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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...

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 be a bagger at...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kudos to Take-Charge Cops

Editor,   Last night while walking on Forest Avenue after dinner my wife and I (along with several others) witnessed a loud verbal shouting match involving three grown men turn into a huge fistfight on the sidewalk. I dialed 911 and  explained what was occurring and the...

Guest Column

The Good Fight   This week marks the end of a 60-day period where Laguna Beach’s City Council gave us (who is us? Parents of skateboarders? Supporters of skateboarding?) the task of trying to resolve ongoing complaints about skateboarders. A year ago, the current...

Police Conduct Questioned

  Editor, I read a letter in the LB Indy last week by Leonard Porto (“Police Tactics Unfairly Pressure Homeless,” Feb. 22) that was both very disturbing and true regarding our unethical police department under the immoral and unethical Chief Paul Workman.   Bravo to...

Deputy Hopes to Succeed Her Boss

Deputy City Clerk Lisette Chel announced her candidacy for Laguna Beach’s city clerk last week, a position held by only two people since 1976 that is currently held by incumbent, Martha Anderson, who will not run for re-election. If she wins, and so far she is unopposed, Chel...

Police Chip In On Their Own Retirement

For the first time in recent city history, police department employees will contribute to their own retirement in a new contract preliminarily approved by the City Council Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, new police department employees will pay 9 percent of their...

Preventing DUIs

Editor,   It won’t surprise regular readers to learn that Laguna Beach has a high rate of DUI arrests.  Laguna Beach is a popular destination, and there’s nothing wrong with a legal adult having a few alcoholic beverages, as long as he or she isn’t driving.  Indeed, most of...

Animal Shelter Reopens

The city’s flood-damaged animal shelter reopened to the public in its original Laguna Canyon location on Monday. Some of the replacement furnishings, damaged by last December’s flooding, have yet to arrive, said a statement from the city manager. All the animals are back at the...

Animal Shelter Reopens

The city’s flood-damaged animal shelter reopened to the public in its original Laguna Canyon location on Monday. Some of the replacement furnishings, damaged by last December’s flooding, have yet to arrive, said a statement from the city manager. All the animals are back at the...

An Intersection Needs Policing

Editor, Why should North Laguna residents continue to have to suffer through  unnecessarily chaotic and frustrating traffic conditions which are occurring with increasing frequency at Beach and Broadway, regardless of the season of the year. It is caused by intersection blocking....