“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com PHOTO BY TED RECKAS June 3, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 22 A Force of Nature By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the a ermath of a natural disaster, or to get a long dreamed of community project across the nish line, Ann Quilter is a woman you want on your team. And, her hus-band, Charlie, added: if you need a wall repaired, “She is the queen of drywall.” Petite on the outside, Quilter on the inside is a powerful combination of ferocious energy and practical know-how, both propelled by a huge heart. To honor her extensive, diverse and longtime service to the com-munity, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club selected Quilter to be its recipi-ent of the 2011 Woman of the Year Award. A lunch in her honor will be held at the club June 10 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 for mem-bers and can be sent or dropped in club mailbox, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. Making volunteerism a career, Quilter’s most recent e orts were directed at aiding the 120 families impacted by last December’s ood-ing. Without anyone asking her, “she just jumped in and assessed the needs and started helping victims – one by one,” said City Councilmem-ber Elizabeth Pearson. Quilter was the perfect person to lead the e orts. A er losing her Laguna Canyon home – and nearly her life – to a “dark, fast and violent,” avalanche of mud in the oods of 1998 – “I knew intuitively what had to be done,” she said. It was commu-nity support that helped her recover from her own trauma. “I never felt alone” she said. In aiding disaster victims, “Money is really helpful, but more than anything else, knowing QUILTER, page 22 Apparel Maker’s Death Remains a Mystery Scott Tenney outside a 100-year-old former scout lodge he is restoring in Bluebird Canyon. He thinks a site nearby is suitable for the city’s soon-to-be demolished historic cottages. Landowner Devises New Plan for Old Cottages By Rita Robinson | LB Indy When Scott Tenney started pinning some gures to his grand idea, he found that moving one historic cottage from Laguna Canyon to his organic garden acreage in Bluebird Canyon would cost about $300,000, and that’s just get-ting it there, before restoring it to any useable condition. So he’s planning on presenting an-other idea to the City Council at next Tuesday’s meeting and asking the city to share the costs. His idea of moving two of the three battened and battered cottages sequestered in Laguna Canyon to his 15-acre self-dubbed Bluebird Canyon Farm ful lls his Bavarian wife Mari-ella’s vision of an organic community garden, sustainable-living educational center and fam-ily retreat with restored historic lodge, guest houses and artists’ shacks. Some council members, however, would rather see the cottages razed than raised from the grave. At the council’s May 3 meeting, the council gave Tenney’s architect a drop-dead timeframe of ve weeks to resolve the nal fate of the dilapidated bungalows. “I stand on getting rid of them,” councilman Kelly Boyd said Wednes-day. “I don’t care what his plan is because it would probably take two or three years to get them there.” Tenney has spoken with councilwoman Verna Rollinger as well as Mayor Toni Ise-man about his proposal. He, along with architect Michael Blakemore and farm overseer Je Higley, plan to present their new idea on Tuesday. “We’re here to take a light touch,” said Tenney, a planner for BP Oil and Gas, citing plans by previous prospective buyers for his Bluebird property that included a multi-mil-lion-dollar mini-mansion and a multi-unit complex. His intention, he said, is to work in partnership to o er a low-key, mid-town meeting place for the community. “I’m not interested in shouldering the burden on my own,” he said. “But I am interested in being a major contributor to this overall e ort. If they (the city) say, ‘Hey, we have no money,’ there are other people, perhaps, not unlike myself, who might step forward and be willing to participate.” Moving and restoring the cottages to COTTAGES, page 23 By Ted Reckas | LB Indy A private Catholic service was held in memory of Jonas Bevacqua, founder of the fast-growing hip-hop apparel company L-R-G, Wednesday in his parents’ home in Monarch Beach, according to a family friend. Bevacqua, 34, was discovered dead at his Laguna Beach home Monday, May 30. e cause of death has yet to be determined since an autopsy conducted Wednesday proved inconclusive and toxicology results are still underway, according to coroner’s o ce watch commander Kelley Keyes. Laguna Beach police say no criminal inves-tigation is underway. Bevacqua, who as a teenager lived at the former El Moro trailer park, worked as a dj and parking valet while getting Li ed Research Group o the ground in 1999. Entrepreneur magazine ranked the company number ve among fast-growing companies and with sales of $150 million in 2006, soaring from $5 million in 2002. Matt Sheridan, of Laguna Beach, met Bevacqua in a Laguna Beach High School math class at age 14. He worked with Bevacqua parking cars while his friend was starting L-R-G and as one of its rst sales reps. “His whole concept was to pay your rent with your passion,” said Sheridan. His friend donated time, money and clothing to those who needed it, including students at the San Juan Capistrano school where Sheridan teaches. Sheridan said his friend was also colorblind when it came to social status. LRG, page 22 Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight Arts & Entertainment Street Beat Schools Sports 2 4 6 8 12 16 18 20 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Q & A with interior designer Donna Whelan, who hosts a home and garden workshop today on designing sustainably. TODAY’S REAL DEALS Check out the itinerary of Indy readers. 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