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Updated: Missing Teen’s Body is Found

Describing her son’s death as a “freak accident,” Jennifer Parnell said she still harbored hope that her son remained alive up until his body was pulled from the sea this past Wednesday. A large wave swept 18-year-old Anthony Parnell into the ocean 11 days earlier from Thousand...

City Clerk Performs Laguna’s First Civil Wedding

Gustav Eriksson and Sheila Olsen met downtown at Nick’s restaurant on Feb. 19, 2012. “I was eating dinner alone, and Gustav walked in and sat right next to me,” Olsen said. They struck up a conversation and it was love at first sight. Next week, they will become...

Quiet Man Leaves a Powerful Legacy

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Representatives for longtime Laguna Beach resident Dr. Ted Martonen delivered a $3 million gift last week to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, one of the largest donations the center has ever received. Martonen died in January 2014 at the age of 71; he...

Study Reveals Canyon Road Hazards

A particularly violent crash and bang shattered a bucolic morning for Laguna Beach dog park patrons last August. Several people ran out to Laguna Canyon Road to see what happened as the rest converged on the gate amid confused canines, necks craned, awaiting feedback. Minutes...

Wave Sweeps Teen From Rocks

OC Lifeguards throughout the week continued to search the shoreline between Aliso and Salt Creek Beach for an 18-year-old Nevada man, who was swept from the rocks of Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell on Sunday. Waves of five to eight feet prevented lifeguards from...

Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a top Long Beach police commander and longtime Orange County resident, was named to lead the Laguna Beach police department this week. She will become the city’s first female chief of police. Farinella, 50, starts on the job March 16 and succeeds Chief Paul...

Bud Unfurls Nature’s Mystery

By Donna Furey | LB Indy A unique, trademarked rose whose open petals form a heart arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. Ben and Ava Arman’s recently established, Color Blast Flowers, at 210 N. Coast Highway, are one of the only florists in the area to stock the unusual rose....

Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a Long Beach deputy police chief who lives in Orange County, will become the next Laguna Beach police chief, the city manager announced Monday. Farinella, who starts work next month, succeeds Chief Paul Workman, who announced his intention to retire last August....

New Director Possesses a Can-Do Attitude

By Donna Furey | LB Indy One of the first tasks Mary Schmidt assigned herself as executive director of the South County Cross-cultural Council was to write a grant proposal to obtain electricity for the day worker center, which has operated in Laguna Canyon for two decades. Since...

Zur Schmiede Seeks Coastal Commission Post

A little known entity last week nominated Laguna’s newest City Council member Robert Zur Schmiede to be considered for appointment to the California Coastal Commission as the representative to the south coast region, which includes Orange and Los Angeles counties. A...

Search Resumes for Teen Swept into the Sea

Rescuers resume their search today for an 18-year-old Nevada high school student, who was swept from the rocks Sunday afternoon at Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell. On Monday, four OC Lifeguards returned to the area known as The Caves, a rocky point on the south end of...

Turning the Tide on Poachers

Watching out for poachers, pilferers and polluters isn’t what most people would consider a day at the beach. For Jeremy Frimond, life couldn’t get much better. Frimond, 27, pinned on the badge as Laguna Beach’s marine protection officer in 2013. He works with lifeguards,...

Home Prices Reach a New Record

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach last year neared $1.8 million, exceeding the previous peak median price of $1.7 million achieved in 2006. In a year-to-year comparison, the median sales price for single family homes in Laguna jumped 16 percent in 2014. Sales volume...

Thriving Economy Buoys City Budget

A boom in fees for building permits and plan checks last year, the most in the past seven years contributed to an unexpected surge in the city’s spending power by $4.3 million, according to a midyear budget analysis. The city’s triumvirate of key income sources –...

Schools Approve Tennis Court Improvements

Following in the steps of the Laguna Beach City Council, improvements to the six tennis courts across from Laguna Beach High School were unanimously approved by the Laguna Beach Unified School Board Tuesday. Repairs are scheduled to begin this summer. Two city council members met...