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Laguna remembers with traditions

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...

Laguna High tennis court resurfacing project still up in the air

Laguna High tennis court resurfacing project still up in the air

The ball is in the Laguna Beach City Council's court as it prepares to debate the future of the high school's tennis facilities.

Coastal Commission to consider live-work and Ranch appeals

The California Coastal Commission will consider appeals of two projects proposed for Laguna Beach at its Jan. 8 public meeting in Santa...

Top 10 stories in Laguna Beach for 2014

Top 10 stories in Laguna Beach for 2014

Mobility throughout Laguna Beach, whether by foot, car or bicycle, was a recurring theme in 2014 as the city took strides to address...

New Laguna mayor puts focus on the arts

New Laguna mayor puts focus on the arts

As Laguna Beach's new mayor, Bob Whalen said the city's arts community needs a spark.

 City weighs safety, privacy in improvements to Top of the World Drive

City weighs safety, privacy in improvements to Top of the World Drive

Top of the World Drive has been a private road since 1928, and some residents of the hilltop neighborhood want to keep it that way. They...

Laguna group wants San Onofre nuclear fuel rods moved faster

Laguna group wants San Onofre nuclear fuel rods moved faster

A group of Laguna Beach residents wants the federal government to fast-track a plan to remove used fuel rods from the shuttered San Onofre...

Laguna approves funds for canyon traffic study

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to pay for a study of summer traffic patterns on Laguna Canyon Road as part...

Elizabeth Pearson steps down as Laguna mayor in emotional tribute

Elizabeth Pearson steps down as Laguna mayor in emotional tribute

Amid a bouquet of red roses and while shedding a few tears, outgoing Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson bid adieu Tuesday night to her...

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.

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