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March 25, 2014
The driver of a dump truck was uninjured after the vehicle struck a curb and then veered into a hillside Friday, Laguna Beach police said. A 41-year-old Santa Ana man apparently lost control of the truck when the brakes failed while going down Park Avenue at 11:13 a.m., according to police. A quart of gasoline entered a storm drain near Wendt Terrace and Park Avenue as a result of the crash, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police said none of the gas reached the beach, and Laguna Beach firefighters dammed the drain to block any additional fuel from entering, Callus said.
NEWS
By Pamela Middlebrook and James F. Kosik | December 1, 2006
  Editor's note: The following is an open letter to the Laguna Beach Design Review Board.   We just wanted to give you a progress report on the Ceanothus development which your board permitted to invade our neighborhood. During the hearings one and a half year ago — give or take a few months — you ignored most of our concerns. You swept aside our pleas to take into account how seriously the excavation for this four-house monster development by outside speculators would disrupt our neighborhood and the surrounding environment.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Long Beach man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after the man allegedly drove his vehicle off Laguna Canyon Road late Wednesday, police said. The driver, Michael Carr, 43, was not injured, and no other cars were involved in the crash near the Big Bend area, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. When officers arrived at the scene at 11:37 p.m., they discovered that Carr had been headed east on Laguna Canyon Road when his car's right tires left the road, she said.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
More rain came and went this past weekend in Laguna, but some residents are still busy cleaning up from the previous hard-hitting rainstorms. In February, five homes were red-tagged and residents evacuated in Bluebird Canyon after the hillside gave way under the pressure of unrelenting rains. Lars Roulund's home in the 1300 block of Morningside Drive was one of those red-tagged, when the deck began to slip down the hillside. Now, Morningside Drive and surrounding streets are a hub of construction as repair work is in full swing to stabilize the area.
NEWS
By Don Knapp | November 2, 2007
The current drought has left our surrounding Laguna hillsides tinder dry. When the ?devil winds? (Santa Anas) blow down our canyons and over our hilltops, we have all of the necessary ingredients for another terrible disaster to befall our city like the one in 1993 that brought so much pain to so many of our residents. We are so very fortunate to have escaped the terrible ?perfect firestorm? of the past week. The magnitude of this latest disaster is almost incomprehensible. Imagine more than 500,000 persons evacuated in San Diego County alone.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 27, 2007
Restoration of Bluebird Canyon was completed this year, but the story isn’t over. The city’s response to the June 1, 2005, landslide defines Laguna Beach in the eyes of the residents as a community that knows how to cope with disaster and cares for its own. Private donations flooded in to help the victims and a voter-approved temporary sales tax helped fund the restoration of the hillside, the utilities and Flamingo Road, while city...
NEWS
By Josh Aden | January 31, 2008
Ceanothus Drive in South Laguna could be extended by 400 feet under a proposal to provide access for a four-home development in the hillside area abutting a wilderness park. Laguna Beach planners intend to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration of environmental impact for the road extension. The public comment period ends Thursday. A Mitigated Negative Declaration finding would mean the proposed development would not require a full environmental impact report. If approved, the project would extend the road 400 feet through hillside to reach five buildable lots — that may be combined into four — owned by Santa Monica-based company Coast Royale LLC. A Negative Declaration from the city would mean there is no negative impact on the surrounding land.
NEWS
May 16, 2003
Barbara Diamond A nightmare began on the morning of Oct. 2, 1978, for Bluebird Canyon residents. Forty homes were destroyed as the hillside cracked open and dropped, snapping and popping. Miraculously, no lives were lost. The disaster will be revisited at 7:30 p.m. today in a presentation at the City Council chambers. Bluebird Canyon resident Dale Ghere organized the program, which records the memories and preserves memorabilia of the slide, including photographs "What I remember are the sounds," Ghere's wife, Marilyn, said.
LOCAL
By By Barbara Diamond | December 2, 2005
Limiting amount of moisture in soil is key to averting landslides, geologist tells Laguna residents.Rain is the enemy of hillside communities. A strong connection exists between above-average rainfall and landslides, according to city consulting geotechnical engineer Hannes Richter. "The average rainfall in Laguna is just under 13 inches a year, and every time it exceeds the average we get a landslide somewhere in town," Richter said. "Rain soaks into the ground, and you'll have problems."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier | March 24, 2006
Linda Pirri is living her dream ? and wants to share it with others. The silk painting artist will open her hillside-home studio to visitors for the first time on the 15th annual Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Sawdust Art Festival on Saturday, April 8. Pirri, along with 49 Laguna artists, will demonstrate her technique and the process of making art. Pirri uses an ancient technique called batik/serti to create colorful and dramatic scenes...
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NEWS
March 25, 2014
The driver of a dump truck was uninjured after the vehicle struck a curb and then veered into a hillside Friday, Laguna Beach police said. A 41-year-old Santa Ana man apparently lost control of the truck when the brakes failed while going down Park Avenue at 11:13 a.m., according to police. A quart of gasoline entered a storm drain near Wendt Terrace and Park Avenue as a result of the crash, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police said none of the gas reached the beach, and Laguna Beach firefighters dammed the drain to block any additional fuel from entering, Callus said.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 30, 2014
In a typical January, the hillside above Dartmoor Street in North Laguna is almost awash in radiant green. This year is different. The hillside has a pocket of green, but it is largely surrounded by dirt and brown and gray brittle plants that are dying for more water as Southern California endures one of its driest periods on record. Derek Ostensen, 32, who has spent his life hiking the hills surrounding Laguna Beach, said this year is exceptionally dry. "Certainly there's been other major drought events, but current trends are particularly disconcerting," said Ostensen, president of Laguna Canyon Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving native habitats.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Long Beach man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after the man allegedly drove his vehicle off Laguna Canyon Road late Wednesday, police said. The driver, Michael Carr, 43, was not injured, and no other cars were involved in the crash near the Big Bend area, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. When officers arrived at the scene at 11:37 p.m., they discovered that Carr had been headed east on Laguna Canyon Road when his car's right tires left the road, she said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
Pros and cons of the social host ordinance aimed at curbing teenage drinking in private homes was debated Tuesday in a packed City Council chamber. The council voted unanimously to direct staff to draft an ordinance after listening to remarks from 17 speakers, 13 of them in favor of the proposed ordinance requested by the Laguna Beach Community Coalition. Speakers included students, parents, school district officials and medical professionals. "A growing number of cities and counties have adopted social host accountability ordinances," Bill Landsdal said at the meeting.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 30, 2010
Skateboarders may have won a significant victory Sept. 23. The Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee eliminated from a proposed ordinance a ban on skateboarding on steep hillside streets such as Park Avenue. The committee's recommendations will be reviewed by the city attorney and the Police Department before going to the City Council for a final decision. The council is tentatively scheduled to decide on the issue Nov. 16, said Jim Beres, civilian supervisor for the Police Department.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The owner of property on Ceanothus Drive in South Laguna will have at least two more years to extend a road and meet other conditions set by the city on his project. Approval of the time extension by the City Council on Tuesday came after the verification of property owner Coast Royale LLC's offer of an easement that would allow the city to move ahead on the construction of a turn-around and parking area improvements on Ceanothus. "We are just extending what we already agreed to, with the pot sweetened a little," Councilwoman Jane Egly said.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | January 21, 2010
Sheets of rain, mud flows and high winds caused a few mishaps over a week of back-to-back storms that will continue today. No major incidents were reported from the series of storms, which included a tornado warning Tuesday. A tornado didn’t materialize in Laguna, but one catapulted a catamaran into the air in Huntington Harbor. A large eucalyptus tree fell onto South Coast Highway near the Montage Resort Tuesday and was quickly cleared away by a cutting crew. Children at Anneliese’s School on Laguna Canyon Road were evacuated Tuesday as a bridge began to overflow and school was called off for the rest of the week, police said.
NEWS
April 3, 2008
The historic Laguna “L” has been given a new lease on life. Derek Ostensen, a 26-year resident, took a Saturday afternoon to restore the site. The “L,” located on one of the city’s most prominent hillsides, has been in existence since the 1930s. Originally made of painted rocks, the “L” is now fashioned out of white vinyl pads. Recently, the “L” had suffered from serious vandalism and graffiti. In response, a number of community members, including some who remembered the icon from long ago, called for it to be restored.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 27, 2008
A new hilltop road to facilitate the development of four homes in South Laguna has been recommended unanimously by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The recommended access road off Ceanothus Drive is considered a better way to go than an original proposal for driveways off the beleaguered, winding roadway, commissioners agreed. It also means that instead of five homes, only four will be built. “No one was happy, but the closest neighbors thought it was a better solution,” Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson said of the March 12 vote.
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