July 26, 2012
School district refinances bond debt The Laguna Beach School District is looking to refinance the bond debt of the Community Facilities District, which will save homeowners in the district 9.3%. Dean West, director of fiscal services, said the school district saw that interest rates went down and found it in its best interest to refinance. There are 567 homes in the Community Facilities District, which works much like a developer fee but rather than paid up front, homeowners pay it month to month, similar to mello roos type of tax, West said.
July 12, 2012
Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive (949) 494-8971 http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and Fridays through Sundays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and closed Wednesdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and active military. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free. The museum is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days. Current shows: Till Oct. 7: Three exhibitions will be on display: Clarence Hinkle, Modern Spirit and Group of Eight.
July 11, 2012
I had Playboy. My boys have Laguna Beach art. It's OK. It relieves me of my fatherly duties, which, let's face it, are sometimes painfully awkward. Besides, my boys cringe whenever I play dad anyway. Like Saturday night and the opening of the Pageant of the Masters. They hate it when I don't tell them where we are going. When I say it's a "surprise," they know it's going to be "some stupid art thing. " "But it will have naked women," I said, trying to find parking. They mumbled something from the back seat, then chuckled.
June 27, 2012
There are some things in life that stare at us in plain sight, yet we do not notice until a child points them out. In this case, like Edvard Munch's "The Scream," Laguna Beach has zombie boy yelling, "WTH is up with the traffic?!" If you have not seen it, there is a partially painted mural at 2133 Laguna Canyon Road. It is being created by Laguna College of Art & Design students, but they stopped recently for their summer break and will not return until the fall. The problem is they left an eerie outline of a boy looking very much like a distressed zombie.
June 14, 2012
The new curator of education at Laguna Art Museum will start her job on July 9, officials announced this week. Marinta Skupin, a native South African, will join the museum's staff after spending four years as director of education at the San Diego History Center. LAM has hired her to boost its educational programming and engage with the community by building relationships with K-12 schools and other groups offering children's after-school or enrichment programs. "Like Ed Fosmire, our recently appointed deputy director, Marinta is a tremendous addition to the museum team," Executive Director Malcolm Warner said in a prepared statement.