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Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Without government aid, a group of determined human rights activists opened a second shelter for homeless people in Laguna Beach last week when it rained, taking in the overflow crowd turned away from the city’s at-capacity, year-round homeless shelter on Laguna Canyon Road.   Twenty-five people bedded down in the temporary overnight shelter in St. […]

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Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Editor, The whole idea of public video surveillance cameras in Laguna Beach is quite disturbing (“Council Considers Views, Safety,” May 24 edition) It can be abused by the police — not necessarily as a tool to solve crime after it has happened, but rather as a “fishing expedition.” It can intimidate the public, including tourists. […]

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City Seeks to Dismiss Suit Over Homeless

City Seeks to Dismiss Suit Over Homeless

Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach rejected discrimination allegations against homeless individuals outlined in a federal lawsuit filed by Leonard Porto, a local homeless man and self-taught law student filing on his own behalf. In a filing on May 1, City Attorney Phil Kohn asked the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana to dismiss […]

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Schoolpower Carries the Tune for Student Musicians

Schoolpower Carries the Tune for Student Musicians

The school district’s music program received a critical lifeline this week when Schoolpower officials announced Tuesday the organization will donate $78,000 towards the purchase of new instruments. Previously, most parents rented instruments for their children participating in the K-12 music program. But this year the burden of supplying instruments to band members fell to the […]

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ACLU’s Director Returns to the Spotlight

ACLU’s Director Returns to the Spotlight

Hector Villagra, appointed to follow in the footsteps of Ramona Ripston leading the  ACLU of Southern California, will speak about freedom of religion and beliefs at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3 at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship of Laguna Beach.   Villagra previously served as director of the ACLU’s Orange County office, which sued Laguna Beach […]