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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.