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January 28, 2005
Drivers kept going Laguna Beach police issued 25 citations and two written warnings to motorists who failed to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk during an undercover operation throughout Laguna on Saturday, police said. Two disguised police officers, one wearing a rabbit costume, and the other dressed in a brightly colored outfit with a large purple hat, crossed city crosswalks in an effort to promote pedestrian safety and crack down on those who fail to yield for crossing pedestrians, police said.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
It's a different world out there on the streets during festival season. A simple drive through town can become a frustrating trek, and then, if you try to park, well, get ready to pull out a few strands of hair. It's not just that there's more cars out there. It seems like drivers actually display more aggressive and less considerate behavior. It can be maddening and scary. And that's if you're in a car. For those on foot, well, beware.
NEWS
June 21, 2002
Dan Huston As self-appointed city curmudgeon, I feel it is my duty to keep our community aware of what those rascals at City Hall are doing, or not doing. With all the talk about installing a tunnel or bridge for pedestrians at Coast Highway and Broadway, I decided to conduct my own traffic check. I chose a Monday, a Wednesday and a Saturday. I began my survey at 6:45 a.m. and continued until 9 a.m. My conclusion is that there is no need for special pedestrian access to Main Beach.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Some 35 plus years ago I was with my son in Bluebird Park, and he was fascinated by the leaky water fountain right by the entrance to the park. At the time, mud was one of his interests. I was very concerned that he could dart out into Bluebird Canyon Drive at any time. The park at this time did not have a fence that was childproof. I called the city about the lack of a secure child-proof fence around the park and was told that such a fence would violate the artistic integrity of the park and that I was responsible for watching my child.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
Teen accused of sexual assault on beach A woman reported to police that a male juvenile sexually assaulted her Tuesday evening. The 19-year-old victim ran into the 16-year-old boy, who was an acquaintance, near Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz. After meeting up, they decided to go to the beach in front of Hotel Laguna. The woman reported that the teen then sexually assaulted her and fled the scene afterward. The woman called police at 9:29 p.m. and named her alleged attacker.
NEWS
April 19, 2002
Bryce Alderton A proposal to build an underground pedestrian walkway across Pacific Coast Highway is sending chills of skepticism through the veins of a number of residents and business owners. Councilwoman Toni Iseman has proposed an underground walkway that would connect Broadway to Main Beach by cutting underneath Coast Highway. Iseman claims the walkway would reduce the amount of traffic clogging city streets in the summer and on weekends by cutting down on the number of pedestrians.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Andrew Edwards The summer festival season draws thousands of visitors to Laguna Beach every year, but before art lovers can see exhibits, they must negotiate one of the city's most hazardous streets, Laguna Canyon Road. "It's definitely one of the most dangerous," Sgt. Darin Lenyi said. Since 2000, police statistics show 13 injury crashes on the stretch of Laguna Canyon Road near the festivals, Senior Records Manager Hilda Madrid said. The records show one case when a pedestrian was killed, in November 2003, but these records are incomplete.
NEWS
July 4, 2003
Anti-abortion protesters draw ire Police received several phone calls on Wednesday from angry drivers and pedestrians saying a group of about 20 young men and women were displaying huge posters of aborted fetuses to passing cars in front of Main Beach at around 5 p.m. Callers complained that traffic was so slow that you couldn't avoid looking at the large, graphic depictions of real abortions. More than one caller said their children had seen the posters and asked questions about what they were.
NEWS
January 20, 2011
Kittie Olivier wrote a letter ["Animals should have been protected," Coastline Pilot, Jan. 14] accusing Laguna Beach Animal Shelter staff and volunteers of animal cruelty and willful neglect. We prepared for flooding as we have for the nearly 30 years I've been working with the shelter. Cats and small dogs were in cages three feet from the ground. The rabbit and chickens were at similar heights. Some of the dogs were fostered with volunteers. There were benches and carriers for the dogs to get up onto.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
Barbara Diamond Clusters of pedestrians crossing the highway at Main Beach, rather than straggling across in twos and threes, may be key to unblocking the Broadway intersection and moving traffic more smoothly on the highway. The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a pilot program that will include testing a pedestrian-only signal phase and restoring the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. Both measures will require the cooperation of Caltrans.
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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.
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NEWS
March 10, 2014
A pickup truck hit and injured two pedestrians Thursday night in Laguna Beach, police said. The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Street and South Coast Highway, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach man in a Nissan was turning left from South Coast Highway toward Thalia Street on a green light when he hit a 52-year-old Laguna Beach man and a 53-year-old Aliso Viejo woman who were crossing the highway, Kravetz said. The man suffered broken bones while the woman sustained a head injury, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening, Kravetz said.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
Laguna Beach police identified the pedestrian who was hit by a car on Laguna Canyon Road earlier this week, authorities said. Shahram Mokarami-Tehrani, 51, remains in critical condition at Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email Thursday. Mokarami-Tehrani, whose last listed address was a Corona del Mar P.O. box, was found lying in the road early Monday morning, an apparent victim of a hit-and-run, according to police. Mokarami-Tehrani was recently staying at the Alternative Sleeping Location, an overnight emergency shelter in Laguna Canyon, authorities said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 5, 2013
Festival of Arts officials want to spruce up their front yard, so to speak, with a revamped facade and landscaping. Festival board President Fred Sattler repeated the words "old" and "tired' when describing the facility's exterior facade, which needs an upgrade, he said. Sattler presented preliminary designs for a revamped exterior with landscaping and a more welcoming pedestrian environment at the festival's annual meeting in November. The festival is home to a summer fine art exhibit and the Pageant of the Masters, a 90-minute stage show of "living pictures" - art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look like their counterparts in the original pieces.
NEWS
September 17, 2013
A car stuck and injured a pedestrian trying to cross South Coast Highway at Cress Street in Laguna Beach on Monday, police said. A 56-year-old Medford, Ore., resident was walking within the crosswalk when a Lexus RX 350 hit her at about 1:10 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The driver, a 59-year-old Laguna Beach man, tried to make a left turn onto South Coast Highway but failed to see the woman, Callus said. The woman complained of pain to her left hip and leg and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, according to police.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 28, 2013
Downtown traffic in the summer can be a nightmare, but the times before and after festivals season aren't always a cakewalk, particularly on a sunny weekend. The City Council voted at the Aug. 20 meeting to use a team of seven part-time employees to keep traffic moving on congested downtown streets from April through Sept. 30, with four of them ready to spring into action if needed from October to March 30. "This isn't about cars," said Councilman Steven Dicterow. "It's about clumping pedestrians so they don't tie up traffic by crossing one a time.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 9, 2013
The push is on for a stoplight in front of Laguna College of Art + Design. The college's president and a nearby building owner petitioned Caltrans to install a traffic signal where the current crosswalk - which only has flashing lights - sits in front of the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. "I've witnessed a number of fender benders," LCAD President Jonathan Burke said. "No one has been hurt, but there have been damaged cars. " Burke is working with a consultant in hopes of getting a traffic light installed at the two-lane road.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 21, 2013
A beautification project along a portion of Broadway Street is scheduled to begin March 4. Golden State Constructors, the city of Laguna Beach's contractor, will close lanes between Forest Avenue and Cliff Drive for the work, which includes adding drought-tolerant and native landscaping, three public-art installations and a new decorative sidewalk. Crews will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Two-lane traffic will be maintained at all times. The intersection at Cliff Drive will also be reconfigured to reduce the speed of cars turning onto the street and shorten the length of the pedestrian crosswalk.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 14, 2013
The City Council cleared the way Tuesday for two pedestrian pathways, one at the top of town and one in Laguna Canyon. Stantec will be paid $155,500 for design services related to a pedestrian pathway that would connect Alta Laguna Boulevard to the road between Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights and for services related to the creation of a path between the Laguna College of Art + Design and the ACT V parking lot. The Top of the World pathway...
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
City officials listened Tuesday to complete streets advocates who support reducing Glenneyre Street — from Forest Avenue to Calliope Street — to three lanes, including one for turns only. The council directed staff to submit a modification, but only to a portion of Glenneyre, to the Planning Commission for review and report back to the council in January. The modification was one of three options for the conversion of Glenneyre to complete street status, evaluated in a report by Fehr & Peers, a traffic consulting firm hired by the city.
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