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Oil for Troubled Waters  American consumers have been unusually restrained over the past five years. The financial crisis shook complacency in reliable real estate investment. It destroyed many jobs, some gone forever. Computers are taking over many functions, boosting busine...

Magic in Attitude Adjustment

  The festival season officially starts this week. Along with the excitement of the summer activities, comes the pervasive ritual that has been honed to a fine art for many of us who have the privilege to call ourselves locals. The Sawdust Festival preview party marks the...

New Parking Options Kick In July 1

  Motorists can expect higher parking rates, extended meter hours, and valet parking in a pilot summer parking program that begins  on July 1. The goal of the measures mapped out by Irvine’s RBF Consulting is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing drivers...

Laguna Beach Water Polo Club Wins Silver

By Steve Riches   The Laguna Beach Water Polo teams, 14U and 12U each won silver medals in the Southern Pacific Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament thus qualifying for the Junior Olympics National Championships Regional Junior Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournaments are...

HIP District Kicks Off Summer

Many of the HIP District’s 100 plus shops, located on S. Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Road, are offering June promotions and special events to kick off the summer season. Gina’s Pizza will stay open later, Subway will deliver lunch to the beach,...

Summer Art Camps

Games Introduce Kids to Art Puppets, cartooning, and Harry Potter art games are offered in a free introductory class for six-to-nine year-olds Tuesday, June 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Imagine Wisdom Education Camp, meeting at Montessori School, 340 St. Anne’s Dr. The summer...

Trolleys Pay for Themselves With Tap Card

Editor, Re: “Trolleys to Run on Summer Weekends,” in the May 30 edition. That sounds great, but why not have a tap card system like they do in LA County, which is a loadable card of stored value and a certain amount is deducted each time you tap your card on the fare box....

Serving Up a Solution to Sibling Rivalry

By Coach Everett Gee I am a retired physician with a wife and five kids, so one can only imagine how crazy and chaotic our household might be. It was a hot summer day and my two boys, Ethan, 11, and Ryan, 13, were cooped up in the house and as usual started getting on ea...

Police Promise More Visibility Downtown

A couple of issues stood out when Police Chief Paul Workman provided City Council with an overview of downtown policing practices last week. One is that though much of a rising volume of complaints stems from disturbances involving homeless people, standard law enforcement on its...

Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Although we seldom find evidence of them on the beach, many coves of Laguna Beach have a secret treasure residing on the sandy bottom just off shore. Getting its name from the similarity it has in size and shape to the silver dollar, it is the Pacific sand dollar (Dendraster...

Parking Plan a Danger to Preschoolers

Editor, As a mother and grandmother, I am deeply concerned about the City’s plan to use the playground at the Boys and Girls Club for parking. The plan is for 67 spaces and with turnover it will mean approximately 200 vehicles a day. A look at the parking spaces in the...

Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin, of Laguna Woods, passed away from natural causes April 17, 2014. Her husband was with her at the time of her death. Alma was born in Ambridge, Penn., on Nov. 13, 1923. She was the youngest of 13 children born to Carmela and Joseph Caracci, who immigrated to...

Master of Migration

  Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja...

Master of Migration

Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and...

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday...