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LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 2, 2007
A woman bicyclist riding in the bike lane on Laguna Canyon Road east of the 73 Toll Road was struck and seriously injured by a pickup truck at about 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Bob Rahaeuser said. The driver and an occupant of the truck also sustained serious injuries and all were taken to Mission Hospital trauma center, Rahaeuser said. "The injuries were serious but not life-threatening," Rahaeuser said. The cyclist was hit when the truck, heading out of Laguna, veered into the bicycle lane for an unknown reason, and then careened into a ravine.
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LOCAL
March 10, 2006
Two projects in motion by the County Water District are expected to affect traffic on Laguna Canyon Road until the end of May or early June, district engineer Jim Nestor said. Construction for the projects will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid conflicts with rush hour, Nestor said. The first project will replace a cast-iron pipe underground in front of the Festival of the Arts area. The second project will involve building a parallel water pipe between Castle Rock and Philips roads to be used by the fire department in the event of an emergency.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | July 21, 2008
Nine people were taken to the hospital after two vehicles broadsided an out-of-control cement truck on Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 Toll Road interchange late Friday morning, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jeff Calvert said. No fatalities are expected from the incident, which closed Laguna Canyon Road in both directions for hours. The road reopened at 3 p.m. The cement truck, three-quarters full of cement, apparently lost its brakes coming down the southbound exit ramp and collided with two passenger vehicles.
NEWS
April 26, 2002
Bryce Alderton The county will pay almost $4 million to bury utility lines when widening begins on Laguna Canyon Road, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The $4 million will be used on a portion of the road from El Toro Road to the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road. The work is expected to begin next year. The state's Public Utilities Commission requires utility lines to be buried at the time of road construction for a county improvement project.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 18, 2008
Laguna Beach Relief and Resource Center supporters breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the City Council agreed to loan the group money for a down payment on a permanent site. The council voted 4-0 on Tuesday to lend the center $100,000, pending approval of a conditional use permit. The loan will be interest free, due and payable if the property is sold or the use changes. “We hope we can repay you, not just in money, but in saved lives,” said center board member Arnold Hano.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | July 26, 2007
The city is at odds with a private school, the county and Caltrans as to the cause of a frequent northbound traffic jam on Laguna Canyon Road near El Toro Road, which builds up in the mornings and afternoons. Mayor Toni Iseman has formed a City Council subcommittee to deal with the traffic issues in the canyon, which she attributed in an agenda bill to parents dropping off and picking up non-local students of the Manzanita campus of Anneliese's Schools, near the busy intersection.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | July 18, 2008
Nine people were taken to the hospital after two vehicles broadsided an out-of-control cement truck on Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 Toll Road interchange late Friday morning, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jeff Calvert said. No fatalities are expected from the incident, which closed Laguna Canyon Road in both directions for hours. The road reopened at 3 p.m. The cement truck, three-quarters full of cement, apparently lost its brakes coming down the southbound exit ramp and collided with two passenger vehicles.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | September 7, 2007
A 70-foot oak tree fell into power lines on Laguna Canyon Road Friday, blacking out 11,136 homes and businesses and creating a traffic quagmire throughout Labor Day weekend. The downed tree, which officials said fell due to age, also caused problems for the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Live broken power lines fell into the parking lot shared by the Center and the Shelter, setting a car on fire and trapping about 15 more, Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager John Pietig said.
NEWS
January 11, 2010
A longtime member of Laguna Beach’s homeless population died after a minivan struck him Saturday night on Laguna Canyon Road. Charles Reginald Conwell, 58, better known as “Cowboy,” was believed to be on his way to the alternative sleeping site for the homeless at ACT V. He was not in the crosswalk when the van hit him, Laguna Beach police said. The van was driven by a Mission woman with her four children in the vehicle. She was not cited, but the investigation is ongoing, police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 2, 2008
A proposed live-work project on Laguna Canyon Road is still too big, too overwhelming and not in character with the surroundings, city planning commissioners said once again. The commission reiterated at the Sept. 24 meeting its previous advice that the 31-unit project presented for Laguna L.P. doesn’t fit the site at 725 Laguna Canyon Road, across from the Festival of Arts Grounds. The commission recommendations included a reduction in size and number of units that are affordable — and more of them than the 25% required — and a project more in character with the scale of buildings and the streetscape on Laguna Canyon Road.
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