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Securing data topic of Business Club meeting

“Protecting Personal Information” will be the topic of a presentation by Christine Dwight at a Laguna Beach Business Club breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 20 in the Catalina Room of the Hotel Laguna.

Dwight is a partner with POUCH Records Management, and a Laguna Beach resident. She graduated from USC in communication arts and sciences, as well as USC Business School’s entrepreneur program. She can be reached at (949) 235-4468 or

Admission is $25 and includes buffet breakfast. To attend, call Catharine Cooper at (714) 296-5250 or e-mail For more information, visit


Free movie on energy depletion shown today

The film, “Energy Crossroads: A Burning Need to Change Course,” examines the issue of future depletion of world energy supplies.

The film will be shown free by Transition Laguna at 7:30 p.m. today at Yoga Works, 30818 Coast Hwy., and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Oasis Child, 380 Glenneyre St. For more information, contact Max Isles at (949) 510-1359 or

Contribution received for July 4th fireworks


Laguna Beach may have fireworks in 2010 after all, said City Manager Ken Frank.

The city received a $2,500 contribution in honor of Private Roger Neger who was killed in action, Frank said in the July 31 Friday Update to city staff.

“This money will be set aside in a separate account. Hopefully the city will receive other donations that will make it possible to have fireworks in 2010,” he said.

Nine more $2,500 donations would provide enough funds to reinstate the annual fireworks show, Frank said.

The fireworks were eliminated by the City Council in the fiscal year 2009-10 budget as a cost savings.

High swells brings tons of kelp to Main Beach

The high swells at the end of July deposited 50 to 100 tons of kelp at Main Beach, Frank said. Much of the kelp has been hauled away but there is more offshore.

The summer swells also presented a challenge for the city’s lifeguards.


Marine Safety employees worked extended hours and performed more than 600 rescues during the high surf period.

Several near drowning victims were taken to the hospital.

Historical society has new website

The Laguna Beach Historical Society has launched a new website where visitors can view historic photographs at

Viewers are invited to leave comments to help the Society better identify or date the photographs.

Prints can also be purchased through the site.

For more information, e-mail

Library to close until Nov. 16 for renovations


Beginning Aug. 17, the Laguna Beach Library will be temporarily closed for renovation. The library will reopen Nov. 16.

One of the most notable enhancements will be new interior lighting, paid for the by Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, according to the Orange County Public Library.

New carpeting, interior paint, upgraded outdoor lighting, as well as minor roof repairs are also part of the renovation efforts.

Residents may use the Dana Point Library at 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, (949) 496-5517; and the Laguna Niguel Library, 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel, (949) 249-5252. To find other branch locations, visit