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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...

Laguna Steps Up the Pace for Safer Streets

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Tragedy is often the catalyst for official action to an obvious problem. And grant money helps, too. Local advocates have pushed for safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians in Laguna Beach for years. With funding now available, the city government is...

City Stops Volleying in Tennis Court Dispute

  Emphasizing that the benefits do not justify the expense, the Laguna Beach City Council benched a request to pay for the majority of a $1.8-million upgrade to the high school tennis courts Tuesday. Instead, council members unanimously voted to try a new approach, negotiate...

Council Paves the Way for TOW Path

By Jennifer Erikson | LB Indy Residents of Old Top of the World rejoiced Tuesday when the City Council approved the much-favored design for a path for pedestrians and cyclists between the hilltop communities of Arch Beach Heights and Top of the World, but nixed widening Top of...

Arrest Made in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A candlelight vigil was held this past Monday, Jan. 5, at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz to remember alum Travis Marton, who was killed early New Year’s Day in a hit-and-run collision in Newport Beach. The driver of a taxi cab with extensive...

Dump Clean-Up Costs Keep Rising

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The bill for the clean up and restoration of a decades-old dump site in a Laguna Canyon ravine that disgorged broken glass and debris across the Sun Valley neighborhood during flooding in 2010 has climbed to nearly double the initially estimated...

Taking Stock

Opportunity Rising The Old Year fled as the New Year stumbled in without the usual year-end “Santa Claus Rally.” Oil prices continued their collapse with the spillover impacting all commodity prices. On balance, these drops are a net benefit for the global economy but the...

High School Sports Update

  Breakers Drench Their Competition By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Water Polo (4-0) Still short-handed missing starter Aria Fischer, top-ranked Laguna dispatched fifth-ranked Orange Lutheran, the top Trinity League squad, 16-8 on Saturday, Dec. 20, at Santa Margarita....

Indy on Art Calendar

  Friday, Dec. 26 Andrew Bloom, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Tricia Freeman Band, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Waldo Bliss, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San...

Candles, Carols and Celebrations Fill the Town’s Churches

By Donna Furey | LB Indy On Christmas Eve at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr., operatic tenor Peter Nathan Foltz will perform a solo during the 7:30 p.m. service. Foltz, a resident artist with the Los Angeles and Pittsburgh operas, will be accompanied by...

Laguna Police Add a Video Camera to the Uniform

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police Officer James Michaud set out on patrol with a flat rectangular camera affixed to his chest, testing out gear that law enforcement agencies around the country are now adopting. This week, the city of Los Angeles became the latest,...