July 15: A county Superior Court judge ruled that the California Coastal Commission has final say over the proposed sub-division of Laguna Terrace Park.
•An estimated $18,000 was raised at a benefit for Gina Kantzabedian's pet rescue, augmenting the profits from her Animal Crackers store in the Aliso Creek Shopping Center.
July 22: The Laguna Community Concert Band scored a hit at the Festival of Arts Grounds, a triumph few could have imagined when the band was first conceived in 1998. Founders Bill Nichols, Teresa Marino and Carol Reynolds deserve a "bravo."
•The Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force recommended improvements in the flood warning and information systems, increased flow in the channel under Coast Highway at Broadway and increased capacity in drainage culverts crossing Laguna Canyon Road.
•Youth reigned at the 35th annual "Vic", the World Championships of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach. Local Sam Stinnett, 18, won the men's title.
July 29: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 honored member Harry Lawrence and all veterans at a fundraiser held at Laguna Beach Woman's Club.
•Thurston student Tyler Levine spent a weekend in Kent, Ohio, attending the invitation-only camp for serious ice hockey players. "Being selected means Tyler is one of the top prospects in his age level," said hockey coach Kelly Askew.
Aug. 5: Business owners, artists, festivals and hotels reported an uptick in business last summer over the previous year.
•Friends of the Seal Lion founders John Cunningham and Jim Staffer reminisced about the early days of their project some 40 years ago, now known and honored as the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Laguna Canyon Road.