Muslim Patrons Sue Urth Caffe

A lawyer representing seven Muslim women filed a lawsuit against the Urth Caffe, claiming they were ousted from the popular Laguna Beach restaurant in an act of religiously motivated discrimination, a violation of a state civil rights act.


Tuesday, April 26 Fraud. 1100 block of Gaviota Dr. 11:17 a.m. A resident received word from the IRS and two creditors about suspected identity theft. Traffic collision. 900 block of Summit Way. 6:53 p.m. A motorcyclist who lost control and was thrown off complained of pain to his...


Monday, April 18 Grand theft. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 4:56 p.m. Someone took musical equipment worth $2,100 from a garage. Traffic collision vs pedestrian. 400 S. block of Coast Hwy. 8:42 p.m. No details were available. Tuesday, April 19 Stolen vehicle. 300 block of Jasmine St....

Merritt Protests Ballot Revisions

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Paul Merritt knows his candidacy for the U.S. Senate is a long shot, but he’s incensed that in his view the California Secretary of State has made the odds longer.

Police Issue Phone Scam Warning

Police issued a warning about a telephone scam where the calling party identified themselves as a police captain and appeared to be calling from the department’s non-emergency number. The individual demanded that a resident withdraw $2,000 in order to avoid arrest for a supposed...

School Threat is Resolved Without Incident

Parents in the Laguna Beach Unified School District were informed of an unspecified threat made by a student against Laguna Beach High School in a somewhat cryptic announcement issued Tuesday, April 19. Police confirmed detectives interviewed an unidentified student who was...

Hearing Set Over Hospital Merger

State officials plan a public hearing Wednesday, April 20, at 9 a.m., at Mission Viejo City Hall, 100 Civic Center, over the local impact of the proposed merger of St. Joseph Health with Providence Health & Services of Renton, Wash.

Chain Saws Slice Into Town’s History

City staff issued an emergency permit demanded by the current leaseholder and property manager, Koss Financial of Los Angeles, based on an arborist’s finding that at least one of the two trees was diseased and endangering the building.

Source of Fire Remains a Mystery

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse says that investigators could not determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a La Mirada Street home last month, but ruled it to be accidental. He said investigators estimate the owners, Richard Bisson and Paola Porrini, suffered a $4.5...

Taking Stock

Yearnings For Earnings  Stocks finally seem to have recovered their sense of direction after shillyshallying around for months. Earlier this year, defensive issues like tobacco, soup and utilities took center stage. The recent strong rallies kicked the market into a higher gear...

Suspects Arrested in Burglary of Designer Boutique

For the second time in six months, thieves target a downtown Laguna Beach designer jeans store.

Newcomer Runs for State Office

Four-year Laguna Beach resident Ari Grayson will challenge Republican incumbent John Moorlach for California’s 37th Senate District in the November election.

Boat Outing Turns Treacherous

Laguna Beach lifeguards and Good Samaritans came to the aid of passengers on a stalled powerboat pushed by waves onto a shoreline reef about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 3. “They were in a perilous position,” lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow said in an interview this week. The outing by...

Cyclist Catapulted 300 Feet Escapes Nearly Unscathed

A motorcyclist weaving in Coast Highway traffic at high speeds was catapulted 300 feet after colliding with another vehicle Tuesday, April 5, but survived the crash, police said. Local resident Michele McCormick pulled up to the accident scene only minutes after witnessing a...