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New Parking Options Kick In July 1

  Motorists can expect higher parking rates, extended meter hours, and valet parking in a pilot summer parking program that begins  on July 1. The goal of the measures mapped out by Irvine’s RBF Consulting is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing drivers...

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to...

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the...

New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to...

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control...

City Improves Park Amenities

Soccer players at Moulton Meadows Park can expect a level playing field soon. The city expects the Los Angeles-based company STL Landscape to begin renovations of the park cresting the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood in mid-June and complete construction by September, said...

Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

There’s good news for residents and visitors who cavort around town on the free trolleys all summer, then rue the day that service ends when the summer art festivals close in September. They’ll be rewarded next March when Laguna Beach starts off-season weekend trolley...

Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

A public hearing to discuss a possible moratorium on development projects in Laguna Canyon, originally scheduled for a special City Council meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, will likely now take place Tuesday, June 3, the city manager says. Any so-called urgency...

Opening a Safety Net for the Mentally Ill

Orange County families will soon have a new recourse to help mentally ill loved ones from spiraling downward and potentially endangering their lives. The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to implement Laura’s Law, which allows families and...

New ABCs for Paddle Board Lessons

Starting in July commercial stand-up paddleboard operators will need to pay fees, follow safety regulations and show proof of insurance in order to offer lessons and tours in Laguna Beach, under rules approved this week. The law omits limiting hours of operation, as staff had...

Police Promise More Visibility Downtown

A couple of issues stood out when Police Chief Paul Workman provided City Council with an overview of downtown policing practices last week. One is that though much of a rising volume of complaints stems from disturbances involving homeless people, standard law enforcement on its...

Signaling for Slower Speed Limits

As expected, city officials formally opposed a Caltrans proposal to hike speeds on portions of Laguna Beach’s primary artery, Coast Highway. In addition, Laguna’s City Council last week requested that the state agency evaluate the need for a painted crosswalk on the highway...

Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

In her final state of the city address, Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson painted a detailed portrait of the city’s economy and shifting demographics, which is both aging and shrinking. She also drew some eye-opening conclusions about where the town stands today in...

Paving the Way to TOW

The end of the road may finally be in sight, both figuratively and literally, for pedestrians and cyclists seeking a smooth path between the hilltop communities of Arch Beach Heights and Top of the World. The City Council on Tuesday directed staff to explore a combination of two...

Council Mulls Canyon Development Moratorium

Concerns over a burst of development projects in Laguna Canyon prompted the City Council on Tuesday to suggest a temporary halt to new projects until apparent zoning discrepancies can be ironed out and a cohesive plan mapped out. The Council asked city staff to investigate a...