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Having a Say on Laguna Beach’s Downtown

Have you ever really considered what kind of walkway you prefer to tread? Or how high buildings should be? Or what might replace parking lots in the downtown? Residents had the chance to share their responses to these and other questions during a three-hour “pop-up workshop”...

Police Nab Would-be Bank Robber

Police arrested a suspected bank robber that emerged from a downtown restroom wearing a disguise. Dana Richard Arnold, 28, of San Diego, allegedly presented a demand note to a Wells Fargo Bank teller shortly before closing on Friday, Sept. 26, Capt. Jason Kravetz said. Instead of...

Commission Awards Art Project, Hears From a Critic

In a divided vote, the city’s Arts Commission selected Los Angeles’ Shin Gray Studios as the winner of a public bench and mural commission at its meeting on Monday, where a local artist also criticized the commission for its “insulting” compensation for artist proposals. Sculptor...

Excavating a Vault in Laguna’s History

Even as Laguna Beach’s shoreline evokes images of hidden coves rather than buried treasures, a forgotten landmark was recently unearthed during restoration of an Ocean Avenue building, originally home to the now defunct Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Association. The project...

Pet Peeves: Working Holiday

Laguna Beach is a great place to vacation. Three to 4 million visitors come annually to get a reprieve from their every day lives and work. But there are always one or two visitors who bring their work with them. We just had one such visitor.  His occupation was bank robbery. You...

What Became of Laguna’s Tree Sitter

Editor, You may have seen Zoe. She used to sit under the only magnolia tree on Ocean Avenue next to Zinc’s Cafe across from the historic pepper tree. You may have read her sign: “Love Laguna’s Tree Sitter.” Zoe no longer sits under her tree. She was jailed last...

City Acquires New Office Space

The city of Laguna Beach agreed to buy a four-unit office building downtown for $1.4 million, City Manager John Pietig announced Tuesday. The deal for the building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue is expected to close on July 18 and will speed up preparations for...

From Stately to Nondescript

Editor, I wish to add my voice to the chorus of those who bemoan the devastation currently occurring on Ocean Avenue. As many others have said, eliminating established, stately trees from our city streets will result in making Laguna Beach look like any other nondescript Orange...

Appalled by Tree Cutting

Editor: (This letter was also addressed to council members and the city manager.) I am writing to express my shock and dismay about your recent decisions regarding our downtown. I have lived in Laguna for a long time, and I have an abiding and deep love for this town, its people...

Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Merchants, shoppers, property owners and residents interested in the regulatory blueprint of Laguna’s downtown might do well to attend special Planning Commission workshops welcoming public ideas. The workshops aim to look at specific topics affecting the downtown from a...

Save Ocean Avenue’s Trees

Editor, Please, please realize how important and fortunate we all are living in Laguna Beach (specifically referring to Ocean Avenue) to have the beauty and the shade of the lovely old ficus trees. Consider Carmel and the fact the owners and city fathers have proteted and revered...

Ocean Avenue Rides a Wave of Change

A sea change is reshaping downtown’s Ocean Avenue as business owners tied by common threads redefine their neighborhood. Four years after Peter Blake Gallery staked a claim to a spot on a street losing its vibrancy, Carl Smith, owner of CES Contemporary, also relocated his...

Plant Man: Standing Up for Trees

“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone They paved paradise and put up new sidewalks” –with apologies to Joni Mitchell   There is one thing for certain. Everything eventually comes to an end.  That certainty is particularly disquieting for...

Minding our Business: Adding Spice to Ocean Avenue

Paul Greer is learning to cook with spices. All sorts of spices, with which he is becoming familiar as he prepares to open, with his wife Mary, the Laguna franchise of The Spice Merchant. Tucked into the former Latitude 33 bookshop, one imagines each of the 300 spices, teas,...
Posted On 28 Mar 2013

Bus Depot’s Denizens Lack Civility

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to council members.) Please, please, please make my bus ride a totally pleasant experience. I’d like to inform you of the unsafe, filthy conditions at the Laguna Beach bus transfer station, located between Broadway and Ocean Avenue. I am...