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Tattoo Shop Inks a Future in Laguna

A new tattoo parlor is set to open at 2940 South Coast Highway after a majority of the Laguna Beach City Council denied an appeal filed by Councilwoman Toni Iseman, who is concerned the new business is under-parked and that Laguna is already saturated with four existing tattoo shops.

Laguna Launches Designated Rideshare Areas

Last week, Laguna Beach became the second city on the West Coast to implement a rideshare geolocation program that features designated pick up and drop off points, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department

To the Sea

Three rehabilitated sea lions—Jones, Rollo and Nightfall—were released back to their ocean home on Sunday, March 17, at Aliso Beach by staff from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The sea lions were rescued by the center the second week of January.


School Board Struggles to Move Past Politics

“Communication, trust, respect, collaboration, and teamwork strengthen the relationship among board members and between the board and superintendent, and contribute to the effectiveness of the governance team.”

City Survey: Artists Need Apartments that Cost $1,200 or Less

A city-commissioned survey of Laguna Beach artists found there is demand for up to 58 units of affordable artist housing—an outcome that city officials hope will nudge property owners in Laguna Canyon and downtown to pitch new developments where...

Musings on the Coast

Climate Change Comes to Laguna The other day I went to an event for Cottie Petrie-Norris, the newly-elected State Assemblywoman who represents Laguna Beach. She is obviously smart, a great speaker, elegant, and to use a cliché, bubbly. She told...
Posted On 21 Mar 2019




Does the Wet Suit You

Final Notice Most folks are a sucker for a deal. A recent example is the throwing over Ma Bell’s phone service for the Cable Guy’s phone service. Those Cable Guys enticed us with lower rates. Once we were hooked, service seemed to declin One of...

Finding Meaning

Dick Dale at the Rendezvous Did you read about the March 16 passing of pioneer surf-music guitarist Dick Dale, who got his start firing up the famous stomps at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Balboa back in the ‘60s? Dale got his throbbing style from...

LOCA’s Birthday Bash Returns Sunday

The community is invited to LOCA’s Birthday Bash, its biggest fundraiser to date. Enjoy food and wine, live music by South Laguna Garden Band, games for grown-ups and auction items from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, in Bridge Hall at...
Posted On 21 Mar 2019

Street Beat

Sunday, March 17 Traffic stop. 12:12 a.m. Ocean Avenue and Beach Street. A 32-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested for DUI and driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher and held for $2,500 bail. Traffic stop. 2:01 a.m. 300 block of Broadway Street. A 35-year-old Aliso Viejo man was...

LBHS Wins Against St. Margaret’s at Scholastic Surf Event

  By Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns, LBHS Surf Coaches Kiko Nelsen, Cameron Taylor named individual champions Laguna Beach High School surf had another big win on Sunday at the final Scholastic Surf Series event of the season at the south side of Huntington Beach Pier. The day started with...

LBHS Sports Update

Breakers Beat Edison, Lose to Los Alamitos Boys Volleyball Laguna split their matches, sweeping then #16 Edison 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 last Friday night before a large crowd at Dugger Gym. Andrew Reavis led the attack with 14 kills, while Enzo Sadler had a big night with 11 kills, and Geste...

Class Notes

Nine LBUSD Teams Advance to State Competition in Destination Imagination Nine teams representing Laguna Beach High School, Thurston Middle School, and Top of the World Elementary from Laguna...

Letter: School Board Silences Dissent

The School Board’s meeting on March 12 is described by some present and online as “a new low,” and “toxic people, toxic process,” with multiple comments alluding to soap opera sequels, includi...

Letter: City Should Listen to Solutions Before Spending to Attract More Visitors

Residents of Laguna should be grateful that J.J. Gasparotti has focused three recent columns on the reality that the City of Laguna Beach is spending between $20-30 million per year more on...

Letter: Osborne’s Column Left Out Inconvenient Truth about Climate Change

  While I applaud the efforts of Laguna Greenbelt and the climate scientists who participated in the recent panel, there is a glaring omission in Dr. Osborne’s bullet points for “building...

The Kibitzer

It’s the Trees The first thing you notice is the cicadas. Thousands of them. Maybe millions. You don’t see them. But you hear them. One massive, supersonic sound wave, like the Blue Angels...
Posted On 21 Mar 2019

Guest Column

Wildfire Protection An article from the California Chaparral Institute caught my eye the other day. It reads: “The traditional approach to wildfire management has it backwards. It focuses on...

Wisdom Workout

Tend and Befriend We all have stressors in our lives that are unique to the societal landscape we live in today. The fight/flight concept as the automatic response to stress has been applied to...

Just for Laughs

WINNEBAGO FOR SALE – One-of-a-kind rolling home/dressing room belonging to a HOT actress of the 1980s. Wow – you won’t believe what went on here! This is a true piece of entertainment history –...

Pet Peeves

Home Sweet Home Laguna Beach took a step forward in reforming its controversial historic preservation list. But the task force forgot to ask first, “Mother may I?” and had to take two step...

Heart Talk

A Vile Foe Resurfaces Growing up in Orange County in the 1950s and 1960s, I was exposed to plenty of anti-Semitism.                                ...

Community Invited to Fire Safety Meeting

    The public is invited to join Village Laguna and City Manager John Pietig, Mayor Bob Whalen, and Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at...

Laguna CEO Charged in Admissions Scandal

Federal authorities revealed a wide-reaching college admissions scam this week that included millions paid in bribes, as well as falsified exam scores, achievements, and athletic accomplishments....


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