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‘Unconditional’ Dog Shelter Announces Executive Director and Timeline for Groundbreaking

Amy and Julian Mack, founders of Unconditional Inc., a new Laguna Beach nonprofit dog shelter focused on saving vulnerable and overlooked dogs, have announced Peter Chang as its executive director. The nonprofit said the shelter's mission is to "build a world where people see the value in senior and special...

Laguna Beach Aquathon marred by tragedy

Excellent weather conditions and warm water greeted a record number of Aquathon attendees at Crescent Bay last Sunday morning, Sept. 25, who gathered for the highly anticipated 36th edition of the local event. However, the much-loved event turned grief-stricken after participant Art Salcido died of a suspected heart attack during...

Annual Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival on the Horizon

Tickets are selling fast for The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's highly-anticipated event, Taste of Laguna Food & Music Festival, to be held on Oct. 13 at the Festival of Arts. Taste of Laguna features mouthwatering bites from more than 30 of the Orange County area's best restaurants and food...

Street Beat: Week of Sept. 30

Sept. 19 DUI. A 35-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI. He was held at $2,500 bail. Obstructing an officer, trespassing. John Dominic Bagarozzi, 55, of Lake Forest was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer and refusing to leave property. He was held at $500...

The Great Love Club celebrates Real-life Connections Through Kindness

New Laguna Beach social club unites community while supporting local creators and businesses It's 7 a.m. on a Tuesday. The sun’s barely had time to peek over the roofs of most Laguna Beach homes, but already, a lively and diverse group of about 20 are gathering on Catalina St., some...

City council candidates debate South Laguna issues during Zoom panel

By Tasmin McGill The South Laguna Civic Association hosted a two-hour city council candidate panel Monday over Zoom. Incumbents Sue Kempf and Peter Blake, along with new candidates Alex Rounaghi, Mark Orgill, Jerome Pudwill, Ruben Flores and Louis Weil, discussed a variety of issues that plague Laguna Beach community members. Those...

Meet City Council Candidate Jerome Pudwill

35-year resident endorsed by Village Laguna, LB Police Employees' Association Jerome Pudwill declared his intention to run for one of three open Laguna Beach City Council seats in November just five weeks ago, relatively late to throw his hat into the ring. Still, the 35-year resident said he felt it...

Street Beat week of Sept. 23

Wednesday, Sept. 14 DUI. A 28-year-old Canyon Lake woman was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI. She was held at $2,500 bail. Thursday, Sept. 15 Battery. Hamidullah Samiee, 59, of Laguna Beach was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery on a person. He was held at $500 bail.   Bench Warrant. Mario Deleon, 41,...

Pageant of the Masters Hosts Red Carpet Affair with Priscilla Presley to Benefit the Arts

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters held its glamorous end-of-summer soirée, a jam-packed night of fine art, living pictures, strolling entertainment, and giveaways. The Wonderful World Soirée welcomed the legendary Priscilla Presley to host the evening, and 10-time...

Meet City Council Candidate Alex Rounaghi

24-year-old lifetime resident pledges to make wildfire prevention a top priority It's not every day you see a 24-year-old put their name into the hat for a seat on the Laguna Beach City Council. Or any council for that matter. But that's exactly what Dartmouth College graduate and a lifetime...