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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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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road. LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By David Hansen | April 24, 2014
A back room in a Laguna Beach art gallery will be lined on May 1 with stark, black-and-white pictures of vaginas and their stories - some disturbing, some funny but most celebratory. The new exhibit, "101 Vaginas," is based on the book by photographer Philip Werner of Australia, who spent about two years creating the project, which will run for only one week in the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, 611 S. Coast Hwy. "People feel so uncomfortable with their own bodies, and in this case, with their vaginas," said Werner, who will attend the opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Greg MacGillivray doesn't mince words when it comes to the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's A+," he said. The producer-director co-founded MacGillivray Freeman Films with Jim Freeman in the mid-1960s. Although the duo started out producing surfing documentaries and TV commercials and filming for Hollywood features, they quickly moved into the distribution of IMAX films. Since 1972, the Laguna Beach-based studio has distributed more than 30 giant-screen movies and in excess of 7 million feet of 70-millimeter film and earned two Academy Awards.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
The outdoor basketball courts at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach served a different purpose for a few hours on April 17. Instead of shooting hoops, kids were riding skateboards alongside employees from Irvine-based Element Skateboards Inc., showing off their tricks on the quarter-pipe and "pyramid" ramps at the club's main branch on Laguna Canyon Road. The event kicked off the club's seven-week skate camp. Children have wanted a place and time to skate, and Element was more than willing to help provide staff to offer some education.
NEWS
April 21, 2014
There's still time for Laguna Beach residents to do their part in hopes of continuing a winning trend. Laguna is seeking its third straight victory as most water-wise city in the Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor's Challenge is a friendly nationwide competition in April to see which city can be the most water-wise. Mayors and civic leaders nationwide challenge their residents to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their city.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 17, 2014
Having had the first part of spring break week free, the Laguna Beach High baseball team is back in action this weekend for a pair of Orange Coast League games against Saddleback. The Breakers haven't played since April 9, when they took on and defeated Capistrano Valley Christian in nonleague play. They get back into playing mode Friday when they visit Saddleback for a 3:15 p.m. game. They also travel Saturday to face the Roadrunners, this time, for a 10 a.m. start in a contest that will wrap the three-game league series between the teams.
NEWS
By David Hansen | April 16, 2014
It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning has already started. Have you been hearing all the sonic booms? The first salvo was the recently approved but hotly contested artist live-work project. Right on its heels was a massive public storage proposal, which failed to get past initial planning reviews but is not necessarily dead yet. In the background is the ever-expanding Laguna College of Art + Design, and coming Tuesday to the City Council is the Friendship Shelter's proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna's homeless.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 15, 2014
Laguna Beach's annual Kelpfest was born out of frustration. Every time Nancy Caruso heard people grouse about kelp washing up on local beaches, she'd want to "bang her head against a wall. " To her, that was akin to planting trees only to gripe when they shed leaves. The Garden Grove resident - who founded Get Inspired Inc., a nonprofit specializing in environmental education and conservation programs - was discussing what she deemed an absurd situation with her friend when inspiration struck.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 10, 2014
The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the reception was less than welcoming. Several residents and Laguna College of Art + Design students raised concerns - from safety and traffic to environmental and area compatibility - about developer Doug Simpson's plan to construct a three-story, 97,025-square-foot, 630-unit building in the Big Bend area. The property at 2851 Laguna Canyon Road sits between the college's visual communication building and a habitat restoration area managed by the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
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