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By Cindy Frazier | September 25, 2009
Eighth-graders in Jason Babiar?s social studies class at Thurston Middle School listened as attentively as they could to a DVD of President Obama?s back-to-school speech Sept. 18. The class was hearing the 15-minute speech 10 days after it was broadcast live to the nation?s schools. Parent protests and logistical problems delayed the speech from being heard in Laguna Beach district schools. Only one student had been ?opted out? by parental request at Thurston, Principal Joanne Culverhouse said.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
A memorial service for Jeannette York Merrilees will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. followed by a reception at 2:30 at the Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive. Merrilees died Oct. 14 at home. She was 83 and had lived in Laguna Beach for 40 years. She fought to preserve the Laguna greenbelt and improve public education. She is survived by her husband, Edward, of Laguna Beach; her brother, Edwin York of New Jersey; her three children: Craig of Sausalito, Neil of Half Moon Bay and Alison of Sacramento; and four grandchildren.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
Laguna Beach High School Principal Don Austin joined fellow state Distinguished School administrators at the Aug. 24 Los Angeles Angels game at Angel Stadium to watch State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O?Connell throw out the first pitch of the game. ?It was nice to be able to look around and get a sense that there aren?t many Distinguished Schools,? Austin said. ?It was fun to feel the excitement and pride of being in that group.? O?Connell joined California State Lottery Director Joan Borucki in honoring the Orange County middle and high schools that were selected this year at a pre-game ceremony at home plate.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
Jeannette York Merrilees Jeannette York Merrilees, advocate for improved coastal access and parks, died peacefully at home on October 14, 2013. She was 83 years old and resided in Laguna Beach for 40 years.  She helped lead movements that preserved open space and protected parkland in Orange and Laguna Beach, including Crystal Cove State Park.  She also fought to preserve the Laguna greenbelt and improve public education. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Edward of Laguna Beach, her brother Edwin York of New Jersey; her three children: Craig of Sausalito, Neil of Half Moon Bay and Alison of Sacramento; and four grandchildren: Jenna Merrilees, Annika Merrilees, Andrew Paiva and Abigail Paiva.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Kathy Selevan Laguna Beach PTA council sent two of its PTA presidents, Thasa Zuziak and Ketta Brown, to Sacramento in April to join a coalition of 80 PTA parents from Orange County voicing their educational concerns to state officials. This is an annual trip for the 4th District PTA and the first for Laguna Beach. We felt it was important because of the growing concerns over the proposed 2005-06 state budget and the protection of Proposition 98, and other current legislative initiatives that are important for children, youth and the future of public education.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2010
Artists sought for ?Change? meters The city of Laguna Beach is looking for artists to paint three new parking meters. In 2008, the city worked with the Chamber of Commerce to develop a public education program to discourage panhandling in the downtown area. Citizens and businesses were encouraged to redirect donations from panhandlers to organizations such as the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition that support broad based effective homeless solutions. A pilot program was developed that included five artist-painted parking meters.
NEWS
August 12, 2010
Free trolley parking at Boat Canyon Free parking for trolley customers will be offered Aug. 21 to 29 at the rear of the Pavilions Shopping Center at 600 N. Coast Hwy. at Boat Canyon, City Manager Ken Frank announced. Approximately 50 free parking spaces will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The parking lot will be staffed during operating hours by a city attendant. Temporary signage southbound along Coast Highway will direct drivers to the free parking. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (949)
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By: Sarah Hill | September 24, 2005
A statewide class-action lawsuit filed by a group of California teachers and professors against the California Teachers Assn. has local teachers baffled as to why their peers would be working against them. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, seeks to bar union officials from enacting a mandatory $60-per-teacher dues increase to help fund political action campaigns, including those targeted at countering Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's propositions affecting education.
NEWS
October 10, 2008
Public education has a long history in Laguna Beach, predating the establishment of the city of Laguna Beach by nearly 50 years. The school district was established in 1879, with an enrollment of 19 and an average daily attendance of 11 students, according to district historians. Back then, the district?s property was valued at $20 and its annual budget was $550. The city of Laguna Beach wasn?t incorporated until 1927. In 1928, the nucleus of the high school was built ?
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By Cindy Frazier | January 22, 2008
Some 50 individuals call Laguna Beach home but have no homes, the Laguna Beach City Council will be told tonight, Jan. 22. The council will be asked to tackle the issue of chronic homelessness by enacting a number of proposals from the council-appointed Homeless Task Force. The task force met for about a year, and has come up with a slew of initiatives, including emergency services and a designated homeless feeding area, to try to move chronically homeless people into housing and to reduce their presence in Laguna.
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November 21, 2013
A memorial service for Jeannette York Merrilees will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. followed by a reception at 2:30 at the Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Drive. Merrilees died Oct. 14 at home. She was 83 and had lived in Laguna Beach for 40 years. She fought to preserve the Laguna greenbelt and improve public education. She is survived by her husband, Edward, of Laguna Beach; her brother, Edwin York of New Jersey; her three children: Craig of Sausalito, Neil of Half Moon Bay and Alison of Sacramento; and four grandchildren.
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By Cindy Frazier | September 25, 2009
Eighth-graders in Jason Babiar?s social studies class at Thurston Middle School listened as attentively as they could to a DVD of President Obama?s back-to-school speech Sept. 18. The class was hearing the 15-minute speech 10 days after it was broadcast live to the nation?s schools. Parent protests and logistical problems delayed the speech from being heard in Laguna Beach district schools. Only one student had been ?opted out? by parental request at Thurston, Principal Joanne Culverhouse said.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
Laguna Beach High School Principal Don Austin joined fellow state Distinguished School administrators at the Aug. 24 Los Angeles Angels game at Angel Stadium to watch State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O?Connell throw out the first pitch of the game. ?It was nice to be able to look around and get a sense that there aren?t many Distinguished Schools,? Austin said. ?It was fun to feel the excitement and pride of being in that group.? O?Connell joined California State Lottery Director Joan Borucki in honoring the Orange County middle and high schools that were selected this year at a pre-game ceremony at home plate.
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