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Hearing Set Over Hospital Merger

State officials plan a public hearing Wednesday, April 20, at 9 a.m., at Mission Viejo City Hall, 100 Civic Center, over the local impact of the proposed merger of St. Joseph Health with Providence Health & Services of Renton, Wash.

Chain Saws Slice Into Town’s History

City staff issued an emergency permit demanded by the current leaseholder and property manager, Koss Financial of Los Angeles, based on an arborist’s finding that at least one of the two trees was diseased and endangering the building.

Source of Fire Remains a Mystery

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse says that investigators could not determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a La Mirada Street home last month, but ruled it to be accidental. He said investigators estimate the owners, Richard Bisson and Paola Porrini, suffered a $4.5...

Taking Stock

Yearnings For Earnings  Stocks finally seem to have recovered their sense of direction after shillyshallying around for months. Earlier this year, defensive issues like tobacco, soup and utilities took center stage. The recent strong rallies kicked the market into a higher gear...

Suspects Arrested in Burglary of Designer Boutique

For the second time in six months, thieves target a downtown Laguna Beach designer jeans store.


Newcomer Runs for State Office

Four-year Laguna Beach resident Ari Grayson will challenge Republican incumbent John Moorlach for California’s 37th Senate District in the November election.

Boat Outing Turns Treacherous

Laguna Beach lifeguards and Good Samaritans came to the aid of passengers on a stalled powerboat pushed by waves onto a shoreline reef about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 3. “They were in a perilous position,” lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow said in an interview this week. The outing by...

Cyclist Catapulted 300 Feet Escapes Nearly Unscathed

A motorcyclist weaving in Coast Highway traffic at high speeds was catapulted 300 feet after colliding with another vehicle Tuesday, April 5, but survived the crash, police said. Local resident Michele McCormick pulled up to the accident scene only minutes after witnessing a...

Lifeguards Rescue Passengers from Disabled Boat

Laguna Beach lifeguards come to the rescue of four passengers on a fishing boat without power aground on a reef near the Heisler Park shoreline.

No Fooling, it’s a Goat Stampede

Something spooked a four-footed firefighting goat herd, which escaped this week in Bluebird Canyon.

Tesla Smashed in Laguna Home Burglary

A homeowner tries to use his Tesla to block the path of burglars trying to flee his home.

Streetbeat

Monday, March 14 Vandalism. 21600 Treetop Lane. 9:43 a.m. Skateboarders scratched up the picnic tables. Traffic collision. Second St. 3:19 p.m. A city lifeguard vehicle that was backing up struck a parked car. Fraud. 400 block of Dartmoor St. 7:48 p.m. The victim’s bank alerted...

Montage Sold a Third Time?

Montage Laguna Beach, a source of pride, tax revenue and employment in town, may get a third new owner in little more than a year.

Candidate Named for Laguna School Superintendent

Jason Viloria, who spent the current school year as associate superintendent of a school district in Encinitas, is being recommended as the next superintendent of the Laguna Beach school district, according to the school board agenda. If the school board approves the...