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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
Laguna Beach and Orange County lifeguards helped save a man who stopped breathing at Tablerock Beach on Aug. 26, according to the Laguna Beach Fire Department. A bystander reported to lifeguards that an adult male who appeared to be in his 30s was not breathing. After Laguna Beach firefighters and lifeguards could not resuscitate the victim, he was transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. He was listed in critical condition at the time.
LOCAL
January 15, 2010
Laguna Beach gets a new fire chief Kris Head will become Laguna Beach?s new fire chief, effective March 15, city officials announced Wednesday. Head, who was appointed and is being promoted from battalion chief, will take over from Mike Macey, who will retire after five years as Laguna?s fire chief. Head has been a firefighter and paramedic in Laguna Beach for 25 years. For the last six years, he has been a battalion chief. Head has a bachelor?s of science in management from the University of Redlands, a master?
LOCAL
December 29, 2006
High winds and huge swells with white-capped waves turned Laguna Beach beaches into wind tunnels and tore shingles off of some roofs downtown on Wednesday, after a fast-moving, cold rainstorm socked parts of the area overnight. The blustery conditions didn't stop holiday visitors from flocking to Main Beach, with some hardy souls even venturing into the frigid, wind-whipped waters. The Laguna Beach Fire Department reported no called-in reports of damage or injuries in Wednesday's winds, however.
NEWS
October 16, 2013
A house storage shed caught fire Tuesday afternoon, though no one was home at the time of the blaze, Laguna Beach fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said in an email. The fire occurred at 2:57 p.m. at 671 Bayview Place and firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded, according to a subsequent fire department news release. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but were concerned of swimming pool chemicals mixing with pesticides within the shed, the release said.
NEWS
April 15, 2005
Businesses and cars vandalized Vandals attacked eight businesses and 10 vehicles across the city on Tuesday, using either a small-caliber pellet gun or BB gun, police said. Police responded to a call that a tow truck was shot with five pellets at 5:47 a.m. Tuesday at the To' and Mo' tow yard on Laguna Canyon Road. The sound of breaking glass awoke an employee, police said. Witnesses in the area reported seeing a dark, two-door Honda sedan leave the scene, police said.
NEWS
October 18, 2002
-- Mary A. Castillo Church fire contained before much damage Although they can still smell the smoke and don't yet have access to the community kitchen, members and staff of the Laguna Beach Methodist Church are grateful to the Laguna Beach Fire Department for extinguishing a trash fire before it got out of control. Staff from the Orange County Mental Health Dept., who work out of an office leased from the church, saw the fire just as it began on the side of the building on Wesley Drive in South Laguna at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
September 28, 2007
The following is from the Sept. 25 meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Fire response to use color-coded maps Fraisse detailed the fire policy he is developing with school principals, the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority. New color-coded maps outlining response measures are in development, as is a plan to stage school buses if high winds or fire activity compel the district to action. “It is unconscionable that we haven’t addressed it before,” Trustee Ketta Brown said of the policy.
NEWS
June 16, 2006
The Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council invites residents to attend one of two initial meetings on Saturday, June 24, and Thursday, June 29, to gather community input for developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Carole Zavala, former director of Orange County Head Start, will moderate the meetings. The June 24 meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. The June 29 meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the community room at South Coast Medical Center, 31872 Coast Highway.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | October 1, 2008
Laguna Beach police have identified a body found Sept. 30 on city-owned property at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road as Richard Benny Gomez, Jr., 30, of Huntington Beach. The Orange County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy yesterday afternoon with the results being inconclusive, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. A cause of death will be pending the toxicological analysis which might take 6 to 8 weeks. The body was identified late Tuesday through fingerprint comparisons, Kravetz said.
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NEWS
November 29, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department and other fire agencies in Southern California are partaking in the annual Spark of Love toy drive event. The campaign is celebrating its 20th year of collecting and distributing toys and sports equipment to less-fortunate children. Laguna Beach has participated with the program since its inception in 1993. Fire departments from across Southern California — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside San Bernardino and Ventura counties — will partner up with ABC 7 to collect toys at various stations.
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NEWS
October 16, 2013
A house storage shed caught fire Tuesday afternoon, though no one was home at the time of the blaze, Laguna Beach fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said in an email. The fire occurred at 2:57 p.m. at 671 Bayview Place and firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded, according to a subsequent fire department news release. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but were concerned of swimming pool chemicals mixing with pesticides within the shed, the release said.
NEWS
November 14, 2012
I am a current resident of Laguna Beach and have been a pediatrician in the community for more than 50 years. As a doctor, I have been witness to countless instances where alcohol and drugs have destroyed young lives. This is even true for "good" kids from "good" homes in our community who get access to alcohol or drugs. All it takes is access to these substances, and youth can get themselves into very bad — sometimes even deadly — situations. In my professional experience, underage alcohol use is often the tip of the iceberg that sends kids down the slippery slope of substance abuse.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
Several weeks ago we had a fire adjacent to where I live. Thanks to the quick and professional work of the Laguna Beach Fire Department, no houses burned and no one was hurt. To all the firemen who worked long hours until the fire was extinguished, thank you. To all the police officers, electrical workers and everyone who helped keep us safe, thank you. It was amazing to watch these courageous people working together with fluidity and rhythm as they fought the fire — absolutely top notch.
NEWS
October 6, 2011
Laguna wins whale tail Mayor's Challenge Laguna Beach has been declared the winner in the Mayor's Challenge from the California Coastal Commission. The contest pitted Laguna against Dana Point and Santa Monica to see which city's residents could buy the most new whale tail license plates, which were designed in part by Laguna Beach artist Bill Atkins. Laguna has been promoting the plate sales through decals on area transit system buses. "I'm excited that Laguna Beach won!"
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
Laguna Beach and Orange County lifeguards helped save a man who stopped breathing at Tablerock Beach on Aug. 26, according to the Laguna Beach Fire Department. A bystander reported to lifeguards that an adult male who appeared to be in his 30s was not breathing. After Laguna Beach firefighters and lifeguards could not resuscitate the victim, he was transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. He was listed in critical condition at the time.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
Three days after the reported death of Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated and financed the 9/11 attack on the United States, two metal beams salvaged from the destroyed World Trade Center arrived in Laguna Beach. City Arts Manager Siân Poeschl announced the arrival of the I-beams Tuesday at the City Council meeting, describing the acquisition as a collaborative effort by the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Arts Commission, funded by a donation from Laguna Beach arts patron Mark Porterfield.
NEWS
February 28, 2011
1. Laguna Beach Police Motor Escort 2. Parade Banner, Laguna Beach Boy Scouts 3. United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Barstow 4. Laguna Beach High School Marching Band 5. Parade President Michael Lyons 6. Parade Theme Banner, Laguna Beach Girl Scouts 7. Grand Marshals Al Roberts and Ken Jillson 8. American Legion Post 222/Veterans of Foreign Wars Combined Color Guard 9. Honored Patriot Frank Keneley,...
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
An Eagle Rock Way home sustained at least $1 million in damages after an early-morning blaze Wednesday consumed most of the structure and its contents, according to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. One occupant of the home and one firefighter suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire. Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls at 1:15 a.m. reporting a large structure fire in the 22000 block of Eagle Rock Way, LaTendresse said. Four engines, one truck company and a chief officer from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority initially responded.
NEWS
By Steve Kawaratani | September 9, 2010
"Life is one big transition. " —Willie Stargell September's days are becoming noticeably shorter, and the season of tourists (also known as summer) has come and gone again in Laguna. Locals mark the reclaiming of the village by the final performance of the Last Supper, the observance of Labor Day weekend, and the beginning of a new school year. The first tangible result of summer's closing will be the availability of parking throughout town again. Well, maybe not at Thalia, Oak or Brooks if there is a swell afoot.
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