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Physical Losses Restored to Robbery Victim

A hair stylist at a Laguna Beach salon who was robbed of her purse at gunpoint earlier this month is likely still nursing the bruise she suffered in the attack, but on Christmas Day she received an unexpected gift: the replacement of her stolen cell phone. Patricia Wenskunas, of...

Drivers Snagged at DUI Checkpoint

Laguna Beach police arrested four drivers for suspicion of driving while intoxicated at a late-night DUI checkpoint near Crescent Bay Drive last Friday, the first local checkpoint in more than a year. More than 600 vehicles were stopped and the licenses of drivers checked in the...

Street Beat 12/28/12

Monday, Dec. 17 Found property. 10:21 a.m. 600 block of Coast Hwy. A backpack with an ample amount of marijuana was found in a hotel lobby. The reporting party believes it’s the property of a guest. DUI. 30800 block Coast Hwy. As a result of a call from a person who observed a...

A Push for Broader Complete Street Plans

Glenneyre Street test rejected   After substantial input from residents, city staff and a traffic engineering consultant, the city’s Planning Commission unanimously rejected the City Council’s “piecemeal” plan to start making Glenneyre Street friendlier to people-powered...

Array of Christmas Services Planned

The following is a list of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at local churches. Christmas Eve St. Catherine’s: 4 p.m., 6, 8, and midnight Christmas Eve Mass; 7:30, 9, and 11 a.m. Christmas Day Mass, 990 Temple Hills Dr. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 4:30 p.m....

Flood Recovery Yields Unexpected Gems

Almost exactly two years since a torrential late night rainstorm flooded and stranded Laguna Canyon residents and deposited a surge of mud across downtown Laguna Beach streets, virtually all of the damage wrought by overflowing flood channels, mudslides and backed up drains has...

Swimmers Attempt Open Water Feat

The Oak Street Open Water Swimmers, or as they prefer to be known, the “Oak Streakers,” will tackle the 100 hundreds challenge Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. at Main Beach. The group, who have individually accomplished such feats as swimming the Catalina and English Channel, are...

DUI Checkpoints Ahead

Laguna Beach’s infamous ranking as the state’s capital for drunk-driving collisions among small towns does come with fringe benefit: a windfall for the town’s police department to assist with lowering the frightful statistic. This week, the department announced receiving a...

Schools React to Tragedy

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   In the most visible local reaction to the Sandy Hook school murders, mother and Laguna Beach shopkeeper Amii Schenk and her friends invite the public to join them for a 4:30 p.m. vigil on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Main Beach, honoring, remembering,...

Taking Stock

An Investor’s Shopping List Stocks continue to push ahead like shoppers with buying on their minds. They market has erased its post-election fainting spell, is even for this quarter and up 15% this year. This resilience is with us despite the daily headlines of unsuccessful...

Students Push Vans Onto New Paths

They’ve made the shoes of choice for boaters, skateboarders and BMXers since the 1960s. Sturdy, with skid-resistant soles and padding where it counts, Vans still come in basic colors or plain white. Laced or as slip-ons, these classic canvas treads became a mainstay of t...

Art Seen 12/21/12

Three Photographers Exhibited The Festival of Arts presents foaSOUTH’s newest show “Three Photographers,” featuring exhibitors Rob Gage, Robert Hansen, and Tom Lamb. The exhibit, on display until March 15, showcases their current work juxtaposed with their photographs from the...

Museum Receives Conservation Grant

Some older works in the Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection of California art date from the mid 19th century. But no special funds had ever been earmarked specifically for framing and conservation until Yvonne J. Boseker pledged a $100,000 nest egg. The funds will also...

Music Organization Receives Grants

Laguna Beach Live! announced receiving national and local support in the way of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Laguna Beach Community Foundation. The NEA prize, the second for Laguna Beach Live, is particularly prestigious since proposals are weighed against...

Getting Out 12/21/12

Shortest Day Celebrated With Pagan Delights BC Space invites all to its wintry celebration on the day of the solstice, Friday, Dec. 21. There will be a sunset gathering on Main Beach at 4 p.m. Then BC Space 235 Forest Ave. will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. for a potluck and...