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Emerald Bay Still Pursues its Own Signal

Despite the lack of support from Laguna Beach’s City Council, an Emerald Bay homeowners’ group will continue to pursue installing a traffic signal at the main entrance to the neighboring but unincorporated north Laguna gated community. And, it will do so despite a lack of support...

City Hall Meetings

 Monday, Aug. 8 Tech Committee, 4:30 p.m., Community Center Arts Commission, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers   Tuesday, Aug. 9 Complete Streets Task Force, 5 p.m., Community Center   Wednesday, Aug. 10 Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force, 4 p.m., Community Center...

New Rules Dim Night Lighting

The city’s first outdoor-lighting ordinance that calls on neighbors to cooperate before complaining to police about glaring night lights was given the green light by the City Council Tuesday night. In a 3-2 vote, the council favored keeping lights low and shielded to avoid “light...

Red Ink Excised, Balanced Budget is Approved

By moving money leftover in other city accounts, freezing salaries and trimming costs to cover a third-year deficit, the City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a balanced general fund budget of $44.9 million for 2011-12. Saying the national economy is not making its usual...

Marine Protections Finalized

The state Fish and Game Commission has finalized a plan declaring most of Laguna Beach a marine reserve, affording it the highest protection under state law. In this historic decision, which designates 36 marine protected areas across Southern California, a largely environmental...

A Final Cast for Marine Protection Plans

Controversial plans for creating new marine protected areas along the Southern California coast are nearing a conclusion, and will impact Laguna Beach residents, tourists, fishermen and other ocean-users by the end of the year. One of the three final proposals making its way...

Bumps on the Road to Marine Protections

The process of creating marine protected areas off the coast of California is a long, tedious one, and it’s nearing its end. Various groups involved in drawing the map have been passionately pushing their causes, and the final round is upon us, with a Department of Fish and Game...

Scrutiny Begins for Marine Protection Plans

Next Tuesday, a Department of Fish and Game oversight panel will evaluate six proposals to broaden marine protected areas along the coast of Southern California, which include plans to strengthen marine protections along Laguna Beach’s coastline. The panel’s feedback to the...