“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com PHOTO BY TED RECKAS August 5, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 31 Hunters Summoned to Target Coyotes By Ted Reckas | LB Indy Animal control ofﬁ cers and Laguna Woods city ofﬁ cials are turning to profes-sional hunters to trap and shoot coyotes that ever more boldly have seized pets and attacked residents in Laguna Woods in recent weeks. In an emergency meeting last Thursday, Laguna Woods’ City Council adopted an ordinance to allow the hiring of profes-sional shooting teams to control coyotes that have harried the city’s mostly elderly population. “It went really crazy two weekends ago,” said Jim Beres, who supervises animal ser-vices for Laguna’s police department, which has provided service to Laguna Woods since 2001. Animal services supervisors from around Orange County all report an increase in coyote activity, said Beres, who meets with his colleagues monthly. Laguna’s pet owners have long endured coyote attacks yet this year sets a new record, according to animal services ofﬁ cer Joy Falk, relaying reports by her counterparts at other agencies. Efforts to abate nuisance animals start COYOTE, page 22 Emerald Bay Still Pursues its Own Signal By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Despite the lack of support from Laguna Beach’s City Council, an Emerald Bay hom-eowners’ group will continue to pursue in-stalling a trafﬁ c signal at the main entrance of the unincorporated north Laguna gated community. And, it will do so despite a lack of sup-port from some Emerald Bay residents. Proponents of the signal say safety and accident prevention is their main concern, citing trafﬁ c studies. Opponents, many of whom live in Emerald Bay, say a signal there is more of a convenience for residents than a safety issue, and prohibiting main gate left turns would be a better way to prevent accidents. John Marconi, president of the Emerald Bay Service District Board, said this week the board will continue to pursue permits for the signal while addressing arguments raised by council members in a meeting last month. When and if installation permits are granted by the California Coastal Com-mission and state transportation ofﬁ cials, the Emerald Bay homeowners’ groups are prepared to purchase the signal and pay for its installation. “Many of the residents of Emerald Bay have teenage kids and none of them allow their kids to go out that front gate; it’s too dangerous out there,” said homeowners’ group board member Phil deCarion, whose teenage twins started driving two years ago. Harry Woloson, Emerald Bay’s project coordinator, said the proposed signal would be similar to the “half-light” at Mon-arch Bay Plaza that provides a merging lane onto southbound Coast Highway. Council members declined to support the measure. Council member Kelly Boyd suggested the city may assert jurisdiction in the matter under its local coastal plan. “I do believe we have the right to appeal this to the Coastal Commission,” he said. Boyd argued against the light on several points, including the existence of four SIGNAL, page 24 Laguna Beach graphic designer Bill Atkins and his new commission. Artist Hooks Whale Job By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy California motorists will soon sight the tail of a new humpback whale above vehicles’ bumpers. It’s replacing another whale tail designed by popular marine life artist Wyland, whose specialty license plate was decommissioned when he sought a share of royalties. Laguna Beach artist Bill Atkins teamed up with Bethel Island, Calif., painter Elizabeth Robinette Tyndall to design the replacement plate. Atkins, an artist and graphic designer, and Tyndall both won the 2009 competi-tion for the design of a new license plate from a pool of 300 entries. The two artists were assigned to collabo-rate on the ﬁ nal design, with Tyndall sup-plying several whale paintings and Atkins adding his own design elements to make the picture compatible with the format of California license plates. “From our perspective, the idea of a collaboration made sense since designing a license plate has its own practical chal-lenges,” said Chris Parry, director of the Coastal Commission’s public programs. “There is no prevalence of anyone’s design; it’s the best of his and hers.” The collabora-tors won each $1,000 in prize money, but they were also paid an undisclosed sum for their work. First produced as a license plate in 1997, the Wyland whale tail became a symbol for the Coastal Commission’s conservation efforts. Roughly 200,000 were sold, raising $60.2 million, one of the most popular specialty plates ever sold. Wyland loaned use of his “Tales of Great Whales” painting to the Coastal Commis-sion and the Motor Vehicles Department at no cost to convert into a license plate. In 2008, when he requested a 20 percent royalty on sales, the commission elected to retire that plate and seek a new design still incorporating the iconic whale tail. “The request of 20 percent was intended to be a starting point for negotiation with the Coastal Commission, but they found it easier to eliminate Wyland and start over,” said Wyland project director Steve Creech, adding that the anticipated revenue was earmarked for foundation work, not for Wyland personally. The artist received a WHALE, page 22 Shortfalls Boost City Deﬁ cit By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Due to two shortfalls in anticipated revenue, the city’s operating budget de cit will increase to nearly $1 million, pressing the City Council to decide on how to manage the red ink in a mid-year budget review this fall. e revenue shortfall comes from two di erent sources. In attempts to bal-ance its own budget, state o cials took possession of the city’s vehicle license fees revenues, totaling $85,000 this year, according to a report released last month Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight Arts & Entertainment Street Beat Schools-Sports DEFICIT, page 22 2 4 6 8 12 16 18 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Check out the views from this for-sale Holly Drive home. TODAY’S REAL DEALS SEE PAGE 5 FOR MORE INFO Retirement for this 65-year-old includes INSTANT INDY: get the weekly summary of a solo cross-country bike ride. See pg. 3. the new edition. Sign up at lbindy.com.