“Our Town-Our Paper” Fall’s Ritual in a New Site By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Of 100 freshmen that began student orientation this week at the Laguna College of Art and Design, 21 enjoy a unique privilege. They are the first in the school’s 49-year history to take part in a ritual more typical at traditional colleges: moving into freshman dorms. Even so, LCAD’s first student dormitory remains atypical, though increasingly necessary in a city notoriously short of afford-able housing and as a prerequi-site for luring top students. SEE RELATED STORY IN SCHOOLS, PAGE 22. Located between the Sawdust Festival and Art-A-Fair grounds, the South Campus residence hall contains two-and three-bedroom units, along with a state of the art equipped communal lounge, all of which were com-pleted just a day before the first students’ arrival last Saturday. “It took double crews and plenty of overtime to get the place ready for them in time,” said Jonathan Burke, vice president of academ-ic affairs. DORMS, page 28 SURFERS REVEL IN SOUTH SWELL Fourth place fi nisher in the senior men’s division, Blake Pettit, fi nds a clean shack during the 49th Brooks Street contest, held last weekend. SEE MORE IN LIMELIGHT PG 8. CANDIDATE PROFILE Pearson’s Campaign Mantra: Walk Don’t Run By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The only thing Mayor Elizabeth Pear-son doesn’t like about the upcoming elec-tion for city council is that there is one. Pearson is one of three incumbents along with one challenger running for three available city council seats on the five-member board. “I wish, frankly, that we had not had a fourth candidate run. Now that there’s a fourth candidate running, we have to run a full campaign.” she objected, estimating that the election will cost the city $30,000 due to the contesting candidate. Emanuel Petrascu, 29, the non-in-cumbent who’s positioning himself as a fiscally conservative “fresh face,” thinks that attitude is undemocratic. “We shouldn’t get rid of democracy be-Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight LCAD animation student Sarah Pelo-quin, 18, from Denver, checks out her new quarters. Arts & Entertainment Street Beat Schools Sports Demo derby king scores a new trophy, pg 24. cause elections cost money,” said Petrascu, who works as the district representative for state Sen. Tom Harmon of Huntington Beach. “I’m looking forward to giving the incumbents a good challenge and I’m look-ing forward to debating with them.” But Pearson predicts fewer candidate forums than in previous years. “It doesn’t seem like a big, contentious race,” she said. “But I never take a run for an office for granted.” She suggested that Petrascu get some local experience and build a following before running for office. As far as a following goes, Pearson has spent 27 years in local politics cultivating hers and constantly encounters constituents walking her dog in Heisler Park. Known as fiscally conservative and pro-business, she said her early base of supporters, largely PEARSON, page 27 2 4 6 8 14 20 22 24 lbindy.com AUGUST 27, 2010 | Volume IX, Issue 35 Director Pulls His Own Curtain By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Aſt er two decades as artistic director of the Laguna Playhouse, Andrew Barnicle is ready to move on. “Twenty years is a long time. T e average life span of an artistic director is three to fi ve years,” Barnicle, 59, said in an interview this week. “I’ve pro-duced 120 plays and directed 40, so there is a little bit of burnout here.” As the Playhouse gets ready to celebrate its 90th birthday, Barnicle will help ease the transition by staying on as a consultant until Playhouse executive director Karen Wood and the board can fi nd a successor. In January, he still intends to direct Noel Coward’s iconic “Private Lives.” Henry Mayhew, the Playhouse’s chairman, announced last week he had accepted Barnicle’s resignation so that he could pursue other creative challenges. T ough no permanent replacement has been made, the board hired Ann E. Wareham as associate producer for the coming season. “We are going to let the transition settle in for a few months and then look for a creative team that will best serve the playhouse in the next season and in the future,” Wood said. Although Barnicle made it offi cial last Andrew Barnicle week, she said for the last fi ve years he was considering a change. Barnicle cites as one of his signifi cant accomplishments bringing the Playhouse into the League of Residential T eaters, which requires members operate under Equity contracts and have a season of 12 weeks or more, such as the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Old Globe in San Diego. “In the theater community, LORT enjoys the highest regard,” he said. He added that among the plays he di-rected at the Playhouse he has no favorites, like naming your favorite child, but cites “American Buff alo” and “Red Herring” as standouts. He also counts “Moonlight and Magnolias” among his more recent hits. Since joining the Playhouse in 1991, Barnicle strove to incorporate his experi-ences as actor, director and college drama teacher into expanding its repertoire. But selecting fare aimed at an older subscriber base, newer works to attract younger viewers and keeping productions fi scally sound, was no cakewalk, he conceded. 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