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Archive for May, 2012

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Deer Dies After Fleeing into the Ocean

A deer that ran onto the beach and into the ocean died after it swam ashore below Laguna Beach’s Montage resort this past Monday, police said. A resident of nearby Victoria Beach called for aid about 10:27 a.m. after observing a deer in the water continuing to swim rather than heading for shore, said Lt. […]

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Pearson Miscasts History of Scuttled Cottages

Pearson Miscasts History of Scuttled Cottages

Editor, The residents of Canyon Acres have a long history as founding residents of Laguna Beach, way before Temple Hills or Glenneyre were a twinkle in the eye. Like most people who live in Laguna, they are proud of their neighborly environment and are in appreciation of that unique identity.  They consider themselves stewards of […]

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Signal Alternatives

Signal Alternatives

Editor, There is no question that the existing Coast Highway traffic configuration at the Emerald Bay main gate is dangerous. The issue is whether it would be better or worse if a traffic signal were to be installed.  I have three comments that I did not hear raised at the City Council meeting last week […]

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Survey Reveals Areas of Customer Dissatisfaction

Survey Reveals Areas of Customer Dissatisfaction

Editor,   A recent professional survey ordered by City Council, brought some good news and some not so great news. Overall, the 405 folks that turned in the survey felt that Laguna rocks, and gave high marks for most everything: safety, 99%; Laguna as a great place to Live, 97%; city services, 89%. However, we […]

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Questions Raised Over Vendor Contracts

Questions Raised Over Vendor Contracts

Editor:   In an article about the new city budget, (“City Reverses its Red Ink,” May 18) I was pleased to see that it is in the black. I also noticed that $30,000 was set aside for a “consultant” to help the city evaluate our old homes. This past issue, I read Councilperson Pearson’s letter […]

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Why Don’t Police Enforce Speed Limits on Coast Highway?

Why Don’t Police Enforce Speed Limits on Coast Highway?

Editor,   Laguna Beach Council person Elizabeth Pearson’s description of hundreds of emails she received, some threatening, in regard to a possible Emerald Bay entrance signal, was shocking. She said that she has never received so many radical messages in her 17 years of public service. Whatever happens in relation to the signal, one fact remains […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

Liberty & Monarchy   “The Arab Spring must be accompanied by a spring of freedom for all Arabs.” His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifia Al Thani of Qatar.   How is it that a monarchy in the Arab world is more supportive in developing the foundation of a free society than our own […]

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Local Water Polo Legend Earns Olympic Berth

Local Water Polo Legend Earns Olympic Berth

When Annika Dries became the youngest girl ever selected to train with the U.S. national water polo team in 2009, the 17-year-old tried to contain her excitement, saying, “From here on I have endless possibilities, but I also have endless work to do. I’m not there yet.” Well, she’s there now, or soon will be. […]

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Top Laguna Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Top Laguna Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Former Laguna Beach High standout Andrea Reigel will travel to Omaha next month to compete in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Reigel, a college senior, qualified for the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley as a member of the UCLA Bruins. “It’s always been a goal, but I never thought it would […]

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Kicker Baseball Update

Kicker Baseball Update

Breakers Conclude Successful Season Coach Mike Blair’s inaugural run concluded with the second best season in Laguna Beach High School history as the Breakers finished 18-9 on the year and 10-5 in the Orange Coast League standings. Followers of the team are expecting another top season in 2013 as a large core of the squad […]

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‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players finish their year with the staging of Neil Simon’s hit comedy “Rumors.” The show opens in the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave., this Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through the first weekend of June. The curtain goes up on performances May 25-26 and 31 as […]

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Honored Teacher Turns the Tables to Honor the Community

Honored Teacher Turns the Tables to Honor the Community

Third-grade El Morro teacher Mary Blanton set up a web site and blog years ago, affording parents easy access into her classroom. Her infectious love of learning allows her to personally connect with students, from high achievers to the most challenged, as well as with her colleagues, where she serves as a mentor and spearheads […]

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Students Schooled in Protest Tactics

Students Schooled in Protest Tactics

Some Laguna Beach High School students are learning the ropes of protest organization in challenging the City Council’s vote earlier this month to pursue drafting of a social host ordinance (SHO), which would penalize hosts for providing minors alcoholic drinks at parties in private homes. High school sophomore Andrew Landsiedel, the son of school board […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

LBHS, Among the Nation’s Best Schools Newsweek ranked Laguna Beach High School number 388 on their 2012 list of 1,000 of America’s best public high schools in this week’s edition. Supt. Sherine Smith commended Principal Joanne Culverhouse and her staff for providing an outstanding learning environment for students. “It takes a village to produce students […]

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Body of Work

Body of Work

Text and photos by Marilynn Young   Rubber dish gloves, old tennis balls, even the all-knowing Master Yoda found useful purpose as students at Thurston Middle School used their imaginations to gather recycled items from around the house to build a 3D construction of the human body. Students wheeled their creations into science class in recent […]