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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 Tazmin 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...

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...

Letter to the Community: Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert

Dear Laguna Beach Community, As I reflect on the last year as your Chief of Police, serving this community has been the most rewarding part of my 30-year career. I wake up every day humbled to serve the people of this amazing community and lead and support this organization's outstanding...

Cracking Down on Loud Vehicle Noise Pollution

AB 2496 Awaits Signature on Governor’s Desk Across the country, noise pollution from loud vehicles has become a significant problem in local communities, including Laguna Beach. According to observations by law enforcement, custom-made or aftermarket equipment that modifies vehicle exhausts to exceed noise limits set by state law is often the...

Hawkins Mural Unveiled at the Promenade

The City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission hosted the dedication of a new, temporary mural of late Foo Fighters drummer and Laguna Beach High School graduate, Taylor Hawkins, on the performance deck at the Promenade on Forest Avenue on Sept. 1.  The mural, by artist Ryan Callisto, commemorates the Rock...

Laguna Beach Filmmaker Releases 50th Anniversary Edition of Classic Surf Film ‘Five Summer Stories’

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy Before Laguna Beach resident Greg MacGillivray was nominated for Academy Awards for his IMAX films “Dolphins” and “The Living Sea,” before he managed to haul a huge, heavy camera up an icy mountain slope to film scenes for the IMAX film “Everest,” before he...

Beach Volleyball’s Oldest Tourney to Hit The Sand in Laguna This Weekend

Since 1955, Laguna's Main Beach has been the backdrop for the Laguna Open, the longest-running beach volleyball tournament in history. From Sept. 9 to 11, players will meet on the sand for the three-day men's and women's open competition, the fan-favorite "Battle of the Beaches," pitting four historic Laguna...