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By Barbara Diamond | June 26, 2009
Getting the Brooks Street stair project off the drawing board took six years, but construction took three months and the ribbon was cut June 19. It was a love fest. City officials exuded pride in the $375,000 project and showered praise on all the participants in the renovation of the historical site, beloved by local surfers. “It started out as a $100,000 project to replace the stairs in their existing location, which had a 10-foot drop at the bottom to the beach,” said City Public Works Director Steve May. “We added another $100,000 for the landscaping, but then a group of surfers and [architect]
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | September 11, 2008
Laguna Beach High School got what district officials hoped for Tuesday when U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools. The school was one of four in Orange County named a Blue Ribbon School, the only high school so designated. The other winning schools were Northwood Elementary in Irvine, Pioneer Middle School in Tustin and Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, board members and school staff were exultant over the win and talking about who would attend the Oct. 20-21 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The school district had learned in November that it was on the short list for the honor, having been nominated as one of 35 schools statewide.
SPORTS
October 30, 2009
Laguna Beach High students Madalyn Metz and Nina Thornton won big recently while competing at the Orange County Horse Show Assn. year-end championship show Oct. 14 to 18 at the Oaks/Blenheim Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. The OCHSA year-end show featured the counties? top equestrians. In order to qualify to ride in the championships, both girls had to place either first, second or third in a qualifying class during the year at an OCHSA-sanctioned show. Both girls train under Katie and John Berney of San Juan Capistrano-based ESI, which specializes in Hunter/Jumpers.
NEWS
By David Hansen | December 14, 2011
When someone walks into city hall, raises their fist and says, "I want to talk to the mayor," you know it has to be good. There likely has been some injustice, some diabolical grievance that needs to be rectified — pronto. And that's the way it's been in small towns throughout history. The mayor has always represented power and justice and action. Sworn to uphold all that is right for the town, mayors are the face, form and function of civic diplomacy. The problem is most cities don't officially operate this way anymore.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | November 9, 2007
Laguna Beach High School was one of only three Orange County schools to be nominated Wednesday as a 2007-08 Blue Ribbon School. ?I think this distinction is something the entire community can celebrate,? Principal Don Austin said. ?A quick look at the list of honored schools indicates that we are truly recognized as one of the elite campuses in the state.? ?The Blue Ribbon nomination is a very high honor signifying a history of excellence for any school given this distinction,?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Josh Aden | August 10, 2007
Laguna Beach acts as a crossroads where many strange things and fascinating people collide, so it's no surprise that two Lagunans took prizes for collectibles at the Orange County Fair. Dan Thomas took home a first-place ribbon in the antique collection division for his display of antique oil cans, and Don Smith snatched the Best of Show award for collections with his display of beer steins. Thomas started collecting oil cans about 20 years ago. He said his interest in old-time oil cans stemmed from one he had of his grandmother's, which was included in the selection of 61 cans he entered in the fair.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
City officials celebrated the completion of the Heisler Park renovations with a traditional ribbon cutting June 10. The ceremony took place in front of the newly constructed amphitheater, a centerpiece of the final phase of renovations funded by $7.5 million from grants and city funds. "Grants are important," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "They made this possible. " Orange County Integrated Regional Water Quality Management funded an $800,000 grant, and the state Water Resources Control Board put in $1 million from the Clean Beaches Initiative fund and another $1.8 million for the protection of the park's "area of special biological significance.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 4, 2008
Hot dog! Heisler Park reopened Tuesday A well-attended ribbon cutting and public picnic celebrated the completion of a renovation project that had closed portions of the park since Labor Day. “We served more than 1,000 hot dogs,” Assistant City Manager John Pietig told the City Council Tuesday night. The crowd exceeded Pietig’s expectations, but was warmly welcomed to the rededication, which he had orchestrated. It was the culmination of years of work that began with a 50-year master plan for the preservation and renovation of the park.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2007
The city celebrated the community spirit that was the foundation for the massive Bluebird Canyon restoration and the reconstruction of Flamingo Road and utilities Saturday. About 250 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the rebuilt Flamingo Road. The enthusiastic throng included city officials, representatives of state and federal officials; folks who donated time, money and goods to the landslide victims; voters who approved a half-cent sales tax increase to help finance the restoration; workers, planners and overseers of the project; and the slide victims.
NEWS
October 27, 2006
Fifth District Supervisor Tom Wilson wore a big smile as he wielded big ceremonial scissors at the Laguna Canyon Road ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. County officials and stakeholders in the road project celebrated the conclusion of the project, which realigned 3.9 miles of the highway from the toll road to I-4-5, added another lane in each direction (north- and south-bound lanes to be separated by landscaping), on-road bike lanes, an improved the entrance to Nix Nature Center in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and constructed water quality basins and bridges at key points over the road, which was moved from between the two natural lakes in the Laguna Canyon.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 11, 2012
The city has traded in two empty lots for neighborhood mini parks this summer. The Park Avenue View Park is scheduled to be dedicated next week, less than a month after Woodland Drive folks celebrated the opening of the Frontage Road Mini Park that fronts their neighborhood. "The difference in the parks is the locale," said Bob Borthwick, who designed the linear spaces in tandem, working with a very small budget. Borthwick said the hillside park was former City Manager Ken Frank's idea.
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By Joanna Clay | February 2, 2012
It's been nearly a year since the vibrant Laguna College of Art & Design mural along Laguna Canyon Road was painted gray by the building's tenant. Since then, LCAD mural instructor Mia Tavanotti has been hard at work, brainstorming and creating the Power of Words Project , which allowed residents to vote on a word that would inspire a new mural. On Saturday, Tavanotti stood alongside students, Mayor Jane Egly and State Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that revealed the winning word: "wonder.
NEWS
By David Hansen | December 14, 2011
When someone walks into city hall, raises their fist and says, "I want to talk to the mayor," you know it has to be good. There likely has been some injustice, some diabolical grievance that needs to be rectified — pronto. And that's the way it's been in small towns throughout history. The mayor has always represented power and justice and action. Sworn to uphold all that is right for the town, mayors are the face, form and function of civic diplomacy. The problem is most cities don't officially operate this way anymore.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 23, 2011
In the 1980s, a then-mysterious virus began taking a toll on Laguna Beach. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, the community will remember its losses, cherish the strides made in the testing and treatment of the disease, and promote awareness of the danger of complacency. Black ribbons will drape 15 prominent pieces of Laguna's public art in remembrance of the Laguna residents who have died from AIDS. The city's HIV Advisory Committee will host a health and awareness exposition at 3 p.m. at Main Beach, followed by a candlelight vigil.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
City officials celebrated the completion of the Heisler Park renovations with a traditional ribbon cutting June 10. The ceremony took place in front of the newly constructed amphitheater, a centerpiece of the final phase of renovations funded by $7.5 million from grants and city funds. "Grants are important," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "They made this possible. " Orange County Integrated Regional Water Quality Management funded an $800,000 grant, and the state Water Resources Control Board put in $1 million from the Clean Beaches Initiative fund and another $1.8 million for the protection of the park's "area of special biological significance.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | November 11, 2009
Fishing or lobster catching off most of Laguna Beach could soon be illegal. Six miles of Laguna Beach coastline could be declared a “no take” zone for any form of living marine life under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the Marine Life Protection Act Blue Ribbon Task Force. If the task force proposal for a State Marine Reserve is adopted by the Fish and Game Commission, the coast from Crystal Cove State Park south to Aliso Beach would be off-limits to fishermen from the beach to about three miles out to sea, according to MLPA Initiative spokeswoman Annelore Reisewitz.
SPORTS
October 30, 2009
Laguna Beach High students Madalyn Metz and Nina Thornton won big recently while competing at the Orange County Horse Show Assn. year-end championship show Oct. 14 to 18 at the Oaks/Blenheim Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano. The OCHSA year-end show featured the counties? top equestrians. In order to qualify to ride in the championships, both girls had to place either first, second or third in a qualifying class during the year at an OCHSA-sanctioned show. Both girls train under Katie and John Berney of San Juan Capistrano-based ESI, which specializes in Hunter/Jumpers.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 26, 2009
Getting the Brooks Street stair project off the drawing board took six years, but construction took three months and the ribbon was cut June 19. It was a love fest. City officials exuded pride in the $375,000 project and showered praise on all the participants in the renovation of the historical site, beloved by local surfers. “It started out as a $100,000 project to replace the stairs in their existing location, which had a 10-foot drop at the bottom to the beach,” said City Public Works Director Steve May. “We added another $100,000 for the landscaping, but then a group of surfers and [architect]
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | September 11, 2008
Laguna Beach High School got what district officials hoped for Tuesday when U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools. The school was one of four in Orange County named a Blue Ribbon School, the only high school so designated. The other winning schools were Northwood Elementary in Irvine, Pioneer Middle School in Tustin and Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, board members and school staff were exultant over the win and talking about who would attend the Oct. 20-21 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The school district had learned in November that it was on the short list for the honor, having been nominated as one of 35 schools statewide.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 4, 2008
Hot dog! Heisler Park reopened Tuesday A well-attended ribbon cutting and public picnic celebrated the completion of a renovation project that had closed portions of the park since Labor Day. “We served more than 1,000 hot dogs,” Assistant City Manager John Pietig told the City Council Tuesday night. The crowd exceeded Pietig’s expectations, but was warmly welcomed to the rededication, which he had orchestrated. It was the culmination of years of work that began with a 50-year master plan for the preservation and renovation of the park.
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