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Share the Road!

Dear Editor, I was very concerned regarding the intolerant and malicious attitudes and behavior promoted in the letter by Dr. Farley Brown ‘Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder’. Talk about reckless! For Dr. Brown to so publicly harass one of our wonderful minor...

The Difference Between Skateboarders

Editor, Like many parents of skateboarders, we ardently require our child’s use of safety equipment and his adherence to traffic rules. Additionally, we fully support the City’s lawful ticketing of reckless, unsafe skateboarding behavior. Via safety meetings held at our home, we...

In Defense of Skateboarding Son

(This letter was also sent to city council members) Dear Editor, I was very sad to read the letter from Farley Brown that was printed and distributed in your paper last week. As the mother of the teen targeted in Mr. Brown’s letter, I sincerely apologize to Mr. Brown and to...

Local Currents

Abuse and Responsibility   “No report or study to date has shown a compelling connection between caffeine and alcohol to abuse or addiction. Determining that college students drink more alcohol for the purpose of intoxication is an indulgence in reporting the obvious.”...

Grant Is Tonic for Clinic’s Disadvantaged Women Program

The Laguna Beach Community Clinic recently received a grant from the Allergan Foundation to support their Urgent Care for Disadvantaged Women program. “We are so pleased that the Allergan Foundation recognizes the work we are doing to improve women’s health,” said clinic director...

Sober Pairs With Send-Ups in Biennial Exhibit

The much anticipated California Biennial exhibition by the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art justified its build-up. The 150 works now on display are thought-provoking without being overwhelming. Instead, works that include painting, sculpture, photography, installation,...

Star Studded ‘Stories of Home’ Benefits Homeless

Combine the power of the written word with the immediacy of an actor’s visceral, live interpretation, and the result is a performance that literally brings a story to life. The experience, of last Sunday’s WordTheatre production “Stories of Home” was thrilling. “You get a lot...

Charity Waits in the ‘Weeds’

Laguna Beach resident Scott Hays envisioned a company dedicated to the philosophy that all people have a story to share. Now, the story-telling skills he nurtured have blossomed into a marketing campaign tapped by hard-pressed non-profit groups around the county and nation to...

Festival of Arts not Recession Proof but in the Black

The recession not withstanding, the Festival of Art’s finances are sound. During last Thursday’s annual Membership Meeting, FoA President Fred Sattler reported that the festival had another successful year, largely due to the well-attended Pageant of the Masters which provides...

City Halts Historic Building Designations

A year-long moratorium on certain historic building designations was approved by the City Council Tuesday night along with a Dec. 15 deadline to apply for historic status, which reduces property taxes under the state Mills Act. The deadline was extended by a month to include...

Fireworks to Face New Rules

Water quality regulators are pushing new rules that would likely prevent firework shows from occurring over areas like Hiesler Park. The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, which oversees Laguna Beach, has issued a draft regulation to protect bodies of water like the...

A Football Mom’s Battle

A parental fear became reality for football mom Densie De La Torre last month when her son Ricki, a junior at Laguna Beach High School and lineman on the varsity football team, was hit hard on the right pelvic bone and went down on the field. “What I went through is one of the...

FOA Facelift in the Works

After 50 years, the Festival of Arts plans to put on a prettier face with more curb appeal to greet passers-by and festival-goers, and asked the city for a quick approval so their project could be complete for their 80th anniversary celebration in 2012. The city council however,...

Village Matters

Passion expressed, one way or another The Historical Society’s program Monday on the history of art in Laguna Beach gave much more than a recitation of facts on how Laguna Beach became an art colony.  Speakers Janet Blake, Richard Challis and Gene Crane shared personal insights...

Paradise Marred by Parking Nightmare

Editor, I am moving to Kauai after living in South Orange County for three years, six months. Prior to moving here, I lived in Northern California, in the Bay Area and the Rocklin/Roseville area. First of all, this is truly a stunning place. Laguna Beach in particular is one of...