Politics

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...

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...

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...

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...

Boyd is back, ready for a new fight

Boyd is back, ready for a new fight

Six months ago, Kelly Boyd was fighting for his life during a stem cell transplant meant to knock out the cancer that had invaded his body.

Laguna may require sewer pipe inspections

Laguna Beach is looking into taking a stronger stance on sewer line inspections in its continued effort to reduce spills from blocked pipes.

Laguna budget includes paying down unfunded pension liability

Pensions and public safety took center stage as the Laguna Beach City Council weighed in last week on how the city should spend its money in...

Workshop will focus on Village Entrance plans

Laguna Beach will hold a community workshop July 16 to discuss the Village Entrance Project.

Laguna agrees to help fund community garden purchase

Laguna agrees to help fund community garden purchase

Residents who want financial support from the city to secure a permanent home for South Laguna Community Garden Park made their case...

Festival's plans for new facade get OK from commissioners

Festival of Arts' officials received resounding support from the Planning Commissioner and the public Wednesday night for their plans to...

Madison kicks off campaign surrounded by fans

Madison kicks off campaign surrounded by fans

One in an occasional series of stories profiling candidates for Laguna Beach City Council and their endorsers.

OCWD to look into desalination

The Orange County Water District will look into the cost of buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

Building in Laguna Canyon can continue

Development can continue in Laguna Canyon, the Laguna Beach City Council decided Tuesday night in rejecting the idea of a moratorium.

Council approves amended view ordinance

Nearly 17 months and eight public hearings after the View Equity Committee was formed, the Laguna Beach City Council unanimously agreed...

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

Curry, Harper likely headed to run-off

As poll workers Tuesday collected the last trickle of votes in a statewide primary expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in...

Newport gets support with group home law

Two of Newport Beach's neighboring cities have pledged their support as it gears up to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a hearing on...

Public meeting to focus on transit service

Laguna Beach city staff will hold a public meeting June 10 to gain input on ways to improve transportation throughout the community.

VFW struggles through generation gap

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, always at the center of any Memorial Day celebration — as well as Veterans Day, Fourth of July and any...

Protesters aim to ban GMO foods

Protesters aim to ban GMO foods

Dressed as a bee, Tacy Madlener stood on the sidewalk along Coast Highway and waved a sign saying "Buzz off Monsanto."

Expert: City's historic inventory list should be reduced

Although a city-hired consultant is suggesting removing 216 structures from a list of historic houses and commercial buildings in Laguna...

Kashkari speaks to Log Cabin about what he'd do as governor

Kashkari speaks to Log Cabin about what he'd do as governor

Neel Kashkari has his sights set on Sacramento, but he has no desire to take high-speed rail to get there.

Council candidates announce some endorsements

Council candidates announce some endorsements

One in a series of occasional stories noting City Council candidates' endorsements leading up to

Mayor addresses challenges, successes in Laguna

Mayor addresses challenges, successes in Laguna

The city is changing more now than at any time in the past couple decades, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson told a group of business leaders at the...

Rohrabacher tours 3-D printing plant

Rohrabacher tours 3-D printing plant

At a Costa Mesa-based 3-D printer manufacturer, humans help in the process, but otherwise it's a scene where machines make machines.

County could charge more for dog licenses

The Orange County Board of Supervisors this week voted to consider fee hikes to bridge a budget shortfall in what staff members and...

Resident group fighting Canyon Acres parking lot

A Canyon Acres Drive resident has appealed the Planning Commission's approval of a lot off the road that would provide more festival and...

City looking into safer path at Top of the World

At the request of residents, including school children, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously supported the idea of a safer, albeit more...

City may pause development in Laguna Canyon; group wants long-term plan

City may pause development in Laguna Canyon; group wants long-term plan

The Laguna Beach City Council directed city staff on Tuesday to look into the possibility of a short-term moratorium on development in...

Political Landscape: Assembly veterans committee supports O.C. cemetery

A bill that would allow the establishment of a state veterans cemetery in Orange County earned unanimous support in the Assembly's...

Planning Commission OKs canyon parking

Art festival employees and the public will have additional parking options this summer after the Planning Commission approved opening two...

Reclamation facility planned to improve recycled water

Reclamation facility planned to improve recycled water

The South Coast Water District will soon be able to produce higher-quality recycled water to irrigate certain types of land, such as golf...

Community comes out to discuss homeless facility

It seemed as if all of Laguna Beach descended on City Council chambers Tuesday night.

Can Laguna three-peat as top water-wise city?

There's still time for Laguna Beach residents to do their part in hopes of continuing a winning trend.

Republican leader endorses Lagunan for governor

Republican leader endorses Lagunan for governor

California's Senate Republican leader has endorsed a Laguna Beach resident's run for governor, according to a news release.

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

74th Assembly candidates meet at Feet to the Fire forum

Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the...

Kashkari faces an uphill battle going into November election

Kashkari faces an uphill battle going into November election

A day after defeating his scrappy tea party rival in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary, Republican and Laguna Beach resident Neel...

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...

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...

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