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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com SEPTEMBER 16 , 2022 | Volume XIX , Issue 37

Pageant of the Masters Hosts Red Carpet Affair with Priscilla Presley to Benefit the Arts

World Soirée host Priscilla Presley
By Chris Trela On Saturday , Aug . 27 , the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters held its glamorous end-of-summer soirée , a jam-packed night of fine art , living pictures , strolling entertainment , and giveaways .
The Wonderful World Soirée welcomed the legendary Priscilla Presley to host the evening , and 10-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval , who performed an intimate concert on the Festival ’ s green .
The evening kicked-off with a red-carpet entrance for all guests
Actor Joe Mantegna arrives at the Wonderful World Soirée
and VIPs in attendance . Many guests posed on the red carpet with photo booths capturing the special moments . Among those who walked the carpet were celebrity guests Joe Mantegna (“ Criminal Minds ”), Michael Tucci (“ Grease ”) and Priscilla Presley .
Loge Center ticket holders had 1-hour early access to the event and enjoyed a special wine reception with Celebrity Cruises . Each VIP guest received a commemorative wine glass and gift bag .
A Chinese Lion Dance excited ticket holders as it danced through


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Festival of Arts Board of Directors President David Perry
the queue line , next to the red carpet , and then through the entrance of the Festival of Arts . Attendees were welcomed by strolling entertainment throughout the entire grounds including African stilt walkers , Japanese geishas , circus performers from Le Petit Cirque , and more .
Those in attendance enjoyed the sounds of the Grammy-winning musician Arturo Sandoval whose vivacious melodies and infectious rhythms filled the Festival grounds . “ The concert was fantastic . Arturo
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Cracking Down on Loud Vehicle Noise Pollution

AB 2496 Awaits Signature on Governor ’ s Desk
By LB Indy Staff
Across the country , noise pollution from loud vehicles has become a significant problem in local communities , including Laguna Beach .
According to observations by law enforcement , custom-made or aftermarket equipment that modifies vehicle exhausts to exceed noise limits set by state law is often the root of the problem .
Noise pollution can cause stress and discomfort in the short term , but in the long term , it can provoke sleep disturbance , cognitive impairment , hearing loss , high blood pressure and even cardiovascular disease . For that reason , Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris ( D-Irvine ) has authored Assembly Bill 2496 , which the California State Legislature passed as part of a broader effort to crack down on noise pollution from illegally modified vehicles .
“ Reducing noise pollution is a top priority for improving our resident ’ s quality of life ,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf . “ This legislation
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By Clara Beard | LB Independent It ’ s not every day you see a 24-yearold putting their name into the hat for a seat on the Laguna Beach City Council . Or any council for that matter . But that ’ s exactly what Dartmouth College graduate and a lifetime resident of Laguna Beach Alex Rounaghi is doing in the build-up to the upcoming election - where three empty council seats are up for grabs in November .
Growing up , Rounaghi attended Ms . Heidi ’ s Pre-School , El Morro Elementary School , Thurston Middle
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