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Updated: Blackburn, Former Laguna Mayor, Dies

Updated March 20: Kathleen Blackburn, 71, died Monday, March 16, from lingering medical complications resulting from a car accident 34 years ago, said her husband, Bill Blackburn. Mrs. Blackburn served on the Laguna Beach City Council from 1992 to 2000, and was instrumental in...

Former Mayor Blackburn Dies

Longtime Laguna Beach resident and a former mayor, Kathleen Blackburn, died Monday, March 16, from compounding medical complications resulting from a car accident 34 years ago, said her husband, Bill Blackburn. She was 71. Mrs. Blackburn was a former Laguna Beach City Council...

Math Classes to Undergo Changes Next Fall

With an uncommon dissenting vote, the Laguna Beach Unified School District voted 4-1 Tuesday to change how math is taught. The change will eliminate geometry in the eighth grade. New board member Dee Perry voted against the changes, which will commence next fall. She supported a...

Schools Explore Higher Fence to Catch Power Hits

After 12 years of hearing complaints from neighbors who have collected more than 500 over-the-fenc baseballs, the school board is considering installing a higher fence around the Laguna Beach High School baseball field. Resident David Nelson lives on St. Ann’s Drive in the direct...

The Stand Changes Hands

The Stand, the original home of Hav’A Chips and a favorite surfers’ stop for carrot juice, avocado sandwiches and date shakes, has been sold for the first time in 40 years. The new owner, Alizabeth “Alisa” Arciniaga, says she intends to keep the vegan outdoor eatery...

Parents Protest ‘Dumbed-Down’ Math

Parents upset about curriculum changes they say dumbs down middle-school math plan a show of force at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, March 10, says an organizer. The parents are upset about the possibility of geometry being eliminated as a separate subject from the...

Plans Brewing to Beautify Laguna Creek

Often referred to as “the ditch,” Laguna Canyon Creek may soon see its own form of urban renewal. With replanted native vegetation, renewed wildlife habitat, walking trails and improved water quality as a result, an environmental team recently unveiled a plan they hope will make...

Pop Music Plans for Classical Guitarist

For the first time in years, classical guitarist and Laguna Beach native Eric Henderson will be playing an electric guitar with a quartet, including a former drummer for world-renowned musician Sting. The concert will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Bridge Hall at...

District Explores Putting Meetings Online

By Rita Robinson Putting school board meetings online in real time videos was a campaign pitch by school board candidate Dee Perry. Within months of taking office, the newly elected school board member is pressing district staff to make that promise a reality. “I really care...

Turning the Tide on Poachers

Watching out for poachers, pilferers and polluters isn’t what most people would consider a day at the beach. For Jeremy Frimond, life couldn’t get much better. Frimond, 27, pinned on the badge as Laguna Beach’s marine protection officer in 2013. He works with lifeguards,...

Schools Approve Tennis Court Improvements

Following in the steps of the Laguna Beach City Council, improvements to the six tennis courts across from Laguna Beach High School were unanimously approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School Board Tuesday. Repairs are scheduled to begin this summer. Two city council members met...

Measles Become Hot School Subject

Even though Orange County has experienced 79 reported cases of measles, the highest number in the state, since an outbreak at Disneyland last month, no one has yet reported contracting the contagious disease in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, state and local health...

Correction

An article in the Jan. 23 edition about improvements at the high school, “Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead,” incorrectly described the type of landscaping planted and landscape architect Ann Christoph’s relationship to the project. Christoph designed the landscaping...

Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead

With some residents calling them the “worst tennis courts in Orange County,” plans were given the go-ahead this past Tuesday to refurbish rather than upgrade the Park Avenue courts across from Laguna Beach High School. The decision will cost $620,000 and was made at a joint...

Raising ‘L’ Keeper Revealed

Dennis Taylor was in eighth grade in 1937. Bushwhacking up a steep hill across from Laguna Beach High School with some buddies on a Saturday morning seemed like a good idea and a small price to pay, despite the bruises, bloody scrapes and the frequent encounter with a ferocious...