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Downtown Permit Process Under Scrutiny

The Elmisheds story serves to frame why the city is considering revising the Downtown Specific Plan, a set of regulations first created in 1989 and designed to preserve the character of the city center.

Financial Questions Dominate New Mayor’s Agenda

...Steve Dicterow said, “I want inspiration to be our theme. In a democracy, we have a duty to participate. My goal and hope for the next year is to inspire residents to get involved.”

Dicterow in Line as Laguna’s Next Mayor

After Dec. 8, an elected official other than Bob Whalen will occupy the mayor’s chair during Laguna Beach City Council meetings and represent the city at government and civic functions. If history is a guide, after a one-year stint as mayor, Whalen will pass the baton to Steve...

Twisted Landmark Receives Special Status

A venerable tree in Heisler Park, whose low-lying, twisted limbs entice climbers and photographers alike, gained heritage status in October thanks to an appeal by a member of the Beautification Council. The City Council approved the designation for the pink Melaleuca, which means...

Director Ends an Eight-Year Run

Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Karen Wood, who successfully steered the 95-year-old landmark institution through the recession, will be leaving after completing her eighth season. The search for new leadership will be conducted by Arts Consultants Group and the board expects...

Fragile Wilderness Park Readies for Rain

With an already-distressed habitat, and not much of it left, park rangers and trail managers for Laguna Coast and Aliso-Wood Canyons wilderness parks are making haste to prepare for predicted heavy rains.

Updated: Gelson’s Seals a Deal for Laguna Haggen

                          High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties, those in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief...

New Guests, Interesting Twists for Hospitality Night

Lindsay Pearce from “Glee” and Marina Sirtis of “Star Trek” fame will sample some of the holiday merriment along closed Forest Avenue during Hospitality Night beginning at 5 p.m.
Posted On 04 Dec 2015

Local Merchants Find an Antidote to Black Friday

Overall, sales at brick and mortar stores across the county was down on Thanksgiving and Black Friday to $12.2 billion from $13.6 billion last year, according to the retail analyst ShopperTrak.

Turning Off the Tap Shows Results

The two water suppliers serving Laguna Beach both hit their 24 percent water conservation targets for October.

Freshman Legislator Offers a Sacramento Score Card

The weather and shoreline make OC coastal cities a “major magnet” that benefits residents and business owners, ... Assemblyman Matthew Harper said.

Gelson’s Seals Deal for Laguna Haggen

High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief Executive Rob McDougall said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not announced. “We have many...

Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Nuclear Waste

A lawsuit asks a state court to order the removal of nuclear waste stored at San Onofre to the Mojave Desert.

Quick Reaction Saves a Student in Distress

“He’s choking,” yelled a student in Tauna LaPierre’s second grade class at Top of the World Elementary in Laguna Beach.
Posted On 29 Nov 2015

Chinese Restaurant Receives Mixed Reviews

Significant uproar over a new proposed restaurant at 680 S. Coast Highway, ..., caused the Planning Commission... to put off consideration of the project