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Archive for June, 2013

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Calls for Artists Who Sculpt the Sea

Calls for Artists Who Sculpt the Sea

Laguna Beach is seeking applications from artists nationwide for a $60,000 sculpture commission for installation near the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach, the city’s cultural arts manager announced Tuesday. The Arts Commission is seeking a written proposal for the sculpture, which must reflect a marine and lifeguard theme and stand no more […]

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Film Clips 6/21/13

Film Clips 6/21/13

Voicing the Hidden Universe Golden Globe winning British actress Miranda Richardson will narrate the giant-screen documentary “Hidden Universe,” produced by Laguna Beach’s MacGillivray Freeman Films and Australia’s December Media and starting in theaters Friday, June 28. The film for giant-screen theatres of images of deep space phenomena captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes premieres […]

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New Theater Adds Leaders

New Theater Adds Leaders

Laguna Beach’s David Parker, Dana Point’s Randy Kraft of and San Diego’s Savannah Fairchild-Lowe joined the board of New Vision Theater Company, founders John and Yolanda Kalb announced. The organization, which plans to establish the Vivant Theatre in Dana Point’s Town Center, is in rehearsal for its first local production “The Butler Did It”, a […]

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Sisterhood Added to Club’s Mission

Sisterhood Added to Club’s Mission

The Woman’s Club newly elected board adopted the motto, “Sisterhood, fun and service to the community.” “We will all work together to bring sisterhood, fun and service to the community by maintaining our signature events and adding social gatherings that involve more members and, with the help of our members, identify areas of need in […]

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Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Wisdom Workout: Celebrating Club’s Woman of the Year

Last Friday, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club held its annual Woman of the Year luncheon. This year, Peggie Thomas was the deserving recipient. Gayle Waite chaired the event and it was beautifully executed from start to finish. University of Michigan’s colors, blue and yellow, were chosen in honor of Peggie’s alma mater. By the time […]

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Community Datebook 6/21/13

Community Datebook 6/21/13

Helping a Friend in Need Join friends of Darrin Reed for an event hosted by Mark La Palma, owner of Remark’s Restaurant in Laguna Canyon, on Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. Thanks to La Palma’s generosity, nearly all of that will go towards helping Reed, who has leukemia and […]

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Benefits 6/21/13

Benefits 6/21/13

LOCA Celebrates an Anniversary   In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) invites the public for a rare opportunity to tour Jorja Puma’s award-winning garden Thursday, June 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The price is $35 per person. Laguna Nursery’s owner Ruben Flores designed her garden in 2011, which […]

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Indy Calendar June 21-27, 2013

Indy Calendar June 21-27, 2013

Friday, June 21 Sawdust Art Festival Classes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 6/22. Shakespeare in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Heisler Park, Cliff Drive Tijuana Dogs, 9 p.m, Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. Also 6/22. Jazz on the Patio, 6:30 p.m. […]

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Editor, I, like several others, worked on planning a village entrance long ago.  At that time it started out primarily to provide parking and reduce downtown congestion caused by cars circulating around town trying to find summer parking.  Of course now we are congested year round as the populations swelled in nearby towns. However, as […]

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Objections to Lack of a Public Referendum

Objections to Lack of a Public Referendum

Editor: What is the purpose of the village entrance project? I attended last Tuesday’s council meeting about the village entrance project and was surprised that, ignoring what most speakers asked, the council approved moving ahead with this $50M project without having a vote by the whole town. They have accomplished this by utilizing municipal financing, […]

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Council Ignores Trends in Urban Planning

Council Ignores Trends in Urban Planning

Editor, On Tuesday, June 11, our City Council voted to build a $40 or $50 million, plus interest, stacked auto park. The reason most stated is we must finely finish this project. Note, they did not say that this garage will relieve our perceived parking supply problem or relieve our auto congestion. When this structure […]

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Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Editor, Following decades of input and debate spanning many Laguna city councils, it seems questionable not to allow taxpayers and residents the chance to vote upon the huge expenditure of public funds on the village entrance. I am puzzled as to the restriction on our citizen right to vote on an issue with big economic […]

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Parking-Meter Addiction Breeds Congestion

Parking-Meter Addiction Breeds Congestion

Editor, Tuesday night I attended the City Council special meeting about financing the now $42 million parking garage where the Council voted 3-2 in favor of the project. I was astonished to hear a public referendum is not necessary for public debt paid for by parking meters. City Manager John Pietig revealed this city runs […]

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Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Editor: In recent years the city has made a few life-changing improvements for residents (free summer trolley service, no left-hand turns from Coast Highway on several streets – both thanks to Councilmember Iseman). The most recent improvement is traffic alerts via text message. I love this service. Four or five times weekly I receive a […]

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Advice for Beach Travelers

Advice for Beach Travelers

Editor, Now that it is summer, parking is at a minimum as the prices go up for parking for the summer arts festival I would suggest that the SOCAL locals take OCTA’s $5 for a day pass (http://octa.net) and save yourself the hassle of gridlock summer traffic and full parking lots at 6 a.m. when visiting […]