Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

After ‘Overheated’ Run-Up, Home Prices Cool

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach during 2015 fell to $1.7 million, a 5 percent decline over a year ago and the first price drop in four years of escalating values.

Campaign Contribution Limits Remain Unchanged

With Mayor Steve Dicterow already announcing he will seek re-election in November, people or groups who want to contribute to their favorite candidate did not get the go-ahead from the City Council Tuesday to make larger donations.

City Begins to Tackle Downtown Flooding

the City Council approved the first step Tuesday to increase capacity at a downtown bottleneck renowned for flooding.

Council Vetoes More Gelato

Saying there are enough downtown gelato stores already, the City Council unanimously denied an appeal to bring the frozen Italian confection to a storefront in the vacant movie theater building.

City Hall Flexes Its Schedule

Beginning in April, Laguna Beach City Hall will close on alternate Fridays, but remain open an hour longer Monday through Thursday with revised business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Small Hotels Adopt Big Ideas

In Laguna Beach, small hotels are being revitalized to not only appeal to guests with an aversion for chains, but to capitalize on their historic value.
Posted On 24 Jan 2016

Schools to Step Up Security

In the wake of several acts of vandalism at Laguna Beach schools, administrators plan to bolster security at all four campuses by installing surveillance cameras, Facilities Director Jeffrey Dixon said Tuesday.

Concerns Heat Up Over Sobriety House Near School

An addiction rehabilitation house near Top of the World Elementary School that recently changed to an all-male facility is causing concern among parents of school children.

‘Sunbathers’ Sculpture Evicted from Park

The two white-coated steel figures known as “The Sunbathers” have provided a focal point to a crescent of open land behind the high school known as Nita Carman Park since 1983.

Local to Lead Hollywood Guild

With the start of the film industry awards season, excitement is generally focused on nominees for best actor or picture, but creating the film’s visual impact lies in the hands of the art director.
Posted On 18 Jan 2016

Schools Fill in Emotional-Support Gaps

With teen suicides drastically rising and depression affecting 46 percent of all school children, emotional and social support will increasingly be more available to students in the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Bobcat Attacks Beloved School Pets

A bobcat killed 12 chickens, a swan and three doves inside an aviary on the Laguna Canyon campus of Anneliese Schools on Sunday, Jan. 10, police said.

Top Arts Groups Reap a Budget Windfall

In a last minute addition to a wish-list of city expenditures, the Laguna Beach City Council preliminarily agreed Tuesday, Jan. 12, to issue $1 million matching grants to both Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Art Museum over four years.