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Gas Shut off at Thurston Middle School

An emergency contract to repair gas lines at Thurston Middle School was approved this week after pin-sized gas leaks were detected and service cut to the campus April 4.

Familiar Face Bids for School Board

After years critiquing the actions of Laguna Beach school board members, Howard Hills now wants to join them.

Finally, Gelson’s Opens its Doors

A line of around 200 eager customers stretched down into the underground parking structure, waiting patiently for the Laguna Beach Gelson’s to open for business this past Thursday, April 27.

Merritt Protests Ballot Revisions

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Paul Merritt knows his candidacy for the U.S. Senate is a long shot, but he’s incensed that in his view the California Secretary of State has made the odds longer.

Next Generation Cultivates New Activists

“You see the same 40 people all the time,” says Aaron Talarico, founder of Laguna NextGen, an independent organization urging civic and philanthropic participation and a social networking group for young business people and professionals. “We want to see new faces.”
Posted On 24 Apr 2016

Short-term Rentals Owned by Out-of-Towners

More than half of the legally permitted vacation rentals in Laguna Beach are owned by people who don’t live here, according to a city planning report.

Second Lumberyard Mall Tree to Fall

Yellow ribbon will mark trees in the future intended for cutting   With four arborists saying the tree’s roots are decayed to a dangerous point, the second towering eucalyptus tree in a downtown shopping area will be removed as early as today, Friday, April 22, the City Council...

Fest Spotlights Positive People

Organizer Music in Common, of Sheffield, Mass., uses music as a medium for peace and unity. “There are enough similarities in our humanity, our basic needs and aspirations that creative collaboration in a respectful environment is possible,” explains Jason Feddy, a local musician...

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.

Ban on Pot Shops Goes Before Voters

Laguna Beach voters will decide if they want legal medical-marijuana shops in town on November’s general election ballot, the City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday.

Council Reverses Stance on Short-term Rentals

In a surprise move and after two hours of discussion, the City Council will consider allowing short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. In a 4-1 vote, the council dismissed a proposed ordinance Tuesday to ban vacation rentals in all city neighborhoods.

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.

Destruction of Landmark Trees Prompts Policy Debate

Two stately, historic trees that for decades shaded a courtyard enclosed by retail shops were mostly cut down last week under a city issued permit until an elected official intervened.

Film ‘Orange Sunshine’, Trippy LSD Love Story

Filmmaker William Kirkley's "Orange Sunshine" depicts the hippie era in Laguna Beach in a premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.