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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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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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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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‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent Twenty years ago this month, a savage fire devoured 14,000 acres of Laguna Canyon wilderness and ravaged multiple neighborhoods. The fire that destroyed 391 homes and threatened more than 1,000 others at the time was believed to be the work of an arsonist, but the perpetrator were never […]

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Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Faced with a probable tie vote, Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi asked for a delay of a Planning Commission decision on his proposed 30-unit artists’ work/live project last week, one of the first of its kind since the City Council amended an ordinance governing such projects in May 2012. With commission member Anne Johnson absent […]

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Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed skepticism that city officials would consider their views even […]

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Repairing a Lifeline to a Historic Laguna Enclave

Repairing a Lifeline to a Historic Laguna Enclave

Trash day proves much more of a chore than it used to be for Deborah Young and her neighbors in an unusual Laguna Canyon enclave. For the last six months, Young has dragged her garbage bins about half a block out to Laguna Canyon Road for the weekly garbage pickup. Engineers declared the bridge unsafe […]

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Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Editor, My husband and I have been residents of Laguna Beach since 1967 and home owners since 1969. We have participated in many community events and protests over the years, and I have spoken for and against many issues at the council meetings.  I am amazed and saddened at the present stance of the City […]

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Pursuing Other Measures

Pursuing Other Measures

Editor, Downtown congestion! A constant theme of recent letters to local newspapers. And it’s true! It can take more than 20 minutes to drive from the top of the Third Street hill to Broadway Street. It should be clear to all (and that means you, too, City Council) that we need fewer cars in town. […]

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Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Springing into action after an unexpected power outage last weekend, a Pacific Marine Mammal Center board member managed to get a generator operating to prevent thousands of pounds of fish in the center’s freezers from defrosting. The 30-hour long outage only affected one business, according to a Southern California Edison spokesperson. But homes, businesses and […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

A Step in the Right Direction

Editor: I do not understand the bitter and undeserving comments regarding the village entrance project financing recently approved by City Council.  I believe this is another key step in the history of Laguna Beach that will be looked at by future generations as a step in the right direction that exhibited leadership, foresight and courage […]

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Council Endorses Flex Pricing at Meters

Council Endorses Flex Pricing at Meters

The City Council green-lighted imposing flexible rates on Laguna Beach’s parking meters, among a series of recommendations in a parking management study considered on Tuesday. Other measures council members seemed keen on implementing soon included a shared valet parking system and incentivizing owners of private lots to open them to the public. These were just […]

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Flex Style Pricing Envisioned for Parking Meters

Flex Style Pricing Envisioned for Parking Meters

Higher parking rates may be among the first changes to affect locals and tourists, if Laguna Beach’s City Council endorses a parking management plan slated for review on Tuesday. The latest draft of the 168-page plan lays out the vision of Irvine-based RBF Consulting, who examined parking in downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road with […]

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Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

For the second time this month, Mayor Kelly Boyd voiced his belief that the city’s largest pending capital improvement project, the estimated $50 million village entrance parking structure and strip park, should not go forward without voter approval. Boyd’s statement came as part of a “State of the City” address Tuesday, where he, City Manager […]