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January 1, 2010
Video camera is returned to its owner Videographer Michael Taylor got his video camera back Tuesday, after it was taken from the hillside where it had been placed to capture time-lapse images of the work after the Bluebird Canyon landslide. Taylor thought the camera might be sold over the Internet, and he was right. But he was surprised when the Internet helped bring the camera back. After losing the $2,000 camera Dec. 15, Taylor put some lenses up for sale online to try to replace the lost equipment.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Members of Laguna Beach Girl Scouts Troops No. 238 and No. 2311 collected coats throughout December and January as part of the "One Warm Coat" service project. The girls collected a total of 175 coats, 51 of which went to the Relief and Resource Center of Laguna Beach for those in need. From left, Neika MacDowall, Kaitlyn Waidley, Allie Hastings, Marcella Bechtel, Marina Paul, Kate Rogers, Ciera Crowe, Mary Jo Mancuso of the Soroptimist International of Lake Forest Club, Kelly Fleming, Amanda McCrory, Amie Clay, Victoria O'Connor, Tori Tomo- Krohnfeldt, Katie Fleming, Taylor Kahn and Ashley Andrews.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 16, 2013
Laguna's financial future may not be entirely rosy, but the picture is less thorny for the next two fiscal years then in the deeply rooted recession of the mid-2000s. Running the city is costing more and is escalating, but the local economy is beginning to recover and revenue is up, according to City Manager John Pietig. Residents will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed 2013-14 and 2014-15 budget at a workshop set for 3 p.m. Tuesday. "Property, sales and bed taxes have experienced some recovery this past year and we are expecting moderate growth over the next couple of years," Pietig said.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
Katsuya by Starck, a Japanese restaurant along Coast Highway, closed following Monday's dinner service. A receptionist confirmed the news midday Monday. "While the restaurant enjoyed nearly two years of success in the community, sbe is pursuing a new Orange County location for the brand," according to a statement from sbe Entertainment Group, which Katsuya is a part of. "Despite the closure, sbe remains committed to the Laguna Beach community through its partnership in the Umami Burger property as well as its desire to find future Laguna Beach locations for its hotel, restaurant and nightlife brands," the statement read.
NEWS
From latimes.com | December 7, 2010
A small earthquake struck the Laguna Beach area Tuesday morning. The 2.0 temblor struck about a mile off the Laguna coast at 8:04 a.m. There were no reports of damage or injuries. The quake was about 46 miles south of downtown L.A. and 12 miles from Irvine. The U.S. Geological Survey website did not have any data about whether the quake was felt on land. A USGS map placed the quake in the south Laguna area between Laguna Beach proper and Dana Point, parallel with Woods Cove.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
After 12 years in Laguna Beach, Sundried Tomato American Bistros and Catering is closing. "We have decided not to renew our lease option," managing partner Rob Quest wrote in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately the location no longer fits our model because of its size and overhead. Sunday, Oct. 27, will be our last day of service at that location [361 Forest Ave.]. " The Laguna Beach restaurant is the smallest of Sundried Tomato's existing establishments, which include spots in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the statement said.
OCNOW
By Joanna Clay | August 27, 2012
A few sky-gazers say that UFOs may have entered the nighttime sky near Laguna Beach on Thursday night. According to the website UFO Stalker, a few people reported seeing "glowing red lights" at about 9 p.m. A person reported that they were on the outside deck of their North Laguna Beach home when they noticed six or seven "bright, glowing red lights in the sky. " The lights apparently moved side to side as they moved forward, which the...
SPORTS
January 19, 2012
The Laguna Beach girls' fifth/sixth grade team ran its record to 4-1 Saturday and got back on the winning track by defeating Capo Dana, 26-14, in National Junior Basketball action at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach. Laguna earned the win after pulling away from an 11-10 halftime lead. Its defensive effort, sparked by Molly Cohn, allowed Capo Valley just four second-half points. Laguna was led in scoring by Sophia Lucas with 17 points and Taylor Glenn scored five points.
NEWS
August 2, 2012
Counterfeit accessories valued at nearly $400,000 were seized by Laguna Beach police Thursday. Police arrived at Cobbler's Corner at 985 S. Coast Hwy. with a search warrant and confiscated more than 100 counterfeit purses, hats and accessories valued at $100,000, Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a press release. While police were inside the store, one of the suppliers of the handbags came to the business. Police detained and her interviewed her. She cooperated with detectives and they went to her South Laguna home where they discovered several hundred counterfeit items with a value of more than $260,000.
SPORTS
From Staff Reports | August 16, 2012
Five teams from Laguna Beach Water Polo Club ventured north for the 2012 SwimOutlet.com Junior Olympics water polo national championships during the past two weeks. All five qualified as top 10 teams, with two of those squads earning medals. The boys' tournament was held July 28-31 and the girls' and 10-Under coed tournaments were Aug. 2-5, all in the Palo Alto area. "We're very pleased to have our teams place in the top 10 for their age groups," said Chad Beeler, head coach and coordinator of Laguna Beach Water Polo Club.
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NEWS
By David Hansen | April 16, 2014
It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning has already started. Have you been hearing all the sonic booms? The first salvo was the recently approved but hotly contested artist live-work project. Right on its heels was a massive public storage proposal, which failed to get past initial planning reviews but is not necessarily dead yet. In the background is the ever-expanding Laguna College of Art + Design, and coming Tuesday to the City Council is the Friendship Shelter's proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna's homeless.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 15, 2014
Laguna Beach's annual Kelpfest was born out of frustration. Every time Nancy Caruso heard people grouse about kelp washing up on local beaches, she'd want to "bang her head against a wall. " To her, that was akin to planting trees only to gripe when they shed leaves. The Garden Grove resident - who founded Get Inspired Inc., a nonprofit specializing in environmental education and conservation programs - was discussing what she deemed an absurd situation with her friend when inspiration struck.
NEWS
By David Hansen | April 10, 2014
If you ask poet John Gardiner a question, the path to the answer is not a straight line. It's a meandering journey that transports you to mysterious places and events that seem surreal at first, as if you've gone down some rabbit hole. Where else can you rub the belly of a coyote? Or hear Shakespeare reincarnated? Or use words to stop bullets? Gardiner, 67, is Laguna Beach's resident poet, dramatist, teacher, activist and psychedelic historian. In 1969 he read one of his first poems at Mystic Arts in Laguna, and 45 years later, at 7 p.m. Friday, he will read it again, commemorating an anniversary of sorts.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 10, 2014
The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the reception was less than welcoming. Several residents and Laguna College of Art + Design students raised concerns - from safety and traffic to environmental and area compatibility - about developer Doug Simpson's plan to construct a three-story, 97,025-square-foot, 630-unit building in the Big Bend area. The property at 2851 Laguna Canyon Road sits between the college's visual communication building and a habitat restoration area managed by the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 10, 2014
Through its first five games, it hasn't been difficult for the Laguna Beach High baseball team to score runs, or pick up a victory, against Orange Coast League competition. The defending league champions are now 5-0 in league play, getting that fifth win April 4 by rolling past visiting Costa Mesa, 14-4. The victory, which ended the first round of league play for the Breakers, took Laguna's league win streak to 24 games. Coach Mike Bair called it "just another solid Breaker win. " Laguna, the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 4, improved to 13-2 overall.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 10, 2014
When the 49th edition of the North-South 12th-Grade All-Star Basketball Games gets underway Saturday, there will be a Laguna Beach High presence at the annual event. Laguna Beach senior Noah Blanton is a selection to the boys' South team roster. The South will take on the North in the second of two games Saturday at Concordia University in Irvine. The annual spring games, featuring some of the top senior players in Orange County and sponsored by the Orange Coast Optimist Club, opens with the girls' game at 5 p.m. The boys' game follows at approximately 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the event names a boys' and girls' coach of the year selected from among county teams each year, and Laguna Beach girls' head coach Mark Lewis was named the 2014 Orange County Girls' Coach of the Year.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road, the college announced in a news release Tuesday. Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old fine arts student and Costa Mesa resident, was hit by a Honda sedan driven by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the crosswalk adjacent to the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. She was critically injured and transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, according to Laguna Beach police.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 3, 2014
The Laguna Beach High baseball team's impressive run in the Anaheim Lions Tournament came to an end Wednesday when the Breakers closed out tournament play against Santa Fe Springs St. Paul. The Breakers, who had won their first four tourney games, fell, 4-2, to the Swordsmen at Boysen Park in Anaheim. Sophomore Will McInerny had a hit and RBI, senior Preston GrandPre had a hit, scored a run and stole two bases for the Breakers. Junior Cole Coscino (0-1) struck out three in five innings pitched.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 3, 2014
At the halfway point of the Orange Coast League boys' tennis season, Laguna Beach has positioned itself to make a strong run toward repeating as league champion. The Breakers took their OCL record to 4-0 Tuesday by defeating visiting Costa Mesa, 14-4. A clean sweep through doubles action highlighted the win which put the Breakers at 4-0 in league, and 5-5 overall. In doubles, No. 1 Alex Duong/Sterling Dudley-Bowen won their three sets by 6-0 scores. At No. 2, Ethan Gee/Stuart Webb won, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 3 Tim Nguyen/Jeff Spitz took 7-5, 6-0, 6-0 sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Don Leach | April 3, 2014
The Blue Water Music Festival, hosted by Rick Conkey and his nonprofit Blue Water Green Earth, returned to Laguna Beach last weekend at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds under the shade of the tall eucalyptus grove. The two-day event featured a variety of acts in several musical genres playing an even wider variety of instruments. As with all music festivals, there were the expected headliners, but it was the discoveries on the outer stages that made it so fun. The acts given the tiny tavern stage were small in space but big on talent Saturday.
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