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Arts Funding Lacked Unanimous Support

Editor, Sam Goldstein, Karyn Phillippsen and Paul Freeman brought the BID–Business Improvement District–to the Council. The local hotels and motels had agreed to increase their bed tax by two cents. One cent would go to the Visitor’s Bureau (now Visit Laguna) and one...

The Show Goes On

Sam Goldstein might relax and enjoy the rewards of a long productive career. However, if you know him, you won’t be surprised to learn he has embarked on yet another venture, one that brackets his early days as a musician and award-winning television producer, before he...
Posted On 25 Apr 2014

Longi Project Merits a Second Look

Editor, I am not a campaigning advocate, nor a vocal obstructionist to the proposed live/work project being proffered before the City Council on April 1. I have, however, been involved with the evolution of this decision by attending meetings, listening, and reading. ...

Music Fest Receives Prestige Grant

The Laguna Beach Live! will receive a $10,000 grant towards its annual music festival, one of 863 awards made by the National Endowment for the Arts and a first-ever for the local music presenter. NEA grants confer an imprimatur of quality as each organization must demonstrate...

Marketer Joins Laguna Beach Live Board

Joe Becker joined the board of Laguna Beach Live, which presents professional live music up close and accessible in an eclectic mix of styles and venues.  A direct marketing entrepreneur, Becker retired in his late 30s and has since pursued his passions including writing,...