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Pedestrian Dies after Fatal Traffic Collision Saturday Morning

On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 2:47 a.m., Laguna Beach Police department responded to the report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle vs. pedestrian near the 700 block of S. Coast Highway.  Laguna Beach Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene and provided life-saving measures. The pedestrian was...

Council Approve Interim Plan for St. Catherine of Siena School

By Tasmin McGill, Guest Contributor Laguna Beach City Councilmembers voted 4-1 to go ahead with an interim plan for the former St. Catherine of Siena school during their Jan. 24 council meeting. The interim plan is expected to start in spring and includes the use of the gymnasium for community...

Council In Support Of Ordinance Banning Balloon Sales

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance banning the sale or use of any balloons, mylar, latex or otherwise, within the City during its Jan. 24 meeting. Balloons will still be allowed in private and commercial areas. The ban comes after multiple environmental...

No Longer Waiting in the Wings, No Square Hires New Directors

For the first time, No Square Theatre has hired two longtime talents to staff positions with its organization. Ella Wyatt has accepted the role of artistic director, and Rob Harryman is the new managing director. Both have been active contributors to the life of Laguna’s only community theatre for...

Street Beat: Week of Jan. 27

Jan. 18 Bench warrant. Christopher Dean Borden, 51, of Santa Ana was arrested on suspicion of an outstanding bench warrant. He was held without bail.  Shoplifting. Domina Louise Beers, 45, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. She was held at $500 bail.  Disorderly conduct. Wesley Tyler Smith, 40, of...

Wellness Lab Strives to Help Residents Find Happiness Post-Pandemic

Melissa Harris is on a mission to help you become a happier person. The retired psychology professor recently opened doors to a new Wellness Lab on 1854 South Coast Highway, Suite 1, and welcomes anyone looking for ways to achieve, what can be, for some, one of the most...

Laguna Beach Library Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

It may have been a grey and rainy day last Saturday, but the Laguna Beach Library's 50th-anniversary celebration made the dreary weather an afterthought.  Around 450 people left their umbrellas at the library door to attend the Jan. 14 event, including Mayor Pro Tem Sue Kempf, Councilmembers George Weiss, Alex...

Spread Love this February With Handmade Valentine Cards For Seniors

Mother Theresa once said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." Inspired by Theresa's words in September 2020, Moore Law for Children Attorney Meldie Moore set out to make the Laguna community a little stronger by creating different...

Street Beat: Week of Jan. 20

Jan. 10 No arrests made. Jan. 11 Possession of a controlled substance. Jason William Bley City, 49, of Mission Viejo was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. He was held at $1,000 bail.  Possession of a controlled substance. Wendy Perez Castellanos, 39, of San Diego was arrested on...

Pageant of the Masters On-Site Casting Call Draws Volunteers From All Over

Preparations for the 2023 Pageant of the Masters are full steam ahead. This past weekend, Pageant officials held a three-day on-site casting call for this year's theme: Art Colony: In the Company of Artists. If you missed it, never fear. There's still time to participate. People of all sizes and...