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Experts Explore Turning Drivers into Riders

What would it take to get residents revved up about boarding a bus or calling a driver on demand instead of revving up their own cars? That’s what consultants hired to evaluate the city’s $2.2 million public transit system will now attempt to discover after the City...

Thumb’s Up on Transit Story

Editor, Thanks for reporting on the transportation workshop (“Buying into Commuting Without Keys,” Feb. 14 edition). Finally, finally this city is taking steps to acknowledge we have a mobility problem and are inviting some stakeholders to the meeting. Les Miklosy, Laguna Beach

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...

Potluck Adds a Public Square to the Menu

  The public is invited to hear from Council member Bob Whalen and Chamber of Commerce President Larry Nokes
at Transition Laguna’s potluck Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Congregational Church. The conversation starter: a public square in downtown that puts people first. The...

Minding Our Business

Crafting a Culture Leanne Cairnes manufactures eco-friendly handbags as a cottage business, Belyn Designs. She works closely with fabric designers to evoke natural settings like tree branches and flowers, and last season scored a holiday order with retailer Anthropologie online....
Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Learn Silk Painting

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will hold an Art and Sea Lions workshop at Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11. Participants will view live sea lions and then enjoy a silk painting workshop led by Reem Khalil. Beginners are...

Workshop on Healing Souls

A psychologist and former Catholic priest leads a workshop for people struggling with unresolved grief on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Laguna Beach’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 421 Cypress Dr. Anyone who is interested may attend the free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop “Healing Our...

SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

Aspiring filmmakers, ages 8-15, who want to produce content for YouTube can learn the skills of storytelling, camera movement, acting, directing and editing in a day long  workshop on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop will be held at the Willowbrook Campus of the...

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses...

Broken But Not Shattered

West African Healer Brings True Intimacy to Laguna Beach Eight people formed the Ash Circle.  A man, an alcoholic, was one of the spokes.  His wife, her turn to speak, told him how his anger and criticisms cut her so deeply over the years that she no longer bleeds. Suppressed...

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The...

Speaker’s Corner: Dancing the Tango With City Council

On Nov. 12, Delia Horowitz will be the facilitator for the city’s workshop regarding the village entrance. (“Tacking the Intractable Entrance,” Nov. 1 edition.) It would be best if we could all come to the workshop with an open mind and genuinely contribute from a place of trust....

Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Horwitz taps common wisdom to find solutions Delia Horwitz arrived in Moscow for a scheduled Chamber of Commerce talk with officials from government, banks and businesses only to learn that organizers developed cold feet. They wanted to cancel the event for fear of violence. Her...

A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

Editor, Translating flat design drawings into how a final development project will feel, inside and out, is often challenging for clients. As a design professional I often search for similar size structures to help convey the size, mass, and scale of the finished project. When...

Keeping Student Health a Priority

To help educators address the prevention of alcohol and other drug use by students, teachers and coaches recently attended a workshop with Dr. Bill Beacham, executive director of the Center for Drug-Free Communities, the school district announced in a statement. The so-called...