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New Arts Survey Reveals Familiar Findings

A new survey about the local art scene reveals little that distinguishes it from the conclusions of two previous studies: residents have a strong desire for Laguna Beach to be known as an arts community with a walk-able scale and a cultural center.
Posted On 18 Feb 2018

Finding Meaning

America, Still Exceptional? The acid test for my columns is to read them to the Beautiful Wife, hoping she approves. This time the BW wondered if the column wasn’t a bit . . . academic? The readers of “Finding Meaning,” I argued, are smart and curious so no problema. I leave it...

Laying Groundwork for a New Fire Chief

After working 30 years in fire fighting for larger, resource-deep agencies in three counties, Kirk Summers found serving as interim fire chief of Laguna Beach’s four-station department both refreshing and challenging.

Schools

Special Education Leader Earns Her Peers’ Praise

Irene White, director of special education for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, was named Special Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators Region 17, which covers Orange County. Administrators are selected by the...

Class Notes

Boys Fundraise for Scholarships Because of the generosity of neighbors, Ten Boys Who Care raised over $2,500 repurposing over 1,500 donated items at a tag sale Saturday, Feb. 3. Unsold clothes went to the foster and youth services center Orangewood Children’s Home and a Santa Ana...

Class Notes

Spend a Day with a Scientist Girls who love science or are starting to show an interest in the topic can take advantage of two day-long conferences led by female scientists that include hands-on experience in the Dana Point Ocean Institute’s labs and aboard its research vessel....

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Street Beat

Streetbeat

Sunday, Feb. 11 Traffic stop. West Street. 12:40 a.m. A 40-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man was cited for DUI. Saturday, Feb.10 Suspicious vehicle. 1000 block of Coast Hwy. 2:26 p.m. Mathew Phillip Robinson, 32, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested on a warrant for allegedly possessing a...

Streetbeat

Sunday, Feb. 4 Traffic stop. 200 block of St. Ann’s Dr. David Mark Crossno, 22, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for allegedly possessing a narcotic pipe, a violation of his parole.   Saturday, Feb. 3 Occupied vehicle. Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:29 a.m. A Wildomar man, 40, was cited...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 29 Medical. 31800 block of Ninth Ave. 12:43 p.m. A forklift operator suffered a possible head injury after he skidded into a pole.   Sunday, Jan. 28 Traffic stop. Myrtle St. 1:17 a.m. A 48-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI. Traffic stop. West St. 1:26...

Letters

Empty Storefronts Here Actually Lower Than Average

Editor, I have some good news to share. The City Council is often bombarded with concerns from people about the number of vacant storefronts and a demand that “The city needs to do something about it.” Three weeks ago, a parade of speakers explained to our City Council how...

Questions Arise Over Utility Undergrounding Approach, Survey

Editor, After attending the council meeting last night and watching the presentation regarding the results of the community survey, I’m convinced these surveys and committees are a waste of time and our tax dollars. This survey was directed entirely toward placing the blame...

A Parent’s Perspective on School Culture

Editor, Over a year ago five local kids participated in a prank that contained red-flag elements of overt racism (a watermelon was thrown at the home where a black classmate lived and a racial epithet was used).   A year later, there has been a successful lawsuit brought by the...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...