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School Board Excludes Member from Committee

A Laguna Beach school board member has been excluded from a new subcommittee created to hear personnel and litigation matters after the school district's lawyer said she'd been leaking confidential information.

Laguna Canyon Artist Housing Survives Appeal

The Laguna Beach City Council denied an appeal of a 28-unit artist live/work project planned for Laguna Canyon and allowed it to move forward on Tuesday, arguing the Planning Commission properly concluded that the project’s permits didn’t expire as its opponents claim.

Council OKs Raise for City Manager

The Laguna Beach City Council took flak from residents Tuesday for approving a 5 percent raise for City Manager John Pietig over the next two years.

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Laguna’s Local Heroes

Laguna Beach lifeguards from across the decades suited up Saturday for a run-swim-paddle relay at Main Beach to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Marine Safety Department.

Final EIR Released for Doheny Desal Plant

Plans for an ocean desalination plant in Dana Point are nearing completion with the release of the project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and an upcoming public meeting to review its findings and consider certification.

Finding Meaning

Remembering the Cabrillo Laguna’s long-gone Cabrillo Ballroom fascinates me. A century ago romantic dancing—a man and a woman embracing as they moved to music—became popular. It’s sadly now out of style, but it was once part of the Laguna...





Does the Wet Suit You

June Gloom The coldest winter Mark Twain ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. You could just as easily say that about the weather in Laguna during June. It defies physics when the temperature feels like freezing but the thermometer reads 64...

St. Mary’s Gives to Clinic, Teen Shelter

On June 11, Dr. Jorge Rubal, medical director of the Community Clinic, and Chelsea Burch, volunteer coordinator for Waymakers Teen Shelter, received donations from Fr. Lester Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Park Avenue in...

Obituary: Karol A. Kunysz

Karol A. Kunysz Karol A. Kunysz passed away on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at the age of 91. Karol was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 26, 1928, the son of Helen and Paul Kunysz. Karol earned a Masters in Education, majoring in chemistry and...

Peter Blake Gallery Celebrates 25 Years in Laguna

Since opening his first gallery at Village Fair in Laguna Beach, Peter Blake has remained faithful to his creative vision, championing West Coast Minimalism. All the artwork in his “Twenty-Five Years” exhibit at his sleek, white Ocean Avenue gallery is made by California artists working within...
Posted On 20 Jun 2019

Pet Peeves

Short Story Short-term lodging (STL) was front and center at a recent City Council meeting. One resident cried, “You can’t make me, as a property owner, rent to only short people.” Another citizen piled on. “It’s discriminatory. I’m tall. Are you telling me that I couldn’t rent to myself...

Author Brings Parisian Flair to Home Kitchens

  Emily Dilling will discuss and sign the new edition of her cookbook, “My Paris Market Cookbook” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway. Based on Dilling’s popular blog, ParisPaysanne.com, the new edition takes readers on a tour of Paris’ growing...

‘Bare Bones’ Moves to Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse has announced it will sponsor Bare Bones’ new play reading series presented by Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Lojo Simon under the auspices of ART WOW, a community arts progra...

Class Notes

LBHS, TOW Elementary Recognized for Achievement in Student Success Laguna Beach High School (LBHS) and Top of the World Elementary (TOW) have been named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results...

LBHS Surf Takes Third at NSSA Championship

By LBHS Surf Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns The Laguna Beach High School surf team had a very successful weekend surfing in the NSSA National Championships for the third year in a row....

HBHS Sports Update

Track Breakers track athletes attended the New Balance National Outdoor Meet last weekend at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the 4×1 mile relay team of Mateo...

All-Sport Award Winners Named

  Lance Neal, Laguna Beach High School’s Athletic Director, recently released the 13th Annual All-Sport Award winners. The high school has had an annual award for many of the 85 seasons of...

Local Youth Qualifies for Track & Field Events at State Games

Cadence Peery, 14, of Laguna Beach, returns for a second consecutive year to represent the city of Laguna Beach at the California State Games, being held July 13-14 in San Diego. Peery’s finish...

Letter: More Gold Coins, Please

The Grand Puppet Play was masterfully performed by the Grand Puppeteer, the City Manager, on Tuesday at City Council. Once upon a time, a tale of feats was told that any hard-working city manager...

Letter: Why Destroy the Trees?

I fail to understand the city sponsoring the destruction of trees because some disgruntled person feels they obstruct the view. Trees are part of the view and are good for the environment. There...

Letter: State Law Protects Secrecy and Right to Oppose Its Abuse

At the School Board meeting of June 11, Dee Perry compellingly justified her response to an email from the school superintendent’s lawyer, offering unsolicited direction to stop speaking out on...

Letter: School Board is Violating Rights by Excluding Perry

The recent actions of our School Board majority make me question if they are acting out of ignorance, retaliation or blind trust of our superintendent. Have they violated Dee Perry’s...

Letter: Bad Decision by the Laguna Beach School Board

Tuesday evening (6/11) I attended my first LB School Board meeting since perhaps the closing of Aliso School. It’s been awhile. But I’ve been quite concerned with the stories in the local papers...

Letter: Class of 2019 Honors Convocation: Our Community at Its Finest

Last week, I attended the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation Honors Convocation, at which $400,000 was given directly to 132 students. In addition, we learned that one student gained...


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