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Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Laguna Beach High School’s PTA is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in this year’s annual Holiday Boutique to be held on Dec. 7 in the Laguna Beach High School’s Dugger Gym. Vendors will enjoy five hours of foot traffic drawn not only by the free-admission boutique itself, but by performances by the elementary […]

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Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Laguna Beach High School’s PTA is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in this year’s annual Holiday Boutique to be held on Dec. 7 in the Laguna Beach High School’s Dugger Gym. Vendors will enjoy five hours of foot traffic drawn not only by the free-admission boutique itself, but by performances by the elementary […]

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Minding our Business

Minding our Business

The Business of Storytelling On a cul-de-sac off the Canyon Road, bracketed by the Sawdust and Seven Degrees, Laguna’s beloved cooking school and wine center, Laguna Culinary Arts, is also home to the local branch of Dime Stories, where writers, aspiring writers, or anyone with a story that can be told in three minutes, is […]

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Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Residents will soon see a hike in fees for some recreation programs as a result of a joint-use agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday. The new agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District sets terms for the shared use of school athletic facilities, as well as shared funding to renovate the tennis […]

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Shore Scene: The Ocean’s Oxymoron

Shore Scene: The Ocean’s Oxymoron

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler  The California sea hare (Aplysia californica) derives its name from the four protrusions on either side of its head that are suggestive of rabbit’s ears. The slow moving gastropod resembles a giant slug and is typically eight inches long but can reach up to 16 inches.  Colored a mottled […]

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Laguna Shore Scene: A California Hermaphrodite

Laguna Shore Scene: A California Hermaphrodite

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler The California sea hare (Aplysia californica) derives its name from the four protrusions on either side of its head that are suggestive of rabbit’s ears. The slow moving gastropod resembles a giant slug and is typically eight inches long but can reach up to 16 inches.  Colored a mottled […]

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Tree-economics 101: My lost trees = My lost dollars. Who pays?

Tree-economics 101: My lost trees = My lost dollars. Who pays?

Editor, Hold on a minute. With all the subjective talk about trees and views, let’s talk about objective economics. Let’s understand that there is a definable economic component of value to beautiful trees on a property. It’s the difference between a property’s estimated market value with existing trees, and without. This is a “bucket” of […]

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Lawyer on Familiar Turf Helps Resolves View Disputes

Lawyer on Familiar Turf Helps Resolves View Disputes

Where others see irreconcilable differences, Laguna Beach resident and attorney Larry Nokes sees an opportunity to reconcile. Nokes defies the portrayals of litigators in courtroom dramas as either out for blood or hackneyed automatons, and strives to achieve the best outcome for his clients. Even as he ably prepares them for trial, he stresses the […]

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Student Musicians Put It All Together

Student Musicians Put It All Together

Singers and jazz musicians from Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are putting their talents together in the first-ever combined spring concert in the Artists’ Theatre, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of the great variety and shared heritage of American popular songs and jazz standards, the joint program includes spirituals, show […]

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Council Considers Views and Safety

Council Considers Views and Safety

View preservation and public safety received top billing at Laguna Beach’s City Council, which heard testimony Tuesday on progress by a committee drafting a new view ordinance and from staff investigating the addition of video surveillance cameras downtown and at the city’s exit points. Larry Nokes, chair of the view equity committee established in January, […]

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Film Screening Stands Up For Wounded Vets

Film Screening Stands Up For Wounded Vets

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Film Society’s invites the public to attend a special screening of the Oscar-winning movie “The Best Years of Our Lives,” on Thursday, May 23, in recognition of Memorial Day, which falls the following Monday. Actor Michael Hall, who played the son of one of the […]

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Contributing To a Better World

Contributing To a Better World

Editor, This year’s Earth Day & Kelp Fest event was another successful Laguna happening thanks to all of the teamwork among the community in Laguna and beyond. Transition Laguna skillfully organized music, food and helpful demonstrations of sustainable living while Kelp Fest participants at Main Beach decorated a giant kelp forest surrounded by displays from […]

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Glasses Shop Envisions Eye Aid

Glasses Shop Envisions Eye Aid

Since its establishment in 1974 by master optician Udo Stoeckmann, European Optical, at 1276 S. Coast Highway, has served generations of Lagunans and over its 38 years helped support the charitable efforts of many local groups. Now, daughter Astrid Chitamun, the company’s chief executive, wants to involve the entire community in a year-long initiative, “See […]

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Piecemeal Complete Streets Plan is a Boondoggle

Piecemeal Complete Streets Plan is a Boondoggle

Editor,   When politicians dismantle a grassroots citizen advisory committee and substitute their insider, the result is amateur proposals and misguided leadership demonstrated by these proposals. Here are some comments with a historical context for Complete Streets advocacy in Laguna Beach. Interventions for complete street infrastructure should be placed:  where traffic data indicate they would […]

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Planners Take to the Streets

Planners Take to the Streets

Last Saturday about 60 people from the community as well as some Planning Commission officials surveyed Laguna Beach’s downtown area on foot, trying to form a common vision of potential revisions to a 23-year-old policy known as the Downtown Specific Plan. “You have to have everybody looking at the same thing,” said Planning Commissioner Norm […]