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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...

Retirement Prompts Department Shuffle

Two city departments will undergo reorganization at the end of the year due to the pending retirement of the longtime public works department director. The City Council signed off on the transition last week when approving the city budget. Public Works Director Steve May will...

Summer Just Got Cooler

Laguna Beach residents Steve and Jim Muzzy and Dan Bolar helped raise $17 million to remodel Discovery Cube in Santa Ana with new exhibits. Kids can now design and build a space rover or satellite, take virtual helicopter tours or go on a digital scavenger hunt. The expansion...

R Star Receives Unexpected Windfall

Laguna local Mary Williams’ Lacewings Foundation made a $10,000 gift to aid the R Star Foundation in rebuilding quake-damaged villages in Nepal. “We are delighted and grateful,” said Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star, which began working in poor rural Nepalese villages in 2003....

Michael Allard

Michael John Allard of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Michael was born April 18, 1954, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Orange to John and Tania Allard of Newport Beach. Later the family moved to Corona del Mar, where Mike grew up...

Martin Alper

  Born in Tonbridge, England, Martin Alper’s generous, inquisitive spirit led him around the world in pursuit of professional adventure and personal discovery. Alper’s love of music and fascination with the flamboyance of the ‘60s superstars motivated his first...

Indy on Arts

Friday, June 26 Sawdust Art Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., $8.50. Thru 8/30. Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Mando Cordova and Friends play Latin jazz, 7 p.m., Congregational...

Ex-Pro Surfer Held for Suspicion of Drug Dealing

  A retired professional surfer and co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand was arrested for suspicion of drug dealing after Laguna Beach police seized $2,000 worth of cocaine in his home last week, police said Monday, June 22. Police charged Michael Elliot Tomson, 60, of...

Former Pro Surfer Held for Suspicion of Drug Dealing

  A retired professional surfer and co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand was arrested for suspicion of drug dealing after Laguna Beach police discovered $2,000 worth of cocaine in his home last week, police said Monday, June 22. Police charged Michael Elliot Tomson, 60,...

New Laws Require More Sewer Inspections

Homeowners planning remodels or repairs over $100,000 will have to add a video inspection of their private sewer pipe to their to-do list, under a revised sewer ordinance approved by the City Council Tuesday. It takes effect in August. To reduce sewer spills from private lines,...

Forest Closure Kicked to the Curb

Merchants effectively succeeded in lobbying to postpone a trial closure of lower Forest Avenue, though the City Council did vote Tuesday to temporarily transform six parking spaces on Forest and Ocean Avenues into outdoor dining areas for 60 days beginning in mid-September. Whole...

Permits for Short-term Rentals Still on Hold

Anyone hoping to earn some extra cash by renting out space in their home this summer to short term visitors will have to make other plans if they want to go about it legally. The City Council Tuesday voted 4-1, with Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow dissenting, to extend for 90 days a...