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Is Recycled Water a Pipe Dream?

No project to pipe recycled water to irrigate city landscapes has yet penciled out, Laguna Beach County Water District officials reported to the City Council last week. Refuting accusations that the district is making no effort to provide recycled water to its customers north of...

Updated: ACLU Again Targets City’s Homeless Policies

Chronically homeless and diagnosed with depression and alcoholism, Kenneth Glover is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the City of Laguna Beach last week by the American Civil Liberties Union and two attorneys from the firm of Paul Hastings, LLP. Glover, 47, has...

Coastal Panel OKs Fire Breaks

After listening to an analysis of a Laguna Beach fuel modification project, including testimony from Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse about fire conditions exacerbated by the drought, the California Coastal Commission effectively green-lighted a project to thin dense brush in Arch...

Updated: Vacation Rental Ban Extended

Swayed by residents’ impassioned testimony about rowdy visitors eroding the quality of life in their neighborhoods, the City Council Tuesday opted to ban short-term lodging in all residential areas in Laguna Beach. The Council called for staff to develop an ordinance...

Police Surprise Bar Patrons With Vouchers

Local police are trying a tactic other than handcuffs to discourage drinkers from getting into the driver’s seat. Test-driving a program called “Know Your Limits,” officers managed to convince 50 bar patrons, one third of whom were locals, to take an alcohol...

Address Still Undetermined for Laguna’s Farmer’s Market

Saturday farmer’s market patrons will need to buy their vegetables and fruits at a new location come mid-October when a sewer project begins on the current site next to City Hall. Where exactly remains to be seen, but the City Council seemed to lean towards a temporary home...

City Defends Its Fire Defense

As fires rage in other parts of the state, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse Tuesday stressed the strategic importance of thinning dense brush in an interior canyon, flanked by Arch Beach Heights homes. The fuel modification plan, approved by the city’s Design Review Board...

Pressing to Remove Utility Lines Yields Mixed Results

Southern California Edison’s president, Pedro Pizarro, agreed to meet Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen later this month to discuss fast-tracking and cost-sharing a citywide project to underground utility lines. Reacting to the July 3 brush fire ignited by sparks from Edison...

Ban Reversed on New Pools

The 54 homeowners whose plans to build a pool or spa in Laguna Beach were put on hold by a 45-day moratorium can breath a sigh of relief. After hearing public testimony Tuesday, the City Council unanimously repealed the unpopular measure imposed last month. At the same time, to...

Opening Doors for Cambodian Youth

Even as headlines depict Cambodian boys falling prey to traffickers luring them to virtual slave labor on Thai fishing boats, Laguna Beach resident Stan Frymann is making a bid to give them, and their sisters who end up in sweat shops, another option: a high school education....

Fire Code Thwarts Dream Home

Five years after purchasing what he had been assured was a buildable lot in Canyon Acres, Jae “Randy” Song finds he must either give up his dream of building a home on the property or risk his family’s financial stability by suing the city of Laguna Beach. The...

Residents Explore Changing Downtown

“Do you think this preliminary idea for Cliff Drive merits further exploration?” reads a poster taped to a wall. Hand-written yesses filled the relevant column underneath the query, while the “no” and “maybe” columns remained pristine. The...

Festival’s Interior Makeover Moves Ahead

If all goes according to plan, patrons entering the Festival of Arts grounds next season will find the experience more user-friendly, with better situated and redesigned gallery spaces, wider garden-lined paths to access them, and more places to sit and rest along the way. These,...

Stand Up Paddle Rules Under Scrutiny

A year-old ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operators has yielded frustrations for city enforcement officials and SUP operators alike. The former complain of overtaxed lifeguards and legion code violations, while the latter claim persecution by overzealous...

Stand Up Paddle Rules Under Scrutiny

A year-old ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operators has yielded frustrations for city enforcement officials and SUP operators alike. The former complain of overtaxed lifeguards and legion code violations, while the latter claim persecution by overzealous...