Raising a City Standard PAGE 3 Unraveling Local History PAGE 4 | CRIER Breakers Snap Long Losing Streak PAGE 18 | SPORTS “Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com September 20, 2013 | Volume X, Issue 38 Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood By Rita Robinson | LB Indy A test alert will go out to the telephone numbers of all Laguna Beach residents at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the city of Laguna Beach’s Alert OC system, which warns residents of emergencies affecting the town. The test alert will verify the effectiveness of the mass notification system, which received its contact information from 911 data acquired from area telephone companies, said Jordan Villwock, one of the city’s emergency management coordinators. In Laguna Beach, which has been hit by major fires, floods and landslides in the past two decades, the need for an early-warning system is evident, but a tsunami impact study released this month by the U.S. Geological Survey solidifies a new concern in local coastal communities. Preparing for probable inundations from tsunami waves along the West Coast comes in the aftermath of the 2011 quake that propelled high-velocity tsunami waves in Japan. Due to that disaster, six independent teams of scientists studied the results Tsunami, page 3 Discovering Heisler’s Not so Hidden Treasures: Arts Commission members lead tours of the public art in Heisler Park on Friday, Sept. 20, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. The tour concludes with a free outdoor Sunset Serenade concert by Michael Becker at 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy As the outcry over the proposed village entrance gains momentum, including a nascent ballot initiative to limit its scope and fundraising by advocates of a citywide vote, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson this week concedes the need to slow the process down and make it more transparent to the public. In an open letter in last week’s Laguna Beach Independent addressed to Pearson, Allan Simon, the paper’s owner, asked for her leadership in ending the public turmoil over the entrance project by setting a tone for greater transparency and compromise at the upcoming Oct. 1 City Council meeting. Preliminary project design concepts are to be presented then by Studio One Eleven. In her response, Pearson insisted that a City Council decision in June simply began a new phase in an ongoing process that had included 44 opportunities for public input on the project since 1996. The basic parameters of the current project – a multi-level parking garage and park beside City Hall --are unchanged since they were vetted at a EnTrancE, page 8 OBTITURY Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96 By Belinda Blacketer, Special to the Independent Francis LeRoy “Doc” Blacketer, an artist with ties to Laguna Beach’s early settlers, died in Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 30. Born on July 10, 1918, to Lewis Sherman Blacketer and Frances Mae Lovelace Blacketer on a farm near Seward, Neb., he was the youngest of 10 children. His nickname derived from Dr. LeRoy, who delivered him. Blacketer arrived in Laguna Beach at age 6 with his parents, who sold the family farm and bought six Model T BlackETEr, page 8 Property near Aliso Creek would likely be flooded by a tsunami.