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February 2, 2012
Three cars were involved in a collision on Laguna Canyon Road near Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Louise Callus Traffic is expected to be delayed for about 30 minutes. There are no major injuries, just complaints of some pain from passengers involved, Callus said. --Staff reports
NEWS
February 15, 2012
Laguna Canyon Road was reopened Wednesday morning after a car crash caused its closure Tuesday night. The road was closed in both directions from 9 p.m. Tuesday to about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after a van struck a pole on the side of the road and knocked it over. The driver, Sloane Violet Friedmann, 18, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a statement. The damaged pole belonged to Verizon, and crews arrived at 2:30 a.m. to repair it. They requested that both lanes remain closed during the repairs since the pole was unstable and it connected lines that crossed the road, Kravetz said.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | October 31, 2011
The Orange County Fire Authority and Laguna Beach police responded to a vehicle fire where Laguna Canyon Road meets the 73 Toll Road on Monday afternoon. Dispatch received a call at 2:03 p.m., and multiple engines responded to the call in case the fire spread to adjacent vegetation. OCFA Fire Capt. Mark Stone said the fire was extinguished as of 2:30 p.m., and it had not spread to vegetation. Although there was an earlier call regarding people trapped in the vehicle, he said he did not believe there were any injuries.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
A Laguna Beach woman died after the vehicle she was traveling in overturned near the Laguna (133) Freeway, according to the Orange County Coroner. Sann King, 58, was traveling southbound on Laguna Canyon Road, just north of Route 73 when a vehicle she was in careened off the road and flipped about 3:52 p.m. Friday, according to the coroner. She died at the scene, according to the coroner. The cause of the vehicle leaving the road was unclear. — Lauren Williams Twitter: @lawilliams30
NEWS
January 24, 2013
Two cars were hit by downed power lines on Laguna Canyon Road on Jan. 20, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department. At 10:01 a.m., dispatch received a call of low or downed wires in the outbound lanes of Big Bend, 2995 Laguna Canyon Road, Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. Several large Verizon wires came down when a bracket on the pole failed, she said. Of the two cars hit, one received minor damage and the other moderate damage. A bicyclist was reportedly hit as well, but left the area without contacting officers, Callus said.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
The Fire Department put out a trash truck fire near the entrance to Laguna Beach early Wednesday morning. The Fire Department got the call at 7:25 a.m. when the truck's driver noticed smoke billowing out of his truck on Laguna Canyon Road, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. The driver, who wasn't injured, pulled into a parking lot at Broadway and Forest Avenue, close to a fire station. Firefighters moved the truck away from the building, traffic and people and then the driver pulled the emergency release, dropping the trash, which allowed firefighters to extinguish the fire.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 25, 2013
The city will pay a consulting firm to complete an analysis of Laguna Canyon Road and propose options for its improvement. The City Council voted Tuesday to retain RBF Consulting to analyze the road from Forest Avenue to El Toro Road, taking into consideration other projects under consideration or underway, and come up suggestions for a comprehensive plan for the entire stretch, as proposed by Councilman Robert Whalen. The $45,000 fee for the consultant will come from savings on the Downtown Specific Plan project.
NEWS
December 23, 2005
WHAT: Realignment and widening of Laguna Canyon Road. WHAT'S BEHIND IT: The four-mile project will expand the roadway to two lanes in each direction, divided by a median that separates the north- and southbound lanes by landscaping and elevation and moves the road west, away from two natural lakes. Construction began January 2003, but planning started long before that. Supervisor Tom Reilly appointed an advisory committee to reach consensus on the alignment and design of the road.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2014
Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in. On Thursday night, those same friends and family paid tribute to the 22-year-old Costa Mesa woman, a senior at the Laguna College of Art + Design, by lining Laguna Canyon Road while holding glowing tea lights. Fitzpatrick died earlier this week after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in front of the college's main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road about 8:45 p.m. April 3. About 200 mourners gathered to hug, share stories and remember the fine arts student, an oil painter whose bubbly personality was contagious, friends said.
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NEWS
By Billy Fried | April 10, 2014
Many people assume I have designs on political office since I often use my column to advance my opinions. Now why would I want to go and ruin a perfectly good gig? Truth is, who would want these thankless jobs, where half the population loves you, the other half loathes you, and everything you try to do to better the city gets undermined by a loud and uncivil minority, who call you names and make accusations about your honesty? Take for instance the artist live-work project on Laguna Canyon Road, which has been put through the ringer by opponents in the surrounding neighborhood.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
I know many hearts are broken over the loss of Laguna College of Art + Design student Nina Fitzpatrick, a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in a crosswalk. But sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. I wish tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If we as a community had learned this lesson, then a bridge might have been built for the student body.
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.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
A 22-year-old Laguna College of Art + Design student was struck by a vehicle and critically injured in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said. The woman was crossing from the main campus side of the road at 8:46 p.m. when she was hit by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan, said Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police did not elaborate on the extent of the pedestrian's injuries, but said she was transported to the trauma center at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014
The Laguna Art Museum presents "A Collector's Odyssey: A Conversation with Gene Crain" from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday. The local collector will join historical art curator Janet Blake for a conversation about collecting paintings by and interacting with his favorite artists, including Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt, Joan Irving and Emil Kosa. "Travels with Millard Sheets, 1950-1986" will be on display from 5 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and includes wine. The venue, located at 307 Cliff Drive, will also team up with Laguna Beach Live!
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 2, 2014
Despite strong opposition from neighbors, a split City Council gave the green light Tuesday to a 30-unit live-work space for artists in Laguna Canyon. The council voted 3-2 to approve sculptor and developer Louis Longi's apartment project. The council upheld the Planning Commission's January decision - also a 3-2 vote. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson and Councilmen Kelly Boyd and Steve Dicterow voted in favor. Councilwoman Toni Iseman and Councilman Bob Whalen dissented. Pearson called the number of existing live-work projects "pathetic.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
Five families signed up their children for programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach during the organization's open house Wednesday night, development and marketing assistant Monica Silva wrote in an email. "Last night was a huge success," Silva said. "We served over 200 pasta meals. " The open house, the first at the club's main branch on Laguna Canyon Road, was an opportunity for parents to participate in activities with their children, education and technology director Patricia Walker wrote in an email.
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
By Bryce Alderton | March 3, 2014
If it screeches, barks, howls, bites or hisses, there's a high probability John Thompson will hear about it. He is one of the Laguna Beach Police Department's two full-time animal services officers, and the job involves everything from corralling a loose dog to extracting a skunk from a dryer vent. Thompson joined Laguna Beach in October 2000 and has had his share of memorable moments. In August 2012, Thompson, with help from the Fire Department, rappelled 30 feet down a cliff near Shaw's Cove to rescue a pit bull that had run loose through downtown earlier that day. About that skunk.
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