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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.

Laguna council approves bike safety measures

Cyclists in Laguna Beach scored a victory at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

City Council races: Zur Schmiede holds slight fundraising lead over Madison

With less than three weeks to go until the election, Robert Zur Schmiede leads all Laguna Beach City Council candidates in total monetary...

Kelp abundant on Laguna beaches over the summer

Kelp abundant on Laguna beaches over the summer

This past summer was memorable not only for periods of extreme heat, but also for the amount of kelp that washed ashore on Laguna's beaches.

Candidate Madison presses on despite questions about his background

Candidate Madison presses on despite questions about his background

Questions remain concerning a Laguna Beach City Council candidate's claims about his college education and professional background, but...

Stand-up paddleboard restrictions remain

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously to extend a new ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operations at city...

Candidate Perry wants to promote transparency at school district

Candidate Perry wants to promote transparency at school district

Dee Perry, a former special education teacher and speech pathologist, wants to bring more transparency to the Laguna Beach Unified School...

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Some supporters are standing behind Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison after allegations surfaced last month that he lied about...

Council hopeful Grossman gives ideas for homelessness and traffic

Council hopeful Grossman gives ideas for homelessness and traffic

One in a series of occasional stories profiling candidates for Laguna Beach City Council.

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Candidate Madison's proof leads to more questions

Some supporters are standing behind Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison after allegations surfaced last month that he lied about...

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...

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...

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