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Monsanto Opponents Rally at Main Beach

Activists included Laguna Beach in an international protest over genetically altered products and plan a March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 25, at Main Beach. Mindful of a Facebook post showing 800 people plan to attend, police have requested extra officers be available,...

Police Seek Public’s Aid in Finding Burglary Suspects

Laguna Beach police released video images Friday of suspects in two separate break-ins of local businesses, including one that occurred the previous night. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspected culprits. More than $8,000 worth of tools and other...

Council Considers Views and Safety

View preservation and public safety received top billing at Laguna Beach’s City Council, which heard testimony Tuesday on progress by a committee drafting a new view ordinance and from staff investigating the addition of video surveillance cameras downtown and at the city’s...

Setting a Self-Taught Standard

He came up to the podium looking like a stylized beach version of the Great Gatsby.  Top-siders without socks, dark blue trouser shorts patterned with red embossed anchors, a starchy-new cream-colored sport coat with a blue- and white-checked pocket scarf, a white dress shirt...

Few Citizens Join Budget Review

Few surprises surfaced in the public workshop held Tuesday as Laguna Beach’s city staff presented a proposed two-year budget, outlining estimated expenditures of $68.5 million for the coming fiscal year and of $67.6 million for the following year. City Council members largely...

Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

  In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and its Jewish population found itself in immediate peril. While countless Austrian Jews joined the 6 million murdered between 1939 and 1945, Lisa Jura, an aspiring concert pianist of 14, survived the Holocaust. Though the invasion dashed...

The Write Stuff: Capturing Natural History in Open Spaces

By Peter A. Bowler Allan Schoenherr, author of “A Natural History of California”, has done it again!  In an elegant, magnificently illustrated treatment of Orange County open spaces, Schoenherr has brought forward basic ecological principles, applied them to local communities and...

On the Dial 5/24/13

Musician Adds DJ to His Resume Local musician Jason Feddy began a day job this week, taking on the five-hour, midday time slot of Laguna Beach’s FM station, KX 93.5. Feddy, a local singer-songwriter known for his regular gigs around town and his “Shakespeare in the Park” project,...

Art Seen 5/24/13

Art Sleuth Retraces Payne’s Steps Laguna Art Museum will host “Art Sleuthing Edgar Payne’s Paintings,” a free talk with art consultant and Laguna Beach resident Eric Jessen in Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. Jessen, a consultant on the Payne exhibition to the Pasadena...

Palette to Palate a Major Success

Laguna Art Museum’s 2013 Palette to Palate fundraiser, which took place at the museum earlier this month, raised $190,000, 25 percent more than a year ago. The museum expects to net $125,000 for its education and exhibition programs. Now in its eighth year, Palette to Palate saw...

Symphony Sounds Annual Gala

Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St. Clair, left, with his wife Susan, attended the symphony’s annual gala with supporters Joyce and Ron Hanson, among 325 guests. More than $1.34 million for the symphony’s artistic and education programs was raised at party led by Hope...

Revisiting Canyon Land Deal

Some of the principals involved in the 1990 negotiations to save Laguna Canyon will recount their efforts during the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program, Tuesday, May 28, at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The public is invited and...

Filling a Prescription for a Mystery Malady

Sarah Mahoney is determined to walk again and the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach wants to help her. Last May, Mahoney, an “A” student at Saddleback College, who can play at least four different musical instruments, was accepted to UC Berkeley as a music major. But muscle weakness...

Standouts 5/24/13

Club Leader Nominated for Women in Business Award  Ellie Tipton Ortiz, current president of Laguna Beach’s Woman’s Club and a member of Soroptimist International locally, earned nomination by the Orange County Business Journal for its annual women in business award. Ortiz is an...

Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Laguna Beach supports a large number of resident bird species and one of the more distinctive species sighted is the Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus).  Found only in North America, Brandt’s cormorants are marine birds that are...