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A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as Laguna Beach County Water District prepares to raise rates over the next five years to pay for the escalating cost of supplying local customers with 1.5 billion gallons of imported water annually, local resident Michael Beanan sees a solution...

Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Is this a three-ring circus I’m in, or what?” asked incumbent City Council candidate Kelly Boyd about midway through a boisterous debate hosted by Firebrand Media, owner of the Indy, Tuesday night at City Hall. Firebrand owner...

Candidates Support a New Arts Center

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A year-round cultural arts venue, nudity in public art and the city’s role in fostering a creative environment were among the issues addressed by seven City Council candidates at a forum held last Saturday, Sept. 20. The candidates all...

Hurricane Devastates Sister City

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the...

Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke...

Candidates Weigh in on Sustainable Issues

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Not surprisingly, Laguna Beach’s seven candidates running for City Council paid a lot of lip service to mobility issues and water conservation at a debate hosted by Transition Laguna last week. Despite the candidates’ relative consensus...

Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit...

Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Integrity, the ability to interact compassionately with the community and an understanding of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach are among the top qualities residents hope their new police chief will possess. These and other preferences surfaced at a...

Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

“I am who I am. I am an honest man. I’m not trying to deceive anybody. I’m just here to work tirelessly to get this city moving again,” said restaurateur Jon Madison, a City Council candidate responding to a newspaper article questioning the details of his...

Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Alarmed by what seemed to be an abrupt disruption of cell phone service to AT&T customers in downtown Laguna Beach last Friday, Aug. 29, city officials returned to work after the three-day weekend poised to act. In their haste to remedy what...

Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The City Council signed off Tuesday on saving a historic sewer digester tower in a City Hall Parking lot, which sits on the proposed village entrance site. They also approved the estimated $300,000 makeover of the structure’s exterior, but...

Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper...

El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Due in part to higher-than-normal ocean temps, monsoon weather normally blocked by the mountain ridges managed to cross into Southern California this summer. The resulting thunderstorms created lightning that killed a man in Venice Beach in July and...

Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Restaurant owner Jon Madison so far leads the pack of Laguna Beach City Council candidates with $45,923 in campaign cash as of July 31. Planning commission member Robert Zur Schmiede comes in second with $27,554, followed by incumbent Kelly Boyd at...

Pay Parking Ends Earlier for Sawdust Patrons

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Sympathetic to pleas from Sawdust Art Festival board members and exhibitors, the City Council Tuesday agreed to make an exception for pay parking spots on the festival’s frontage road, reversing a weeks-old policy change that extended meter hours...