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Aquathon Holds Mystique for Novice and Veterans Alike

By Robert Campbell | LB Indy After event organizer Gary Cogorno made his traditional mock announcement that the annual Aquathon was cancelled, several hundred ocean enthusiasts headed for the rocky point at the south end of Emerald Bay last Sunday, Sept. 14, to begin a surf and...

Praise for Responsiveness

Editor, Last week the Indy published my letter regarding the traffic parked illegally on Coast Highway at the entrances to Emerald Bay and Irvine Cove (“Entry Policies Create a Public Safety Hazard,” May 16). I’m now writing to express my thanks to the city and the police...

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...

Canyon Resident Opposes Homeless Housing

Editor, As a resident of the Canyon, I can tell you that the alternative living shelter as presented [poses] more than enough problems to residents here in the Canyon. We’ve had random homeless /mentally ill folks wander up into our neighborhoods, sleeping on our yards,...

Council Urges Nixing Higher Speed Limits

A proposal from Caltrans to raise speed limits on sections of Coast Highway received a skeptical response this past Tuesday from Laguna Beach’s City Council, which asked its Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee to thoroughly investigate the planned changes before the Council...

Updated: Passenger Dies in Four-Car Pile-Up

An Irvine man died and six other people were injured in a four-car collision in Laguna Beach that resulted in the closure of a section of North Coast Highway in both directions for 10 hours on Sunday, Jan. 26, according to police. The victims, whose injuries ranged from...

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally...

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally...

Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

  This is a true story about arrogance. Specifically, mine. It begins with kayaking. I go almost every day, venturing from one of the coves in north Laguna.  My usual route takes me north along the coast. I paddle to Emerald Bay and sometimes Irvine Cove.  From there, I race...
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

Community Datebook

Summer’s End Marked With Flapjacks The Laguna Beach Exchange Club plans its annual Labor Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, in Heisler Park, staffed by local police and firefighters. Police along with fire personnel serve as cooks for Monday’s park...

Put Up a Parking Lot

Editor, What is the quickest way for Laguna Beach to raise more revenue other than taxes and parking fines? That’s right, honey, put up a parking lot. In the interest of maintaining village appeal through zoning restrictions and height limitations, the city has constrained...

William Bird

William D. Bird, Jr. passed away early on Jan. 29, 2013 in his Laguna Beach home with his beloved wife Nancy at his side. He was 89. Bill was born in Bird’s Point, Mo., a small town on the Mississippi River settled by his ancestors preceding the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 before...

Expensive Decision Looms Over Treatment Plant

Every home and business in Laguna Beach with a toilet contributes to the waste stream flowing into a treatment plant located within the Aliso Canyon wilderness park, upstream from Aliso Beach. From there, the solid waste, or sludge, crosses four miles of parkland underground...

Musings on the Coast: Thoughts On A Seminal Year

It is a brand new year, but before we plunge into it, let me share some thoughts for the past year, 2012, may it pass blissfully into our shared consciousness. 1. The political pundits told us the presidential election would be too-close-to call.   The polls had them neck-n-neck,...
Posted On 03 Jan 2013

Heartened by Focus on Traffic Safety

Editor, I was glad to read in the last issue that the LBPD recently received a state grant for preventing traffic deaths and injuries (“LBPD Awarded Grant,” Nov. 23 edition).  I found it a bit ironic that the photo illustrating the article is of a collision at the Emerald Bay...