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City Announces Winners of Local Photo Contest

The Laguna Beach City Council recently recognized the winners of the City's Photo Contest at its City Council meeting on Jan. 10. In October 2022, the City re-launched the City’s Photo Contest to those who live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach with the goal to share participant’s favorite...

Pacific Marine Mammal Center Releases Rehabilitated Northern Fur Seal After Months of Care

A northern fur seal pup who made waves last October after washing ashore in Newport Beach was returned to the water over the weekend. Severely emaciated and dehydrated at intake, the seal, named Sweet P, had also suffered multiple lacerations on her face and flippers. Her rehabilitation took place...

Obituaries of Louis and Jacqueline Zitnik

  Louis James Zitnik passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the age of 99, in his Laguna Beach home less than 24 hours after his beloved wife, Jacqueline Irene Zitnik, aged 98, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023, surrounded by family members. They resided in Laguna Beach...

Obituary: Vivian “Sissy” Caris alias Reynders

May 22, 1954 – January 18, 2023 Vivian “Sissy” Caris alias Reynders (née Thompson) passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at home surrounded by her family.   Sissy was born May 22, 1954, in Midland, Texas. After both parents passed away prematurely, Sissy and her brother, Scott, at a very young...

Obituary: Patricia Whiteside Phillips

March 15, 1934 - January 12, 2023  She loved playing at life. Ebullient artist, activist and teacher Patricia Whiteside Phillips passed away Thursday, January 12, 2023. Her colorful life culminated in participating in more than 50 art exhibits across the country, four decades showing at the Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair, and Festival...

Town Crier: Week of Jan. 27

  LCAD President to Address Residents and Environmental Group Feb. 6 On Feb. 6, Steve Brittan, President and CEO of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), will present an exciting program that will give the public insight into recent developments on the college's campus, its innovative academic programs, and collaborations...

Guest Opinion: A Neighborhood with Klass

By Bob Borthwick Laguna is a town of many unique neighborhoods. Some are larger, like Top of the World, and some are smaller, like Canyon Acres or Woods Cove. Every one of them has stories. My neighborhood is Brooks Street, and this is the story of one of its original...

Letter: Proposed Parking Structures Not the Answer

I, too, wish to add my voice to oppose the proposed massive parking structures at the South Laguna and Third Street locations. The construction, pollution, and carbon footprint these recently proposed parking plans would create is not a solution for the already congested areas.  In fact, quite the opposite effect...

Finding Meaning: Groundhog Day, Again

I had a great time last Sunday—attending three Laguna churches. Started at Laguna Presbyterian, with its historic sanctuary nicely restored. I then popped in at St. Francis by the Sea, with its cozy jewel box chapel. Finally, I attended St. Mary's Episcopal, with its spirited pastor, the Rev. Mackenzie....