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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Laguna's Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Laguna’s Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson officially announced Friday, April 4, that she will not seek a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council in November, because of job demands. She is president and chief executive of the Pacific Chorale, which is the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She said that when she interviewed for […]

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Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

The necessity of revisiting development guidelines along Laguna Canyon Road emerged as a dominant topic of a joint meeting between the City Council, Planning Commission and the Design Review Board this past Saturday. City officials also signed off on new parking signs directing motorists to peripheral lots and discussed staffing demands, code enforcement and tweaking […]

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Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Though less dramatic than the infamous panic incited by the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast, quite a few people fell for an April Fool’s Day hoax broadcast by Laguna Beach FM radio station KX 93.5. In a morning broadcast by station manager Tyler Russell, he claimed City Hall was in cahoots with the Festival […]

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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

Pedestrian Critically Injured in Canyon Crash

A 22-year-old college student suffered serious injuries after she was struck walking in a cross walk across Laguna Canyon Road near the Laguna College of Art and Design on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said Friday. The highway was closed in both directions after the 8:45 p.m. accident and remained closed until early Friday, according […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Artist Units Move Forward

Artist Units Move Forward

Residents thronged City Hall on Tuesday to weigh in on local sculptor Louis Longi’s artists’ work/live project, the source of months of controversy. Proponents sported bright red t-shirts, while vivid green “Save Laguna Canyon” lapel stickers indicated opponents. Ultimately, the red shirts carried the day with a City Council vote of 3-2, effectively giving the […]

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 Dual at Dawn

Dual at Dawn

What’s going on at Pimco? At a place well known for bonds, there appears to be a broken bond between our native sons, Bill and Mohamed. Could they really be breaking up?  It’s too squirrelly to consider. Speaking of squirrelly things, I’ve never seen squirrels in Laguna. That’s good because squirrels don’t like me.  I’m […]

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Religious Traditions

Religious Traditions

Singing the Tradition of Taize Laguna Presbyterian Church will conduct an informal worship service of prayer, scripture, and song accompanied by guitar, flute, and piano in the Taize style on Sunday, April 6, at 5 p.m. Taize is an ecumenical community in France . Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to […]

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High Style Finds Home in Laguna

High Style Finds Home in Laguna

Want the perfect look for a wedding, a fabulous store display or help getting the right face on a new product? Shannon O’Neil, 30, has returned to her native Laguna Beach to open Cargo-Creative, which offers product and prop styling, staging, set design, event and space planning and floral design. Some of O’Neil’s retail designs […]

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What’s on the Weekend Dial

What’s on the Weekend Dial

Suzanne Savary, the Democratic candidate opposing Republican Dana Rohrabacher for California’s 48th congressional district, is interviewed Saturday, April 5, beginning at 11 a.m. on the web station [email protected] on host Ari Grayson’s show “Perspectives.” Interviews with elder care specialist Kim Bailey and the surfing urgent-care physician Bill Andersen follow from 1-2 p.m. on Ernest Hackmon’s “The […]

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 Jones Appointed to Festival Board

Jones Appointed to Festival Board

    The Festival of Arts’ board appointed Laguna Beach resident and festival artist Kathy Jones to fill out the remaining term of an open seat on the nine-member board. Jones, a former senior manager at two universities, fills a position left open by Tammie Arnold, who resigned and moved to New York due to […]

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Center Shows Off Its New Addition

Center Shows Off Its New Addition

By Donna Furey | LB Indy After observing Pacific Marine Mammal Center staff releasing a sea lion into the ocean from a bluff overlooking a Laguna Beach cove, Ted Bauer visited the rescue operation on Laguna Canyon Road last year and inquired how his foundation might help the center. The result was a grant of […]

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Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Police detained four San Juan Capistrano teens about 10 p.m. Friday, March 28, after a purse was stolen from a young woman who had placed it on a low wall in the area of Park Avenue and Glenneyre Street. With a description of the fleeing purse-snatchers as skateboarding and wearing Red Hawk jerseys, police swarmed […]