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Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

The Fire Department will install a new camera at the north end of Alta Laguna Drive to help law enforcement officials document and investigate criminal activity in the area, such as smoking, use of open fires, or access to the wilderness park outside normal hours o...

New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to...

New Planner to Lead Development Department

The former deputy community development director for Rancho Palos Verdes, who supervised its view restoration services, was hired to lead Laguna Beach’s community development department. Greg Pfost (pronounced Post), will be responsible for supervising planning, zoning, building,...

Breathe in, Breathe out

“Homeowners association” are words that bring to mind frustrating meetings, uninformed opinions leading groups astray, enforcement of the covenants, conditions and restrictions as well as the pet peeves of board members, snippy and put-upon hired managers. There is often a...

Critics Misplace Blame on Gun Laws

Editor, If one has any doubts about the anti-gun bias of the national media, compare their treatment of the knives that provided excruciatingly painful deaths to three students at Isla Vista with their vehement focus on the guns that killed the other three. Nowadays, the news is...

Police Promise More Visibility Downtown

A couple of issues stood out when Police Chief Paul Workman provided City Council with an overview of downtown policing practices last week. One is that though much of a rising volume of complaints stems from disturbances involving homeless people, standard law enforcement on its...

Housing Better Serves the Homeless and Lowers Public Costs

Editor, The homeless are with us here in Laguna Beach. We have no walls and gates to keep them out. That’s the way we like it. They are part of our community. We have a strong record and reputation for caring for each other when problems strike. As for the homeless, we are...

Delicate Planning for Change

It’s all happening very fast. It’s as though collectively we have decided we are going to run out of time to change. There are so many projects in the works that the city manager and City Council have set up monthly meetings of an urban planning coordinating committee to provide...

What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

Editor: As a board member of Friendship Shelter, I’m grateful to Michael and Kimberly Fowlkes for so perfectly illustrating in their letter (“Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster,” Letters, April 11) what the proposed permanent supportive housing development at 20652 Laguna...

Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Ted Doughty, director of facilities for Laguna Beach schools for the past two years, will retire, effective June 30, the district announced Monday. Doughty’s retirement reflects continuing turnover among the district’s top ranks, which have included recent departures by the...

MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

Police Officers Luke Gilbertson, James Gramer, and David Gossamer were recognized by Tiffany Townson with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for removing drunk drivers from Laguna’s streets. Between the three, they arrested 152 DUI drivers in 2013. New Hedge Height Arbiter Named Tony...

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge...

View Ordinance Proves a Big Disappointment

By Steve Caporaso and Marianne Blume Over a year ago, then Mayor Kelly Boyd “raised a passionate plea to improve the city’s current view preservation ordinance, which he said, now has no teeth in it whatsoever and often pits neighbor against neighbor”. (See Jan. 12, 2013...

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...

Personnel File

Local Litigator Accorded Distinction Ken Parker of Laguna Beach, an intellectual property litigator with Haynes and Boone, LLP, has been designated as one of the top California trademark enforcement and litigation lawyers by World Trademark Review, magazine for trademark...