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Is private seawall breaking coastal rules? State board will decide

Is private seawall breaking coastal rules? State board will decide

The private 11-foot-tall seawall that protects a house on Lagunita Drive in Laguna Beach has been standing since 2005, but a desire by the...

City puts a hold on new pools and spas

The Laguna Beach City Council has said no more pools and spas, at least for now.

View committee sees first claim under revised ordinance

In the first claim to go before the View Restoration Committee under a recently revised ordinance, a Laguna Beach homeowner agreed, with...

Ceremony marks start of pageant, art show

Ceremony marks start of pageant, art show

Despite a surprise brush fire and resulting road closures, the Festival of Arts held a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for its new...

City trees might be held to same view rules as privately owned vegetation

Laguna Beach moved a step closer Monday night to giving property owners a way to reclaim views obstructed by city-owned vegetation.

Annual Brooks Street party is full of heart and memories

Annual Brooks Street party is full of heart and memories

Brooks Street residents threw a birthday party Saturday threaded with equal parts celebration and remembrance.

Fire puts spark in mayor's fight for undergrounding utilities

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen said he would put more pressure on Southern California Edison officials to underground utility equipment...

Homes and businesses honored for outdoor art

A number of Laguna Beach home and business owners have been honored by the Laguna Beach Beautification Council for works of outdoor beauty...

City seeking new housing committee members

Laguna Beach is accepting applications for two spots on the city's Housing and Human Services Committee.

Laguna approves two-year budget

Laguna Beach affirmed its spending priorities of open-space preservation and emergency preparedness with the City Council's ratification...

Workshop to focus on land use in the canyon

Laguna Beach and urban planning firm MIG will host a public workshop June 25 to review zoning and land-use standards in Laguna Canyon,...

City extends temporary ban on short-term rentals

The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday extended a moratorium on issuing new permits for short-term rentals.

Residents will vote on paying to have Milligan bridge replaced

Residents will vote on paying to have Milligan bridge replaced

The Laguna Beach City Council has approved an engineer's report that outlined potential costs for residents and the city of replacing a...

Impact Giving to hand out $125,000 in grants

Impact Giving, a Laguna Beach-based women's collective, will give away $125,000 in grants Wednesday at the nonprofit's sixth annual awards...

Marchers in Laguna voice opposition to GMOs

Marchers in Laguna voice opposition to GMOs

Hundreds of people gathered near Main Beach on Saturday to protest genetically modified seeds used to grow food as part of the international...

New outdoor water rules start Monday: Use less or be fined

Beginning Monday, Laguna Beach County Water District customers must comply with beefed-up restrictions on outdoor water use or face fines.

Public workshop to focus on Village Entrance Project

Laguna Beach will kick off the conceptual design phase of the Village Entrance Project with a community workshop on June 23.

Memorial Day: Laguna remembers with traditions

Memorial Day: Laguna remembers with traditions

Laguna Beach marked Memorial Day with pancakes and a speech from Orange County District 5 Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Monday at Heisler Park.

City weighs options for extra revenue including open space

The Laguna Beach City Council was both generous and frugal as it indicated its top priorities during the annual budget workshop Tuesday.

Mayor ready to shake up a bit of status quo

Mayor Bob Whalen renounced stagnation and also called on residents to reduce outdoor water use during the annual State of the City...

Drilling of soil set for Main Beach

A large drilling rig will take soil samples May 18 near a restroom scheduled for renovation on the southern portion of Main Beach, according...

Heritage Committee gets an earful on preservation ordinance

A majority of Laguna Beach residents attending a meeting Tuesday night said they should be able to decide if their home is on a designated...

Wellness fair focuses on the holistic approach

Vicky Theris' brother died Thursday, so Friday's wellness fair at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center arrived at an ideal time to...

Laguna Planning Commission gets two new members

The Laguna Beach City Council appointed two new Planning Commission members last week.

Old TOW Park saving water, losing grass

The city has turned off the water for grass at the Old Top of The World Park, near Top of the World Elementary School, in response to Gov....

Council gives creek restoration plan its blessing

Council gives creek restoration plan its blessing

Bob Borthwick sees Laguna Canyon Creek as a vital habitat for wildlife and plants and hates it when someone refers to it as a ditch or a...

Council hires design firm for Village Entrance project

A divided Laguna Beach City Council approved hiring a design team for the Village Entrance Project Tuesday night.

Foundation created to help get skate park built in Laguna

Foundation created to help get skate park built in Laguna

A candidate in last fall's Laguna Beach City Council election is trying a new approach in the ongoing effort to land a skate park in...

State of the City luncheon set for May 6

Mayor Bob Whalen, City Manager John Pietig and Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce President Gregg Abel will be the featured speakers at the...

No, you can't wash your car at home: South Coast board tightens water-use rules

No, you can't wash your car at home: South Coast board tightens water-use rules

The South Coast Water District board of directors on Tuesday tightened restrictions on potable water use to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's...

Laguna council backs plan to restore Aliso Creek estuary

Laguna council backs plan to restore Aliso Creek estuary

The Laguna Beach City Council last week endorsed a plan to improve the Aliso Creek estuary.

Long-time city leader Linda Dietrich leaving town

Linda Dietrich, who served on the Laguna Beach Planning Commission for the last 12 years, is leaving three months early to move closer to...

City halts plan to put canyon utility wires underground

The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday scrapped a plan to underground the wires of 16 of 34 utility poles along Laguna Canyon Road, saying...

Homeowners may get way to opt off historic inventory list

Laguna Beach residents who want their houses removed from a list of historically significant places, a designation that they say hinders...

In a reversal, council denies statue at Main Beach

In a reversal, council denies statue at Main Beach

A sculpture previously slated for Main Beach needs to find a new location, the Laguna Beach City Council decided Tuesday night.

Laguna man sues city, Coastal Commission over The Ranch renovations

A Laguna Beach resident is suing the city and the California Coastal Commission over their approval of a hotel renovation project in Aliso...

Members sought for city's environment committee

Laguna Beach is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Friday from residents willing to serve on the city's Environmental Sustainability...

City joins Supreme Court brief supporting same-sex marriage

The Laguna Beach City Council on Feb. 27 approved having the city and Mayor Bob Whalen join a U.S. Supreme Court brief supporting the...

Around Town: Laguna Toastmaster receives award

Around Town: Laguna Toastmaster receives award

Laguna Beach Toastmaster Gwen Earle was awarded Distinguished Toastmaster honors by the international public-speaking and leadership...

St. Catherine church won't get wireless antennas, AT&T says

AT&T, responding to community outcry, has decided to drop a plan to install wireless equipment in an existing tower at St. Catherine of...

Laguna Republicans name new president

Fletcher Berryman, a 2008 Laguna Beach High School graduate, is the new president of Laguna Beach Republicans, according to a news release.

Feeling flush, council approves city manager raise

Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig should receive a 5% pay raise, the City Council decided Tuesday night in voting to amend Pietig's...

City gets grant for water-saving median

The Municipal Water District of Orange County has approved a request from Laguna Beach for a grant to...

Campaign for Onofre nuclear plant cleanup launched

Campaign for Onofre nuclear plant cleanup launched

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen last week sent letters to mayors of every Orange County city encouraging them to gather signatures from...

Artists work/live project gets green light

Artists work/live project gets green light

Sculptor and developer Louis Longi got the go-ahead from the California Coastal Commission on Jan. 8 to build a 30-unit artist work/live...

Top of the World trail improvements will come without road widening

Top of the World trail improvements will come without road widening

Improvements to a trail in the Top of the World neighborhood will move forward without any widening of the private road that it connects to,...

New Planning Commissioner Kempf ready for the challenge

New Planning Commissioner Kempf ready for the challenge

Sue Kempf says her professional background in managing large projects with input from diverse groups along with volunteer work on two Laguna...

How important is canyon creek? It matters to artists' work/live project

How important is canyon creek? It matters to artists' work/live project

Laguna Canyon Creek's degree of environmental value is likely to be a prime talking point when the California Coastal Commission discusses a...

Coastal Commission wants compensation from Ranch owner for public access

Coastal Commission wants compensation from Ranch owner for public access

In order for the owner of The Ranch at Laguna Beach to proceed with a hotel renovation, the California Coastal Commission wants a shuttle...

  Coastal Commission to hear appeal of former Stonehenge property

Coastal Commission to hear appeal of former Stonehenge property

The California Coastal Commission will hear a second appeal of the building permit for a controversial Laguna Beach property on Coast...

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