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Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Posted On 07 Nov 2014

Voting for Those With a Track Record

Editor, Living in Laguna is like living in a national park, but better. The beaches are protected and are constantly becoming healthier. The air is clean. Our open spaces are protected. Although summer weekends tend to be very busy, traffic on weekdays or spring, fall and in...

Measures Ease Summer Parking Woes

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Better promotion of peripheral parking lots supported by a strong trolley system prevented more cars from circulating downtown in Laguna Beach this summer, according to a city report. While aspiring candidates espouse the strategy in campaign...

Dump Clean-Up Costs Soar

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy   The clean-up of a decades-old dump site for broken glass and debris in a Laguna Canyon ravine should be completed by Nov. 15, but the City Council learned Tuesday that the cost of remediation and restoration is $1 million more than the $2.25...

Festival Façade Comes to Blows

Several arts leaders and Laguna Beach’s mayor took turns pulverizing a faux stone entry arch at the Festival of Arts this past Monday, Oct. 13, marking the start of a $3.5 million construction project on the city-owned land that since 1941 has been the permanent home to t...
Posted On 19 Oct 2014

Hall Represents a Generational Break

Editor, The LBHS Alumni torch of leadership in our hometown is being passed to Michele (Oliver) Hall, Class of 1985. Michele has been active in community affairs, charity endeavors and civic politics for over a decade and is the first of her generation to run for Laguna Beach...

New Owner Nets Big Fish

Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein, owners of The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar, say they acquired of The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer and will rename the popular Laguna Beach restaurant Big Fish Tavern effective Nov. 1. The deal announced Thursday, Oct. 9, saves the...

Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Editor, And so it begins!  It’s an election year in Laguna Beach and already the mudslinging has started with a few negative letters about Toni Iseman. One of those articles was about Toni Iseman’s fundraiser, which created parking issues in the same area where Mozambique...

Prepare for Taste of Laguna and Business Expo

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Taste of Laguna from 5:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The chamber brings together Laguna’s culinary prowess and unique businesses to transform the Festival of the Arts grounds into a magical food and business district for...

Campus Paper Writes Up a Show

A concert featuring Laguna Beach High School students, faculty and alumni performing classic rock and current music is planned for Friday, Oct. 3, at the Artists Theatre. The 6:30 p.m. concert helps raise funds for the campus newspaper, The Brush and Palette. Student tickets of...
Posted On 25 Sep 2014

Club Packs Memories into Summer Program

Using Laguna Beach as their playground, the Boys & Girls Club’s canyon branch offered a summer enrichment program with a multi-faceted curriculum. Members of the seven-year-old Adventure Club had a chance to hike, kayak, rock climb, go bike riding, and participate in a four...

Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor, This summer has been unusual. The thousands who lovingly watched the Poncho Sanchez concert the last day at the Festival of Arts. Free admission at the Art A Fair the last two days and Jheri St James and the belly dancers celebrating at the Sawdust Festival. Fantastic...

Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates into...
Posted On 04 Sep 2014

Pet Peeves

Civics Lesson 101 I was a good student most of the time. I raised my hand before answering teacher questions. I did my homework on time. I got good grades. And no I don’t want to be Laguna’s next school principal. I’ve seen what happens to people that do everything right. They...