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Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Editor, The future of the historic sewer digester tower will be under discussion at the village entrance workshop on July 16. The restoration and reuse of the tower and the building attached to it (which now houses Police Department records) have been part of the village entrance project from the beginning, but the current concept […]

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Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Editor: I remember a place filled with smoke, locked in the small room, arms outstretched, touching hot surfaces, trying to find the door, and then pulling on it with strength fueled by fear, terror. Screams of the other tenants. But the fire had begun on the bottom floor, and the flames were rising upward, like tentacles […]

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Police Announce Personnel Changes

Police Announce Personnel Changes

After more than 34 years of service, Sergeant Robert Rahaeuser retired on May 25. For years, he led the police department’s investigations team and successfully organized evidence that led to the prosecution of many major cases, including the murder of Damon Nicholson in 2009. Kyle Harriman will become the newest addition to the police department’s […]

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Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

The city’s Arts Commission selected four finalists to compete for a $75,000 commission to create a memorial for Gordon French and Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach police officers who died while on duty. The monument will be located outside the city’s police department, at the south end of City Hall. “This is one of the most […]

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Police to Deploy More Checkpoints

Police to Deploy More Checkpoints

Laguna Beach’s police department received a $33,199.00 grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing roadway deaths and injuries from the state Office of Traffic Safety. The grant will target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up […]

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Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Three intoxicated teens took a joy ride on a recent Friday night up to Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood. Their 10 p.m. outing went downhill in more ways than one. The driver lost control on Park Avenue and flipped the vehicle, which slid 250 feet. Fortunately, no motorist was coming in the other […]

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Teens Push for Drug Drop Box

Teens Push for Drug Drop Box

Thanks to the initiative of some high school students, a secure prescription drug drop box was installed this week outside the Laguna Beach Police Department. Located in an alcove to the left of the lobby doors, the box serves the public as a repository for the safe disposal of any prescription drugs they no longer […]

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New Session Begins on Responding to Emergencies

New Session Begins on Responding to Emergencies

Registration is underway for the next Community Emergency Response Team course and applications by residents 18 years or older must be submitted by March 18. Online registration is available at www.lagunabeachcity.net. Email to [email protected] or drop it off at the Police Department, 505 Forest Ave., L.B. The course trains volunteers to assist in case of […]

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Laguna’s Crime Rates Fall

Laguna’s Crime Rates Fall

Violent crime in Laguna Beach declined 21 percent last year, while arrests for public intoxication and drunk driving rose 36.9 and 28.7 percent respectively, according to the police department’s annual report released this week. Eliminating the threat to public safety by drinking drivers remains a priority of the police department, said Chief Paul Workman in […]

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Summoning the Season’s Magic

Summoning the Season’s Magic

By Justin Swanson | LB INDY   Families of 25 disadvantaged pre-school children gathered at the Boys and Girls Club last Friday, Dec. 21, to participate in the joy of opening presents presented by the Laguna Beach Police Department . A part of the 15-year tradition shared by the club and police department, the children […]

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Who are these guys?

Who are these guys?

Editor, They come once a month or once a week. They are mostly male but once a female came. It is usually in the afternoon. I never see a vehicle. They walk boldly up to the front door, ring the bell and knock on the door. They look clean but not OC hip. They could […]

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Authorities Urge Residents to Receive Emergency Updates

Authorities Urge Residents to Receive Emergency Updates

Fire officials urge residents to register their contact information with AlertOC, the regional mass notification system. In an emergency, AlertOC is a critical link for residents to immediately learn if action such as evacuation is required. All Laguna Beach home phone numbers are already preregistered but citizens can add cell and work phones, email addresses, […]

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Skateboard Confiscation Law Ok’d

Skateboard Confiscation Law Ok’d

With crowds of Laguna Beach skateboarders conspicuously absent, the City Council voted 4-1 this past Tuesday to finalize a local law that allows police to confiscate skateboards if any rider, regardless of age, isn’t wearing a helmet. The law will take effect on Dec. 13; the police department will report results from its enactment next […]

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Bikes Detoured Around High-Traffic Zones?

Bikes Detoured Around High-Traffic Zones?

Editor, A  city staff report shows 32 locations for installation of bike racks in the downtown area and park locations. It is noteworthy that bike racks were not assigned to locations of high traffic areas like banks, the Post Office, schools, coffee cafes or City Hall. Instead four prime locations were flagged as “not recommended” due […]

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Leader of Pet Rescue Accused of Stealing Funds

Leader of Pet Rescue Accused of Stealing Funds

Elizabeth Katherine Bauer, the former president of P.U.P. Laguna (Protecting Unwanted Pets), was arrested last week for suspicion of embezzling nearly $72,000 from the pet rescue’s accounts over the past two years, police said.   Bauer, 40, of Mammoth Lakes, served as president of the all-volunteer organization from 2006-2011, and was taken into custody in […]