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Laws May Broaden What’s Deemed Historic

Keeping aging buildings true to their historic nature is nothing short of a frustrating and nebulous task, as evidenced during a meeting of the city’s Heritage Committee. The committee met to review the first draft of a new historic preservation ordinance last Thursday, June 16.

Weighing Rules to Restrict Short-term Rentals

With one resident calling it the “scariest” proposition to face the city yet, members of a City Council subcommittee reopened discussion to the public on how to govern short-term rentals Tuesday in the council chambers.

Legendary Artist Returns to the Sawdust

Bill Ogden happily returned to Laguna Beach and Sawdust Art and Craft the Festival this week. Here, he earned recognition as an era-defining artist whose vision made him a standard bearer for heady times when youth culture pushed hard against a prevalent art establishment.

Urth Caffe in Laguna Countersues Muslim Customers

Updated subsequent to the print edition, Friday, June 24. The Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach responded to a lawsuit filed by seven Muslim customers claiming religious discrimination by countersuing, alleging the patrons conspired to conduct a defamatory social media and public...

Grand Jury Examines Pension Liabilities

The amount of unfunded pension liability in Orange County — at about 70 percent — mirrors the median liability tally of other jurisdictions in the state, according to a June 15 Grand Jury report Going from a surplus in 2000 to a $4.5 billion liability in 2012, the...

Guest column

Laguna Overlooks Pursuit of Better Broadband City leaders in Irvine, San Diego and elsewhere in California have begun working with Google Fiber to explore the possibility of introducing super-fast internet service to their respective cities. The City of Santa Cruz is embarking on...

Anti-Nuke Group Puts Pressure on Edison

Urging local residents living near tons of stored radioactive waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to take action, five specialists presented views on safety dangers to more than 200 people last Wednesday, June 8, at the Laguna Beach City Council Chambers.

Celebrate Summer With Music

The ninth annual Laguna Beach Fête de la Musique, a day of free music celebrating the start of summer internationally, will take place in downtown Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 18. Performances will take place mostly at 35 outdoor locations along Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue and...

The Challenge to Find the Best Fit

Laguna Beach High School rising seniors and other college-bound students face an even more competitive and confusing admissions quest this year. The chore of getting into colleges and universities constantly evolves, but college admissions industry leaders say they have not seen...

Raising Toxic Questions

A panel of eight experts and activists will provide their solutions for moving radioactive nuclear waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at a 6 p.m. presentation Wednesday, June 8, in the City Council chambers.

New Employee Receives Special Perk

With at least one hurdle that confronts most residents, she will receive help. Dupuis is one of four City Hall executive administrators getting assistance from their employer to buy a home in town, said Gavin Curran, director of finance and information technology.

Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question murder-robbery suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked the need for a lawyer, leading a court of appeals to overturn his 2013 Superior Court conviction. An opinion issued by the California Court of Appeals last week reversed the...

Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

More Jobs, Higher Home Prices Forecast for South County

The economy in south Orange County is “getting better,” but, to stabilize, more people are needed, said the author of an economic forecast specifically for the region.