April 22: Citizens for the Preservation of Open Space announced its intent to seek voter approval of a 20-year, $10-a-month parcel tax to raise funds to buy open space within the city limits.
•Almost 2,000 people attended the Kelpfest on Main Beach, coordinated by Nancy Caruso through Get Inspired Inc., her nonprofit organization.
April 29: Rotary went solo last year to sponsor Grapes for Grads, which raises funds for scholarships for Laguna Beach High School graduates and students at LCAD. "It was our most successful Grapes for Grads to date," said Rotary President Linda Saville.
•Elizabeth McGee took first place in the "Art That's Small" competition, which drew 126 entries. The program is funded by the Business Improvement District, hotel and motel owners' voluntary addition to the bed taxes to promote art-related institutions, programs and organizations that bring tourists to town.
•The council approved Municipal Code amendments related to the definition of hedges and provisions for claims of sun, air and view blockage that reduces the cost of filing a claim and refunds 50% of the filing fee if the claim is upheld.
•Police announced on April 22 that major crimes dropped 10% in 2010.
May 6: May is Heritage Month in Laguna.
•Three days after the reported death of Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, two metal beams salvaged from the destroyed World Trade Center Twin Towers arrived in Laguna Beach. The acquisition was a collaborative effort by the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Arts Commission, funded by local arts patron Mark Porterfield. The beams were to be incorporated in a memorial sculpture.
• "LagunaTots" rehearsals were underway for May 13 opening.