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Spruced Up Garden Welcomes Visitors

By Donna Furey | LB Indy This year visitors to the annual spring open house at the Hortense Miller Garden on Saturday May, 30 will be treated to an art exhibit as well as the usual delights of the 2.5 acre garden nestled on the steep slopes of Boat Canyon. International artist,...

Claims Will Test View Rights

  Public sentiment skewed to extremes as Laguna Beach spent months fine-tuning and redrafting its view ordinance, which took effect last December. Some residents predicted a stampede of claims by homeowners seeking to restore vegetation-choked vistas and speculators trying...

Sewer Project Blocked by a Lone Hold-Out

Five more feet of easement is all South Coast Water District needs to begin its massive pipeline replacement and tunnel improvement project under the ocean bluffs of South Laguna, according to Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager. A closed meeting was to be held...

Reward Offered for Tips on Sea Lion Poisoning

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever poisoned more than a dozen sea lions with chlorine at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. “It takes an appalling disregard for others to...

Taking Stock

Home On The Trading Range Stocks continue trading in a concise range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 17,823, sagged to 17,164 on January 30 and made a record closing high of 18,828 on March 23. It’s currently around 18,250, almost midway between the year’s...

Boys Tennis (15-3, 6-0)

Laguna took the top seed as expected in the Division 4 playoffs that began this week. The Breakers were hosting the wild card winners on Wednesday, May 13, on the local courts facing either Segerstrom (9-90 or Wilson/Hacienda Heights (11-5). Should Laguna prevail they would face...

Friends, Peers Recall Blackburn’s Impact

Several hundred friends, colleagues and family members gathered Wednesday, May 13,  to recall former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn’s civic contributions, character and athleticism during a celebration at The Ranch in Aliso Canyon. One of Blackburn’s lesser known attributes was...

City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures

Residents who’ve envisioned more outdoor dining and pedestrian-only traffic on the block of Forest Avenue east of Coast Highway may see that vision become a reality, at least temporarily, as early as August. Despite uncertainty about the outcome, the City Council asked...

New Rules Restrict Water Use in South Laguna

With Californians cutting drinkable water use by only 2.8 percent in February, local water districts are gearing up for more state-mandated restrictions and telling customers to crimp the flow. Effective Wednesday, April 22, South Laguna residents will not be able to wash their...

South Swell Delivers Big Surf

Eight to 10 feet waves roared across Laguna beaches on Monday during the second consecutive day of red flag conditions, when inexperienced swimmers are advised to stay out of the water. Laguna lifeguards made 180 rescues over Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, mostly of...

Re-live the Glory of Patriots Day

  The 49th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will be broadcast on Cox 3 Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m.- noon; Sunday, March 29, from 4 -6 p.m.; and Saturday, April 4, from 9-11 p.m. The broadcast will also be on Cox on Demand, channel 2636, from April 5 to May 5.  ...

Blue Water Festival Encounters Turbulence

Advisers to the Blue Water Music Festival say Mayor Bob Whalen will introduce an extraordinary measure at tonight’s City Council meeting that, if passed, could still allow the event planned for March 28-29 to go on. The festival is teetering on the brink of collapse due to the...

Plans Brewing to Beautify Laguna Creek

Often referred to as “the ditch,” Laguna Canyon Creek may soon see its own form of urban renewal. With replanted native vegetation, renewed wildlife habitat, walking trails and improved water quality as a result, an environmental team recently unveiled a plan they hope will make...

Zur Schmiede Seeks Coastal Commission Post

A little known entity last week nominated Laguna’s newest City Council member Robert Zur Schmiede to be considered for appointment to the California Coastal Commission as the representative to the south coast region, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties. A...

Turning the Tide on Poachers

Watching out for poachers, pilferers and polluters isn’t what most people would consider a day at the beach. For Jeremy Frimond, life couldn’t get much better. Frimond, 27, pinned on the badge as Laguna Beach’s marine protection officer in 2013. He works with lifeguards,...