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Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Led admirably by Principal Joanne Culverhouse, the educators at LBHS who we count on to keep students safe and help at risk young people have come up with a bold idea that can bring the light of truth into one of the darkest corners of our lives. On May 12 the doors of the...

Flaws Emerge in Awarding Public Art

Editor, (This letter was sent to the Arts Commissioner and the city’s cultural arts manager, Sian Poeschl.) The art in public places program could use some help in regards to the selection process. Let’s start with stipends. The latest competition was for the LBPD memorial...

Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Editor, In response to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s concern for the proposed 40-unit homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon next to their facility: I spoke against the artist work/live (as an artist, art educator and former arts commissioner) and against the Big Bend...

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to...

Canyon Resident Opposes Homeless Housing

Editor, As a resident of the Canyon, I can tell you that the alternative living shelter as presented [poses] more than enough problems to residents here in the Canyon. We’ve had random homeless /mentally ill folks wander up into our neighborhoods, sleeping on our yards,...

Multiple Reasons to Reject Homeless Housing Project

Editor, (This letter also went to City Council members.) Though the programs of the Friendship Shelter are laudable, it is an unreasonable burden for Laguna Beach to address our homeless needs in the way this project proposes. Laguna will be one of the smallest communities ever...

Indy Calendar April 25-May 1, 2014

Friday, April 25 Sawdust Art Festival Classes: Fused glass sushi set w. Maggie Spencer 2-4 p.m.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 4/26-27. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. 949-715-7777 Luis Oliart Trio, 9 p.m., Marine Room...

Attorney, Actor, Author Appears at Book Store

Former attorney Matthew Arkin, a critically acclaimed actor and acting teacher with 45 years of theatrical experience, discusses his novel, “In the Country of the Blind” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Laguna Beach Books. The free event takes place at 1200 S. Coast Highway.  

Art Seen

Yosemite Revealed at Forest And Ocean Gallery Forest & Ocean Gallery unveils resident artist Cheyne Walls’s newest fine art photograph captured in the valley of Yosemite National Park. The public is invited to an artist reception and discussion of “Gates of the Valley” on...

Scenic California Seen at the Gate

The painting is titled “The Hunter” and depicts an egret intent on securing his next meal. Rendered in vivid purples against an orange sky, the bird wades through waters reflecting hues of his surroundings. The image, along with a number of luminous landscapes such “Merced...

Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

The Sunshine Readers, founded by Julia Johnson of Laguna Beach, have been selected Philanthropy Partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference being held in Anaheim, April 23-25. Johnson and her co-founder, daughter Candace, started Sunshine Readers 20 years...

Work from Home

It was a close call.  In a 3-2 decision the village council passed a work at home project in the canyon. I advise resident artists not to take their work home with them. What dear readers? You’re saying I missed the whole point of the passage, whose intent is to provide local...

Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away April 8, 2014.   Born Sept. 29, 1924, Bea grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., before moving to New York. There, she received her master’s in nursing from Columbia University in 1959.   Specializing in pre-natal care...

Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin, of Laguna Woods, passed away from natural causes April 17, 2014. Her husband was with her at the time of her death. Alma was born in Ambridge, Penn., on Nov. 13, 1923. She was the youngest of 13 children born to Carmela and Joseph Caracci, who immigrated to...

Political Calendar

The public is invited to a sunset reception and $95 per person fundraiser with City Council candidate Rob Zur Schmiede on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the La Casa Del Camino Rooftop Lounge, 1289 S. Coast Highway.