PAGE ONE JULY 24, 2014 PARTYLINE
PICNIC AT KINGSTON TRIO SHOW: The Golden Rain Foundation is adding a new food service option for hungry patrons of this season’s Thursday evening shows at the Amphitheater. Koffel’s Food Service, which has been providing catering services to Leisure World for more than 20 years, will have a fully stocked food service truck parked behind the Amphitheater. Koffel’s will offer an expanded gourmet selection for tonight’s Kingston Trio show, the Aug. 7 Debbie Reynolds show and the Aug. 28 Frankie Avalon show. The menu includes grilled hamburgers, burritos, sodas, snacks and more.
PET FAIR: The ninth annual Pet Fair in the Park, sponsored by the SoCal Animal Response Team (SCART), will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Marine Stadium Park, 5225 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach. Microchipping, including registration, will be available for $20. There will be an Owner n’ Dog Look Alike Contest, free pet disaster preparedness, food trucks, shaky quakey trailer, opportunity drawings and a pet first aid demo.
RECYCLE TO BENEFIT HS: Janice Krehbiel of Mutual 9 writes: Save your aluminum cans and plastic bottles to benefit a local high school. Drop them off on the patio at 13040 Oak Hills Drive, 224-F. Or if you want someone to pick them up from your home, call 431-1901.
LW SINGER TO PERFORM: Valentino Perry of LW will perform at Baci Italian restaurant, 18748 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, Friday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Baci is located between Ellis and Garfield streets. To make reservations, call (714) 965-1194.
SENIOR CAT NEEDS HOME: A white siamese mix needs a home. Owner will pay $200 toward items for its care. Call (949) 466-4933 for more information.
KINGSTON TRIO AT AMPHITHEATER TONIGHT
John’s Landscaping presents the Kingston Trio at 8 tonight, July 24, on the Amphitheater stage. This show is limited to one guest per shareholder. Bring a LW identification card.
The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio— George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty—is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, largely due to its musical consistency over the years.
Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard formed the original Kingston Trio in 1957 when they were in college in the San Francisco area. They played acoustic guitars and banjos, and sang simple yet memorable melodies. The release of “Tom Dooley” in October 1958 began a “folk music revival” and set the stage for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary. The trio led the protest movement of the 1960s and was the No. 1 vocal group in the world. The group’s record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles.
In 1961, after two Grammy awards and numerous gold records, Dave Guard left the group and John Stewart was introduced, maintaining The Trio for another six years. In 1967 Bob, Nick and John disbanded to pursue individual careers.
“Pop music tastes were changing again,” says Shane, “that whole ‘rock revolution’ thing spread from San Francisco across the country, and took a lot of our audience with it. But folk music is timeless, so I figured I might as well keep it alive.” Bob has been doing that for 48 years.
In 1976, after working for nine years as the New Kingston Trio with various members, Bob purchased the rights to the name “Kingston Trio” and the group, which at the time consisted of Bob Shane, Bill Zorn and Roger Gambill carried on. Zorn had to leave shortly thereafter to fulfill a record-producing contract with his brother in England, and George Grove joined the group.
In 1985, the Kingston Trio lineup changed again, following the untimely death of Roger Gambill. “We were devastated by the loss of Roger,” says George Grove, “but the Kingston Trio as a group is a musical institution that had to go on, just as it had [then] for 28 years.” Bob Haworth then stepped in, but left in 1988 to pursue his solo career, and Nick Reynolds rejoined after a 21-year vacation. In 1999, Nick retired again, and Bob Haworth returned, forming the lineup that continued until March 2004, when Bob Shane retired due to medical reasons. Bill Zorn returned to take his place.
In August 2005, Bobby Haworth left the group once again, and Rick Dougherty, formerly of the Limeliters, took over the spot. The addition of Rick’s voice has made the current lineup the most vocally complete since the original days. The Kingston Trio’s trademark three-part harmony keeps the band touring 30 weeks out of the year. George Grove’s orchestral arrangements allow the trio to perform with symphony concerts, which have become a fan favorite.
STATE MANDATES WATER RESTRICTIONS
by Ruth Osborn
With some urgency, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation last week to ensure water agencies, their customers and California residents conserve water in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement.
The state water board was still finetuning the emergency ordinance at its meeting July 15, and local water agencies did not receive the final version until two days later.
“The city received the order late last week,” said Seal Beach Director of Public Works Sean Crumby, “and a big component of the mandate is education. The city is currently assessing how to comply with the regulation’s requirements and will be responding accordingly.”
The conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor urban water use, according to a state water board press release. It mandates minimum actions to conserve water supplies this year and into 2015. Most Californians use more water outdoors than indoors. In some areas, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping.
No region in the state met Gov. Jerry Brown’s Jan. 17 request for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use, but some came closer than others.
The hardest hit areas—and the ones making the most headway in conservation—are in the Central Valley, the nation’s bread basket. A July 15 report from the University of California, Davis, shows that California agriculture is getting through its worst drought in decades by using groundwater reserves. But Central Valley farm production may be severely diminished as reserves dwindle.
The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study found that the drought—the third most severe on record— is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture, with river water for Central Valley farms reduced by about one-third.
Urban California, including Orange County, hasn’t felt the drought in the way other parts of the state has. In Seal Beach, three-fourths of the water is pumped from ground wells and one-fourth is imported. Orange County has ample water banked in reservoirs.
But everyone is responsible for cutting consumption, and with this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering outdoor landscapes that cause runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. The regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances.
The total statewide economic cost of the 2014 drought is $2.2 billion, according to the UC Davis study.
Local agencies could ask courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement conservation requirements in addition to their existing authorities and processes. The state water board could initiate enforcement actions against water agencies that don’t comply with the new regulations. Failure to comply with a state water board enforcement order by water agencies is subject to up to a $10,000 a day penalty.
“We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “And, more important, we have no idea when it will end. This drought’s impacts are being felt by communities all over California. Fields are fallowed; communities are running out of water, fish and wildlife will be devastated. The least that urban Californians can do is to not waste water on outdoor uses. It is in their self-interest to conserve more, now, to avoid far more harsh restrictions, if the drought lasts into the future. These regulations are meant to spark awareness of the seriousness of the situation, and could be expanded if the drought wears on and people do not act.”
In addition to approving the emergency conservation regulation today, the State Water Board made a plea for water suppliers, communities and businesses to do even more. For example, water agencies are being asked to step up their programs to fix leaks and other sources of water loss, use more recycled water or captured stormwater, and find additional ways to incentivize demand reduction among their customers.
The new regulation was developed following two drought emergency declarations by Gov. Brown. On Jan. 17, he issued a drought emergency proclamation following three dry or critically dry years in California.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SB COUNCIL ELECTION
The City of Seal Beach will elect three city council members, including a representative from Leisure World’s District 5, in the Nov. 4 general municipal election. The nomination period has just begun and will close Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.
District 1, representing Old Town and Surfside, and District 3, representing Marina Hill, Bridgeport and Heron Pointe, are also up for election.
Two Leisure World residents have filed candidate intention papers, according to Seal Beach City Clerk Linda Devine. The District 5 seat will be vacated by two-term councilman Michael Levitt of Mutual 4 because of term limits.
Former Golden Rain Foundation Board director Anne Seifert of Mutual 2 and Seal Beach Planning Commission Chair Sandra Massa-Lavitt of Mutual 5 will vie for Councilman Levitt’s seat.
Mayor Ellery Deaton and Tom Quinn will run for the District 1 seat. Mike Varipapa is thus far unopposed in his bid for the District 3 seat. Incumbent councilman Gordon Shanks is termed out. Council members serve four-year terms, and the term limit is two consecutive terms.
On Nov. 4, the polls will be open between 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The Seal Beach election is consolidated with the Orange County state election.
To run for the city council, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter, a resident of the city and district and at least 18 years old. A candidate must file a nomination petition signed by 20-30 registered voters from the district he or she seeks to represent by Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 211 Eighth St., Seal Beach. There is a $25 filing fee, an optional $500 deposit for the candidates statement printed in the sample ballot; and a $50 filing fee to the Secretary of State. No person or committee can contribute more than $500 to a campaign, according to the Seal Beach Municipal Code.
For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 431-2527.
—Ruth Osborn, staff writer
SEAL BEACH BRIDGE TO REOPEN
The new east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge is scheduled to open to motorists Saturday morning, July 26. Once the new lanes are open, crews will require extended closures to realign and reconstruct two of the existing I-405 on- and off-ramps at Seal Beach Boulevard.
The northbound I-405 on-ramp on Seal Beach Boulevard will be closed for about two months, beginning tomorrow, July 25, at 10 p.m. Crews must reconstruct and realign the on-ramp and install the permanent electrical equipment to tie-in with the new east-half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge.
The southbound I-405 off-ramp on Seal Beach Boulevard will be closed for 12 hours on a weekend night in late-August (from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday-exact dates TBD). Crews must realign and reconstruct portions of this off-ramp to tie in with the new east-half of the Seal Beach bridge.
The 2014 Navigator, a special publication of the Golden Rain News, themed “Aging Well in Leisure World,” will be delivered to every LW residence by Friday. Extra copies are available at The News Office.