Golf Classic Tournament & Dinner


Golf Classic Tournament & Dinner
Monday, November 3,  2014
Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Registration and driving range open 10:30am

Shotgun Start: 12:00 noon
Fun Events and Awards
* Hole in One Grand Prize
* Closest to the Pin
* Longest Drive
* Best Team Score

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More changes at Union Market Tustin: Some shops out, others coming in

nkewmg-b88345088z.120150226200119000go2882ql.10The revolving door of tenants at Union Market Tustin continues to spin, as one store has been asked to vacate by Sunday while new shops were announced Thursday.

The attorney for Union Market’s landlord, Andrea Young, released a list of tenants at the food and retail hub. Missing from the list: Oh, Hello Friend, a craft shop by popular blogger Danni Hong, and three restaurants by well-regarded restaurateur Leonard Chan.

Chan’s Rolling Boil, Taco Bandito and The Hatch were considered key restaurant anchors for the 23,000-square-foot complex, which opened in late fall at The District.

The revised tenant list includes new food and retail businesses, including Market 2 Plate, Farmers, The Dirty Cookie, Artisan Candle Shop and The Treehouse Shop.

“We are thrilled at our lineup of tenants,” said Robert Jystad, Young’s attorney. “We have seen great traffic in our market and the Central Bar is doing fantastic.”

Jystad said there is a lot of activity, estimating about 2,000 people visit the market weekly. “Those numbers are likely to increase significantly when the next restaurants open,” he said Wednesday.

Two new tenants expressed excitement to be at both Union Market projects in Tustin and Mission Viejo.

“Once we found out about Union Market in Tustin, we jumped at the opportunity to open a seven-day a week store in an amazing location,” said Eastvale-based Artisan Candle said Thursday.

The store, which makes its candles out of soy wax, plans to open April 1.

Truong Kim, a partner at The Dirty Cookie, said the shop will sell cookie shots to Union Market Tustin.

The store molds cookies into the shape of a shot glass. The “cookie glass” is coated with chocolate, creating a leak-proof lining for milk, he said. Dirty Cookie plans to offer “various flavors of milk,” Kim said.

Kim said The Dirty Cookie will take the space where Chocolat Noir operates. The luxury chocolate shop is relocating to a space that is closer to the back entrance, near Drinkbar Juicery, said Chocolat Noir owner Ashkan Eslamdoust.

Kim, who left an IT career to pursue being a restaurant entrepreneur, is also opening a different food concept at Union Market Mission Viejo: Milk Box. Milk Box will serve organic milk teas, desserts and boba. It will have an open kitchen so customers can watch their drinks being prepared, Kim said.

In mid-February, Kaleidoscope operators said the 28,000-square-foot Union Market Mission Viejo is expected to open in early summer.


Earlier this month, Timree and Olive Oil & Beyond exited the Tustin center. In late October, Le Pop Shop was evicted. Chan, who stopped construction of his restaurants over the holidays, could not be reached for comment. He had previously said his Tustin lease was active.

Chan also pulled his food concepts from Union Market Mission Viejo, also managed by Young and her husband, Russell.

With restaurants as the main draw for foot traffic, some Union Market Tustin tenants have been reluctant to open their stores, including Oh, Hello Friend, Front Porch Pops, and Torch S’mores. Drinkbar Juicery and Chocolat Noir have kept limited hours. Retail shops Lili Claspe Jewelry, Luella, Spice & Tulips, Shangri-La and Woodsnap, and the cocktail lounge Central Bar are open.

Earlier this month, Portola Coffee Lab was the first major food and beverage brand to open at Union Market. Portola plans to open at Union Market Mission Viejo.

Other key food anchors expected to open soon include The Kroft and Kettlebar

Hong’s “removal notice,” obtained by the Register, states that she has failed to “cure several breaches” in her license agreement. In a notice dated Feb. 10, Hong was ordered to open her business and pay $1,900 in fees and rent. The letter pointed out that rent became effective Feb. 1 after being forgiven for November, December and January.

“The Youngs have every right to demand that their tenants comply with the terms of their agreements, the most important of which is to open their stores in a timely manner,” Jystad told the Register in an email.

In May, Andrea Young told tenants that “rent will not commence until the majority of our signed restaurants are open,” according to an email obtained by the Register.

It’s unclear what Hong’s next move is. She has not returned requests for a comment.

Kim Daskas, a spokeswoman for Vestar, The District’s owner, has not returned requests for a comment.

Thanks to the OC Register for the insight on a Tustin business. 

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Tustin Police honored at promotions ceremony


 New Sergeant Matt Nunley addresses the crowd at the promotions ceremony with his daughter and son by his side. Photo by Police Services Officer Joseph Chiavatti.

He arrived at work that first day in a suit because that’s what you wear when you want to impress the new bosses.

Matt Nunley parked his Chevy truck in the parking lot and headed into the Tustin Police Department prepared for some behind-a-desk training.

When he got inside, he saw everyone gathered around television sets. They were horrified with what they were watching.

“Do you have a police uniform?” Nunley was immediately asked.

Nunley put on the uniform and accepted his first-day assignment: Patrolling the Tustin Civic Center looking for anything suspicious. The United States was under attack.

It was September 11, 2001.

“It seems like so long ago, like forever,” Nunley said.

Last Thursday night, Nunley was honored in a ceremony in which he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Also promoted was Brian Greene, to the rank of Lieutenant. The ceremony also welcomed three new employees; Parking Control Officers Guadalupe Lazaro, Garret Gergins and Eileen Chen.

During the ceremony, Chief Charles Celano also honored Sgt. Duane Havourd and Officers Mike Shrode and Tom Knostman for their contributions to the SWAT team. Havourd, Shrode and Knostman rotated out of SWAT after serving on the team for several years.


 New Sergeant Matt Nunley has his badge pinned on by his wife.

Chief Charles Celano told an overflow crowd in the Tustin City Council chambers that the promotion ceremony is “one of the honors and privileges that a Chief has.” Celano introduced each of the honorees and their family members.

The honorees then were joined by a family member or friend, who pinned a new badge on their chest.

Celano honored the SWAT members by explaining they had been involved in hostage situations, intense searches for suspects and barricaded suspects. Each of the honorees had completed long careers which is particularly impressive, as SWAT is one of the more difficult assignments, due to rigorous physical and tactical training requirements.

The three Parking Control Officers are just beginning their careers in Tustin.

“I hope to grow into a sworn officer,” said Lupe Lazaro, who is a student at Cal State Fullerton. “I come to work ready to learn.”

Garret Gergins, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, thanked his family.

“I’m super thankful to my parents for encouraging me,” he said.

Eileen Chen has worked for years in Crime Scene Investigations. She has a degree in Economics Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Brian Greene was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant after 20 years as a detective, training officer and patrol sergeant. In 2006, Greene won the Medal of Valor Award.


New Lieutenant Brian Greene gets his badge pinned on by his wife.

This is the kind of police officer Greene is. Just before the holidays in 2005, Greene was on his way to get a Christmas tree with his family. He was driving on Santiago Canyon Road when he saw a car engulfed in flames.

Greene ran over and helped pull a woman out of the car. The car fire became a brush fire. The woman had severe injuries but she survived.

When he became a sergeant more than eight years ago, Greene forgot to thank his wife in his speech. So he thanked her first Thursday night. That got him a big laugh.

“I got it right this time,” he said.

Greene said he’s ready for the challenge of being a lieutenant.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity,” he said.


Chief Charles Celano swears in Matt Nunley and Brian Greene.

Thanks to Behind the Badge for the great article!

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Blast from the Past, Officer of the Month May 2002

TustinOfficerof theMonthThree years ago, Officer Brian Greene discussed with his supervision the possibility of participating in a Baker-to-Vegas 120-Mile Relay race. Upon receiving approval, a team was put together consisting of a combination of five officers from the Tustin Police Department and 15 officers from the La Habra Police Department. Subsequently, two years ago Officer Greene proposed putting together a team consisting of just Tustin Police Department personnel to participate in the race. Officer Greene advised that Mary Novotny had agreed to participate and do whatever was necessary as far as volunteers and handling the support side of the race.

Last year the race came together for the Tustin Team, and approximately 50 runners and support people went to Vegas for the weekend where the Team Tustin took Fifth Place in its division.

This year Brian and Mary worked almost year-round on the event and in the last two months leading up to the event, spent several hours putting together volunteers, runners, a race plan, attending meetings, getting City and Police vehicles, and securing sponsors. The event this year went extremely well. All who participated both runners and support personnel said it was the greatest weekend they spent with the police department. All the hard work and effort by Officer Brian Greene and Lead Mary Novotny paid off as the Tustin Police Department took first prize in their division for the Baker to Vegas 120- Mile Relay race.

The success of this event can be attributed to many people, those who went to the race, those who stayed behind and worked, as well as upper management giving their approval for the event. However, if not for the hard work of Officer Brian Greene and Record Lead Mary Novotny the event would not have taken place.

For the above reasons it is our pleasure to honor Officer Brian Greene and Records Lead Mary Novotny as the Chamber of Commerce “Officers of the Month” for May 2002. 

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The Tustin Police Officer of the Month Award recognition began in 1972 as an idea developed by Chamber Member, Jack Shafer of Computer Bits, as a way of recognizing our community officers.  

The honoree is recognized during the Tustin Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club.

The Officer’s name is engraved on a plaque which is on display at the Tustin Police Department.  His/her name and picture are also placed on the Tustin Chamber of Commerce Web Site.

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Get an up close view of the hangar at the Leprechaun Leap 5K

By Jonathan Stone / Contributing writer

njitxn-b88323015z.120150209122034000gtu7tmkl.10Looking to get a glimpse inside a Tustin landmark, while raising money for local charities? The upcoming Leprechaun Leap 5K Run gives you that chance.

Completed in 1943, Tustin’s military hangars housed the Navy’s lighter than air patrol blimps. Redeveloped after the war, the hangar complex became dedicated to helicopter operations, eventually becoming the home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The base closed in 1993, but the Marine aviators remain a beloved memory for the people of Tustin, proud to have played a part in military aviation history.

Opportunities to venture inside the hangars are rare, but residents will have an opportunity to do just that on March 15 during the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run, hosted by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce. The chip-timed event includes a trip through hangar two as part of a certified 5-kilometer route. This is the fourth Leprechaun Leap and the second time the hangar has been a part of the route.

The race is pet-friendly, and costumes are encouraged. Race day events also include beer tasting, live music and vendors. The Leprechaun Leap raises money for local charities and in 2015 will be supporting Heroes and Healthy Families.

Headquartered in Santa Ana, Heroes and Healthy Families has served more than 20,500 Marines and sailors from nine military installations across the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan since 2004. Its mission is to empower our nation’s military and their families to heal the psychological wounds of war by providing them with critical knowledge and psychological support.

Heroes and Healthy Families also offers a series of marriage retreats for couples that take place on military bases and in Orange County for veterans and active-duty service members from all branches of the United States military.

The proceeds of the 2015 Leprechaun Leap 5K will be used to serve 3,000 Marines and sailors stationed in Okinawa, Japan on April 28-30.

Those interested in learning more about Heroes and Healthy Families and the Tustin hangars are encouraged to participate in the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run by visiting, and

Thank you to the OC Register for the article.

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Leprechaun Leap 5K March

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The 4th Annual Leprechaun Leap 5K

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 8:00am

A mini expo at the start/finish line and the main Entertainment Expo will be at the District’s Promenade.

at the District at Tustin Legacy. Start and finish outside the Costco Parking Lot. See Race Route

Packet pickup will be Saturday March 14, 2014 from 12:00-4:00pm Outside Costco shopping center

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February Monthly Member Breakfast

Name: Monthly Membership Breakfast
Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST

The Chamber monthly membership breakfast is your opportunity to meet other members, enjoy a beautiful view while eating a breakfast with fellow Tustinites.  Each month the Chamber membership honors a police officer from the Tustin Police Department chosen by the Chief of Police.  We either have a special guest speaker Lacy Kelly.  Self introductions close out the morning.  Come and join us and find out what is going on in Tustin, guests are always welcome!

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Monthly Mixer at Quinn’s Old Town Grill 1/22/15

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Quinn’s Old Town Grill sure did welcome the chamber on Thursday January 22. We  enjoyed some great appetizers, welcomed new members and met some wonderful people.
Some amazing prizes were donated for our drawing thanks to our wonderful generous members!  Register here

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4th Annual Leprechaun Leap 5K Race is set to Go THROUGH the Hangar!


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!  The 5k course is fast and fun and welcomes walkers, strollers and dogs! (Please bring your own “doggy bags”).Register as an Individual or a Team of 5 or more. Teams must be joined together in a Snake format. Awards will be given for the fastest times and best costume! Post race festivities include an expo, food,  live entertainment and more! The Leprechaun Leap 5K is organized by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will benefit Heroes and Healthy Families  and other local charities through Tustin Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce.  All are non-profit organizations. Register online, Mail in Registration, Sponsorship Information, Become A Sponsor. Fund Raising Opportunities for Orange County Non- Profits available contact us for more information.  

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ActionCOACH of OC Ribbon Cutting

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With three Chambers combined, Santa Ana, Irvine and Tustin, we welcomed ActionCoach of OC to Orange County with a Ribbon Cutting. They provide a unique portfolio of business advisory and Coaching services to the small to medium enterprise community in Southern California.  We provide hands-on support to business owners like you to help them achieve better sales, better profitability, better management, and better control of their business’ future.  In short, we provide the resources and expertise that are typically only available to CEO’s of large corporations.


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Comfort Dental Spa Ribbon Cutting


The Chamber welcomed Dr. Sangita Hablani, her warm staff to the Chamber and her new location on Newport Avenue. The beautifully renovated office is stunning, her staff are welcoming, perfect place to go for all your dental needs.


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