(Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 19--The Laguna Beach City Council granted $18,000 to local radio station KX 93.5 for emergency preparedness measures.
The unanimous vote at the June 3 budget meeting means the radio station can install backup generators so it can broadcast for days during a power outage. It can also maintain a reliable Internet connection and utilize a wireless link to City Hall so officials can use remote broadcasts to communicate with the public.
"FM radio is historically the most relied-upon medium in the event of a major emergency," station founder Tyler Russell said in a news release. "This unanimous decision shows that the city takes KX 93.5's ability to disseminate information seriously. We are very thankful."
He added that the station has offered uninterrupted service 24 hours a day since its October 2012 debut.
Part of the money from the city will help station hosts report on street closures, escape routes, dangerous areas and advisories by the police and fire departments.
For more information, visit kx935.com/home or email email@example.com.
The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. is slated to present the seventh annual "Fete de la Musique" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
While the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at Main Beach Park, artists will be set up along Forest and Ocean avenues, South Coast Highway and elsewhere in downtown Laguna Beach. The event, which will feature live music, not only kicks off the summer but celebrates the beachfront city's relationship with Menton, France.
The Laguna Playhouse, at 606 Laguna Canyon Road, will host Mona Golabek in "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" through Sunday.
The story, which is set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, spotlights Lisa Jura, who is dreaming about her concert debut at the Musikverein concert hall. But the onset of the Nazi regime alters all aspects of the young Jewish pianist's life, save for her love of music.
Shows will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $40 to $75.
-- Rhea Mahbubani
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