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Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a Long Beach deputy police chief who lives in Orange County, will become the next Laguna Beach police chief, the city manager announced Monday. Farinella, who starts work next month, succeeds Chief Paul Workman, who announced his intention to retire last August....

Search Resumes for Teen Swept into the Sea

Rescuers resume their search today for an 18-year-old Nevada high school student, who was swept from the rocks Sunday afternoon at Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell. On Monday, four OC Lifeguards returned to the area known as The Caves, a rocky point on the south end of...

Home Prices Reach a New Record

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach last year neared $1.8 million, exceeding the previous peak median price of $1.7 million achieved in 2006. In a year-to-year comparison, the median sales price for single family homes in Laguna jumped 16 percent in 2014. Sales volume...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 26 Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 10:11 a.m. A license plate reader alerted police to an outstanding warrant for motorist Miguel Lopez, 35, of Anaheim, wanted for domestic violence and child endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000. Stalking. 31600 block of Coast hwy. 12:26...

Charges Filed Against Driver in Bicyclist’s Death

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against a 20-year-old Emerald Bay resident over a collision eight months ago that caused the death of a bicyclist and sparked a protest rally at Laguna Beach City Hall. Dylan Randluby was charged Wednesday with...

Club Redirects Its Savings Locally

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation will manage the local Boys and Girls’ Club’s $1.1 million endowment, an agreement representing the largest fund in the foundation’s young history that increases its assets by nearly half. Since its founding in 2004, the foundation has...

Montage Sold to Hotel Group

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., whose properties include the Hotel Del Coronado and Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, acquired the 250-room Montage Laguna Beach for $360.0 million, the company said in a statement Thursday. At a sale price of $1.4 million a room, the deal puts...

Choose Sides for Super Bowl

Laguna Beach police urge football fans to take sides this Sunday whether they are Seahawk or Patriot fans and decide whether to drink or drive. Police will be deploying on Sunday, Feb. 1, to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. “Drunk driving is completely...

Facts on Hate Crimes Reflect a Different View

I have been reading with interest the back and forth on Ms. Razin’s fiction article that first appeared two weeks ago. Ms. Razin believes there was an anti-Muslim fervor after 9-11 and quotes The Independent, “…Laguna’s embrace of someone that stands out amid the anti- Muslim...

Laguna Paddler Encounters Killer Whales

Rich German figures he’s paddled 7,500 miles since he took up paddle boarding five years ago and made daily excursions into the Pacific Ocean part of his routine. “It’s my church, my sanctuary, my exercise, my meditation,” said German, 45, who relocated to Laguna Beach in 2005...

John Mancuso

The man known to many in our community of Laguna Beach as “Mr. Giovanni,” John Carmen Mancuso, began his life in Hastings, Penn., Nov. 6, 1932. His parents, Michele Mancuso and Carmela Todaro, immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the century from Grotte, Sicily. He was the...

LB Indy Log

Monday, Jan. 12 Disturbance. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 7 p.m. Two 18-year-old from Huntington Beach, Joseph Anthony Farfan and Michael David Moody, who had alcohol and glass on the beach, were arrested for outstanding warrants. Burglary. 1900 block of San Remo Dr. 9:30 p.m....

Resident Falls Prey to Phone Scam

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Police say an astute store clerk who advised a customer against buying $7,000 worth of gift cards helped avert a second loss by the elderly patron, who had already distributed a first round of gift cards to con artists. The elderly woman’s son told...

Windows to the Sea Up for Redesign

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Beach access points serve as more than stairways to the sand. When big surf hits and surfers charge across the waves below, stairways and landings throughout Laguna Beach turn into informal amphitheaters for admirers and prospective riders checking...