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Dr. Henry Dieter Schmitz

A celebration of life is set for Dr. Henry Dieter Schmitz on Friday, July 1.

More Candidates Seek City Posts

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

Laws May Broaden What’s Deemed Historic

Keeping aging buildings true to their historic nature is nothing short of a frustrating and nebulous task, as evidenced during a meeting of the city’s Heritage Committee. The committee met to review the first draft of a new historic preservation ordinance last Thursday, June 16.

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...

Grand Jury Examines Pension Liabilities

The amount of unfunded pension liability in Orange County — at about 70 percent — mirrors the median liability tally of other jurisdictions in the state, according to a June 15 Grand Jury report Going from a surplus in 2000 to a $4.5 billion liability in 2012, the...

Realtors Host First Needs Drive

Local real estate agents Kendall Clark and Quincy Mugg of Coldwell Banker held their first annual needs drive, Saturday, June 11, benefitting Friendship Shelter and CSP Youth Shelter. The two Laguna Beach organizations provided wish lists of needed items to Clark and Mugg....

James Emmi

June 23, 1916 – May 14, 2016 James Emmi, known to his family and friends as Jimmy, passed away on May 14, 2016, only 40 days before his 100 birthday, with his wife, Catherine, stepson Cameron, and his close friends by his side. Emmi was an avid sailor, participating in well over...

Indy on Arts

Friday, June 24 Sawdust Art Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. $9. Through Aug. 28. Kurtis Gentile, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Slingshot, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave....

Trial in Double-Fatality Collision Again Postponed

The trial of Dr. Robert Pettis, accused of vehicular manslaughter in a double fatality stemming from a speed race in Laguna Canyon in 2013, was again put off.

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.

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.

Scouts Hold Ceremony and Beach Party

Laguna’s Cub Scout Pak 35 ended the year’s scouting activities with a flag burning ceremony and beach party at Aliso Creek Beach on June 7. “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only organizations other than the military allowed by Congress to officially retire a United...