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Archive for June, 2011

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Shorebirds Losing Footing Along Coastline

Shorebirds Losing Footing Along Coastline

Floodlights and people taking over wildlife habitat Shorebirds are getting edged out of their habitat by humans along Laguna’s coastline, according to an on-going study by the Laguna Ocean Foundation. Ed Almanza, foundation vice-chairman and a geographer interested in conservation biology, said a survey conducted at the height of winter feeding at Table Rock cove […]

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Summer Trolleys Set to Chime

Summer Trolleys Set to Chime

The city’s hugely popular free daily trolley service along Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road resumes today, Friday, June 24, coinciding with the seasonal opening of two of the city’s three summer art festivals. A few of the open-air trolleys begin rolling from the ACT V parking lot in Laguna Canyon as early as 8 […]

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Red Ink Excised, Balanced Budget is Approved

Red Ink Excised, Balanced Budget is Approved

By moving money leftover in other city accounts, freezing salaries and trimming costs to cover a third-year deficit, the City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a balanced general fund budget of $44.9 million for 2011-12. Saying the national economy is not making its usual v-shaped recovery curve, but has instead dropped and is […]

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Fuming Over Jet Noise

Fuming Over Jet Noise

Officials at John Wayne Airport and the local Federal Aviation Administration office are getting an earful of complaints from some Laguna Beach residents about increased airline traffic and noise, city officials confirmed. “With the exception of Santa Anas, we’ve never had huge jets over our house,” said Laguna Canyon resident Keri Barriga, who described being […]

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High-Paying City Jobs Under Scrutiny

High-Paying City Jobs Under Scrutiny

In a report by the Orange County Grand Jury examining public-employee compensation by the county’s 34 cities, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach were singled out for an outsized number of employees reaping $100,000 plus salaries compared to its population. In addition, Laguna, along with most cities in the county, received poor marks from the jury […]

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Eavesdrops

Eavesdrops

From the Stretch I’m going to start on Thursday, Do you want to come to the game?   I’d better not; I might get too excited, And have a coronary.   Why would you get too excited?   Because you’re going to hurt somebody, With that uncontrollable fast ball, You have the worst move to […]

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Sawdust Preview Draws Eager Crowds

Sawdust Preview Draws Eager Crowds

  Crowds lined up on Tuesday to preview the 45th annual Sawdust Art Festival, whose visitor count reached 3,958, exceeding occupancy limits set by fire officials. Due to limits stipulating that visitors cannot exceed 2,500, the festival was forced to creatively keep arrivals in check by restricting entry to a corresponding number of people departing, […]

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Guest column

Guest column

 It Takes a Community to Preserve Open Space Laguna’s several hundred acres of remaining open land graces the entire town with marvelous views, wildlife habitat, and colorful native shrubs. For a small price, the open space initiative Laguna Greenbelt and many other groups are circulating offers us the chance to forever preserve this defining green […]

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LBHS Spring All League Honors

LBHS Spring All League Honors

Baseball Chris Paul – League MVP Keaton Jones – League Pitcher of the Year 1st Team: Erik Peruzzi, Austin Paxson, Larry Stewart, Travis Clawson, Steven Harrison 2nd Team: Jackson Rees, Alex Iannoti Boys Golf (Golden West League) 1st Team: Andrew Palmer, Tim Peterson 2nd Team: Massimo Giau Softball 1st Team: Haley Putnam, Katie Anderson 2nd […]

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Court Repairs Trapped at the Net

Court Repairs Trapped at the Net

Local parents of tennis-playing children and tennis lovers who want to see the high school’s well-used courts repaired received a sobering lesson in bureaucracy and budget woes at the Laguna school board last week. Confusion and frustration reigned as residents tried to sort out who has authority to repair the courts, which, they learned, are […]

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LBHS Spring Sports Wrap

LBHS Spring Sports Wrap

 The 77th spring season for Laguna Beach High School sports was one of the most successful in school history for league titles and CIF finishes. Baseball and swimming had their best finish in school history while softball earned their second appearance ever in the section playoffs. Boys volleyball qualified for the playoffs a CIF record […]

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2011 Boys Volleyball Awards

2011 Boys Volleyball Awards

 Laguna celebrated the conclusion of the 40th season of boys volleyball with their annual awards banquet held Tuesday, May 31, at the Emerald Bay Clubhouse. All three teams won their league titles, for varsity, the 25th league crown. Breakers advanced to the section finals for the 10th time and qualified for the State CIF Regional […]

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Swimming Lessons Offered at City Pool

Swimming Lessons Offered at City Pool

The sun is back this summer, and residents can sign up for summer swim lessons today at lagunabeachcity.net. For more information, contact pool manager Adam Gufarotti at [email protected]

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Tennis Champion

Tennis Champion

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SchoolPower Spreads Love and Money

SchoolPower Spreads Love and Money

  SchoolPower’s outgoing president Robin Rounaghi was recognized for her service last Tuesday by Laguna’s school board and administrators.  “I call her the closer,” said Supt. Sherine Smith, indicating Rounaghi’s ability to bring in sizeable donations, including a recent $135,000 gift, the largest in the organization’s history. Such donations allowed SchoolPower to distribute $78,690 in […]