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Preserving Character Proves Elusive

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent If owning a historical home in Laguna Beach is like collecting art, the city wants to add another layer of protective glass. “A lot of people think it is tightening property rights, but it’s preservation,” said Heritage Committee...

Arts Backers Dismayed by NEA Cuts

A white clad army of 180 people marched across Main Beach at sunset in October 2014 like a human strand of pearls on the sand. When they retraced their steps, they revealed blue-lit orbs that cast an eerie glow on the performance art of Lita Albuquerque for the Laguna Art...

Security Tightens in District Schools

All visitors, contract workers and volunteers stepping foot on Laguna Beach campuses during regular school hours will soon be required to undergo security screening to gain entrance.

Schools

Party Stirs Up Fairy Tale Fun

Fans of fairy tales are invited to a once-upon-a-time Royal Tea Party, hosted by Cinderella and her friends Snow White, Jasmine and the Prince this Saturday, March 25, and Saturday, April 1. The characters will pour tea and serve treats while court jesters entertain in the Senior...

Schools Defeat Chiefs in Chef Challenge

A new line-up of competitors took up the Chef Challenge for a Schoolpower fundraiser at the Lumberyard restaurant, which raised $8,000 to benefit the local public schools, an announcement says. This year, the competition pitted Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse and Police Chief Laura...

Learning Lessons in a Mexico Orphanage

Teaching students to live and learn in service of others underpins the Community Learning Center at Top of the World Elementary School. Several CLC families put that philosophy into practice by visiting the Door of Faith orphanage in Baja California, Mexico, earlier this month....

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Street Beat

Streetbeat

Monday, March 13 Disturbance. 400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 6:57 p.m. A Laguna Beach resident was arrested for assault and vandalism as a result of a dispute with a bar patron who was allegedly harassing an elderly relative. Tuesday, March 14 Fraud. 21700 block of Ocean Vista Dr....

Plan Before You Party

The Laguna Beach Police Department urges St. Patrick’s Day imbibers against driving drunk by planning a sober ride home before the party begins. Extra officers will deploy beginning Friday, March 17, to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment, says a...

Guests Render Aid to Would-be Suicide Victim

A woman who intentionally jumped from the fourth-floor balcony of a Laguna Beach hotel room received immediate medical aid from four doctors dining at the hotel restaurant Saturday, March 4, police said. The 33-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman remained in critical condition...

Letters

Geezer Laguna

Editor, I can’t help but notice that the initiatives that come out of City Hall and certain political groups in Laguna Beach are either cosmetic or are focused on old issues that are never solved. The city had to be forced to invest in basic health and safety...

Bushes Obscure a Historic Treasure

Editor, Thank you for the Friday morning chuckle. The companion picture of Taverna, an Aubrey St. Clair building, which features a historic tiled mural completely obscured by bushes planted right in front of the mural that no one will be able to see if you joined the discussion...

Celebrating Spring

Editor: Where is global warming when we need it? I do look forward to the first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. The first day of spring is actually a perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our personal habits – to clean house, to jog outdoors,...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...