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By Barbara Diamond, | August 16, 2010
The City Council will consider spending $8,400 to buy the beams and cribbing that prop up three cottages moved from Third Street and stored in Laguna Canyon waiting for a buyer. Younger Brothers House Moving, which owns the props that support the cottages in a readily movable position, want their property back or be paid for it. The structures were moved to Laguna Canyon in 2007 from Third Street to clear the way for the Susi Q and the Community Center to mollify residents who opposed their demolition.
By Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2010
City officials dipped into the parking fund for $70,000 to rent an additional trolley to extend the southbound summer service to Three Arch Bay. The council voted unanimously to rent the trolley, rather than spend $52,000 for a van to shuttle passengers from Three Arch Bay to the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach southern terminus, as recommended by city staff. The extension will go beyond the gated community to the Monarch Bay Plaza to find enough room to turn around for the trip back north.
May 28, 2010
High surf results in weekend rescues Seven people were pulled from high surf Saturday at three beaches in Laguna, according to police records. A diver was rescued from waters off the 1900 block of Ocean Way at 12:51 p.m. Lifeguards were called to assist two swimmers in a rip current off Sleepy Hollow beach at 3:30 p.m. Two were rescued from the surf off Lagunita Beach in South Laguna at 4:07 p.m. A man and young girl were pulled out of the water about 100 feet from shore off Treasure Island Beach in South Laguna.
May 7, 2010
Regarding your editorial ?Make beach cafè work? (April 30): As a homeowner in South Laguna, I was so looking forward to the opening of the Sand Café at Aliso Beach for a morning cappuccino or early luncheon. Now we are being denied this by a couple of outspoken local activists lobbying the California Coastal Commission. I?d like to get into a room with these individuals and rearrange their thinking. What could be better than having a café on the beach where you can have a bite to eat while watching the pounding surf?
By Matt Szabo | April 30, 2010
Pamela Simpson has big plans for Skim Chicks, the organization she launched earlier this month with Richard Tibbetts. Skimboarding is a sport that started in Laguna Beach, but now Simpson — the Laguna resident — is hoping to help it branch out all over the world. And as you might guess by the company’s name, she wants to get “chicks” — female competitors — involved. They’re taking a huge first step toward that goal in June when the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach will hold its first-ever women’s pro division competition.
By Barbara Diamond | April 9, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank on Tuesday offered a rare glimpse of his personal life, then made a big announcement to the City Council Chamber. Frank said cryptically that he has made the last payment on his house and that he will not be spending his next birthday in the council chamber. He turned 66 Wednesday. “In light of the fact that I have paid off my house and I am turning 66 and I have been doing this [job] for 30 1/2 or 31 years, I am announcing my retirement at the end of November,” Frank said.
April 2, 2010
Spring break surf camp for kids Laguna Beach Surf School will hold a Spring Break 2010 Surf Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for kids 7 and older. Groms will meet at Laguna Surf & Sport, 1088 S. Coast Hwy., and will be taken for instruction between Thalia and Anita streets. Orientation will be Monday, when instructors go over water safety and ocean awareness. The following days will be divided into a morning and afternoon surf lessons, with a lunch break.
By Cindy Frazier | March 23, 2010
A man who was rescued with two other people from Tablerock Beach in South Laguna around 9 p.m. March 17 was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine and being under the influence of the drug, according to police records. Giovanni Carlo Frizzle, 20, of Mission Viejo, was pulled by firefighters from the beach in a basket, along with two others, after one of the trio called for help. The trio were in an isolated cove and surrounded by water. In a dramatic rescue, firefighters rapelled down to the area from a line suspended on a crane above the beach.
By Jonathan Oyama | March 18, 2010
Firefighters rappelled down a cliff to rescue three people trapped between the cove and the incoming tide Wednesday night at Tablerock Beach in South Laguna. Laguna Beach firefighters received a medical emergency call at 8:55 p.m. from Ti Amo Ristorante. Firefighters found a woman and two men in their early 20s, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. The three adults were trapped at the bottom of a steep cliff. “When we got there and saw them, we saw that swimming was not an option and we saw that climbing down the cliff was not an option,” LaTendresse said.
By Barbara Diamond | March 18, 2010
The California Coastal Commission voted March 10 that appeals of the city’s approval of a coastal development permit to a South Laguna mobile home park raise issues that warrant a hearing. Appeals were filed by South Laguna resident Penny Elia, Commissioners Patrick Kruer and Sara Wan, and most recently by Laguna Beach resident Paul Esslinger on the grounds that the proposed sub-division does not conform to the standards set forth in the Laguna Beach certified Local Coastal Program related to public access and recreation, environmentally sensitive areas, water quality and hazards.
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