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School Safety a Priority as Students Return to Campus

According to assistant superintendent Leisa Winston, the district has a Safety Committee composed of classified, certified, and management staff along with parents and personnel from the Laguna Beach Police Department.

New Galleries Exhibit Both Familiar and Fresh Faces

A grand opening of Shane Townley’s new gallery, Laguna Art, at 305 N. Coast Highway, is slated for Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m. with a group show of 20 artists plus 10 more “emerging artists” working outside the gallery, Townley said.
Posted On 02 Sep 2018

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.


Class Notes

School-Lunch Sign Ups Begin Families in the Laguna Beach School district may apply online at LunchApplication.com for free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch. Households receiving a letter saying they qualify for the program do not need to turn in an application. If a...

Author Shares Writing Secrets Beyond Plot Twists

A small class of students enrolled in Introduction to Nonfiction, a Laguna College of Art and Design literary survey course, received some practical advice from best-selling author and Newport Beach resident Dean Koontz last week. “You need to know about the business,” Koontz...

Class Notes

McKenna Learns Her Way Around the Capitol   Laguna Beach reident Halland McKenna served as a summer intern for Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina. Halland gained experience working in Washington, where she attended committee hearings, led tours, and assisted office...


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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...

Seatbelt Scofflaws Beware

Laguna Beach police will conduct seat belt enforcement operations in a local campaign to help lower traffic deaths. Besides special patrols, officers on routine patrol will also be looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers. Safety statistics show that half of traffic deaths...


Tuesday, May 2 Fight. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:50 a.m. Officers intervened in a fight between two homeless men and David Threadgold, 29, was arrested for suspicion of assault. Rape. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 3 p.m. A woman believes she was sexually assaulted while in a...


Letter: Thanks to Larry Nokes, City Staff for Work on Historic Preservation

I just wanted to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Larry Nokes for all of his hard work concerning historic preservation. I started my journey over six years ago when I found out that I was on the historic inventory as a K rated structure. I know you have heard...

Letter: School Board is Prioritizing Students’ Success

The Laguna Beach Unified Board of Education voted 5-0 passing the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 student instructional calendars on Sept. 25. For the record, I am neutral on this issue for one reason: I trust them. Separate from the calendar, I have personally vetted almost all of the...

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...