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April 2, 2014
Laguna Beach Unified School District officials are warning parents and students to be on the lookout after Laguna Beach police said three Thurston Middle School students were approached in a suspicious manner on nearby streets at two different times earlier this week. A 13-year-old boy reported to school personnel that a man in a white sports car stopped at the corner of Alta Laguna Boulevard and Treetop Lane at 3:30 p.m. Monday and asked the child to enter his vehicle, according to district and police information.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 1, 2014
Claims that a bank's lights are too bright provided plenty of fodder during a joint Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission meeting Saturday at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center. The discussion focused on how to reduce light emissions from the new Chase Bank downtown. The council and Design Review Board also met to discuss the issue Saturday. The bank, which recently opened at 310 Broadway St., received some backlash from residents and business owners who claim an outdoor sign and lights surrounding two ATMs emit too much glare.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 27, 2014
A year ago, the Laguna Beach High baseball team ran away with the Orange Coast League championship. In doing so, the Breakers fended off challenges from two key contenders for the title, Estancia and Calvary Chapel, en route to a 15-0 league season. Tuesday at Skipper Carrillo Field, the Breakers met one of those challengers in the new league season, and came away with another victory. Laguna used an all-around team effort and turned a sound performance into an 11-2 victory over visiting Estancia to go up, 1-0, in its three-game league series with the Eagles.
NEWS
By David Hansen | March 27, 2014
Almost every day you read stories about impending world destruction because of our own mistreatment: too much carbon dioxide and not enough sustainability. But not in Laguna Beach. There's a strong case to be made that if the world ends tomorrow, Laguna would be exempt. At least that's what Brian Seveland hopes. Seveland, 49, is one of those behind-the-scenes Laguna guys who has had multiple lives. In the end, they arrive here, making something new and different. You may have bought coffee from Seveland at the farmers market on Saturdays.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | March 27, 2014
Survey stakes went up earlier this week in Laguna Canyon for a proposed two-story building that would house the chronically homeless on a permanent basis. Friendship Shelter, a Laguna Beach agency whose aim is to help homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency, and Irvine-based Jamboree Housing Corp. are working on a proposal to build a 40-unit apartment complex at a city-owned plot between the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the dog park. Proponents will present their plan at the City Council meeting April 22, but offered details during a conference call with the media Tuesday.
NEWS
March 26, 2014
Three hundred vehicles filled with unwanted printers, fax machines, batteries and paint rolled through the Act V parking lot during Laguna Beach's first electronic waste recycling and hazardous materials disposal event Saturday. Laguna Beach residents dropped off 5 tons of paint and hazardous waste, including batteries, light bulbs and lamps, and 4 tons of electronic waste, including printers, fax machines, DVD players and VCRs, public works senior administrative analyst Liz Vazquez-Avila said.
NEWS
By Billy Fried | March 26, 2014
Is there really anything else as newsworthy as this weekend's Blue Water Music Festival, the brainchild of music impresario Rick Conkey? It's massively massive fun. Say goodbye, Coachella. Adios, Street Scene. Adieu, Lightning in a Bottle. Laguna has its very own multiday music festival Saturday and Sunday. Two days, three stages, 34 bands and 18 hours of nonstop, live music showcasing Laguna's finest artists. You don't have to stay up late to hear great live music. You don't have to loiter in a dive bar, choke on stale air, congress with drunks or worry about late-night cops lurking in the shadows.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 26, 2014
This weekend, Rick Conkey plans to showcase several causes that he holds dear - not the least of which is celebrating reggae music. The host of KX 93.5's "Music Matters" radio show is set to launch the American Reggae Hall of Fame by honoring the Rebel Rockers and their founder, Eric Morton, at the upcoming Blue Water Music Festival, which will feature an assortment of musical genres. "Laguna Beach is widely regarded as the capital of reggae in the United States, and that's largely because of the Rebel Rockers and Eric Morton," Conkey said.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014
The Fingerhut Gallery, at 210 Forest Ave. in Laguna Beach, is slated to present an exhibition of works by Grace Slick on Saturday. The former model and singer, known for her time with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, will be at the venue from 6 to 9 p.m. "You can come to the gallery, hang out, slurp up some refreshments, chat with yours truly, look at my paintings, buy them or not, then go home and talk about what a semi-talented weirdo...
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