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Relay Team Celebrates Crossing the Catalina Channel

Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea lived up to their name, swimming 33.5 miles and into the record books by crossing the Catalina Channel to Laguna Beach just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. A crowd of about 50 welcomers was distinct among the throngs of sun bathers that crowded Main...
Posted On 10 Aug 2015

Hot Weather Blamed for Tepid Sales

A myriad of culprits are being called out for what some downtown Laguna Beach retailers are calling “the worst summer ever.” Hot temperatures, anomalous rainstorms, high prices, spending-cautious consumers and foul-mouthed panhandlers are among the complaints voiced by local...

Pressing to Remove Utility Lines Yields Mixed Results

Southern California Edison’s president, Pedro Pizarro, agreed to meet Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen later this month to discuss fast-tracking and cost-sharing a citywide project to underground utility lines. Reacting to the July 3 brush fire ignited by sparks from Edison...

Homeless Man Dies in Canyon Crash

A man who had exited a car parked on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park was struck and killed by an outbound motorist Friday, Aug. 7, about 1 a.m., police said. The coroner’s office identified the victim as 40-year-old Richard McCrary, but provided no home address. The death is...

Ban Reversed on New Pools

The 54 homeowners whose plans to build a pool or spa in Laguna Beach were put on hold by a 45-day moratorium can breath a sigh of relief. After hearing public testimony Tuesday, the City Council unanimously repealed the unpopular measure imposed last month. At the same time, to...

Marathon Splashes Off After Sunset

Tom Hale, his daughter Faith, and their relay team of mostly Laguna Beach locals, expect to set off from Catalina Island tonight, Friday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. and start swimming for home. In one to two hour shifts, they intend to cover 33.5 miles of open ocean and reach Main Beach...
Posted On 06 Aug 2015

Injured Body Surfer Rescued by Helicopter

A 19-year-old body surfer who suffered injuries when tossed by the waves into a rocky South Laguna beach had to be airlifted out for treatment Tuesday, Aug. 4, authorities said. The swimmer went over the falls in an area known as Secret Cove, a narrow inlet accessible to the...

Opening Doors for Cambodian Youth

Even as headlines depict Cambodian boys falling prey to traffickers luring them to virtual slave labor on Thai fishing boats, Laguna Beach resident Stan Frymann is making a bid to give them, and their sisters who end up in sweat shops, another option: a high school education....

Survey Takes Laguna’s Art Temperature

Too many land or seascapes in Laguna Beach galleries? Not enough art event spaces? Too many part-time home owners edging out cultural concerns of full-time residents? How much does the average Laguna Beach household spend on cultural philanthropy or pursuits? Those are some of...

Jobs Expand, Absence OK’d on School Board

Finally sealing the deal to webcast its meetings in real time, the Laguna Beach Unified School District board agreed to add video responsibilities to an existing position. The job responsibilities for the public communications and relations liaison, recently vacated by retiring...

Fire Code Thwarts Dream Home

Five years after purchasing what he had been assured was a buildable lot in Canyon Acres, Jae “Randy” Song finds he must either give up his dream of building a home on the property or risk his family’s financial stability by suing the city of Laguna Beach. The...

School Hiring Sets a Record, Yields Complaints

Hiring a record 10 new teachers was approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School District board in a special meeting and has prompted a flood of disgruntled calls, said board members. Considered one of the largest one-time hires in district history, all of the new teachers come...

Questions Arise Over Missing Board Member

Carol Normandin, elected to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board last November, has been absent from meetings since April due to a family health emergency. A parent this week called on the other school board members to publicly address whether the absence constitutes a...

Stand Up Paddle Rules Under Scrutiny

A year-old ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operators has yielded frustrations for city enforcement officials and SUP operators alike. The former complain of overtaxed lifeguards and legion code violations, while the latter claim persecution by overzealous...

Art, Surf Lovers Suffer Storm Losses

Tropical moisture from Hurricane Delores that drenched Laguna Beach over the weekend rained out the Sunday production of the Pageant of the Masters, only the third cancellation since 1933. City rain gauges at Main Beach and Top of the World estimate the storm dropped between a...