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Our Laguna: Recalling the last half of 2011

January 04, 2012|By Barbara Diamond

Aug. 12: Laguna Beach resident, filmmaker and political conservative Stephen K. Bannon, directed "The Undefeated," a documentary aimed at showing audiences that Sarah Palin was not just some "Caribou Barbie." Bannon is a co-founder of the National Tea Party Federation.

•Mexican eatery Asada opened its doors. Owner Scott McIntosh was previously involved with nearby Nick's Laguna Beach.

•The school district lagged behind other Orange County districts in the number of students vaccinated. Family Health Director Dr. David Nunez blamed parental refusal, misinformation and lack of health care for the dip in immunizations.

•Laguna Beach Live! celebrated its 10th anniversary

Aug. 19: The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter reopened after eight months of renovations.

Skipper Lynn, 80, had an epiphany after a traffic accident and began taking public transportation. She just wishes the city bus would stop closer to the Susi Q, where she spends most of her afternoons.

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•The council split 3-2 on the outdoor lighting ordinance designed to limit so-called light pollution. Council members Kelly Boyd and Elizabeth Pearson opposed to the complaint-driven law, which Boyd said would pit neighbor against neighbor. Specific holidays were exempted.

Whitney Pavlik of Laguna and her partner, Jenny Kropp, lived up to their No. 1 seeding in the Manhattan Beach Open. The duo didn't drop a game on their way to the title.

Aug. 26: A group of First Thursday Art Walk gallery owners complained that they paid to participate and other galleries were riding on their coattails. The $80-a-month fees cover free shuttles that transport patrons from gallery to gallery and advertising.

•The Festival of Arts had a winner in the annual fashion show of gowns made from recycled or natural materials.

•The team of architect Morris Skendarian and Don McKeehan were the top dogs in the first Project Pet House Fundraiser presented by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates at the annual Chili Cook-off and Pet Parade.

•Information about city salaries became easier to find when the city consolidated the data that had been scattered on the city's website following criticism from the Orange County Grand Jury.

Sept. 2: Laguna Beach Police Department employee Robin Ellen Levinson sued the city, claiming poorly maintained Eagle Rock Way caused her to fall from her bicycle. Levinson asked for $1.5 million compensation. The city denied culpability.

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