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By James Pribram | October 23, 2008
Surfing down at Pearl Street beach yesterday, the very beach I grew up on, I couldn’t help but relive so many of the great memories I have had there. A beach that became my best friend and a sport — surfing — that changed my life. I’m not sure where I would be without the two. But I can tell you it is the very reason that I fight every day to preserve our oceans and beaches. Because I want the next generations of surfers to have the same dreams and the same opportunity to live those dreams as I did growing up on the beaches of Laguna.
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By Nancy Englund | April 13, 2009
Eleven private gardens above Victoria Beach will be open on Friday, May 1 from ll a.m. to 4 p.m. exclusively for ticket holders to the Gate and Garden Walking Tour of Victoria Beach sponsored by the Laguna Beach Garden Club. “The self guided walking tour will showcase gardens ranging in size from tiny pockets of creativity to acres of sprawling oceanfront majesty,” says Nancy Englund, chairperson of the annual fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Englund notes that several of the gardens in this “venerable” neighborhood -- one of the oldest in Laguna Beach -- have been tended by the same families for generations.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | June 22, 2007
Every now and then in our everyday lives, we come across a person with an everlasting, infectious smile. Take Joey Petrovich. He absolutely walked life like he talked it. Perhaps better said, he sang it. I admired Joey for that very quality. He was real from head to toe. He sang about his life and his interests, good or bad, and unlike in today's overproduced, gimmick-flavored bubble gum music, Joey not only wrote his own music, but he was out there living it. One needs to look no further than in the quick-witted classic "Cocktails for One."
NEWS
July 12, 2002
Suzie Harrison Skimboarders from all over will gather at Aliso Creek Beach Saturday and Sunday for the Victoria Pro/Am Skim Contest. Because of its international attention a lot of skimmers come from around the globe including Japan, Australia, Canada, Cabo San Lucas and Hawaii. "All the guys who are best in the world, every single one of them are from Laguna," said Victoria Skimboard manager Sumner Miller. The sport was actually born in Laguna years ago with its root at Victoria Beach.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
A man was arrested on suspicion of battery after he allegedly dragged a woman up the stairs and hit her in the face Saturday at Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach police said. Daniel McDaniel, 22, was charged with battery and taken into custody after the incident involving him and his girlfriend, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The victim, a 33-year-old Lake Forest resident, had abrasions to her arms and legs, but refused medical assistance, Callus said. She called police at 7:16 p.m. Saturday, reporting McDaniel dragged her from the sand up the stairs, according to the police log. The woman resisted, but McDaniel hit her twice with his fist, the log said.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Riverside man on suspicion of identity theft related to using another person's credit card information to extend a hotel stay. Police took Ronald Jason Adams, 33, into custody. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email, and  is wanted on three warrants from Riverside police. Police said Adams stayed at the Capri Laguna, 1441 S. Coast Hwy., for eight days beginning May 31, with three room changes. A former guest noticed a problem on his credit card and notified the hotel, Callus said.
NEWS
January 8, 2010
New Year?s damage closes restaurant A New Year?s Eve incident has forced Blue Laguna restaurant to close until Jan. 15 due to water damage, according to restaurant spokeswoman Stefanee Freedman. ?Someone on New Year?s Eve was hanging on the water pipe, and it busted,? Freedman said. ?We are now working on renovations that we had put off for a while, and the club should be back up and running on Friday, Jan. 15.? Blue Laguna is at the Holiday Inn, 696 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, visit www.bluelagunaoc.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | August 3, 2007
I've met a lot of people from all walks of life, but few have left me with an everlasting impression of one simple aspect ? a smile. Perhaps one's greatest gifts to others in life may just be that, the gift of a smile. A smile so electric it could light up any room, any time. A smile that was honest and true. A smile that burns so bright it could add sunshine to your day at Victoria Beach where a happy-go-lucky girl known as Wendy embraced each day as if it were her last. Few people are popular enough to get through life on a first name basis alone, and Wendy was one who shared that honor ?
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December 24, 2013
I am writing in regard to the foul smell of sewage around Laguna Beach. Lately the smell has been worse, and I have noticed it on Glenneyre Street and Forest Avenue but especially inside my house in the early-morning hours right before I wake up. It is so pungent that it can literally wake me from a sound sleep. It just so happens that the main sewer line for the entire town runs down the middle of Pacific Coast Highway, and one of the sewer vents used to exhaust the noxious gases is on Pacific Coast Highway right across the street from my home in Victoria Beach.
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By David Hansen | August 22, 2013
If a city is cultured and broad-shouldered, it welcomes a little criticism. A savvy city knows that nothing should be taken for granted because life does not stand still. Laguna Beach, however, has become complacent about some things. Flush with tourist dollars, or just because of prime location, a few businesses don't even try anymore. Privately, locals tell their friends what places to avoid. But perhaps it's time to call out the sacred cows. Here is my list of the 10 most overrated things in Laguna Beach.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
A man was arrested on suspicion of battery after he allegedly dragged a woman up the stairs and hit her in the face Saturday at Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach police said. Daniel McDaniel, 22, was charged with battery and taken into custody after the incident involving him and his girlfriend, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The victim, a 33-year-old Lake Forest resident, had abrasions to her arms and legs, but refused medical assistance, Callus said. She called police at 7:16 p.m. Saturday, reporting McDaniel dragged her from the sand up the stairs, according to the police log. The woman resisted, but McDaniel hit her twice with his fist, the log said.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a Riverside man on suspicion of identity theft related to using another person's credit card information to extend a hotel stay. Police took Ronald Jason Adams, 33, into custody. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email, and  is wanted on three warrants from Riverside police. Police said Adams stayed at the Capri Laguna, 1441 S. Coast Hwy., for eight days beginning May 31, with three room changes. A former guest noticed a problem on his credit card and notified the hotel, Callus said.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
HIP District sizzles in September The HIP District, on South Coast Highway between Anita Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, is celebrating the end of summer with Labor Day specials and events. •Laguna Coffee Company is honoring both the holiday and the dog days of summer by offering their Panama coffee for only $10 per pound from Sept. 4 through Sept. 6. • Studio Arts Gallery, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., will be holding an exclusive lecture and discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept.
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Gustavo Grad | July 1, 2010
Do not nimble responses tell you that you are OK? I am not just trying to make pleasant conversation. I mean look around, connect to the environment and be there. Now you are OK, you are in Laguna. Try to understand why you are here, while you are here. Establish an intimate relationship with nature. Let the give and take of this relationship shape your life. Live the moment let the experience unfold. First unplugged, notice your separation with the natural world and open your senses.
LOCAL
By Roger von Bütow | November 3, 2009
Caltrans Stimulus Paving Project in Laguna Beach Pollutes Air and Sea "Oh, Mr. Caltrans: Thank you sir, may I have another?" or "Christmas in November: Thank You Santa Caltrans!" The federally funded Obama stimulus paving project by State highway agency Caltrans in Laguna Beach constitutes cruel and unusual environmental punishment. This fiasco of this pitiful paving effort by the ironically-named All-American Asphalt has slipped into Twilight Zone mode: (1)
LOCAL
By Roger von Bütow | September 9, 2009
The 25th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, now a simultaneous international effort that takes place in dozens of countries the same day, will be on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9am to noon this year. The larger global effort is coordinated by the The Ocean Conservancy. Included will be cleanups of coastal waters plus inland parks, streams and lakes throughout the USA to remove debris from our fragile ecosystems. You can help turn the tide against trash in your OC neighborhood by checking the OC Parks website (below)
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