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Council Opens Tap on Water Reuse

With residents hauling buckets to their yards with water captured in warming showers and state parks and beaches this week turning off their outdoor showers, the City Council Tuesday approved more citywide water conservation measures, including a temporary moratorium on new pool...

Young Teacher Learns Their Language

  Not far from the town’s center, men waiting for work congregate at the day labor hiring area on Laguna Canyon Road. This summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 17-year-old Shira Alcouloumre also joins them. Shira and her brother, Aaron, began involvement with the center...

Turning Down the Tap

Christopher Regan celebrated his 49th birthday by taking a long shower. Regan, assistant general manager of the Laguna Beach County Water District, just got back Tuesday from the Northeast, where there’s no shortage of rain or snow pack. “I felt guilty taking a five-minute...

Braving a Catalina Crossing

  Tom Hale aims to swim from Avalon on Catalina Island to Laguna Beach next month alongside his daughter Faith, gaining a little recognition for his adopted hometown and accomplishing an unusual father-daughter feat. Hale and his daughter call the their relay team 33.5 Miles...
Posted On 12 Jul 2015

Blaze Stokes Old Fears

Initially, Penny Milne thought the sound she heard outside her Arroyo Drive home was heavy rain. After a startling explosion followed, likened by another bystander to cannon fire, she rocketed outside to see the commotion for herself. Milne conceded she had trouble absorbing the...

Update: Mayor Pushes to Ban Above Ground Power Lines

After witnessing a brush fire in Laguna Canyon caused by a tree falling and damaging Southern California Edison power lines, Mayor Bob Whalen called Tuesday for an all-out effort to underground utilities citywide. “We can no longer risk the public safety of Laguna Beach by...

Human Error Led to Sea Lion Poisoning

Investigators determined that an employee’s unintentional mistake accidentally over-chlorinated a Pacific Marine Mammal Center pool in April that injured 17 sea lions and have dropped their criminal investigation, police said Thursday. Police initially suspected someone with...

Fire Sparks Call to Ban Power Lines in Laguna Beach

After witnessing a brush fire in Laguna Canyon caused by a tree falling and damaging Southern California Edison power lines, Mayor Bob Whalen called Tuesday for an all-out effort to underground utilities citywide. “We can no longer risk the public safety of Laguna Beach by...

A Radical Rises Again

Laguna Beach artist G. Ray Kerciu believes political correctness motivated South Carolina’s governor to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state’s capitol. The decades-old debate over a flag symbolic of racism reignited following a racially motivated shooting...

In the Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

The streets were newly paved. A shelter was built to protect hundreds of visitors descending on the tiny Tibetan refugee village from the unrelenting sun. Red, blue, green and gold prayer flags were hung, the corners turning up in the dry breeze. People from across the world...

Updated: Fire Closes Canyon Road

A brush fire pushed by afternoon winds forced a five-hour closure of Laguna Canyon Road on Friday, July 3, and one fire fighter was injured in fighting the 12-acre fire, police said. Retardant dropping aircraft and about 150 firefighters successfully halted the forward progress...

Lightning Strike Ignites a Tree Blaze

Lightning struck a tree that caught fire in the Temple Terrace area during this past Tuesday’s unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. Four fire engines spent several minutes dousing a palm tree in the 2000 block of San Remo Drive to prevent the blaze from spreading to homes along the...

Math Teacher Delivers a Final Lesson

Although he’s got a quite a reputation as a crooner, Gary Shapiro, aka “Shap,” is not one prone to tears. Admittedly a left-brain, linear-type guy,he nearly choked up this week talking about retiring after 33 years as an advanced math teacher and class troubadour at Laguna Beach...

Ethnic Twists Season Laguna’s New Dining Choices

  For a town already wealthy in dining options, Laguna Beach will soon get a little richer. Four new additions to the restaurant scene will further season local menus with the addition of empanadas, Italian seafood and spicy noodles. Originally slated to open last December,...
Posted On 28 Jun 2015

Angling for Entry Ideas on Foot

“Think about the feeling of this area,” Susan Harden told about 40 people, urging them to absorb how they react to Laguna Beach’s most contentious downtown real estate as they walked towards the Laguna Canyon art festival sites. The unusual field trip to the corner of...