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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...

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...

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, t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...