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Plaque Commemorates ‘Mr. Laguna’

Harry Lawrence Day, celebrated on Main Beach since 2009, this year was celebrated at a party hosted by Selanne Steak House, where a plaque was presented to Lawrence’s  widow, Zahide, which will be permanently installed outside the Tudor style building. Lawrence came to Laguna...

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...

Cautionary Tale Over Duplicate Documents

Editor, Almost 10 years ago I requested that the city staff place in my property file an 8 1/2 by 11 photocopy of my property, showing a sweeping view of Main Beach and Coast Highway. It was dated and accordingly filed. Later I submitted a similar sized photocopy showing two...

Tribute to Mr. Laguna Planned

The Chamber of Commerce’s Beautification Council will dedicate a plaque in memory of the late Harry Lawrence at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1464 S. Coast Highway. The plaque will be placed by a majestic Monterey pine Lawrence  planted in 1960. Ribbon cutting will be done by a...

Thoughtless Dog Owners Spoil a Public Park

Editor, Taking a walk on an otherwise neat and clean Main Beach and Heisler Park, one notices dog poo at every few steps left by irresponsible dog owners who go for very early morning walks and never pick up after their pet. In Heisler Park kids play and roll over on grassy...

From the Pageant to the Gridiron, a Life Story of Local History

On a late October day in 1936, Laguna Beach High’s football team held a slim 2-0 lead over their Orange league rival Tustin High. The Tillers were driving for the go-ahead score against an undersized but tough Artists defense, when junior defensive back Art Sherman stepped in...

Street Beat 8/16/13

Late Check Out Canceled for Hotel’s ‘Guests’   Six people occupying three different rooms at Laguna Beach’s most expensive hotel and suspected of credit card fraud received an 8 a.m. wake-up call from police on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Hotel security learned of the fraudulent cards and...

Late Check Out Canceled for Hotel’s ‘Guests’

Six people occupying three different rooms at Laguna Beach’s most expensive hotel and suspected of credit card fraud received an 8 a.m. wake-up call from police on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Hotel security learned of the fraudulent cards and notified authorities, Sgt. Louise Callus said....

Relying on Cross-Country Kindness

Harrison Milanian never got a chance to see the face of the railroad engineer, who stopped a 200-car train somewhere between Amarillo, Tex., and New Mexico to briefly step off the engine and leave an unexpected gift for him below the track’s embankment. “It blew my mind that he...

Fête de la Musique Rings in Summer

Street chanteuse April Walsh, an Irish-American lass with a French grandmother and several Gallic cousins, sings the lyrics of “La Vie En Rose” with a perfect French accent that will add a distinctive vibe spilling out of downtown Laguna Beach streets this Saturday, June 15....

Rescue Craft Shoves Off for Peak Season

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   For the first time, Laguna Beach lifeguards’ can now rely on their own rescue watercraft for patrol and rescue missions. Though deployed since Memorial Day weekend, the new addition to the marine safety department will be heralded with a...

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

Remembering Heroes With Salutes, Sounds and Syrup   With the morning marine layer vanishing before noon, throngs of visitors already are arriving in town prior to this weekend’s holiday, where Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer kicks off with a pancake...

Monsanto Opponents Rally at Main Beach

Activists included Laguna Beach in an international protest over genetically altered products and plan a March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 25, at Main Beach. Mindful of a Facebook post showing 800 people plan to attend, police have requested extra officers be available,...

Envisioning a Beach Boardwalk Extension

  Editor, The two-mile Laguna boardwalk: imagine the boardwalk on Main Beach that would stretch all the way to Anita Street. All the hotels would have a romantic, safe and quiet pedestrian friendly connection to the main part of town. Laguna would have one more attraction,...

Tournament Returns to Main Beach

The 36th annual Women’s Laguna Open Beach Volleyball Tournament takes place Saturday, May 4 on Main Beach. Over the years, all the greats of beach volleyball have played here, said organizer Kirk Morgan in n statement. With spectators cheering from the boardwalk located adjacent...