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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...

Relay Team Celebrates Crossing the Catalina Channel

Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea lived up to their name, swimming 33.5 miles and into the record books by crossing the Catalina Channel to Laguna Beach just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. A crowd of about 50 welcomers was distinct among the throngs of sun bathers that crowded Main...
Posted On 10 Aug 2015

Keep Calm and Groom On

It’s August and for the many of the 7,712 licensed dogs in Laguna Beach that means haircut time. Business “really picks up in the summer,” says Coast Pet Grooming owner Jessica Madrid, whose shop on North Coast Highway has been fully booked for weeks. The demand should come as no...
Posted On 10 Aug 2015

Hot Weather Blamed for Tepid Sales

A myriad of culprits are being called out for what some downtown Laguna Beach retailers are calling “the worst summer ever.” Hot temperatures, anomalous rainstorms, high prices, spending-cautious consumers and foul-mouthed panhandlers are among the complaints voiced by local...

Pressing to Remove Utility Lines Yields Mixed Results

Southern California Edison’s president, Pedro Pizarro, agreed to meet Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen later this month to discuss fast-tracking and cost-sharing a citywide project to underground utility lines. Reacting to the July 3 brush fire ignited by sparks from Edison...

Homeless Man Dies in Canyon Crash

A man who had exited a car parked on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park was struck and killed by an outbound motorist Friday, Aug. 7, about 1 a.m., police said. The coroner’s office identified the victim as 40-year-old Richard McCrary, but provided no home address. The death is...

Ban Reversed on New Pools

The 54 homeowners whose plans to build a pool or spa in Laguna Beach were put on hold by a 45-day moratorium can breath a sigh of relief. After hearing public testimony Tuesday, the City Council unanimously repealed the unpopular measure imposed last month. At the same time, to...

Marathon Splashes Off After Sunset

Tom Hale, his daughter Faith, and their relay team of mostly Laguna Beach locals, expect to set off from Catalina Island tonight, Friday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. and start swimming for home. In one to two hour shifts, they intend to cover 33.5 miles of open ocean and reach Main Beach...
Posted On 06 Aug 2015