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New Parking Options Kick In July 1

  Motorists can expect higher parking rates, extended meter hours, and valet parking in a pilot summer parking program that begins  on July 1. The goal of the measures mapped out by Irvine’s RBF Consulting is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing drivers...

The President Rolls Through Town

The buzz about a presidential visit started building in the North Laguna neighborhood around Ledroit Street last Thursday when temporary “no parking” signs sprouted in yards. The signs warned residents their vehicles risked being towed if not removed from the streets by 5 a.m....

Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Merchants in South Laguna and southbound commuters both are suffering from the consequences of emergency pipeline repairs in Coast Highway that are expected to last another week. To lessen weekday afternoon congestion that has generated a two-mile long back up to Nyes Place,...

Entry Policies Create a Public Safety Hazard

Editor, (The City Council was copied in as well.) I would be very surprised if none of you are aware of the illegal and dangerous early morning parking lane that appears along Coast Highway almost everyday. Most weekdays prior to 7:30 a.m. there are numerous vehicles parked on...

Rotary Returns with Grapes for Grads

Grapes for Grads, the Rotary Club’s fundraiser for student scholarships, takes place from noon until 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Guests can expect wine tasting, food, live music, live art demonstrations, a silent auction and a raffle chance on a...

Political Calendar

The public is invited to a sunset reception and $95 per person fundraiser with City Council candidate Rob Zur Schmiede on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the La Casa Del Camino Rooftop Lounge, 1289 S. Coast Highway.

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr....

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr....

Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council...

Assembly Candidate Makes Campaign Stops

A candidate for the 74th state Assembly district, Newport Beach councilman Keith Curry, is the guest speaker at the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 26. The 10 a.m. brunch at Mare’s Culinary Lounge, 696 S Coast Highway, costs $50 per person....

View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

  Editor, In my opinion, the main problem with the proposed view preservation ordinance is the high cost associated with trying to enforce it.  I believe a much simpler and more enforceable method would be to enact one stating that no tree may exceed the highest point of the...

Bird Watching

Editor, Just a friendly observation from one who has been driving Coast Highway since the late ‘70s. Did you know that pelicans cruise the bluffs at 35 m.p.h.? True. I have many times kept pace with these graceful birds while driving our Coast Highway. One exception though; they...

St.Clair to Preside Over Art Star Awards

Pacific Symphony’s music director and local resident Carl St.Clair will deliver the keynote speech at the eighth annual Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 6, at Seven Degrees. The event, the town’s tribute to film Oscars, awards organizations, businesses and individuals who have...

What a Scentsation

Editor, Kudos to Sillia Hatzi and her “Scentsational” Garden talk!  (“Inhaling a Scentsational Garden”) Very educational, learned about all sorts of wonderful scented plants and flowers.  Loved the seed packets souvenirs. I encourage all of Laguna to stop...

Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

The public is invited to a free program on exploring the beauty and benefits of blooming and fragrant plants in a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, March 22, in the South Laguna Community Garden, Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way. Gardener Silia Hatzi uses her own garden plot as an...