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Beverly Blumenfeld

Longtime Laguna Beach resident and Sawdust Festival member Beverly Blumenfeld passed peacefully in her Canyon Acres home on Tuesday evening, April 5. Born on Sept. 3, 1944, in Hornell, N.Y., Bev met her husband Mark in 1963 while she was attending beauty school and he was...

Personnel File

Impact Giving Hires its First Director Impact Giving hired its first executive director, Jeanine Stafford, announced the women’s collective giving organization based in Laguna Beach. Chair Karen Wilson said Stafford was selected because of her 25 years of experience working in...

Police Issue Phone Scam Warning

Police issued a warning about a telephone scam where the calling party identified themselves as a police captain and appeared to be calling from the department’s non-emergency number. The individual demanded that a resident withdraw $2,000 in order to avoid arrest for a supposed...

Indy on Arts

Friday, April 22 Felisha, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500. James Clay Garrison & The Peach, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. DJ Bselecta, 9 p.m., Skyloft, 422 S Coast Hwy, 949-715-1550. Downtown Country Club, 9 p.m., Marine Room...

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...

Tour Peers Behind the Garden Gates

Nine private gardens in the town’s village neighborhood, including nearly an acre of grounds at a historic home, are featured in Laguna Beach Garden Club tour Friday, May 6. Tickets are now available for the one-mile 11-4 p.m. Gate & Garden Tour, the club’s major scholarship...

Personnel File

Pietig Hires a New Deputy       Shohreh Dupuis’s experience with transportation agencies and capital projects stood out among a pool of talented competitors for the post of Laguna Beach assistant city manager and director of public works, City Manager John Pietig said. His new...

Memorials

Friends Plan Tribute to Tom Rizzo Friends and family of Tom Rizzo are invited to a 10 a.m. celebration Saturday, April 16, in Heisler Park on the bluff’s southern end overlooking Rockpile Beach. Participants are invited to share pictures or memories of Rizzo and a paddle out will...

Expect Another Downtown Traffic Disruption

Verizon will begin removal of an underground diesel storage tank at Beach and Broadway Streets on Monday, April 18, which is expected to reduce traffic on Beach to a single lane in each direction. The new traffic pattern will be in place 24-hours per day for three weeks....