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October 19, 2012
New York Times writer Jeff Gordinier spent some time in Orange County this summer -- a place he says he spent a lot of time in during the late '70s to early '90s. In his latest travel piece , Gordinier returns to and explores Laguna Beach with fresh eyes, revisiting landmarks like Main Beach, Sound Spectrum record store and Las Brisas restaurant.  "Part of the dramatic impact of Laguna is the way that it delivers what feels like a signal flare from Brian Wilson's subconscious as soon as you hit town.
February 2, 2007
Two Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls'  teams enjoyed success last weekend at the expense of teams from Newport Beach. A third age group team, the 10-and-Under squad, opened its season with an 8-8 tie against Corona del Mar. 14-and-Under Division Laguna 18, Newport 3 In a six-quarter match, Laguna rolled from the start to score a resounding victory. Coach Ethan Damato split his team into two squads for the match, with each playing every other quarter.
March 13, 2009
Thank you very much for your article (From Canyon to Cove, ?Homeless Burden Must Be Shared,? Feb. 27). Thank you very much for telling it like it is. It is unbelievable that the ACLU has the audacity to choose a Newport Beach law firm to represent them in this case against Laguna Beach policies. Did they close their eyes to the fact that Newport Beach has no programs for the homeless, nor are the homeless even allowed in Newport Beach? I have not read that the city of Newport Beach has been targeted by the ACLU for their anti-homeless regulations.
By Barbara Diamond, | July 7, 2011
State law allows some group homes with six or fewer residents to be treated as single-family residences and limits local agencies' regulation of their locations and operations. Neighbors of some group homes in Laguna have expressed concerns about smoking, noise, trash, increased deliveries and additional traffic generated by the occupants, who are often recovering abusers of alcohol and drugs. In May, the Laguna Beach City Council asked staff to review efforts made by Newport Beach to regulate the facilities and on June 21 unanimously passed a resolution of certification of the amendments by the California Coastal Commission.
August 2, 2002
Motorists entering Laguna on North Coast Highway from Newport Beach were greeted by a DUI and driver's license checkpoint at McKnight Drive. Ten Laguna officers conducted the checkpoint with assistance from three officers from Newport Beach, said Sgt. Doris Higgins who coordinated the program. Several volunteers from MADD and Citizens in Patrol lent support to the officers. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. last Friday, 1,275 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.
April 29, 2005
In weekend round-robin competition, the Laguna Beach Water Polo Club's girls' eighth-grade-and-under team posted victories over Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos, before losing to Newport Beach. Laguna defeated Corona del Mar, 7-5, took care of Los Alamitos, 9-4, but fell, 6-5, to Newport Beach. Laguna Beach 7, Corona del Mar 5 Dylan Conroy posted three goals and Hanna Fait scored twice to lead Laguna in scoring. Single goals were scored by Annika Dries and Kacky Brown.
By Barbara Diamond and By Barbara Diamond | August 1, 2012
Dennis Bogle took over as the city's new Building Official on Monday. Bogle, 50, most recently was the chief building inspector and manager in Newport Beach for the past three years. Before that, he spent nine years as the Building Official in Mission Viejo. "I came to Laguna because this is a beautiful city and a wonderful opportunity," Bogle said. Bogle filled the vacancy left by Carl Hefner, who resigned in April after less than three months on the job, with no explanation by city officials.
By: | October 7, 2005
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' under-14 teams went 2-1-1 at last weekend's Speedo Cup qualifying tournament in Laguna Beach. Laguna competed in a bracket that included Newport Beach, Los Alamitos, TRAP, SoCal and OC Split. OC Split won the tournament and qualified to compete at the Speedo Cup finals scheduled for mid-November in St. Louis, Mo. Laguna Beach 2, Newport Beach 2 Laguna, which couldn't capitalize on some early scoring opportunities, finally crashed the scoreboard when Jesse Holechek drilled in a goal three minutes into the game.
By Ken Frank | September 16, 2010
In December, I will be retiring as city manager of Laguna Beach. Over the 31 years of my tenure, the city has progressed in numerous areas. For the next 10 weeks, I would like to share my perceptions of the city's most significant accomplishments during the past three decades. As in most "top ten" lists, we will start at the least important and gradually escalate to No. 1 — the most influential change in our community. No. 10 on the listing of city accomplishments over the last 30 years is the enactment of Senate Bill 23 in 1987.
By Alisha Gomez | May 22, 2012
Molly Brown's, the beloved Newport Beach-based swim shop that has garnered quite the celebrity stylist following, has laid down some roots in Laguna. Donna Allen, who owns Molly Brown's along with her husband Greg, last month opened the boutique at 490 S. Coast Hwy. "I live here in Laguna Beach," Donna said. "I've been trying for several years to move into town. When the space became available, I thought it would be a great opportunity. I've gotten great feedback on this store from people from southern Orange County who [now]
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Greg MacGillivray doesn't mince words when it comes to the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's A+," he said. The producer-director co-founded MacGillivray Freeman Films with Jim Freeman in the mid-1960s. Although the duo started out producing surfing documentaries and TV commercials and filming for Hollywood features, they quickly moved into the distribution of IMAX films. Since 1972, the Laguna Beach-based studio has distributed more than 30 giant-screen movies and in excess of 7 million feet of 70-millimeter film and earned two Academy Awards.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 15, 2014
Laguna Beach's annual Kelpfest was born out of frustration. Every time Nancy Caruso heard people grouse about kelp washing up on local beaches, she'd want to "bang her head against a wall. " To her, that was akin to planting trees only to gripe when they shed leaves. The Garden Grove resident - who founded Get Inspired Inc., a nonprofit specializing in environmental education and conservation programs - was discussing what she deemed an absurd situation with her friend when inspiration struck.
By Bryce Alderton | March 13, 2014
What Whole Foods is to people, Naked Dog Bistro is for pooches. The canine-centric store opened in Laguna Beach on Forest Avenue across from City Hall early last week. The space boasts a sleek, modern interior with a shiny black floor and a variety of merchandise, including gluten-free treats, leashes, bowls and luxurious beds (one of the latter in the shape of a Ferrari). Charlotte Bloom, 60, of Dana Point, and her daughter Lindsay Poe, 24, of Newport Beach, hatched the idea over lunch in June and opened the shop about nine months later.
By Katie Metzger | March 6, 2014
A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on Monday, but his wife died at the scene, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Farnell, 70, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. His wife, Darla Sue Farnell, 55, was found dead at the crash site, which was on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The couple owned a home in Laguna Beach for several years and also lived in Tahoe.
By Keith Curry | February 19, 2014
Laguna Beach is a key city within the 74th Assembly District, and as a candidate to represent this area, I would like to introduce myself and talk about the issues that I feel are important. As an eight-year council member and two-term mayor of Newport Beach, I have been privileged to work over the years with several members of the Laguna Beach council on matters of joint interest. I am so proud to have the endorsement of Mayor Elizabeth Pearson in this Assembly race. I am a fiscal conservative, and I will fight hard to make sure that the temporary sales and income tax increases in Proposition 30, giving us among the highest sales and income taxes in the nation, are allowed to expire when scheduled.
By Michael Miller | January 29, 2014
To anyone who's ever listened to Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple or another brilliant wordsmith in action, the question "How do they do that?" may come to mind. Coming up at Sage Hill School next month may be an answer of sorts. As part of the Laguna Beach Music Festival, singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane will lead a free class titled "How to Write a Song" at the Newport Beach private school. The session, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, is intended for students and open for public observation.
By Bryce Alderton | December 11, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department is leaving the paper trail behind at emergency scenes. The department's 50 or so firefighters have started to use iPads to record and submit patient data from the site of an emergency to hospitals and ambulance companies. The LBFD owns nine iPads, which all firefighters use on a rotating basis. Users can type in a patient's name, age and nature of the injury and, with a tap, transmit data to doctors, often before the person arrives at the hospital.
December 9, 2013
Robert Mosier, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, will be the Honored Patriot of the Year for Laguna Beach's 48th annual Patriots Day Parade in March. The Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Assn. chose Mosier, 89, after he was nominated by Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 for the honor, said committee spokeswoman Sandi Werthe. Mosier flew the first troops into Tokyo after the Japanese surrender. After his discharge from the military, he attended UCLA, graduating in 1950 with an electrical engineering degree.
December 4, 2013
No one was injured in a house fire on Louise Street in north Laguna on Monday, according to a Laguna Beach fire news release. Twenty-one firefighters from both Laguna Beach and Newport Beach responded to a single-story house fire in the 1600 block at 7:30 a.m. and found all occupants safely outside, the release said. Firefighters contained the blaze in 18 minutes and kept it from spreading to adjacent houses. The fire caused about $350,000 in damage to the structure, and $30,000 in lost items, according to the release.
November 13, 2013
William John Strateman William John Strateman of Newport Beach, California passed away November 4, 2013 at the age of 66. He is survived by his loving wife, Toni, and his two sons Wyatt and Tyler. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bill graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Journalism degree and quickly landed on Madison Avenue in the '70s as an account manager for Burson-Marsteller, which later joined Young & Rubicam. Bill was a real-life Mad Man, but unlike the TV characters, he was a colleague characterized by integrity, class and an easygoing Midwestern charm.
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