The Lead

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.

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.


Ten Boys Who Care Recruit Successors

A new group of seventh-graders from Thurston Middle School have agreed to carry on the work of Ten Boys Who Care, a club formed in 2013 to fundraise for scholarships to Laguna Beach High School athletes. The group recently gathered in Sam Reynolds’ backyard, the same spot where...

Schools Chief Pins Green Ribbon on TOW

  Just days after Earth Day, state Superintendent Tom Torlakson visited Laguna Beach to bestow a new Green Achiever honor on Top of the World Elementary. The school received the award, the first Green Ribbon School award made by the California Department of Education, for...
Posted On 26 Apr 2018

Class Notes

Teams Advance to Destination Imagination Final Three teams from Laguna Beach that competed in Destination Imagination contests will advance to the final May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn. Student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at Destination Imagination...


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Street Beat

Tip Leads to Drug Raid

Surveillance of a home prompted by a tip led police Thursday, April 12, to avert a possible heroin overdose, arrest five people on an array of alleged charges as well as seize drugs and mail belonging to local residents. Of seven people described by police as fraudulent Airbnb...

Police Prepare for Stoner Holiday

Police will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI saturation patrols will also deploy earlier than usual Friday, April 20, between 4:20 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies...


Sunday, March 25 Traffic stop. Legion St. 1 a.m. A 61-year-old Irvine woman was cited for DUI. Traffic stop. Broadway St. 1:22 a.m. Joseph Leon Malabicky III, 26, of Huntington Beach, was initially arrested for driving on a suspended license, but was held without bail for a...


Letter: Council Candidates Owe Voters Transparency

Editor, With so many candidates vying for the available seats in November, it is very difficult to scrutinize them all. Recalling the 11th hour revelations that rocked the Council campaigns in both 2014 and 2016, it would be a service to voters and a nod to transparency for each...

Looking for Owner of 2005 Laguna Hills Class Ring

Dear Editor, I am writing from England regarding a Laguna Hills High School 2005 class ring, which I believe was found in Laguna Beach at some point in the past. Below is the same text I sent to the principal of Laguna Hills High School, who is now circulating the story through...

In Response to Heart Talk Column

  Dear Editor, Thanks, Jim Utt. After reading your latest column, “I’m 70 and I Have to Do What?” I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. See, I’m turning 70 in two weeks. Guess that means I better start reading the DMV handbook now. My license...


Hometown Girl Receives Royal Treatment

Hundreds turned out for a pool party welcoming Olympic gold medalist Annika Dries last Saturday.                    

Candidates Divided Over Open Space

With little disagreement on most issues, the only real divide between City Council candidates during their first public debate Tuesday was over supporting an open-space initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Originally supporting the tax measure to acquire more open space in Laguna’s...

Mauli Ola Rocks the White House

Laguna Beach’s Dunlop brothers, Charlie and James, this past Thursday kicked off three days of fundraising for their Mauli Ola Foundation with a rockin’ party at the White House featuring local and Grammy-winning drummer Taylor Hawkins. Laguna Beach’s Pacific...