New Owners Re-season Café Zoolu Creole Style

Laguna Beach resident and bar owner Michael Byrne intends to remake longtime local favorite, Cafe Zoolu, into a creole restaurant. Owners Michael and Toni Leech look forward to retiring.

Updated: Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question homicide suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked his right to a lawyer, concluded an appeals court that overturned the first-degree murder conviction for a violation of procedure.

Creatures Large and Small Wash Ashore

The impact of El Nino ocean currents was evident on local beaches in the last week, where beachgoers encountered unusually underweight baby elephant seals and a stranded army of tiny lobster-like red crabs.

All Roads Lead to … ‘No Parking’

The poster-sized sign printed on vinyl looks like an eye chart from an optometrist’s office. In increasingly smaller letters it reads, “Visualize being towed.” Another one reads, “No Parking-No Kidding”. Jeannie Richardson has produced 15 different signs, some elegant and some...
Posted On 19 May 2016

Campaign Supports Distressed Family

Single mother Sandra Woodard went to her doctor because she was experiencing abdominal discomfort and a loss of appetite in January. Scans revealed that she was suffering from a rare ovarian cancer. Woodard, 54, works as an esthetician at Hudson Salon and Spa in Boat Canyo...
Posted On 19 May 2016

Local Gardener Turns Off the Tap

The South Coast Water District recognized Laguna Beach resident Sharleen Sweeney as water saver of the month in May. Sweeny ripped out 4,000 sq. ft. of creeping lilyturf (Liriope) and transformed her front yard into a drought-tolerant garden, complete with a dry rock creek bed....

Bridget Sturges Hedges

  Bridget Sturges Hedges passed away April 20, 2016, in her home in Tustin, Calif., at the age of 68. She died of complications from lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain. She went peacefully in her sleep. Bridget was born on Aug. 8, 1947, in Baton Rouge, La. She...

Personnel File

Non-profit Law Firm Expands Orange County attorney and UCLA School of Law graduate Leslie Bigler Lindgren recently joined the non-profit Laguna Beach law firm Seaside Legal Services. Established in 2013 by local attorney A. Jane Fulton, Seaside Legal Services provides legal...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 20 Hugh Johnson jazz trio, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Serenade, Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Closing: “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-2787. Kurtis Gentile & JP Peart, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy....

Buyer’s Remorse? Police Say Otherwise

Two women traveled 60 miles from Moreno Valley and paid thousands of dollars for cosmetic procedures by a Laguna Beach plastic surgeon known for breast reconstruction and face-lifts. When the patients arrived at the doctor’s office last week, however, they were met by fraud...

Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question murder-robbery suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked the need for a lawyer, leading a court of appeals to overturn his 2013 Superior Court conviction. An opinion issued by the California Court of Appeals last week reversed the...

Schools Reject Fee Hike on New Building

The Laguna Beach school board refused to impose a hike in fees on new construction within the district Tuesday and also questioned the premise behind the recommendation, a forecast of a 27 percent jump in enrollment and the need for $24 million in campus improvements to...

Water District Will Raise Rates

The South Coast Water District, which services South Laguna plans an incremental increase in water and sewer rates over the next five years that will add about $87 a year to the typical bill of a homeowner beginning July 1.

Swimmer Rises to a Miles-High Challenge

Laguna local and open-water ocean swimmer Tom Hale again braved frigid waters to compete in a fresh-water lake contest far from home and far above sea level.
Posted On 15 May 2016