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Elephant Herd on the March

A little pachyderm ambassador in residence at Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair until Sept. 1 is about the size of a six-months-old Asian elephant, but this one is made of fiberglass. Thirty Art-a-Fair artists will decorate the virtual representative of their species, endangered by...

Cost of Turning on the Tap to Go Up

Over the past 10 years, a customer of South Coast Water District heeded the district’s pleas about conservation, even changing the ground cover on her lawn and installing more efficient toilets. “And all the while the rates have been going up and up, and I don’t find that...

New Theater Adds Leaders

Laguna Beach’s David Parker, Dana Point’s Randy Kraft of and San Diego’s Savannah Fairchild-Lowe joined the board of New Vision Theater Company, founders John and Yolanda Kalb announced. The organization, which plans to establish the Vivant Theatre in Dana Point’s Town Center, is...

Support for an Overdue Investment

Editor, How many years does it take for a world-renowned artist colony to build a village entrance? You know, that inviting reminder to her tourists that support the very existence of its attraction and the revenue brought in to our town. Neighboring communities such as Dana...

Robert Freeman

Former Festival of Arts artist and board member Robert Freeman, aka Philip, died of natural causes on Feb. 13, 2013. Freeman was born in River Rouge, Mich., in 1925. He met his wife to-be Jean Sampson at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, which was later renamed the Center...

Trees Contribute to Laguna’s Beauty

Editor, In considering a view ordinance for Laguna Beach, the overall look of Laguna should be kept in mind, not just individual lots. To me, our town looks much more inviting than sections of Newport Beach and Dana Point because of our lush and diverse vegetation. Sections of...

Debate Erupts Over Art and Commerce

Pop artist Andy Warhol’s soup cans heated arguments over blurring commercialism in service of art when they were first exhibited in 1962. This week, environmental consultant Roger Butow re-opened the topic in Laguna Beach, claiming in two public meetings that the city’s arts...

Plastic Bags Outlawed

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   In an environmentally conscious move akin to the city’s ban on polystyrene containers in 2008, an ordinance mandating the use of reusable bags in Laguna Beach went into effect on Jan. 1. As a result, virtually all Laguna retailers are prohibited...

The essence of days of yore

The holidays are associated with that Norman Rockwellian image of our country, where families are warm, loving and together; and where everyone lives in one of those villages with the clustered cottages, quaint stores, and lights in the windows; a community with that small-town...

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Highway

A homeless man from Oklahoma suffered severe injuries last Saturday, Nov. 3, when struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Coast Highway outside of a crosswalk near Laguna Beach’s Three Arch Bay, police said Monday. The injured person, who was not further identified, was...

Matthew Kirk Murphine

12/28/56 – 10/18/12 Matt Murphine was a happy loving person.  He grew up in Laguna surfing, hanging with friends, playing baseball, and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1975.  Surfing at Sleepy Hollow with his buddies, having all the girls hanker after him, that was the...

Vandals Leave a Costly Trail of Wreckage

Sheriff’s deputies arrested two active duty Marines for suspicion of felony vandalism early Sunday in Dana Point, suspects in a 30-minute spree that caused thousands of dollars in shattered windows along nearly nine miles of coastline. At least eight storefronts and windows of 17...

Nuclear Regulators Discuss San Onofre

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to discuss the status of its oversight of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and respond to questions about current plant issues. The meeting will be held between 6 and 9:30 p.m. at the St. Regis...

The Seafaring Life

From Laguna Beach’s shoreline last Friday, residents caught a glimpse of unusual ships under sail on a southern heading and making for Dana Point’s headland. Hundreds of other landlubbers flocked to Dana Point’s harbor over the weekend to get a closer view of a small fleet of...

Petitioning Bike Reform

An on-line petition sponsored by Change.org and organized by cyclist Julie Pusateri of Dana Point aims to find a safe solution for cyclists passing through Laguna Beach on Pacific Coast Highway. Results of the previous 2010 paper petition was signed by 191 people who supported...