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By Josh Aden | September 6, 2007
Laguna Beach lifeguards were swamped with rescues Labor Day weekend after the heat, waves and holiday combined to create what Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said was an extremely dangerous position for the department. Lifeguards made 515 rescues over the three-day weekend, 372 of which were done on Monday alone. More than 10,300 preventive contacts were made with the beaches thronged with an estimated 150,000 beachgoers. The normal risk of six-to-eight foot waves and strong riptides was compounded by a heat wave that swept across Southern California.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | April 13, 2007
Laguna Beach lifeguards were hard-pressed to keep beachgoers safe this week, as extreme waves — up to 15 feet — and strong currents pounded the shoreline from what one veteran surfer called "the swell of the decade." Rip tides were reported with speeds up to 11 mph — as fast as a brisk jog. A pair of anglers — Yi Ni Kwong, 49, of Irvine, and Sean Shungfei Yeh, 53, of Fremont — were reportedly swept off a fishing jetty in nearby Corona del Mar Tuesday morning, and Laguna Beach lifeguards were put on alert that they might have to assist in recovering the bodies, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said.
NEWS
July 8, 2005
Lauren Vane The barbecues in Heisler Park were claimed by early morning, and nearly every square of sand at Main Beach was occupied before noon. It was Fourth of July in Laguna, and the town population seemed to balloon several times its size. With increased staffing from police, fire and marine safety departments, the city was equipped to handle anything the day might bring. Fortunately, the holiday went off without a hitch. As sun-seekers hit the beach, lifeguards faced a challenging day. Marine safety employed 10 extra lifeguards and extended patrol hours, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards Poachers beware -- city officials are working to make sure Laguna's tide pools have a guardian with powers to make anyone who takes sea critters pay a price. In the fall, the Marine Safety Department should have a new member of its team, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said. The new position will be for a marine-enforcement officer, and whoever gets the job will be charged with teaching visitors about Laguna's marine life and given the power to issue citations to those refusing to keep their hands off tide pool creatures.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier and Josh Aden | July 5, 2007
The Fourth of July might be a national holiday and a day for beach parties, fireworks shows and barbecues, but it's no picnic for Laguna Beach's public safety services. Independence Day is the busiest day of the year in Laguna Beach, with all police officers on duty. On Wednesday, even Police Chief Mike Sellers was walking a beat and answering calls, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. Marine Safety staff worked overtime from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman estimated about 60,000 people came to the beach.
LOCAL
By By Dan Beighley | October 28, 2005
After nine months on job, Matt Brown bows out, citing unaffordable real estate as the reason; it's unclear whether position will be filled.To the disappointment of local environmental groups, Laguna Beach's first marine protection officer, Matt Brown, has left to pursue opportunities in Oregon. Fears have arisen over when, or even if, Brown will be replaced. After less than a year on the job, Brown -- who has a wife and two children -- said an unaffordable real estate market was pivotal in his decision.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | June 28, 2007
As summer crowds begin to storm Laguna's beaches, the city's safety organizations are gearing up to keep Fourth of July festivities safe. The holiday is one of Laguna Beach's busiest beach-going days of the year. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said he expects about 60,000 people to visit the beach Wednesday. Klosterman said last weekend's opening of the summer season wasn't too difficult for the lifeguard staff. The beach only had waves between one and three feet high and there was little in the way of dangerous currents, allowing the beach to be green-flagged all weekend.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards Two beachgoers suffered spinal cord injuries in swimming accidents at Laguna beaches over the weekend, one of whom lifeguards initially feared might be paralyzed. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said lifeguards did not know how Koichi Mori, a 23-year-old Japanese exchange student-athlete, was hurt. An unknown man pulled Mori from the water just south of Hotel Laguna at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The rescuer left the beach before lifeguards could interview him to find out what happened.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 7, 2008
The city is doing just dandy, according to Mayor Jane Egly Egly gave an upbeat report Tuesday to a sparse but appreciative audience at the annual Chamber of Commerce State of the City Luncheon. Egly listed the city?s accomplishments in the last year, backed by reports from department heads and Assistant City Manager John Pietig that drew applause from the audience. ?We are in the ninth month of our fiscal year and we are still on budget,? Egly said. Other cheery news included the addition of 164 parking spaces in the downtown, always a topic of interest to the business community and the easing, if not the eradiation, of parking woes by the increased use of summer trolleys.
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NEWS
By Roger Butow | April 24, 2009
The Clean Water Now! Coalition has presented retiring Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman with its first Honorary Lifetime Board Membership. To us, Mark has always personified the embodiment of the core values special to Southern California coastal communities, especially those unique to Laguna Beach. We cannot express in words the gratitude, appreciation and well-deserved respect we have held for him in the midst of innumerable calamities that have befallen this city during his service, not to mention a disconnected City Hall bureaucracy that at times appears deaf, dumb and blind to the infrastructural and staff needs, the taken-for-granted requisite personal courage found in Marine Safety employees.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 7, 2008
The city is doing just dandy, according to Mayor Jane Egly Egly gave an upbeat report Tuesday to a sparse but appreciative audience at the annual Chamber of Commerce State of the City Luncheon. Egly listed the city?s accomplishments in the last year, backed by reports from department heads and Assistant City Manager John Pietig that drew applause from the audience. ?We are in the ninth month of our fiscal year and we are still on budget,? Egly said. Other cheery news included the addition of 164 parking spaces in the downtown, always a topic of interest to the business community and the easing, if not the eradiation, of parking woes by the increased use of summer trolleys.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | September 6, 2007
Laguna Beach lifeguards were swamped with rescues Labor Day weekend after the heat, waves and holiday combined to create what Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said was an extremely dangerous position for the department. Lifeguards made 515 rescues over the three-day weekend, 372 of which were done on Monday alone. More than 10,300 preventive contacts were made with the beaches thronged with an estimated 150,000 beachgoers. The normal risk of six-to-eight foot waves and strong riptides was compounded by a heat wave that swept across Southern California.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier and Josh Aden | July 12, 2007
The Fourth of July might be a national holiday and a day for beach parties, fireworks shows and barbecues, but it's no picnic for Laguna Beach's public safety services. Independence Day is the busiest day of the year in Laguna Beach, with all police officers on duty. On Wednesday, even Police Chief Mike Sellers was walking a beat and answering calls, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. Marine Safety staff worked overtime from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman estimated about 60,000 people came to the beach.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | June 28, 2007
As summer crowds begin to storm Laguna's beaches, the city's safety organizations are gearing up to keep Fourth of July festivities safe. The holiday is one of Laguna Beach's busiest beach-going days of the year. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said he expects about 60,000 people to visit the beach Wednesday. Klosterman said last weekend's opening of the summer season wasn't too difficult for the lifeguard staff. The beach only had waves between one and three feet high and there was little in the way of dangerous currents, allowing the beach to be green-flagged all weekend.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | April 13, 2007
Laguna Beach lifeguards were hard-pressed to keep beachgoers safe this week, as extreme waves — up to 15 feet — and strong currents pounded the shoreline from what one veteran surfer called "the swell of the decade." Rip tides were reported with speeds up to 11 mph — as fast as a brisk jog. A pair of anglers — Yi Ni Kwong, 49, of Irvine, and Sean Shungfei Yeh, 53, of Fremont — were reportedly swept off a fishing jetty in nearby Corona del Mar Tuesday morning, and Laguna Beach lifeguards were put on alert that they might have to assist in recovering the bodies, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said.
LOCAL
By By Dan Beighley | October 28, 2005
After nine months on job, Matt Brown bows out, citing unaffordable real estate as the reason; it's unclear whether position will be filled.To the disappointment of local environmental groups, Laguna Beach's first marine protection officer, Matt Brown, has left to pursue opportunities in Oregon. Fears have arisen over when, or even if, Brown will be replaced. After less than a year on the job, Brown -- who has a wife and two children -- said an unaffordable real estate market was pivotal in his decision.
NEWS
July 8, 2005
Lauren Vane The barbecues in Heisler Park were claimed by early morning, and nearly every square of sand at Main Beach was occupied before noon. It was Fourth of July in Laguna, and the town population seemed to balloon several times its size. With increased staffing from police, fire and marine safety departments, the city was equipped to handle anything the day might bring. Fortunately, the holiday went off without a hitch. As sun-seekers hit the beach, lifeguards faced a challenging day. Marine safety employed 10 extra lifeguards and extended patrol hours, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards Poachers beware -- city officials are working to make sure Laguna's tide pools have a guardian with powers to make anyone who takes sea critters pay a price. In the fall, the Marine Safety Department should have a new member of its team, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said. The new position will be for a marine-enforcement officer, and whoever gets the job will be charged with teaching visitors about Laguna's marine life and given the power to issue citations to those refusing to keep their hands off tide pool creatures.
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