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Owner Deluged by Offers on Theater

The owner of the only movie theater in Laguna Beach, which closed Sunday after an 80-year run, said she’s inundated with offers to buy or lease the historic building across from Main Beach. Refusing to say whether any of those offers include another movie theater, Leslie Blumberg...

Questions Arise Over Superintendent Search

Calling for former high school principal Joanne Culverhouse to return as the new superintendent next year, residents raised questions about Laguna Beach Unified School District’s hiring practices at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Go to Dr. Culverhouse and ask her to come back,” said...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

Activists Claim Lapses in San Onofre Security

Local activists documenting what they say is a lack of security at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will present their findings this month to FBI officials who investigate domestic terrorism threats, according to a county official. Laguna Beach resident and activist Rita...

Hot Weather Blamed for Tepid Sales

A myriad of culprits are being called out for what some downtown Laguna Beach retailers are calling “the worst summer ever.” Hot temperatures, anomalous rainstorms, high prices, spending-cautious consumers and foul-mouthed panhandlers are among the complaints voiced by local...

Jobs Expand, Absence OK’d on School Board

Finally sealing the deal to webcast its meetings in real time, the Laguna Beach Unified School District board agreed to add video responsibilities to an existing position. The job responsibilities for the public communications and relations liaison, recently vacated by retiring...

Questions Arise Over Missing Board Member

Carol Normandin, elected to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board last November, has been absent from meetings since April due to a family health emergency. A parent this week called on the other school board members to publicly address whether the absence constitutes a...

Skateboard Park Still a Pipedream

The idea of an in-town skateboard park has gone from a promise made 25 years ago to what supporters today say may be a pipedream. Three possible sites are the focus of a study this summer by a city recreation subcommittee: the electrical plant across from the Sawdust Festival on...

Turning Down the Tap

Christopher Regan celebrated his 49th birthday by taking a long shower. Regan, assistant general manager of the Laguna Beach County Water District, just got back Tuesday from the Northeast, where there’s no shortage of rain or snow pack. “I felt guilty taking a five-minute...

In the Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

The streets were newly paved. A shelter was built to protect hundreds of visitors descending on the tiny Tibetan refugee village from the unrelenting sun. Red, blue, green and gold prayer flags were hung, the corners turning up in the dry breeze. People from across the world...

Math Teacher Delivers a Final Lesson

Although he’s got a quite a reputation as a crooner, Gary Shapiro, aka “Shap,” is not one prone to tears. Admittedly a left-brain, linear-type guy,he nearly choked up this week talking about retiring after 33 years as an advanced math teacher and class troubadour at Laguna Beach...

School Superintendent to Retire

Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith will retire in 2016, she said during a special board meeting Wednesday to evaluate her performance. Smith informed board members of her pending retirement in April and asked them to keep the information...

Summer Starts With Unusual Arrivals

  Tide-pool educator Letty Skeen was surprised to see a blanket of hundreds of bright red crabs, mostly dead, lining the shore when she arrived at Treasure Island in South Laguna on Monday, June 15. At the tide pools, she found about 20 still alive, fortunately sequestered...

Trees Receive Reprieve

Despite an earlier decision to uproot them, the school board unanimously voted to leave intact 28 newly planted eucalyptus trees on a slope surrounding the high school athletic field Tuesday. Due to growing controversy surrounding the young saplings, the board’s move...

Schools Budget Grows by 7%

With a 4 percent across-the-board employee pay raise scheduled, the Laguna Beach Unified School District board approved a $52.9 million budget for the coming fiscal year, which includes a 7 percent jump in revenue, according to a preliminary report. Budget growth is due to a 6.6...