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Pet Peeves-Belts

  Laguna.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there are the Belts.  Oh, no! Before I retired I never gave much thought about belts. They held up my pants just fine without any direction from me.  I just buckled up in the morning and was good to go. Of course, I had a...

Indy Calendar, Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2011

Friday, October 28   Sawdust Art Festival art classes: 10 a.m-noon: fused glass w. Maggie Spencer; watercolor painting w. Michelle Lance; 2-4 p.m., water casting w. Erin Elowe, ceramic piece w. Sherry Bullard. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also...

Jeanie Bernstein, a Practioner of Protest, Dies at 88

Friends of Jeanie Bernstein, considered the “mother” of the peace movement in Orange County for organizing a decades-long peace vigil at Laguna’s Main Beach, plan to remember her lifetime of work by joining the still on-going vigil this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m....

Laguna on Track for a Record Season

Laguna Beach took advantage of two key miscues by Calvary Chapel in the second quarter to fuel a school-record tying 34-point spurt to bury the Eagles 48-13 on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Scott Field in Costa Mesa.   Breakers continue on track for one of the school’s 10-best...

Three People Arrested in Irvine Cove Robbery

Three people described by police as having ties to white supremacists were taken into custody for allegedly staging a robbery of a couple in gated Irvine Cove on Sunday evening. The male victim told police he was forced to lie in the street near Riviera Drive and turn over his...

Libraries Make Hard Choices in a Digital World

Laguna Beach parent Amy Jackson, whose youngest child of four is a high school sophomore, expressed dismay after visiting the remodeled Top of the World Elementary library. “Where have all the books gone?” she asked, admitting a fear that “librarians, teachers, school...

Pension Payments Receive Tax Exemption

Laguna Beach’s firefighters will for the first time pay out of their own pocket for a portion of monthly pension contributions, but their share will be tax exempt. Although not required by law, the City Council adopted a section of the Internal Revenue code Tuesday that...

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie...

Even Pilots Covet a ‘Blues’ Thrill Ride

Laguna resident Craig R. Miller spent part of last weekend strapped into a Navy fighter jet, zooming inverted for 60 seconds just 200 feet over California’s Central Valley. He joined a select company of fewer than 100 people a year privileged to ride with the Navy’s Flight...

Birds Fall Prey to Tree Removal

With Southern California Edison footing the bill, the City Council agreed Tuesday to the removal of five eucalyptus trees in Bluebird Canyon despite pleas by some Laguna Beach residents to save the habitat for birds of prey. With an hour’s worth of public comment, residents...

Vacant Cottage Will Get Bulldozed

Reversing a city board’s approval to preserve a long-abandoned cottage in South Laguna, the City Council sided with the property owner, South Coast Water District, to raze what was described as a ruin. The city’s Design Review Board earlier agreed that the 1928 cottage, sitting...

Taking Stock

The Challenge From 1984   The month of October may bring early Halloween chills from its role in stock market history. This month saw the big Crash of 1929, the lesser Crash of 1987 and the beginning of the financial Crash in 2008. This October is reading from a different...

Musings on the Coast

Arts School Survives Early Setbacks   A high school music teacher named Ralph Opacic founded the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in 1987.  By the late 1990s, it had some 400 students and was at an excess school site in Los Alamitos. When the local school...
Posted On 20 Oct 2011

Brewing Honors for Bygone Trendsetters

On October 10, 1911, the women of California went to sleep thinking that they had lost the vote just as they had in the 1896 election. But upon waking the next morning they discovered that their campaigning had paid off as California legislators passed women’s suffrage. To honor...