Charm is in the House PAGE 3 | NEWS Staying Power: How to Get It and Keep It PAGE 10 | A&E Segerstrom Offers Student Dance PAGE 12 | SCHOOLS/SPORTS “Our Town, Our Paper” lagunabeachindy.com May 12, 2017 | Volume XIV, Issue 19 PHOTO BY JODY TIONGCO Demerits Threaten CLC’s Future By Marilynn Young | LB Indy Longtime practices by the Communi-ty Learning Center at Top of the World Elementary School and recently scruti-nized by school administrators prompt-ed discussion of the possible closure of the 34-year-old alternative school during this week’s school board meeting. Recent resignations by CLC’s two teachers prompted a review of hiring practices and uncovered a dilemma for administrators as well as other irregulari-ties in the program, according to a school district staff report. A California Education Code section prohibits involuntarily teacher assign-ments, but no current district teachers applied for the CLC openings. To contin-ue the alternative school, administrators would need to hire two extra teachers and board members seemed reluctant to endorse that approach. CLC, page 26 Sheriff’s deputies and the CHP followed a vehicle stolen in Riverside along Laguna Canyon into Laguna Beach. A witness said conges-tion at the dead-end of Broadway helped end the pursuit. The driver was taken into custody without incident, police said. Gay Pride, Greenery and Flooding on City’s Agenda By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A wave of triangular rainbow pen-nants and a standing ovation accompa-nied the declaration of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Heritage & Culture Month in Laguna Beach. Mayor Toni Iseman praised the newly established LGBT committee for seeking the proclamation, which notes the town’s role in reshaping national norms in the ‘80s when former resident Robert Gen-COUNCIL BRIEFS, page 24 Laguna Enacts Citywide Smoking Ban By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach has become the first city in Orange County to effectively ban smoking in all public places. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban smoking in all outside areas including sidewalks, parking lots, streets, alleys, outdoor dining areas and common areas of apartment buildings. The vote expands the city’s current smoking restrictions, which previously included public beaches and parks and areas considered a fire hazard. “This advances civilization,” said City Council member Rob Zur Schmiede. “It recognizes that smoking is a bad thing; it’s not healthy.” Exceptions include smoking at private residences and inside private vehicles. The ban includes “vape” pens and e-cig-arettes, and also effectively bans the use of marijuana in public areas. Proposition 64, which passed in November, allows adults 21 and over to use marijuana legally in private homes and private businesses and also allows residents to grow up to six plants in a secure area of their home. “This ordinance is about community SMOKING, page 26 Uber, a New Perk for Seniors By Lauren Korduner, Special to the Independent The City Council approved guidelines for a pilot transit program for seniors and disabled adults featuring the popu-lar rideshare service Uber, the first of its kind in the nation. The program, expect-ed to launch sometime in mid-June, will provide rides at a subsidized rate. Under the agreement approved Tues-day, May 9, Laguna Beach seniors 55 and older, and disabled persons, will pay no more than $5 for one-way trips within UBER, page 24 May * May 14th Mother’s Day excluded. Cannot be used with another offer. One Steak & Lobster order per person. Tax, beverages and gratuity not included.