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Tree Cutting Rules Now In Effect

A recently adopted a tree removal ordinance that requires obtaining a permit to cut private trees in three categories took effect this week. Property owners now need a permit to remove or replace certain trees. These are heritage trees, trees that are part of a landscape plan...

Agate Street Beach Access Reopens

A ribbon cutting will mark completion of the makeover of the Agate Street beach access point at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. The $1 million renovation includes a new wheelchair-accessible overlook at the entrance, complete stair replacement and drought-tolerant landscaping. The...

Take a Free Seat on the Pitch for World Cup Final

Fans are invited to enjoy the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final from the Orange County Soccer Club pitch at the Orange County Great Park on Sunday, July 15. Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 7 a.m. with pre-game festivities until the broadcast begins at 8...

Limelight

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Biking at 10,000 Feet

Laguna local Hans Rey and Austrian champion trail biker Tom Oehler explored the rough and remote Guatemalan Highlands riding trails at an elevation of 10,000 feet in January. The hut-to-hut trip took the adventurers to the homes of some previous recipients of bicycles distributed...

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Obituaries

Chyrle La Vonne Vermilya

  Chyrle Vermilya passed away peacefully June 13, 2018, after a short battle with late-stage melanoma (skin cancer) with her husband Jim and sons David and Tim by her side. Chyrle lived everyday by the motto on her favorite colorful t-shirts, “Life is Good.” With a beaming...

Robert Tyler Faia

Robert Tyler passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Laguna Beach at the age of 92. Bob served in the Navy during World War II.  He was married to Eleanore Catherine “Kay” Hines from 1952 until her death 1997. Bob and Kay raised their three children in the home he...

Skip Conover

Skip Conover, who never missed a performance during 17 years narrating the summer-long Pageant of the Masters production, died Friday, June 15. Seated in his soundproof booth at the back of the Irvine Bowl every night, he reveled in entertaining his audiences with stories of...

Columns

Guest Column

I Love Laguna     I can remember like it was yesterday. It was 1963, and I was a senior in high school. My boyfriend took me to a city called Laguna Beach and I instantly fell in love. We ordered chocolate chip pancakes at the Cottage and I sat there in awe—the quaint...

Does the Wet Suit You

Historic Ripoff 3.0 The fog of obfuscation and misdirection generated by the usual mind-numbing presentation quickly filled the chambers during last Saturday’s special City Council meeting on historical preservation. This fog and the interminable PowerPoint presentation droning...

Finding Meaning

King’s Mountain Sunday, Oct. 7, is the anniversary of a 1780 Revolutionary War battle you’ve likely never heard of. It’s meaningful because it was crucial to winning the war. Could I share the story, beginning with a bit of history? In the early 1600s, England, weary of Irish...

Pet Peeves

Peautiful Eight candidates running for Laguna Beach City Council made their cases at a forum sponsored by Village Laguna. The usual issues were discussed. What to do with Laguna Canyon? Should we raise taxes to bury utilities? But when the issue of how good a job the village...

Does the Wet Suit You

Road Kill Stew 2.0 The school board has once again dragged out that bubbling cauldron of road kill stew they call a calendar change to see if we’ll swallow it after all. This time they’re trying a two-step approach of smaller portions seasoned with an excuse of the need for...

Finding Meaning

Justice That Heals Have you caught any of the “Real Talk” events at Laguna’s Susi Q Center? Real Talk is a series of 15-minute lectures followed by community discussion, sponsored by Baha’i’s of Laguna Beach.  Past events addressed empowering youth, the impact of social media,...