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By David Hansen | January 18, 2012
TULUM, Mexico — With private beaches, aqua tide pools and local lobster, there are times here when you can squint and see Laguna Beach. At least in spirit. The reality is a little bit different, just as the name "Laguna Beach" conjures up different realities for the world travelers who come to this beach resort 90 minutes south of Cancun. In a completely unscientific poll, the international brand of Laguna Beach needs some work. Nearly everyone I talked to believes Laguna Beach is either some exclusive Beverly Hills-like enclave dripping in gold, or a spindly suburb of vapid Orange County, filled with bratty kids and silicone.
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By David Hansen | April 10, 2013
If you are a single man in Laguna Beach, women call you contradictory names: eclectic, driven, casual, civic minded, rich, poor, educated, artistic, gay, straight, family oriented. Tagged with labels, you are assumed to be many things, but the dominant attribute boils down to one - 92651. In a casual poll of three single women, I asked them to comment on the "men of Laguna Beach. " All have had different experiences, both with online and regular dating, but they agreed that the Laguna male is a curious one. One woman is a screenwriter in Santa Ana who normally dates men from L.A., but occasionally stays more local.
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By Billy Fried | April 17, 2013
The estimable Jane Goodall was the Rose Parade grand marshal this past year. When speaking about our ability to save the planet, she said, "A million people doing the right thing are a good start. " I mention this because in my last column I wrote of the need for the divine feminine to save the planet. This week I submit to you, my readers, proof. A few years back, when I first heard of a woman called the Kelp Lady, I couldn't help but imagine a dowdy, eccentric widow, with stringy, unkempt hair swept around her torso.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 13, 2014
Just because the calendar says January doesn't mean beaches become desolate tracks of sand. Particularly in Laguna. The 58-degree ocean didn't deter swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders or scuba divers from visiting last weekend and earlier this week - a balmy period with plenty of sunshine. Laguna Beach lifeguards operate year-round, and although the staffing isn't up to summertime numbers, marine safety personnel still keep a close watch on the intricate, craggy 5 1/2-mile coastline.
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By Alisha Gomez | May 30, 2012
After several months of stripping, gutting and remodeling, the Inn at Laguna Beach, 211 N. Coast Hwy., is taking the tape off its multimillion-dollar renovations Friday. The upgrades started Feb. 28, and are complete except for the pool, which will reopen later in June, said General Manager Peggy Trott. The only areas not being renovated are the hallways and one ballroom. The last renovation was in 2001. The hotel's owner, Classic Hotels & Resorts, along with L.A. interior designer John Cottrell of John Cottrell Co. in Los Angeles, collaborated on the design, which reflects an island, beachy vibe right down to the photos hanging on the wall.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | October 25, 2012
It's eight weeks into the season and Laguna Beach High football Coach Mike Churchill likes the progress his team is making. Sure, the Breakers have not lost in their first eight games while establishing themselves as the team to beat in the Orange Coast League. That would probably make any coach happy. What has impressed the veteran coach more, though, has been his squad's ability to move in the right direction. "For me, the big thing is that we continue to improve," he said.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 6, 2012
Two matches into the 2012 season and the Laguna Beach High girls' volleyball team hasn't dropped a game. Laguna upped its record to 2-0 Tuesday by sweeping visiting JSerra, 25-19, 25-23, 25-12 at Dugger Gym. Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford led the Laguna charge with 19 kills. Sophomore libero Francie Holte had 10 digs and senior setter Sevana Drovak 27 set assists. The Breakers, ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 1-A, opened their season Aug. 30 and defeated swept Norco, 25-23, 25-9, 25-13.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 21, 2012
A year ago, a Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team saddled with injuries still had enough in the tank to win another Orange Coast League championship. This winter, the Breakers welcome back a solid nucleus that includes three starters from a 17-11 team that once again, earned an automatic bid to the CIF Southern Section playoffs. A talented returning group has veteran Coach Bret Fleming optimistic about the 2012-13 season. Laguna gets its new campaign off and running Monday at the Godinez Tournament in Santa Ana. The following is a capsule look at the 2012-13 Breakers.
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By Joanna Clay | June 28, 2012
While bars and restaurants abound in Laguna Beach, Chris Olsen and Jeff Schroeder contend that locals deserve a watering hole for their favorite glass of Pinot Noir as well. The two co-founders of Wine Gallery, which opened its first location in Corona del Mar in 1999, plan to open a second location in Laguna Beach in mid-July. Olsen, a Laguna Beach resident and owner of Mile 216 wines, said his town seemed like the perfect place to expand. "There's not a single wine bar," he said.
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By Chris Norby | April 28, 2006
Recent comments by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider and your recent editorial deserve my response. As a member of Orange County Transportation Authority's Regional Planning & Highways Committee, I reviewed recommended federal beautification funding grants of $3.8 million. Of the 39 grant applications, only 10 were recommended for funding. Two of these 10 were for Laguna Beach projects. None was for North Orange County cities. Laguna Beach is one of Orange County's most beautiful cities.
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