The Lead

Sawdust Artist Restores Vandalized Mural

This year’s mural was done by artists Charmaine Olivia and Alec Demarco, but their work was vandalized in May before the festival opened. The duo had intended to seal their mural with an anti-graffiti coating but hadn’t applied the sealant at the time due to damp weather.

Community Gathers to Celebrate Museum’s Centennial

In the Laguna Art Museum’s current centerpiece exhibit, “Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1918-1935,” there’s an emphasis on the synergic relationship between Laguna’s founding artists and their community.

Tall Ships Festival on the Horizon

The Ocean Institute invites the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the annual Tall Ships Festival, taking place Sept. 7 -9 in Dana Point Harbor.


Gwen Myers receives Spirit of Laguna award

Thurston Middle School attendance and student records specialist Gwen Myers received the 10th annual Spirit of LBUSD award at a welcome breakfast for staff last week. The award honors a staff member who exemplifies extraordinary service. Myers, a graduate of Laguna Beach High...

Class Notes

Ten Boys Make Plans for School Year Cebreros, co-president of 10 Boys Who Care, set a goal of presenting $2,500 scholarships to a male and female athlete at Laguna Beach High School for the coming school year. They have a second goal of raising $500 more to help another school in...

Class Notes

New Venue Opens for Special Education Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School in Irvine will offer individualized educational support and resources for students in grades 8-12 with significant learning challenges. Students in the program will take courses with a designated teacher...


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Updated: Police Say Burglar Tried on Store Lingerie

A man suspected of breaking into a Laguna Beach lingerie store was seen in a store surveillance video wearing some of the shop’s women’s intimate wear, police said. Five days after the break-in, police arrested Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, who police recognized in the store...


Monday, May 22 Vehicle burglary. 31800 block of Eighth Ave. 9:48 a.m. Someone broke into a locked vehicle and stole high-end purses, shoes, and sunglasses valued at $20,000. Grand theft. 1300 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:13 p.m. Make up, jewelry, clothing and perfume valued at $1,500...

Beach Rescue Required for Slackliner

  A 20-year-old Dana Point man injured in a fall while “slacklining” on Table Rock Beach in South Laguna was airlifted to medical aid Sunday, May 21, authorities said. Unlike a rescue of an unconscious man in the same area last month where three helicopters circled, just a...


Letter: A Plea for a Civil Tone

As I’ve observed City Council candidates forums, especially the one sponsored by Village Laguna, I’ve been horrified by the nasty tone used by some. We don’t need vitriol in our political discussions in our beloved town. We’ve all seen what vitriol has...

Letter: In Support of Bluebird Canyon Farms

I have been a grateful member of the Laguna Beach community since the 1970s and currently proudly reside on Oak Street. (Hi, neighbors!) Thankfully, I also bike/walk to work in town. My passion and livelihood are farming: I have a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture...

Letter: City Council Candidates and Trees

I attended the lively City Council Candidate forum sponsored by Village Laguna. Although there were no questions on trees, Paul Merritt answered a question related to historical preservation by stating that he hoped the city would provide protection for historical trees....