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The Lead

City Plans Crackdown on Noisemakers

Seventy-five motorcycles cruising Coast Highway on Sunday, April 15, made a big impression on Council member Toni Iseman.

Public Art May Embellish Entrance

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with creating a public art concept at the long-awaited village entrance, allocating an additional $100,000 from the city's art-in-lieu fund for a $180,000 artist honorarium.

Public Access Returns to Thalia Beach

Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede took up scissors at the Thalia Street beach access Tuesday, April 17, snipping a ribbon to mark the return of public access to one of Laguna’s favorite surf breaks.

Schools

Chef Challenge Serves Up Support for Schools

The ninth annual Chef Challenge, hosted by Lumberyard restaurant owners Cary and Suzanne Redfearn, again served up a culinary competition benefitting SchoolPower. The March 26 event featured Laguna school principals as dueling guest “chefs” competing with two different,...

Class Notes

Feedback Sought on School Calendar Changes The public is invited to attend a presentation about possible restructuring of the school year at a 5:30 p.m. school board study session Thursday, April 12. The board directed staff to convene a committee to explore recommendations for...

Students Use Forensics to Investigate Revenge Murder

DANA POINT, Calif. – With over-the-phone directions from a forensic scientist in Scotland, students from the Forensics/Mock Trial class at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach recently used high-tech tactics to investigate a murder from 1585. Based on the historical events of...

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Street Beat

Tip Leads to Drug Raid

Surveillance of a home prompted by a tip led police Thursday, April 12, to avert a possible heroin overdose, arrest five people on an array of alleged charges as well as seize drugs and mail belonging to local residents. Of seven people described by police as fraudulent Airbnb...

Police Prepare for Stoner Holiday

Police will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI saturation patrols will also deploy earlier than usual Friday, April 20, between 4:20 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies...

Streetbeat

Sunday, March 25 Traffic stop. Legion St. 1 a.m. A 61-year-old Irvine woman was cited for DUI. Traffic stop. Broadway St. 1:22 a.m. Joseph Leon Malabicky III, 26, of Huntington Beach, was initially arrested for driving on a suspended license, but was held without bail for a...

Letters

Allow a Stress-free Semester Break

Editor, I would like to offer my perspective regarding the recently proposed 2019-2020 LBUSD calendar, not only as a local parent with children attending our schools, but as a prior student of TOW, Thurston and LBHS schools. I have blissful memories of those final days of summer...

Another School Calendar Fiasco?

Editor, Not so many years ago, without public notice and only two minutes of actual deliberation our school board voted to approve a senior staff plan to start the school year in mid-August. Public opposition forced reversal, but only after one board member tearfully revealed...

Parent Disapproves of Calendar Change

Editor, I’m not sure if many are aware but the school board is making a hard push to drastically change the school calendar to make summer break June 11- Aug. 21, which will significantly affect the families, festivals, and businesses here in Laguna. The board has just released a...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...