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Short-term Rentals Get Short Shrift

Short-term rentals such as Airbnb are on their way to becoming obsolete in Laguna Beach, according to action taken Wednesday by the city’s Planning Commission.

Fire Destroys Hillside Home

When yelling and smoke also interrupted the moment, Sammut abandoned the horizon and sprinted uphill while also calling 911 on his cell phone. A woman who he said looked dazed stood outside the home two doors from his own and told him another person was still inside the burning house.

No Trolleys in South Laguna

South Laguna residents successfully argued against the expansion of trolley service to their hillside streets this past Tuesday. With nearly a dozen residents ready to object to the proposed trolley service, City Manager John Pietig was willing to drop the route. “The new service...

Montage Sold a Third Time?

A Chinese company is negotiating to buy the company that owns Montage Laguna Beach resort.

Advocate May Receive His Due on Land He Preserved

The James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve, named after the quintessential bookshop proprietor and ultimately effective environmentalist, may soon get its just rewards.

Laguna Theater Expects to Reopen Soon

South Coast Cinema, the downtown movie theater that used to show first-run releases, may reopen as early as April showing vintage and art-house films, a theater spokesperson said this week.

Updated: Mystery Fumes Trigger Hotel Evacuation

A hotel guest whose suspicious behavior triggered a bomb-squad search of an evacuated Laguna Beach hotel apparently had fled before police sealed off the area, a police spokesman said Friday, March 11. A platoon of armed sheriff’s SWAT team members who entered the three-level,...

Is Tivoli Terrace On its Way Out?

For 40 years, Tivoli Terrace has served as a favorite venue for locals’ memorial services, weddings, anniversaries and community meetings. Now, many of those contented customers are showing their loyalty, signing a petition to keep the local landmark in the hands of the longtime...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016

Fire Ignites in Arch Beach Heights

Neighbors watched as firefighters contained a spectacular structure fire at 1215 La Mirada Street in Laguna Beach Thursday, March 10. No injuries to the homeowners or the firefighters were reported in the evening blaze that started at approximately 6:30 p.m., Fire Chief Jeff...

Court Delays Ruling on Artist Housing Project

Sculptor Louis Longi says he remains undeterred by yet another delay in his years-long plan to build a studio and communal workspaces for other artists in Laguna Canyon.

All-terrain Buggy to Join Rescue Teams

Laguna Beach police will procure an all-terrain vehicle in order to respond more swiftly to calls in the wilderness areas.

Moms Stoked to Skate

At 10, Barbara Odanaka started a love affair with skate boarding on a Hobie Super Surfer, a now vintage wooden model with clay wheels made in the ‘60s. At age 13, her track coach told her she couldn’t compete on the team if she continued skateboarding.
Posted On 29 Feb 2016

Schools Cancel Marijuana Talk

After offering to host a discussion about marijuana at Thurston Middle School next month, school officials did an about-face this week and canceled the presentation.

‘Sunbathers’ Receive a Reprieve

Having stayed out in the sun way too long, the two metal figures at Nita Carmen Park were spared the junkyard and, instead, may be reinvented before taking their places again on the grassy knoll at Wilson Street and St. Ann’s Drive.

Treasurer Remains a Part-time Job

In an unusual airing of a City Hall dispute complete with intimations and key witnesses, the City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to keep the elected city treasurer’s position part-time instead of full-time.