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Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...

Pressure Rises to Cut Water Use

Water use in the Laguna Beach County Water District needs to shrink by 24 percent or 200 million gallons over the next nine months in order to comply with statewide mandatory reductions, the first in state history, local water officials announced this week. To meet the mandatory...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...

Kudos for Embracing Open Access

Editor Thank you and bravo to Laguna Beach school board members who voted to support a simple act of transparency: providing public video access to school board meetings. Government should be in the sunshine. Everyone behaves better when they know that they are being recorded....

Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Breakers Earn Laguna’s First Swim Crown

Boys Are CIF Champs! Laguna swimmers saved their best for last, set a new school record in the 4 x 100 relay and vaulting the team to their first CIF title in 54 years last Saturday, May 16, at Riverside City College. The title is the school’s 41st Southern Section sports banner...

Marketer Creates What Little Known Causes Crave

Marketing consultant Caroline Rustigian Bruderer zips back and forth between her sons’ sporting events, a home office in Laguna Beach and the listener-supported radio station KX 93.5 where she records her show, “Caroline’s Cause Corner.” “Caroline gives a voice to the area...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Spruced Up Garden Welcomes Visitors

By Donna Furey | LB Indy This year visitors to the annual spring open house at the Hortense Miller Garden on Saturday May, 30 will be treated to an art exhibit as well as the usual delights of the 2.5 acre garden nestled on the steep slopes of Boat Canyon. International artist,...

Claims Will Test View Rights

  Public sentiment skewed to extremes as Laguna Beach spent months fine-tuning and redrafting its view ordinance, which took effect last December. Some residents predicted a stampede of claims by homeowners seeking to restore vegetation-choked vistas and speculators trying...

Sewer Project Blocked by a Lone Hold-Out

Five more feet of easement is all South Coast Water District needs to begin its massive pipeline replacement and tunnel improvement project under the ocean bluffs of South Laguna, according to Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager. A closed meeting was to be held...

Reward Offered for Tips on Sea Lion Poisoning

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever poisoned more than a dozen sea lions with chlorine at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. “It takes an appalling disregard for others to...

Taking Stock

Home On The Trading Range Stocks continue trading in a concise range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 17,823, sagged to 17,164 on January 30 and made a record closing high of 18,828 on March 23. It’s currently around 18,250, almost midway between the year’s...

Boys Tennis (15-3, 6-0)

Laguna took the top seed as expected in the Division 4 playoffs that began this week. The Breakers were hosting the wild card winners on Wednesday, May 13, on the local courts facing either Segerstrom (9-90 or Wilson/Hacienda Heights (11-5). Should Laguna prevail they would face...

Friends, Peers Recall Blackburn’s Impact

Several hundred friends, colleagues and family members gathered Wednesday, May 13,  to recall former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn’s civic contributions, character and athleticism during a celebration at The Ranch in Aliso Canyon. One of Blackburn’s lesser known attributes was...

City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures

Residents who’ve envisioned more outdoor dining and pedestrian-only traffic on the block of Forest Avenue east of Coast Highway may see that vision become a reality, at least temporarily, as early as August. Despite uncertainty about the outcome, the City Council asked...