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November 14, 2012
I am a current resident of Laguna Beach and have been a pediatrician in the community for more than 50 years. As a doctor, I have been witness to countless instances where alcohol and drugs have destroyed young lives. This is even true for "good" kids from "good" homes in our community who get access to alcohol or drugs. All it takes is access to these substances, and youth can get themselves into very bad — sometimes even deadly — situations. In my professional experience, underage alcohol use is often the tip of the iceberg that sends kids down the slippery slope of substance abuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2009
MONDAY The Heritage Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in the Community/Senior Center, 380 Third St. ? TUESDAY The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 550 Blumont St. ? WEDNESDAY The Advisory Committee on Homelessness will meet at 3 p.m. in the Community/Senior Center, 380 Third St. The Planning Commission will hold a retreat from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Community/Senior Center, 380 Third St. ?
NEWS
By Michael Beck | August 5, 2010
It has been one year since Mission Hospital became your new neighbor in Laguna Beach. Time has flown by since we moved in last July, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share our progress and our vision for the future. I also want thank those of you who have shared your experiences with me, introduced yourselves and taken the time to speak with us about your healthcare needs and opinions. Without your open feedback, navigating through this first year successfully would not have been possible.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2009
A project several decades in the making came to fruition Saturday when the ribbon was cut to open the Community/Senior Center. The 19,000-square-foot center fulfills the joint dream of Laguna?s residents and its government to provide everyone from ?tots in tutus to tap-dancing seniors,? with life enhancing programs and activities under one roof. ?This touches my heart and I hope it touches yours,? said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, a supporter of a senior center when the proposal was still in its cradle.
NEWS
July 26, 2002
Suzie Harrison Among the sound of heavy machinery heard in the background, there was still a peaceful essence inside St. Catherine of Siena Church while talking with Father Eamon O'Gorman. His voice is soft-spoken and thick with an Irish accent and his words offered a soothing reprieve from the construction that was being done to the church and grounds. "We're retro-fitting parts of the church. We're re-doing the Sanctuary. It's an old church that was built in the early 1930s.
NEWS
By Richard Ramirez | June 9, 2006
In regard to the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot article "Council shuts down plan appeal," of Thursday, I have these comments. The hillside development process of single-family residences is very familiar to me as I have been involved both in government and in private practice as a geotechnical consultant for more that 30 years. I have no problem assessing the suitability, feasibility, safety and the compatibility of hillside residential developments as a professional, hillside property owner and as a homeowner advocate.
NEWS
By Kim Kadletz | June 9, 2006
In regard to Vince Lovato's article, "Exit exam fails first test," Saturday, on the Superior Court ruling on the high-school exit exam: The idea that high-school students in the state of California must pass an exit exam before receiving a diploma makes perfect sense. It is difficult to believe that an Alameda County Superior Court judge bothered to seriously consider the alternatives and the consequences before throwing out the exit exam a month before graduation; that is, unless the judge is up for reelection.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
For as long as many can remember, the track at Laguna Beach High School has been open to the public, even during school hours. But that changed six months ago when the board of education voted to end the public use of school grounds during instructional hours, citing safety concerns. At Tuesday's school board meeting, about 10 people spoke against the closure, citing health and emotional reasons, as well as the need for the community to congregate. "I've relied on that track for 14 years as a part of my training," said runner Leslie Lebon.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
Eighteen families were known by Tuesday to have been displaced and 31 structures damaged by the flood and debris flows that terrorized Laguna residents on Dec. 22. For those families and the others less dramatically affected, the aftermath may be almost as daunting as the disaster. But the community, city government and the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition are responding with compassion and the skills learned the hard way in past disasters. "The community, as always, has come forward," Ann Quilter said Tuesday at the City Council meeting.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
It seemed as if all of Laguna Beach descended on City Council chambers Tuesday night. About 200 residents, some even standing outside City Hall if they couldn't find a place to sit or stand inside, were there to listen and provide input on a proposed facility that would house 40 chronically homeless people, many of them mentally ill, in Laguna Canyon. What ensued was a complex discussion that touched on other issues, such as reports of transients harassing residents, visitors and business owners, and other projects proposed for the canyon.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 17, 2014
A group of Thurston Middle School girls is learning the value of spending time together in the pursuit of helping others. The seventh-graders are volunteering for Lion's Heart, a nonprofit that Laguna Beach resident Terry Corwin established in 2004 as a way for kids in grades 6 through 12 to participate in community-service projects. Thurston parent Jacqueline Schaefgen serves as coordinator but lets the girls suggest and develop their own service ideas. Members have played with greyhounds at an animal rescue facility, made lunches for the homeless at the Friendship Shelter and sent candy to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
The Laguna Beach Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages philanthropy in the city, has named Dan Pingaro its new executive director. "I am beyond excited to be taking on this new role and becoming part of the fabric of the Laguna Beach community," Pingaro said in a news release. "The level of expertise and commitment from the Community Foundation board of trustees and past leadership provides a strong base, which I intend to grow and expand well into the future.
NEWS
By John Canalis and By John Canalis | February 6, 2014
Many of our readers, particularly those who often made a special trip to the market to grab the paper, asked us to put their Coastline Pilot back into copies of the Los Angeles Times so they could get their local, regional, national and world news in one place. We heard you and want you to know there are now several ways to read the Pilot Fridays in print and, of course, daily online. The first is to subscribe to The Times and have the Pilot delivered, with The Times, to your home.
NEWS
January 17, 2014
The Laguna Beach Police Department has opened registration for a Community Emergency Response Team course to start in March. CERT is an "organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster," according to a news release. The class begins March 19 and requires 25 hours of lessons and hands-on training. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting March 19, with one Saturday drill from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on May 3. The program was started in 2012. . There are 75 trained CERT members in the community.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 12, 2013
The future of the South Laguna Community Garden Park is uncertain, as the land it is rooted in has been sold. The previous owner, Paul Tran of Louisiana, sold the land at Eagle Rock Way and South Coast Highway for $1.2 million on Oct. 28, according to South Laguna Civic Assn. President Bill Rihn. Rihn said with the land sold to a unknown buyer, the future of the garden, which opened in 2009, remains a mystery. "What we really hope is that the new owner will let us stay there for a couple years," Rihn said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 21, 2013
After 20 years, one would think organizers for a community-wide Thanksgiving Day feast would have a mapped-out agenda replete with detailed instructions and job descriptions. Au contraire. Advanced planning is not part of the recipe for this Laguna Beach tradition. The Friendship Shelter and Neighborhood Congregational Church will once again partner on a Thanksgiving Day meal for the public, beginning at noon at the church at 340 St. Ann's Drive. Volunteers expect to serve 600 to 700 buffet-style meals, with food and supplies provided by individuals, churches and community groups, a news release said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is one step closer toward using the Lang Park Community Center for one of its programs. The Laguna Beach City Council voted 5 to 0 at its Tuesday meeting for City Manager John Pietig to submit a conditional use permit application for Planning Commission approval, schedule a public outreach meeting and prepare a draft lease agreement. The club seeks exclusive use of the center's multipurpose room for The Laguna Club for Kids (TLC) program, which offers year-round after-school and summer activities for children ages 5 to 12, a city staff report said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 15, 2013
Emerald Bay representatives have asked Laguna Beach to support proposed improvements to the ingress and egress at the main entrance to the gated community that do not include a traffic signal, which the city is on record as opposing. City Manager John Pietig informed the City Council at the Aug. 6 meeting that the request was made at a recent meeting that he and Mayor Kelly Boyd attended with representatives of CalTrans, the Emerald Bay Services District and the Main Gate Executive Committee.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | August 5, 2013
Elsa Brizzi was at a conference in Washington, D.C., five years ago when something she heard rattled her soul. She said the speaker was talking about the impact of education on a community and said you could count how many children couldn't read and know how many prisons to build. The notion shook Brizzi, who left invigorated to make reading a priority. Brizzi, in cooperation with several community organizations, is developing a series of tutoring sessions - called the Intergenerational Literacy Project - that will give second-graders from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach the opportunity to read through her book "You Are a Very Special You" with help from tutors.
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