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Unusual Instrumentalist Performs

Unusual Instrumentalist Performs

Matt Venuti, who plays a hand-sculpted instrument known as a “hang”, performs in a rare live concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Cho’s Academy, 1966 S. Coast Highway. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The American Red Cross, Save the Children and The Orange County Food Bank. Tickets are $25 or $20 with […]

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Kick Start Gift Shopping at Holiday Boutique

Kick Start Gift Shopping at Holiday Boutique

An expanded Laguna Beach High School Holiday Boutique takes place in Dugger Gym this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with family entertainment, a Santa photo opportunity and scores of vendors with goods at a wide range of price points. Under the direction of mosaic artist Christine Kunkel, the gym will be […]

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School District Reneges on its Pledge

School District Reneges on its Pledge

Editor, Our school board is at it again, revising history and ignoring commitments made to the community. I sat on the “oversight committee” during the taxpayer subsidized rebuilding of the high school, when they promised that residents could use the track for walking and jogging and the Artists’ Theatre would be shared with the community. Now […]

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Pet Peeves: Change in the Ear

Pet Peeves: Change in the Ear

Laguna Beach was founded as an artist colony.  I took an art aptitude test once. I had to draw a horse, people and a floral arrangement. As a child I was always in a hurry.  To save time I put two stick figures inside a horse and placed a red hat with flowers on it.  […]

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John Jeffrey Thompson

John Jeffrey Thompson

Without a word, a small boy takes my hand, and pulls me gently to where my backpack sits.  I pull out a red plastic cup and he takes it to the water’s edge.  John fills the cup with water and brings it to his elbow.  Slowly he pours the water down his forearm and watches […]

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Rein in Territorial Instincts

Rein in Territorial Instincts

Editor, I wanted to respond to Michele Leighton’s complaint that Bluebird Park concert attendees removed “reserved parking blockades” that she had placed for her “late arriving guests” (“Concert Goers Leave an Unpleasant Impression,” Aug. 23, Letters.) I don’t believe there is any provision in the law that allows a person to “reserve” a public parking […]

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Rebutting Vail, Disputing Entrance Decision

Rebutting Vail, Disputing Entrance Decision

Editor: Former Planning Commissioner Greg Vail charged in his recent column (“In Support of Entrance Decision,” Aug. 2) that my interview with Elizabeth Pearson on radio station KX 93.5’s “Clashing Heads” was “less as a forum for community enlightenment and more a ‘red herring’ intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at […]

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Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

Editor: On June 11, in a packed City Hall meeting devoted to the proposed village entrance, three City Council members voted to strip $15 million from the city’s general, parking, and sewer funds and put residents in debt for more than 25 years. Many residents, such as I, were at this meeting to propose that […]

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Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

  Painter and performance artist Deborah Paswaters earns special attention at this year’s Sawdust Art Festival, where every artist’s booth is decked out to lure the eyes of potential patrons. Paswaters, though, invites people to experience the painting of a live model who is taking the place of a canvas here. She applies coats of […]

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Calling for a Referendum

Calling for a Referendum

Editor, The June 11 Council meeting had all the appearance of an honest public forum, but as the meeting progressed it took the shape of a backroom deal that was already made.  Kind of like playing poker when the hand that’s dealt is fixed.  And as you may know about poker hands, three of a […]

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Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Editor: In recent years the city has made a few life-changing improvements for residents (free summer trolley service, no left-hand turns from Coast Highway on several streets – both thanks to Councilmember Iseman). The most recent improvement is traffic alerts via text message. I love this service. Four or five times weekly I receive a […]

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Urging Council Members to Proceed

Urging Council Members to Proceed

Editor, Several weeks ago City Council voted to advance the village entrance project.  Council members showed leadership in presenting proposals each having a number of redeeming features.  This coming Tuesday, June 11, the Council will consider actions after nearly 20 years of studies, consultants, debate, and consternation, to determine design, costs, financing and to determine […]

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Police Seek Public’s Aid in Finding Burglary Suspects

Police Seek Public’s Aid in Finding Burglary Suspects

Laguna Beach police released video images Friday of suspects in two separate break-ins of local businesses, including one that occurred the previous night. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspected culprits. More than $8,000 worth of tools and other items were taken in a midnight burglary at Ganahl Lumber, 1765 Laguna Canyon […]

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Patchwork: Mea Culpa

Patchwork: Mea Culpa

by Chris Quilter     To the young man on a skateboard outside my house: I wish to publicly apologize for being a crosspatch. I should not have called you a rude name and shouted at you to put on your helmet. Amazingly, you complied. But that’s not the point. I violated a sacred principle […]

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Amnesty for View Theft

Amnesty for View Theft

Editor, Laguna is a paradox of sorts. A landslide strikes Bluebird Canyon and the city unifies to help. People open their homes, they voluntarily inflict a tax on themselves, and, in the end, numerous homes are rebuilt on an area prone to landslides. Everyone is a hero. On the other hand, the same citizenry plants […]