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Monday, July 20 Fraud report. 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 12:59 p.m. A storeowner reported receiving a fake $50 bill. Traffic collision. 1900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 2:29 p.m. An 85-year-old Laguna Woods motorist died after a collision with a utility pole. Investigators...

School Hiring Sets a Record, Yields Complaints

Hiring a record 10 new teachers was approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School District board in a special meeting and has prompted a flood of disgruntled calls, said board members. Considered one of the largest one-time hires in district history, all of the new teachers come...

Indy on Arts

Friday, July 24 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Art, Surf Lovers Suffer Storm Losses

Tropical moisture from Hurricane Delores that drenched Laguna Beach over the weekend rained out the Sunday production of the Pageant of the Masters, only the third cancellation since 1933. City rain gauges at Main Beach and Top of the World estimate the storm dropped between a...

Special Olympics Torch Lights Up the Town

A relay team of more than 40 people bearing a torch lit in Athens made its way through a mile of Laguna Beach on Monday. The runners – four athletes and 37 law enforcement personnel drawn from all points — received a warm reception from Mayor Bob Whalen and police Chief...

Festival of Arts Opens Despite Wild Fire

The Festival of Arts opened despite a brush fire breaking out less than a mile away in Laguna Canyon last Friday, July 3. The quick response of firefighting resources extinguished the 3 p.m. blaze within three hours, though state Highway 133 and Laguna Canyon Road were closed due...

Hit and Run Driver Injures Two on Foot

Two pedestrians crossing Coast Highway in a South Laguna crosswalk suffered minor injuries after being sideswiped by a car Wednesday, July 8. The 11:34 p.m. accident occurred in the crosswalk at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way, said Sgt. Tim Kleiser. The two on foot were...

Blaze Stokes Old Fears

Initially, Penny Milne thought the sound she heard outside her Arroyo Drive home was heavy rain. After a startling explosion followed, likened by another bystander to cannon fire, she rocketed outside to see the commotion for herself. Milne conceded she had trouble absorbing the...

Homespun Fun Lights Up the Fourth

Independence Day excitement started long before nightfall in South Laguna, with a three-block long midday parade and neighborhood party. Food eating contests and water balloon tosses figured in the fun organized by Cynthia Jenkins, Melissa Durant, Mike and Jennifer Blanchard,...

Streetbeat

Monday, June 29 Stolen vehicle. 31700 block of Fairview Rd. 2:39 p.m. The owner said a known person has failed despite repeated requests to return her 2006 Toyota Sienna since last December. Tuesday, June 30 Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 2:43 p.m. Someone took a kitchen...

Update: Mayor Pushes to Ban Above Ground Power Lines

After witnessing a brush fire in Laguna Canyon caused by a tree falling and damaging Southern California Edison power lines, Mayor Bob Whalen called Tuesday for an all-out effort to underground utilities citywide. “We can no longer risk the public safety of Laguna Beach by...

Human Error Led to Sea Lion Poisoning

Investigators determined that an employee’s unintentional mistake accidentally over-chlorinated a Pacific Marine Mammal Center pool in April that injured 17 sea lions and have dropped their criminal investigation, police said Thursday. Police initially suspected someone with...

Designers Unroll the Beauty of Textiles

Textile arts grab the spotlight at the Laguna Beach International Wrap Festival, planned for July 14 – 19 at the Sawdust Art Festival with a fashion show at Seven Degrees. The festival’s centerpiece fashion show steps off Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. where 14 designers...

Fire Sparks Call to Ban Power Lines in Laguna Beach

After witnessing a brush fire in Laguna Canyon caused by a tree falling and damaging Southern California Edison power lines, Mayor Bob Whalen called Tuesday for an all-out effort to underground utilities citywide. “We can no longer risk the public safety of Laguna Beach by...