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City Cuts Off Water Due to Drought

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Motorists entering town along Laguna Canyon Road should prepare for the disappearance of the green ribbon of grass lining the median as the result of a new water conservation measure approved by the City Council this week. Turning off sprinklers to...

Protest Erupts Over Ban on Street Play

By Rita Robinson Sarah Copeland is about to pull up her wheels and move. Copeland owns a mobile home in Laguna Terrace Park and is fed up with recent changes made by the new owners, Hometown America. Earlier this month, the new landlords removed “Children Playing” signs from the...

Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Local Cooks Up a Winning Entrée

Laguna local Olivia Ladaire last month entered the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, where children are invited to submit a home video of themselves preparing a rice-based dish. Olivia, a student in the culinary arts conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana,...

Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Garden Seedlings on Sale at Market

Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden will hold their annual plant sale at the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 22.          Outdoor art pieces crafted by garden volunteers will also be on sale. And as always paperwhite and amaryllis...

The Surf Report

Locals Ride Central Cal Breaks Several local surfers competed in a Western Surfing Association event at Pismo Beach Pier on Nov. 8-9. Laguna Beach finalists included Hudson Saunders, first in under 9 and fifth in under 10; Jaxson Hutchen, fifth in U9; Hayden Rodgers, first in...

Unlucky Blow Hits Historical Society

A shopper parking a car unintentionally hit the accelerator and drove into a corner of the porch of the Historical Society about 4:17 p.m. last Thursday, Nov. 13. The motorist was uninjured and visitors to the Murphy-Smith bungalow on Ocean Avenue were detoured to a side...

Taking Stock

Drilling For Dollars Crude oil prices have dropped to below $75 a barrel, down 30% this year to a four-year low. The causes stem from changed trends in supply and demand, with consequences to global economies, stock prices and consumer spending. Prices for other commodities,...

A Sweet Incentive Assists a Woman in Need

Laguna Beach local Analisa Andrus manages the self-sufficiency program that helps homeless adults rebuild their lives at Friendship Shelter. Now she is in need herself. She suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative, genetic neuromuscular disease that currently has no...

Having a Say on Laguna Beach’s Downtown

Have you ever really considered what kind of walkway you prefer to tread? Or how high buildings should be? Or what might replace parking lots in the downtown? Residents had the chance to share their responses to these and other questions during a three-hour “pop-up workshop”...

Open-Space Advocate Will be Remembered in Perpetuity

Former Laguna Beach Mayor Lida Lenney was honored Tuesday, Nov. 11, with the dedication of a memorial bench to commemorate her leadership in the effort to block development of open space that became part of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The trailside bench is inscribed with a...

Unlucky Blow to Historical Society

A shopper parking a car unintentionally hit the accelerator and drove into a corner of the porch of the Historical Society about 4:17 p.m. last Thursday, Nov. 13. The motorist was uninjured and visitors to the Murphy-Smith bungalow on Ocean Avenue were detoured to a side...

Pearson Bids Council Adieu

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Describing the proudest moments of her 12 years on the City Council, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, who leaves office next month, said they were “those times I was really able to help people in need,” some known to the general public, some...