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Questions Arise Over Missing Board Member

Carol Normandin, elected to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board last November, has been absent from meetings since April due to a family health emergency. A parent this week called on the other school board members to publicly address whether the absence constitutes a...

Skateboard Park Still a Pipedream

The idea of an in-town skateboard park has gone from a promise made 25 years ago to what supporters today say may be a pipedream. Three possible sites are the focus of a study this summer by a city recreation subcommittee: the electrical plant across from the Sawdust Festival on...

Turning Down the Tap

Christopher Regan celebrated his 49th birthday by taking a long shower. Regan, assistant general manager of the Laguna Beach County Water District, just got back Tuesday from the Northeast, where there’s no shortage of rain or snow pack. “I felt guilty taking a five-minute...

In the Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

The streets were newly paved. A shelter was built to protect hundreds of visitors descending on the tiny Tibetan refugee village from the unrelenting sun. Red, blue, green and gold prayer flags were hung, the corners turning up in the dry breeze. People from across the world...

Math Teacher Delivers a Final Lesson

Although he’s got a quite a reputation as a crooner, Gary Shapiro, aka “Shap,” is not one prone to tears. Admittedly a left-brain, linear-type guy,he nearly choked up this week talking about retiring after 33 years as an advanced math teacher and class troubadour at Laguna Beach...

School Superintendent to Retire

Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith will retire in 2016, she said during a special board meeting Wednesday to evaluate her performance. Smith informed board members of her pending retirement in April and asked them to keep the information...

Summer Starts With Unusual Arrivals

  Tide-pool educator Letty Skeen was surprised to see a blanket of hundreds of bright red crabs, mostly dead, lining the shore when she arrived at Treasure Island in South Laguna on Monday, June 15. At the tide pools, she found about 20 still alive, fortunately sequestered...

Trees Receive Reprieve

Despite an earlier decision to uproot them, the school board unanimously voted to leave intact 28 newly planted eucalyptus trees on a slope surrounding the high school athletic field Tuesday. Due to growing controversy surrounding the young saplings, the board’s move...

Schools Budget Grows by 7%

With a 4 percent across-the-board employee pay raise scheduled, the Laguna Beach Unified School District board approved a $52.9 million budget for the coming fiscal year, which includes a 7 percent jump in revenue, according to a preliminary report. Budget growth is due to a 6.6...

LBHS Scholarships Hit Record Amount

Four days before tonight’s scholarship awards convocation at Laguna Beach High School, Lynn Gregory was in crunch-time, “buried” under phone calls, getting out last-minute invitations and sending “no” letters to rejected applicants. Of 222 graduating seniors, 114 are receiving...

Fans Return to Applaud Dressler

After 25 years of building an acclaimed student drama program at Laguna Beach Unified School District, Mark Dressler is expected to experience another outstanding showing. More than 150 former students, parents, friends and theatrical associates are planning to attend Dressler’s...

Schools Receive Sizeable School Power Gifts

Two longtime school fundraising organizations awarded the Laguna Beach Unified School District some of its largest gifts ever this past Tuesday, May. 26. A check for $316,117 was gifted to the district by School Power, a volunteer fundraising group that augments the school’s...

Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...

Sewer Project Blocked by a Lone Hold-Out

Five more feet of easement is all South Coast Water District needs to begin its massive pipeline replacement and tunnel improvement project under the ocean bluffs of South Laguna, according to Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager. A closed meeting was to be held...

School Board Meetings to Go Live

  Although not likely to be quite as colorful or town-changing as the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach school board meetings will soon go live. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board voted 3-1 Tuesday to stream public meetings online. The board approved $50,000 for...