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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...

Tide Pool Life Diminishes

A virus wiped out sea stars along the entire west coast last year. This year, an eerie new phenomenon, urchin balding, is attacking purple-spined sea urchins in Orange County tide pools, and local scientists are investigating this new mystery. Due to a warmer winter than usual,...

Hiring Process Irks Retiring Teacher

Retiring 20-year high school and middle school drama teacher Mark Dressler said he’s been left out of the process to hire his replacement, which he predicted will be announced as early as this week. Some parents also expressed their concern over the future of the highly popular...

Skate Park Backers Focus on Aliso

Aliso Beach Park is the best location in Laguna Beach to consider for a skateboard park, according to a report from the city’s recreation committee. Plans for a skate park were resurrected when recreation committee members were directed by the City Council to focus on a site to...

Changes Expected at High School Field

  Changes are in the making for the Laguna Beach High School football stadium and baseball diamond with school board members siding for safety Tuesday rather than ocean views. The baseball field will either be reoriented to its original position for at least $1 million or...

Seaside Fests Celebrate Mother Earth

Fun in the sun can be had by the bucketsful for the next two weekends at Main Beach. Free festivities will celebrate the importance of a healthy ocean and earth. Kelp is the fastest-growing organism on the globe. It can grow up to two feet a day. More than 800 species rely on...

High School Scholar Earns First-Recruit Status

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Earning the National Merit Scholar can be the admission ticket to any college or university of choice, and Aviva Meyers now has her pick. Aviva, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, is the school’s only National Merit Scholar this year out of 1.5...

Updated: New Rules Restrict Water Use

With Californians cutting water use by only 2.8 percent this February compared to a year ago, local water districts are gearing up for state-mandated restrictions by telling customers to crimp the flow. Effective Wednesday, April 22, South Laguna residents will not be able to...

New Rules Restrict Water Use in South Laguna

With Californians cutting drinkable water use by only 2.8 percent in February, local water districts are gearing up for more state-mandated restrictions and telling customers to crimp the flow. Effective Wednesday, April 22, South Laguna residents will not be able to wash their...

Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs

With Gov. Brown announcing emergency statewide water restrictions this week, pumping out free rain barrels by local water agencies is one way to make a dent in the drought when and if it does rain. To help customers grab every drop of rain or drip of dew, the Laguna Beach County...

Scientists Know Why Sea Lions Are Starving

Nearly 130 stranded and starving sea lions are once again pushing recovery cages and pools to the maximum at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon, the organization says. More than 1,900 sea lions have been stranded along California coasts since January, the highest...