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Ranch Makeover Contested in Lawsuit

Two months after the California Coastal Commission granted a coastal development permit to allow Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy to continue renovation of The Ranch, a neglected hotel and golf course in Aliso Canyon, the project has hit another potential snag. Lawyers...

Wheel on Down to the Bike Rodeo

Cyclists of all ages are invited to learn safe cycling at a bike rodeo that will feature pro stunt riders beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, in the parking lot near City Hall. The rodeo also features stations highlighting bike safety issues, including bike and helmet...

Community Datebook

Game Night Returns Bridge Hall Game Night returns to Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday March 14. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under and includes a 10-game pack. Single cards are also available for $2 each....

Personnel File

Board Elects First Woman President              Laguna local Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold makes history by becoming the first woman to serve as president of the Boys and Girls Club. Hornbuckle-Arnold has served six years on the board which oversees the 63 year old club. “I love that...

Laguna Joins Same-Sex Marriage Court Brief

Mayor Bob Whalen joined 225 other mayors in signing onto a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide, the city manager said in a statement. The brief includes signatures from mayors in town ranging from Thompson, N.D., with a...

‘Mayhem’ Lives Up to His Name

Mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested on multiple charges after police were called to a disturbance at the White House restaurant Saturday, March 7. The restaurant’s usual crowd included boxing fans and mixed martial arts fighters, invited by Tom Atencio...

Where Some See a Blessing, Others See a Curse

Ross St. Clair, grandson of Aubrey St. Clair, the renowned Laguna Beach architect who designed such prominent structures in town as the City Hall, the Fire Department and Laguna Beach Water District, is all for preserving his progenitor’s legacy. Yet he now finds himself in...

The Stand Changes Hands

The Stand, the original home of Hav’A Chips and a favorite surfers’ stop for carrot juice, avocado sandwiches and date shakes, has been sold for the first time in 40 years. The new owner, Alizabeth “Alisa” Arciniaga, says she intends to keep the vegan outdoor eatery...

Parade Steps Off With Last Year’s Lineup

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The 49th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade, scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, will closely mirror what was planned in 2014 for the 48th parade, which was cancelled due to rain. A definite bonus for this year’s parade goers are the free...

Laguna’s Greeters Inspire Novice Filmmaker

Former Canadian ice hockey pro Martin Yewchuk moved to Laguna Beach from Calgary to fulfill his self-described goal of becoming “a famous Hollywood producer who makes films that change how people view the world.” Little did he know that his first film subject would...

Doctor Settles Kickback Allegation

Dr. Charles R. Denham, of Laguna Beach, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that he accepted kickbacks to promote use of a surgical antiseptic in national guidelines for hospitals, the Justice Department announced Monday, March 2. The settlement does not include a...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Uber to Pull Into John Wayne

Soon, John Wayne Airport passengers will be able to depart for home or their travel destination without hailing a cab or a shuttle but by summoning Uber, a web-based car service that up to now has been banned from airports. The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Monarch butterfly expert and author Susie Vanderlip describes how to lure Monarch butterflies to home gardens at a meeting of the Laguna Beach Garden Club Friday, March 13. The 9:30 a.m. meeting is free and takes place at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.  ...

Making the Jump from a Shirtless Sport to a Clothing Line

Boxing fans at the White House restaurant will have a reason to cheer this Saturday during a live NBC broadcast when one of the main event fighters, John Molina, Jr., enters the ring. He will be wearing a Lambs to Lions shirt, a brand Tom Atencio is launching at the Laguna Beach...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Mary Jo Mancuso

Laguna lost a bright star and true Laguna original on March 1 with the passing of Mary Jo Mancuso. She would have been 80 on March 6. Mancuso was actively and energetically involved with a host of causes and organizations dating back to 1969, when the family first moved to...