Laguna Beach began 2011 by digging itself out of the mud. Homes, art studios, businesses, the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter and the Anneliese School suffered damage and destruction in the December 2010 rainstorms.
Recovery was on everyone's mind.
Outgoing Mayor Toni Iseman joked as her term ended that John Pietig had been city manager of Laguna Beach about 12 minutes when the deluge hit. But he responded as if he prepared all of his life for the job. Hands-on didn't begin to describe it.
Downtown was cleaned up in a matter of days. Laguna Canyon took longer, but no lives were lost — God's gift to the city.
Here are some snapshots of what made the news in 2011, culled from the pages of the Coastline Pilot.
Jan. 7: Dede Westgaard-Pike wept as she relived the night of terror and anguish suffered by her Laguna Canyon neighbors Dec. 22. Westgaard-Pike was among the folks who attended a meeting at City Hall to identify, locate and determine the needs of families devastated by the storm. The council and representatives of the Laguna Relief & Resource Center listened.