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Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Donna Furey| LB Indy South county resident, Dennis Yang, 39, will be out of the blocks on August 25 starting his Great Reading Run 2014. He intends to run a carefully planned 11,000 course around the perimeter of the country through 35 states, beginning and ending in Santa...

Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach won victories in three separate lawsuits, one of which exposed the city to as much as $100 million in damages, City Attorney Phil Kohn said Wednesday. In that case, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court...

Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Former Laguna Beach High School senior Keaton Jones struck out a career high 12 batters as well as scoring the winning run against Costa Mesa on May 3, 2011, to clinch the first league title in the program’s 48-year history. Jones, now a junior shortstop at Texas Christian...

Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

A 48-year-old pedestrian died over the weekend after being struck by a car in a late night collision in Laguna Beach last Wednesday, May 21, the second pedestrian fatality this year, police said. Regan Hess, identified by police as a member of the local homeless population,...

Opening a Safety Net for the Mentally Ill

Orange County families will soon have a new recourse to help mentally ill loved ones from spiraling downward and potentially endangering their lives. The county Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to implement Laura’s Law, which allows families and...

Oceanfront Owners Facing New Remodel Rules

Under rules proposed by the California Coastal Commission staff, reroofing an ocean front home and replacing framing ridden with dry rot could be considered a major remodel and trigger a 25-foot setback rule, which would require Mark Spencer to lop off a quarter of his Laguna...

Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Mark Lewis was named the 2013-14 Orange County girls’ basketball coach of the year after leading Laguna Beach High to second place in the Orange Coast League and a first round CIF post-season victory. The team’s eight league wins this season is a school record. Lewis’ first team...

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus,...

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The...

Reviving the Elvis of an Earlier Era

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy He brought George Gershwin to life on stage, followed by Chopin, Beethoven and Bernstein. Now, actor-musician Hershey Felder returns to The Laguna Playhouse Sept. 17 – 29 in the world premiere of his latest one-man show,...

Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

With the coming anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Beach firestorm as the backdrop, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to step up fire safety measures by expanding fuel modification zones and upping fines in no smoking areas. In a report to the council, Laguna Beach Fire...

Grisly Outcome to Missing Person Inquiry

The body of a man reported missing two years ago by his Laguna Beach relatives was discovered last month in a freezer of a public storage unit in Ventura, Ventura police announced Wednesday. Coroner’s officials identified the body as Jeffrey Korber, 58 at the time of his...

Citizen Voting for Entrance

Editor, The refusal of our City Council majority to allow a citizen vote regarding the village entrance project seems to confirm that the Council acts more like a private club than as duly elected representatives of the citizens of Laguna Beach.   What is the council majority...

LBHS Update 7/26/13

Breakers Surprise at Summer Tournament In a preview of what hopefully will be a successful high school swim season, Laguna Beach’s Breakers competed in the top summer tournament for California high school teams this past weekend at Corona del Mar. The boys division featured the...

Police Nab Suspected Bank Bandit

An hour after a robber presented a demand note to U.S. Bank tellers and fled the downtown Laguna Beach branch, police arrested a 24-year-old man that fit the bandit’s description seated at a North Laguna bus bench, police said Wednesday. Kyle Alan Veach, with no known current...