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Critter, Human Co-Existence Boosted by Irvine-Laguna Wildlife Corridor Plan

If the stars align and all the pieces fit, a native wild animal corridor will wend its way over six miles from the Santa Ana Mountains in the Cleveland National Forest to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, hopefully sooner than later. The idea is to get wild animals, such as...

Street Beat: April 29 to May 1, 2021

Thursday, April 29 Pedestrian stop. 1:08 a.m. Officers stopped a man riding a black Rad Power E-bike. Guy Douglas Harris III, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia. He was held without bail on a probation violation. Officers suspected the E-Bike was unreported as missing. Suspicious circumstances. 300 block...

Laguna Beach opens refreshed Main Beach restrooms, new water bottle refill station

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach unveiled its newly renovated South Main Beach Restroom and water bottle refill station at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4. The old restroom had five toilet stalls for women and two for men. The Men’s restroom now has two urinals and...

Laguna Beach orders unpermitted work at Hotel Laguna to halt ahead of state hearing

Laguna Beach ordered construction at Hotel Laguna to stop on Wednesday after city officials discovered last week that exterior work was underway without a permit, according to a letter sent to hotel-lease owner Mohammad Honarkar. “This project has not followed the normal procedures,” community development director Marc Wiener wrote....

Hotel Laguna remodel appeal heads to Coastal Commission

The pending remodel of Hotel Laguna will be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission on May 12 after the agency’s staffers found substantial errors with Laguna Beach’s approval process. The hearing will turn on an appeal filed in March by Laguna Beach residents, Mark and Sharon Fudge, who challenged a...

Street Beat: April 22 to April 24, 2021

Thursday, April 22 Traffic stop. 700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:48 a.m. A blue GMC Yukon was towed and put into a 30-day hold. Andres Moscaida, Jr., 31, was cited for driving on a suspended license. Occupied vehicle. 600 block of N. Coast Hwy. 9:53 a.m. Three occupants of a...

Laguna Beach environmentalists share Earth-loving tips, community additions

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach is a green and blue city, home to scores of ecology-minded residents passionate about ocean and land conservation and thoughtful consumption. We asked four thought leaders how residents can contribute to healing the earth and slowing climate change. • One Green Street...

KX FM founder will exit, all-women team to lead Laguna Beach radio station

KX FM 104.7 announced Tuesday that its founder and general manager, Tyler Russell McCusker, will step away from the station’s daily operations after a nine-year run. Former KX FM music director Alyssa Hayek will succeed McCusker, who will serve as a consultant for the remainder of the year and then...

UPDATED: Shohreh Dupuis promoted to Laguna Beach city manager

The Laguna Beach City Council has tapped Shohreh Dupuis as the next city manager, following a nationwide search that failed to generate more impressive candidates, according to a Tuesday press release. Dupuis will be Laguna Beach’s first female city manager and will only be the third person to hold the...

Laguna Canyon closed for hours after traffic collision sends wires onto road

Laguna Canyon Road was closed to traffic for nearly six hours on Sunday afternoon after a Tesla collided with a utility pole, sending overhead wires onto the road, authorities said. Laguna Beach police and paramedics responded around 11:40 a.m. to the Big Bend area on Laguna Canyon Road for a...