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New Director Possesses a Can-Do Attitude

By Donna Furey | LB Indy One of the first tasks Mary Schmidt assigned herself as executive director of the South County Cross-cultural Council was to write a grant proposal to obtain electricity for the day worker center, which has operated in Laguna Canyon for two decades. Since...

Zur Schmiede Seeks Coastal Commission Post

A little known entity last week nominated Laguna’s newest City Council member Robert Zur Schmiede to be considered for appointment to the California Coastal Commission as the representative to the south coast region, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties. A...

Montage Sold to Hotel Group

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., whose properties include the Hotel Del Coronado and Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, acquired the 250-room Montage Laguna Beach for $360.0 million, the company said in a statement Thursday. At a sale price of $1.4 million a room, the deal puts...

Local Selected to Create Main Beach Art Work

A larger than life size bronze sculpture of a woman by Laguna Beach artist Sukhdev Dail was selected for a public art commission for Main Beach by the city’s Arts Commission on Monday. Dail’s proposal includes glass elements that will cast colorful pools of light around the...

Raising ‘L’ Keeper Revealed

Dennis Taylor was in eighth grade in 1937. Bushwhacking up a steep hill across from Laguna Beach High School with some buddies on a Saturday morning seemed like a good idea and a small price to pay, despite the bruises, bloody scrapes and the frequent encounter with a ferocious...

Laguna Paddler Encounters Killer Whales

Rich German figures he’s paddled 7,500 miles since he took up paddle boarding five years ago and made daily excursions into the Pacific Ocean part of his routine. “It’s my church, my sanctuary, my exercise, my meditation,” said German, 45, who relocated to Laguna Beach in 2005...

Artist’s Portrait Captures an Officer’s Character

The brown-eyed man in a Laguna Beach police uniform and baseball cap wears a slight smile, his facial expression radiating security and strength. Officer Jon Coutchie, the subject of the artist’s portrait, was killed in a traffic collision on Sept. 21, 2013, the second Laguna...

Ocean Animal Rescues on Rise

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy With already 14 sea lions rescued in the first 13 days of January, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon is gearing up for another record year in rescues, says an announcement by the center. Last year, there were only two rescues during this...

Council Appoints View Committee/ DRB Members

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The City Council Tuesday appointed the first five members of the new View Restoration Committee, established to arbitrate claims under the new view ordinance that took effect Dec. 17. Doug Cortez, Rubin Flores, Ara Hovanesian, Katherine Koster and...

Laguna Steps Up the Pace for Safer Streets

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Tragedy is often the catalyst for official action to an obvious problem. And grant money helps, too. Local advocates have pushed for safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians in Laguna Beach for years. With funding now available, the city government is...

City Stops Volleying in Tennis Court Dispute

  Emphasizing that the benefits do not justify the expense, the Laguna Beach City Council benched a request to pay for the majority of a $1.8-million upgrade to the high school tennis courts Tuesday. Instead, council members unanimously voted to try a new approach, negotiate...

Dump Clean-Up Costs Keep Rising

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The bill for the clean up and restoration of a decades-old dump site in a Laguna Canyon ravine that disgorged broken glass and debris across the Sun Valley neighborhood during flooding in 2010 has climbed to nearly double the initially estimated...

New Year’s 2001: A Short Story

  Editor’s Note: This week’s digest entries mark the final installment of submissions by writers in film director and local resident Christine Fugate’s writing workshop. In 2000, Laguna Beach was not just a city with a near zero crime rate, sky high income levels, and...

Projects Under Scrutiny

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Two high profile local development projects held in limbo last year due to appeals by opponents move closer to resolution in 2015. The California Coastal Commission set hearings Thursday, Jan. 8, on sculptor Louis Longi’s artist work/live...

RSVP for New Year’s Eve, the First Scene in 2015

Caviar with a Champagne toast, Maine diver scallops, black truffle-stuffed pheasant and bison striploin are on the New Year’s Eve menu at Selanne Steak Tavern, 1464 S. Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach. A five-course tasting menu and live entertainment is available at two seatings...