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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com SEPTEMBER 23 , 2022 | Volume XIX , Issue 38
The Great Love Club unites community and support local creators and businesses
Tifany Khakdoust ( right ) and Kaily Burton celebrate Jaskrit Bhalla ’ s birthday after the Tuesday walk . Photo / Clara Beard
By Clara Beard | LB Independent
It ’ s 7 a . m . on a Tuesday . The sun ’ s barely had time to peek over the roofs of most Laguna Beach homes , but already , a lively and diverse group of about 20 are gathering on Catalina St ., some coming from as far as Yorba Linda , to stroll the neighborhood together , engage in conversation and finish up with coffee at Laguna Coffee Company .
It ’ s been dubbed The Great Love Club - a social club for kind people . The simple message is the brainchild of Laguna Beach resident and realtor , Tifany Khakdoust , 34 , who , back in March , felt the desire to create a space for anyone , regardless of age , gender or background , to gather and enjoy real-life connections while walking Laguna neighborhoods . The concept spread quickly , and Khakdoust has since expanded to host several free club events a week , ranging from a Beach Club , Hike Club , Church Club , and even a Work Club , where people meet in a shared space to work on individual projects .
Khakdoust also collaborates with local business owners for standalone events ,
LOVE CLUB , page 3
City Council Candidates Debate South Laguna Issues During Zoom Panel
By Tasmin McGill , Guest Contributor The South Laguna Civic Association hosted a two-hour city council candidate panel Monday over Zoom . Incumbents Sue Kempf and Peter Blake , along with new candidates Alex Rounaghi , Mark Orgill , Jerome Pudwill , Ruben Flores and Louis Weil , discussed a variety of issues that plague Laguna Beach community members .
Those issues included the need for bathrooms , land usage , the sand berm and bringing primary control of the beaches back to the city of Laguna .
Due to the increase in traffic from locals and tourists during the busy summer months , the candidates agreed that installing more bathrooms was important . Although it is not a long-term solution , porta potties are provided and managed by Orange County .
“ I think we need to carefully look at some of the land , look at some of our beach access points and figure out the most convenient or accessible way for the general public and our residents to go to the bathroom ,” Weil said . “ I think it ’ s a human rights element and a health and safety one .”
MEET CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE JEROME PUDWILL
35-year resident endorsed by Village Laguna , LB Police Employees ’ Association
By Clara Beard | LB Independent
When Jerome Pudwill declared his intention to run for one of three open Laguna Beach City Council seats in November just five weeks ago , it was relatively late to throw his hat into the ring . Still , the 35-year resident said he felt it essential to step up and represent Laguna Beach locals .
“ I had been waiting and thinking that somebody else would run ,” Pudwill said . “ When I didn ’ t see that happening . I just knew somebody had to take that responsibility .”
Since then , Pudwill hit the ground running , attending multiple canadiate panels and gaining endorsements from Village Laguna and the Laguna Beach
Police Employees ’ Association .
Pudwill said he ’ s running for Laguna Beach City Council to give residents a voice in City government and to work to preserve Laguna ’ s quality of life .
“ I ’ m not against development . I ’ m for responsible , compatible development that retains the charm and beauty of
PUDWILL , page 26
PANEL , page 24
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