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“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com MARCH 24 , 2023 | Volume XX , Issue 12
South Laguna Residents Voice Concerns to City Officials
City Hosts Listening Session to Gather Geedback , Will Present to Council in April
By Clara Beard
Dozens of south Laguna residents packed into the Susi Q community center last Tuesday , eager to voice their concerns and hopes regarding the city ’ s recent takeover of south Laguna beaches from the County of Orange .
Laguna Beach Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow and Assistant City Manager Gavin Curran , along with several other city and marine safety officials , listened as residents took the podium to address issues affecting their part of town , from parking issues and lack of police presence to off-leash dogs and lack of bathrooms at the beach .
“ Now that we own this beach access , it ’ s imperative that the city put in an official sidewalk from Seventh Avenue , where the hospital is , on the ocean side of the highway ,” said 28-year resident Pat Menne , addressing safety concerns . “ So you can park at the hospital , safely cross using the crosswalk , and then beachgoers can walk on the sidewalk or bike lane . It ’ s imperative that it gets done pronto for safety . The next issue is bathrooms .
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Congestion and lack of bathrooms at Thousand Steps Beach was a topic brought up by many south Laguna residents at a city-hosted listening workshop on March 14 . Photo / Pat Menne
Laguna Beach Football Club Win Cal South State Cup Championship
Boys U13 Squad Make Club History as First Team to Achieve Title
LAM Awarded Grant for Create Access Program
By LB Indy Staff Laguna Art Museum has been awarded the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Museum Grant for $ 178,288 from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment ( CCHE ) in support of the museum ’ s Create Access Program , which provides free educational student tours and hands-on art classes that build history studies , language arts and art skills for K - 12 Title 1 students in Orange County . Before the Create Access Program , there was no established consistent Title 1 school tour program of this scale . The program will aim to serve 5,000 students by 2024 .
“ We are so grateful to receive this generous gift from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to help support the museum ’ s Create Access Program ,” said Julie Perlin Lee , executive director of Laguna Art Museum . “ These important funds will help us expand our art education initiatives to engage Title I students , BIPOC , and low-income populations in meaningful programming that builds vital academic skills . The program utilizes art and culture to help Title I students recover from the learning loss they have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic .”
The programs supported by this grant will offer students opportunities to process grief and lived experiences
By Clara Beard
When Andy Thomas and Mike Thomas formed the Laguna Beach Football Club in January 2020 , they had no idea what the future would predict , pandemic aside .
Fast forward to 2023 . The U13 team is in the soccer state cup and will eventually come out on top as overall champs - the first time ever in the history of the club . It was a meteoric rise that came unexpectedly
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The U13 Laguna Beach Football Club celebrates after winning a state cup title on March 19 . Photo / Owen Bishop
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