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Laguna Steps Up the Pace for Safer Streets

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Tragedy is often the catalyst for official action to an obvious problem. And grant money helps, too. Local advocates have pushed for safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians in Laguna Beach for years. With funding now available, the city government is...

City Stops Volleying in Tennis Court Dispute

  Emphasizing that the benefits do not justify the expense, the Laguna Beach City Council benched a request to pay for the majority of a $1.8-million upgrade to the high school tennis courts Tuesday. Instead, council members unanimously voted to try a new approach, negotiate...

Dressler to Take His Last Bow

By Rita Robinson Across the now dark and empty high school quad, the song, “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” wafts through the breezeway. More than 50 sweaty and chatty students are spending their Monday evening letting elbows and knees fly in an audition for Laguna Beach High School’s...

Dance Makes A ‘Shift’ with New School Director

By Rita Robinson Estee Carrizosa will debut as Laguna Beach High School’s new dance instructor when “Shift” happens, the school’s winter dance concert in the Artists’ Theatre, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. Carrizosa is 5-foot-3, petite, with long brown hair and a...

Laguna Dance Makes A ‘Shift’

Estee Carrizosa will debut as Laguna Beach High School’s new dance instructor when “Shift” happens, the school’s winter dance concert in the Artists’ Theatre, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. Carrizosa is 5-foot-3, petite, with long brown hair and a luminous smile;...

Scientists Identify Virus in Sea Star Die-off

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Millions of sea stars, virtually the entire west-coast population along the Pacific Ocean, disintegrated into slime from Alaska to Baja last year due to a densovirus, says a scientific report released last month. Even so, scientists are continuing to...

Jury Splits Its Decision in Teacher’s Lawsuit

By Rita Robinson A jury awarded retired science and biology teacher Barbara Joan McKnight $50,000 in damages against the Laguna Beach Unified School District last week for disclosing private facts, and denied two other claims against the district for unlawful retaliation and...

Tennis Court Repairs Hang On City Funding

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy With a $1.4 million bid in hand, the Laguna Beach Unified School District will ask the city to ante-up 70 percent, or $980,000, to repair and improve the dilapidating high school tennis courts, Dean West, the district’s assistant superintendent of...

Protest Erupts Over Ban on Street Play

By Rita Robinson Sarah Copeland is about to pull up her wheels and move. Copeland owns a mobile home in Laguna Terrace Park and is fed up with recent changes made by the new owners, Hometown America. Earlier this month, the new landlords removed “Children Playing” signs from the...

School Board Leaders Are Ready for Change

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Both outgoing Laguna Beach Unified School District board members leave feeling satisfied as well as some heart pangs after multiple terms of service. But neither is going far, they said. Betsy Jenkins was elected in 2002 and served three four-year...

School Board Welcomes Old and New

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Incumbent Ketta Brown was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election and will return to the Laguna Beach School Board for a third four-year term. Newcomers Carol Normandin and Dee Perry, who won the other two available seats on the five-member board,...

Coop Tour Yields Much to Cluck About

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Who knew backyard chicken coops were such a draw? Apparently, about 100 people who turned out mostly on bicycles this past Saturday, Nov. 1, for the second annual Laguna Beach Tour de Coop. Clusters of bicyclists could be seen around town, visiting 16...

Concussions Up at High School

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy In the first eight weeks of the school year, 12 Laguna Beach High School students have been diagnosed with concussions, as many as suffered the injury for the entire 2013-14 session, according to a report presented to the Laguna Beach school board...

School Candidates Q&A

Q1 Will Common Core make students better workers but expose them less to a liberal arts education? Q2 What needs improvement? Ketta Brown Age: 54 Education: BA, University of Washington, 1982 Occupation: Homemaker for 24 years Contributions: $5,800* A1 Brown’s position is that...

North-South Bike Routes Get Connected

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy For the first time, Laguna Beach will have a continuous, marked north-south bike route through town, as unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday. And it’s not on Coast Highway, where several pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have occurred just...