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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 […]

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Laguna’s Safety Rating Improves

Laguna’s Safety Rating Improves

The town’s risk for potential losses from fire has diminished in the last five years due to stricter building code requirements and enforcement, according to an insurance industry rating service.   In issuing its report card on Laguna Beach, the Insurance Services Office Inc. lowered the town’s classification to 2 from 4, with 10 counted […]

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Debate Continues Over Rockledge Access

Debate Continues Over Rockledge Access

Editor,  Many of you have signed the petition and or seen the posters around town about restoring a public coastal access to Rockledge. It’s the longest stretch of public shoreline in Laguna that doesn’t have a public stairway. Kayakers and paddle boarders can get there easily, but the rest of us have to climb on […]

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Roads Lack Protections for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Roads Lack Protections for Cyclists and Pedestrians

 Editor:   These pedestrian injury accidents occurred over the July 4 holiday period. On July 2, a bicyclist fell while riding the Moulton Meadows unimproved connector trail at Top of the World and required air-rescue. This connector is the same trail the city has been considering for capital improvement for over two years. On July […]

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Marine Protections to Take Effect Oct. 1

Marine Protections to Take Effect Oct. 1

The state Fish and Game Commission voted 4-1 this week to set Oct. 1 the effective date for increased marine protections in Southern California, which will ban fishing along most of Laguna Beach’s coastline the day before recreational lobster diving season begins. Reaction to the decision sparked a mix of action: conservationists are refocusing their […]