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Narrowing the Justice Gap

In criminal matters, public defenders represent those without means. For low-wage earners entangled in a divorce or a dispute with a landlord, an ex-spouse or a debt collector, obtaining legal help can be difficult.
Posted On 14 Feb 2016

Ruling Favors Laguna in Suit Over Homeless Policies

A federal judge favors Laguna Beach in a ruling over a lawsuit filed by the ACLU over the city's policies towards the homeless.

Top of World Trail Finally Given Go-Ahead

After years of planning, easements for a designated hiking and mountain-biking trail connecting two hilltop communities was unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday, officially commencing the trail’s resurrection.

Obituary: Ken Auster

If you presented him with a creative idea, Ken Auster would pause in silence with a quizzical look on his face. Seemingly detached in a daydream, soon he would emerge from “painter’s planet” into the present moment with a critique so articulate it was as though he had been...

Chamber Members Step Into a Baby’s World

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce’s mixer this past week ventured to the Assistance League Chapter House and learned about the organization’s early intervention program for families of developmentally-delayed infants. Tours included the EIP classroom and bargain-hunters could...

Robert K. Josephson

Robert K. Josephson passed Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his home in Laguna Beach following a three-month battle with lymphoma. Josephson was emeritus professor of biology at University of California, Irvine. He was 81 years old. Born in Somerville, Mass., in 1934, he attended Tufts...

John Strotkamp

John Strotkamp (Johnny), who was 100 years old, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his Laguna Beach home on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. John was born in Alameda, Calif., on Oct. 3, 1915, the only child of Johan Heinrick Strotkamp and Emelia J. Vanselow. In his younger years,...

Spiritual Briefs

Methodists Host Guest Speaker for Lenten Service Rev. Linda Robison delivers the sermon “This is Not a Test” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr. Pastor Robison recently retired as senior pastor of Palisades United Methodist Church...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 12 Jennifer Koh performs at Laguna Beach Music Festival concert, 8 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., 949 497-2787 Jackie Pember Duo, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-450 Liberio Band, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave....

Collision Injures 5, Driver Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

Five people were injured, two severely, in a two-car collision late Monday near Laguna Beach’s northern city limit and a 19-year-old driver was arrested for suspicion of felony drunk driving, traffic investigators said. Two 19-year-old passengers suffered life-threatening...

Transplanting France’s Café Culture to Scandia

.. open a second location this summer on Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach where Scandia Bakery once stood.

Updated: Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

A former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign was arrested at his home Tuesday, Feb. 2, and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from campaign coffers and from a business where he previously worked.

Historic Water Pact Taps a Local Source

For the first time in 68 years, the Laguna Beach County Water District will lessen its total reliance on imported water by tapping local groundwater in the Santa Ana River Basin, district officials said Wednesday.

Finding Community on the Mat

While the cost of a single yoga class in Laguna Beach can range from $12 for a community services class to $25 at the newly re-opened Pacific Blue studio in Boat Canyon, Cho’s Academy, which primarily teaches martial arts, offers five donation-based yoga classes per week.
Posted On 07 Feb 2016

Shortcomings Surface in Parking Analysis

Failing to take into account that Laguna Beach is subject to California Coastal Commission requirements was criticized as a major blunder by consultants hired to solve the beach town’s changing parking demands.