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Everyone Deserves Road Access

I have been a resident for 40 years and ride my bike three days a week. I have been knocked down by an inattentive driver. I couldn’t disagree more with Dave Connell (“Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others,” Letters, Sept. 26). He points out that this has to do with...

New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

Editor, How come the lifeguards are able to park on the sand (flood basin) at Coast Highway/ Broadway blocking visitors first awesome view of our beach? The first thing we see when entering into Laguna Beach is basically a parking lot for lifeguards. As I type, there are three...

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all...

New ABCs for Paddle Board Lessons

Starting in July commercial stand-up paddleboard operators will need to pay fees, follow safety regulations and show proof of insurance in order to offer lessons and tours in Laguna Beach, under rules approved this week. The law omits limiting hours of operation, as staff had...

Paddle-Out Pays Tribute to Surf Icon

On surfboards and paddle boards, power boats and a Hobie Cat, at least 3,000 people took to the water of Doheny State Beach this past Friday. The paddle out tribute to Hobie Alter included surf industry luminaries, family and hundreds of admirers. Another 1,000 watched from...

Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Laguna’s beachgoers, pedestrians and passing motorists may soon again behold an unobstructed view of Main Beach and the ocean beyond. If the new $7 million lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms open on schedule by mid-April, the temporary quarters marring...

Artistic Touch Needed on Guards HQ

Editor,                                                                                                                                                 Like many of Laguna’s lucky residents, I walk by Main Beach on a daily basis. It’s with growing anticipation that I await the...

Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Dear National Security Agency: I know you know everything about me, including the dirty parts.  Especially the dirty parts.  After all, they are the ones worth savoring. I know, deep in your digital brain, you have categorized me as only a mild security risk and that you follow...

Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

A scuba diver died from cardiac arrest after surfacing from an afternoon dive with his son in one of Laguna Beach’s most popular coves on Sunday, Sept. 29, lifeguards said Monday. Paul Peto, of Yorba Linda, became unresponsive while diving, according to a coroner’s office...

Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Residents will soon see a hike in fees for some recreation programs as a result of a joint-use agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday. The new agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District sets terms for the shared use of school athletic facilities, as well as...

Lifeguards Make an Unusual Rescue

Confronted with a situation omitted from routine training, O.C. Lifeguards improvised their own rescue procedure on Sunday, July 14 when a young deer tumbled from the surf below one of Laguna Beach’s most isolated but popular coves. Lifeguards physically restrained the animal,...

Employees Agree to Share Pension Costs

City employees will for the first time contribute to their own retirement benefits, under a three-year agreement covering salaries and benefits between the Municipal Employees’ Association and city that the City Council approved last Friday. The pact was effective July 1....

Recognizing a Hero Regardless of Residency

Editor, Although our dedicated and highly trained lifeguards do a spectacular job for our city and on our beaches, it’s individuals like Pat Watson who truly make our community special (“Skim Boarder Dives For a Miracle Save,” May 31 edition). After quickly and selflessly...

Diver’s Death Remains a Mystery

The death of a 51-year-old diver, who was unresponsive when pulled from the ocean at a popular dive spot in Laguna Beach, remains under investigation, according to the county coroner. An autopsy was performed on the body of Mark Gibbs, of Tustin, but no ruling was made on the...

Sports Briefs 4/19/13

Fall Soccer Registration Begins AYSO 86, Laguna Beach’s youth soccer league, is holding walk-in registration for the fall season on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. For information, visit ayso86.org   Jr. Guards...