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Neither Trunk Nor Twig Escape Controversy

Residents and business owners in Laguna Beach may think twice before yelling “timber” after elected officials voted to establish a tree removal permit process, including setting fines as high as $30,000 for violations.

Explosion Kills Spa Owner in Aliso Viejo

Updated: An aesthetician was killed and three clients injured in an explosion within an Aliso Viejo cul de sac of dental and medical offices Tuesday, May 15, during business hours. Sheriff’s deputies, who served search warrants in Trabuco Canyon and Long Beach in connection with...

Rouda Picks Up a Key Backer

Donations amounting to several thousand dollars tipped into candidate Harley Rouda’s campaign treasury in the past few days following the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s decision to back him in the hotly contested June 5 primary election in the 48thcongressional...



Finding Meaning

Being Spiritual Over a century ago, in Los Angeles, a little-known Black evangelist named William J. Seymour started a revival on Azusa Street. The setting was humble, but he was a spirit-filled preacher and in his sermons, began to speak in...

Live Jazz, Spanish Food Highlight Fundraising Celebration

Laguna local Ann Shea will host a party in her home to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Chhahari Hostel, which houses 19 children in central Kathmandu,Nepal. Chhahari, founded by local Christine Casey, supports and educates 23 orphans on...

Dr. Donald Joseph Bédard

Dr. Donald Joseph Bédard died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at his home in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 91 years old. Don was born on July 24, 1926, in Argyle, Minn., the first born of five children to Joseph and Grace Riopelle Bédard. The family moved...

Taking Stock

Sideways Motions Halfway through the second quarter, the market has gone nowhere so far this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is where it started the year while the S&P 500 has eked out a 2% gain. A year ago, their gains at this point...

Penny Steris

Penny Susan Steris, known to many as “Coach Penny,” passed away on May 5, 2018, at the age of 67 years. A California native, she lived in South Laguna for 50 years and had a positive impact on the community. As an avid seamstress...

Pet Peeves

Carbnb My wife has a favorite story she tells…  “Hey Debbie, there’s a homeless guy living in your car,” her friend announced while bringing in a case of beer.  It was early in the day to begin drinking, but then again it was college, a time of boundless highs and no regrets.  “Really?” Debbie...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals EXPIRED FROZEN PIZZAS for sale.  Okay, I’ve got a dozen frozen pizzas dated April 30, 2018; nobody in my family will eat them and I hate to throw them away.  They are still edible; buy the dozen for 50% off.  What a bargain! Don’t let one more day go by.  #ExpiredButGood...

Bluegrass Provides the Backbeat

“The Grass is Blue: America’s Legacy of Bluegrass and Spirituals,” finds a home at Mozambique Tuesday, May 22, when Laguna Beach Live! presents Pacific Chorale’s artistic director, Robert Istad. The talk and music begin at 6:30 p.m. Demonstrating the musical highlights of Istad’s talk wil...

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Pledge to Prepare

Editor, Local issues like traffic, crowded beaches and parties at summer rentals often are the focus of resident complaints as summer gets under way. But another issue lurks behind the scenes...

Unintended Consequences: Higher Insurance Rates

Editor, Laguna Beach city staff has just helped raise your insurance rates. City staff, in an effort to convince and scare you to pay for undergrounding utility poles, made a visit last year to...

Let’s Embrace the Future and Get Off the Grid

Editor, Laguna supposedly prides itself on being “progressive” and “forward thinking,” yet the city wants us to invest in old 20thcentury technology by undergrounding utilities. The city has fast...

Another Factor to Consider

Editor, Laguna Beach is a very beautiful and unique town.  We who are fortunate enough to live here are rightfully very proud.  Part of what sets us apart from the other towns in Orange County,...

SchoolPower Welcomes Financial Transparency

Editor, Last week, a letter to the editor (“SchoolPower’s Strategic Options,” May 11) raised questions about SchoolPower’s salaries and expenses. SchoolPower is committed to being transparent...

Making Room for Dissent

Editor, Count me among many who admire PTA and Schoolpower leader Tammy Skenderian. Her commentary “Allow Stress-Free Semester Break” (Letters, April 20) invites respectful dialogue on more than...