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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three...

Laguna’s Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson officially announced Friday, April 4, that she will not seek a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council in November, because of job demands. She is president and chief executive of the Pacific Chorale, which is the resident choir ...

Buying In to a Commute Without Keys

Ideas on how to induce more people to use Laguna Beach’s $2.2 million public transit system as a way to tame downtown congestion grabbed the limelight at a public workshop on Monday. About 60 residents showed up at the Susi Q Center to offer feedback following an analysis...

To-Do List for Transit Consultants

Editor On Feb. 10, I attended the transit meeting sponsored by the consulting firm hired by Laguna Beach to address the lack of ridership on our buses, traffic and parking problems. Though I appreciate that the public was invited to give its input, the whole meeting seemed like a...

Park Noise Concerns Ignored

Editor, It’s amazing what this City Council and City Hall are doing. The council claims they are waiting for community input before voting on letting the Boys & Girls Club completely take over the meeting room at the south end of Lang Park’s community building and...

Is Density Everything?

Editor, If most artists can’t afford to rent, what is the criteria for getting on the list to rent the remaining 22 units not available to low income. It’s de ja vu when an older neighborhood with a specific plan is given the status of being the last resolve for a...

New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

Laguna Beach High welcomes two new faces to its head coaching ranks this fall, as Lance Stewart and Mike Churchill, two of the school’s most successful coaches, stepped down from their respective programs following last season. After a 21-4-1 record, an Orange Coast league title,...

Festival Renews Support for Gallery Q

A $2,000 grant from Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts Foundation will support the annual art exhibitions at Gallery Q, the fifth year of foundation support for The Susi Q Senior Center program. Gallery Q now holds up to six exhibitions a year featuring artwork from seniors and...

Laguna Beach Seniors Award First Scholarship

Laguna Beach Seniors’ first annual college scholarship award was granted to Laguna Beach High School graduate Dylan Bush. Made possible by revenues from Table Top Treasures, the LBSI grant totaled $1,000 and was awarded to Dylan at last month’s Honors Convocation. Table Top...

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...

Unpacking Tools to Build Affordable Housing

When Laguna Beach resident Bette Anderson’s husband Ken suffered a severe stroke in 2009, his convalescence involved months in nursing care in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Woods as well as a stint at home requiring 24-hour help. For the months her husband, in his 80s, was...

LBHS Alumni Reunite at Park

The Laguna Beach High School Alumni Association is inviting alumni from all classes to their annual all class picnic Saturday, May 4 at the ocean front picnic tables of Heisler Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Class of 1953 is kicking off their reunion weekend at the picnic. The...

Debating Ways to Keep the Buses Rolling

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to explore options to close a growing deficit for operating transit services, but stopped short of imposing fares for the free summer trolley during its 10-week festival run. Instead council members approved spending...

Black and White and Blue All Over

Editor, I was with a group of 20 Laguna Beach residents who are seniors, and I told them of councilmember Steve Dicterow’s plan to change the color of the city’s police cars from blue and white to black and white. One voted in favor and the rest said no. If Dicterow is...

Express Train Back For Season Opener

The popular Angels Express Train that takes fans to and from Angels’ games is back again this season, beginning with the home opener on Tuesday, April 9. Service to Anaheim will be available from Los Angeles Union Station and the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station, departing at...