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Say Uncles

Say Uncles

Years ago, I dated a girl who was law abiding. You expected me to say she was pretty, smart and kind. She was, but law abiding stands out because her family was not. The uncles were cat burglars. One Christmas, she asked for a 35 millimeter camera. Poof, she got one with someone else’s pictures […]

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Citizen Academy Welcomes New Alumni

Citizen Academy Welcomes New Alumni

The 19th Laguna Beach Police Department Citizen Academy graduated Thursday, June 5, in a ceremony at the Hotel Laguna. Police Chief Paul Workman and other police department representatives joined family members of the 11 graduates to celebrate their accomplishment in joining the Citizen Academy Alumni, now 368 strong. The Citizen Academy is a 12-week non-stress […]

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Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

In her final state of the city address, Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson painted a detailed portrait of the city’s economy and shifting demographics, which is both aging and shrinking. She also drew some eye-opening conclusions about where the town stands today in comparing the most recent 2010 census figures to those of 2000 at […]

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Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

  “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature enacted AB 109 that mandated […]

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Violent Crime Drops by 30%

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week. Laguna Beach is not alone in reporting declines in crimes […]

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Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

The terrible Laguna Beach wildfire was 20 years ago, taking place on Oct. 27, 1993. This unsolved crime touched the lives of most all Lagunans. The Laguna Beach Historical Society program on the fire is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will include photos and a report on the 1993 firestorm written by the Orange […]

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Laguna Broadens its Online Services

Laguna Broadens its Online Services

Laguna Beach hopes to improve customer service as well as fight crime with two new technology initiatives announced this week. To foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications as well as disaster preparedness, Laguna Beach’s police department has partnered with Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based online social network for neighborhoods established in 2010. Laguna Beach’s 15 neighborhood sites will go […]

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Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Three intoxicated teens took a joy ride on a recent Friday night up to Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood. Their 10 p.m. outing went downhill in more ways than one. The driver lost control on Park Avenue and flipped the vehicle, which slid 250 feet. Fortunately, no motorist was coming in the other […]

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Council Eyes Improving Downtown Patrols

Council Eyes Improving Downtown Patrols

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna Beach’s police department intends to continue its foot patrols of downtown streets and study the effect of the increased police presence since April, the police chief informed the City Council on Tuesday. The re-deployment of patrol officers to downtown, however, drew the rebuke of the police union president, […]

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Criminalizing Homelessness Worsens the Situation

Criminalizing Homelessness Worsens the Situation

Editor, Criminalizing homelessness by harassing, arresting or jailing the poor because they have nowhere else to go but the street should sicken all of us. If a homeless person has committed a crime then they deserve to be arrested or jailed. However indiscriminately and unrelentingly ticketing them and jailing them hoping that if we make […]

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Auto Thieves Target Porsches

Auto Thieves Target Porsches

About 40 Laguna Beach residents who own 1990’s era Porsches this week received a special delivery to their home from the police department: a crime alert bulletin suggesting that thieves are targeting their vehicles and how to avoid getting hit. Two late-model sports cars, each worth at least $50,000 and equipped with alarms, disappeared overnight […]

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Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Editor, The whole idea of public video surveillance cameras in Laguna Beach is quite disturbing (“Council Considers Views, Safety,” May 24 edition) It can be abused by the police — not necessarily as a tool to solve crime after it has happened, but rather as a “fishing expedition.” It can intimidate the public, including tourists. […]

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Dicterow Wins Her Support

Dicterow Wins Her Support

Editor, When you first meet someone it takes mere seconds for your first impression responses to kick in, and in the case of meeting Steve Dicterow, I knew immediately that I really liked the guy. I had just recently moved to Laguna Beach, and I was taking photos at an event. Steve invited me to sit […]

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Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

By Alan Boinus   The gun lobby would have us think that last week’s tragedy in Aurora, Colo., was an aberration. Just another crazed criminal that putting controls on guns will not solve. After all, these kinds of lunatics will stop at nothing to do their evil.  Unfortunately, gun crimes like Aurora that make national news […]

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Skateboarding Isn’t a Crime

Skateboarding Isn’t a Crime

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.)   Yet another street banned to skateboarders at last night’s City Council meeting. Is it any wonder? One lady said, “a speedboard ran into my car tire, popping it.” I’m pretty sure that isn’t possible. Words like “someone is gonna die” were flying fast and […]