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Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two pedestrians were injured in Laguna Beach in two separate Coast Highway collisions within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries while crossing Coast Highway on a...

Police Chief To Retire

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy   Police Chief Paul Workman, 60, retires this month after five years in the department’s top job and a 38-year police career devoted solely to Laguna Beach. “As a young man, I could have never imagined that I would have had the opportunities that...

Coastal Commission Targets Hotel’s Club

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy When the landmark Hotel Laguna opened 84 years ago on Main Beach, it was an easy decision to exploit its choice location by offering guests exclusive spots on the sand. “It is virtually impossible to imagine that a waterfront hotel opening for business...

Taking Stock

The Anxieties Of August The stock drop on the last day of July was the type of abrupt decline that we have not experienced for quite some time. April had brought an earlier big dip but that was concentrated in higher risk, headline-hunting stocks. Large-cap stocks have been...

Author Arrives in Laguna Beach

Novelist and Chapman college instructor Richard Bausch will discuss his new book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. “Before, During, After” is a passionate account of a relationship threatened by secrets, set against the backdrop of national...

Fleeing Truck Sets Off a Hot Pursuit

A high-speed police pursuit over 10 miles through Laguna Canyon in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Aug. 6, ended without injury and the arrest of an allegedly drunk driver in Irvine, police said. Joshua Caleb Bucklin, 28, of Irvine, was charged with suspicion of felony evading and...

Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach won victories in three separate lawsuits, one of which exposed the city to as much as $100 million in damages, City Attorney Phil Kohn said Wednesday. In that case, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court...

Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Residents of three hillside Laguna Beach streets could not leave their homes with ease last Saturday while a small army of trucks maneuvered on the narrow lanes to right a 48-ton crane that had overturned and damaged a house. While the cause of the...

Street Beat

Monday, July 14 Structure fire. 1000 block of Catalina. 10:22 a.m. Everyone was evacuated from a building where a fire broke out in a laundry area. Tuesday, July 15 Structure fire. 100 block of Cleo St. 7:38 p.m. A fire erupted at a patio BBQ. Wednesday, July 16 Burglary. 1900...

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen...

Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers Friday, July 18, between 6 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19. In the previous three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in...

Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy About 60 people diverted their holiday weekend plans for a tribute at the Sandpiper Bar in Laguna Beach to honor their friend William Poovey, who died in a freak accident in Zimbabwe on Friday, July 4. Poovey, 43, suffered fatal injuries when a tourist...

Streetbeat

Monday, 6/30 Pedestrian stop. Bluff Drive. 12:41 p.m. Robert Santoro, 58, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and held without bail because his act violated parole. Car theft. 3000 Nestall Rd. 1:25 p.m. A 2014 rental car went missing. Foot patrol. 3200...

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all...

Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

The remodel underway at The Ranch, the former Aliso Creek Inn hotel and restaurant in Aliso Canyon, is being challenged as unlawful in a hearing before the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, July 9, in Ventura. If the commission follows the recommendation of its staff, the...