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Homeless Shelter Continues to Evolve

Homeless Shelter Continues to Evolve

The Alternate Sleeping Location, which nightly houses about 45 homeless people in Laguna Canyon, will remain open during the daytime for a trial period of 10 weeks this summer thanks to a last-minute $30,000 allocation approved by the City Council earlier this month. After an audit revealed a general fund balance of $3.2 million more […]

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Good People in Bad Times

Good People in Bad Times

Editor, This morning (Dec. 15), after our Food Pantry had closed, a car pulled up to the Resource Center.  It seems the driver had “found” a mother and two children wandering down at the beach with no place to sleep. So she brought them to us, next door to the homeless shelter.  Because the Laguna […]

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In Laguna, Ersatz Santas Abound

In Laguna, Ersatz Santas Abound

Tis the season for list-making, but with a twist. Rather than gift lists, some local residents and organizations are compiling lists of families who can use help striking items off their own lists. From volunteer groups at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Laguna Relief and Resource Center, and the school district […]

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Scout News

Scout News

Passing on Flag Traditions   In honor of Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 13 marked a day when Webelos 1 Cub Scouts of Laguna Beach Pack 35 learned about how to honor our nation’s flag. Led by Laguna Beach Lifeguard, Captain Tom Trager and Veteran Rick Rosal, the scouts learned how to hoist, fold, and care […]

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Schools Team Up for Service Project

Schools Team Up for Service Project

Laguna Beach High School student Bryce Blanton has channeled his compassion for people in less fortunate circumstances with volunteer work throughout the years. This year, he’s involved with Give Jeans A Chance, and shared the opportunity with his high school and El Morro Elementary. A part of Volcom’s Give Back Series, the Give Jeans A […]

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Story’s Portrayal is Incomplete

Story’s Portrayal is Incomplete

Editor,   The descriptions of the actions of the Laguna Relief and Resource Center and Don Campbell (“Coping With Two Losses,” Oct. 14 edition) as: “questionable diversion”;  “non-compliance”; “illicit activities”; and “acknowledged” are loaded and apparently not been confirmed by anyone.   The operation of the LRRC Food Bank/Pantry has been overseen continuously by the […]

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Defining the Resource Center

Defining the Resource Center

Editor,   After reading Rita Robinson’s article, “Coping with Two Losses,” (Oct. 14 edition) you might think that The Laguna Resource Center is a front for organized crime. I’d like the opportunity to tell you who we really are by explaining what we do. We give away groceries to approximately 800 families a month.  That’s […]

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Resource Center Copes With Dual Losses

Resource Center Copes With Dual Losses

After relinquishing supervisorial duties at the city’s homeless shelter, the Laguna Resource Center is focusing on restocking its food pantry for people in need and overcoming the loss of a major food donor due to the questionable diversion of food to Mexico. Helping Hand Worldwide and its founder, Laguna Beach resident Sita Helms, lodged an […]

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Supervision at Homeless Shelter Shifts

Supervision at Homeless Shelter Shifts

The Laguna Resource Center relinquished its contract to supervise daytime activities at the shelter for homeless people during Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council, which shifted supervisory responsibilities for the shelter entirely to another local nonprofit. The Resource Center’s staff manned the shelter from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow overnighters time to eat […]

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Resource Center Struggles Over Its Mission

Resource Center Struggles Over Its Mission

With its treasury empty and rent due, the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition is considering yielding its role as daytime operator of the city’s homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon, and may take that action perhaps as early as this week. If that occurs, board members say city officials are likely to contract with the Friendship […]

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City Seeks Members for Disaster-Planning Committee

City Seeks Members for Disaster-Planning Committee

The City Council is currently accepting applications for seven terms on an Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, established earlier this month. As this is a newly appointed committee, to stagger its terms four appointments will be for two years, and three for one year. Residents of Laguna Beach and Emerald Bay are welcomed. The committee will […]

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Churches Pick Up Homeless Overflow

Churches Pick Up Homeless Overflow

Two churches in town resumed offering cold-weather shelter to homeless people being turned away from sleeping at the city’s temporary shelter on Laguna Canyon Road. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Neighborhood Congregational Church are rotating every three weeks during the winter to take in from 10 to 20 people.  The overnight capacity for the canyon […]

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An Insider Perspective on the Homeless Issue

An Insider Perspective on the Homeless Issue

Editor, This is in reference to the letter about the homeless situation from Mr. and Mrs. Klein that appeared in the Indy and the Coastline Pilot recently. First of all, I would like to thank the Kleins for writing. At least it draws some attention to the matter. I also very much applaud the City […]

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That’s some birdie!

That’s some birdie!

Golfers flocked to the Aliso Creek course last month after a two-month closure due to flood damage. Opening day proceeds of $6,200 were donated to flood relief. From left, flood relief coordinator Ann Quilter, Laguna Relief and Resource Center director Donna Valenti, Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course general manager Kurt Bjorkman, and Resource Center […]

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Coat Collecting

Coat Collecting

Top of the World Elementary School families participated in a PTA-sponsored drive in December that collected 70 coats for the benefit of those in the community. The donations went to the Boys and Girls Club, the Laguna CSP Youth Shelter and the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.