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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Beholding Our Behemoths By Jan Sattler and Mia Davidson Although July through September is the prime viewing time for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), so far in October our behemoth visitors are still hanging around and easily seen from Laguna’s cliffs and hills.  The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to […]

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New Look for Laguna Hotel Taking Shape

New Look for Laguna Hotel Taking Shape

The Aliso Creek Inn will shut down for several months beginning Nov. 1 to begin room renovations by the new owners, though the golf course and banquet facilities will remain open and available for holiday bookings, a co-owner and manager said this week. Changes at the Aliso Canyon resort will be unobtrusive, aligning with the […]

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Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

  As summer segues into fall, Laguna Beach’s vibrant food scene undergoes its own seasonal change as well with new restaurants poised to open and some old favorites kicking things up a notch. New chefs will wield their knives at three eateries in well-established restaurant spots where the previous tenants all served their last meals […]

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Can Laguna's Cliff Keep Music Playing?

Can Laguna’s Cliff Keep Music Playing?

  The right to amplified music during the Cliff Restaurant’s Music Matters weeknight concerts comes under the Laguna Beach Planning Commission’s scrutiny Wednesday night when they consider an amendment to the venue’s conditional use permit at their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers. Started in summer 2012, Music Matters began as an […]

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Spending by Tourists Stronger This Summer

Spending by Tourists Stronger This Summer

With few exceptions this summer, diners daily filled the booths overlooking Coast Highway from Nick’s Laguna Beach restaurant, front row seats to the hustle and bustle of the downtown beach scene. “This was by far our busiest year,” since opening five years ago, said Brian Harrington, managing partner with Irvine-based Nickco Hospitality LLC, with receipts […]

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Art Seen 9/13/13

Art Seen 9/13/13

Vintage Viewing  The medium is part of the message in photographer Jana Cruder’s “All That Glitters Is Gold” video exhibition, which opened last week at JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway. The installation by Cruder supersizes and reproduces a 1954 Viewmaster to show two stop motion videos that explore identity and social norms.   […]

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Stay the Course on Entrance

Stay the Course on Entrance

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) I am sorry I cannot attend the meeting tonight but wanted to give you my thoughts on the village entrance. First, thank you for your leadership. I know it is painful but please stay the course. Laguna Beach elected many of you on a campaign promise of […]

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Impose a Measure of Accountability on Street People

Impose a Measure of Accountability on Street People

Editor, It’s nothing new to have a large congregation of homeless during the summer here in Laguna. But after witnessing one of the regulars smoking pot on the patio of Starbucks this morning I feel compelled to write this letter to express my dismay on the arrogance of this year’s group. Having been homeless myself […]

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Paintings of Nude Men Banished From Art-A-Fair

Paintings of Nude Men Banished From Art-A-Fair

Accepted into another art festival even before Art-A-Fair had officially ended, the Escondido-based painter shipped out his Laguna inventory and restocked the emptied booth with three large paintings depicting buff men in full frontal nudity. He put those canvasses up on a Tuesday night. They were removed the next day, apparently under the direction and […]

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Will You Wear No. 28?

Will You Wear No. 28?

Parents, welcome back from your summer vacation.  You can delete the Groupon emails offering discounted stand up paddling off Oak Street or Duffy boat rides in Newport Harbor. It’s time to get back to work as parents. Schools are in session this week and those of you with kids in class already have two assignments. […]

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Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Three intoxicated teens took a joy ride on a recent Friday night up to Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood. Their 10 p.m. outing went downhill in more ways than one. The driver lost control on Park Avenue and flipped the vehicle, which slid 250 feet. Fortunately, no motorist was coming in the other […]

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What Are They Thinking?

What Are They Thinking?

Editor, The city just received a $50,000 parking study that concluded we could have the functional equivalent of 200-400 parking spaces in the downtown where they are needed and at a very low cost. It doesn’t make sense to build a $65 million dollar parking structure given this reasonable, sensible, economical alternative that better meets […]

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Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Editor, One of the public comments at the last City Council meeting addressed William Wendt’s appreciation of beauty (as it relates to the village entrance project), which seemed to conjure images of conflicting views on beauty in Laguna Beach.  An excellent essay by Will South in Laguna Art Museum’s catalogue of Wendt’s works states that Wendt […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Syria And Stocks The prospects of military action brought on by events in Syria sobered the stock market. Beyond the human costs inherent in any military action, troubles in the Middle East usually bring higher energy prices. Similar events in the past seem to have conditioned investors, whose reactions this time were not as overdone […]

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Committing Their Time, Sharing Their Knowledge

Committing Their Time, Sharing Their Knowledge

Aaron and Shira Alcouloumre first got involved with Laguna Beach’s day labor center by dropping off day-old bread, their joint b’nai mitzvah project in 2010. The siblings next raised $3,000 to pay for installation of a water fountain at the center, a need the workers identified. And each Christmas since, the teens raised funds to […]