Business & Real Estate

Drought takes center stage at weekend SmartScape Expo

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Visit Laguna group upgrades website

Visit Laguna group upgrades website

Visit Laguna Beach has a redesigned website to match its new name, the nonprofit organization announced in a news release.

Retail Therapy: Surf's up at Hang Ten

Surf's up: The Hang Ten warehouse sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 153 W....

Council OKs $3.5 million Festival of Arts makeover

Council OKs $3.5 million Festival of Arts makeover

Over the concerns of some residents, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a new facade and pedestrian...

LCAD buying land previously marked for storage facility

Laguna College of Art + Design is in escrow to buy a 1.5-acre parcel at Big Bend on Laguna Canyon Road that had previously been considered...

Beatles cover that generates buzz, bucks

Beatles cover that generates buzz, bucks

Jim Otto can't quite recall how the ragged LP cover arrived at his shop, but he surmises it came the same way as many others — in a...

Planners ask for revised rooftop plans for Rock'n Fish

Planners ask for revised rooftop plans for Rock'n Fish

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission is willing to consider the merits of a proposed rooftop deck atop the Heisler building if the height of...

 Irvine dentist turns tomato supplier to Zinc Cafe in Laguna, Corona del Mar

Irvine dentist turns tomato supplier to Zinc Cafe in Laguna, Corona del Mar

When it comes to heirloom tomatoes, Zinc Cafe & Market is not ordering the prized summer jewels from mega food distributors.

Chamber brings back former director

Tamara Campbell is no longer the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's executive director, the organization announced in a news release Monday.

Meeting focuses on labor law

A Laguna Beach attorney will discuss labor law specifics at a Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast workshop Thursday.

Summer garden festival planned

The South Laguna Civic Assn. will host its annual summer garden festival and potluck Sunday.

Blue Bell revs up for fundraising campaign

A cat shelter in Laguna Canyon has a new look as it kicks off a fundraising campaign.

City to hold workshop on electronic building plans

The city will be holding an electronic-building-plan workshop July 29 in City Council chambers.

Urth breaks ground at The Cottage site in Laguna

Urth breaks ground at The Cottage site in Laguna

One hundred guests, including city officials, celebrated the beginning of a new chapter for a historic structure in north Laguna Beach on...

Shirley's Bagels wants to move to a sweeter spot, but parking is an issue

Shirley's Bagels wants to move to a sweeter spot, but parking is an issue

Parking requirements in Laguna Beach may determine whether a longtime breakfast-and-lunch spot can move from one location in The Plaza...

Coast Inn gets new architect

Plans for renovating a fabled Laguna hotel are moving along, albeit with a different architect.

Reaching out, one interview at a time

Reaching out, one interview at a time

The couple on the bench in front of the basketball courts looked approachable enough — more ready for a conversation than the...

Retail Therapy: You might throw in a "moo" too

Well spotted: Chick-fil-A's next Cow Appreciation Day will be July 11. The annual event, held at all Chick-fil-A locations,...

Transit agency extends toll road grace period

Following the transition to cashless payments on Orange County toll roads last month, the Transportation Corridor Agencies is easing...

Retail Therapy: Leave the dogs at home

Pool play: The Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit, 20401 Sun Valley Drive, Laguna Beach, will host a pool party and open house from...

Senior center marks fifth year

Senior center marks fifth year

The Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center celebrated its fifth anniversary Saturday with bingo, dancing and art exhibits.

Retail Therapy: Glamour rules at Glamour Kills

Juniors' jam: The Glamour Kills sample sale is slated for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2525 Pullman Ave., Santa...

Golf tournament nets more than $50,000 for nonprofit

Golf tournament nets more than $50,000 for nonprofit

Community Service Programs, a nonprofit that helps abused and runaway children in Orange County, held its 31st annual Swing For Kids Charity...

Magical piece of Laguna is for sale

Magical piece of Laguna is for sale

Through fires and festivals, psychedelic evangelism and mansionization, the house on the hill has stood watch over Laguna Canyon — a...

Retail Therapy: Stock up on shades for summer

Seeing stars: Stop by the Kaenon Eyewear Sample Sale at 864 W. 16th St., Newport Beach, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to...

LCAD graduates its largest class

LCAD graduates its largest class

Laguna College of Art + Design resounded with cheers and applause long after the graduation caps had been tossed and caught by their gleeful...

Hobie, Angels give Derek Jeter a board

Hobie, Angels give Derek Jeter a board

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will have an added incentive to hit the water once he leaves the baseball diamond, thanks to Hobie...

Retail Therapy: Time for an outdoor open house

Patio style: This heat wave has us starting to think about outdoor (and indoor) d├ęcor; luckily, SoCo and the OC...

New United Methodist pastor comes from Atlanta

New United Methodist pastor comes from Atlanta

The Rev. Mandy Flemming will take over as the new pastor at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church in South Laguna beginning July 1, according...

Thousands celebrate Kelp Fest at Main Beach

Thousands celebrate Kelp Fest at Main Beach

Thousands of people turned out at Main Beach on Saturday to celebrate a precious ocean plant that has made a resurgence in the waters off...

Scout project not just an exercise in woodworking

Scout project not just an exercise in woodworking

David Bailey's Boy Scout project allowed him to bond with his father, use his writing skills to raise money and, most important, create...

Community Foundation gets new leader

Community Foundation gets new leader

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages philanthropy in the city, has named Dan Pingaro its new...

100 attend marine center open house

100 attend marine center open house

About 100 community members attended Saturday's open house to celebrate the Pacific Marine Mammal Center's remodel project, center...

73 Toll Plaza to close May 14

73 Toll Plaza to close May 14

A date has been set for the transition away from cash payments on Orange County toll roads.

Dressing for spring? Let her help

Dressing for spring? Let her help

Leslie Christen started confusing her family early.

Lights on Broadway cause concern

Claims that a bank's lights are too bright provided plenty of fodder during a joint Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission...

Homeless housing proposed for site in Laguna Canyon

Survey stakes went up earlier this week in Laguna Canyon for a proposed two-story building that would house the chronically homeless on a...

Waste disposal event nets tons of trash

Waste disposal event nets tons of trash

Three hundred vehicles filled with unwanted printers, fax machines, batteries and paint rolled through the Act V parking lot during Laguna...

Garage sale being held for veterans group

The Assistance League of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 are holding a two-day garage sale.

Peace in a bottle

Peace in a bottle

It only takes a brief online search to reach an undeniable conclusion: Jack Tempchin is quite at peace with having written "Peaceful Easy...

Golfers will play for charity

Laguna Beach City Councilman Kelly Boyd will hold his 10th annual golf tournament May 12 to benefit several charities.

 'Everything is all good' at skate park

'Everything is all good' at skate park

It only took minutes for the hundreds of amateur and professional skateboarders who attended the opening Saturday of the Vans Off the Wall...

Chamber lunch serves up feel-good stories

Chamber lunch serves up feel-good stories

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's 26th annual Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday was a great opportunity for speakers to perfect their...

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