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Garden Property Sold

Garden Property Sold

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The 11,000-square-foot lot in South Laguna, home to 53 raised garden boxes, twice as many urban gardeners and an array of vegetables, fruit and flowers for the past four years, recently sold for $1.2 million. The deal sinks the hopes of garden supporters who tried to raise money, obtain […]

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Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the stage at the Forum Theater on the […]

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New Leader at School Board’s Helm

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis in the coming year, said Vickers, will be switching over […]

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Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the stage at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts’ grounds since October […]

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‘Gnome Home

‘Gnome Home

On the corner of High Drive and Cedar Way in North Laguna stands a little tiny village of welcoming and kitschy gnomes. The gnome village is the fond collection of a seemingly well-adjusted person, Jennifer Hart, the lone remaining occupant of the Laguna Playhouse costume shop. Hart has no particular reason for creating the gnome […]

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Touring Laguna’s Underground

Touring Laguna’s Underground

Getting past complaints over a five-year, $100 million project to widen a sewer tunnel and lay new pipeline in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs has been a major public relations hurdle for the South Coast Water District, which serves South Laguna and other cities. When the water district opened its tunnel doors at Aliso Beach and […]

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Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for teachers,” said consultant Charlotte Knox, of Point Richmond, Calif. “…The likelihood of training […]

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Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public use are being considered for beaches from Corona del […]

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Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts say it’s sucking the daylight, and, hence, the life out of […]

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Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

A 30-unit, 20,000-square-foot, 31-foot-high artists’ work-live complex got its first concrete go-ahead, albeit  with conditions, Wednesday night with four out of five city planning commissioners supporting the project. Commissioners noted that the work-live artists’ residency is one of the biggest projects they have ever reviewed as it morphed into a tale of two opposing interests. […]

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Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts say it’s sucking the daylight, and, hence, the life out of […]

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Broken But Not Shattered

Broken But Not Shattered

West African Healer Brings True Intimacy to Laguna Beach Eight people formed the Ash Circle.  A man, an alcoholic, was one of the spokes.  His wife, her turn to speak, told him how his anger and criticisms cut her so deeply over the years that she no longer bleeds. Suppressed anger is the result of […]

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Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

A lawyer representing a Laguna Beach High School teacher in a lawsuit against the school district petitioned the court to add defamation to the complaint, court records show. The proposed amendment to the current lawsuit, the second of two, was filed in late October with the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of Barbara Joan […]

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Bike Tour Takes in Town’s Happy Hens

Bike Tour Takes in Town’s Happy Hens

There’s something about collecting eggs from a chicken coop that tugs at our subconscious, a human desire for home, warmth and safety.  If you can find an egg in the straw, you can count yourself lucky. Not many people still hold fond memories of collecting fresh, warm eggs in the early morning on the family […]

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Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break.  They will stay on campus for two years while long-term enrollment trends […]