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Town Crier: Robot Builder Shares Secrets at Library

Meet Mike Senna, skilled prop builder, hobbyist, computer programmer and maker of an exact working replica of R2-D2, at the Laguna Beach Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18. Senna’s R2-D2 robot was used for charity events and has brought joy to children since its...

Garden Club Tour Nets $25K for Community Projects

The Laguna Beach Garden Club hosted its 15th annual Gate & Garden Tour on May 3. The event—which is a major fundraiser for educational school gardens, student scholarships and support of local gardens and parks—netted $25,000 in proceeds this year. Four hundred ticketholders...

Spin Studio to Raise Funds for Local Girl

A fundraising spin class will be held at Rhythm Ride Studio, 1100 S. Coast Highway, at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, to benefit Laguna Beach local Rylie Rahall. Rylie attends Top of the World Elementary School and was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called...

Limelight

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

Obituary: Tony DeLap

Tony DeLap Nov. 4, 1927 – May 29, 2019 Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, and Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Tony DeLap at the age of 91. Born in Oakland, California, in 1927, DeLap’s 70-year-plus career...

Duane Lowell Bickel

Duane Lowell Bickel, 89, passed away at home in hospice on May 15, 2019, due to Corticobasal Degeneration, a rare Parkinson’s-like disease. His beloved wife, Darrcy Loveland Bickel, and caregiver, Grace, were by his side. A native Californian, Duane was born November 16,1929, to...

Michael Smithers

Michael Smithers died peacefully on April 30 at the age of 58, from cancer. He was at home, surrounded by his family and close friends. Mike’s greatest joy in life was to be with his family. He was a devoted husband of 28 years to Joseph Delaney, and a loving father to Claire...

Columns

Heart Talk

The Patriotic Citizen   Last week people came to our town by the tens of thousands to celebrate Independence Day. Truth be told, most came to be awed by the fireworks display, rather than to contemplate the words that Jefferson wrote on that July day in 1776. These words...

Pet Peeves

Book ‘Em Danno “Book ‘Em Danno.” The Laguna Beach police investigated three house thefts. Two suspects are believed to have posed as potential house buyers during open houses. One suspect would distract the listing agent, while the other suspect roamed the house looking for...

Does the Wet Suit You

The Builders Usually this column focuses on issues that are, in essence, Laguna’s first world problems. Independence Day with its fireworks displays and throngs of tourists would be the perfect occasion for such an exercise. This holiday weekend Laguna Beach will spend tens of...

Finding Meaning

Slim Summerville The power went out in South Laguna the other night, a rare occurrence. Rare enough that I was uncertain how to respond. The Beautiful Wife, in succession, turned on her cell phone light, found a battery-powered lantern, and began producing candles from a closet....

Musings on the Coast

The Cry Bullies of Laguna Beach Village Laguna is a group of mostly liberal and well-intentioned people advocating what they think is right for Laguna. And for more than 30 years, they’ve pushed their own candidates for City Council, and by and large, those candidates have won....
Posted On 03 Jul 2019

Common Sense

School Board’s Action a Danger to Democracy On June 11, when the Laguna Beach School Board decided by a 4-1 vote to create a subcommittee to deal with confidential information and exclude Dee Perry, they institutionalized a lack of transparency. They also violated voter’s right...