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Tuesday, Feb. 17 Pedestrian stop. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:33 a.m. Alexander Jeffrey Pratt, 26, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for a $100,000 warrant. Petty theft. Thalia St. 2:21 p.m. A stolen backpack containing a smart phone was found abandoned and recovered, but the...

Friends Mourn Lives Upended by Slaying

Late last August, surf school owner James Pribram returned home from the beach in early evening to the broad streets and hillside ranch houses of Laguna Niguel and came upon the unexpected. Richard Begley, who Pribram knew from his boyhood where they both surfed local breaks in...

Assistance League Recognizes its Members

The Assistance League recently recognized Dixie Henry, Susan Velasquez, Kelli Humphrey, San Dee Frei, Joan Kasman and Susan Layman for exceptional service to the organization and the community during the prior year. Several members were honored for years of service with the...

Workshop Devises a Prescription for Well-Being

The third annual TerraVita Herbal Symposium takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at Anneliese Schools’ Wiilowbrook campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. The weekend symposium sponsored by SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc. includes diverse and hands-on workshops on...

Fire Protection Intensifies in Arch Beach

The city’s Fire Department is proposing a fuel modification plan for undeveloped areas that border Arch Beach Heights, Portofino, and Lower Nyes Canyon. A community meeting on the topic is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and another scheduled for the Design Review Board...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015

Personnel File

Dance Festival Hires First Executive Laguna Dance Festival hired longtime volunteer and board chair Joy Dittberner as its first executive director, the festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates announced. “Joy is just the person for the job, having worked as our de facto...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 27 Kalama Brothers, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. The Higgs, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. James Clay Garrison, Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Richie Furay, 8 p.m., The...

Home Again for Local Actress

When Erika Whalen Schindele presented the Art Star lifetime achievement award to her former high school teacher and mentor, Mark Dressler, last April, the honor had personal significance. “I credit him with inspiring me to become a professional actress,” she said. “I felt proud...

Plans Brewing to Beautify Laguna Creek

Often referred to as “the ditch,” Laguna Canyon Creek may soon see its own form of urban renewal. With replanted native vegetation, renewed wildlife habitat, walking trails and improved water quality as a result, an environmental team recently unveiled a plan they hope will make...

2014 Campaign Sets Spending Record

Candidates and organizations spent $300,240 on last November’s race for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council, making 2014 the most expensive campaign in a dozen years. That cumulative figure is based on financial disclosure filings by the candidates and committees for the...

A Season of Reflection Begins Outdoors

The South Laguna Community Garden stood in as an informal open-air chapel for the observance of Ash Wednesday, which uses ashes as a sign of penance and mourning and marks the start of Lent, a time of penance before Easter, which is on April 5. The Rev. Andrea Paddock, deacon of...
Posted On 22 Feb 2015

Taming Congestion Proves No Easy Trick

The groundhog may be a harbinger of an early thaw in colder climes, but here the ring of free trolleys has for years served as the local warm weather indicator that signals the unofficial start of summer. That is about to change. Thanks to the city winning a state transportation...

Updated: Missing Teen’s Body is Found

Describing her son’s death as a “freak accident,” Jennifer Parnell said she still harbored hope that her son remained alive up until his body was pulled from the sea this past Wednesday. A large wave swept 18-year-old Anthony Parnell into the ocean 11 days earlier from Thousand...

Troop 35 Fledges Two Eagles

High school sophomore Jake Mangus and junior Jeffery Rubino achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Both are members of Troop 35, chartered by the Laguna Presbyterian Church in 1945. Jeff is the third generation in the Rubino...

Local Photographer, Officiant Win Awards

Click Chicks Photography and officiant Michael Ahern say they have won bride’s choice awards from Wedding Wire, an online site connecting couples with event professionals. “When a couple hires me, I’m being asked to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives,” said...