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Updated: Drenching Rains Force Street Closure Due to Possible Slide

Police closed the lower section of Park Avenue in Laguna Beach today, Sunday, Jan. 22, due to a possible landslide even as a flash flood watch was issued, urging people to avoid flooded areas, until 5:30 p.m. this evening. The second storm to drench the town in three days dropped...

National Survey Documents Local Landmarks

Last year, a group of local open space preservationists submitted documents to the National Park Service to include the Laguna Beach greenbelt in the Historical American Landscapes Survey, a national program established by the National Park Service in October 2000 to document...

Schools Respond to Racial Attack

Laguna Beach High School suspended five students this week in the wake of a racially motivated attack against another student even as administrators took steps to start discussions about diversity and inclusiveness, beginning with meetings this week with representatives from O.C....

Schools

Double Set of Master Classes

Students Learn from Music Pro Laguna Beach High School jazz band students participated in a special in-class workshop with renowned jazz musician Sal Lozano.  The recent clinic was funded by contributions to LBHS Band Boosters and a philanthropic grant from the Ebell Club of...

Class Notes

Schools Tap Internal Candidate for Interim Slot School district facilities director Jeff Dixon was unanimously appointed as the interim assistant superintendent of business services, effective Jan. 11. Dixon will serve as interim in the role previously held by Dean West, who was...

Class Notes

Rotary Chooses Student of the Month   The Laguna Rotary Club has named Olivia Vera student of the month for social studies. She was an outstanding delegate in the LBHS Model U.N. and has received awards in advanced Spanish, algebra, pre-calculus, chemistry and English....

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Street Beat

Streetbeat

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Grand theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 8:31 a.m. A thief with a taste for California vintners made off with nine bottles of Caymus, Justin and Duckhorn wines, cumulatively valued at $940. Battery. 17-00160. 600 block of Park Ave. 1:57 p.m. A fracas between...

Thieves Break Into Sunglasses Store

Thieves shattered the glass entry door to a sunglasses boutique in downtown Laguna Beach and made off some merchandise sometime before 6:39 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, police said. The break-in occurred in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue. A tally of the losses was not yet available,...

Thieves Target Sunglasses Store

Thieves shattered the glass entry door to a sunglasses boutique in downtown Laguna Beach and made off with several pairs of sunglasses sometime before 6:39 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, police said. The break-in occurred in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue. A tally of the losses was not...

Letters

A Time for Reconciliation

Editor: If history has shown us anything, it’s that all humans fail, sometimes miserably. As a teenager, I behaved despicably, worse than the teens involved in the recent racial incident here in Laguna. Worse because I kept repeating mean-spirited bullying, hurting someone over...

Time to Rise Up

Editor, Seventeen year olds are deep into manhood in most parts of the world, earning food and shelter for siblings and parents. By 17, most girls of the world are mothers by traditional mandate. They lift the weight of womanhood by transporting water, firewood and bricks. The...

Why Should Staff Needs Take Priority Over Citizens?

Editor, One of the primary functions and responsibilities of City Hall, no matter what city or state, is to service its customers. City Hall is in the business of solving, fixing, directing and mitigating customers’ city related/caused issues, as long as they fall within the...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...