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Dicterow to Seek Re-Election

Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow announced his intention to seek re-election to the City Council in November and plans a campaign kick-off party on Sunday, Jan. 31. In a statement, Dicterow says, “We are facing major threats to what we love about Laguna. Although change always...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 18 Stolen vehicle. Laguna Canyon Rd. 10 p.m. Joshua Michael Peters, 34, of Ladera Ranch, was arrested for suspicion of car theft and possessing a meth pipe. Bail was set at $20,000. Tuesday, Jan. 19 Assault. 2300 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:18 p.m. A 15-year-old...

City Hall Flexes Its Schedule

Beginning in April, Laguna Beach City Hall will close on alternate Fridays, but remain open an hour longer Monday through Thursday with revised business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Police to Step Up Enforcement

Officers will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers with DUI saturation patrols. Police will deploy Friday, Jan. 22 after 9 p.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and or arrests. In the past three years, officers have...

Lifting the Curtain on a Small Stage

Laguna Beach playwright Lojo Simon is staging new works in an artist's studio.

Top Arts Groups Reap a Budget Windfall

In a last minute addition to a wish-list of city expenditures, the Laguna Beach City Council preliminarily agreed Tuesday, Jan. 12, to issue $1 million matching grants to both Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Art Museum over four years.

Woman Robbed by Knife-wielding Thief

A thief pushed a woman to the ground and stole her purse while brandishing a knife she walked home alone on Coast Highway about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, police said. Investigators are reviewing video from several locations, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said. The attack took place near Ruby...

Coyote Trapping Contract Wins Approval

Since baited snare traps were set in Laguna Beach last month, six coyotes have been captured and killed and sightings have dropped markedly, the city’s animal control supervisor said. The controversial trapping plan will be suspended this week because animal control officers...

Top Art Institutions Benefit from City Budget Windfall

In a surprise addition to a mid-year review of the city’s budget, the Laguna Beach city Council agreed Tuesday, Jan. 12, to issue matching grants of $1 million each over four years to Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Art Museum. Both cultural institutions are nearing the century...

Bobcat Decimates School’s Pets

A bobcat killed 12 chickens, a swan and three doves inside an aviary in the Laguna Canyon campus of Anneliese Schools on Sunday, Jan. 10, police said. Many of the animals were rescues and longtime pets of the school, which were cared for by a volunteer aviary specialist,...

Laguna Still Misses Water Target

Water conservation by the 19,121 customers in the Laguna Beach County Water District remains short of a state-mandated 24 percent cutback, according to statistics released Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Bluebelt Kicks Off Annual Photo Contest

    To showcase Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas, the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition invites photographers to submit to its fifth annual photo contest. Winning photographers will be invited to exhibit at Laguna’s Gallery Q and honored at an artist reception. Photos...

Two Arrested for Drug Charges on New Year’s Eve

Two 18-year-olds who must have been sampling the goods got themselves arrested on New Year’s Eve in Laguna Beach, but long before the midnight countdown. Sgt. Tim Kleiser says officers pulled over a car driven by the teens about 4 p.m. because a passenger was leaning out of a car...

Storms Lead Churches to Open Their Doors to the Homeless

As rain swept across Southern California this week, a determined group of volunteers secured temporary overnight shelter for homeless people turned away from the at-capacity, city-run shelter in Laguna Canyon. Elsewhere in the city, the storm system expected to produce more than...

High Winds Cause Damage

Strong Santa Ana winds broke off tree limbs and damaged cars at several points around town Saturday, Dec. 26, but police received no reports of injuries. A tree that shaded the Lumberyard restaurant pulled down wires and blocked lanes about 7 p.m. Elsewhere and earlier in the...