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Media Owner Gives Employees a Parting Gift

Ownership of the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, Laguna Beach Magazine and other publications of Firebrand Media will soon shift to 10 of its employees. Owner Allan Simon, who since 2009 has invested $7 million in expanding the company’s portfolio with new titles, announced...

The Kibitzer

Vacation Rentals Can Work in Laguna I love home share sites like AirBnB and VRBO. They have shrunken the world and democratized hospitality in a marvelous way. I stay in unique architectural abodes in interesting neighborhoods, instead of hotels in tourist districts. I have a...

Checkpoint Snags DUI Suspects

Six drivers suspected of inebriation and 11 others driving with restricted licenses were arrested at a Laguna Beach police checkpoint Sunday on Coast Highway, north of Wesley Drive. More than 1,600 vehicles passed through the checkpoint over its six hours of operation beginning...

Quakes Continue to Unsettle Nepal

As aftershocks shook the house where he was writing last week, Rabindra Sitaula, program manager for Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation, sent a progress report about supply deliveries to quake hit villages. Sitaula had just come from Khampur, Bagultar, where he distributed...

Pressure Rises to Cut Water Use

Water use in the Laguna Beach County Water District needs to shrink by 24 percent or 200 million gallons over the next nine months in order to comply with statewide mandatory reductions, the first in state history, local water officials announced this week. To meet the mandatory...

Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Suspected Drunk

An allegedly drunk driver collided with three other cars while leading police on a high-speed, nearly eight mile chase last Saturday, May 16, through downtown and Laguna Canyon. Alan Terrazas, 41, of Aliso Viejo, only yielded to police after his own car was disabled when he...

Police Pursuit Ends With Crash

An allegedly drunk driver collided with three other cars while leading police on a high-speed, nearly eight mile chase last Saturday, May 16, through downtown and Laguna Canyon. Alan Terrazas, 41, of Aliso Viejo, only yielded to police after his own car was disabled when he...

Wendt Painting is Star of Bonham’s Auction

Sometime around 1916 artist William Wendt explored Laguna Beach for a site to build his new home when he rounded the curve on Old Coast Road near Moss Point. He apparently was struck by the isolation of the area, with a few scattered homes and trees, and captivated by the crimson...

Streetbeat

Monday, May 4 Grand theft. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 10:36 a.m. Someone stole 16 marine-grade Northstar batteries from a cell site valued at $4800. Drunk driving. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 1:25 p.m. A 42-year-old La Crescenta man was cited for DUI. DUI. 1300 block of S. Coast...

Friends, Peers Recall Blackburn’s Impact

Several hundred friends, colleagues and family members gathered Wednesday, May 13,  to recall former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn’s civic contributions, character and athleticism during a celebration at The Ranch in Aliso Canyon. One of Blackburn’s lesser known attributes was...

Canyon Road Reopens

Laguna Canyon Road reopened at 3 a.m. today after a 10-hour closure due to emergency repairs by utility crews to replace a toppled telephone pole, police said Tuesday. A telephone pole, sheered off in the 2700 block when hit by a car, toppled across the road and struck an...

Two Die in Mother’s Day Collision

Updated May 11, 2015, 5 p.m. An 85-year-old motorist died as a result of injuries suffered in a collision in Laguna Beach early Sunday, May 10, that also claimed the life of a mother and injured her two young children, authorities confirmed. The coroner identified the victims as...

Quake Relief Trickles into Nepal’s Villages

Bearing supplies enough for 150 families to one of Nepal’s devastated remote villages, Rabindra Sitaula encountered near riots when 350 people in need arrived and tried to loot supplies Wednesday. Sitaula serves as program manager in Nepal for the R Star Foundation, based in...

Updated: Chlorine Attack Sickens Sea Lions

Local and federal investigators say someone tainted saltwater pools where recuperating sea lions swim at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon last week and are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. This is the first known animal assault at the center or...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 27 Burglary. 100 block of Chiquita St. 12:19 p.m. During a two-hour absence by the resident, someone entered a home window and took watches valued at $200 from a jewelry box. Detective activity. 33600 block of Del Opisbo. 2:51 p.m. Narcotics investigators who set up...