Hear from the ‘Sage of Laguna’ PAGE 6 | CRIER Tartans Roll Past Laguna 48-7 PAGE 10 | SPORTS/SCHOOLS Download the new Indy app for Apple & Android “Our Town, Our Paper” lagunabeachindy.com September 29, 2017 | Volume XIV, Issue 39 PHOTO BY DANIELLA WALSH Illegal Units Likely to Emerge from Secrecy By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy As a teenager, Sean Diggins knew his single mother struggled to make ends meet and provide for two kids in their 800 square feet family home on Diamond Street. That stress was amplified when Diggins’ ailing grand-mother came to live with them. Hos-pice caregivers attended to her needs in what had originally been a carriage house, outfitted with a bathroom and tiny kitchen. A true granny flat, Diggins remem-bers his mother “was always paranoid about” the illegal conversion, which she later used as an art studio. Diggins was one of 11 people urg-GRANNY FLATS, page 23 High-Seas Adventure Awakens Awareness By Rita Robinson, Special to the Independent I fell asleep etching the image into my mind so that I never forget. It was a hazy August afternoon on a 34-foot sloop out of Dana Point Harbor; breezy enough for a leisurely sail with a full boat of 11 women, some expert sailors, others shaky on the seas. Listening to the whale sounds on Judy Collins’s “Farewell to Tarwathie” lilting over the cabin’s loudspeakers, OCEAN AWARENESS page 22 Tom Klingenmeier, a familiar presence who served the last decade as the Sawdust Festival general manager, is retiring. Longtime Sawdust Presence Makes His Exit By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Tom and Patti Klingenmeier left behind their bustling Chicago life as owners of three small businesses all due to a 6-year-old’s question. “Dad how come you never take me fishing?” Mi-chael, one of their two young sons, asked plaintively. “Suddenly a light went on. We sold ev-erything, bought a van and visited places while working along the way,” recalled Klingenmeier, who eventually settled in Laguna Beach in the early 1980s and for 37 years worked primarily in varying jobs at the Sawdust Art Festival. Now, decades later he is making another life altering change of direction. Close to 150 people, Sawdust exhib-itors, city officials, friends and family recently stopped in the Marine Room to say adieu to Klingenmeier. He’s retiring after helping shepherd the 51-year-old festival from a free-for-all haven for hippie artists to an established arts venue whose assets were valued at $1.5 million in 2015, according to the latest figures available on guidestar.org, a data base on nonprofits. KLINGENMEIER, page 24 Cuts to Transit Service Rolled Back By Lauren Korduner, Special to the Independent Reversing a decision made in spring, transit service in hillside neighborhoods of Laguna Beach will not be eliminated in midday as planned nor weekend coastal trolley routes curtailed elsewhere. Transit services will continue their off-season routes through next June following a unanimous City Council vote on Tuesday, Sept. 26. City staff will return to the council with a new TRANSIT, page 22 Lobster Special Returns! Lobster Tail Dinner Just $24.99 (949) 715-7777 www.MozambiqueOC.com Sundays thru Thursdays Get your BONUS Coupon! MozambiqueOC.com/Lobster-Special Cannot be used with another promotion. Limit 2 per person.