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Initiative Would Overturn Ban on Med-Pot Stores in Laguna

A petition calling for the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries in Laguna Beach and the repeal of the city’s ban on them will be placed on either a special election ballot in July or on the general election ballot in November. Besides considering when voters will vote...

Initiative Would Overturn Laguna’s Ban on Medical Marijuana Stores

An initiative has qualified for the Laguna Beach city ballot that if approved would reverse the town's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Film ‘Orange Sunshine’, Trippy LSD Love Story

Filmmaker William Kirkley's "Orange Sunshine" depicts the hippie era in Laguna Beach in a premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Commuters Confront More Road Work

Another major road project in Laguna Canyon begins next week and is expected to slow traffic even more along an already congested thoroughfare into Laguna Beach.

City Accepts Broad-Stroke Arts Plan

A broad 10-year cultural arts “master plan” recommending more affordable space and global connection for the arts and artists in Laguna Beach, and ultimately requiring more money, was approved by the Laguna Beach City Council Tuesday.

Police Chief Receives What She Asks For

In her first official request as the city’s chief of police, Laura Farinella asked the City Council for more full-time police officers, a plea made by the police union for years.

Public Safety Trumps View for Burying Wires

Public safety has usurped visual aesthetics as the motivation to underground utility cables citywide, says a report presented to the City Council Tuesday. A huge undertaking if pursued, costs are expected to run in the hundreds of millions and would require voter-approved taxes...

Grants Step Up Game for Museum, Playhouse

The largest grants ever received by two cornerstone art institutions in Laguna Beach — $1 million apiece over the next four years — were unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Short-term Rentals Get Short Shrift

Short-term rentals such as Airbnb are on their way to becoming obsolete in Laguna Beach, according to action taken Wednesday by the city’s Planning Commission.

No Trolleys in South Laguna

South Laguna residents successfully argued against the expansion of trolley service to their hillside streets this past Tuesday. With nearly a dozen residents ready to object to the proposed trolley service, City Manager John Pietig was willing to drop the route. “The new service...

Advocate May Receive His Due on Land He Preserved

The James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve, named after the quintessential bookshop proprietor and ultimately effective environmentalist, may soon get its just rewards.

Laguna Theater Expects to Reopen Soon

South Coast Cinema, the downtown movie theater that used to show first-run releases, may reopen as early as April showing vintage and art-house films, a theater spokesperson said this week.

City Commits to Owning Homeless Shelter

Before the price jumps more than $100,000, the City Council voted to purchase outright the modular structure that has served as the city’s overnight homeless shelter since 2009.

Local Tap Water Remains Lead-Free

Managers of the two water districts serving Laguna Beach residents say lead contamination like that experienced in Flint, Mich., is unlikely here, even in older homes, because the water source is constantly monitored by suppliers.

All-terrain Buggy to Join Rescue Teams

Laguna Beach police will procure an all-terrain vehicle in order to respond more swiftly to calls in the wilderness areas.