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Mayor Pearson farewell after years of public service

Mayor Pearson farewell after years of public service

It would be tough to deny that outgoing Mayor Elizabeth Pearson has left her mark on Laguna Beach.

Laguna Design Review Board members needed

Laguna Beach is looking to appoint three Design Review Board members and one alternate, according to a news release.

Here's what downtown might look like with bike lane, seating, plants

Here's what downtown might look like with bike lane, seating, plants

Visitors to Ocean Avenue on Saturday got a glimpse of how the street would look with a bike lane, angled parking stalls and grassy areas...

Planning Commission seeks applicants

Laguna Beach is accepting applications for a seat on the Planning Commission, according to a news release.

Veterans Day speeches focus on support for those who served

Veterans Day speeches focus on support for those who served

Speakers at the American Legion Post 222 Veterans Day celebration Tuesday seemed to voice a common refrain: Serve the men and women who...

Iseman, Boyd joined on council by Zur Schmiede

Iseman, Boyd joined on council by Zur Schmiede

Laguna Beach City Council members Kelly Boyd and Toni Iseman are headed back to the dais while Planning Commissioner Robert Zur Schmiede...

Questions haven't hurt Laguna Beach council candidate's popularity

Questions haven't hurt Laguna Beach council candidate's popularity

In any other town, Jon Madison might have been forced to throw in the towel by now.

Laguna council approves bike safety measures

Cyclists in Laguna Beach scored a victory at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

City Council races: Zur Schmiede holds slight fundraising lead over Madison

With less than three weeks to go until the election, Robert Zur Schmiede leads all Laguna Beach City Council candidates in total monetary...

Kelp abundant on Laguna beaches over the summer

Kelp abundant on Laguna beaches over the summer

This past summer was memorable not only for periods of extreme heat, but also for the amount of kelp that washed ashore on Laguna's beaches.

Candidate Madison presses on despite questions about his background

Candidate Madison presses on despite questions about his background

Questions remain concerning a Laguna Beach City Council candidate's claims about his college education and professional background, but...

Stand-up paddleboard restrictions remain

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously to extend a new ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operations at city...

Candidate Perry wants to promote transparency at school district

Candidate Perry wants to promote transparency at school district

Dee Perry, a former special education teacher and speech pathologist, wants to bring more transparency to the Laguna Beach Unified School...

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Some supporters are standing behind Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison after allegations surfaced last month that he lied about...

Council hopeful Grossman gives ideas for homelessness and traffic

Council hopeful Grossman gives ideas for homelessness and traffic

One in a series of occasional stories profiling candidates for Laguna Beach City Council.

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Some supporters are standing behind Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison after allegations surfaced last month that he lied about...

School board candidate Normandin focuses on retaining teachers, fiscal strength

School board candidate Normandin focuses on retaining teachers, fiscal strength

Carol Normandin wants to let voters know what the Laguna Beach School District board does.

Council candidates discuss cultural arts center, nude art

Don't be surprised to see more nudity in public art around Laguna Beach one day.

Beach cleanup doesn't end with trash pickup day

Beach cleanup doesn't end with trash pickup day

Volunteers traipsed along the beach at Crystal Cove State Park Saturday, picking up trash and other debris as part of the California Coastal...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Loss of cell tower leaves some without service

The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday moved to help AT&T customers in the community regain lost cellphone service.

City seeks Design Review Board applicants

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

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...

 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.

16 years later, council candidate Iseman still wants to listen

16 years later, council candidate Iseman still wants to listen

Another in a series of profiles of Laguna Beach City Council candidates.

Reporter's notebook: Parking structure, Village Entrance come up at forum

Reporter's notebook: Parking structure, Village Entrance come up at forum

Candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council tackled questions involving the Village Entrance Project, pedestrian safety, parking and ways...

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

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.

Too much yard watering can trigger fines in Laguna district

Too much yard watering can trigger fines in Laguna district

Laguna Beach County Water District customers may be fined for watering their yards more than three days a week after the district board...

Downtown plan ready for its character-defining close-up

Downtown plan ready for its character-defining close-up

With the hiring of an urban planner eager for public input, there is bound to be a steady give-and-take when it comes to revamping Laguna...

Huntington mayor raises more than Assembly opponent, who questions expense report

After a slow start to campaigning, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper has announced that he raised about $9,000 more than his opponent in...

Supervisor candidates Bartlett and Ming outline what they would do for Laguna

The race for Orange County supervisor representing District 5 — which includes Laguna Beach — is heading into high gear.

Iseman announces her run for council reelection

Iseman announces her run for council reelection

The list of Laguna Beach City Council candidates grew Thursday with the announcement by incumbent Toni Iseman that she would run for...

Laguna serious when it comes to homelessness solution

Laguna serious when it comes to homelessness solution

Sunday night was one of those treasured times when every person who wanted a place to sleep could get one at Laguna Canyon's overnight...

Group offers its own Village Entrance plan: bike path, landscaping, walkway

Group offers its own Village Entrance plan: bike path, landscaping, walkway

A group of Laguna Beach residents have their own vision of how to beautify the entry into downtown from Laguna Canyon Road.

Merritt announces run for Laguna City Council

Paul Merritt arrived in Laguna Beach from the Pasadena area in 1964, and in the 50 years since has developed a real passion for his...

Residents urge renovating median and 1930s sewer digester

The road map for the proposed Village Entrance Project became a little clearer following a public workshop Wednesday.

Bicyclist group floods council with concerns about safety

Bicyclist group floods council with concerns about safety

About 100 bicyclists pedaled to — and then filled — Laguna Beach City Council chambers Tuesday night in a quest for safer...

State agency will look into Ranch hotel changes

State agency will look into Ranch hotel changes

The California Coastal Commission has agreed to hold a public hearing on whether a hotel renovation project in Aliso Canyon, approved by the...

Hobie the sea lion released after rehab

Hobie the sea lion released after rehab

After three months of rehabilitation, a sea lion named after the late surfing icon Hobie Alter was released by Pacific Marine Mammal...

Trail reopened after four years

A popular hiking and biking trail in north Laguna reopened this week after a four-year closure, the Laguna Canyon Foundation announced in...

Fate of sewer digester building in question

Fate of sewer digester building in question

One question that city leaders and the public must wrestle with as the Village Entrance Project moves along is what to do with the sewer...

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