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Local Activist’s Plea Finally Succeeds

After years of imploring city and school officials to ensure that all local children learn to swim, 50-year Laguna Beach resident Bruce Hopping got his reward Tuesday when the City Council approved a free pilot program to begin this summer. While the city’s Community Services...

The Wedding Top 10

Recent wedding trends offer couples looking to marry in Laguna more options than ever for creating the event of their dreams. By Lisa Marie Hart Far from classic interpretations of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” today’s brides are seeking...

Extraordinary Venues for Weddings

Inspired Spaces Laguna’s hotels, resorts and galleries offer extraordinary venues for weddings large and small. – By Vicki Hogue-Davies  Many couples marry each year, but few are fortunate enough to tie the knot in Laguna Beach. For the lucky ones who decide to say their “I...

Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead

With some residents calling them the “worst tennis courts in Orange County,” plans were given the go-ahead this past Tuesday to refurbish rather than upgrade the Park Avenue courts across from Laguna Beach High School. The decision will cost $620,000 and was made at a joint...

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...

Licensing Now Easier for Dog Owners

Owners of the 7,375 dogs currently on the record books in Laguna Beach should be overjoyed to learn that they will soon be able to obtain a 12-month license for their pets year around, instead of ones previously issued that coincided only with the calendar year. A change approved...

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...

Cycling Legend Partners With Tire Maker

Laguna local and mountain biking champion Hans Rey agreed to a deal with Hwa Fong, which makes 300 different types of bicycle tires. Rey will help Hwa Fong research, develop and market its Duro brand with his 30 years of experience as an extreme athlete and professional mountain...

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...

Windows to the Sea Up for Redesign

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Beach access points serve as more than stairways to the sand. When big surf hits and surfers charge across the waves below, stairways and landings throughout Laguna Beach turn into informal amphitheaters for admirers and prospective riders checking...

Dispute Over Courts Closer to End Game

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy A cordial handshake over a solution was finally reached this past Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the contested repair of the highly used high school tennis courts, according to reports from both sides. Years of dispute over how to repair cracked and buckled...

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Coastal Commission OKs Two Laguna Projects

Two Laguna Beach projects stymied for months by appeals to the California Coastal Commission can now move forward. The Commission approved coastal development permits last week for Mark Christy’s makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon and for sculptor Louis...

Laguna Music Fest’s New Director Strikes a Different Chord

Laura Ricker volunteered her talents as an event organizer of the 2012 Laguna Beach Music Festival and signaled that if the director’s job became available, she’d happily apply. This year, her wish came true. Ricker steps into a post temporarily filled last year by Carla Neuss...

Charges Filed in Laguna Beach Traffic Deaths

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two motorists last week in two separate traffic fatalities that occurred in Laguna Beach in 2014, police said today. In both instances, the motorists will be arraigned for vehicular-manslaughter next month, police Capt. Jason Kravetz...