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City of Laguna Beach
Shohreh Dupuis, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771


Subject :Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling Press Conference Media Advisory
Contact :Bob Whalen    (949) 497-0704

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – On Monday, October 18, 2021, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen will join local policymakers, environmental advocates, and Academy Award-winning actor Jane Fonda at a press conference in Laguna Beach in support of a ban on all offshore oil drilling, including for existing leases.  

“This latest oil spill is a wake-up call for all of us,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen.  “Now is the time to come together to end all existing and any new oil drilling and production off our coast.  Senator Dave Min has said he is ready to take on this challenge and the Laguna Beach City Councilmembers have signed on to support him in his legislative efforts.  The road ahead will be difficult, but we must rise to the task to preserve and protect our ocean and our shoreline.” 

The Laguna Beach City Council recently joined California State Senators Dave Min (Irvine) and Josh Newman (Fullerton), in sending a letter to Orange County’s federal legislative representatives asking them to lead a legislative effort to end all offshore drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, including drilling performed under current leases. Click HERE to find out more. 

What: Press Conference in Support of Ban on All Offshore Oil Drilling

When:  Monday, October 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.

Where:  Main Beach Cobblestones Area, Laguna Beach, CA

Who: Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, author and activist
Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and Councilmembers

Judie Mancuso, Founder/President, Social Compassion in Legislation  Assemblymember Cottie Petrie Norris (D-Laguna Beach)

Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine)

Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles), Chair Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee
Katrina Foley, Orange County Supervisor 
Brendan Cummings, Conservation Director, & Kassie Siegel, Climate Law Institute Director, Center for Biological Diversity

For more information and media inquiries please contact Judie Mancuso at (949) 466-6009 or Nickolaus Sackett at (415) 238-3179 or