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Political Lowdown

Many Venues to Hear Candidates Firsthand Incumbent City Council members Elizabeth Pearson and Kelly Boyd this week endorsed fellow incumbent Jane Egly and challenger Robert Whalen in the election for Laguna’s City Council on Nov. 6. They host a meet and greet event at the Marine...

Candidates Vow Support for Arts

Five candidates vying for election to two Laguna Beach City Council seats laid out their arts credentials before a forum organized by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance last Saturday. Asked about the role arts played in their personal lives, challenger Steve Dicterow cited his...

Forums Put Candidates on the Run ‘til November

The political campaign season is upon Laguna Beach. A veritable slew of forums, candidate discussions, and events are scheduled over the next eight weeks. The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts holds a forum for city council candidates this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to...

Hometown Girl Receives Royal Treatment

Hundreds turned out for a pool party welcoming Olympic gold medalist Annika Dries last Saturday.                    

Candidates Divided Over Open Space

With little disagreement on most issues, the only real divide between City Council candidates during their first public debate Tuesday was over supporting an open-space initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Originally supporting the tax measure to acquire more open space in Laguna’s...

Mauli Ola Rocks the White House

Laguna Beach’s Dunlop brothers, Charlie and James, this past Thursday kicked off three days of fundraising for their Mauli Ola Foundation with a rockin’ party at the White House featuring local and Grammy-winning drummer Taylor Hawkins. Laguna Beach’s Pacific...

A Marvel in Caps and Gowns

Anyone who has previously been taken in by “The Marvelous Wonderettes” or “Winter Wonderettes” will undoubtedly find the current production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gown” at the Laguna Playhouse even more magical. A world premiere, this saga veers into new...

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, Laguna Beach native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions...

Filmmaker Journeys Beneath the Sea

Laguna Beach’s MacGillivray Freeman Films will join an underwater expedition next week led by renowned biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle and a team of aquanauts to the world’s only remaining undersea laboratory, Aquarius Reef Base, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary....

Expect Park Restrictions on July 4

Laguna Beach expects an unusually busy weekend due to the influx of visitors staying through the midweek July 4 holiday. To ensure a “safe and enjoyable environment” during Independence Day, public access will be restricted around one of the city’s most popular picnic areas,...

New Teen Drinking Law Gets Summer Hiatus

To applause from both sides of the issue, an ordinance fining adults for hosting parties where minors are drinking and using drugs was tabled for additional tweaking in a 3-1 vote by Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday. Known as the social host ordinance (SHO), the proposed...

Laguna Bans Skaters from Another Street

In a 4-1 vote, Laguna Beach’s City Council declared Skyline Drive off-limits to skateboarding, adding a ninth street to a ban imposed on eight others a year ago when the city enacted regulations to restrict skateboarders from “bombing” down hills. Officials pledged to pursue...

Lynda Roth

Lynda Roth, composer and performer and 25-year Laguna Beach resident, died June 2, 2012, at her home surrounded by her life partner Lisa Richter and several close friends.  She is survived by her brothers Bill and Dennis and sister Keren Grass, and numerous family members and...