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Drought takes center stage at weekend SmartScape Expo

The question was simple and light-hearted, yet timely and serious.

 

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

It may be unlucky to spill salt, but it's good luck to sell it.

 

Laguna to put up $600,000 to move Woods Cove utility lines underground

Laguna Beach City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to place overhead utility lines underground in a 335-property assessment district, the largest considered by the city in 15 years.

Laguna names 4 to traffic task force for canyon road

One month after a city-hired consultant unveiled a list of proposals to alleviate traffic on Laguna Canyon Road, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday appointed four members of a task force to...

 

Agency seeks to again refinance struggling San Joaquin Hills toll road

The operator of the largest toll road network in the western United States is preparing to refinance one of its struggling highways — for a second time

 

Lawn bowlers roll out their U.S. Open

Lawn bowlers are on the greens in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other area cities this week for one of their biggest events, the U.S. Open of Lawn Bowls, which began Sunday and continues daily...

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Election 2014

Schools candidate Gibson wants more visibility for board, more public involvement

Schools candidate Gibson wants more visibility for board, more public involvement

Annette Gibson has never run for office, but she's touting big ideas for the Laguna Beach Unified School District in her campaign for a seat...

Water conservation top topic at Laguna candidates forum

In the midst of one of California's worst droughts in recorded history, water conservation was at the top of the agenda as the seven...

Council candidate Madison feels 'ambushed' by questions about background

Council candidate Madison feels 'ambushed' by questions about background

Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison appeared Tuesday night at a candidates' forum amid accusations that the...

'Top-two' primary breeds conflict over candidate endorsements

Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a...

Politics

Kashkari helps open Laguna GOP campaign headquarters

Kashkari helps open Laguna GOP campaign headquarters

Laguna Beach Republicans opened their 2014 election campaign headquarters Saturday with an appearance by the GOP's candidate in the...

Candidate Jon Madison dismisses questions about his age, name, resume

Candidate Jon Madison dismisses questions about his age, name, resume

Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison's credibility was dealt a serious blow Sunday when the Orange County Register reported...

Mozambique dining plan, car lifts rejected; Rock'n Fish rooftop deck OK'd

Mozambique dining plan, car lifts rejected; Rock'n Fish rooftop deck OK'd

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday rejected a proposal by a controversial restaurant to reopen a large dining area and...

Village Entrance gathers steam

Village Entrance gathers steam

A redesign of the Laguna Canyon Road median and the removal of a carport behind City Hall will be part of the Village Entrance Project after...

Tour offers glimpse of successful housing for those once homeless

Tour offers glimpse of successful housing for those once homeless

Niecy Smith beamed when talking about how she can look at a room and figure out how to make it a welcoming oasis.

City seeks Design Review Board applicants

Laguna Beach is accepting applications for the city's Design Review Board, according to a news release.

Public Safety

Police Files for Sept. 8

Harold Drive: Grand theft was reported in the 300 block at 1:57 p.m. Sunday. A woman reported a bag containing jewelry and her passport...

Report on officer's fatal crash: Failure to yield, speed

The death of Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie in a collision last year was caused by the other driver's failure to yield and the...

Police Files for Sept. 4

Arroyo Drive: Petty theft was reported in the 1600 block at 1:15 p.m. Monday. A woman said she left a refrigerator in her frontyard for a...

Ceremony will honor fallen police

The city will honor two fallen Laguna Beach police officers during an unveiling ceremony Sept. 21 in front of department headquarters,...

Authorities warn of West Nile threat as 76 cases hit O.C.; 3 dead

Authorities warn of West Nile threat as 76 cases hit O.C.; 3 dead

Laguna Beach city staff are advising residents to rid their property of any stagnant water that could attract mosquitoes as Orange County...

Three arrested at DUI checkpoint

Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after Laguna Beach police set up a checkpoint last weekend.

Business & Real Estate

Customers stepping up and fixing leaks, water district says

South Coast Water District customers are saving millions of gallons of water during the severe...

Lion's Heart gathers food for O.C. families

Lion's Heart gathers food for O.C. families

More than 150 volunteers descended on the Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine on Friday to assemble 1,800...

Mozambique wants to open up more dining area

Mozambique wants to open up more dining area

Mozambique Steakhouse's rooftop deck opened a year ago only after plans for an elevator were revised and the proposed number of deck...

Parking meters near Sawdust Festival off at 7 p.m. again

The Laguna Beach City Council heeded Sawdust Art Festival officials' concerns, unanimously voting Aug. 5 to reduce parking meter enforcement...

Community garden to celebrate five years

The South Laguna Community Garden Park will celebrate its five-year anniversary from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Ranch at Laguna Beach in...

No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

Laguna Beach now has a place specifically dedicated to braids and up-dos.

Education

New Boys & Girls Club branch opens

New Boys & Girls Club branch opens

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach opened a new branch last week at the Lang Park Community Center in South Laguna.

 Ketta Brown says there's more work to do on school board

Ketta Brown says there's more work to do on school board

Another in a series of occasional stories profiling the school board candidates.

New leaders in place as classes start up

New leaders in place as classes start up

Students at all four Laguna Beach Unified School District schools returned to class Tuesday, as two campuses underwent a leadership...

Culverhouse leaving principal position

A beloved educator is leaving the Laguna Beach Unified School District for a position in the South Bay.

Teachers undergo a common experience

Teachers undergo a common experience

For a couple days this week, Laguna Beach Unified School District math teachers reversed roles and became students again.

Four fight for three school board seats

One incumbent and three challengers will vie for three seats on the Laguna Beach Unified School District board in the Nov. 4 election.

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