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SchoolPower Rallies Community to Support District

Thanks to a dedicated team of 46 parent volunteers calling on every family in Laguna Beach schools for donations, SchoolPower’s Community Campaign succeeded in raising nearly $360,000. As a result, two sizable checks were presented to the Laguna Beach Unified School District at...

Making Sure Kids Are Wise to the Pitfalls

Editor, (This is a reply to David Vanderveen’s Local Currents column on “Mutual Responsibility”)   Yes, I am the dad who called David to get the scoop on energy drinks. Who better to ask than a local dad, energy drink entrepreneur, and socially conscious all around goo...

Make Tracks to See Lonesome Traveler

Editor,   “Lonesome Traveler” is a musical hit in every sense of the word! Run, don’t walk, to get your tickets to this Laguna Playhouse performance! It is uplifting, inspirational, charming and perfect in every way. The singing is pure and simple in its perfection, the...

Shifty Tax Cuts

Editor, The short article, “Home buyers to pay for tax cuts” by Richard Cirelli in his column, ”Ask the Expert” is something every taxpayer should know. It is another example of how the shifty politicians fool you into thinking you are getting something with one hand, while at...

Global Warming: Where’s the Warmth?

Editor,   The 24th year of global warming hysteria was inaugurated appropriately enough by Tom Osborne with his annual “warm mongering” statement in last week’s Indy. Say, Tom, don’t you think you would have more success in warning us about climate change if it actually felt...

Warm Water Rising

Editor,   Recent reporting and comments about global warming do not include information on the increase in the ocean’s sea-level, or what properties in Laguna Beach have been threatened or damaged by the rising sea-level.   In February 2007, the City Council adopted...

Winter Sports Update

League play entered the second half of the season this past week with the basketball and soccer squads playing at Saddleback early in the week and at Calvary later this week, Breakers are competing in five winter season sports with Girls Water Polo the only prohibitive favorite...

Laguna Gymnast Lands First in Vegas Competition

Petite but powerful fifth-grade gymnast Giana Costa grabbed first place when she competed at her first level-six event at the 13th annual International Lady Luck Nastia Liukin Invitational in Las Vegas on Jan. 20. Approximately 1,800 elite female gymnasts from 31 states, as well...

Street Beat

Monday, Jan. 16 Found property. 9:08 a.m. A backpack was found in a lot in the 300 block of Broadway.   Vandalism. 9:38 a.m. 300 block of Forest Ave. Window broken at A Step Back in Time creating large hole; rock found inside. No merchandise was found missing.  ...

Farewell but Stay Tuned

As his final gesture, Boyce Belt, outgoing president of the controversy-laden Laguna Terrace Mobile Home Park, sent 15 copies of a five-page packet to the California Coastal Commission questioning why the commission has yet to allow lots at the park to be sold separately. Belt,...

Young Cyclist Masters the Road

Massimo Lucidi, 12, took to road cycling while in elementary school as a fish to water. Bucking the local mountain biking trend popularized by extreme mountain-biking pioneer Hans Rey, Massimo embraced road bikes, not just as a sport, but as a way of life. “Whenever you see him...

Poachers Snared in Marine Sanctuary

In the first major violation of Marine Protected Areas that took affect on Jan. 1, game wardens cracked down on suspected poachers offshore Laguna Beach and seized 47 California spiny lobsters from night divers on Saturday, Jan. 15. From their patrol boat, Department of Fish and...

Commuter Nightmare

Late-night repairs to a fire hydrant valve at Coast Highway and Forest Avenue escalated into an emergency Wednesday when crews discovered a leak in the main pipeline that could potentially burst, water district manager Renae Hinchey said. Repairs disrupted traffic but were...

Bigger Lifeguard HQs Underway

Costs on the rise Main Beach’s basketball players are dribbling elsewhere, forced off the beach in recent weeks by a new crew. The popular basketball courts now covered in plywood lie beneath mounds of dirt and gear as excavation for a new sewer pump station next to the lifeguard...

Taking Stock

The Year Of The Dragon The Chinese New Year approaches, bringing in the Year of the Dragon, said to be a deliverer of good fortune. Stocks are anticipating this, up over four percent in the first three weeks of 2012. That’s over four percent better than they did last year, going...