Politics

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

 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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Workshop will focus on Village Entrance plans

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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.

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