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Updated: Nuclear Waste Storage Tops Off Two Agendas

Post amended Oct. 7: The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 6, to grant Southern California Edison a 20-year permit for nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which borders Orange County. Officials at Rosemead-based Edison,...

Forum Defines a Super Superintendent

At the first public forum Tuesday to discuss desired qualities in a new school district superintendent, local knowledge of the community received high marks. The desired attributes were suggested by the audience of 30 community members and written on large sheets of paper posted...

Sharing the Waves with Great White Sharks

  There are more baby white sharks close to shore than ever before, according to a Southland shark expert. And they’re not leaving any time soon. It’s time for Southern Californians to share the waves with the offspring of the icon of the sea, said shark expert Dr. Chris...

El Niño Brings Endless Summer

A long stretch of warm ocean water combined with humidity and rare summer rainstorms are creating some unusual winners and losers along the Laguna Beach shoreline, say ocean experts. The balmy water normally found off Baja California, where temperatures are typically higher than...

Absent School Board Member Returns

Amid controversy about missing school board meetings for more than three months, Carol Normandin took her seat again on the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s board at the last two sessions. In a letter read to the board by Supt. Sherine Smith July 28, Normandin said her...

Schools Rank High in New Tests

Laguna Beach Unified School District ranks second in Orange County for overall percentage of students meeting or exceeding new state assessment test standards, the district announced Wednesday. New state student assessment tests can’t be compared to previous tests but serve as a...

Schools Reopen with New Staff, New Classes

A record number of new teachers opened their doors to 3,037 students enrolled in four Laguna Beach Unified District schools this week. Since July 1, the district has hired 43 new regular employees, a record at least in recent history for the district, according to Leisa Winston,...

Owner Deluged by Offers on Theater

The owner of the only movie theater in Laguna Beach, which closed Sunday after an 80-year run, said she’s inundated with offers to buy or lease the historic building across from Main Beach. Refusing to say whether any of those offers include another movie theater, Leslie Blumberg...

Questions Arise Over Superintendent Search

Calling for former high school principal Joanne Culverhouse to return as the new superintendent next year, residents raised questions about Laguna Beach Unified School District’s hiring practices at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Go to Dr. Culverhouse and ask her to come back,” said...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

Activists Claim Lapses in San Onofre Security

Local activists documenting what they say is a lack of security at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will present their findings this month to FBI officials who investigate domestic terrorism threats, according to a county official. Laguna Beach resident and activist Rita...

Hot Weather Blamed for Tepid Sales

A myriad of culprits are being called out for what some downtown Laguna Beach retailers are calling “the worst summer ever.” Hot temperatures, anomalous rainstorms, high prices, spending-cautious consumers and foul-mouthed panhandlers are among the complaints voiced by local...

Jobs Expand, Absence OK’d on School Board

Finally sealing the deal to webcast its meetings in real time, the Laguna Beach Unified School District board agreed to add video responsibilities to an existing position. The job responsibilities for the public communications and relations liaison, recently vacated by retiring...

School Hiring Sets a Record, Yields Complaints

Hiring a record 10 new teachers was approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School District board in a special meeting and has prompted a flood of disgruntled calls, said board members. Considered one of the largest one-time hires in district history, all of the new teachers come...

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...