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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Service Set for Hobie Alter

Service Set for Hobie Alter

A memorial paddle out for Hobie Alter, whose innovations reshaped surfing and sailing, is planned for 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Doheny State Beach. The water ceremony should begin at 4:30 p.m. The gate will be open free of charge from 4 to 7 p.m., says a statement on the company’s website.

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Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

After 12 consecutive years on Laguna Beach’s City Council, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson says she will not seek a fourth term, due to the demands of a new job, and looks forward to being a “normal” person with fewer demands on her evenings and time for her dogs, the gym and movies. When Pearson was interviewed […]

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Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Art student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died Tuesday, April 8, at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital as a result of being struck by a car as she crossed Laguna Canyon Road last week, a school official confirmed today. Students and staff of Laguna College of Art and Design will honor her with a vigil from 8:30 to […]

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Services Set for Hobie Alter

Services Set for Hobie Alter

A memorial honoring the life of Hobie Alter is set for 4:30- 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Laguna Beach’s Aliso Creek Inn. Trolley service will be provided to Aliso Creek Inn from Salt Creek Beach, stopping for passengers at designated trolley stops in-between, including Mission Hospital, says an announcement on the Hobie company […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Laguna's Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Laguna’s Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson officially announced Friday, April 4, that she will not seek a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council in November, because of job demands. She is president and chief executive of the Pacific Chorale, which is the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She said that when she interviewed for […]

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Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

The necessity of revisiting development guidelines along Laguna Canyon Road emerged as a dominant topic of a joint meeting between the City Council, Planning Commission and the Design Review Board this past Saturday. City officials also signed off on new parking signs directing motorists to peripheral lots and discussed staffing demands, code enforcement and tweaking […]

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Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Though less dramatic than the infamous panic incited by the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast, quite a few people fell for an April Fool’s Day hoax broadcast by Laguna Beach FM radio station KX 93.5. In a morning broadcast by station manager Tyler Russell, he claimed City Hall was in cahoots with the Festival […]

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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

A 22-year-old college student suffered serious injuries after she was struck walking in a cross walk across Laguna Canyon Road near the Laguna College of Art and Design on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said Friday. The highway was closed in both directions after the 8:45 p.m. accident and remained closed until early Friday, according […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Artist Units Move Forward

Artist Units Move Forward

Residents thronged City Hall on Tuesday to weigh in on local sculptor Louis Longi’s artists’ work/live project, the source of months of controversy. Proponents sported bright red t-shirts, while vivid green “Save Laguna Canyon” lapel stickers indicated opponents. Ultimately, the red shirts carried the day with a City Council vote of 3-2, effectively giving the […]

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Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Two students returned to Thurston Middle School to inform school officials they rebuffed a man who had offered them money to hand out flyers and to attempt to coax them into his white sports car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, police said. Police searched the area to no avail and will be making extra […]