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From latimes.com | December 22, 2010
An unidentified female pedestrian was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle as she crossed South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach during heavy rain Wednesday morning, authorities said. The incident was reported about 6:40 a.m. near Thalia Street, said Lt. Jason Kravetz. “We were getting a lot of rain at that time,” Kravetz said. The accident was still under investigation, he said. No other information was available.
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August 16, 2002
WEATHER TIDBITS Re: this impending el nino event, when does the impending start? Well, not yet, apparently, otherwise this June gloom in August wouldn't be happening. West winds and 64-degree water wouldn't be happening. We're at the halfway point in August, not one cloud over the mountains or deserts and that's unprecedented. Since New Year's, Palm Springs has received a total of .09 of an inch of rain -- less than a 10th of an inch in eight months!
NEWS
October 31, 2003
DENNIS McTIGHE Lots of folks are having a real bad day. Lots of animals, too. Our faith is being tested, this time by some fools who thought this would be cool. We here in Laguna, know exactly what a real bad day is too; 10 years ago today was a rough one for us. We're praying hard. We kinda knew it wasn't gonna be easy, what with the first hot October Santa Ana howler since '93. In 2000, our first Santa Ana wasn't until Christmas Day late afternoon, but five inches of rain had already fallen by Dec. 25. We've had a 10th of an inch since late April, coming in a brief morning thunderstorm on July 22. The vegetation grew tall this season, because of above normal rainfall by 15 to 30% in the fire stricken regions and back in October '93 we were coming on the heels of double normal rains for the '92 to '93 season.
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March 28, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS "Spring has sprung the grass has ris I wonder where the flowers is" -- Tidbitter's mom, 1964 Well, mom, you don't have to wonder where the "flowers is" for long, 'cause this spring, the flowers is going off the richter! Unlike last spring, where everything was parched and dried up (like your Tidbitter's mug), this spring is going to be a dazzler thanks to record rains last week, even in our deserts, where it's a banner year for poppies, lupens and other wild flowers.
NEWS
February 28, 2003
EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT The vibrant colors that the rain is creating seem to be art in and of themselves. Driving through Laguna Canyon, I marvel at the green beaming from the hills and the coast, I love the contrast of the dark gray sky and the waves -- it's quite ominous and beautiful. The crazy thing about all this rain is that it makes most want to stay inside -- except for the least likely suspect -- my cat Pacific. Perhaps it's his name that draws him to the water, but my cat loves playing in the rain.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
Mike Sciacca A storm that was supposed to hit sometime around noon Tuesday didn't materialize until later in the day, a delay that allowed the Laguna Beach High softball team time to get something that had eluded them thus far in the 2005 season: a victory. The Breakers beat the rain and St. Margaret's, 5-2, in a nonleague game at Laguna. The rain didn't begin to fall until the sixth inning but by then, Laguna had the game in control. It was a big game in many ways, and it was first win for Laguna in the Skip Andrews era. The Breakers had entered the new season with just three returners from last year's squad, and last month's heavy rains caused a delay in the formation of Andrew's first squad.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS On Sunday Laguna came up with a hot one -- 90 degrees. That's the first time that has happened in Laguna in March, leading me to think this is just the beginning of record-setting heat throughout the year. A late, almost out of season, Santa Ana wind was responsible for the mercury skyrocketing like it did. It's the first time since 1997 that a heat wave of this magnitude has been felt in March. Monday was almost as hot as Sunday with 86 degrees for a high, breaking the old record for the date set in 1996 when it was 84 degrees.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Lauren Vane On Wednesday morning, Laguna Beach residents finally awoke to sunny skies. As residents wring out the water, the city looks forward to what the National Weather Service predicts will be a dry week. Nearly six inches of rain fell in Laguna Beach during the brunt of the storm from Friday to Tuesday, said Gregg Barton of the city's water quality division. "That's a lot of water and I hope that's it," Barton said. City officials said that Laguna weathered the storm without any major problems.
NEWS
December 20, 2002
WEATHER TIDBITS More el Nino 2002-03 symptoms are popping up. Mr. El Nino's first visit since 1997 has gotten off to a feistier start than previously expected. What kind of symptoms? A Category 4 typhoon, way late in the season, nails Guam. Then it goes extra tropical and hooks up with an eastward bound central Pacific deep low and plow east toward our West Coast, unleashing nearly a foot of rain in some parts of the Bay Area. And there's more lined up, like ducks in a shooting gallery.
SPORTS
April 14, 2006
Neither cold nor rain could derail the Laguna Beach Firefighters Monday, as they defeated the Rancho Niguel Red Sox, 3-1, in Little League action at Chapparosa Park in Laguna Niguel. It didn't take the Firefighters long to warm-up offensively, as Travis Sampson hit a sharp line drive and was driven home by Raphael Vickers in the first inning. Laguna threatened to score again in the second inning, but Sawyer Pierce was thrown out at home plate as he attempted to score on Ben Hanson's triple.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 27, 2014
The 48th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade scheduled for Saturday is a go as of Thursday afternoon, even with rain in the forecast. The parade committee met Wednesday and decided not to cancel, President Ed Hanke wrote in an email. Hanke could not be reached for further comment Thursday to elaborate on details of the committee's discussion, but committee treasurer Sandi Werthe said a final determination on whether to cancel will be made Friday afternoon and posted on the parade website, http://www.lagunabeachparade.org . Hanke said in an email earlier this week that parade organizers have dealt with impending storms.
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By Joanna Clay | April 12, 2012
The sound of laughter may be loud enough to drown out the noise of waves crashing and sea gulls screeching at Main Beach every morning. And it's all thanks to Laguna Beach resident Jeffrey Briar, who has been leading a laughter yoga group on the beach, aptly called the Laughter Club. The unofficial group that's free to join has met every day for the last seven years, rain or shine. There's no jokes told to spur the giggles, though. The laughter is simply that - laughter.
SPORTS
November 17, 2011
The Laguna Beach girls' tennis team had its season end Saturday in an 11-1 second-round loss to second-ranked Peninsula in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff match cut short by rain. The Breakers, who repeated as Orange Coast League champions under first-year Coach Don Davis, started postseason play Nov. 10 and downed visiting Northwood, 11-7. Laguna won six of nine singles sets. League singles champion Lauren Michaels swept at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-0. The Breakers' No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Michaels and Kira Hamilton also swept by scores of 7-6, 7-5, 7-5. In other singles action, No. 2 Claire Jaeger won two of three (5-7, 6-2, 6-1)
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 14, 2011
The estimated cost for emergency response and 32 projects related to the December flooding is $2.5 million, but Laguna Beach won't have to foot the whole bill. Federal and state agencies will fund 65% of the total if the Federal Emergency Management Agency reverses its decision not to reimburse the city for three hazard mitigation projects, a finance official said at Tuesday's City Council meeting. "Our local FEMA office determined that three major projects — estimated total cost of $855,000 — were not presently eligible for funding because public improvement — two sewer mains and one street — had not yet been damaged," said Gavin Curran, director of the city's Finance Department.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
Members of the Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force will take a look next week at how rain drains from the canyon watersheds. The April 30 tour is open to the public, but residents are asked to reserve a spot to determine how many vehicles will be needed to caravan to key locations. The time and location of pick ups will be published on the task force link of the city's website . Planning Commissioner Norm Grossman is one of the 11 members of the task force charged with determining ways that canyon residents and public agencies can prevent the loss of life and property from flooding.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.coms | February 17, 2011
Forecasts of rain haven't dampened plans for the reopening Sunday of Aliso Creek Golf Course, closed since December when flooding inundated the fairways. Aliso Creek Inn General Manager Kurt Bjorkman said Tuesday that no decision will be made until Saturday to delay the Sunday re-opening, which will be a benefit for the survivors of the disastrous winter rainstorms. All golf proceeds on Sunday will be donated to the Laguna Relief and Resource Center, which is coordinating assistance to the flood survivors.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
Federal purse strings were loosened to Laguna Beach's advantage Wednesday when President Obama issued a declaration that California's December floods constituted a major disaster. The declaration means public agencies will be able to recover reimbursement for some, if not all, emergency services, as well as repairs or replacement of facilities damaged by the recent storms that devastated Laguna and other communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will oversee the expenditures, as it did in the 2005 Bluebird Canyon landslide.
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
Four students and aspiring young artists from Laguna Beach schools were honored at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting for their winning entries in the first annual "Roll Out the Rain Barrel" art contest, recently held by the Laguna Beach County Water District. Open to fifth- through 12th-graders throughout the district's service area, Laguna College of Art & Design students and district customers, the contest sought original drawings that could be painted onto actual rain barrels, which collect and store rain water from roofs that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and the ocean.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
The Laguna Beach girls' soccer team had only one game scheduled this week before it was to take off for the desert two days after Christmas. But a tune-up for the Breakers' upcoming trip never materialized as rainy conditions forced the cancellation of Monday's nonleague game with University, Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing said. The Breakers last played Dec. 16 against Laguna Hills. They hung tough and stayed with last year's Division 2 quarterfinalists, but the Hawks used a last-minute goal to secure a 2-0 nonleague victory.
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From latimes.com | December 22, 2010
An unidentified female pedestrian was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle as she crossed South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach during heavy rain Wednesday morning, authorities said. The incident was reported about 6:40 a.m. near Thalia Street, said Lt. Jason Kravetz. “We were getting a lot of rain at that time,” Kravetz said. The accident was still under investigation, he said. No other information was available.
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