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June 18, 2012
“Savages,” the Oliver Stone film based on Don Winslow's novel set in Laguna Beach, hits theaters in July. But readers who want more of the story about Ben, Chon and O, the  “three dope-dealing Laguna Beach hipsters” are in luck - Winslow's prequel to “Savages,” called “ The Kings of Cool ,” will be released Tuesday. The New York Times reviewed the novel. Here's an excerpt: “'The Kings of Cool' would be a slender book if it merely laid the groundwork for the most explosive parts of 'Savages.' But Mr. Winslow tantalizingly divides his story between two generations: the original main characters, and the 1960s hippies who spawned them.
By Alisha Gomez | March 25, 2013
A dog that belongs to a relative of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attacked and killed a sea lion Saturday along the shoreline in Laguna Beach, police said. The violent attack, which shows Giffords' stepdaughter and husband trying to remove the canine from the limp sea mammal as the surf rolls in, can be seen on a YouTube video sent to The Times. (Editor's note: The video features graphic images and curse words.) Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. and arrived to find that the 65-pound American bulldog mix had broken free from its 18-year-old owner and attacked a beached sea lion on a public beach below the Montage Laguna Beach, a luxury hotel, Capt.
From the Los Angeles Times | January 2, 2013
If you're shopping in Laguna Beach, don't expect to hear a grocery clerk ask you if you'd like a paper or plastic bag -- that second option is now illegal. Laguna Beach is the first city in Orange County to enact a plastic bag ban and joins a host of others such as Pasadena and Long Beach in prohibiting single-use plastic bags in store checkout lines. Los Angeles is in the process of phasing out plastic bags. As of Jan. 1, most retail stores in the beach city of about 22,000 are prohibited from providing customers with single-use plastic bags.
By Joanna Clay | August 23, 2012
A debate continues as Laguna Beach considers the implications of re-adopting a citywide building height limit. The Planning Commission discussed reinstating the 36-foot maximum building height ordinance during its Aug. 15 meeting. The item was continued to the following meeting at the request of Commissioner Anne Johnson and because there were only three commissioners in attendance. Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger said this week that she's in favor of the limit as it would maintain Laguna's "village" quality, but Johnson questioned whether the revision would push working-class people out of the city.
By Mike Sciacca | February 7, 2013
Now, Bret Fleming will call his Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team league champions. The longtime Laguna head coach watched his players snip away at the netting on one of the hoops at Dugger Gym Thursday night, moments after the Breakers had turned senior night into a big night for the program. A smile of contentment crossed Fleming's face as the last of the nylon netting was sliced away. Laguna sewed up an undefeated run through Orange Coast League play and in the process, won their seventh consecutive championship after running away from visiting Costa Mesa, 62-33.
By Barbara Diamond | July 11, 2012
The city has traded in two empty lots for neighborhood mini parks this summer. The Park Avenue View Park is scheduled to be dedicated next week, less than a month after Woodland Drive folks celebrated the opening of the Frontage Road Mini Park that fronts their neighborhood. "The difference in the parks is the locale," said Bob Borthwick, who designed the linear spaces in tandem, working with a very small budget. Borthwick said the hillside park was former City Manager Ken Frank's idea.
September 12, 2006
    230 Forest Ave. Restaurant and Bar. Upscale food and drinks. (949) 494-2545. The Boom Boom Room has live music and dancing for the after-beach crowd and caters to the gay lifestyle. Wet Underwear contest Fridays; half-price dinners on Tuesdays served by Violet Rose Magenta, the Purple Lady of Laguna Beach; Dream Girls Review Drag Show on Wednesdays; T Dance on Sundays. 1401 S. Coast Highway. (949) 494-7588.  The Cabana, 440 S. Coast Highway. (949) 376-8595.
By Candice Baker and Josh Aden | July 26, 2007
Laguna Beach is no longer "The Real Orange County." MTV's hit TV show has moved north to greener pastures. The network has announced that the show's fourth season will be "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County," and will feature teens from Newport Harbor High School. The season will premiere Aug. 15. The show's move follows a decline in ratings in its third season, when a new crop of Laguna kids was selected to star but failed to make waves. Rumors and sightings of the show's filming in Newport have circulated for months, following rumors that a fourth season in Laguna had been begun but then stopped.
By Mike Sciacca | September 28, 2007
Playing what Coach Lance Stewart termed a ?pretty darned-good match,? Laguna Beach?s girls? volleyball team collected a big road victory Tuesday by defeating Santa Margarita. The Breakers bounced back from a first-game loss to win a 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 match between two highly ranked teams. Laguna is ranked No. 1 in Division II-AA. Santa Margarita was No. 6 in Division I-AA. ?The girls are starting to play together,? Stewart said. ?It?s a new group of kids this year, and they?
May 9, 2003
AT THE GALLERIES "Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand," said Claude Monet, "as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." This anti-intellectual streak was at the beating heart of Impressionism from the very start in the final decades of the nineteenth century; but it was tempered by a contradictory fascination with new scientific developments in optics and the perception of light by the human eye. The goal of the early Impressionists was to capture the movement of light and color over an object in a more naturalistic way, painting the movement and changeability of light in real time, out of doors.
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