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Council Urges Nixing Higher Speed Limits

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 issues a formal response to the state agency. Residents and Council members alike […]

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Updated: Passenger Dies in Four-Car Pile-Up

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 complaints of pain to severe trauma as […]

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Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

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 envisioned. The Council approved specific design review and coastal development permits for […]

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Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

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 envisioned. The Council approved specific design review and coastal development permits for […]

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Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

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 straight out a mile, rest […]

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Community Datebook

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 breakfast at the picnic area below the corner of Myrtle […]

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Put Up a Parking Lot

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 business development to the extent they gross more revenue from parking […]

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William Bird

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 it was part […]

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Expensive Decision Looms Over Treatment Plant

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 through aging, pressurized pipes to a regional treatment plant in Laguna […]

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Musings on the Coast: Thoughts On A Seminal Year

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, then on Election Day, it was over […]

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Heartened by Focus on Traffic Safety

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 entrance in North Laguna, since […]

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Police Get a Break in Diaper-Dumping Case

Police Get a Break in Diaper-Dumping Case

Police investigators intend to seek illegal dumping charges against a 67-year-old Newport Coast resident who is suspected of flinging used adult diapers outside the gated Laguna Beach neighborhoods of Irvine Cove and Emerald Bay multiple times over the past six months, according to police. Police did not further identify the suspected dumper, who allegedly made […]

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Locals Still Digging for Volleyball Titles

Locals Still Digging for Volleyball Titles

Emerald Bay resident and libero Harold Noriega competed on the winning team in this year’s USA Open Volleyball Nationals, the top amateur tournament. The May 26-29 event in Salt Lake City, Utah, was the eighth time Noriega competed at the USA Open. The tournament is hosted by USA Volleyball, which supervises the indoor and sand […]

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Caltrans Says Signal or Nothing for Now

Caltrans Says Signal or Nothing for Now

If there’s no signal at the main entrance to Emerald Bay, no other road improvements can be pursued there, Caltrans officials said Wednesday. The statement came a week after the Laguna Beach City Council rejected a left-turn traffic signal proposed by the gated community intended to make exiting its main gate at North Coast Highway […]

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Signal Alternatives

Signal Alternatives

Editor, There is no question that the existing Coast Highway traffic configuration at the Emerald Bay main gate is dangerous. The issue is whether it would be better or worse if a traffic signal were to be installed.  I have three comments that I did not hear raised at the City Council meeting last week […]