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Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

The necessity of revisiting development guidelines along Laguna Canyon Road emerged as a dominant topic of a joint meeting between the City Council, Planning Commission and the Design Review Board this past Saturday. City officials also signed off on new parking signs directing motorists to peripheral lots and discussed staffing demands, code enforcement and tweaking […]

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Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Though less dramatic than the infamous panic incited by the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast, quite a few people fell for an April Fool’s Day hoax broadcast by Laguna Beach FM radio station KX 93.5. In a morning broadcast by station manager Tyler Russell, he claimed City Hall was in cahoots with the Festival […]

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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

A 22-year-old college student suffered serious injuries after she was struck walking in a cross walk across Laguna Canyon Road near the Laguna College of Art and Design on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said Friday. The highway was closed in both directions after the 8:45 p.m. accident and remained closed until early Friday, according […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Artist Units Move Forward

Artist Units Move Forward

Residents thronged City Hall on Tuesday to weigh in on local sculptor Louis Longi’s artists’ work/live project, the source of months of controversy. Proponents sported bright red t-shirts, while vivid green “Save Laguna Canyon” lapel stickers indicated opponents. Ultimately, the red shirts carried the day with a City Council vote of 3-2, effectively giving the […]

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Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Two students returned to Thurston Middle School to inform school officials they rebuffed a man who had offered them money to hand out flyers and to attempt to coax them into his white sports car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, police said. Police searched the area to no avail and will be making extra […]

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Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Louis Longi’s controversial live-work development in Laguna Canyon can proceed.  On a 3-2 vote, Laguna beach’s City Council on Tuesday denied an appeal of the project by a neighborhood organization. Council members Robert Whalen and Toni Iseman voted against the project. The majority of council members, though, said they favored the proposal because zoning in […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” by Laguna Beach author Paul Holmes, […]

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Striking a Chord for Good Works

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000 people, all of them hungry for support. In a twist […]

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Schools Brace for Debt Shock

Schools Brace for Debt Shock

Next year, Laguna Beach’s public schools will be req­­­­­­­­­­­­uired to carry a $68.7 million debt from the state’s teacher-pension fund, an amount that has the potential to overwhelm the district’s $46 million budget and one school officials say they have no clue how to repay. The debt represents Laguna Beach’s share of the currently estimated […]

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 Consensus Emerges for Adopting View Ordinance

Consensus Emerges for Adopting View Ordinance

After a year’s worth of committee hearings, Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday finally reviewed a new ordinance to govern view regulation, though Mayor Elizabeth Pearson made it clear the special session was intended to listen to residents’ concerns rather than to pass a new law immediately. “You have an open-minded Council here,” she said. […]

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Advocates Sketch Out Homeless Housing Plans

Advocates Sketch Out Homeless Housing Plans

Take someone who is living under a tree (someone with a mental health disability that triggers their chronic homelessness), give them a place to live, and then provide support services to help them remain stable there. Thus, Helen Cameron offered a nutshell description of permanent supportive housing. She should know. Cameron founded Homes, Inc. in […]

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Record Crowds Turn Out for Record-Setting Meet

Record Crowds Turn Out for Record-Setting Meet

Laguna Beach High’s girls’ varsity track and field team turned in their best performance ever at the Trophy Invitational last Saturday at Guyer Field. Their second place score of 59 points put them three ahead of third place Corona del Mar but well behind the 148.5 tallied by Dana Hills. The boys’ varsity finished 10th. […]