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View Ordinance Proves a Big Disappointment

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 edition). After one year of view equity committee meetings […]

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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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Personnel File

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 professionals. Parker’s experience “enables him to provide accurate assessments and forecasts at every step of a […]

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Council Raise Smoking Fines, Approves Memorial Grant

Council Raise Smoking Fines, Approves Memorial Grant

Anyone caught smoking or starting an open fire in so-called “hazardous fire areas” where such actions are prohibited will be subject to a $1,000 fine, a steep increase from the previous cost, the City Council unanimously decided Tuesday. Prohibited areas include the end of Alta Laguna Boulevard – where teens were recently caught shooting firecrackers […]

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Help Needed to Find Rape Suspect

Help Needed to Find Rape Suspect

Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 26-year-old man suspected in a sexual assault of a Laguna Beach woman in April. Earlier this week, police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Babak Azadgilani, also known as “Bobby”, of Laguna Niguel, said Capt. Jason Kravetz in a statement. “Attempts to arrest him […]

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A Fitting Send-off

A Fitting Send-off

A throng of people with quarts of paint doused a boarded-up, ocean-front Laguna Beach structure with balloon-like messages, wall-length streaks and artistic giant-sized lettering last Saturday. The “graffitiers last hurrah,” was the description of Morris Skenderian, the property’s architectural advisor hired by owner Gary Groves to demolish the deteriorating former boathouse at the south end […]

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Closing in on New View Rules

Closing in on New View Rules

More than 60 people filled a room in the Community Center to capacity to participate in a committee meeting drafting a revised view ordinance in Laguna Beach on Tuesday. Committee members first shared their observations about 11 sample sites they’d visited and how rules under consideration needed stronger enforcement tools to remedy conditions, where in […]

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Downtown, Cops Walk a New Beat

Downtown, Cops Walk a New Beat

Whole Foods manager Richard Dinan was still talking to Laguna Beach police dispatchers, describing a shoplifter that had exited the store with more than $200 worth of groceries last week, when Detective Larry Bammer and a motorcycle officer showed up. Bammer, who was reassigned to foot patrol that day, was right around the corner from […]

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Hotel Makeover Takes Root

Hotel Makeover Takes Root

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Fresh out of Boston’s Tufts University in 2009, history major and New York native Sam Kapcio made his way West for the first time. After exploring Southern California’s coast from San Diego through Los Angeles, he soon needed a job in order to remain in the Golden State. […]

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Taking View Equity for a Test Drive

Taking View Equity for a Test Drive

Just six weeks after its formation, the newly established View Equity Committee seems determined to deliver on putting teeth in a new city ordinance. But first they want a test drive, to understand how a potential view equity claim would play out under the model adopted by Rancho Palos Verdes, which passed one of the […]

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Stepping Up Vigilance for Foot Traffic

Stepping Up Vigilance for Foot Traffic

To improve pedestrian safety and battle the physical trauma suffered by nearly a score of people injured last year in collisions, Laguna Beach’s police department will conduct a crosswalk enforcement campaign Wednesday, Feb. 27 along the city’s 37 designated crosswalks on Coast Highway. Too many serious accidents occur each year from motorists failing to stop […]

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Laguna’s Crime Rates Fall

Laguna’s Crime Rates Fall

Violent crime in Laguna Beach declined 21 percent last year, while arrests for public intoxication and drunk driving rose 36.9 and 28.7 percent respectively, according to the police department’s annual report released this week. Eliminating the threat to public safety by drinking drivers remains a priority of the police department, said Chief Paul Workman in […]

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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 […]