February 4, 2014
It's easy to tune out traffic on Pacific Coast Highway, but as Kent Kelley stands on the sidewalk before the address that once housed Mystic Arts World, the sound of passing wheels has a way of underlining the conversation. Maybe that's because it signifies moving forward - briskly, unsentimentally - and Kelley's words have the same effect. The building at 670 S. Coast Hwy. played a major role in Laguna Beach hippie culture during the 1960s, a period that's inspired no small amount of mythology.
December 30, 2013
An Upland man en route to work at the Montage Laguna Beach resort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly hit two cars Friday night in Laguna Beach, police said. Eric Escobedo, 24, was taken into custody and charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license and two counts of hit-and-run, according to police. Laguna Beach police received a call at 10:16 p.m. from a man saying a blue Honda struck his silver Range Rover near South Coast Highway and Broadway Street.
December 24, 2013
Cliff Drive: A caller reported a man running down a hill with his hands in his pants in the 100 block at 1:01 p.m. Monday. Virginia Way: A caller reported the theft of a pot from her house and the replanting of the plants in a cheaper pot in the 32000 block at 3:49 p.m. Monday. Diamond Street: A caller reported a skate ramp on a public street in the 800 block at 3:43 p.m. Monday. Hillcrest Drive: A caller reported that a 2007 silver BMW X5 was keyed in the 1300 block at 9:39 p.m. Monday.
November 25, 2013
A smoldering wood log inside a unit of a historic South Coast Highway property sent smoke into the air early Sunday afternoon, Laguna Beach fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said Monday. Laguna Beach fire received a call at 1:01 p.m. of a possible fire from a unit in Villa Rockledge, an oceanfront collection of guest villas, LaTendresse said. The incident turned out not to be a fire but a smoldering log inside a fireplace, LaTendresse said. No one was injured, and there was little smoke damage, he said.