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Fresh Start for Beach Stairways

The city is “starting fresh” on conceptual plans for beach stairways at the ends of Thalia, Agate and Pearl streets and wants public input about their design. Three meetings will be held for residents to air their thoughts about the plans, said Wade Brown, project director. All...

Sculpture Redo Doubles in Cost

When the confusion cleared about what was being proposed, the City Council decided that the “Sunbathers” metal sculpture will be repositioned at Nita Carmen Park and completely recast in stainless steel at triple the original estimate.

Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless

Police will start picking up homeless people sleeping under the Main Beach boardwalk in Laguna Beach during the early morning hours in a new four-seat golf cart big enough to hold their belongings.

More Jobs, Higher Home Prices Forecast for South County

The economy in south Orange County is “getting better,” but, to stabilize, more people are needed, said the author of an economic forecast specifically for the region.

Short-term Rentals Owned by Out-of-Towners

More than half of the legally permitted vacation rentals in Laguna Beach are owned by people who don’t live here, according to a city planning report.

Second Lumberyard Mall Tree to Fall

Yellow ribbon will mark trees in the future intended for cutting   With four arborists saying the tree’s roots are decayed to a dangerous point, the second towering eucalyptus tree in a downtown shopping area will be removed as early as today, Friday, April 22, the City Council...

Ban on Pot Shops Goes Before Voters

Laguna Beach voters will decide if they want legal medical-marijuana shops in town on November’s general election ballot, the City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday.

Council Reverses Stance on Short-term Rentals

In a surprise move and after two hours of discussion, the City Council will consider allowing short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. In a 4-1 vote, the council dismissed a proposed ordinance Tuesday to ban vacation rentals in all city neighborhoods.

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...