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October 10, 2011
South Orange County has a new option when it comes to giving homes a much-needed sprucing up. Fresh Coat Painters of Laguna Niguel has expanded its California operations, and its new franchise will serve the communities of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente and more. The business will be run by Jennifer Elliott, who said opening a painting business was "right up my alley," according to a news release. "… I dabbled in real estate and home staging," Elliot said in a statement.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
Spike's Fish House, a "fast-casual" eatery, has opened in Laguna Niguel. The restaurant, at 27020 Alicia Parkway No. D, serves a variety of fresh fish, beer and wine, according to a news release. Also, Spike's puts its fish on display and customers can see their meal being grilled from the open display kitchen. Some of Spike's popular fish choices include wild salmon, snapper, yellowtail, swordfish and mahi-mahi. "Spike's is a very simple concept: a great selection of fish that's simply grilled for every order.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
Angel Stadium of Anaheim welcomed local Boy Scouts on Sept. 23, including two from Laguna Niguel who served as part of the Color Guard for the night. Eagle Scout Ryan Pugh, 16, from Troop 772 and Venturer Elaine Haralson, 19, from Venture Crew 265 joined other Scouts from around Orange County who were chosen to serve as bat boy, throw out the first pitch and say the sacred words: "Play ball!" The Angels played the Oakland A's. —Kelly Parker
NEWS
December 22, 2011
The city of Laguna Niguel has appointed a new finance director and city treasurer. Stephen Erlandson, accounting and licensing manager for Redondo Beach for the last five years, will now have the task of overseeing Laguna Niguel's $41-million budget and a department budget of $931,000. Erlandson has more than 10 years experience and a bachelor's degree and master's degree in business administration and accounting from Cal State Fullerton. Cheryl Das previously held the position, but left the city in June to work for the city of Mission Viejo as director of administrative services.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
Laguna Niguel will soon be the location of Fresh & Easy Express, a new concept by the grocery store. Brendan Wonnacott, spokesperson for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, said there is no time frame yet and he could not confirm an opening date. However, he said that Laguna Niguel will be one of the first cities to debut the new store. "We'd like to get it opened as quickly as possible," he said. The express store is a smaller concept that the company is trying at five Southern California locations, three in Los Angeles and another in Seal Beach.
NEWS
December 8, 2011
LAGUNA NIGUEL — Orange County Sheriff's investigators have detained a man seen near the spot where a man's dead body was found inside a pickup truck parked in a Laguna Niguel neighborhood. Deputies responded to a report of the man found dead in the vehicle about 1:40 p.m. Monday in the 27000 block of Avenida Armijo. They found the man inside a white Dodge Ram pickup. Residents of the neighborhood said the 35-year-old man lived in a home across the street from the spot he was found dead.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
Laguna Niguel resident Cheri McFarland is one of the 150-word life stories being considered for an upcoming issue of Reader's Digest magazine, according to a news release. She is currently a top 100 public vote contender. Her story, "Badge of Hope," focuses on battling cancer at a treatment center in Mexico. The project "Your Life...The Reader's Digest Version" celebrates the launch of the new book, "Life... The Reader's Digest Version," which is also the first of a new series.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 27, 2011
The Beach Pit BBQ in Laguna Niguel has announced that it's closing its doors after more than year. "We are closing the Beach Pit BBQ Laguna Niguel because our concept didn't work up there," owner Tim DeCinces said in a statement. "We wanted to create more of an express type model in a smaller footprint that was just about the food. Unfortunately, when we first opened the food wasn't that great and we had a hard time getting the process right. " DeCinces said that the local arrival of Chipotle and Five Guys Burgers & Fries made it more difficult for the concept to be successful, and company has decided to leave the area.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | January 5, 2012
Laguna Niguel residents are content with where they live, according to survey results. When asked about overall quality of life, 95% of residents responded that it was excellent or good. True North Research President Timothy McLarney presented his findings from the Resident Satisfaction Survey to the City Council at Tuesday's meeting and noted they were some of the best he had ever seen. The telephone poll lasted about 20 minutes and included 400 registered voters chosen at random.
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Coastline Pilot | October 13, 2011
Laguna Niguel is set to take the only remaining medical marijuana dispensary in the city to court early next year. City Manager Tim Casey said the city has filed a lawsuit against Suite A basically to request that the courts close the business because the city believes it violates city zoning code. Suite A, on the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Niguel Road, has been fighting the city's demand to shut down since early May, when the City Council unanimously voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in Laguna Niguel.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 17, 2014
David Bailey's Boy Scout project allowed him to bond with his father, use his writing skills to raise money and, most important, create two new places for residents to relax at Laguna Beach's Glennwood House. The 17-year-old Laguna Niguel resident designed and built two wooden benches for the recently renovated home, which houses 50 developmentally disabled young adults. The benches hang from a patio cover in the courtyard, near the residents' vegetable garden. David, a Dana Hills High School student, had an in with Glennwood - his father, David Bailey Sr., was one of two architects, along with Morris Skenderian, who worked on the renovation.
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By Sandi Cain | February 27, 2014
Columnist Billy Fried has gone a bit too far with his vision for Laguna Beach transportation (" The dream of a traffic-free Laguna," Feb. 21). Most municipalities that have some of the services he mentions are large cities with multiple — and sometimes even parallel — wide streets that can be alternately configured to accommodate everything from pedestrians, bikers and skateboarders to, possibly, small hovercraft. Unfortunately, Laguna Beach does not have such roadways, and the two main arteries in and out of Laguna are not 100% controlled by the city.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 13, 2014
An attorney for the family of one of two men killed in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road has sued a driver who survived the wreck, a witness and multiple cities and public agencies. Attorney Otto Haselhoff, who represents the family of Alberto Casique, levels allegations ranging from driver negligence to poor road maintenance in his Jan. 21 Orange County Superior Court lawsuit. Among the defendants is Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, a Laguna Beach physician whose Tesla Model S sedan collided with the Honda Accord sedan driven by Casique, 47, at 6:45 a.m. April 2. Armando Gonzalez, 38, a passenger in Casique's Honda, also died.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Two teenagers allegedly fought one another in an underground parking structure next to a group of onlookers Friday afternoon, Laguna Beach police said. The 12- and 15-year-old girls, who live in Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel, respectively, decided to fight one another over some name calling, police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Other kids heard about the fight and arrived to watch at 3:35 p.m. in the parking lot of a large shopping and business complex in the 1100 block of S. Coast Highway, police said.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
Laguna Beach police arrested a Laguna Niguel man on suspicion of battery on an officer and two other charges after an altercation in front of Ocean Avenue Brewery in the early hours of New Year's Day, police said. John Takashi Yoshimoto, 40, was also charged with public intoxication and obstructing a police officer following an incident at 12:38 a.m. Jan. 1, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. Officers were on foot patrol in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue when they noticed activity in front of the brewery, Kravetz said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | October 17, 2013
The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday rejected claims filed by attorneys on behalf of two men killed in a head-on collision several months ago on Laguna Canyon Road. Lawyers for the families of Armando Garcia-Gonzales and Alberto Casique-Salinas allege that the men's deaths in April were a result of "neglect, design and maintenance of Highway 133 [Laguna Canyon Road], near El Toro Road," a staff report said. The city's claims adjuster had recommended that the council reject the claims.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013
The Festival of Arts is accepting applications for its juried fine art show next July and August. Interested artists are requested to submit a CD with three digital images per media and a completed application form to 650 Laguna Canyon Road by 4 p.m. Oct. 25. Residents from Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Coto de Caza, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake...
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | August 8, 2013
A car rolled over and another vehicle hit two parked cars in separate crashes late Monday and early Tuesday in Laguna Beach, according to police. Police arrested two men on suspicion of driving under the influence in the incidents, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The first crash occurred at 10:03 p.m. Monday on Park Avenue when a black Volkswagen Passat rolled over, Callus said. Huntington Beach resident Ricardo Berge, 18, who was outside the car when police and firefighters arrived at the scene, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, according to Callus.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013
The Orange County Fair will honor Laguna Beach next week as part of its Summer in the Cities promotion. At 12:30 p.m. on predetermined days, representatives or residents from specific cities in Orange County will lead the flag salute and national anthem in front of The Hanger. Laguna Beach will be honored Wednesday along with Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Laguna Niguel. Laguna Beach residents can get discounted admission Wednesday by presenting a coupon available at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., and the library, 363 Glenneyre St. The fair also features a free multimedia presentation celebrating Orange County every night at The Hanger.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | July 17, 2013
Katie and Brandon Ferguson sold everything they had to travel in Central and South America for most of 2012, keeping open the possibility that they might move out of the United States. The couple traveled to Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Costa Rica, backpacking, surfing, staying in hostels and thinking about what they wanted to do with their lives. Brandon, an experienced barber, took along shears, a couple of combs and a straight razor in the hope of making a little money if someone staying at a hostel needed a haircut.
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