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Business Partner Convicted of Killing Laguna Man

Edward Younghoon Shin, 41, of Irvine, was convicted on Friday, Dec. 7, of murdering 33-year-old Christopher Smith, of Laguna Beach, on June 4, 2010.

Laguna to Increase Beach, Park Patrols

The Laguna Beach Police Department will deploy additional beach patrol officers at Main Beach and Heisler Park and over the next six months thanks to the City Council’s dedication of $155,000 to step up enforcement of minor violations and continue engagement with the homeless.

Builder of Straw Bale House Hopes to Spare It from Bulldozer

Laguna Beach is known for its unique homes, but the Laguna Canyon home of Kris Spitaleri stands out because its walls are built with straw bales as environmentally sustainable insulation.



Slight Shift in Laguna Beach School Board

The Laguna Beach Unified School Board reorganized at its Dec. 11 meeting, with two of three newly elected board members sworn in.

Holiday Fiction Digest

The Angel Ornament I began my Christmas shopping with a hot chocolate at Moulin Bistro to warm myself and to survey the shopping opportunities. A light rain from the dark winter sky permitted the reflection of colors from the shop windows onto...

Santa Sighting, Tree Lighting Brighten Up Laguna

Laguna’s annual Hospitality Night took place last Friday, Dec. 7. Santa Claus arrived in a lifeguard Jeep to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting. After the lighting, the city hosted activities including live music, cookie decorating,...

Finding Meaning

First Christmas on Canyon Creek Does your childhood have a place of magical meaning? For me, it was a mountain cabin my grandfather built near tiny Baxter in northern California. My dearest childhood memories trace to that cabin, and the creek...

Does the Wet Suit You

The Whale It has been a year and the Hotel Laguna is still dead. There it sits like some rotting whale carcass. Stripped of anything of value and discarded as trash. The small scavengers nibble around the edges while the big carrion eaters...

Personnel File

Laguna Beach finance officer Nancy Pauley’s last day with the city was Nov. 30. Pauley worked for the city of Laguna Beach for over 10 years, contributing annually on the city’s budget. She also played a key role in the city’s...

Carolers Bringing Holiday Cheer Tonight

Watch and listen for hundreds of Laguna Beach Girl Scouts riding local trolleys, driven by Santa Claus, as they sing in the holidays from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. The local girl scouts will sing holiday carols as they traverse the streets of downtown Laguna for the community’s listening...

Pet Peeves

Magnificent Seven Plus One While everybody had their eyes on the northbound caravan getting closer to our southern border, a group of 13 immigrants landed a panga boat ashore at West Street Beach in South Laguna. In a cleverly executed rear guard action, seven of 13 illegal aliens escaped and...

Jackie Evancho Joins Symphony for Christmas Concert

Jackie Evancho will join Pacific Symphony for their annual Christmas Pops concert on Dec. 14-15 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with Symphony favorite Albert-George Schram as guest conductor and featuring Richard Cook on the bagpipes. Evancho will perform hits from her last...

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Music Festival Announces Artistic Director, Performers

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Laguna Beach Live! recently announced that Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang will be the Artistic Director of the 2019 Laguna Beach Music Festival,...

Class Notes

LBUSD Honored by College Board for Gains in AP Student Success Laguna Beach Unified School District is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with...

High School Sports Update

Winter Sports Boys Basketball (4-5) Laguna dropped both games this past week, losing to Dana Hills 56-41 in a non-league game at Dugger Gym on Dec. 5 and dropping the opening game of the...

Letter: In Support of the Green New Deal

I’m a 20-year-old student from Ladera Ranch that is worried about the ongoing climate crisis taking place in the world. After reading extensively about the recent wildfires in our beautiful...

Letter: Residents Still Care About Maintaining Laguna’s Aesthetic

At the Planning Commission meeting on the Cleo Street project on Wednesday, Nov. 7, someone attempting to defend the project against charges of incompatibility with the neighborhood asked...

Letter: In Response to ‘Orange is the New Blue’

Is it necessary for national political “debates” be taken up in a local paper? I can understand local issues and really digging in with passion for people who feel their opponents should be burnt...