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Our Laguna: Recalling the last half of 2011

January 04, 2012|By Barbara Diamond

•The council voted at the Oct. 4 meeting to pay Friendship Shelter an additional $31,535 to staff the Alternative Sleeping Location daily from 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. and to provide van transportation for the rest of the year, picking up some of the slack in services when the Laguna Relief and Resource Center pulled out.

•Former Councilman Steven Dicterow announced he would seek a fourth term after a six-year hiatus.

•The Environmental Committee imploded. Five members resigned or declined to apply for reappointment. The council formed a sub-committee to try to determine what went wrong and how to fix it.

•Plein air painters gathered in Laguna for the invitational hosted by LAM.

Oct. 14: The council acted to stabilize the abandoned burn dump in Laguna Canyon that shed glass, metal and ceramic debris into a residential area during the December 2010 deluge. Laguna's disaster go-to guy Bob Burnham said five regulatory agencies are involved.


•Laguna Beach resident Victoria Buzzo, 54, was among the victims in shooting rampage at a beauty salon in Seal Beach.

•Six international teams and four American teams competed in singles and pairs matches at the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club.

Oct. 21: Georgia Andersen hosted a reception to celebrate the extensive remodeling on the interior of the Hotel Laguna. She paid homage to the hotel and to her late husband, Claes. "I feel he is here today and he is happy that the hotel is beautiful again," she said.

Erik Henrickson and Marley Donenfeld were crowned king and queen at the Laguna Beach High School homecoming game.

Michael Lewis, 20, of Laguna won the Formula 3 Italia Championship Rookie title.

Oct. 28:

Fred Karger said he was the first presidential candidate to file for the New Hampshire primary.

Nov. 4: Friends and admirers of the late peace activist Jean Bernstein gathered to honor her dedication on the spot she made her own: the Saturday peace vigil at Main Beach.

Malcolm Warner was hired to succeed Bolton Coburn as director of LAM.

Nov. 11: Gallery owners conjectured that art thefts in the area were connected. A suspect was caught on tape at the Village Gallery.

•Members of American Legion Post 222 hosted a special ceremony on Veterans Day to honor those who served their country in the armed forces.

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