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An Elongated No Thanks I was invited to participate in the upcoming performance art entitled “An Elongated Now.” The event is an inspiration of artist Lita Albuquerque and is being sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum. Well, I actually didn’t receive an invitation. It was a shout...

AYSO Offers Fall Registration Discounts

Laguna Beach’s AYSO league is offering a 25 percent discount off the standard registration fee for youth fall soccer until the end of June. The program is open to all players aged 4-18 years, with no previous soccer experience required. The registration fee covers the uniform...

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control...

Assistant School Chief Resigns

Deni Christensen, the assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum for Laguna Beach public schools, resigned Friday within hours after a regularly scheduled performance review of her boss, the district’s superintendent.  Christensen’s resignation is effective July 19....

School Board Reverses Early Start Date

After a month of protest over the Laguna Beach school board’s approval of an unprecedented start of school before Labor Day, elected officials conceded to parents’ persistent demands and retracted its decision in a 4-0 vote Tuesday. Schools will now start as they did, on the...

Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

“A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to...

Celebrating Paradise Regained

Photo by Donna Gee More than 600 people — including gold medalist Annika Dries and council candidate Steve Dicterow, center — stopped by for a pancake breakfast served up by police and firefighters on Labor Day in Heisler Park, marking the end of  the summer season...

Swooping in to Aid Ground Personnel

Emergency personnel in Laguna Beach turned to helicopter medical evacuations more than once over the Labor Day weekend, rescuing injured swimmers in South Laguna and an injured cyclist in Laguna Canyon on Monday. On Sunday, a man in his 20s and a teenage girl were airlifted from...

Firefighters Rescue Injured Cyclist

An unidentified mountain biker injured while riding early Monday morning in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park was hoisted off the hillside by helicopter, Laguna Beach firefighters said Tuesday. The cyclist, who had suffered a possible broken ankle, was on a steep trail above 2825...

Labor Day Safety Tips from Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

On the first Monday of September many workers take the day off and enjoy time relaxing with friends and family for Labor Day. Many Americans will turn the time off into an extended weekend by hosting barbecues, going on a mini vacation or spending time outdoors.   Barbecue...

Guest Column: Get Ready to Rumble!

By Kimberly O’Brien-Young There is energy in the air, an electric current. Excitement abounds, coupled with fear of the unknown. Lists are being made and checked twice. Preparations and contingency plans are being put in place. Nope, it isn’t the approaching Labor Day weekend...

Guest Column: The ‘Stay-cation’

The hustle and bustle of summer in Laguna Beach begins once again. In the fray of the activity and beautiful weather there are naysayers who will gripe about the tourists that come and invade our little town. They will complain about all the additional traffic throughout the...

BBQ Ideas for Summer’s Sendoff

Chef Azmin Ghahreman, founder of Sapphire Laguna restaurant, offers a handful of tips for a Labor Day barbecue.   Versatile vinaigrette:  Use this vinaigrette as salad dressing, to marinate pork, chicken or steak to add more flavor.  Brush on fresh vegetables before...

Labor Day Activities

Taking Back the Town The “official” unofficial end of summer. The Exchange Club’s end of summer annual Labor Day pancake breakfast on Monday, Sept. 5, officially caps the local summer season, even though historically more summer like weather generally lies ahead. Many celebrate...

Live Local

Walking the Talk By Cyndi Grasman A few weeks ago I was in line behind a couple of locals waiting to order coffee.  I heard them discussing how excited they were that Labor Day was almost here and they would have “their town” back.  All those pesky tourists would...
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