Politics

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

Working well with fellow representatives in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014...

Proposed storage facility met with opposition

Proposed storage facility met with opposition

The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the...

No conflict of interest in commissioner's live-work vote

Laguna Beach Planning Commissioner Linda Dietrich's comments during a public hearing on a proposed artist live-work project in September did...

Madison enters council race with business platform

Madison enters council race with business platform

Jon Madison wants to take the next step.

Mayor Pearson not running for reelection

Mayor Pearson not running for reelection

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson will not be running for a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council.

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

Local Democrat to challenge Rohrabacher

A retired USC professor and management consultant plans to challenge U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher's seat in Congress.

Martin leaving after 21 years of planning

Martin leaving after 21 years of planning

Colleagues call Laguna Beach's principal planner, Carolyn Martin, the "housing queen."

Changes considered for second residential units

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on March 26 reviewed proposed changes to a city law that governs the construction of guest houses and...

Council approves live-work units for artists

Council approves live-work units for artists

Despite strong opposition from neighbors, a split City Council gave the green light Tuesday to a 30-unit live-work space for artists in...

Candidate for county clerk cannot appear on ballot

A Los Alamitos city councilman who was disqualified from a race for Orange County clerk-recorder because he was seen gathering nomination...

View ordinance revision almost done

The city's 14-month journey to a revamped view ordinance is nearly complete.

Heritage Committee seats are open

The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications for positions on the Heritage Committee, according to a news release.

County reaches agreement with employee union

After two years of negotiations marked by back-and-forth accusations of political chicanery, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved...

Agency: House can be razed

Agency: House can be razed

Property owner John Meehan can demolish a house on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach that has fallen into disrepair and build anew.

Michele Hall enters City Council race

Michele Hall enters City Council race

Flexibility is a big word for Michele Hall, whether that means teaching yoga or listening to a new perspective on a citywide issue.

Zur Schmiede launches council campaign

Zur Schmiede launches council campaign

Robert Zur Schmiede stood only steps from the first hole at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, but he wasn't there to play.

Laguna water districts weigh in on desalination plant

Officials from Laguna Beach's two water districts are intent on moving forward with a proposed desalination plant in Dana Point.

Senior housing task force members needed

The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications from residents willing to serve on a new senior housing task force.

City seeks more input before increasing speed limit

The Laguna Beach City Council determined that more public input is needed before it makes any recommendations to Caltrans about possibly...

Patriots Day Parade canceled

The 48th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to the forecast of heavy...

Planners consider restricting paddleboarding lessons

Laguna Beach's City Council chambers turned into an idea lab Wednesday night as the Planning Commission, city staff and the public dissected...

Patriots Day Parade still on, despite rain

Patriots Day Parade still on, despite rain

The 48th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade scheduled for Saturday is a go as of Thursday afternoon, even with rain in the forecast.

Chamber gets new director

Chamber gets new director

Tamara Campbell is the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's new executive director, the organization announced in a news release.

Expediting of gun permits sought

Expediting of gun permits sought

The Orange County Sheriff's Department may hire temporary staff to help process a flood of concealed-weapons permit applications in the wake...

Water districts ask customers for voluntary reductions

As California grapples with a drought, Laguna Beach's two water districts are urging customers to be cautious and conserve water, much...

Sculptor says his live-work project would benefit environment

Sculptor says his live-work project would benefit environment

A proposed 30-unit, live-work space for artists in the canyon would provide environmental benefits, according to the sculptor who wants...

Costa Mesa leaders back Curry

Costa Mesa leaders back Curry

Several Costa Mesa leaders have endorsed Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly.

Democrat enters Assembly race

Democrat enters Assembly race

A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.

Former PIMCO executive running for governor

Former PIMCO executive running for governor

Neel Kashkari recently hit a campaign milestone: raising $1 million in his bid for governor.

Laguna mulls future of public transit

Laguna Beach residents were asked during a workshop this week for their views about public transportation in the city, including the...

City pushes for new sewer line policies

City pushes for new sewer line policies

Aging pipes and pesky roots have Laguna Beach officials seeking more stringent guidelines to control costs and guard against potential...

City will slow down Village Entrance Project

Laguna Beach City Council members acknowledged Tuesday the importance of moving ahead with the Village Entrance Project, albeit at a...

Police reach memorial funding goal

The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. has raised enough money to design and build a public memorial dedicated to two fallen police...

Supervisors nix release of felons

Citing concerns about prematurely releasing criminals into the community, the Orange County Board of Supervisors refused to allow law...

Union objects to COO over elections

Leaders of Orange County's largest labor union are calling for the reassignment of the county's chief operating officer, who they say can'...

Input on Laguna's transit system sought

Laguna Beach will seek public input Feb. 10 on ways to improve the city's transit system.

Curry's war chest reaches $160,000

Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry raised $127,690 last year for his upcoming campaign for the 74th Assembly District seat, according...

Entrance project taking shape

Laguna Beach city staff will seek direction from the council Tuesday regarding the scope of the Village Entrance Project and related issues.

Supervisors opt for continuity

The Orange County Board of Supervisors was facing a changing of the guard Tuesday, with the body expected to choose a new chair and vice...

Fire rings bill moves toward Assembly vote

A proposed state law that aims to undo controversial restrictions on Southern California's beach bonfires is expected to reach the...

Calling takes them to Africa

Calling takes them to Africa

Little did Gary Cowman know that a place he had no intention of visiting would become his home.

Commissioner plans run for council

Commissioner plans run for council

Robert Zur Schmiede, Laguna Beach Planning Commission chairman, said Thursday that he plans to run for a seat on the City Council in...

City will study who should pay for Milligan bridge

The City Council unanimously voted for staff to research which property owners could be charged to replace a deteriorating wooden bridge.

Head of property owners group appeals live-work project

The president of a property owners association appealed the Planning Commission approval of a 30-unit artist live-work facility in Laguna...

City to raise some parking rates this summer

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to raise certain parking rates this summer as part of a trial program.

Former governor endorses Curry for Assembly

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian has endorsed Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry for Assembly.

Baseball fields getting major repairs

Baseball fields getting major repairs

The City Council has approved a partnership between Laguna Beach and local Little League to renovate baseball fields at Riddle Field and...

Maintenance man retires after 34 years

Maintenance man retires after 34 years

John O'Hara has encountered many things in his 34 years with Laguna Beach's Public Works department, some more grotesque than others.

Edison agrees to work with city when replacing utility poles

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously to enter an agreement with Southern California Edison to waive the need for a coastal...

City seeking applications for committees

The city is accepting applications for two committees: recreation and parking, traffic and circulation, according to the city clerk's...

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