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Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

After ‘Overheated’ Run-Up, Home Prices Cool

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach during 2015 fell to $1.7 million, a 5 percent decline over a year ago and the first price drop in four years of escalating values.

Campaign Contribution Limits Remain Unchanged

With Mayor Steve Dicterow already announcing he will seek re-election in November, people or groups who want to contribute to their favorite candidate did not get the go-ahead from the City Council Tuesday to make larger donations.

Food Pantry Bags a Gift at Store’s Opening

In opening a new grocery store at 26560 Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation donated a check for $2,500 to the Laguna Food Pantry and local campus New Vista School for special-needs learners, says a statement. The new Smart & Final...

American Legion Honors Laguna’s Finest

The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion honored three public servants from the police and fire departments Thursday, Jan. 21. Firefighter-paramedic Alex Pacheco was honored as firefighter of the year and Jeff Zaccaro was honored among reserves. James Michaud was honored as...

Personnel File

Council Fills Two Openings Adam Schwerner was selected to serve on the city’s Art Commission by a 4-1 vote of the City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Mayor Steve Dicterow dissented. Lisa Berman and Denise Ford also applied for the post. The same day, the council also selected Caren...

Dorothy Catherine Scott

Dorothy Catherine Scott passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2016, at the age of 95. Scott is survived by her two daughters, Susan Kollmansberger of Laguna Beach and Sherry Scott-Tyler of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two son-in-laws; two granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews,...

Shirley Abel

A special Laguna Beach resident has passed away. Shirley “Shirl” Abel was born March 4, 1927, and died on Jan. 11, 2016, at the age of 88. For the most part of 55 years she lived in and loved Laguna. So many local friends and an extended family will sincerely miss her. She was...

City Begins to Tackle Downtown Flooding

the City Council approved the first step Tuesday to increase capacity at a downtown bottleneck renowned for flooding.

Senate Candidate Seeks Support in Laguna

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke about regulating assault rifles, women’s rights and the common thread of school truancy in the background of violent criminals during a campaign stop in Laguna Beach Thursday. A former district attorney in San...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 29 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Alisa Eisenberg, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Jackie Pember & Robert Jon, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Downtown Country Club, 9 p.m.,...

Street beat

Monday, Jan. 18 Stolen vehicle. Laguna Canyon Rd. 10 p.m. Joshua Michael Peters, 34, of Ladera Ranch, was arrested for suspicion of car theft and possessing a meth pipe. Bail was set at $20,000. Tuesday, Jan. 19 Assault. 2300 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:18 p.m. A 15-year-old...

Dicterow to Seek Re-Election

Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow announced his intention to seek re-election to the City Council in November and plans a campaign kick-off party on Sunday, Jan. 31. In a statement, Dicterow says, “We are facing major threats to what we love about Laguna. Although change always...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 18 Stolen vehicle. Laguna Canyon Rd. 10 p.m. Joshua Michael Peters, 34, of Ladera Ranch, was arrested for suspicion of car theft and possessing a meth pipe. Bail was set at $20,000. Tuesday, Jan. 19 Assault. 2300 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 5:18 p.m. A 15-year-old...