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New Parking Options Kick In July 1

  Motorists can expect higher parking rates, extended meter hours, and valet parking in a pilot summer parking program that begins  on July 1. The goal of the measures mapped out by Irvine’s RBF Consulting is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing drivers...

Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

There’s good news for residents and visitors who cavort around town on the free trolleys all summer, then rue the day that service ends when the summer art festivals close in September. They’ll be rewarded next March when Laguna Beach starts off-season weekend trolley...

Services Set for Hobie Alter

A memorial honoring the life of Hobie Alter is set for 4:30- 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Laguna Beach’s Aliso Creek Inn. Trolley service will be provided to Aliso Creek Inn from Salt Creek Beach, stopping for passengers at designated trolley stops in-between, including...

Parking Garage Belongs at Existing Lot

Editor, It has been very amusing to read letters from the proponents of the parking structure when they use descriptive words and phrases such as “visionary” “new” and describe opponents as “fearful.” Many cities around the world are seeking genuinely new, exciting, visionary and...

Exploring Tactics to Get Around Laguna With Ease

Before the year’s end, motorists near Laguna Beach High School may get the chance to roll through the town’s first traffic-easing roundabout thanks to a City Council vote Tuesday. Combined with another decision to award a contract for development of a mobility plan for...

Readying for Summer’s Free Ride

Mark your calendars. The city’s free trolley service rolls out Friday, June 28. Then visitors and residents alike can park their cars in outlying lots or leave them in the driveway and gad about town without another thought to hunting down a parking space or evading DUI...

Pet Peeves: Parking

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but there isn’t any parking.  Back to the airport kids. We’ll just make do in long-term parking. Our vacation will still be fun.  You’ll see.  Will play license plate switch and call in BOLOs (Be on the...

Debating Ways to Keep the Wheels Rolling

Laguna Beach’s City Council will consider options at Tuesday’s meeting on how to close a growing deficit from running transit services, whose costs have escalated 22 percent over four years to $2.4 million annually. Suggested ways to reduce the gap include hiking fares and...

Grant May Extend Trolley Service

To take advantage of a potential $3.7 million windfall in county transportation funding, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to apply for a grant that could expand the city’s popular free summer trolley service to weekends in six post-summer months. The windfall...

Art Walk Sets Out Oct. 4

First Thursdays Art Walk happens Oct. 4, featuring a self-guided tour of gallery openings but also artist demonstrations, receptions and cultural energy. The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service. Start out for a 5:30 p.m. happy hour in the lobby at the Inn at...

Art-A-Fair Treats its Patrons for its 46th Anniversary

This Sunday, Aug. 12, Art-A-Fair invites visitors to enjoy the juried show at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. for free for its 46th anniversary celebration. More than 125 artists exhibit an array of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media...

Summer Trolleys Set to Chime

The city’s hugely popular free daily trolley service along Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road resumes today, Friday, June 24, coinciding with the seasonal opening of two of the city’s three summer art festivals. A few of the open-air trolleys begin rolling from the ACT V...