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Canyon Road Reopens

Laguna Canyon Road reopened at 3 a.m. today after a 10-hour closure due to emergency repairs by utility crews to replace a toppled telephone pole, police said Tuesday. A telephone pole, sheered off in the 2700 block when hit by a car, toppled across the road and struck an...

Grand Jury Calls for More Recycled Water

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown grapples with California’s drought by mandating that water districts curb their demands by 25 percent, the Orange County Grand Jury urges them to expand supply by stepping up production of recycled water. Dwindling local water supplies could be...

Tide Pool Life Diminishes

A virus wiped out sea stars along the entire west coast last year. This year, an eerie new phenomenon, urchin balding, is attacking purple-spined sea urchins in Orange County tide pools, and local scientists are investigating this new mystery. Due to a warmer winter than usual,...

Quake Relief Trickles into Nepal’s Villages

Bearing supplies enough for 150 families to one of Nepal’s devastated remote villages, Rabindra Sitaula encountered near riots when 350 people in need arrived and tried to loot supplies Wednesday. Sitaula serves as program manager in Nepal for the R Star Foundation, based in...

Updated: Chlorine Attack Sickens Sea Lions

Local and federal investigators say someone tainted saltwater pools where recuperating sea lions swim at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon last week and are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. This is the first known animal assault at the center or...

Mayor Maps Laguna’s Future

Addressing the Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City lunch, Mayor Bob Whalen redefined the stated agenda Wednesday by describing not the status quo but the future. Whalen outlined the five big issues he sees the city confronting: land use downtown and along Laguna Canyon...

City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures

Residents who’ve envisioned more outdoor dining and pedestrian-only traffic on the block of Forest Avenue east of Coast Highway may see that vision become a reality, at least temporarily, as early as August. Despite uncertainty about the outcome, the City Council asked...

Tour Explores a Neighborhood Remade by Fire

The Village Laguna Charm House Tour sets out Sunday, May 17, to explore seven homes in Laguna Canyon, whose owners all were personally impacted by the 1993 Laguna Beach firestorm. The 43rd annual tour will feature distinct and unique homes, from cottages to modern edifices, each...

Heritage Month Spotlights Town History

Laguna Beach celebrates its own history in May with an array of annual Heritage Month festivities organized by city officials, individuals and groups. On Saturday, May 9, take a free guided tour of historic downtown with Heritage Committee members. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Laguna...

Party Honors an Extraordinary Life

The Blackburn family invites the public to honor the extraordinary life of Kathleen Blackburn from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. “All are encouraged to come, share a story, a memory and toast her extraordinary life,” says a statement from husband...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 8 Laguna Tots, 6:30 p.m., No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St. $10. Also May 9 and May 10 at 2:30 p.m. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. James Clay Garrison, Hotel Laguna, 425...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 27 Burglary. 100 block of Chiquita St. 12:19 p.m. During a two-hour absence by the resident, someone entered a home window and took watches valued at $200 from a jewelry box. Detective activity. 33600 block of Del Opisbo. 2:51 p.m. Narcotics investigators who set up...

Chlorine Attack Sickens Sea Lions

Local and federal investigators suspect  someone tainted saltwater pools holding recuperating sea lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon last week and are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. This is the first known animal assault at the center or...

Skate Park Backers Focus on Aliso

Aliso Beach Park is the best location in Laguna Beach to consider for a skateboard park, according to a report from the city’s recreation committee. Plans for a skate park were resurrected when recreation committee members were directed by the City Council to focus on a site to...