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Festival of Arts Foundation grant to support plein air painters association educational programs

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received a $4,000 grant from The Festival of Arts Foundation to help fund its educational projects. These funds will help in the production of a series of videos to be used in classrooms as well as purchase necessary supplies. The Plein Air Project will...

The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival will return in fall 2021

After over a year without large events, KX FM and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce announced The Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival will return on Oct. 14. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale at tasteoflagunabeach.com. More than 40 restaurants and award-winning chefs will showcase their...

Wear Yellow for June 15 community photo at Laguna Beach City Hall

Mayor Pro Tem Sue Kempf and long-time resident Denny Freidenrich invite friends and neighbors to turn out for a community photo at 10 a.m. on June 15 in front of City Hall. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he plans to fully reopen the state’s economy on June 15 following a...

Laguna Beach Fire Chief to keynote Laguna Beach Business Club Meeting

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia will speak with the Laguna Beach Business Club at 7:30 a.m. on June 17. Garcia will talk about how residents can help with fire safety. In April 2018, Garcia started his tenure as chief of the Laguna Beach Fire Department. He came to Laguna after...

Letter: Regarding If You Build it Logic Trap

The Indy ran a column June 4 called the “If you build it logic trap.” It argued “they are coming anyway.” It’s hard to deny that. They will come. Laguna is the very definition of “attractive”—it attracts people. The argument was that we should plan for that. Again, hard to argue....

Letter: Regarding Racism in Laguna – First the Bad, Then the Good

Racism. Does it really exist? If so, what is it? If I’m not prejudiced, can I still be a racist? Is Laguna Beach “racist”? Melissa Juniper Harris addressed this in her extremely well-written and heartfelt Guest Opinion. The former basketball player Charles Barkley made an interesting comment some weeks ago....

Letter: Will We Ever Know What Happened?

I am wondering if what the Laguna Beach police union described as a wonderful person, our police chief Thompson, who worked for our city for five months and resigned—had a conversation with our then city manager John Pietig, hung up the phone and wrote his resignation letter. They say working...

Letter: Regarding What is Going on With Our Police Department?

I agree with John Thomas’ thoughtful letter in your last edition in which he pleaded for information on what is going on with the loss of Chief Robert Thompson after just five months as our Chief of Police. Since residents found Chief Thompson accessible and the police department’s rank...

Letter: The Promenade – A Regulatory Compliance Perspective

As a working land use and enviro-analyst, it’s been more than interesting to see both residents and City Hall wrestle with the COVID-19 crisis. I have yet to read or hear a view of three key modulating aspects post-lockdown. The Promenade on Forest Avenue is the most glaring example of...

Letter: A Sincere Plea to Peter Blake

During a recent City Council meeting, Peter Blake screamed his “big lie” at fellow councilmember Toni Iseman. You are a liar. You know you are a Liar. Liar, Liar shouted Blake as he raged out of control. Toni has been verbally assaulted by Blake since his first day on...