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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...

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...

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...

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...

No-Go for Emerald Bay Traffic Signal

Even after a heart-rending plea from a mother whose son was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an exiting Emerald Bay resident, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposed traffic signal at the gated community’s main entry. Against a backdrop of emotional...

Simple Signal Solution

Editor, Re: proposed Emerald Bay signal My suggestion is to move the entrance further into the complex, getting the cars off the street or letting the workers in earlier.   Warren Goff, Laguna Beach

Signal Supporter Outlines His Argument

Editor, (The letter was also addressed to top city administrators and elected officials.) I write in support of installing the proposed traffic signal at Emerald Bay and Coast Highway. My opinion is informed by personal history. I lived in Three Arch Bay before there was a...

Unnecessary Signal

Editor, Emerald Bay does not need a traffic signal. It needs a “no left turn” signal. This will allow residents wishing to go south to use the existing safe exits. It is also much cheaper.   Henry W. Pribram, Laguna Beach

Signal Still Causing Head-on Arguments

Environmental arguments opposing a controversial proposed traffic signal at the main gate of North Laguna’s exclusive Emerald Bay community were dismissed last week by a Superior Court, sweeping aside another obstacle for signal supporters. But opponents aren’t accepting the...

Increase Security at Emerald Bay

Editor:   I am writing to urge support of the project to install a traffic signal and increase the safety on North Coast Highway at the main entrance to Emerald Bay. My wife and I moved to Emerald Bay in 1984.  Shortly after that time, we had some very close calls when...

Seeing Red Over a Signal

Editor, Emerald Bay’s leadership has railroaded their community, Caltrans and now Laguna Beach’s City Council into accepting a traffic light and a grandiose entrance to Emerald Bay.  They have already spent over $1 million to buy this traffic light that they will pay for because...

Delay for Emerald Bay’s Traffic Signal

Despite the Emerald Bay Community Association’s financial support for a $2.7 million Coast Highway traffic signal near the gated main entry, Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday delayed its installation and instead called for an independent traffic study. The homeowners’...

Swimmers Dive in for Coastline Crawl

Organizers of this year’s Aquathon, an Emerald Bay to Ritz Carlton coastline race on Sunday, Sept. 11, are forecasting calm weather. The next swell isn’t expected to arrive until Monday, Sept. 12, said “aqua-guy” organizer Gary Cogorno. “We expect a calm ocean, two foot, with the...

Emerald Bay Still Pursues its Own Signal

Despite the lack of support from Laguna Beach’s City Council, an Emerald Bay homeowners’ group will continue to pursue installing a traffic signal at the main entrance to the neighboring but unincorporated north Laguna gated community. And, it will do so despite a lack of support...

Human Smugglers Come Ashore in Emerald Bay

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens last Thursday in Laguna Beach, among possibly nine passengers aboard a small, panga-style boat that disgorged its human cargo along Emerald Bay’s crescent oceanfront, some of the county’s priciest real estate. Nine life...