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Grants Step Up Game for Museum, Playhouse

The largest grants ever received by two cornerstone art institutions in Laguna Beach — $1 million apiece over the next four years — were unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Short-term Rentals Get Short Shrift

Short-term rentals such as Airbnb are on their way to becoming obsolete in Laguna Beach, according to action taken Wednesday by the city’s Planning Commission.

Fire Destroys Hillside Home

When yelling and smoke also interrupted the moment, Sammut abandoned the horizon and sprinted uphill while also calling 911 on his cell phone. A woman who he said looked dazed stood outside the home two doors from his own and told him another person was still inside the burning house.

No Trolleys in South Laguna

South Laguna residents successfully argued against the expansion of trolley service to their hillside streets this past Tuesday. With nearly a dozen residents ready to object to the proposed trolley service, City Manager John Pietig was willing to drop the route. “The new service...

Montage Sold a Third Time?

A Chinese company is negotiating to buy the company that owns Montage Laguna Beach resort.

Vandals Again Target 9/11 Memorial

A dent about the circumference of a baseball mars the shiny sphere forcefully separated from the welded base of a Sept. 11 memorial in Laguna Beach. It is the third act of vandalism to befall the work, installed in Heisler Park on Sept. 11, 2012, 10 years after terrorists...

Local Swimmers Go for the Cold

Laguna Beach residents Tom Hale and Lynn Kubasek, along with Scott Zorning of Coto de Caza, joined other swimmers from, Canada, Puerto Rico and four New England states to swim the glacial lake that spans both Quebec and northern Vermont.
Posted On 14 Mar 2016

Advocate May Receive His Due on Land He Preserved

The James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve, named after the quintessential bookshop proprietor and ultimately effective environmentalist, may soon get its just rewards.

Laguna Theater Expects to Reopen Soon

South Coast Cinema, the downtown movie theater that used to show first-run releases, may reopen as early as April showing vintage and art-house films, a theater spokesperson said this week.

Updated: Mystery Fumes Trigger Hotel Evacuation

A hotel guest whose suspicious behavior triggered a bomb-squad search of an evacuated Laguna Beach hotel apparently had fled before police sealed off the area, a police spokesman said Friday, March 11. A platoon of armed sheriff’s SWAT team members who entered the three-level,...

Is Tivoli Terrace On its Way Out?

For 40 years, Tivoli Terrace has served as a favorite venue for locals’ memorial services, weddings, anniversaries and community meetings. Now, many of those contented customers are showing their loyalty, signing a petition to keep the local landmark in the hands of the longtime...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016

Fire Ignites in Arch Beach Heights

Neighbors watched as firefighters contained a spectacular structure fire at 1215 La Mirada Street in Laguna Beach Thursday, March 10. No injuries to the homeowners or the firefighters were reported in the evening blaze that started at approximately 6:30 p.m., Fire Chief Jeff...

City Commits to Owning Homeless Shelter

Before the price jumps more than $100,000, the City Council voted to purchase outright the modular structure that has served as the city’s overnight homeless shelter since 2009.

Court Delays Ruling on Artist Housing Project

Sculptor Louis Longi says he remains undeterred by yet another delay in his years-long plan to build a studio and communal workspaces for other artists in Laguna Canyon.

Local Tap Water Remains Lead-Free

Managers of the two water districts serving Laguna Beach residents say lead contamination like that experienced in Flint, Mich., is unlikely here, even in older homes, because the water source is constantly monitored by suppliers.