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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com MAY 26 , 2023 | Volume XX , Issue 21

Laguna College of Art and Design Honors 2023 Graduates

The Drake Restaurant Hosts ‘ The Drake Gives ’

Laguna College of Art and Design students celebrated graduation with a commencement ceremony last Friday , May 19 at the Festival of the Arts ’ Irvine Bowl .
LCAD Board of Trustees member and Art Directors Guild President Nelson Coates was this year ’ s commencement speaker . The LCAD ’ s stu-
dent speaker was Peyton Webster , who graduated from the Graphic Design and Digital Media program with an emphasis on Action Sports . Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen also addressed the 152 art school graduates during the ceremony .
The night before commencement , LCAD hosted a dinner for graduates at the Laguna
Art Museum , surrounded by the current Shepard Fairey exhibit and LCAD ’ s MFA in Drawing and Painting Exhibition . LCAD student Michael Cameron Bench spoke during the event . Bench is a 2023 graduate of the college ’ s animation program . Photo / Eric Stoner
By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
Native New Yorker Alec Glasser , founder of The Drake Restaurant in Laguna Beach , became passionate about music while attending public school programs in Queens . He learned to play saxophone , clarinet and flute , and even played gigs with teen bands at upscale resorts .
Glasser also spent summers working at The Drake Hotel on Park Avenue as an elevator operator and bellman . The Drake management agreed to let Glasser stay at the hotel provided he was on call if needed .
The Drake Hotel was reportedly host to numerous bands and celebrities of the day , including Jimi Hendrix , The Who , Led Zeppelin , Mohamad Ali , Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis , Jr .
As he became friendly with these and other stars , Glasser was allowed to run afterhours parties in unoccupied hotel suites with the food and beverage provided by the Drake .
After three summers at The Drake , Glasser had earned enough to pay for law school in

From Fire Pits to a Lifeguard Pride Tower : Residents Share Concerns

By Tasmin McGill , Guest Contributor
Fire pit removal and a rainbow-themed lifeguard tower celebrating Pride were discussed during the Laguna Beach City Council meeting on May 16 . Residents gathered in person and via Zoom to express concerns and share thoughts on the next steps for the South Laguna beaches .
Following the city ’ s acquisition of Laguna ’ s southern beaches from the county in March , residents and community members proposed various ideas for how to move forward .
Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow and Assistant City Manager Gavin Curran presented recommended actions addressing community concerns , including natural beach hazards , trash , litter and the minimal restrooms available . With the summer months right around the corner , the crowds will follow . Residents expressed concerns about issues regarding the increase in beachgoers .
One issue was the reinstitution of the fire pits at Aliso Beach . During the transition of South Laguna beaches to the city ,
the last fire pit was removed , leaving Laguna with the choice of either purchasing wood or propane fire pits .
“ The recommended action is to consider purchasing portable propane fire pits and develop an application to rent portable fire pits at Aliso Beach ,” Curran said . “ Permanent fire pits at lease will provide some issues due to the location within the very high fire safety zone .”
Resident Billy Fried said he hoped to see the return of the fire pits to

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