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February 26, 2013
A man suffered minor injuries in a head-on traffic crash at Coast Highway south of Moss Street on Friday, Laguna Beach police said. Officers responded to the site at 4:36 p.m. and found one of the vehicles' occupants with injuries, but he was not transported to a hospital. There were no arrests made, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. As of midday Tuesday, the report was not written, so the make and model of the vehicles involved were unknown, Callus said.
September 12, 2011
A male pedestrian was hit by a car at the corner of Coast Highway and Aster Street late Thursday night. Police report that an Illinois man was arguing with his girlfriend at 9:51 p.m. During the altercation he told her she was leaving and ran across Coast Highway when traffic was not at a stop. He was hit by a vehicle traveling south and was thrown into the air. He landed on the hood of a car traveling the opposite direction in the left turn lane. He seriously injured his left arm, had a laceration on his head and was scraped up. Police report that he is expected to fully recover.
September 6, 2011
Kentucky Fried Chicken at 695 S. Coast Hwy. closed its doors last week. A paper sign in the window says "Sorry, moved to Corona del Mar. 2929 E. Coast Hwy. " Another location at 2900 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa closed this week. Calls to the restaurant went unanswered Friday. KFC is across the street from Mosun Sushi & Sake / Club M, which also abruptly closed last month. * Coffee shop swap Passersby may have noticed the new paint on the space that was once occupied by Java T Go at 980 N. Coast Hwy. The drive-thru coffee stand is no longer in service but has a fresh coat of paint.
By Cindy Frazier | July 13, 2009
A Sig-Alert was called around 3 p.m. Monday on Coast Highway in South Laguna after a suspected drunken driver allegedly hit three parked cars near West Street, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. At 4:30 p.m. traffic was reported backed up all the way to Diamond Street. The driver, who was injured, allegedly fled the scene but was taken into custody and transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Kravetz said. “We received many calls of a white Porsche with Florida license plates which hit three parked cars in South Laguna.
By Cindy Frazier and Candice Baker | April 18, 2008
A major sewage spill has forced the closure of Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Starting about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, sewage began to leak from a transmission main located underneath Coast Highway near Center Street, Laguna Beach City Manager Ken Frank wrote in press releases. The ruptured line transports raw sewage from central Laguna Beach to a treatment plant in Aliso Canyon. The volume of the spill is about 50 gallons per minute. Some of the sewage has reached the beach, and the beach will be closed, Frank said.
April 19, 2002
Bryce Alderton A proposal to build an underground pedestrian walkway across Pacific Coast Highway is sending chills of skepticism through the veins of a number of residents and business owners. Councilwoman Toni Iseman has proposed an underground walkway that would connect Broadway to Main Beach by cutting underneath Coast Highway. Iseman claims the walkway would reduce the amount of traffic clogging city streets in the summer and on weekends by cutting down on the number of pedestrians.
June 8, 2007
ART WALK Special pre-Art Walk event 5 p.m. July 5: Dedication and reception for public art at the new public parking facility and maintenance yard at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. Free admittance for residents to three summer festivals during Art Walk. Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive (949) 494-8971 The museum's current exhibitions are as follows: Ongoing: "California Art from the Permanent Collection: Part II, 1930s to 1950s."
April 30, 2014
A woman was hospitalized after two cars collided on South Coast Highway on Friday morning, Laguna Beach police said. The crash occurred at 8:05 a.m. in the 2400 block when a 24-year-old San Clemente woman, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, made an illegal U-turn from the northbound side of South Coast Highway north of Upland Road, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man driving a Chevrolet Volt hit the Corolla, sending the car across southbound lanes, police said.
By Sandi Cain | February 27, 2014
Columnist Billy Fried has gone a bit too far with his vision for Laguna Beach transportation (" The dream of a traffic-free Laguna," Feb. 21). Most municipalities that have some of the services he mentions are large cities with multiple — and sometimes even parallel — wide streets that can be alternately configured to accommodate everything from pedestrians, bikers and skateboarders to, possibly, small hovercraft. Unfortunately, Laguna Beach does not have such roadways, and the two main arteries in and out of Laguna are not 100% controlled by the city.
By Billy Fried | February 20, 2014
Imagine a not-too-distant future when traveling around and in and out of Laguna without a car is a cinch. A future when visitors prefer to park in peripheral lots because that is the most enjoyable and sensible way to visit our town. Or just train in, because gas is so scarce and expensive, and it's just more civilized. And with peripheral lots, a vast network of sustainable, public transport leading to downtown - light rail, trolley, streetcar, bike, electric bike, foot - just makes sense.
By Michael Miller | February 4, 2014
It's easy to tune out traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, but as Kent Kelley stands on the sidewalk before the address that once housed Mystic Arts World, the sound of passing wheels has a way of underlining the conversation. Maybe that's because it signifies moving forward - briskly, unsentimentally - and Kelley's words have the same effect. The building at 670 S. Coast Hwy. played a major role in Laguna Beach hippie culture during the 1960s, a period that's inspired no small amount of mythology.
By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe | January 27, 2014
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m. involving five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
By Bryce Alderton | October 28, 2013
A group of mostly San Clemente High School students received affirmative honks and the occasional "woo-hoo" late Friday afternoon in Laguna Beach as they protested bullying. Members of the Cool 2 Be Kind Club stood in a line along Coast Highway at Main Beach holding signs that read "No Reason To Be Mean," "For Those Who Don't Have a Voice" and "End the Hate. " The group hoped to raise awareness of an issue that National Assn. of People Against Bullying board member Dezra Anderson said has expanded beyond the schoolyard.
By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 23, 2013
Authorities continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a collision that killed a 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer Saturday - the first on-duty death in 60 years. Jon Coutchie was riding a motorcycle north on South Coast Highway when a 1997 GMC pickup attempted to turn left onto Cleo Street at 11:44 p.m., said Aaron Rothberg, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol's Capistrano office on Monday. Coutchie hit the truck's passenger side and was thrown from his motorcycle, according to Laguna Beach police and the CHP. Police and fire officials provided medical aid, but Coutchie died at the scene, Laguna Beach Capt.
September 17, 2013
A car stuck and injured a pedestrian trying to cross South Coast Highway at Cress Street in Laguna Beach on Monday, police said. A 56-year-old Medford, Ore., resident was walking within the crosswalk when a Lexus RX 350 hit her at about 1:10 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The driver, a 59-year-old Laguna Beach man, tried to make a left turn onto South Coast Highway but failed to see the woman, Callus said. The woman complained of pain to her left hip and leg and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, according to police.
August 28, 2013
For the past 45 years, I have been both a tourist and a long-term resident of Laguna Beach. My husband and I have had almost daily strolls with our dog Chacha along the Main Beach boardwalk, taking in all the sights and sounds. We and the rest of our family also enjoy body-surfing the beautiful waves in the summer. The grandkids play on the new playground structure when they're not in the water or making sandcastles. My dog also loves the stroll. We meet many people, both tourists and locals, and a wonderful time is had by all. Nothing is more like Laguna Beach to me than this daily experience.
By David Hansen | August 8, 2013
Trolleys, buses, cars, golf carts, pedestrians, bicyclists and a throng of clueless tourists compete for limited pavement in Laguna Beach. Who wins? Nobody. It's a mess. I don't ride my bicycle on Coast Highway. Heck, I don't even park on Coast Highway. I tell my friends not to park there unless they want to lose a mirror - or worse. There are stretches clearly too tight for three cars, let alone three and a bicyclist. From Bluebird Canyon to the south to Crescent Bay to the north, Coast Highway is not safe for anyone.
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