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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 […]

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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 […]