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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...

School Threat is Resolved Without Incident

Parents in the Laguna Beach Unified School District were informed of an unspecified threat made by a student against Laguna Beach High School in a somewhat cryptic announcement issued Tuesday, April 19. Police confirmed detectives interviewed an unidentified student who was...

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.

Chain Saws Slice Into Town’s History

City staff issued an emergency permit demanded by the current leaseholder and property manager, Koss Financial of Los Angeles, based on an arborist’s finding that at least one of the two trees was diseased and endangering the building.

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.

Initiative Would Overturn Ban on Med-Pot Stores in Laguna

A petition calling for the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries in Laguna Beach and the repeal of the city’s ban on them will be placed on either a special election ballot in July or on the general election ballot in November. Besides considering when voters will vote...

Initiative Would Overturn Laguna’s Ban on Medical Marijuana Stores

An initiative has qualified for the Laguna Beach city ballot that if approved would reverse the town's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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.