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City Trees to Undergo Inspection

On a clear day with little wind, a red ironbark eucalyptus tree of more than 30 feet toppled into one of the city’s busiest entrances on Broadway Street and damaged two cars, prompting a city investigation of the other trees on the block.
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Voters to Decide Fate of Sales Tax

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, July 17, to let voters decide the fate of a proposed one-cent sales tax hike that would generate funds for burying utility poles along Laguna Canyon Road and other local evacuation routes. After listening to dozens of...

Ballot Measure Decision Put Off

City officials put off an expected discussion of a proposed tax increase this week, a delay one City Council member said would benefit the public, which seems unaware that two different sales tax approaches are under consideration.

Schools

Class Notes

Cheer Clinic Preps for Field Performance   Girls and boys in elementary school and sixth grade have a chance to learn a cheer, chant and dance with the award-winning Laguna Beach High School cheerleaders at a morning clinic beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21....

Volleyball

  Girls Volleyball (10-5, 6-0) Breakers continued to serve their league opponents off the court and play the entire bench. On Oct. 4 the Breakers swept Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana 25-12, 26-24, 25-17 with Lexi McKeown leading the squad with 15 kills and Piper Naess recording...

Class Notes

Breaking the Silence on Mental Health Clinical psychologist, Dr. Lori Aleknavicius, of Inner Fokus in Laguna Beach, will discuss breaking the silence about teens struggling with mental health at a PTA Coffee Break Wednesday, Oct. 18. The 8:30 a.m. talk takes place at Tivoli Too,...

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Street Beat

Police Seek the Public’s Help

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of breaking into fives businesses last week and making off with $200,000 in stolen jewelry. The suspects are described as two white male adults wearing long pants, button-up long sleeved shirts, and heavy duty...

Streetbeat

Monday, July 17 Vehicle burglary. 1800 block of S. Coast Hwy. 5:20 p.m. A Louis Vuitton bag and two checkbooks in a ziplock bag cumulatively valued at $9,000 went missing. Tuesday, July 18 Traffic collision. Thalia St. 6:42 a.m. A 48-year-old Laguna Beach cyclist was knocked to...

Thief Suspected in Burglary Spree Arrested

A 54-year-old man suspected in four recent Laguna Beach burglaries was arrested Sunday, July 16, when surveillance cameras picked up the whereabouts of his wanted vehicle, police said. The most recent break-in linked to the spree occurred 15 hours earlier when a restaurant...

Letters

A Two-Faced Town

Editor, At 10 a.m., the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Sawdust Festival took place last Friday with Laguna Beach City Council member Steve Dicterow, a beloved friend of the artists in town, cutting the ribbon to inaugurate our season. At exactly the same time the city meter...

SoLag Subsidizes City Budget

Editor, Thanks to JJ Gasparotti for his June 22 column in the Indy about South Laguna being considered a place apart and with a history of benign government neglect. He’s right — with that one lone park, the Village Green, which he referred to as the “Children’s Park” being...

A Love Affair with Land, Sea and Canoe

Editor, As a Hawaii transplant and former canoe paddler I was very excited to read of the upcoming film, “Year on the Water,” a documentary of the Southern California outrigger canoe scene.  I do, however, take exception to filmmaker Brockett’s comment that outrigger paddling has...

Videos

Dance Festival Springs to Life

The arrival of spring this year coincides with the expansion of the Laguna Dance Festival season, staged in the fall of previous years. Though dancers set the mood with audience-teasing performance snippets in galleries during this past Thursday’s Art Walk, the real attraction...

Throwing Down a Contest for Skimmers

Despite near perfect shoreline conditions for skimboarding in Laguna Beach, the town lacks frequent skim competitions, save for the large annual Victoria contest at Aliso Beach. Skim boarders Paulo Prietto and Steve Taylor decided to remedy the situation by organizing some...

Laguna Dance Festival

  Here is a preview video from Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson, who will be performing in Laguna Beach April 14-17 as part of the upcoming Laguna Dance Festival.   Four different programs are scheduled April 14-17 at the Laguna Playhouse, with an...