Laguna Woods Village to cut some Saddleback Emeritus classes – Orange County Register

After looking into the number of residents using free classes provided by the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute, Village Management Services announced that five classes will be cut.

CEO Brad Hudson made the announcement at the Golden Rain Foundation meeting Tuesday, May 2. The main reason for eliminating the classes is high nonresident enrollment, Hudson said, adding that staff research found one fitness class with 22 students, 18 of which were nonresidents.

Other classes had similar findings, he said.

“This is how these classes go; they do not serve our residents,” Hudson said, noting that the fitness centers have to be cleared for each class. “They serve nonresidents, and it requires me and my staff to kick out our residents while we’re serving these nonresidents.”

Hudson said that classes to be eliminated include a circuit training class, a ceramics class and a jewelry class. New classes created and taught by Village staff, with resident-only enrollment, will replace the ones being taken out, he said.

The cuts come nearly one year after Emeritus program class cuts were proposed, which was protested by hundreds of residents. Several people at the May 2 GRF meeting spoke against the class cuts, many citing cost concerns.

“I cannot believe that our community has decided to cancel those classes without input from the people who take them,” said Sandra Feigelman, who has been taking Emeritus classes for 20 years. “Eventually, we are all going to start paying for classes, which we do not pay Saddleback.”

Recreation Director Brian Gruner said the Village’s classes would be free for residents.

“We want to bring the program in-house so we can customize it for our residents and attract more residents to attend the program,” Gruner said. “We’re looking to offer it at no cost; we’re not taking away the programs from the residents – we’re just not utilizing Emeritus.”

Gruner said the Emeritus classes were canceled for the fall semester, but they will still be offered for the summer.

Drone policy

GRF unanimously agreed to rescind a drone policy and return it to the Security and Community Access Committee for review. The policy would have allowed resident use of drones, with requirements such as a permit and approval of every flight plan. The Security and Community Access Committee will review the drone policy at an open meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at Clubhouse One.

Emergency Operations Plan

A resolution to implement an Emergency Operations Plan was unanimously approved by GRF. The EOP is a planned response to all potential hazards in or affecting the Village, which meets federal, state and county requirements in addition to the unique needs of the community, the document reads.

“This is a unique community, much like a small city, and we know that in the event of a major catastrophe first responders may be delayed up to several days,” Chief of Security Tim Moy said. “Even if first responders are…

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