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Festival’s Interior Makeover Moves Ahead

If all goes according to plan, patrons entering the Festival of Arts grounds next season will find the experience more user-friendly, with better situated and redesigned gallery spaces, wider garden-lined paths to access them, and more places to sit and rest along the way. These,...

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...

Stand Up Paddle Rules Under Scrutiny

A year-old ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operators has yielded frustrations for city enforcement officials and SUP operators alike. The former complain of overtaxed lifeguards and legion code violations, while the latter claim persecution by overzealous...

Special Olympics Torch Lights Up the Town

A 41-person relay team bearing a torch lit 6,900 miles away in Athens, Greece, made its way across a mile of Laguna Beach on Monday. The runners – four athletes and 37 law enforcement personnel drawn from points across the globe — received a warm reception from Mayor Bob...

New Business Opens With Star Power

Beauty pageant winners and an “American Idol” contestant turned out with city dignitaries last week to welcome the opening of The Foundation skin care studio in Laguna Beach last week. The Foundation’s owner, Lisa G Artistry, a makeup artist and skin care specialist for 17 years,...

Doing Good

Rock and Roll Rocks Cabo A record of over $2.8 million was raised for five Orange County youth organizations during the Stars and Stripes fish, golf and music tournament in Cabo San Lucas on June 25-28. The event was managed by local residents Dick Gebhard and Al Baldwin, Stars...

Streetbeat

Monday, July 13 Vehicle burglary. 20200 block of Laguna Canyon Road. 12:06 p.m. A purse was swiped after someone busted the passenger window of a car. Vehicle burglary. 20200 block of LCR. 12:58 p.m. Valuables worth $1,700 were taken from a car parked at the wilderness park after...

Indy on Arts

Friday, July 24 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Art, Surf Lovers Suffer Storm Losses

Tropical moisture from Hurricane Delores that drenched Laguna Beach over the weekend rained out the Sunday production of the Pageant of the Masters, only the third cancellation since 1933. City rain gauges at Main Beach and Top of the World estimate the storm dropped between a...

Biking at 10,000 Feet

Laguna local Hans Rey and Austrian champion trail biker Tom Oehler explored the rough and remote Guatemalan Highlands riding trails at an elevation of 10,000 feet in January. The hut-to-hut trip took the adventurers to the homes of some previous recipients of bicycles distributed...

Retrospective Revels in Local Lore of a Certain Era

Bill Ogden has often been labeled a “surf artist,” but judging by a current exhibition of his works at the Laguna College of Art and Design gallery, that oversimplifies an artist skilled in many mediums and genres. Titled “The Art of Bill Ogden,” this first solo exhibition...

Festival of Arts Opens Despite Wild Fire

The Festival of Arts opened despite a brush fire breaking out less than a mile away in Laguna Canyon last Friday, July 3. The quick response of firefighting resources extinguished the 3 p.m. blaze within three hours, though state Highway 133 and Laguna Canyon Road were closed due...

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...

Appeal Halts Cutting of Fire Breaks

A plan to thin brush on land deemed “extremely dangerous” in Nyes and Oro Canyons was stymied last week by an appeal to the California Coastal Commission, even as the city was breathing a collective sigh of relief over a wildfire July 3 contained to a few acres. That fire...

Hit and Run Driver Injures Two on Foot

Two pedestrians crossing Coast Highway in a South Laguna crosswalk suffered minor injuries after being sideswiped by a car Wednesday, July 8. The 11:34 p.m. accident occurred in the crosswalk at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way, said Sgt. Tim Kleiser. The two on foot were...