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Few Citizens Join Budget Review

Few surprises surfaced in the public workshop held Tuesday as Laguna Beach’s city staff presented a proposed two-year budget, outlining estimated expenditures of $68.5 million for the coming fiscal year and of $67.6 million for the following year. City Council members largely...

Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

In summing up Laguna Beach’s proposed $68.5 million annual budget, for the first time involving a two-year projected spending plan through June 2016, City Manager John Pietig tempered the good news about a recovering local economy with a prescription for caution moving forward....

What Gives Laguna Its Character?

Does Laguna Beach’s charm arise from its architecture? Its geography? Its people? Does it matter what views pedestrians have as they make their way around town? What kind of trees should line the streets? Should policies be set to make improvements? Ideas on Laguna’s...

Planners Take to the Streets

Last Saturday about 60 people from the community as well as some Planning Commission officials surveyed Laguna Beach’s downtown area on foot, trying to form a common vision of potential revisions to a 23-year-old policy known as the Downtown Specific Plan. “You have to have...

Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

“Women need delusion; men need something new.” So goes a line in Neil Simon’s play “Chapter Two,” currently on stage at Laguna Playhouse. While some audience members might think: “I wish I’d said that,” others might want more, wondering perhaps, what it would take to write a play...

How to Reuse Discards Outside

What can you reuse in your home that might live a second life in your garden? Come find out at a workshop offered Saturday, Jan. 19, in the South Laguna Community Garden, 10 a.m. at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. Horticulturist and Laguna Nursery owner Ruben Flores will give...

Awakening Creativity

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   Internationally recognized artist Deborah Paswaters’ inspiration comes from life and its ever-changing patterns.  She shares her creativity through various mediums, including sculpture, collages and painting. Much of her work...

Public’s Help Needed to Tackle Parking Inefficiencies

Members of the public are invited to participate in a community workshop that is designed to spark discussions and generate ideas for the upcoming Parking Management Plan for Downtown Laguna Beach and Laguna Canyon Road. The workshop takes place Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 8...

Creating Custom Gift Wrap

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is offering a beginner-level botanicals art class at Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. Horticulturalist Ruben Flores will introduce fall leaves, and Hedy Buzan will lead the art workshop. Attendees will...

Downtown Plan Open to Revision

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission is seeking community input about the Downtown Specific Plan’s short-comings and recommendations to improve the 23-year-old policies that guide land use and development decisions downtown. The workshop will be held on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the...

Workshop on Avoiding Title Fraud

Local Jerry Bieser, of Chicago Title, a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry, leads a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, about home-owner vulnerability to fraud during refinancing. Learn how criminals are placing liens on properties and how to protect property with...

Sea Lion Fun With LOCA

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is now taking registrations for a beginner-level clay-sculpting class. The workshop takes place at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. The activity includes a docent tour of the center, and a close up view of...

City Hosts ‘Open for Business’ Workshop

The next “Open for Business” workshop, for business owners and others interested in opening or expanding businesses in Laguna Beach, will take place on Thursday, Sept.  27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 380 Third St. Workshop participants will include...

Mission Driven to End Cancer

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Five years ago, the Orange County branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cure held a breakfast workshop for breast cancer survivors, among them Sol Reyes Roberts of Laguna Beach.  “That was my first entre into that world,” says Roberts, who...

Silk Painting Classes Planned

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is now taking registrations for a beginner-level silk painting class. The workshop takes place at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, 9-10:30 a.m. The activity includes a docent tour of the Center, and a close up view of live...