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Animal Lover Leaves Legacy to Local Rescuers

Laguna’s abandoned pets and stranded pinnipeds are better off today because of a $720,000 donation from the estate of Enid Patricia Greaves, a 49-year Laguna Beach resident who died last year. Known to her friends as “Paddy,” Greaves herself benefitted from the...

Friendship Shelter Joins County Agencies to Snag HUD Funds

Even as Friendship Shelter continues to press city officials for a proposed housing project in the Canyon for Laguna’s chronically homeless, the local non-profit recently secured $600,000 as their share of a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

Local Activist’s Plea Finally Succeeds

After years of imploring city and school officials to ensure that all local children learn to swim, 50-year Laguna Beach resident Bruce Hopping got his reward Tuesday when the City Council approved a free pilot program to begin this summer. While the city’s Community Services...

Licensing Now Easier for Dog Owners

Owners of the 7,375 dogs currently on the record books in Laguna Beach should be overjoyed to learn that they will soon be able to obtain a 12-month license for their pets year around, instead of ones previously issued that coincided only with the calendar year. A change approved...

Coastal Commission OKs Two Laguna Projects

Two Laguna Beach projects stymied for months by appeals to the California Coastal Commission can now move forward. The Commission approved coastal development permits last week for Mark Christy’s makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon and for sculptor Louis...

Council Appoints View Committee/ DRB Members

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The City Council Tuesday appointed the first five members of the new View Restoration Committee, established to arbitrate claims under the new view ordinance that took effect Dec. 17. Doug Cortez, Rubin Flores, Ara Hovanesian, Katherine Koster and...

Council Paves the Way for TOW Path

By Jennifer Erikson | LB Indy Residents of Old Top of the World rejoiced Tuesday when the City Council approved the much-favored design for a path for pedestrians and cyclists between the hilltop communities of Arch Beach Heights and Top of the World, but nixed widening Top of...

Dump Clean-Up Costs Keep Rising

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The bill for the clean up and restoration of a decades-old dump site in a Laguna Canyon ravine that disgorged broken glass and debris across the Sun Valley neighborhood during flooding in 2010 has climbed to nearly double the initially estimated...

Commission Rejects Appeals, Allows Ranch Renovation to Proceed

After a five-hour hearing, the California Coastal Commission voted 9-1 Thursday to grant a local coastal development permit to allow Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy to continue renovation of The Ranch, a neglected hotel and golf course in Aliso Canyon. As one of the conditions...

Projects Under Scrutiny

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Two high profile local development projects held in limbo last year due to appeals by opponents move closer to resolution in 2015. The California Coastal Commission set hearings Thursday, Jan. 8, on sculptor Louis Longi’s artist work/live...

Laguna Opposes Nuclear Waste Storage at San Onofre

Residents thronged City Council chambers Tuesday to show their support for a strong resolution in opposition to the indefinite storage of spent nuclear fuel at the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente. The resolution proposed by Mayor Bob Whalen and...

Mozambique Receives a Reprieve on Parking

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Patrons enjoying winter sunsets on Mozambique’s rooftop deck will now also be able to retreat inside at least temporarily to the Durban Room, a space previously placed off limits when the deck opened a year ago. The reprieve came Tuesday when...

Survey Finds a Decline in Historic Homes

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A presentation of findings from a new survey of Laguna Beach’s historic resources devolved into frustration Monday night among residents owning these structures, confused as to what the city’s Historic Resources Inventory means to them and why...

Mozambique’s Parking Solution Hits Roadblock

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Mozambique restaurant shuttles 30 to 40 patrons a night between their homes and the establishment, eliminating drinking and driving concerns for customers and reducing its own parking needs. Owner Ivan Spiers hopes the unusual service will make up...

New Mayor to Take a Stand on San Onofre

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In one of his first actions as the newly selected mayor of Laguna Beach, Bob Whalen pushed for a formal city resolution opposing the nuclear waste storage conditions at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station during the City Council meeting...