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Council Tackles Fire Safety, Trees and Business

After a presentation on Laguna Beach’s defensible space, where firefighters can safely make a stand against an oncoming fire, City Council member Bob Whalen on Tuesday pushed his colleagues to consider measures to broaden such boundaries. As a result, the council agreed to...

New Fire Chief Named

Jeff LaTendresse, a 15-year Laguna Beach fire department veteran who currently serves as the deputy fire chief, will head the city’s department, effective Oct. 29, the city manager announced Wednesday. LaTendresse succeeds Kris Head, who led the four-station department for...

Fire Consumes an Artist’s Collection

  As local art festivals ended their hectic summer season this week, most exhibitors took delight in their shrunken inventory, a measure of success selling work. By contrast, Laguna Beach printmaker Julita Jones feels a sense of relief at what remained unsold in her booths...