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Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police cited four adults this past Saturday, March 15, for agreeing to purchase alcohol for a decoy, who told them they were under the age of 21, police said. Two decoys made similar requests of about 72 people in nine locations between 11 a.m.  and 4 p.m., […]

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Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Allan Simon may be a relative newcomer to Laguna Beach, but he’s clearly smitten by his adopted hometown, owning several commercial buildings and the burgeoning Firebrand Media company. Now, he’s investing in showcasing the town’s assets with a high-tech tourism center, One Laguna, using eye-dazzling digital displays to allow visitors to visually explore the seaside […]

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Whale of a Ship Surfaces

Whale of a Ship Surfaces

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An ominous U.S. Navy warship cruising less than two miles offshore south Orange County’s coastline this past Sunday caught the attention of anyone with a view of the sea between Laguna Beach’s Main Beach and Dana Point’s harbor. The crew of the impressive U.S.S. Coronado, a 419-foot trimaran designed […]

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Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

About 100 people contributed $16,000 at a fundraiser for cancer-stricken Stephan Chapman last weekend at the home of Steve and Rona Gromet. Funds will help pay for health-care deductibles and everyday living costs for the local family, organizer Michele Hall said. Garfield Logan bid and won a custom surfboard donated by Laguna Surf and Sport, […]

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Incensed by a Comparison

Incensed by a Comparison

Editor, Re: “Victims of View Abuse” letter on March 7. How dare Mike Rybah compare losing your view to being raped! That is the most offensive comparison I have heard in a long time. I understand views are important to Laguna Beach residents, and maybe being fortunate enough to live in paradise leads some people […]

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Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6. No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians as they began to cross Thalia northbound, she […]

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Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and […]

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Violent Crime Drops by 30%

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week. Laguna Beach is not alone in reporting declines in crimes […]

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High Drama in High Seas Rescue

High Drama in High Seas Rescue

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Something about the body language of a young woman and a man with a surfboard striding toward Aliso Beach’s creek berm signaled to Matthew Barker that they were inexperienced in the water. When the couple purposefully got up and entered the ocean Saturday, March 1, swimming into 15-foot swells, […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 24 Fraud. 1100 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:28 a.m. A resident received a phone call from Kohl’s about the victim’s personal information being used to buy $1,000 in furniture, which was to be delivered to San Bernardino. The delivery was halted. Vandalism. 200 block of Grandview St. 4:58 p.m. A car […]

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Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has yielded little, Sgt. Louis Callus […]

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One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in Auburn, Calif., adding that the crash site was near […]

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Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in Auburn, Calif., adding that the crash site was near […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

New Executive Takes Chamber’s Helm Tamara Campbell was appointed executive director of Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Kristine Thalman, who left the post after three years earlier this month. Campbell, a local resident and former member of the city’s Heritage Committee, has experience representing business interests and engaging in political action. “We are confident […]

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Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Former political consultant and nearly lifelong local resident Michele Hall declared her candidacy for Laguna Beach’s City Council this week, filing a campaign organization statement, the city clerk reported. She joins Robert Zur Schmiede, chair of the city’s Planning Commission, as the only other declared candidates in the November race for three seats held by […]