“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com July 15, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 28 Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards By Ted Reckas | LB Indy The summer season that lures sun-seekers has seen multiple overhead south swells lighting up local beaches, and lifeguards making 220 rescues last weekend, far more than the 25 to 75 average. Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, describing “a very busy weekend,” said it was due in part to warmer ocean water luring beach goers from the sand and an inconsistent swell. Lulls between sets make the ocean appear calm long enough for swimmers to get in harm’s way. During Tuesday’s rough conditions, where red ﬂ ags warning of extreme conditions were posted at Aliso Beach, Bryan Siglock died while scuba diving at Totuava Bay, less than a mile south. The 36-year-old Tustin man was in cardiac arrest when pulled from the surf and it is unclear if surf conditions contributed to his death. A woman who lives in a condo above the beach called authorities and reported two divers being “tossed around,” as they tried to land on the rocks. The diver’s brother, who was diving with him, made it to shore, removed his dive gear and re-entered the water to rescue Siglock but by the time the pair made it to shore, the man was in full arrest, according to police Lt. Jason Kravetz. Resuscitation efforts by police, ﬁ reﬁ ghters and lifeguards were unsuccessful. The diver was transported via helicopter to Mission Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No lifeguards man towers at Totuava, though a guard watches neighboring 1,000 Steps Beach to the south. County beaches south of Aliso Guilty Plea In Teen Stabbing By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A Laguna Beach teen-ager pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a former classmate and assaulting the victim’s friends last year following a dispute aired on Facebook. Michael Jason Wilson, 17, who was charged as an adult and thus fully identiﬁ ed in the proceedings, entered his plea July 11 in Orange County Superior Court to one felony count of aggravated assault with a knife and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury. He was sentenced to a year in jail, three years of formal probation, and restitution for the three victims, according to a statement from Asst. District Attorney Caroline Smith. Wilson was initially charged with three counts of aggravated assault and was in custody for eight days before being released on $65,000 bail last year. He is to begin serving his sentence Sept. 12, according to Delphine Berryhill, whose son, Julian C., was the most severely injured in the attack. stabbed in the stomach and his left ring ﬁ nger severed in the attack. Julian as well as another companion involved in the incident testiﬁ ed during a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15. “The strength of their testimony helped settle the case,” speculated the father of Nicolas L., who was also injured in the incident, but was not called to testify. Though the father was prohibited from entering the courtroom, a standard procedure for potential witnesses in a criminal trial, police and the prosecutor told him that the teens’ testimony was credible. “We felt this was the most just result,” said district attorney spokeswoman Susan Schroeder, who described a negotiated plea that involved a single felony count, local jail time and restitution involving all three victims. Wilson was tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the offense and his past conduct, which Schroeder declined to detail because he is a minor. Other sources WILSON, page 24 The Great Park emerging from the closed marine base opens its ﬁ rst gallery exhibit next week. It showcases landscapes by Laguna artist Jorg Dubin including “Under an Orange Colored Sky.” From Warfare to Cultural Icon Local artist’s work featured in inaugural OC Great Park exhibit By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Jorg Dubin is best known in Laguna Beach and environs for his portrayals of hardscrabble characters and as a creator of several works of public art, including a recent commission to design the city’s Sept. 11 memorial. When Dubin turned to paint landscapes, however, his subjects are very speciﬁ c vistas. In a twist on the Laguna art colony’s legacy of plein-air painters, Dubin recast himself in the plane-air genre, training his eye on the metamorphosis of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into the Orange County Great Park. Collectors and critics praised work at Laguna’s Peter Blake Gallery in 2008 when Dubin ﬁ rst presented his dramatic renditions of the deserted runways and deteriorating barracks set against the bucolic Santa Ana Mountains. Now, 18 paintings from that series are the centerpiece of the inaugural exhibition in the Great Park’s Arts Complex gallery, joining a hot air balloon, carousel and music series on the grounds. A private opening preview is set for Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., while the exhibit opens to the public July 23. Dubin named the show that also includes two sculptures of F-18 ﬁ ghters “Plane Air Power.” The planes are a tribute to the men who ﬂ ew them and also the base’s role in shaping Orange County. What sets paintings like Dubin’s “East of Eden,” apart is a depiction of perspective more akin to a pilot landing his jet ﬁ ghter than a painter standing at the edge of the runway. As he also portrays the hangars and barracks, Dubin’s acute sense of light is ever-present. Light bathes the runways, their insignia strongly delineated while the background, although articulated, is hazier. The view is one Marine pilots may have encountered returning to the base’s two crossing runways on a hot summer day. It’s easy to imagine that Dubin, who is not a pilot, channeled at least one. “Left to R-34,” on the other hand, leaves no doubt that the 4,700-acre military installation where 3,700 military and civilians worked for 50 years up until 1999 has become a ghost city. Dubin, who moved to Orange County in 1969, was always aware of the base. He discovered its pictorial potential when he helped friends create the world’s biggest photograph by turning a vacated airplane hangar into a pinhole camera. (Legacy Photo Project, www.legacyphotoproject. com) “I did nothing creative; I just poured DUBIN, page 24 Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight GUARD, page 24 2 4 6 8 12 16 20 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Surterre Properties agent Ellen Bosworth shares why she loves living in Three Arch Bay. 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