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.joevideopro.com.

 

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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Winter Fantasy at Sawdust in Laguna Beach

Winter Fantasy kicked off at the Sawdust festival grounds in Laguna Beach and I visited for this community news feature on Facebook.

Laguna Concert Band pays tribute to Max Bennett

Max Bennett has come a long way from his native Oskaloosa, Iowa; the 88-year-old is one of the most-recorded bass players of all time. Here’s my story about Max and the special tribute to the music legend by the Laguna Concert Band.

The Taste of Laguna is Delicious

I visited the annual event hosted by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for this short story (and I think I gained about 10lbs). It was fantastic – over 30 local restaurants sampling their fares.

Cool time-lapse at Main Beach

The layer of clouds gave way to another lovely sunset at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA.

NBC-LA: Scooter Riding Pup Pays It Forward

Chiquita the Scoot Pooch

My column in Laguna Beach Indy: A Rescue Who Turns Heads

You can read the original article online at: http://www.lagunabeachindy.com/2013/09/08/rescue-turns-heads/

By Joe Cockrell, Special to the Independent

I love dogs. I’ve had a canine companion for most of my adult life, including an Australian Shepard named Libby that I rescued five years ago. In 2012, I was recruited to move to Southern California from my native Iowa for a position in higher education. With such a big move, I thought it might be best for Libby to wait until I got settled into my new life in Orange County. After I was established with my new job and moved into a pet-approved apartment in Laguna Beach, I was ready to bring Libby out to join me in our new home. But, in an unexpected turn of events, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Libby would become a vital distraction for her during the first few weeks of chemotherapy. My father had little doubt that the affectionate dog was making a huge difference in their lives, and suggested that they adopt Libby and keep her there permanently. “Libby is her rock. It’s amazing how that dog helps her through it,” he told me. Libby had a new purpose in life.

Photo by Nik Sarac Local resident Joe Cockrell discovered his rescue dog, Chiquita, prefers a scooter to taking long walks because of a birth defect.

Local resident Joe Cockrell discovered his rescue dog, Chiquita, prefers a scooter to taking long walks because of a birth defect. Photo by Nik Sarac.

Not long after, I saw the cutest video on a local newscast: a small dog who could ride a doggie scooter, made from an old skateboard. The adorable video clip made me instantly smile, but the pup was not on the news because of her unique talent. Somebody had abandoned the six-year-old Chihuahua mix in Los Angeles and she needed a new home. Scooter included.

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