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Power Pole, Vehicles Catch Fire in Canyon Collision

At 3:19 a.m. Friday morning, Laguna Beach Police Department officers responded an injury traffic collision on Laguna Canyon Road, according to LBPD Sgt. Jim Cota. “Officers responded and found a tow truck and another vehicle at the outbound curb, fully engulfed in...

Fundraiser Monday for Skipper Carrillo Statue

Roux Creole Cuisine is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 19 with the aim of funding the creation of the long-awaited life-size statue of Skipper Carrillo, Laguna baseball icon who is credited with coining the phrase, “Have a home run day.”

Wave of Giving in Memory of Kenny Ovens

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, SchoolPower, the education foundation that supports Laguna Beach public schools, raised over $50,000 with the help of a special $20,000 matching contribution offered by Kari Nelson Ovens in dedication to her late husband, Kenny



Does the Wet Suit You

The Cleo Last week’s Planning Commission meeting was a humdinger to a packed house. Well, it started out as a humdinger and slowly descended into the depths of tedium. The concept review of converting the closed dump formerly known as the...

Finding Meaning

Family Businesses Among the things that make Laguna unique are our family businesses. We’re not a town of corporate cookie-cutter storefronts; in Laguna, it’s about family ventures. It’s true we have Taco Bell and Jack’s, but those came in a...

Musings on the Coast

Not So Random Thoughts This column is random-but-connected thoughts, beginning with: THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS We’re back to a two-party system. This means the Democrats will investigate all kinds of things, and Trump will have enemies other than...
Posted On 15 Nov 2018

AP Calls 48th District Race for Rouda

Harley Rouda’s lead over Dana Rohrabacher in the 48th Congressional District election has grown in the week since the Associated Press projected the Laguna Beach businessman would be the first Democrat to take the seat that’s been solidly...

Personnel File

Laguna Beach Eye Surgeon Receives Eagle Scout Award Local eye surgeon John Hovanesian of Harvard Eye Associates has received the nationally recognized Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. “The...

Supporting Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month

Local nonprofit Tony’s Treehouseis conducting a food drive to benefit the Laguna Food Pantry in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month. The group has already dropped off five boxes of canned foods, rice, oatmeal, pancake mix and...

Pet Peeves

Let Down The midterms are over. I feel let down. The donkeys won the House. The elephants won the Senate. The game ended in a tie. Nobody beat the spread and will continue to pay the vig to live in a house divided. Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided cannot stand.” I disagree. “A house...

Donald Ingwerson

Donald Ingwerson, a nationally noted education reformer who headed several big-city school districts including the 1.5-million-student Los Angeles County schools, died Nov. 4 at home in Laguna Beach. A depression-era Kansas farm boy who never thought about college until his high school baseball...

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Tree Lighting Opens Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy

TheSawdust Festival Winter Fantasyfeatures 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos, art classes...

Public Invited to Create Mosaic Wall

Neighborhood Church in Laguna Beach invites the public to create a hands-on, mosaic wall mural. Activity dates are Nov. 16-18 and 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Beginners aged 17 to adult are...

Letter: ‘Rammed Earth’ Homes Provide Peace of Mind

In view of the devastating loss of homes most recently, perhaps we should take a look at building homes other than the “stick” houses—that is, homes with framing made of pine 2×4’s. These...

Letter: Fire Prevention Should Remain a Priority

I want to thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department, and especially Ray Lardie—he has removed an incredible amount of dry vegetation not only in public areas, but he has diligently worked with many...

Letter: Where Will They Go on Thanksgiving?

The Woolsey Fire has displaced a reported 250,000 Southern Californians in the last few days. I wonder where these people will be on Thanksgiving? Clearly, many will not be in their homes....

Letter: Tale of Two Women

In the aftermath of 2018’s general election, two transcendent local political realities remain. Toni Iseman, targeted for political elimination, was re-elected by a larger majority than her...