“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com PHOTO BY ED CHANG June 24, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 25 Shorebirds Losing Their Footing By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Shorebirds are getting edged out of their habitat by humans along Laguna’s coastline, according to an on-going study by the Laguna Ocean Foundation. Ed Almanza, foundation vice-chairman and a geographer inter-ested in conservation biology, said a survey conducted at the height of winter feeding at Table Rock cove in South Laguna showed “nada, nil, zero, no birds at all.” People, he said, numbered more than 200. “So, there’s this habitat that’s normally used by birds and now it’s being used by people,” he said, all year round, all hours of the day and night. “ ere’s this timeshare program BIRDS, page 23 Fuming Over Jet Noise By Ted Reckas | LB Indy O cials at John Wayne Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration are getting an earful of complaints about increased airline tra c and noise from some Laguna Beach and Newport Coast residents. FAA representative Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said there has been no appreciable change in ight tracks, the actual path of jetliners, though he provided no speci c ac-counting of ight deviations over the area. “With the exception of Santa Anas, we’ve never had huge jets over our house,” said Laguna Canyon resident Keri Barriga, who described being subjected to nonstop yovers from 7 a.m. until past 12 a.m. since March. Airport o cials told her post-mid-night arrivals were international ights en route to LAX. “One of the guys from the FAA said basically get your friends together and start screaming,” she said. City Manager John Pietig started receiv-ing complaints in April and has delivered them to aviation o cials, but expressed uncertainty about the scope of the problem. “I don’t know there has been an increase. It is sometimes di cult to ascertain what ights are causing the problem. e info I’m getting is not completely consistent.” Airport authorities say noise complaints from Newport Coast and Laguna Beach have not markedly changed even as total ight volume has descended annually since peaking in 2007. One North Laguna resident with a practiced eye on the local skies has not ob-served any changes overhead. Spider Wills, an aircra recognition expert for the U.S. Air Force from 1963-65 who still tracks planes recreationally, said, “I haven’t no-ticed anything irregular at all. I would say it’s about standard, and standard altitude. I watch aircra all the time. It’s not like they See the actual jet paths over Laguna by viewing the story online at lbindy.com This week’s preview night proved so popular entry was temporarily restricted. Sawdust Preview Draws Eager Crowds By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Crowds lined up on Tuesday to preview the 45th annual Sawdust Art Festival, whose visitor count reached 3,958, exceeding occupancy limits set by re o cials. Due to limits stipulating that visitors can-not exceed 2,500, the festival was forced to creatively keep arrivals in check by restricting entry to a corresponding number of people departing, said Sawdust general manager Tom Klingenmeier. “ is year promises to become one of the best ever, with so many visitors coming in and so much art work already going out,” he predicted. Klingenmeier credits the upsurge in interest to artists who had an extra week to prepare their booths and judicious tree trimming and booth shi ing that made extra room on the grounds. is year’s show features more than 200 artists, 20 of them new additions. Between 6 and 10 p.m. throngs lled undulating aisles to view paintings, pho-tographs, countless permutations of glass art and cra y hybrids that rst brought the Sawdust to life in 1966. Visitors get a magical mystery tour of arts and artifacts that stylisti-cally recall the ‘60s and contemporary, technology-aided or inspired fare. One can easily visualize Woodstock-era beauties and music while contemplating pur-chase of Leila’s fringed, crocheted bikini tops, John Lucero’s paintings that vibrantly come to life when exposed to a black light or Paul and Bonnie Proppe’s fringed, beaded and feathered belts and purses that recall chic bohemians strolling downtown decades ago. e festival seamlessly mixes old-timers like the Proppes (44-year exhibitors) or equally entrenched Dion Wright, whose school of sh cra ed from antique silverware includes one large beast suspended from the ceiling and appearing ready to devour smaller prey or a sizable chunk of cash. His prizes range from a few hundred bucks to more than a thousand. “I have been here since ’68, one of the ones who started this craziness,” said Wright, 73, with a smile framed by a bushy white beard. A former denizen of the Festival of Art, he said that the Sawdust o ered artists more freedom of expression. “When they put down cement over there, I moved.” SAWDUST, page 23 Top-Paying Jobs Under Scrutiny By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In a report by the Orange County Grand Jury examining public-employee compensation by the county’s 34 cities, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach were singled out for an outsized number of employees reaping $100,000 plus salaries com-pared to its population. In addition, Laguna, along with most cities in the county, received poor marks from the jury for the clarity of its public disclosure of compensation information. Laguna Niguel’s city manager also was spotlighted for salary and ben-e ts exceeding $378,427, the highest GRAND JURY, page 22 NOISE, 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 19 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Check out the creative ingenu-ity of some ﬁ rst-time festival exhibitors. TODAY’S REAL DEALS SEE PAGE 5 FOR MORE INFO INSTANT INDY: get the weekly summary of the new edition. Sign up at lbindy.com. Discover Oak Street Beach, a neighbor-hood steeped with history where some say California surf culture began.