and the cause of death is under investigation, Callus said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay | November 1, 2012
For the fourth year, the World Hunger Bowl will satiate an appreciation for art and fill the stomachs of those in need. About 25 professional artists from all over the world donated bowls — from as far as Kenya, Germany and Uganda — which will be auctioned off for charity Saturday at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. The event, which will feature 100 bowls including eight from Laguna artists, also includes tasty soups and other culinary offerings by local restaurants such as K'ya Bistro, French 75, Sundried Tomato Cafe, Sapphire Laguna, Nirvana Grille and Mozambique.
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Cindy Frazier | September 30, 2010
They call her "Mom. " She calls them "kids. " But Faye Chapman isn't nearly old enough to be the mother of the homeless people she ferries to the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon from a designated pickup location at the bus depot on Broadway. Chapman has an easy familiarity with the homeless, some of whom have obvious physical or mental disabilities. A few of the men tease and joke with her — some of the jokes are off-color and might offend most women — but Chapman smiles breezily and keeps to her mission.
NEWS
June 18, 2010
The relocated Laguna Beach emergency homeless shelter, or Alternative Sleeping Location, began accepting lodgers Tuesday, according to city officials. The nightly shelter at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road replaces the temporary facility that has been in place since November at the ACT V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. The new facility is between the Dog Park and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Homeless people will be picked up at the city bus depot on Broadway beginning at 6 p.m. and transported by van to the new shelter, which is about a mile farther up the canyon from the former shelter site.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 6, 2010
Laguna Beach will again be part of national Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. The City Council issued a proclamation at the April 20 meeting designating Nov. 1 to 7 National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week in Laguna Beach, and it will contribute $500 toward the printing costs of the week’s activities. Activities will be sponsored by the city’s Housing and Human Services Committee and organized by the Relief and Resource Center. Events will include a weeklong food drive, with the goal of doubling last year’s 25,000 pounds of donations and the “Hunger Bowl.
NEWS
April 9, 2010
Homeless people who use the Alternative Sleeping Location will be getting a new home in Laguna Beach, and it?s all to the good. By mid-June, as the city gears up for the summer festival season, and the ACT V parking lot will be needed for visitors, if all goes as planned the mobile structure that houses the homeless at night will be sitting in a new location farther up-canyon. The new site, at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, a former Verizon telephone facility, will give the homeless and homeless providers a larger area and more services.
NEWS
March 19, 2010
We Lagunans witnessed two terrible events last week that should concern us. One was a man masturbating in the bushes while watching a child in a backyard. The other was a knife fight between four local teenagers that left one with a serious abdominal wound that required surgery. All involved must be held accountable for their actions. The fact that the man was homeless and the boys were teens has nothing to say about all homeless people or all teenagers. To me, these events should result in two obvious actions: 1. The police and our legal system need to deal with the responsible individuals in both incidents.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | February 4, 2010
Laguna Beach has begun turning away “nonlocal” homeless people from the Alternative Sleeping Location at the ACT V parking lot, according to Assistant City Manager John Pietig. The shelter has been at or above its capacity of 50 for 27 of the 31 nights in January, Pietig said. On two nights, 60 people sought shelter there. As a result, the city is now accommodating only homeless people who have ties to Laguna Beach, including having grown up or attended school here, having family in Laguna Beach, or a record of being homeless in Laguna for the previous 18 months.
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