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Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus, informed the City Council on Tuesday of construction plans. Since Orange-based St. Joseph […]

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Tesla Driver Charged in Canyon Crash

Tesla Driver Charged in Canyon Crash

By Jennifer Erickson and Andrea Adelson | LB Indy More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road claimed the lives of two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office last week criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the accident. At […]

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Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road that killed two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the accident. At a court hearing on Monday, Nov. 18, the court continued the arraignment until […]

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Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts say it’s sucking the daylight, and, hence, the life out of […]

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Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses with a parking garage structure and will incur no debt. The move came at […]

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Main Beach Gets Promoted to Work of Art

Main Beach Gets Promoted to Work of Art

“When these city lights bring these streets to life….” sang Lou Reed in the song “City Lights,” implying that lights, in whatever configurations, make things happen. In a twist of those lyrics, locals and tourists strolling around Main Beach last Saturday night saw the usually beige expanse of sand come to life around 5 p.m. […]

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Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

A 30-unit, 20,000-square-foot, 31-foot-high artists’ work-live complex got its first concrete go-ahead, albeit  with conditions, Wednesday night with four out of five city planning commissioners supporting the project. Commissioners noted that the work-live artists’ residency is one of the biggest projects they have ever reviewed as it morphed into a tale of two opposing interests. […]

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Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts say it’s sucking the daylight, and, hence, the life out of […]

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Cycling for a Cause

Cycling for a Cause

By Sara Hall | NB Indy The 47-year-old George Vitolo will be cycling for a cause, competing in the 12 Hours of Temecula endurance mountain bike race on Nov. 9. Newport Beach-based Pro Bike Supply has sponsored the Laguna Beach resident and helped provide him with a high quality bike that will be auctioned off […]

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Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

Teacher’s Lawyer Adds Defamation to Claims Against District

A lawyer representing a Laguna Beach High School teacher in a lawsuit against the school district petitioned the court to add defamation to the complaint, court records show. The proposed amendment to the current lawsuit, the second of two, was filed in late October with the Orange County Superior Court on behalf of Barbara Joan […]

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Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The concession comes in the wake of an unexpected land deal adjacent to the […]

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Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery play “Arsenic and Old Lace” opened this week with performances […]

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Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

More children may have access to after-school programs through Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club if the City Council approves a proposal to lease the Lang Park Community Center for an expansion of The Laguna Club for Kids, known as TLC. If approved at the meeting tonight, Nov. 5, city staff will begin public outreach […]

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Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

  This is a true story about arrogance. Specifically, mine. It begins with kayaking. I go almost every day, venturing from one of the coves in north Laguna.  My usual route takes me north along the coast. I paddle to Emerald Bay and sometimes Irvine Cove.  From there, I race straight out a mile, rest […]

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Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’  for Town’s Entry

Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’ for Town’s Entry

For the past decade, most residents paid little attention to undeveloped property near the Art-a-Fair grounds at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. If pressed, they might recall purchasing a Christmas tree there, watching brush-clearing goats at work or seeing it overflow with the parked cars of festival-goers in summer. But now that the city of Laguna […]