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Shelter Receives a Gift From a Spotted Dog Lover

  A six-month old Dalmation pup that was deaf and whose behavior was wild ended up in the animal shelter years ago. Manager Nancy Goodwin began training the dog in the hope of making it adoptable. Local resident Kathleen Clody also got wind of the new shelter resident and...
Posted On 24 Aug 2015

Coastal Panel OKs Fire Breaks

After listening to an analysis of a Laguna Beach fuel modification project, including testimony from Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse about fire conditions exacerbated by the drought, the California Coastal Commission effectively green-lighted a project to thin dense brush in Arch...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

ACLU Again Challenges Laguna’s Policies Toward the Homeless

The ACLU Foundation and the law firm of Paul Hastings Thursday sued the city of Laguna Beach for discriminating against homeless individuals with disabilities. As a result of an earlier ACLU lawsuit and settlement, Laguna Beach in 2009 opened the only municipal year-round shelter...

Updated: Vacation Rental Ban Extended

Swayed by residents’ impassioned testimony about rowdy visitors eroding the quality of life in their neighborhoods, the City Council Tuesday opted to ban short-term lodging in all residential areas in Laguna Beach. The Council called for staff to develop an ordinance...

Prosecutor Withdraws Cold-Case Murder Charge

Due to the deaths of two witnesses and the inability of a third to travel, prosecutors on Tuesday were forced to drop charges against a felon accused in the 1978 robbery-stabbing of Laguna Beach resident Brent Stapleton Tobey. Prosecutors say they expect to re-file murder charges...

Water Conservation Rises

Laguna Beach residents reduced their water use by 27 percent in July, bringing Laguna Beach 30 million gallons closer to its mandatory reduction goal, the Laguna Beach County Water District announced Wednesday. Based on targets set by the State Water Resources Control Board,...

Laguna Plans to Ban Short-Term Rentals

Laguna Beach is moving closer to enacting a total ban on short-term rentals and on Tuesday extended a moratorium on granting new permits for another year. In order to iron out details, the City Council didn’t act to impose a ban, but unanimously signaled their intent to draw up...

Police Surprise Bar Patrons With Vouchers

Local police are trying a tactic other than handcuffs to discourage drinkers from getting into the driver’s seat. Test-driving a program called “Know Your Limits,” officers managed to convince 50 bar patrons, one third of whom were locals, to take an alcohol...

‘Enchanted Garden’ Loses Its Sorcerer

Customers juggling intended purchases and wine-filled glasses stood eight-deep at the Laguna Nursery cash register last week. Such a sight apparently proved as rare at the nursery in recent years as a Dudleya stolonifera, a threatened succulent species native only to Laguna...

Activists Claim Lapses in San Onofre Security

Local activists documenting what they say is a lack of security at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will present their findings this month to FBI officials who investigate domestic terrorism threats, according to a county official. Laguna Beach resident and activist Rita...

Updated: Homeless Man Dies in Crash

A roadside shrine on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park now marks the location where a homeless man was struck and killed by an outbound motorist about 1 a.m. last Friday, Aug. 7, police said. The death is the fourth traffic fatality within the city this year, all of which have...

Updated: Relay Swims into Record Books From Catalina

Despite strong winds and choppy seas, the open water swimmers and support team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea reached their home shore at Main Beach Saturday, Aug. 8 just after 3 p.m., which they believe is the first channel crossing from Catalina Island to Laguna Beach. Their...
Posted On 14 Aug 2015

City Revisits Short-Term Rental Rules

The City Council revisits regulations of short-term vacation rentals at its next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18. Potential changes, including a repeal or revision of current permit requirements or an extension of the current moratorium on new permits, are up for discussion, Assistant...

Address Still Undetermined for Laguna’s Farmer’s Market

Saturday farmer’s market patrons will need to buy their vegetables and fruits at a new location come mid-October when a sewer project begins on the current site next to City Hall. Where exactly remains to be seen, but the City Council seemed to lean towards a temporary home...