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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

A 48-year-old pedestrian died over the weekend after being struck by a car in a late night collision in Laguna Beach last Wednesday, May 21, the second pedestrian fatality this year, police said. Regan Hess, identified by police as a member of the local homeless population, suffered head trauma after being struck by a motorist […]

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Songs, Flags and Salutes Mark Memorial Day

Songs, Flags and Salutes Mark Memorial Day

One of the largest crowds in many years assembled for the 87th annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 26. Organized by the Laguna Beach American Legion Post and led by Adjutant Richard Moore, the program included solemn rituals, patriotic flourishes and a touch of hometown culture. Post Commander Bob McIntosh, VFW Commander Arnie Silverman […]

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Motorist Bypasses Valet for Dramatic Entrance

Motorist Bypasses Valet for Dramatic Entrance

How grand is the entrance to the Montage resort? Not wide enough for a BMW 325, which crashed through the front doors of the lobby and into a wall about 4:49 a.m. last Wednesday, May 21, and caused what police described as extensive damage. The driver, Leilani Hughes, 51, of Orange, was charged with felony […]

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New Era Unfolding in Aliso Canyon

New Era Unfolding in Aliso Canyon

The new owner of The Ranch at Laguna Beach figures he’s spent $30,000 in the last year trimming 107 trees on the 84-acre property, including towering eucalyptus “widow makers,” as well as cutting down non-native pines. “The haircut they haven’t had in 40 years,” explained co-owner Mark Christy, pulled aside a leafy curtain that obscured […]

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Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving

Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving

Laguna Beach police officers will deploy this Memorial Day weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in saturation patrols beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Monday, May 12 Traffic stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canon Rd. 10:22 p.m. Terri Lunn Yakich, 41, of Arizona, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held […]

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Smoke-Filled Air Blankets Town

Smoke-Filled Air Blankets Town

The city of Laguna Beach issued multiple bulletins to residents on Friday to allay fears about smoke blanketing the city from fires burning in San Diego County, though air quality improved by midday as prevailing winds shifted the smoke’s direction. The city’s police department received 106 calls between 2 and 6 a.m. this morning, said […]

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Benefits and Beneficiaries

Benefits and Beneficiaries

Gala Makes a Dent in Clinic’s Deficit About 150 revelers attended Laguna Beach Community Clinic’s Cinco de Mayo event, which raised $50,000 to support patient programs. James Koch, a 12 year participant in the Clinic’s HIV/AIDS program, artist, and long time Laguna Beach resident credited Dr. Korey Jorgensen and the clinic with saving his life. […]

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Police Target the Unbuckled

Police Target the Unbuckled

Laguna police join a national seat belt enforcement crackdown that begins Monday, May 19. Despite a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more drivers who aren’t belted in and stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed in a collision than those who do. The cost for going unbuckled […]

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Indy Calendar May 2-8, 2014

Indy Calendar May 2-8, 2014

  Friday, May 9 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses 949-494-3030. Also 5/3-4. LBHS Volleyball Alumni vs Varsity, 6:30 p.m., Dugger Gym. Admission: $10. $5 taco plate and live auction. World Anthem, 7-10 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956 VooDoo Groove, 9 p.m. Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean […]

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Facelift Underway for Local Landmark

Facelift Underway for Local Landmark

Chef Rainer Schwarz recently revamped the menu of Laguna Beach’s Deck restaurant with sophisticated seasonal entrees. Soon his sous chefs will turn out the same dishes next door, turning on the burners in the adjacent Driftwood Kitchen following a $2 million makeover of the former Beach House restaurant. The restaurant closed last October when the […]

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Motorists Cited for Ignoring Pedestrians

Motorists Cited for Ignoring Pedestrians

Laguna Beach police issued 40 citations for crosswalk right-of-way violations as well as written and verbal warnings during a cross walk enforcement detail. The effort to raise motorist awareness about pedestrian safety took place at numerous crosswalks on North and South Coast Highway on Wednesday April 23. “A pedestrian takes a good deal of risk […]

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Aliso Beach Reopens After Spill

Aliso Beach Reopens After Spill

County health officials re-opened a half-mile stretch of Aliso Beach on Wednesday after a two-day closure due to a 9,500-gallon sewage spill, the second largest spill locally in six years. Closure signs were removed following two consecutive days of testing to determine if water spilling from Aliso Creek meets state water-quality standards, said Larry Honeybourne, […]