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Four candidates for various city positions will add to the electoral mix on Nov. 8.

Updated: Canyon Road Reopens, Park Remains Closed

This story was revised Monday, June 27. Laguna Canyon Road was reopened after more than a six-hour closure at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26, due to a 50-acre brush fire in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. OC Park rangers evacuated hikers and cyclists in the park, which remains closed...

Weighing Rules to Restrict Short-term Rentals

With one resident calling it the “scariest” proposition to face the city yet, members of a City Council subcommittee reopened discussion to the public on how to govern short-term rentals Tuesday in the council chambers.

Legendary Artist Returns to the Sawdust

Bill Ogden happily returned to Laguna Beach and Sawdust Art and Craft the Festival this week. Here, he earned recognition as an era-defining artist whose vision made him a standard bearer for heady times when youth culture pushed hard against a prevalent art establishment.

Urth Caffe in Laguna Countersues Muslim Customers

Updated subsequent to the print edition, Friday, June 24. The Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach responded to a lawsuit filed by seven Muslim customers claiming religious discrimination by countersuing, alleging the patrons conspired to conduct a defamatory social media and public...

Drafters of Short-term Rental Rules Invite Feedback

To affirm transparency of a subcommittee established to structure a law governing short-term rentals, Mayor Steve Dicterow called for an open meeting to air concerns and suggestions at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the Laguna Beach City Council Chambers.

Inside Out

In the Name of God “In the name of God,” he said, as the CNN Sunday morning news anchor proclaimed 50 people dead. I was in the midst of ironing my clothes while getting ready for the 25th anniversary celebration of Irvine United Congregational Church’s decision to become Orange...

Greeter Reveals His Heart

True to his multi-dimensional sidewalk performance, Minutoli says his greeting marathon will also serve several purposes: it will mark his fifth year greeting in Laguna, the first anniversary of his brother’s death and substitute for the lunch he never had with a young man who...

Anti-Nuke Group Puts Pressure on Edison

Urging local residents living near tons of stored radioactive waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to take action, five specialists presented views on safety dangers to more than 200 people last Wednesday, June 8, at the Laguna Beach City Council Chambers.

City Mum on Voter Sentiment Survey

A survey to determine voter sentiment on city projects and proposals, including if residents are willing to foot the bill on a $180 million utility under-grounding project, is circulating through the email in-boxes of 6,000 Laguna Beach registered voters.

New Employee Receives Special Perk

With at least one hurdle that confronts most residents, she will receive help. Dupuis is one of four City Hall executive administrators getting assistance from their employer to buy a home in town, said Gavin Curran, director of finance and information technology.

Updated: Historic Win for Breakers Baseball

Breakers scored in the bottom of the ninth inning off a bases-loaded walk Tuesday, May 31, to win 5-4 and capture their first trip to a Southern Section CIF final in the 78 seasons of the sport at Laguna. The game will be held Saturday, June 4, at the 66ers Stadium/San Manuel...

Whalen Campaign Now Underway

Bob Whalen told a crowd of 175 supporters that he seeks re-election to the Laguna Beach City Council in part because “there is no shortage of things to work on” to improve the town.

Memorial Day Highlights

Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct their 89th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of military service personnel Monday, May 30.

Laguna Remembers Their Call to Duty

By 1941, both of the Shive brothers and Wess Balfour had graduated from Laguna Beach High School. Like so many grads since, they had grand plans after graduation: to find their way to Hawaii and the South Pacific to live in the tropical paradise, recalled the brothers’ sibling,...