From Passing Out Orange Slices to Wielding a Gavel PAGE 3 | NEWS Absent Scandia, France’s Café Culture Begins PAGE 14 | A&E LBHS Sports Update PAGE 16 | SPORTS/SCHOOLS “Our Town, Our Paper” lagunabeachindy.com February 5, 2016 | Volume XIII, Issue 5 Rehab House Owner Tries To Ease Concerns By Marilynn Young/ LB Indy Scores of anxious residents voiced their fears about a detox and rehab facility near Top of the World Elementary School at a town hall meeting this past Tuesday, Feb. 2. Both the owner and director of Pillars Recovery, which opened at 28772 Top of the World Dr. last year in close proximity to the campus, addressed the crowd of about 150 people and defended the facility’s practices. Principal Michael Conlon or-ganized the meeting with city and police officials to inform concerned parents and others about laws that restrict the city from regulating state licensed recovery houses. Police provided a list to partic-ipants of the handful of calls for police service received from two recovery facilities that are the focus of concern. REHAB, page 26 Council Reconsiders Pot Delivery By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Jackie Coburn survived a dou-ble mastectomy and knows what it’s like to be too weak and in too much pain to drive to a dispensary to buy medicinal cannabis. Her last surgery, due to com-plications of radiation, was just two months ago. “There’s no one around to be able to deliver to me,” the critical-care patient told the City Council Tuesday. “I can’t drive and I’m basically a recluse.” Testimony like hers convinced the City Council to delay and possibly reverse an earlier decision to prohibit medical marijuana delivery services and cultivation for POT, page 24 PHOTO BY VERONICA PERRY Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Theft Charges By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign was arrested this week and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from campaign coffers and from a busi-ness where he previously worked. Arraignment of Jack Wenpo Wu, 45, of Newport Beach, was post-WU, page 28 Historic Water Pact Taps a Local Source By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy For the first time in 68 years, the Laguna Beach County Water District will lessen its total reli-ance on imported water by tapping local groundwater in the Santa Ana River Basin, district officials said Wednesday. By summer, the district expects to provide two-thirds of its water needs locally instead of depending solely on water from the Colorado River and State Water Project, said Renae Hinchey, general manager WATER, page 24 At the peak of its 57 m.p.h. fury, Sunday’s windstorm broke tree branches that blocked streets, damaged cars and caused a 3,500-home power outage but caused no injuries. Sunny skies are forecast for this weekend with temps in the 70s and over-night lows in the 40s.