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Archive for August, 2011

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Appreciation for Sawdust Visitors; Yarn Bomb Mystery Resolved

Appreciation for Sawdust Visitors; Yarn Bomb Mystery Resolved

Editor:   On behalf of the Sawdust Festival artists, board of directors and staff, I want to thank all our visitors who helped make the 2011 Sawdust one of our best festivals to date. We are also grateful to the Laguna community for supporting the arts and for your patience in working through the summer […]

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Runover by Caltrans?

Runover by Caltrans?

Editor,   On Aug. 26, a post on the city’s webste notified us the intersection at Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro is planned for road widening by Caltrans. Days later the post reads “repaving” not “widening” but still offers no mention if the project complies with legal mandates for highways under Complete Street Policy  (DD-64 […]

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A Policy That Dims Expectations

A Policy That Dims Expectations

Editor:   I just got through reading my very own copy of the “Good Neighbor Lighting in Laguna Beach” pamphlet. Gosh, and here I thought that the main reason so many of us want to live here is because it’s not Mission Viejo… Silly me.   Kurt Mahoney, Laguna Beach

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Thanks for Returning the Night Sky

Thanks for Returning the Night Sky

Editor,   (The letter also went to council members.)   Thank you so much for the new lighting ordinance and printed guidelines. Already our neighborhood is more pleasant at night thanks to the neighbors who have turned off offending lights or modified their fixtures. It may be a coincidence but the night lighting at the […]

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Fired Up Over Archaic Tattoo Policy

Fired Up Over Archaic Tattoo Policy

Editor,   Recently, I was shopping at Albertson’s in South Laguna near my home when I ran into one of our local firemen. He was doing his daily shopping as well, putting together something tasty for the other guys to eat no doubt. I struck up a conversation with the young man, and he was […]

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Memories of Past Brooks Contests Stoke Excitement for the Next

Memories of Past Brooks Contests Stoke Excitement for the Next

On July 15, 1955, about 50 Laguna locals got together to hold a surfing contest at Brooks Street beach. None of those early pioneers could have imagined that, more than a half century later, hundreds would be waiting for the perfect waves that will launch this year’s 50th edition of the world’s longest running surfing […]

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Girls Swing into Action

Girls Swing into Action

Breakers completed their summer season with a second place finish at the 44-team Queens Court tournament in Anaheim Aug. 27 and 28.   Laguna opens the regular season on Tuesday, Sept. 13 against rival Corona del Mar at Dugger Gym. Match time will be 5:30 p.m.              

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Half of Local Students Lack Proof of Vaccination

Half of Local Students Lack Proof of Vaccination

A new California law requires students entering grades 7-12 to provide proof of proper immunization against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, before starting school this fall. Just half of Laguna Beach students have turned in the required forms, said Irene White, the district’s director of special education-student services. “Our parents are always very responsive […]

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Back to School Nights Scheduled

Back to School Nights Scheduled

Students in the Laguna Beach school district return to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 6, but the district has also scheduled opportunities for parents to meet their child’s teachers and learn more about their school day in the same month. El Morro Elementary holds its back to school night Wednesday, Sept. 14; Thurston Middle School, Sept. […]

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Rotary Helps 60 Local Students

Rotary Helps 60 Local Students

The Rotary Club provided 60 students, ranging from kindergarten to high school, with backpacks stuffed with an assortment of school supplies.   Laguna Beach Rotary is offering this service project to other Orange County clubs for kids in their areas.  With the elimination of lockers at nearly all schools, backpacks have become an essential part […]

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Firefighter Competes in Police, Fire Olympics

Firefighter Competes in Police, Fire Olympics

Jarrett Jensen, a Laguna Beach firefighter, was invited to compete in men’s indoor volleyball at the 2011 World Police and Fire Olympics in New York, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.   With 18,000 competitors from over 70 countries, he will be on a team with other firefighters from Southern California while representing Laguna Beach Fire Department on […]

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Got the Right Moves?

Got the Right Moves?

 Chess volunteers needed A Chess Club at Laguna Beach High School will make its opening move shortly. Wanted are experienced and advanced chess players to lead the weekly meetings and to teach the students. If you are interested, please contact Bob Couse at 949.715.5927 or email at rf.[email protected]

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A Freshman to Watch 


A Freshman to Watch 


Incoming high school freshman Makenzie Fischer, a member of Laguna’s 12 and 14 and under girls’ water polo club team, recently traveled with Team USA to Puerto Rico to compete in international games, said her club coachScott Baldridge. The USA team won silver, losing to Canada 7-6 in the championship match. Makenzie hopes to earn […]

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1928 Cottage Spared for Now

1928 Cottage Spared for Now

South Coast Water District intends to appeal a prohibition against the demolition of a 1928 beach house deemed “unsalvageable” by city staff. The water district has 14 days to appeal the Aug. 14 decision by the city’s Design Review Board to preserve 400-square-feet of the original house on S. Coast Highway and Fourth Street. “We […]

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Smoking Banned Near Downtown Shops

Smoking Banned Near Downtown Shops

For nonsmokers, banning lighting up at the end of Forest Lane, a downtown alley beautified by a mural, is another strike for the cause. But for transient musician and long-time smoker Richard McLoud, who plays guitar with other street musicians there every night, it’s a personal blow.  “I’m here everyday so I’m sure I’m the […]