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The New Counter Culture of Laguna Beach
It’s hard to keep your title as the Counter Culture Capitol of South Orange County when you’re also home to a reality TV show where teens pout for the camera and spend too much money on shoes.
But Laguna Beach is doing its best to get back to its artist/activist roots in the world of hip couture and botox.
The needs of the uber wealthy in these hills makes subversive action a little tougher,
but buying goats to clear the weeds and fire hazards on the mountainside below your six million dollar homes is both Eco Chic and slightly subversive! Oooh no migrant workers toiling for the ‘man’ here.
Scruffy artists and “colorful characters” used to wander Laguna’s shores, not unlike Santa Monica beach’s current ‘circus of life’.
But the LB riff raff were a little TOO colorful for the current climate, so they were replaced with quaint statues in their memory and funky art meters meant to collect change for them.
Beach goers and Eco Art collectors can put their extra laundry money into the “Change for Change” meters, feel like a political activist, and not have to interact with anyone from a lower income bracket! Genius!
You know the meter pictured is a “Change for the Homeless” meter because the actual parking meters in Laguna take credit car and are powered by solar panels.
It may seem that this former oasis of activism was only a mirage on the rich and rainless South Orange County Coast, but not everyone has given in.
The shop owners near the beach are still asking the progressive, provoking questions of the day.