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Club Honors Standout Members

  The Boys and Girls Club bestowed youth of the year awards to individuals at each of their branches last month. Taylor Towe, Ava Knepper and Morgan Zevnick received honors from the canyon, Bluebird, Lang branches, respectively. Aaron White received the honor for the club’s...

Sister Cities Bonds Take Root

The public is invited to attend a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting and dedication of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Garden on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Cliff Drive, just north of Jasmine Street. The garden represents native foliage from Laguna’s adopted siblings, the cities of San Jose del...

Clinic Records Now State of the Art

Patient information at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic is now available to staff through electronic medical records, a system a year in planning. The system is hosted by Oregon Coastal Health Information Network, a co-operative that provides access to top of the line systems...

Gift Stocks Pantry’s Larder

Residents John and Lisa Mansour have directed the Laguna Beach Community Foundation to send a $1,000 check to the Laguna Food Pantry from their donor-advised fund managed through the foundation. “We thought about what would have the most impact, and we recognized that the Laguna...

Personnel File

GOP Names New Leader Laguna Beach Republicans elected Fletcher Berryman as its new president, succeeding outgoing leader Howard Hills. “We are going to build the broadest possible coalition of people in Laguna Beach who love our town and love liberty,” Berryman said in a...

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 2 Burglary. 1700 block of Glenneyre St. 11:24 p.m. Several windows were broken while a resident was out of town, though no entry was made. Tuesday, Feb. 3 Traffic stop. Calliope St. 12:26 a.m. A 24-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 13 World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Nate and the Declaration, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. James Clay Garrison, Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Ottmar Liebert...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Bud Unfurls Nature’s Mystery

By Donna Furey | LB Indy A unique, trademarked rose whose open petals form a heart arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. Ben and Ava Arman’s recently established, Color Blast Flowers, at 210 N. Coast Highway, are one of the only florists in the area to stock the unusual rose....

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 –...