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 Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

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 University, led his team with three hits […]

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Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

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, suffered head trauma after being struck by a motorist […]

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Opening a Safety Net for the Mentally Ill

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 professionals involved with the care or supervision of the severely mentally ill over the age […]

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Oceanfront Owners Facing New Remodel Rules

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 Beach house. Scenarios such as this prompted Laguna’s city […]

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Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

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 three years ago went 0-18. Each of […]

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Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

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, informed the City Council on Tuesday of construction plans. Since Orange-based St. Joseph […]

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Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

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 concession comes in the wake of an unexpected land deal adjacent to the […]

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Reviving the Elvis of an Earlier Era

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, “Rockstar,” a musical play written and performed by Felder about the man many […]

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Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

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 Chief Jeff LaTendresse described current conditions as a “critical […]

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Grisly Outcome to Missing Person Inquiry

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 disappearance, and ruled the death a homicide, Ventura […]

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Citizen Voting for Entrance

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 afraid of?   Is it that the voters in Laguna […]

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LBHS Update 7/26/13

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 top 48 teams from San Diego, So Cal, and NorCal […]

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Police Nab Suspected Bank Bandit

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 address, was arrested for suspicion of robbery and […]

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Surfwear Magnate Arrested in Collision

Surfwear Magnate Arrested in Collision

Former professional surfer and groundbreaking beachwear designer  Michael Elliot Tomson was arrested for suspicion of felony drug charges after causing a two-car traffic collision in Laguna Beach on Monday, April 29, police said. A 65-year-old woman suffered injuries as a result of the 9:17 a.m. rear-end collision, which led to the temporary closure of Glenneyre […]

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Grant May Extend Trolley Service

Grant May Extend Trolley Service

To take advantage of a potential $3.7 million windfall in county transportation funding, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to apply for a grant that could expand the city’s popular free summer trolley service to weekends in six post-summer months. The windfall comes via the countywide Measure M half-cent sales tax that funds various […]