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By Laura Foti Cohen | July 17, 2009
Last weekend I was staying at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, what I will remember most about my stay is not the beautiful view or the yoga on the beach. It is getting hit by a car Saturday afternoon when I was crossing Pacific Coast Highway in a crosswalk to return to the hotel. It turns out I am one of the lucky ones ? not that I got hit, but that my injuries weren?t life-threatening. Since my accident, I have researched crosswalk accidents in Laguna. They seem to result in death an average of once a year and serious injuries much more frequently.
NEWS
January 28, 2005
Drivers kept going Laguna Beach police issued 25 citations and two written warnings to motorists who failed to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk during an undercover operation throughout Laguna on Saturday, police said. Two disguised police officers, one wearing a rabbit costume, and the other dressed in a brightly colored outfit with a large purple hat, crossed city crosswalks in an effort to promote pedestrian safety and crack down on those who fail to yield for crossing pedestrians, police said.
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February 7, 2013
Two Orange County men riding in a stolen car allegedly hit parked cars and a street pole at Pearl Street and South Coast Highway Sunday afternoon. Laguna Beach Police responded to the scene at 1:55 p.m. Eddie Reyes Martinez, 19, from Mission Viejo, and Jonathan Jesus Cordova, 18, from Laguna Woods ran from the scene, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Citizens in the area of Bluebird Beach and Coast Highway detained the men until officers arrived. Both men were injured and taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, police said.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Laguna Beach officials on Tuesday approved proposals favored by Complete Streets advocates, but stopped short of a trial roundabout on Glenneyre Street. The City Council awarded a $200,000-maximum contract for the preparation of a Mobility and Complete Streets Plan, approved sharrows and signs directing bicyclists off Coast Highway onto neighborhood streets, enhanced some crosswalks and relocated the site for a trial roundabout from Glenneyre Street. Council opposition to the Glenneyre roundabout was based on the requirement to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on a street used more by locals than visitors.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Some 35 plus years ago I was with my son in Bluebird Park, and he was fascinated by the leaky water fountain right by the entrance to the park. At the time, mud was one of his interests. I was very concerned that he could dart out into Bluebird Canyon Drive at any time. The park at this time did not have a fence that was childproof. I called the city about the lack of a secure child-proof fence around the park and was told that such a fence would violate the artistic integrity of the park and that I was responsible for watching my child.
NEWS
January 17, 2003
Mary A. Castillo After the sun sets, drivers will get an extra reminder to stop for pedestrians at the intersection of Cliff and Rosa Bonheur drives. City workers installed solar-powered pavement markers along the crosswalk on Jan. 8, Director of Public Works Steve May said. The markers act as reflectors during the day and, once darkness falls, light up to warn oncoming motorists. May also confirmed that the city installed neon green pedestrian warning signs and reflectors on the sign posts.
NEWS
April 23, 2004
Andrew Edwards A Laguna Beach woman was in critical condition after a Monday morning accident at the intersection of Brooks and Glenneyre streets. Meltem Narter, 42, was struck by a BMW while she was crossing the street, police said. The crash happened at 10:21 Monday and several witnesses called 911 to report the crash, police said. Narter was taken to Mission Hospital after sustaining severe injuries in the crash, police said. The accident is still under investigation, and police have not arrested 60-year-old Gayle Cleigh, the driver of the BMW 318i that struck Narter.
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By Cindy Frazier | September 12, 2006
A 35-year-old Tustin woman who was struck in a crosswalk on So. Coast Highway  Sept. 7 remains in a coma, Laguna Beach Police said Tuesday.  The incident took place around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Calliope Street, where witnesses said a Honda Civic struck pedestrian Jennifer Parent in a marked crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle, Harold Stulberg, 76, of Sherman Oaks, was interviewed and released at the scene of the incident.  The victim was taken to Mission Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery for six and a half hours.
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By: Lauren Vane | September 2, 2005
A man was killed late Monday while crossing South Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way in a marked and lighted crosswalk, police said. It is the second crosswalk fatality in 12 months. Jaime Ramirez, 20, of Mexico, was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he died of injuries. Jaime Ramirez's cousin, Marcos Ramirez,19, was also injured in the accident. He's in serious condition at Mission Hospital. The two men were hit in the marked crosswalk, illuminated by flashing lights, by a 49-year-old Tustin man driving a Toyota Sequoia.
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April 8, 2014
A 22-year-old Laguna College of Art + Design student was struck by a vehicle and critically injured in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said. The woman was crossing from the main campus side of the road at 8:46 p.m. when she was hit by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan, said Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police did not elaborate on the extent of the pedestrian's injuries, but said she was transported to the trauma center at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Laguna Beach officials on Tuesday approved proposals favored by Complete Streets advocates, but stopped short of a trial roundabout on Glenneyre Street. The City Council awarded a $200,000-maximum contract for the preparation of a Mobility and Complete Streets Plan, approved sharrows and signs directing bicyclists off Coast Highway onto neighborhood streets, enhanced some crosswalks and relocated the site for a trial roundabout from Glenneyre Street. Council opposition to the Glenneyre roundabout was based on the requirement to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on a street used more by locals than visitors.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 21, 2013
A beautification project along a portion of Broadway Street is scheduled to begin March 4. Golden State Constructors, the city of Laguna Beach's contractor, will close lanes between Forest Avenue and Cliff Drive for the work, which includes adding drought-tolerant and native landscaping, three public-art installations and a new decorative sidewalk. Crews will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Two-lane traffic will be maintained at all times. The intersection at Cliff Drive will also be reconfigured to reduce the speed of cars turning onto the street and shorten the length of the pedestrian crosswalk.
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February 7, 2013
Two Orange County men riding in a stolen car allegedly hit parked cars and a street pole at Pearl Street and South Coast Highway Sunday afternoon. Laguna Beach Police responded to the scene at 1:55 p.m. Eddie Reyes Martinez, 19, from Mission Viejo, and Jonathan Jesus Cordova, 18, from Laguna Woods ran from the scene, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Citizens in the area of Bluebird Beach and Coast Highway detained the men until officers arrived. Both men were injured and taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, police said.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2012
A proposal to convert a portion of Glenneyre Street into a complete street — one considered to be safe, accessible and comfortable for walkers, the disabled, cyclists and motorists — wasn't complete enough to win Planning Commission approval. The commission voted 4 to 1 at its Dec. 12 meeting to approve crosswalk striping on Glenneyre between Thalia and Calliope streets, but rejected other options sent to them by the City Council for comment. The options were culled from a study prepared by the transportation consulting firm of Fehr & Peers to identify opportunities to make all of Glenneyre more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 11, 2009
Laguna Beach police are trying to find a wrong-way hit-and-run driver who allegedly struck an off-duty Orange County Firefighter at 12:55 a.m. Saturday at Brooks Street and South Coast Highway, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. Witnesses told officers that the victim was crossing South Coast Highway, in a marked crosswalk, when a vehicle traveling southbound in a northbound lane struck him. The victim, Luke Perisin, 38, of Dana Point, was thrown about 50 feet before landing in the roadway.
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By Laura Foti Cohen | July 17, 2009
Last weekend I was staying at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, what I will remember most about my stay is not the beautiful view or the yoga on the beach. It is getting hit by a car Saturday afternoon when I was crossing Pacific Coast Highway in a crosswalk to return to the hotel. It turns out I am one of the lucky ones ? not that I got hit, but that my injuries weren?t life-threatening. Since my accident, I have researched crosswalk accidents in Laguna. They seem to result in death an average of once a year and serious injuries much more frequently.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Some 35 plus years ago I was with my son in Bluebird Park, and he was fascinated by the leaky water fountain right by the entrance to the park. At the time, mud was one of his interests. I was very concerned that he could dart out into Bluebird Canyon Drive at any time. The park at this time did not have a fence that was childproof. I called the city about the lack of a secure child-proof fence around the park and was told that such a fence would violate the artistic integrity of the park and that I was responsible for watching my child.
LOCAL
September 15, 2006
A 35-year-old Tustin woman who was struck in a crosswalk on South Coast Highway Sept. 7 remains in a coma, Laguna Beach Police said Tuesday. The incident took place around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Calliope Street, where witnesses said a Honda Civic struck pedestrian Jennifer Parent in a marked crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle, Harold Stulberg, 76, of Sherman Oaks, was interviewed and released at the scene of the incident. The victim was taken to Mission Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery for six and a half hours.
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