Billy Fried’s day job is Chief Experience Officer of La Vida Laguna, an experiential teambuilding company. When he’s not transforming company cultures, Billy writes The Kibitzer, a bi-weekly column on local issues for the Laguna Beach Independent. A committed activist and environmentalist, Billy sits on the Board of Transition Laguna.
He’s the Pope of Trash and self-described “Filth Elder.” Meet filmmaker, screenwriter, author, stand-up comic, and visual artist John Waters. He spoke with us about life at 71, his latest book, and the long running Hairspray, which is now playing at the Laguna Playhouse.
Sridar received a transmission 8 years ago to start a transformational festival of yoga, Kirtan, and workshops as a path to spiritual discovery. Today BhaktiFest is thriving with 2 festivals a year and thousands of attendees from around the world at the Joshua Tree Retreat center. Here’s his story.
Although he’s leaving for Berkeley in July, Erwin came to UCI 10 years ago to build the law school. A First Amendment scholar, he is part of a group that is suing President Trump for violation of the Emoluments clause.
Marshall has been involved in most of the high profile, contentious projects in Laguna lately, including all the rooftop restaurants that are currently under fire. Here’s how Marshall navigates the system.
Meet Ivan Spiers, owner of Laguna’s Mozambique and Sky Loft, two of the most happening restaurants in town. Both feature live music nearly every night of the week, and both offer rooftop dining. Listen to Ivan’s extraordinary journey from Durban, South Africa to Laguna, via London, and his years in the music and apparel businesses.
On December 27 5 boys from Laguna High School drove to the home of an African American classmate and threw a watermelon at his door, followed by one of the boys allegedly spewing a racial epithet. Cathleen Falsani is the young man’s mother. This is her story of truth a reconciliation.