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Pet Peeves

K-9 Teen I was excited to read in the Indy that the police department has a new recruit. He’s the four-legged kind and is a Belgium Malnois. He looks like a German shepherd, but like its name, drinks only Belgian brews and makes mall noise in spiriting recalcitrant teenagers out...

Village Matters

Keepers of the Flame Fall is just barely beginning but the campaign season is fully underway. Laguna Beach’s city council race promises to be not only controversial, but intriguing and very important for the future of our city. Seven candidates are running for three positions on...

How Should the Police Chief Be Chosen?

Editor, As a vociferous critic of Laguna Beach’s governmental and police department’s lack of ethics and morals, I thought John Pietig’s performance on Tuesday (Sept. 9) exemplified most of what I am critical about the character of our leaders. I asked Mr. Pietig...

Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Integrity, the ability to interact compassionately with the community and an understanding of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach are among the top qualities residents hope their new police chief will possess. These and other preferences surfaced at a...

Speed Cautions Apply to Police Also

Editor: I read with interest the report, “Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges”. The officer’s…”Estimated..speed (was)…between 59 and 61 m.p.h.” The investigation (by our police department, I presume),...

Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Editor, Okay, who ordered the targeting of Laguna Beach residents’ parking stickers? For as long as the parking sticker has been available, the grace period to renew has been the month following the expiration, right? Well, I got a ticket for expired meter on Monday, Aug. 26. I...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...