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Young Teacher Learns Their Language

  Not far from the town’s center, men waiting for work congregate at the day labor hiring area on Laguna Canyon Road. This summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 17-year-old Shira Alcouloumre also joins them. Shira and her brother, Aaron, began involvement with the center...

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...

Braving a Catalina Crossing

  Tom Hale aims to swim from Avalon on Catalina Island to Laguna Beach next month alongside his daughter Faith, gaining a little recognition for his adopted hometown and accomplishing an unusual father-daughter feat. Hale and his daughter call the their relay team 33.5 Miles...
Posted On 12 Jul 2015

View Committee Clears its First Dispute

Laguna’s fledgling View Restoration Committee settled their first case on Monday, July 6, effectively restoring the view of Pinecrest Drive homeowners Roxane and Robert Simon. Despite a failed mediation between the Simons and vegetation owner Roy Henderson, the parties...

Blaze Stokes Old Fears

Initially, Penny Milne thought the sound she heard outside her Arroyo Drive home was heavy rain. After a startling explosion followed, likened by another bystander to cannon fire, she rocketed outside to see the commotion for herself. Milne conceded she had trouble absorbing the...

Human Error Led to Sea Lion Poisoning

Investigators determined that an employee’s unintentional mistake accidentally over-chlorinated a Pacific Marine Mammal Center pool in April that injured 17 sea lions and have dropped their criminal investigation, police said Thursday. Police initially suspected someone with...

Court Ruling Affirms Local Couples

Friday, June 26, “was probably one of the most thrilling days of my life,” said former Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Gentry, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affords same-sex couples the constitutional right to marriage. “Most of my generation of gays...

A Radical Rises Again

Laguna Beach artist G. Ray Kerciu believes political correctness motivated South Carolina’s governor to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state’s capitol. The decades-old debate over a flag symbolic of racism reignited following a racially motivated shooting...

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...

Prepping for the Fourth

To accommodate the anticipated influx of fireworks’ spectators and beach-goers on Saturday, July 4, Laguna Beach is stepping up staffing of lifeguards and traffic control. Free trolleys will operate on Independence Day beginning at 9:30 a.m., but halt at 7 p.m., long before...

Demand for Grants Strains Supply

Thanks to the city’s community assistance grant program, the public interest law firm Seaside Legal Services will receive $3,000 to assist locals without means on civil matters. Others, such as the Trauma Intervention Program, received nothing. “I’m...

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...

Ethnic Twists Season Laguna’s New Dining Choices

  For a town already wealthy in dining options, Laguna Beach will soon get a little richer. Four new additions to the restaurant scene will further season local menus with the addition of empanadas, Italian seafood and spicy noodles. Originally slated to open last December,...
Posted On 28 Jun 2015

Angling for Entry Ideas on Foot

“Think about the feeling of this area,” Susan Harden told about 40 people, urging them to absorb how they react to Laguna Beach’s most contentious downtown real estate as they walked towards the Laguna Canyon art festival sites. The unusual field trip to the corner of...

New, Familiar Faces Heed Sawdust Festival’s Call

  An excited buzz of the crowd eagerly anticipating entrance into the Sawdust Art Festival grounds for this past Tuesday’s preview night signals a summer ritual that artists and art-enthusiasts alike look forward to. The Sawdust Art Festival returns for its 49th summer in...