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Urth Serves Up Some Un-Earthed Treasures

The grand opening party may be a month away, but Urth Caffé founder Shallom Berkman anxiously awaits welcoming back the community to kick off a new life for the craftsman bungalow at the corner of North Coast Highway and Aster Street, just north of Main Beach. “Along with the...
Posted On 30 Aug 2015

Questions Arise Over Superintendent Search

Calling for former high school principal Joanne Culverhouse to return as the new superintendent next year, residents raised questions about Laguna Beach Unified School District’s hiring practices at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Go to Dr. Culverhouse and ask her to come back,” said...

Pushing Public Art in a New Direction

Should an arts commission that selects public art projects be comprised of arts professionals with knowledge of public art here and elsewhere? Should the City Council be allowed veto power over public art projects on aesthetic grounds even if a project is deemed controversial?...

Updated: ACLU Again Targets City’s Homeless Policies

Chronically homeless and diagnosed with depression and alcoholism, Kenneth Glover is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the City of Laguna Beach last week by the American Civil Liberties Union and two attorneys from the firm of Paul Hastings, LLP. Glover, 47, has...

Laguna Fest Dances Across the Natural World

“Biophony” may have entered into the lexicon of music, but not common usage. It describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and...

Shelter Receives a Gift From a Spotted Dog Lover

  A six-month old Dalmation pup that was deaf and whose behavior was wild ended up in the animal shelter years ago. Manager Nancy Goodwin began training the dog in the hope of making it adoptable. Local resident Kathleen Clody also got wind of the new shelter resident and...
Posted On 24 Aug 2015

Coastal Panel OKs Fire Breaks

After listening to an analysis of a Laguna Beach fuel modification project, including testimony from Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse about fire conditions exacerbated by the drought, the California Coastal Commission effectively green-lighted a project to thin dense brush in Arch...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

ACLU Again Challenges Laguna’s Policies Toward the Homeless

The ACLU Foundation and the law firm of Paul Hastings Thursday sued the city of Laguna Beach for discriminating against homeless individuals with disabilities. As a result of an earlier ACLU lawsuit and settlement, Laguna Beach in 2009 opened the only municipal year-round shelter...

Updated: Vacation Rental Ban Extended

Swayed by residents’ impassioned testimony about rowdy visitors eroding the quality of life in their neighborhoods, the City Council Tuesday opted to ban short-term lodging in all residential areas in Laguna Beach. The Council called for staff to develop an ordinance...

Prosecutor Withdraws Cold-Case Murder Charge

Due to the deaths of two witnesses and the inability of a third to travel, prosecutors on Tuesday were forced to drop charges against a felon accused in the 1978 robbery-stabbing of Laguna Beach resident Brent Stapleton Tobey. Prosecutors say they expect to re-file murder charges...

‘Enchanted Garden’ Loses Its Sorcerer

Customers juggling intended purchases and wine-filled glasses stood eight-deep at the Laguna Nursery cash register last week. Such a sight apparently proved as rare at the nursery in recent years as a Dudleya stolonifera, a threatened succulent species native only to Laguna...

Activists Claim Lapses in San Onofre Security

Local activists documenting what they say is a lack of security at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will present their findings this month to FBI officials who investigate domestic terrorism threats, according to a county official. Laguna Beach resident and activist Rita...

Updated: Homeless Man Dies in Crash

A roadside shrine on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park now marks the location where a homeless man was struck and killed by an outbound motorist about 1 a.m. last Friday, Aug. 7, police said. The death is the fourth traffic fatality within the city this year, all of which have...

Two Laguna Exhibits Reveal an Artist’s Evolution

An exhibit of merely a dozen canvases at the Laguna Art Museum offer ample evidence of artist Phil Dike’s skill and stylistic versatility. Selected by historical art curator Janet Blake from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection, these paintings lift Phil Dike out of the...