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June 20, 2013
A man who stole a cell phone and $400 from a woman's purse in a Laguna Beach bar early Monday returned the items to her before getting away, Laguna Beach police said. The woman and her friends caught up with the man at Coast Highway and Forest Avenue, where he returned the stolen items, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The manager of the Saloon, at 446 S. Coast Hwy., reported the theft at 12:27 a.m. Monday, according to the police log. Officers responding to Park and Forest avenues tried unsuccessfully to track down the man, Callus said.
August 23, 2002
Barbara Diamond McCalla's Pharmacy will celebrate its 45th anniversary in October at 292 Forest Ave. It will be the last at that location. The pharmacy and Generations, the gift and home accessory store next door, have been given notice to move out by the partnership that owns the building. At least one other venerable store will either be sold or closed by the summer of 2003. There have been changes before, but in the past Forest Avenue has managed to retain a unique character that sets the city apart from other South County communities.
December 14, 2007
The rain forecast for Friday?s Hospitality Night gave Laguna Beach merrymakers an unexpected reprieve. The clouds dissipated, and the streets were instead flooded with visitors for the holiday bash, which ran the length of Forest Avenue on Dec. 7 for the 51st year. Folks crowded around city hall to witness the lighting of the historic pepper tree, which has stood in the spot since 1881. It was covered with more than 18,000 lights for Laguna?s own holiday tradition. Special guest Santa Claus arrived with a police and fire escort.
By Rosalie Gelston | March 28, 2008
As a retailer of 25 years on Forest Avenue I?ve had my finger on the pulse of the downtown business community for a long time. Our current Planning Commission style of micro-management has, in large measure, led to vacancies and less than desirable tenants in key locations. Several years ago, a fine women?s clothing and accessories store, located in Pasadena, applied for a conditional use permit for the then-vacant Banana Republic location. I attended that meeting along with owners of boutiques throughout town who spoke against allowing this use due to overlap of product and fear that such a store would put them out of business.
April 28, 2006
TUESDAY Forest Avenue: Unauthorized use of a credit card to make purchases was reported at 8:10 p.m. in the 500 block. South Coast Highway: A dead pelican was reported on the beach at 6:44 p.m. in the 1500 block. Coast Highway: A bulldog was reported growling at people at 2:12 p.m. in the 31800 block. Temple Hills Drive: A power junction box was reported stolen from a house under construction at 1:27 p.m. in the 900 block. Glenneyre Street: An adult was allegedly buying beer for minors at 12:55 a.m. in the 800 block.
By Barbara Diamond | April 7, 2006
Residents and community organizations will have about another seven weeks to add comments to the draft Village Entrance Environmental Impact Report. The council unanimously voted Tuesday to extend the comment period to May 25, designed to ensure that all interested parties in the community would have an adequate opportunity to offer suggestions on issues to be included in the report. "I thought we just needed more time, but I have found a misunderstanding between the staff, the council and the public," said Councilwoman Jane Egly, who proposed the extension.
November 17, 2006
Santa is making an early stop in Laguna Beach. The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season Friday, Dec. 1, with the 50th annual Hospitality Night from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna Beach. Illuminated streets and carolers will welcome Santa as he parades down Forest Avenue to City Hall for the official Lighting of the Pepper Tree. Then Santa will parade down Forest to his house on the corner of Glenneyre Street. Forest Avenue will be blocked to traffic as shops stay open until 9 p.m. Many downtown businesses will have open houses.
By By Barbara Diamond | December 2, 2005
Downtown businesses stay open late tonight to welcome shoppers. That's hospitality -- Laguna-style.Laguna Beach will kick off the holiday season tonight. Hospitality Night festivities will begin at 5 p.m., leading up to Santa's 6 p.m. arrival at City Hall to light the pepper tree, the traditional signal that the holiday season has arrived in Laguna Beach. Downtown merchants will stay open late to dispense cheer to browsers and buyers at the biggest block party of the year.
June 20, 2008
Forest Avenue fete honors sister city Laguna Beach’s first annual Fete De Musique will honor its new sister city, Menton, France, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, on Forest Avenue. The Infinity Brass Quintet will announce the opening ceremony by playing the French national anthem, La Marseilleise, and the American Star Spangled Banner. The Bolling French Jazz Sextet from the Laguna Community Concert Band will open the celebration at the Presbyterian Rose Garden on Forest Avenue with classical jazz selections from noon until 12:10 p.m. and again immediately following the introduction of various French and Laguna Beach dignitaries by Councilwoman Toni Iseman.
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