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LBPD Awarded Grant

LBPD Awarded Grant

The Laguna Beach Police Department has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on local roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. While traffic deaths statewide declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 and DUI’s remain the […]

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Laguna, the next nanny state?

Laguna, the next nanny state?

Editor, With the latest proposed ordinance to empower the police to confiscate the skateboards of helmet-less riders of any age and require offending juveniles to undergo a “counseling session”, perhaps we’ve finally reached a Gladwell-like tipping point on the intrusion of civic officials into how parents raise their kids in this town. I have great […]

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Showdown Coming for SHO

Showdown Coming for SHO

Editor, Re: “Where’s the Fire?” Local Currents, Oct. 12 letters. This once again is David Vanderveen at his best, nailing truth about the proposed Social Host Ordinance (SHO) to a post in the public commons. I agree with David 100% and urge everyone to sign the petition asking all City Council and school board candidates […]

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Skateboard Confiscation Law Ok’d

Skateboard Confiscation Law Ok’d

With crowds of Laguna Beach skateboarders conspicuously absent, the City Council voted 4-1 this past Tuesday to finalize a local law that allows police to confiscate skateboards if any rider, regardless of age, isn’t wearing a helmet. The law will take effect on Dec. 13; the police department will report results from its enactment next […]

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Citizen Academy Assembling

Citizen Academy Assembling

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for its next Citizen Academy, starting Sept. 6. The academy meets from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 23. The course is designed to provide the public with a better understanding of the department and to help foster better […]

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Exemptions End for Disabled Drivers

Exemptions End for Disabled Drivers

Motorists with a disabled persons placard no longer can park without paying in unoccupied non-handicapped spaces in city lots, said parking supervisor Jim Beres. Placard holders, who had enjoyed that luxury, are still entitled to park gratis in any street metered space or in marked handicapped spaces within city lots, Beres said. Stricter enforcement in […]

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Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

A 31-year-old Lake Forest man who allegedly swung a machete at a Laguna Beach teacher was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Irvine last Saturday afternoon, police said. Juan Vigil Portillo allegedly swung a machete at an Anneliese School teacher, who observed him acting strangely in the school’s Laguna Canyon parking lot and […]

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A New Tool Considered to Curb Underage Drinking

A New Tool Considered to Curb Underage Drinking

An ordinance that would prohibit hosts from serving minors alcoholic drinks or controlled substances in private homes and impose penalties on violators will be considered by Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday, May 1. This week, the school board unanimously voted its support for the proposal. The measure aims to dissuade parents from allowing underage […]

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Groms Get 60-Day Reprieve

Groms Get 60-Day Reprieve

Blaming it on the younger generation, “older” teenage skateboarders swayed Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday to keep a hilltop street slated for closure open to downhillers. As a result, Skyline Drive, a narrow, mile-long descent from Thurston Middle School to Park Avenue just above Laguna Beach High School, will undergo a 60-day trial period […]

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Dropping the Ball on Drinking and Driving

Dropping the Ball on Drinking and Driving

As New Year’s Eve weekend approaches and the merriment that follows the holiday ensues, a warning about its consequences rings a sobering note as well.   Among last year’s revelers countywide, 132 started the year with a DUI arrest, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety, and the statistics behind underage consumption at Mission […]

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Recruiting for Citizens Academy

Recruiting for Citizens Academy

After its absence for several years, the police department is accepting applications for its Citizen Academy, a 12-week course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens. The academy starts Thursday, Feb. 9, and will meet from 6 to 9:30 […]

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Power of Words Transforms Defaced Canyon Wall

Power of Words Transforms Defaced Canyon Wall

“Affirmation,” “Wisdom,” “Forgiven” and even “Levitation.” These words passersby, students and friends of Mia Tavonatti chalked onto a gray wall of the Laguna Canyon Winery, 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, this past Monday. After filling the entire wall, Tavonatti hosed off the evidence two days later at the urging of the city code enforcement’s officer in […]

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Where Policing Causes Friction

Where Policing Causes Friction

Editor, The article by David Vanderveen, “Getting Along” (Oct. 28 edition) was absolutely perfect in addressing the local police situation. This is a small town and in many ways an intimate community.  The people who live here do so because they love this town and they have a respect for one another that allows all […]

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Preventing DUIs

Preventing DUIs

Editor,   It won’t surprise regular readers to learn that Laguna Beach has a high rate of DUI arrests.  Laguna Beach is a popular destination, and there’s nothing wrong with a legal adult having a few alcoholic beverages, as long as he or she isn’t driving.  Indeed, most of our local hotels and restaurants depend […]

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Alzheimer’s Advocates Honor Laguna Cops

Alzheimer’s Advocates Honor Laguna Cops

Over 150 residents from across the county spoke out at a rally last week against Alzheimer’s disease, the fourth-leading cause of death in Orange County, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The rally celebrated local law enforcement officers who took heroic action in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Each of the officers was presented with a piece […]