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Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a Long Beach deputy police chief who lives in Orange County, will become the next Laguna Beach police chief, the city manager announced Monday. Farinella, who starts work next month, succeeds Chief Paul Workman, who announced his intention to retire last August....

New Director Possesses a Can-Do Attitude

By Donna Furey | LB Indy One of the first tasks Mary Schmidt assigned herself as executive director of the South County Cross-cultural Council was to write a grant proposal to obtain electricity for the day worker center, which has operated in Laguna Canyon for two decades. Since...

Zur Schmiede Seeks Coastal Commission Post

A little known entity last week nominated Laguna’s newest City Council member Robert Zur Schmiede to be considered for appointment to the California Coastal Commission as the representative to the south coast region, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties. A...

Search Resumes for Teen Swept into the Sea

Rescuers resume their search today for an 18-year-old Nevada high school student, who was swept from the rocks Sunday afternoon at Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell. On Monday, four OC Lifeguards returned to the area known as The Caves, a rocky point on the south end of...

Turning the Tide on Poachers

Watching out for poachers, pilferers and polluters isn’t what most people would consider a day at the beach. For Jeremy Frimond, life couldn’t get much better. Frimond, 27, pinned on the badge as Laguna Beach’s marine protection officer in 2013. He works with lifeguards,...

Home Prices Reach a New Record

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach last year neared $1.8 million, exceeding the previous peak median price of $1.7 million achieved in 2006. In a year-to-year comparison, the median sales price for single family homes in Laguna jumped 16 percent in 2014. Sales volume...

Thriving Economy Buoys City Budget

A boom in fees for building permits and plan checks last year, the most in the past seven years contributed to an unexpected surge in the city’s spending power by $4.3 million, according to a midyear budget analysis. The city’s triumvirate of key income sources –...

Schools Approve Tennis Court Improvements

Following in the steps of the Laguna Beach City Council, improvements to the six tennis courts across from Laguna Beach High School were unanimously approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School Board Tuesday. Repairs are scheduled to begin this summer. Two city council members met...

Club Redirects Its Savings Locally

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation will manage the local Boys and Girls’ Club’s $1.1 million endowment, an agreement representing the largest fund in the foundation’s young history that increases its assets by nearly half. Since its founding in 2004, the foundation has...

Animal Lover Leaves Legacy to Local Rescuers

Laguna’s abandoned pets and stranded pinnipeds are better off today because of a $720,000 donation from the estate of Enid Patricia Greaves, a 49-year Laguna Beach resident who died last year. Known to her friends as “Paddy,” Greaves herself benefitted from the...

Church Respects Neighbors’ Appeal

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Neighbors and parishioners who’d been waging a quiet campaign against the placement of a cell phone antenna in the bell tower of the St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church on Temple Terrace won a collective victory last week when AT&T withdrew its...

Friendship Shelter Joins County Agencies to Snag HUD Funds

Even as Friendship Shelter continues to press city officials for a proposed housing project in the Canyon for Laguna’s chronically homeless, the local non-profit recently secured $600,000 as their share of a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

Measles Become Hot School Subject

Even though Orange County has experienced 79 reported cases of measles, the highest number in the state, since an outbreak at Disneyland last month, no one has yet reported contracting the contagious disease in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, state and local health...

Local Selected to Create Main Beach Art Work

A larger than life size bronze sculpture of a woman by Laguna Beach artist Sukhdev Dail was selected for a public art commission for Main Beach by the city’s Arts Commission on Monday. Dail’s proposal includes glass elements that will cast colorful pools of light around the...

Local Activist’s Plea Finally Succeeds

After years of imploring city and school officials to ensure that all local children learn to swim, 50-year Laguna Beach resident Bruce Hopping got his reward Tuesday when the City Council approved a free pilot program to begin this summer. While the city’s Community Services...