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Author Archive for Rita Robinson

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Broken But Not Shattered

Broken But Not Shattered

West African Healer Brings True Intimacy to Laguna Beach Eight people formed the Ash Circle.  A man, an alcoholic, was one of the spokes.  His wife, her turn to speak, told him how his anger and criticisms cut her so deeply over the years that she no longer bleeds. Suppressed anger is the result of […]

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Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

A lawyer representing a Laguna Beach High School teacher in a lawsuit against the school district petitioned the court to add defamation to the complaint, court records show. The proposed amendment to the current lawsuit, the second of two, was filed in late October with the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of Barbara Joan […]

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Bike Tour Takes in Town’s Happy Hens

Bike Tour Takes in Town’s Happy Hens

There’s something about collecting eggs from a chicken coop that tugs at our subconscious, a human desire for home, warmth and safety.  If you can find an egg in the straw, you can count yourself lucky. Not many people still hold fond memories of collecting fresh, warm eggs in the early morning on the family […]

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Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Thurston Gets Portable Classrooms

Due to rising enrollment, Thurston Middle School will get two portable classrooms, school board members unanimously decided this week. The classrooms are scheduled to be up and functioning by the end of the calendar year, with installation planned during the winter school break.  They will stay on campus for two years while long-term enrollment trends […]

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The View’s Fine From Two Decades Away

The View’s Fine From Two Decades Away

It was a good mid-October day, all signs pointed to the sublime: blue skies, warm-enough water, glassy surf. In a little beach town trampled by summer tourists, it was finally a locals’ haven again. “It’s a good day,” Frank said. And a far cry from where he was standing 20 years ago. He was at […]

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Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

After years of tension between the school district and the city over responsibility for the deteriorating tennis courts at the high school, the courts are finally set to be competitive again. With a joint-use agreement approved by the City Council last month, school board members voted this past Tuesday, Oct. 8, to spend $69,000 to […]

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New Look for Laguna Hotel Taking Shape

New Look for Laguna Hotel Taking Shape

The Aliso Creek Inn will shut down for several months beginning Nov. 1 to begin room renovations by the new owners, though the golf course and banquet facilities will remain open and available for holiday bookings, a co-owner and manager said this week. Changes at the Aliso Canyon resort will be unobtrusive, aligning with the […]

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Marking the Start Line for Student Athletes

Marking the Start Line for Student Athletes

Kathy Coakley was watching her son play in a Laguna Beach High School baseball game last year when a batter, Brett Tracy, fouled a fast pitch off his bat and directly into his right eye.  The ball smashed into his eye socket and the impact instantly broke his cheekbone; he was bleeding from his mouth […]

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Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood

Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood

A test alert will go out to the telephone numbers of all Laguna Beach residents at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the city of Laguna Beach’s Alert OC system, which warns residents of emergencies affecting the town. The test alert will verify the effectiveness of the mass notification system, which received its contact […]

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District Hires Strategic Administrators

District Hires Strategic Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

Laguna Hires Strategic School Administrators

With emphasis on new learning standards and student discipline, three new school administrators, an assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and an assistant high school principal, were officially hired by the school board Tuesday. Darlene Messinger is the district’s new assistant superintendent, Leisa Winston is the new human resources/public communications director and Lisa Brackez […]

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Still Adrift from Laguna Sands

Still Adrift from Laguna Sands

After being displaced for more than a month, residents of four oceanfront Laguna Beach condominiums, who were evacuated after the building creaked loudly and began separating, still don’t know when they’ll be able to move back home. “We’re waiting to hear the final decision,” said year-round resident Barbi Walters.  “Everyone’s having to scramble for their […]

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Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

Thurston Copes With Enrollment Spike

School officials say they will know by December exactly how many portable classrooms will be needed at Thurston Middle School.  But they can’t say exactly why. As the school year got underway this week at Laguna Beach’s four public schools, more than 800 students arrived at Thurston, the largest enrollment ever. Portable classrooms are being […]

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Laguna's School Lunches Cater to New Food Rules

Laguna’s School Lunches Cater to New Food Rules

High school students miffed about not being able to order customized Subway sandwiches for delivery have taken their complaints online even as the school board learned Tuesday about an upgraded lunch menu with fresh ingredients and vegan offerings available when school reopens next week. The district nixed daily deliveries of Subway sandwiches that occurred at […]

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District’s ‘Go to Guy’ Resigns

District’s ‘Go to Guy’ Resigns

Darrin Reed, longtime, well-liked and highly efficient administrative assistant at Laguna Beach Unified School District for the past 15 years, officially resigned from his job, district officials announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Reed worked for a series of superintendents at the district and was regarded as everybody’s favorite “go to” guy for whatever was […]