Our Laguna: More headlines from 2010

January 06, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
  • People gather at Save the Whales march at Main Beach in May.
People gather at Save the Whales march at Main Beach in… (Cindy Frazier,…)

As promised, here's more of the Coastline Pilot's major news stories for 2010:

April 2: Accused teenage Laguna Beach stabber was charged as an adult.

*Marsh Scott received the 2010 Artist of the Year Award at the annual Art Star Awards Ceremony. Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda received the award for innovation and leadership in the arts.

April 9: Ken Frank dropped a bomb at the April 6 council meeting, announcing on his 66th birthday that he was retiring.

*The Chamber of Commerce Thursday Night Promenade was closed down by the council due to Forest Avenue merchant opposition.

April 16: Major crimes statistics for 2009, released by the Laguna Beach Police Department, showed a dip by 4.3 % over the previous year.

*The Coastline Pilot's Gossiping Gourmets, Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz, gave a rave review to the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, lauding its inexpensive menu, beautiful view and handsome remodel of the space formerly occupied by the Aegean Café.


April 23: City planning commissioners recommended approval of the renovations proposed for the Coast Inn, built in 1928, but not included on the Historical Register.

*The Tommy Bahama chain donated $10,000 challenged grant toward the cost of the Fourth of July Fireworks, which the council had eliminated from the budget.

April 30: Mayor Pearson announced she would run for re-election, beginning the campaign with a Kentucky Derby party.

*Transition Laguna announced "The Great Unleashing" on May 14 at the Sawdust Festival to raise awareness of the issues and impact of peak oil production and petroleum dependency.

May 7: The council unanimously approved plans to renovate the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. Work was expected to begin in January.

*The preliminary 2010-2011 budget showed the city was keeping its head above water, due to the foresight of city leaders who had previously approved a $2. 5 million "recession-smoothing fund" in anticipation of the impact on city revenue due to the economic downturn.

*Michael Pinto was honored for his 20 years as president of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, which he founded. The same day, the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary sponsored "Grapes for Grads," which raises money for local high school and Laguna Art & Design College students; Realtors organized a community picnic to raise funds for the Fourth of July show; the Community Clinic Sunset Fiesta was held at Twin Points and the Ebell Club held its Derby Day fundraiser at the Lumberyard.

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