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Christians, Jews Renew Spring Rituals

This weekend will mark the beginning of religious celebrations for Christians and Jews. For Jews, Passover’s first seder is April 10 and for Christians, special services and commemorations will take place on Palm Sunday, April 9, Maundy Thursday, April 13, Good Friday, April 14,...

Study Confirms 6.3 M Visitors

A new study verifies that 6.3 million people visited Laguna Beach last year, and most of them are locals.

Student Contracts Rare Infection

County health officials act to stem an outbreak of measles by imposing a quarantine on seven unvaccinated Laguna Beach High School students, including the one who contracted the illness.


Finding a Key to Unlock the Ivory Tower

Technical classes, traditionally geared for students uninterested in college, are taking a new direction lately.  College-bound students from Laguna Beach High School make up half of the enrollment in trade-school like courses offered by San Juan Capistrano’s South Coast Regional...

LBHS Athletes Win College Scholarships

Four Laguna Beach High School seniors, Cara Borkovec, Preston GrandPre, Anya Miller
and Jack Wyett, received scholarships to continue their athletic pursuits in college, the school district announced Wednesday. “These student athletes represent the best of the best at...

Class Notes

  Laguna Native Shines in the Midwest Bella Carracino, an elementary education major and a resident of Laguna Beach, is on Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year at Butler University in Indianapolis.  Art Lessons Celebrate Whale Season As part...


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Suspected Gang Members Arrested After Car Stop Police arrested four suspected Costa Mesa gang members on an array of felony charges after their vehicle was pulled over in the 200 block of Cliff Drive last Wednesday, March 16, Sgt. Louis Callus said. A stolen loaded handgun was...

Firefighters Douse Blaze They Also Discover

En route to work last Friday, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse spotted and reported a 7:30 a.m. blaze, but also pounded on the door to personally evacuate the two occupants, who were still sleeping. “He man-handled us out of the house,” said homeowner Gene Gratz, who with his...

Teens Abandon Ill Friend

Police detained six teen-agers from Lake Forest who left a companion showing signs of an overdose at a home on Tia Juana Street and then fled last Saturday, March 5, about 7:48 p.m. Occupants of the home called for paramedics, who transported the 15-year-old female victim for...


Lover Letter to Laguna

Editor, This to express how in love I am with the city of Laguna Beach. I have visited both this wonderful and peaceful city and the surrounding area several times, and come back anytime. I appreciate your city and the people as well. Everyone is so friendly and easy-going that I...

Permit Fight Reveals Council Bias

Editor, Ever felt you weren’t getting a fair shake at City Hall, that biases and predeterminations were the rule and not the exception? The City Council hearing last week proves you are not crazy for feeling that way. Karen Petty successfully overturned revocation of a...

A Failure to Communicate

Dear Editor The recent large turn over in the Community Development Department has exacerbated building code confusion as to what can be approved over the counter and what needs to go to Design Review. That has led to some folks gaming the system who through a piece meal approach...