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Do you have an opinion about the proposed signal at N. Coast Hwy & Emerald Bay?

Number of voters: 247

IN FAVOR OF IT – adds safety for vehicles exiting/entering Emerald Bay turning left

Votes: 225 91.1%

OPPOSED – don’t want to stop for every vehicle exiting/entering Emerald Bay turning left – especially during morning traffic

Votes: 17 6.9%

NO OPINION – need more information

Votes: 5 2%

If you were offered 4 free tickets to see Angels/Rangers or Dodgers/Giants – which game would you attend?

Number of voters: 35


Votes: 26 74.3%


Votes: 5 14.3%

I don’t like baseball

Votes: 4 11.4%

We have North & South Coast Hwy and just plain Coast Hwy on official Laguna Beach addresses... Do you mind when someone just says or uses, PCH?

Number of voters: 46


Votes: 23 50%

Makes no Difference

Votes: 16 34.8%


Votes: 7 15.2%

Laguna is experiencing a renaissance of new and exciting eateries… Of the new restaurants set to open up in town, which excites you the most?

Number of voters: 68

Urbun (opening in the old KFC)

Votes: 20 29.4%

Umami Burger (opening in the old Picayo)

Votes: 18 26.5%

There are too many new ones coming in - I prefer to eat at my other local favorites!

Votes: 17 25%

The Wine Gallery (opening in the old Elle H building)

Votes: 7 10.3%

Carmelita’s (opening in the old Crab Zone)

Votes: 6 8.8%

Imagine for a moment that the City "finds" an unlimited amount of money to fund just ONE project... Which project would you want to see completed?

Number of voters: 84

Sewer system repairs to avoid future major spills on the beaches

Votes: 30 35.7%

Village Entrance - parking and new park

Votes: 20 23.8%

Underground overhead wires in Laguna Canyon for safety

Votes: 17 20.2%

City Bus Service to continue regular service all over town until 11 p.m.

Votes: 13 15.5%


Votes: 4 4.8%

We are Laguna Beach! What’s your favorite beach in town?

Number of voters: 105


Votes: 20 19%


Votes: 19 18.1%

Woods Cove

Votes: 16 15.2%

Crescent Bay

Votes: 12 11.4%

Oak St.

Votes: 8 7.6%

Thousand Steps

Votes: 6 5.7%

Table Rock

Votes: 6 5.7%

Main Beach

Votes: 5 4.8%

Brooks St.

Votes: 4 3.8%

Thalia St.

Votes: 4 3.8%

Fisherman’s Cove

Votes: 3 2.9%

West St.

Votes: 2 1.9%

When you get those "midnight munchies" - where do you head to get the edge off?

Number of voters: 63

Your fridge

Votes: 33 52.4%

Jack In The Box

Votes: 14 22.2%

Ralphs Market

Votes: 5 7.9%

Taco Loco

Votes: 4 6.3%

Taco Bell

Votes: 3 4.8%

South on PCH

Votes: 2 3.2%

Stop ‘N Go

Votes: 2 3.2%

North on PCH

Votes: 0 0%

East out of the Canyon

Votes: 0 0%

Circle K

Votes: 0 0%


Votes: 0 0%

Some things bear repeating. City Council votes on the Emerald Bay light issue on Tuesday. After hearing more from both sides, are you still on the same side of the fence on the issue - or have you changed your mind?

Number of voters: 2163

OPPOSED - I do not want the light to go in

Votes: 1908 88.2%

IN FAVOR - I want the light to go in

Votes: 251 11.6%

UNDECIDED - I am OK either way and can see both sides

Votes: 4 0.2%

Whether you like your pizza Chicago style or New York style, thin or thick crust, what’s your favorite place in town to eat that pie? Fonda Eaton likes hers with garlic, onions, anchovies and pineapple!

Number of voters: 64

Z Pizza

Votes: 31 48.4%

Gina’s Pizza & Pastaria

Votes: 12 18.8%

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Votes: 8 12.5%

Pizza Lounge

Votes: 7 10.9%


Votes: 6 9.4%

Are you willing to trade some parking spaces in town for bike lanes to make way for more cycling here?

Number of voters: 99


Votes: 68 68.7%


Votes: 30 30.3%

Social media has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years and we see the results daily. We have a Facebook page and Shaena uses social media daily – maybe even hourly! How about you? Do you use social media?

Number of voters: 74

Facebook only

Votes: 39 52.7%

No - I do not use any social media

Votes: 23 31.1%

Facebook and Twitter

Votes: 7 9.5%

Yes, but not any of the above

Votes: 4 5.4%

Twitter only

Votes: 0 0%

Media outlets are running presidential polls these days. This will be our first for 2012 and we plan updates between now and November. Our City Council polls will appear after the last filing date. Are you most likely to vote for:

Number of voters: 164


Votes: 78 47.6%


Votes: 76 46.3%


Votes: 10 6.1%

Laguna’s Annika Dries will be competing for the USA Water Polo team in the London XXX Olympiad, which begins on Friday, July 27. Are you looking forward to watching the games?

Number of voters: 68

- Yes, I always enjoy the coverage – and will be glued to the TV.

Votes: 32 47.1%

- I’ll watch a few events – and read about it online.

Votes: 26 38.2%

- No, doesn’t do much for me.

Votes: 9 13.2%

- I'm going!

Votes: 1 1.5%

We’ve got a lot of great annual events here in Laguna. Imagine for a second you could only go to one next year though...which one would you choose?

Number of voters: 162

No Square Theatre's Lagunatics

Votes: 56 34.6%

Hospitality Night

Votes: 24 14.8%

Pageant of the Masters

Votes: 18 11.1%

Bluebird Music in the Park

Votes: 18 11.1%

Patriots Day Parade

Votes: 17 10.5%

4th of July Fireworks

Votes: 17 10.5%

My choice is not on the list!

Votes: 10 6.2%

Montage Holiday Tree Lighting

Votes: 2 1.2%

The City spends close to a million dollars a year so that we can have it...and the Visitors Bureau just launched a smart phone app allowing us to track its GPS position at all times. So...have you taken advantage of Laguna’s FREE TROLLEY yet this summer

Number of voters: 121

1-4 times this summer

Votes: 33 27.3%

More than 10 times this summer

Votes: 26 21.5%

Zero times this summer - but I've been on it in the past

Votes: 26 21.5%

I've never been on the trolley in my life!

Votes: 21 17.4%

5-9 times this summer

Votes: 15 12.4%

Coffee is a big part of our collective culture and of StuNews – Shaena has 3 cups a day – everyday! Where is your top spot to stop for a cup?

Number of voters: 114

My Kitchen!

Votes: 44 38.6%

Laguna Coffee Company

Votes: 20 17.5%

Jean Paul’s Goodies

Votes: 16 14%

Zinc Café

Votes: 14 12.3%


Votes: 9 7.9%

Convenience Store/Gas Station

Votes: 4 3.5%

Sapphire Pantry

Votes: 2 1.8%

Heidelberg Café

Votes: 2 1.8%

Orange Inn

Votes: 2 1.8%

South Swell Donuts

Votes: 1 0.9%

With our City Council elections near, what issue is the most important to you in deciding for which candidate to vote?

Number of voters: 81

Attracting/Retaining Businesses

Votes: 24 29.6%

Parking/Traffic Circulation

Votes: 20 24.7%

City Budget/Spending

Votes: 11 13.6%

Environment/Open Space

Votes: 11 13.6%

Public Safety/Disaster Preparedness

Votes: 10 12.3%


Votes: 5 6.2%

If you plan to vote on November 6, you and other Laguna Beach voters will decide on the Open Space Initiative – how will you vote?

Number of voters: 75

No, I am against it

Votes: 35 46.7%

Yes, I am in favor of it

Votes: 33 44%

I am still Undecided

Votes: 6 8%

I am unaware of it

Votes: 1 1.3%

For likely voters…Who is your choice for President?

Number of voters: 93

Barack Obama

Votes: 62 66.7%

Mitt Romney

Votes: 26 28%


Votes: 5 5.4%

The City is considering a Social Host Ordinance, which would make it a violation of the law for anyone to provide alcohol/drugs to minors under most circumstances. Parents would be allowed to provide their minors with the contraband. How do you stand:

Number of voters: 69

I support the concept

Votes: 35 50.7%

I oppose the concept

Votes: 34 49.3%

Do you agree with the Council’s decision to reduce Glenneyre between Thalia and Calliope to one lane in each direction to add bike lines?

Number of voters: 123


Votes: 98 79.7%


Votes: 23 18.7%

No opinion

Votes: 2 1.6%

Well, it’s getting close...the last Presidential Debate is over…After Monday night’s third and final debate, who are you most likely to vote for?

Number of voters: 131


Votes: 74 56.5%


Votes: 57 43.5%

Two Council seats are open – who is your top choice?

Number of voters: 149

Verna Rollinger

Votes: 87 58.4%

Bob Whalen

Votes: 26 17.4%

Jane Egly

Votes: 25 16.8%

Seve Dicterow

Votes: 9 6%

Robert Ross

Votes: 2 1.3%

It’s time when people start thinking about their holiday shopping. What percentage of your shopping do you plan to do in Laguna Beach?

Number of voters: 63


Votes: 16 25.4%


Votes: 14 22.2%


Votes: 13 20.6%


Votes: 13 20.6%


Votes: 7 11.1%

Laguna has its first new radio station – KX 93.5 FM – since 1942. It can also be heard anywhere streamed over the Internet at Have you listened yet?

Number of voters: 72

Yes, I have

Votes: 50 69.4%

Not Yet

Votes: 22 30.6%

We are a town known for its excellent eateries. People from all over OC have a favorite Laguna restaurant. How often do you, as a local, get out and enjoy dinner at a Laguna restaurant?

Number of voters: 98

Twice a week or more

Votes: 37 37.8%


Votes: 27 27.6%


Votes: 15 15.3%

Two or three times a month

Votes: 12 12.2%


Votes: 7 7.1%

It is said that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t. Will you be making any this New Year?

Number of voters: 96


Votes: 73 76%


Votes: 23 24%

The Laguna Beach Branch Library offers numerous services for all members of the family from a dedicated and competent staff. In the past year, how often did you or a member of your family collectively use our local library branch?

Number of voters: 76

Six or more times

Votes: 31 40.8%

Not at all

Votes: 22 28.9%

Once or twice

Votes: 12 15.8%

Three to five times

Votes: 11 14.5%

For the first time ever, brothers will be at the coaching helm in the NFL’s Super Bowl. Some call it “HARbowl”. Which team will you be rooting for?

Number of voters: 82

San Francisco 49’ers – Jim Harbaugh

Votes: 42 51.2%

Actually, I don't care at all

Votes: 29 35.4%

Baltimore Ravens – John Harbaugh

Votes: 11 13.4%

The City Council has made a Village Entrance concept a priority in 2013. Do you think there will be a new concept agreed to by the Council this year?

Number of voters: 52


Votes: 35 67.3%


Votes: 17 32.7%

We hear there are major changes on the horizon for our local movie theater. When was the last time you watched a movie at Laguna South Coast Theatre?

Number of voters: 132

Over a year

Votes: 52 39.4%

Within six months

Votes: 31 23.5%

Two weeks to a month ago

Votes: 21 15.9%

Six months to a year

Votes: 10 7.6%

In the past two weeks

Votes: 9 6.8%

I’ve never been

Votes: 9 6.8%

The City of Laguna Beach conducts numerous noticed meetings every month – all are open to the public. How many public meetings have you attended in the past 12 months?

Number of voters: 89


Votes: 48 53.9%


Votes: 17 19.1%

10 or more

Votes: 6 6.7%


Votes: 6 6.7%

Five or more

Votes: 5 5.6%


Votes: 4 4.5%


Votes: 3 3.4%

Did you attend Laguna Beach High School or is a family member currently attending?

Number of voters: 72

No, I grew up someplace else

Votes: 39 54.2%

I went to LBHS

Votes: 22 30.6%

A family member is a Breaker

Votes: 11 15.3%

We’re big fans of Laguna’s new radio station – KX 93.5 FM. It recently celebrated its 6-month anniversary in town. How often do you tune in?

Number of voters: 73

Every day

Votes: 22 30.1%

About once a week

Votes: 20 27.4%

I have never listened

Votes: 16 21.9%

Multiple times each week

Votes: 15 20.5%

The City Council will consider going to black & white police cars instead of the blue on white units. All OC agencies except LB and Irvine are black & white. What is your preference?

Number of voters: 791

Black & White

Votes: 646 88.4%

Blue on White

Votes: 85 11.6%

Now that you’ve read the story – and know that the new Penguin Café mascot just showed up – what sex do you think it is? Vote and then be ready to come up with a name for “it”.

Number of voters: 62

Don’t fret over its sex and just name it “Pat” or “Chris”

Votes: 28 45.2%


Votes: 21 33.9%


Votes: 13 21%

Which one of the following ought to be the City Council’s Top Priority right now?

Number of voters: 63

Finalizing and executing the Village Entrance Plan

Votes: 28 44.4%

Revising the Downtown Specific Plan

Votes: 15 23.8%

Contract negotiations with Police & Fire

Votes: 12 19%

Putting in a skate park or various mini-parks

Votes: 8 12.7%

There is a proposal on the board for the oft-discussed skate park – at Moulton Meadows. Will you support any type of skate park at Moulton Meadows?

Number of voters: 98


Votes: 53 54.1%


Votes: 39 39.8%


Votes: 6 6.1%

The City Council is considering public video monitoring - installing video cameras at strategic locations. If you were secure that the video monitoring would only be used for public safety, would you be in favor?

Number of voters: 143

Yes - it sounds like it would make our town safer.

Votes: 97 67.8%

No - I don't trust the potential "Big Brother" use.

Votes: 28 19.6%

I would need much more information to decide.

Votes: 18 12.6%

We are a beach town and summertime is almost here. often do you think you’ll actually put your toes on the sand this summer?

Number of voters: 80

Once or twice a week

Votes: 31 38.8%

Once or twice a month

Votes: 15 18.8%

Probably not at all – I’ll enjoy the view!

Votes: 13 16.3%

Once or twice all summer

Votes: 12 15%

Every day

Votes: 9 11.3%

Festival Season It’s Here! Our three summer festivals are filled with entertainment for all. How often will you go to one or more of our summer festivals?

Number of voters: 92

Once or twice

Votes: 41 44.6%

Six times or more

Votes: 21 22.8%

Three to five times

Votes: 19 20.7%

Not at all

Votes: 11 12%

Leaving town this summer on vacation? How many days will you be out?

Number of voters: 61

Plan to enjoy a "staycation" in town

Votes: 22 36.1%

One week to 10 days

Votes: 21 34.4%

Three weeks or more

Votes: 9 14.8%

About two weeks

Votes: 6 9.8%

Still thinking about it

Votes: 3 4.9%

How would you rate our July Fourth fireworks show?

Number of voters: 66

It was an awesome show

Votes: 24 36.4%

Enjoyable for sure

Votes: 22 33.3%

I stayed inside

Votes: 13 19.7%

So–So at best

Votes: 7 10.6%

Maybe next year

Votes: 0 0%

City Council will soon estimate the costs of undergrounding in the Canyon. Experts believe it will be very costly. Will you support undergrounding if it involves a general obligation bond with homeowners taxed to fund the project?

Number of voters: 148

Yes - I will support no matter what the cost

Votes: 63 42.6%

No - I will not support if it involves taxing homeowners

Votes: 56 37.8%

Maybe - it will depend on the cost to homeowners

Votes: 29 19.6%

147 votes were received about paying for undergrounding in Laguna Canyon. 61.9% said yes or maybe. What is the maximum tax you’d pay over 25 years?

Number of voters: 76

I am still saying not a dime!

Votes: 41 53.9%

Less than $250 per month

Votes: 30 39.5%

More than $1000 per month

Votes: 3 3.9%

$500 - $750 per month

Votes: 1 1.3%

$250 - $500 per month

Votes: 1 1.3%

$750 - $1000 per month

Votes: 0 0%

How would you rate the City Council’s efforts since the last election?

Number of voters: 131

Great job

Votes: 53 40.5%

Not doing their job

Votes: 33 25.2%

Ok job

Votes: 27 20.6%

Good job

Votes: 18 13.7%

As school starts, are the concerns that swirled about the Superintendent behind us?

Number of voters: 61

I have no idea

Votes: 27 44.3%


Votes: 21 34.4%


Votes: 13 21.3%

We’re coming up on 20 years since the 1993 firestorm that burned over 1,000 Laguna homes and destroyed 391. The Fire Dept. tells us we are coming into a very dangerous fire season… Do you have a disaster preparedness plan in place?

Number of voters: 52


Votes: 35 67.3%


Votes: 17 32.7%

We all love music and most of us have a favorite all-time band. Our poll this time asks you to choose yours! Stu wanted Elvin Bishop but Shaena said NO! Oh yes, we know the Beatles are in a class of their own!

Number of voters: 114

Fleetwood Mac

Votes: 37 32.5%

The Rolling Stones

Votes: 35 30.7%

The Beach Boys

Votes: 21 18.4%


Votes: 16 14%

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Votes: 5 4.4%

Where do you do most of your grocery shopping?

Number of voters: 115

I go out of town

Votes: 33 28.7%


Votes: 28 24.3%


Votes: 20 17.4%


Votes: 18 15.7%

Whole Foods

Votes: 16 13.9%

Who says Halloween is just for kids…do you plan to wear a costume this year?

Number of voters: 51


Votes: 28 54.9%


Votes: 23 45.1%

Restaurants – they are a-changin’ in our town! While some exciting new eateries are here and on the horizon – which of these landmarks will you miss the most?

Number of voters: 237

Royal Hawaiian

Votes: 74 31.2%

Sundried Tomato

Votes: 69 29.1%

The Cottage

Votes: 43 18.1%

The Beach House

Votes: 31 13.1%

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Votes: 20 8.4%

We have new eateries in Laguna - here or on the way - which one are you most looking forward to trying?

Number of voters: 81

Selanne Steak Tavern

Votes: 33 40.7%

South of Nick's

Votes: 22 27.2%

Driftwood Kitchen

Votes: 15 18.5%


Votes: 10 12.3%


Votes: 1 1.2%

It’s that time of the year – which raises a question; which of the following are you most looking forward to this year – including a couple that are out of town?

Number of voters: 143

Hospitality Night

Votes: 74 51.7%

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Votes: 34 23.8%

Newport Beach Boat Parade

Votes: 16 11.2%

Montage Tree Lighting

Votes: 14 9.8%

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Votes: 5 3.5%

How often do you go ‘over the hill’ (leave Laguna)?

Number of voters: 145

3-6 times a week

Votes: 49 33.8%

Once or twice a week

Votes: 43 29.7%

I leave town everyday

Votes: 22 15.2%

Hardly ever

Votes: 22 15.2%

I don't live in Laguna Beach!

Votes: 9 6.2%

Stu and Shaena both love music - although their tastes vary! If the music gods forced you to pick just one genre to listen to for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Number of voters: 91


Votes: 32 35.2%


Votes: 21 23.1%


Votes: 13 14.3%


Votes: 8 8.8%


Votes: 7 7.7%


Votes: 5 5.5%


Votes: 5 5.5%

Now that the NFL regular season is over, it’s time to think of the 48th Super Bowl...of the west coast teams in the hunt, who are you pulling for? We’ll do other regions as we draw nearer to the game.

Number of voters: 71

San Diego Chargers

Votes: 20 28.2%

I don't care who wins!

Votes: 20 28.2%

Denver Broncos

Votes: 16 22.5%

San Francisco 49ers

Votes: 9 12.7%

Seattle Seahawks

Votes: 6 8.5%

Which of the remaining NFL teams “East of the Rockies” are you most likely to root for should they end up playing in this year’s Super Bowl?

Number of voters: 24

I still don't care who wins the Super Bowl!

Votes: 6 25%

Denver Broncos

Votes: 5 20.8%

New England Patriots

Votes: 4 16.7%

New Orleans Saints

Votes: 4 16.7%

Indianapolis Colts

Votes: 3 12.5%

Carolina Panthers

Votes: 2 8.3%

Our 48th Annual Patriots Day Parade is coming up March 1 - it’s always one of our favorite events in town! It’s long been said that half of Laguna is in the parade - while the other half watches. What about you?

Number of voters: 97

I’ll be staying home

Votes: 34 35%

I will be watching this year

Votes: 29 29.8%

I will be in it this year

Votes: 22 22.6%

I’m not sure yet

Votes: 12 12.3%

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have created quite some media controversy on many, many levels. Despite all this, will you be watching?

Number of voters: 144

I’ll watch a few events – and read about it online

Votes: 77 53.5%

Yes, I always enjoy the coverage – and will be glued to the TV

Votes: 38 26.3%

I won’t be watching it at all!

Votes: 29 20.1%

Actually, I’m going!

Votes: 0 0%

If you could, which of these historical figures would you most like to join for dinner and an evening of conversation?

Number of voters: 139


Votes: 52 37.4%

Abraham Lincoln

Votes: 37 26.6%


Votes: 17 12.2%

Mahatma Gandhi

Votes: 16 11.5%

William Shakespeare

Votes: 8 5.7%

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Votes: 4 2.8%

Napoleon Bonaparte

Votes: 3 2.1%


Votes: 2 1.4%

In our last poll, we asked: If you could, which of these historical figures would you most like to join for dinner and an evening of conversation? Here is the distaff version of that poll!

Number of voters: 126


Votes: 27 21.4%

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Votes: 25 19.8%

Princess Diana

Votes: 21 16.6%

Mary Magdalene

Votes: 17 13.4%

Anne Frank

Votes: 15 11.9%

Mother Teresa

Votes: 8 6.3%

Joan of Arc

Votes: 7 5.5%

Eva Peron

Votes: 6 4.7%

Are you a longtime local? Short time local? Ever wonder why longtime is one word and short time two words? How long have you lived in Laguna Beach?

Number of voters: 225

More than 15 years and I am a local

Votes: 166 73.78%

6-15 years for me – I know the ropes

Votes: 38 16.89%

I’ve been here between 1 and 5 years

Votes: 13 5.78%

I’m a real newcomer – less than a year

Votes: 4 1.78%

I only like to read about Laguna Beach

Votes: 4 1.78%

Do you believe in life after death?

Number of voters: 112


Votes: 74 66%


Votes: 38 33.9%

We would like to have an idea of our demographics – age wise. Please let us know your age range…we appreciate it!

Number of voters: 166


Votes: 64 38.55%


Votes: 61 36.75%


Votes: 24 14.46%


Votes: 17 10.24%

Under 21.

Votes: 0 0%

Get out there! The weather’s heating up and days are getting longer - meaning it’s prime hiking season! We have one of the most beautiful trail systems here in Laguna in our adjacent wilderness parks. Have you enjoyed these special trails?

Number of voters: 98

Yes - every once in a while

Votes: 34 34.69%

No - never have

Votes: 23 23.47%

Yes - regularly

Votes: 22 22.45%

Yes - but not for a long time

Votes: 19 19.39%

Which (if any) of these technology topics Interests you most? We’d like to know as we are considering a new tech column feature

Number of voters: 97

Mac tips

Votes: 23 23.71%

PC tips and tricks

Votes: 18 18.56%

Not interested

Votes: 16 16.49%

Gadget reviews

Votes: 14 14.43%

Social media

Votes: 12 12.37%

Cyber crime

Votes: 12 12.37%

Internet marketing for business purposes

Votes: 2 2.06%

We are Laguna Beach! With ‘beach season’ upon us, what is your favorite spot in town?

Number of voters: 151


Votes: 31 20.53%

Woods Cove

Votes: 21 13.91%


Votes: 17 11.26%

Oak St.

Votes: 12 7.95%

Crescent Bay

Votes: 12 7.95%

Treasure Island

Votes: 9 5.96%

Thalia St.

Votes: 8 5.3%

Fisherman’s Cove

Votes: 7 4.64%

Main Beach

Votes: 7 4.64%

Aliso Beach

Votes: 7 4.64%

Diver’s Cove

Votes: 6 3.97%

West St.

Votes: 6 3.97%

Thousand Steps

Votes: 4 2.65%

Table Rock

Votes: 2 1.32%

Brooks St.

Votes: 2 1.32%

We’re curious...just how much of a world traveler you many continents have you been to?

Number of voters: 117


Votes: 23 19.66%


Votes: 22 18.8%


Votes: 22 18.8%


Votes: 20 17.09%


Votes: 14 11.97%


Votes: 10 8.55%

All 7!

Votes: 6 5.13%

Festival season is just around the corner! Our three major summer art festivals - Sawdust, Art-A-Fair, and Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters are just about to begin. How many will you likely attend this summer?

Number of voters: 157


Votes: 41 26.11%

Multiple times at multiple festials!

Votes: 39 24.84%

All three

Votes: 29 18.47%

None at all

Votes: 20 12.74%

I’m involved with the Festivals!

Votes: 13 8.28%


Votes: 11 7.01%

Just the Pageant of the Masters

Votes: 4 2.55%

Are you concerned about “big brother”? The city has installed new cameras at points leaving town and in our open spaces. Police cars have license plate readers. Are you ok with these devices?

Number of voters: 136

Yes, they are important for our safety

Votes: 90 66.18%

No, it’s an invasion of my privacy

Votes: 41 30.15%

I don’t have an opinion

Votes: 5 3.68%

Are you a vegetarian or have you ever been?

Number of voters: 128

No - I am omnivorous and would eat this poll if I could!

Votes: 79 61.72%

I’m not but I don’t eat red meat

Votes: 27 21.09%

Yes, without question

Votes: 20 15.83%

I’m Vegan, actually

Votes: 2 1.56%

StuNewsLaguna began publishing in July of 2009. We are proud of our growth and plan to grow more. We’d love to know how long you’ve been a reader!

Number of voters: 122

Since 2009!

Votes: 76 62.3%

4 years

Votes: 14 11.48%

3 years

Votes: 13 10.66%

2 years

Votes: 8 6.56%

1 year

Votes: 6 4.92%

I am a new reader

Votes: 4 3.28%

Less than a year

Votes: 1 0.82%

The November election is just around the corner. How will you vote this year?

Number of voters: 87

Early – by mail-in ballot

Votes: 60 68.97%

Old school – at the polling place

Votes: 22 25.29%

I am highly unlikely to vote

Votes: 5 5.75%

Yikes! I still need to register

Votes: 0 0%

If that vase you bought Saturday at a garage sale had a genie that popped up offering you only one supernatural ability, which would you choose?

Number of voters: 76

See into the future

Votes: 29 38.16%

Fly au Superman

Votes: 23 30.26%

Read minds

Votes: 14 18.42%

Control the weather

Votes: 10 13.16%

As we head into September and know its just a bit over two months until Election Day – we know too that it’s time to think about the issues facing Laguna Beach. What is, in your opinion, the most critical issue facing City Council candidates?

Number of voters: 123

Traffic and Street calming downtown

Votes: 54 43.9%

Bicycle, pedestrian lanes – Laguna Canyon Rd

Votes: 18 14.63%

Permanent housing for the homeless

Votes: 16 13.01%

Concerns over City spending

Votes: 14 11.38%

The Village Entrance plan

Votes: 12 9.76%

Improving relations with the Coastal Commission

Votes: 9 7.32%

We all take many things in our daily lives for granted. If you had to live the rest of your life without one of these technologies, which would it be for you?

Number of voters: 147


Votes: 84 57.14%


Votes: 27 18.37%


Votes: 22 14.97%


Votes: 14 9.52%

In our previous poll, only 14 out of 147 voters said they could not do without their computer. How much time do you spend on your computer each day?

Number of voters: 151

Between two and five hours

Votes: 48 31.79%

An hour or two

Votes: 44 29.14%

Six to eight hours a day

Votes: 42 27.81%

More than eight hours

Votes: 9 5.96%

Less than an hour

Votes: 8 5.3%

If the election was right now and you could only vote for one candidate, which one would get your vote?

Number of voters: 2647

Rob Zur Schmiede

Votes: 691 26.11%

Kelly Boyd

Votes: 672 25.39%

Jon Madison

Votes: 669 25.27%

Michele Hall

Votes: 373 14.09%

Toni Iseman

Votes: 222 8.39%

Paul Merritt

Votes: 15 0.57%

Eli Grossman

Votes: 5 0.19%

When was the last time you put on your Traveling Shoes and went abroad – for pleasure or business?

Number of voters: 106

In the last year

Votes: 29 27.96%

In the last 3 to 5 years

Votes: 22 20.75%

Not for a very, very long time!

Votes: 20 18.87%

In the last month

Votes: 15 14.15%

In the last 1 to 2 years

Votes: 15 14.15%

I have never left the USA!

Votes: 5 4.72%

If your vote were limited to only one person for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Governors, which of the following would you choose?

Number of voters: 135

Ketta Brown

Votes: 89 65.93%

Carol Normandin

Votes: 32 23.7%

Dee Perry

Votes: 13 9.63%

Annette Gibson

Votes: 1 .74%

This is a poll for all – there is an answer here for everyone - what’s your favorite form of exercise?

Number of voters: 149


Votes: 44 29.53%


Votes: 19 12.75%


Votes: 18 12.08%


Votes: 18 12.08%


Votes: 12 8.05%

Sofa Reclining

Votes: 11 7.98%


Votes: 10 6.71%

Jumping to Conclusions

Votes: 9 6.04%


Votes: 8 5.37%

It’s almost Thanksgiving – and that means holiday tunes are right around the corner too. Which yuletide song is your favorite?

Number of voters: 116

Bing Crosby – “White Christmas”

Votes: 41 35.34%

Bah Humbug! – I don’t like any Christmas music!

Votes: 12 10.34%

Wham – “Last Christmas”

Votes: 10 8.62%

Celine Dion – “O, Holy Night”

Votes: 9 7.76%

Brenda Lee – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Votes: 8 6.9%

Elvis Presley – “Blue Christmas”

Votes: 8 6.9%

José Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad”

Votes: 8 6.9%

Josh Groban – “Silent Night”

Votes: 8 6.9%

Gene Autry – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Votes: 6 5.17%

Bobby Helms – “Jingle Bell Rock”

Votes: 6 5.17%

Holiday Time! Parties and a time when we meet many new people and often a new relationship starts... Do you believe in love at first sight?

Number of voters: 70

Absolutely! Yes, I do

Votes: 42 60%

No – love has to grow

Votes: 28 40%

It’s here! During this holiday gift-giving season, where do you plan to do most of your gift shopping?

Number of voters: 101


Votes: 38 37.62%

Laguna Beach shops and stores

Votes: 27 26.73%

Nearby shopping malls

Votes: 18 17.82%

No gifts from me!

Votes: 14 13.86%

I will only be sending cards

Votes: 4 3.96%

As we speed through the end of this month, we find ourselves on the brink of...resolutions! How about some for our City Council to do in 2015? Choose one...

Number of voters: 157

Parking and roadway congestion

Votes: 61 38.85%

Pedestrian safety

Votes: 46 29.3%

Inititives to increase business success

Votes: 26 16.56%

Senior Housing Elements

Votes: 9 5.73%

Village Entrance

Votes: 9 5.73%

Revision of the City’s General Plan

Votes: 6 3.82%

Are you a second guesser? If you could go back and change certain events or decisions in your past, would you?

Number of voters: 82

I’d change a few things - but not many

Votes: 32 39.02%

No - I like where I am today - changing things could change that!

Votes: 21 25.61%

The heck with the past, I’d rather travel to the future!

Votes: 13 15.85%

Yes, absoulutely - I would change a lot

Votes: 9 10.98%

There is only one thing I would change

Votes: 7 8.51%

If you had only two choices, which of the following would best describe you politically?

Number of voters: 131


Votes: 91 69.47%


Votes: 40 30.53%

Romance is in the air! It’s close to Valentine’s Day and we haven’t heard of a Cuddle Con here – so – will you be sending flowers to your heartthrob this year?

Number of voters: 55

Nope, not my style

Votes: 43 78.18%

Yes, a big bouquet!

Votes: 12 21.82%

We’re known for our beautiful beaches. Laguna is also known for beautiful parks, each with its own unique personality. In which of the following do you spend the most time?

Number of voters: 130

Heisler Park

Votes: 52 40%

Treasure Island

Votes: 22 16.92%

Alta Laguna Park

Votes: 12 9.29%

Moulton Meadows Park

Votes: 12 9.29%

Main Beach Park

Votes: 11 8.46%

Bluebird Park

Votes: 7 5.38%

Crescent Bay Point Park

Votes: 7 5.38%

Boat Canyon (Riddle Field) Park

Votes: 6 4.62%

Lang Park

Votes: 1 .77%

If the world suddenly changed and you could no longer experience one of the following ‘arts’ for the rest of your life – which would you choose to lose?

Number of voters: 82

Painting and sculptures

Votes: 34 41.46%


Votes: 22 26.83%

Film and TV

Votes: 12 14.63%


Votes: 9 10.88%

Books and literature

Votes: 4 4.88%


Votes: 1 1.22%

Our City’s free trolleys are up and running all year round on the weekends now! How often do you think you’ll hop on board and take advantage of them?

Number of voters: 99

A few times a month for sure

Votes: 33 33.99%

Maybe once or twice all year

Votes: 27 27.27%

All the time - as often as possible

Votes: 21 21.21%

I’m not likely to ride at all

Votes: 18 18.18%

Laguna Beach has many charities and most have fundraisers in some form or another. Almost all rely on our donations to carry out their missions. How many Laguna Beach-based charitable fundraisers do you attend in a year?

Number of voters: 88

Two or three

Votes: 29 32.95%

Four or more

Votes: 23 26.14%

None - I do make charitable contributions

Votes: 16 18.18%

Only one

Votes: 11 12.5%

My charity has to begin (and stay) at home

Votes: 9 10.23%

If you were offered free concert tickets to see one of the following current pop acts, which – if any – would you most like to see?

Number of voters: 133

None – I would just say no thank you!

Votes: 44 33.08%

Lady Gaga

Votes: 22 16.54%

Maroon 5

Votes: 22 16.54%

Taylor Swift

Votes: 15 11.28%

Sam Smith

Votes: 15 11.28%

Katy Perry

Votes: 10 7.52%


Votes: 5 3.76%

While at Tuesday’s Friendship Shelter event, the subject of homelessness obviously was discussed. An interesting question was raised - Do you know anyone who has been homeless?

Number of voters: 104

No – I have never known anyone who has been...

Votes: 40 38.46%

Yes – A family member or close friend has been...

Votes: 30 28.85%

Yes – But only an aquaintance...

Votes: 25 24.04%

Yes – I, myself, have been homeless...

Votes: 9 8.65%

The Beatles famously sang: “All You Need Is Love”. How many times in your life have you been, “ love”?

Number of voters: 79

3 to 5 times

Votes: 28 35.44%


Votes: 19 24.05%

More than (Gulp!) 5 times

Votes: 18 22.78%

Just once

Votes: 11 13.92%

Never or not yet

Votes: 3 3.8%

Last weekend was one of the busiest-ever for sports fans. If you were able to only watch one thing, which would you choose?

Number of voters: 64

Kentucky Derby

Votes: 25 39.06%

NBA Playoffs

Votes: 14 21.88%

The Big Fight

Votes: 11 17.19%

Baseball – Angels and Giants

Votes: 9 14.06%

Baseball – Red Sox and Yankees

Votes: 3 4.69%

NFL Draft

Votes: 2 3.13%

What If…Let’s say the City “finds” an unlimited sum of money to fund just one project…Which of these projects would you want to see completed?

Number of voters: 136

Underground overhead wires on Coast Hwy & Laguna Canyon Rd

Votes: 46 33.82%

Sewer system repairs to avoid future major spills on the beaches

Votes: 45 33.09%

Extension of free trolleys to every day, year round

Votes: 16 11.76%

Completion of Village Entrance parking with a new park

Votes: 16 11.76%

Construction of a skate park or various mini-parks for the kids

Votes: 13 9.56%

How would you rate the City Council’s efforts since November’s election?

Number of voters: 70


Votes: 21 30%

Great job – they are wonderful

Votes: 17 24.29%

I suppose they’re doing ok

Votes: 14 20%

Good enough to keep us afloat

Votes: 11 15.71%

They need to be replaced

Votes: 7 10%

Before making a phone call, do you rehearse what you are going to say?

Number of voters: 63


Votes: 44 69.84%


Votes: 19 30.16%

Diane Armitage has told us about new restaurant openings here in town now and in the not-too-distant future in our Dining section [6/5]. Which of the following are you most excited about?

Number of voters: 89

Urth Caffe

Votes: 35 39.33%

Sail Loft

Votes: 15 16.85%

Rasta Tacos

Votes: 12 13.48%

Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Votes: 9 10.11%

Gu Ramen

Votes: 6 6.74%

Lombardi Family Concepts

Votes: 5 5.62%


Votes: 4 4.49%

Red Dragon

Votes: 3 3.37%

It’s Festival Season! StuNews & Company is excited! How about you? Will you be attending our Festival Season this summer? Choose the response below that best tells us about your plans!

Number of voters: 131

Two, at least

Votes: 47 35.88%

I will attend all three festivals and the Pageant of the Masters

Votes: 40 30.53%

One and hopefully two

Votes: 20 15.27%

There is only one that matters to me

Votes: 12 9.16%

I will avoid the festivals this year

Votes: 12 9.16%

Imagine for a moment that you wake up tomorrow and could become a Laguna Beach City Councilmember. Would you be up for the job?

Number of voters: 80

No-not for me!

Votes: 52 65%


Votes: 28 35%

As part of the reissue of the US currency, a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton’s image on the $10 bill. Who would be your first choice for the new bill?

Number of voters: 119

Eleanor Roosevelt

Votes: 48 40.34%

Rosa Parks

Votes: 21 17.65%


Votes: 13 10.92%

Sally Ride

Votes: 13 10.92%

Harriet Tubman

Votes: 11 9.27%

Susan B. Anthony

Votes: 7 5.88%

Sandra Day O’Connor

Votes: 6 5.04%

Since Laguna is a world-class beach community, and it is also an “arts community,” what do locals think of first? Are we a beach community that has an art component? Or, is it the other way around? Thanks to John Thomas for the idea.

Number of voters: 95

I say it's the beach

Votes: 68 71.58%

Arts ranks tops for me

Votes: 27 28.42%

Governor Brown has mandated drastic water restrictions. Are you aware of what you need to do to comply?

Number of voters: 103

Yes, and I am doing all I can

Votes: 91 88.35%

Yes, but I have been lax doing them

Votes: 9 8.74%

I am unaware of the restrictions

Votes: 3 2.91%

Which of these "religious labels" do you identify with most?

Number of voters: 145

I am Christian

Votes: 35 24.14%

I am Spiritual

Votes: 32 22.07%

I am unaffilliated

Votes: 30 20.69%

I am Catholic

Votes: 19 13.1%

I am Atheist

Votes: 16 11.03%

I am Jewish

Votes: 8 5.52%

I am Buddhist

Votes: 5 3.45%

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive, very wealthy, powerful and famous?

Number of voters: 115


Votes: 107 93.04%


Votes: 8 6.96%

Thinking about Labor Day... The minimum wage in California will increase to $10 an hour on Jan 1, 2016. How do you feel about that?

Number of voters: 116

It ought to be higher

Votes: 63 54.31%

That seems to be on the money

Votes: 37 31.9%

It’s too much

Votes: 16 13.79%

If the presidential general election were today, which of these candidates (declared and potential) would you vote for?

Number of voters: 193

Hillary Clinton

Votes: 73 37.82%

Bernie Sanders

Votes: 28 14.51%

Donald Trump

Votes: 22 11.4%

Ben Carson

Votes: 20 10.38%

Carly Fiorina

Votes: 17 8.81%

Joe Biden

Votes: 14 7.25%

None of these/someone else!

Votes: 11 5.7%

Jeb Bush

Votes: 8 4.15%

There is a proposed ballot measure for the 2016 general election aimed at making California the fifth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Where do you stand on the issue?

Number of voters: 145

I support legalization

Votes: 95 65.52%

I am opposed to legalization

Votes: 35 24.14%

I am undecided

Votes: 15 10.34%

The National Weather Service and our Dennis McWeather have referred to the predicted El Niño for this fall/winter as a major event. Do you expect heavy rains?

Number of voters: 107


Votes: 90 84.11%


Votes: 17 15.89%

Would you support increasing taxes on the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?

Number of voters: 122


Votes: 67 54.92%


Votes: 55 45.08%

You’re in a hurry and really hungry. How likely are you to just jump in line and grab a burger or some similar fast food and be on your way?

Number of voters: 124

It would be doubtful

Votes: 41 33.06%

No way

Votes: 37 29.84%

Very likely

Votes: 25 20.16%

I might

Votes: 21 16.94%

The holidays are near. If you could choose one of these four ‘gifts’ for Laguna Beach, which would it be?

Number of voters: 198

End homelessness in Laguna Beach

Votes: 89 44.95%

Underground all of the power lines in Laguna Canyon

Votes: 76 38.38%

Have a trolley run every day, all year round

Votes: 21 10.61%

Have a skateboard park for the kids

Votes: 12 6.08%

Now be honest … What do you really like the most on Thanksgiving?

Number of voters: 119

The Sides

Votes: 64 53.78%

Main dish

Votes: 29 24.37%


Votes: 12 10.08%

Football watching on TV

Votes: 9 7.56%


Votes: 5 4.2%

Where will you do most of your holiday shopping?

Number of voters: 116


Votes: 54 46.55%

Local stores in Laguna

Votes: 22 18.97%

Nearby malls and/or department stores

Votes: 19 16.38%

There will be no gifts from me this year!

Votes: 9 7.76%

Sawdust Winter Fantasy and/or other local artists

Votes: 8 6.9%

Mail order catalogs

Votes: 4 3.45%

Where do you live? We’re just curious and trying to settle a holiday wager between Shaena and Stu! Thanks in advance for humoring us…

Number of voters: 210

The Village/Woods Cove

Votes: 56 26.67%

North Laguna

Votes: 34 16.19%

South Laguna/Three Arch Bay

Votes: 33 15.71%

Top of the World/Temple Hills/Mystic Hills

Votes: 28 13.33%

Arch Beach Heights/Alta Vista

Votes: 21 10%

Bluebird Canyon

Votes: 19 9.05%

The Canyon/Club Laguna

Votes: 12 5.71%

Emerald Bay/Irvine Cove/Crystal Cove

Votes: 7 3.33%

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Number of voters: 89

Sound asleep

Votes: 30 33.71%

Snuggled up with someone special in front of the TV

Votes: 26 29.21%

At a private party

Votes: 20 22.47%

Out on the town

Votes: 7 7.87%

When is it?

Votes: 6 6.74%

Are you in favor of euthanizing dangerous coyotes as a last resort?

Number of voters: 281


Votes: 168 59.79%


Votes: 113 40.21%

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