Drone operators rally in Laguna Beach

I was part of a group of local FAA licensed drone pilots who rallied in Laguna Beach in response to a proposed city ordinance that would ban drone flights and require a special permit for drone filming and photography within city limits. The group successfully convinced the City Council to compromise by delaying the new rules and creating a committee of commercial drone operators to assist with updating the drafted ordinance. I’m very pleased that the City Council listened to our concerns and is engaging the commercial operators in an advisory role. I am also grateful to the Law Firm of Anderson, McPharlin & Conners and its attorney D. Damon Willens for the research and information he has provided regarding the matter.

Recent news coverage of our efforts include stories in LA TimesLaguna Beach Indy and SUAS News.

To view my online portfolio of drone and video production work visit my other website www.joenewspro.com.


Millennials in PR Feel Unprepared to Offer Companies Advice on Moral Dilemmas at Work, Study Finds

As the ‘doers’ become ‘deciders,’ they also don’t expect to encounter ethical issues on the job, Baylor researcher says

Millennials who are pursuing careers in public relations do not feel prepared to offer advice on ethics to their companies — and in fact, they do not expect to face ethical dilemmas at work, according to a Baylor University study.

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California Cool a Great Success

On Saturday, February 4, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction fundraiser with works by over 100 California artists reached sales of over $366,000 [see my video story from the event above].  Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s exhibitions and education programs. The highlight of the evening was the much anticipated live auction led by Aaron Bastian of Bonhams.  The museum once again partnered with Paddle8, the leading online auction house, and absentee bids from near and far added a further element of excitement to the competitive bidding.

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