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Geniuses at “The Genius”

The “Pageant of the Masters” welcomed notable scientists to the production of “The Genius.” From left, Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler, Israeli physicist and Tel Aviv University Prof. Lev Vaidman; Belgian artist/painter Mera Englert; Prof. Francois Englert, Belgian...

Labor Day Safety Tips from Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

On the first Monday of September many workers take the day off and enjoy time relaxing with friends and family for Labor Day. Many Americans will turn the time off into an extended weekend by hosting barbecues, going on a mini vacation or spending time outdoors.   Barbecue...

Scam Story Raises Awareness

Editor, Thanks for running the story on our deadbeat donor (“Gala Donor Suspected in Scam,” Aug. 24). This helps create awareness and sharpens our staff to become more sophisticated about verifying payment.   Ken Jillson, Laguna Beach

Giving Hikers Their Due

Editor, Thank you for including information about the dangerous section of trail connecting the fire trail from Top of the World neighborhood to Arch Beach Heights and council plans to review the situation (“Looking for Safer Footfalls,” Aug. 24). Having lived in both...

Private Charity is the Wrong Prescription for Health Care

Editor, In my husband’s country of Peru, many people are poor and many more are poorer still. When someone in a town or village becomes sick or has an accident, the women will gather, cook meals and assemble an event. The people attend to eat the food and then pay for it. That...

Misdirected Criticism?

Editor, Local resident and attorney-about-town Gene Gratz took me to task in last week’s paper (“No Place for Partisanship,” Letters, Aug. 24) for using what he described as the “crude political tool” of “guilt by association” when I criticized Dicterow for aligning himself with...

City Council Aids Resource Center

Editor, The Laguna Resource Center gratefully received $7500 in unrestricted funds from the city of Laguna Beach community assistance grant. This important gift will be used to stock the LRC’s food pantry so that food can be distributed to lower income residents of Laguna Beach...

Questioning an Open Space Phone Survey

Editor, I had just settled down to dinner when the phone rang.  A rare event in this household, so I answered and to my dismay learned I had been selected for a survey concerning forthcoming election issues. I was drawn into a conversation with a young man who seemed to want...

Local Currents: Get Your Gills Wet

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau   The ocean has to be both the greatest escape and one of the best reset buttons that exists for me....

Stars Turn Out for Pageant Gala

  Festival of Arts board member Anita Mengels with noted lawyer Gloria Allred. Nearly 3,000 fans swarmed the Festival of Arts’ grounds to hear award-winning performer Christopher Cross in concert last Saturday, the capstone special event of the summer season. Special guests,...

Schools Hire New Facilities Director

Ted Doughty, Jr. recently joined the Laguna Beach school district as the new director of facilities, grounds and construction. He previously worked for a San Diego district. His work experience includes general construction, school maintenance, operations and facilities. Doughty...

Guest Column: Get Ready to Rumble!

By Kimberly O’Brien-Young There is energy in the air, an electric current. Excitement abounds, coupled with fear of the unknown. Lists are being made and checked twice. Preparations and contingency plans are being put in place. Nope, it isn’t the approaching Labor Day weekend...

Lewis Finishes 3rd in Euro Series

A strong qualifying effort by Laguna Beach’s Michael Lewis led to his third place finish on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands in Round 16 of the Formula 3 Euro Series. Rain cleared up in time for the 11:15 a.m. start of the Dutch 4.307-kilometer...

Candidates Divided Over Open Space

With little disagreement on most issues, the only real divide between City Council candidates during their first public debate Tuesday was over supporting an open-space initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Originally supporting the tax measure to acquire more open space in Laguna’s...

Laguna Welcomes Hometown Medalist

The city will honor Olympic gold medalist Annika Dries on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the community pool from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to the pool at 670 Park Ave. will be free and residents are encouraged to bring their suit and towel.  Mayor Jane Egly will present Dries with a City...