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New Arts Survey Reveals Familiar Findings

A new survey about the local art scene reveals little that distinguishes it from the conclusions of two previous studies: residents have a strong desire for Laguna Beach to be known as an arts community with a walk-able scale and a cultural center.
Posted On 18 Feb 2018

Finding Meaning

America, Still Exceptional? The acid test for my columns is to read them to the Beautiful Wife, hoping she approves. This time the BW wondered if the column wasn’t a bit . . . academic? The readers of “Finding Meaning,” I argued, are smart and curious so no problema. I leave it...

Laying Groundwork for a New Fire Chief

After working 30 years in fire fighting for larger, resource-deep agencies in three counties, Kirk Summers found serving as interim fire chief of Laguna Beach’s four-station department both refreshing and challenging.

Heart Talk

Do We Really Need A Valentine’s Day? Americans celebrate so many holidays and some of them are of a dubious nature. There is Cinco de Mayo, which most Americans think is Mexican Independence Day, and use as an excuse to get drunk. In the same...

Condition of Woman Shot by Police Improves

The medical condition of a 36-year-old woman wounded in a shooting by Laguna Beach police was upgraded to stable from critical this week after she underwent surgery for gunshot wounds.

Candidates Debate Women’s Issues

With the national reckoning over sexual harassment as the backdrop, six candidates who want to represent the county’s coastal cities in Congress took to a stage in Costa Mesa last week to stake their claim as champions of women’s rights.

Sea Scouts Explain Their Itinerary

An informational meeting for prospective new members of Sea Scouts, based in Dana Point Harbor, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the OC Sailing and Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place. Mariners 936 offers year-around sailing and...

Pet Peeves

Dream Catchers I was an old man walking on the beach lost in thought. I try to make myself have one big thought a day. It’s not easy. Little thoughts get in the way. “Why do my knees hurt so much?” “Whose hips do I have now?” “What the heck...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals SHOPLIFTERS WANTED – We have developed a brand new security system.  We need shoplifters to try it out for us. See if they can detect it, dismantle it or do anything to stop it from working.  We will pay you $100 if you can disable it (so we improve it).  #ComeAndGrab  ...

Art Auction Sets Museum Record

The California Cool Art Auction featured works by more than 100 California artists and reached sales of over $466,000 last Saturday, making it the Laguna Art Museum’s most successful to date. Proceeds of the auction, attended by 300 people and in its 36th edition, will benefit the museum’s...

Playhouse Extends Run of ‘The Graduate’

Actress Melanie Griffith is cast as Mrs. Robinson in the upcoming production of “The Graduate” at Laguna Playhouse, which opens Sunday, March 4. The show, adapted by Terry Johnson, is based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham and is directed by...

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New Mural Adds Color to the Canyon

The president of the Laguna College of Art and Design and faculty member Timothy Robert Smith this week took the wraps off “Upside Downtown,” a new mural installed at LCAD East Campus, 2265...

Empty Storefronts Here Actually Lower Than Average

Editor, I have some good news to share. The City Council is often bombarded with concerns from people about the number of vacant storefronts and a demand that “The city needs to do something...

Questions Arise Over Utility Undergrounding Approach, Survey

Editor, After attending the council meeting last night and watching the presentation regarding the results of the community survey, I’m convinced these surveys and committees are a waste of...

A Parent’s Perspective on School Culture

Editor, Over a year ago five local kids participated in a prank that contained red-flag elements of overt racism (a watermelon was thrown at the home where a black classmate lived and a racial...

Criticism Continues Over School’s Legal Fight

Editor: I have read your articles about the school suspension of the five minors for a racially charged incident at the end of 2016. I have also read the actual court transcripts where an...

Parent Proposes Alternative to School Suspension

Editor, Responding to recent comments regarding district lawsuits, I applaud questioning use of taxpayer dollars, school authority, embracing teachable moments and demanding change in school...