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Destruction of Landmark Trees Prompts Policy Debate

Two stately, historic trees that for decades shaded a courtyard enclosed by retail shops were mostly cut down last week under a city issued permit until an elected official intervened.

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.

Larsen Fans Hope to Restore His Sculpture

It’s faded and cracked from the elements, and the hand is missing a thumb. Even so, the sculpture of Eiler Larsen, the Danish vagabond who metamorphosed into the revered Laguna Beach greeter, still draws throngs of visitors who pass his corner at Forest Ave and Coast Highway 41...

Boat Outing Turns Treacherous

Laguna Beach lifeguards and Good Samaritans came to the aid of passengers on a stalled powerboat pushed by waves onto a shoreline reef about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 3. “They were in a perilous position,” lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow said in an interview this week. The outing by...

Laguna Schools Strengthen Oversight of Athletes With Concussions

Katie is one of 17 students injured so far this school year while participating in a school related activity or sport, says a statement.

Artist’s Quest Transforms Himself

Artist Russell Pierce plans to portray them and others in a portfolio project he calls “Change Agents.”

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.

No Fooling, it’s a Goat Stampede

Something spooked a four-footed firefighting goat herd, which escaped this week in Bluebird Canyon.

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.

Greeter Fans Hope to Restore His Sculpture

The artists who carved a wooden likeness of Laguna Beach greeter Eiler Larsen hopes to restore it.

Reimagining a City of the Arts

A year-round cultural center for visual and performing arts, a new international art festival, and peer review of public art commissions are among the recommendations of a report assessing the Laguna Beach art community.

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.

Gelson’s Moves Closer to Opening

Staff from other nearby Gelson’s markets conducted interviews last Saturday, March 19, with about 75 hopeful applicants, all hoping for a position at the new Gelson’s store expected to open in Laguna Beach in late April. The job fair brings South Laguna residents one step closer...

Schools Hire a New Superintendent

Jason Vilario received a warm welcome from the Laguna Beach school board, which unanimously voted to hire him as the new superintendent at its Tuesday, March 22, meeting.

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...