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Grossman Ousted from Planning Commission

Norm Grossman will end 26 nearly consecutive years on the Planning Commission, when his current term expires June 30 after the City Council rejected his reappointment Tuesday. Council members appointed Susan Whitin to fill a seat vacated recently by Linda Dietrich and Roger...

Council Debates Conflict of Interest Issue

General contractor Ken Fischbeck’s demolition work on the historic Heisler Building may proceed despite his earlier involvement in approving another project there as a member of the Heritage Committee, the City Council decided Tuesday. Since Fischbeck is working on the...

Young Filmmakers Launch from Laguna

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The newest artists from the Laguna art colony are a budding crop of young filmmakers, who will be showcasing their talent in south county and abroad in coming weeks. “The AC Project,” by brothers Doug and Ryan Wekenman, Ethan Matott and Matt Fons will be...

Changes Expected at High School Field

  Changes are in the making for the Laguna Beach High School football stadium and baseball diamond with school board members siding for safety Tuesday rather than ocean views. The baseball field will either be reoriented to its original position for at least $1 million or...

Vision Maps Beautifying Laguna Creek

Locals driving out Laguna Canyon Road may appreciate its natural beauty, yet few probably consider the largely hidden Laguna Canyon Creek since shrubs and man-made obstacles obscure nearly the entire watercourse. Near Anneliese’s School, for example, beyond a weed-choked...

Entrance Moves Ahead Despite Controversy

The City Council Tuesday approved hiring RBF Consulting to lead the design process for a village entrance park, a project that has been a source of controversy for years. Tuesday’s decision proved no different. The vocal public denounced the move that the Council pushed...

Sewer Fixes Require Rate Hikes, Debt

The City Council endorsed a 10-year plan Tuesday for capital improvements to the city-run sewer system, funded by rate increases of up to 4.75 percent annually over the next 10 years and a $10 million loan. A jump in fees, which now average about $48 a month, could take effect as...

Seaside Fests Celebrate Mother Earth

Fun in the sun can be had by the bucketsful for the next two weekends at Main Beach. Free festivities will celebrate the importance of a healthy ocean and earth. Kelp is the fastest-growing organism on the globe. It can grow up to two feet a day. More than 800 species rely on...

Water Cutbacks Deeper Than Expected

Water districts that keep the taps running in Laguna Beach face a state-mandated 25 percent reduction in water use from last September’s levels, which means even tighter restrictions for residents than anticipated, district officials informed the City Council Tuesday....

Firefighters Retire a Relic, But Seek Fresh Recruits

By Donna Furey | LB Indy It was a historically significant moment for David Skarman, senior resident officer at Emerald Bay’s fire station, when the air raid siren was silenced last month. The towers that emitted piercing shrieks were installed to warn communities of air raids...

Updated: New Rules Restrict Water Use

With Californians cutting water use by only 2.8 percent this February compared to a year ago, local water districts are gearing up for state-mandated restrictions by telling customers to crimp the flow. Effective Wednesday, April 22, South Laguna residents will not be able to...

Louise Buckley

A Long Life Well-Lived Longtime community activist Louise Buckley died Friday, April 3, 2015, after a brief illness. She was 93. After working at Lockheed Corporation in Burbank and later owning a travel agency in Woodland Hills, Buckley retired to Laguna Beach in 1994 and began...

Study Targets Aliso Creek Estuary

Where seawater mixes with freshwater at the mouth of Aliso Creek lies a six-acre remnant of what was once a broad estuary, which restoration advocates say has the potential to provide habitat for several threatened species and serve as a link between the protected greenbelt and...

Skate Park Fans Aim to Build Broader Support

Over 75 residents, aged 4 to 64, gathered at the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 28, to learn about a possible skate park for Laguna Beach. The city has set aside funds for a skate park, but due to the lack of consensus over a location plans have not progressed, says a...