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City officials remind the public that all fireworks are illegal in Laguna Beach, including legally purchased “safe and s...
07/03/2021
Laguna Beach's July 4 Fireworks show will return, public safety agencies staff up for crowds - Laguna Beach Local News

City officials remind the public that all fireworks are illegal in Laguna Beach, including legally purchased “safe and sane” fireworks and sparklers. Those found with fireworks could be cited for a misdemeanor and fined $1,000 for violations.

Laguna Beach is working with Orange County Sheriff’s Department, OC Lifeguards, and OC Parks to ensure areas in and around the city are safe on July 4.

Laguna Beach city staffers are examining parking solutions that would create a temporary commercial loading zone on or n...
06/30/2021
Laguna Beach scrambles to keep parklets, create loading zone amid uproar over closed newsstand - Laguna Beach Local News

Laguna Beach city staffers are examining parking solutions that would create a temporary commercial loading zone on or near Ocean Avenue and South Coast Highway, following public uproar over the closure of World Newsstand after several parklets were installed for outdoor dining.

Laguna Beach is examining parking solutions that would create a temporary commercial loading zone on or near Ocean Avenue and South Coast Highway.

“Our community excels at helping each other when there’s a need,” said Sally’s Fund executive director Rachael Berger. “...
06/27/2021
Sally’s Fund asks for help, volunteer drivers jump in - Laguna Beach Local News

“Our community excels at helping each other when there’s a need,” said Sally’s Fund executive director Rachael Berger. “It was heartwarming to get so many calls once we put out the SOS for Wednesday meal deliveries.”

Sally’s Fund executive director Rachael Berger recently faced a dangerously low roster of helpers to deliver meals to Laguna Beach seniors.

06/26/2021
Poll - Laguna Beach Local News

Do you support Laguna Beach's new regulations for buskers and street performers?

To weigh in, click the link below.

After a 15-month hiatus due to COVID-19, Laguna Beach trolley service resumed Friday on the Canyon, Coastal, and Summer ...
06/25/2021
Laguna Beach trolleys are rolling again - Laguna Beach Local News

After a 15-month hiatus due to COVID-19, Laguna Beach trolley service resumed Friday on the Canyon, Coastal, and Summer Breeze Routes.

After a 15-month hiatus due to COVID-19, Laguna Beach trolley service will resume Friday on the Canyon, Coastal, and Summer Breeze Routes.

“We have really leaned into education and outreach and have conducted over 40 presentations on bicycle safety in the pas...
06/24/2021
As E-bikes become public safety hazards, Laguna Beach schools and city officials step in - Laguna Beach Local News

“We have really leaned into education and outreach and have conducted over 40 presentations on bicycle safety in the past six weeks,” Interim Police Chief Jeff Calvert said. “but frankly, parents of younger riders riding recklessly need to step in."

At the June 15 City Council meeting, Interim Police Chief Jeff Calvert explained that during the pandemic, there was a significant uptick of e-bike use.

On June 15, the Council approved on a 3-2 vote, councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss opposed, spending $89,199 on...
06/23/2021
Laguna Beach City Council wades into new South Laguna land deal, new fire station on table - Laguna Beach Local News

On June 15, the Council approved on a 3-2 vote, councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss opposed, spending $89,199 on an environmental analysis of 31727 Coast Hwy. The city is required by law to complete the study before the $2.7 million real estate purchase closes escrow.

A replacement for Fire Station 4 is a likely, but not only possible civic use, for the South Laguna property.

Laguna Beach is exploring whether conditions of a closed South Laguna restaurant and parking lot will allow for development of a public-serving building.

Laguna Beach arts-sector small businesses and nonprofits starting June 24 can apply for up to $20,000 taxpayer-funded gr...
06/21/2021
O.C. set to rollout COVID-19 relief grants for art nonprofits, small businesses - Laguna Beach Local News

Laguna Beach arts-sector small businesses and nonprofits starting June 24 can apply for up to $20,000 taxpayer-funded grants established by Sup. Lisa Bartlett to jump-start a section of the local economy that was devastated by COVID-19 restrictions.

Laguna Beach art small businesses and nonprofits starting June 24 can apply for up to $20,000 taxpayer-funded grants as relief amid a COVID-19 economy.

Among recent tweaks to the General Fund is an additional $600,000 for ambulance services reserved for a new ambulance se...
06/18/2021
Expecting rosier economy, Laguna Beach City Council adopts $122 million FY 2021-22 budget - Laguna Beach Local News

Among recent tweaks to the General Fund is an additional $600,000 for ambulance services reserved for a new ambulance service contract. While the City Council voted to extend the current contract with Doctor’s Ambulance Service until July 1, 2022, Fire Chief Mike Garcia is looking for alternative plans, as Doctor’s will no longer be servicing Orange County.

Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the 2021-22 budget totaling about $122 million, anticipating a recovering economy.

Although Gov. Gavin Newson this week lifted statewide pandemic restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits...
06/18/2021
With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Laguna Beach restaurants confront new challenges - Laguna Beach Local News

Although Gov. Gavin Newson this week lifted statewide pandemic restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits and the county tier system, the fallout from the current hiring crisis in the restaurant industry, coupled with over a year of layoffs, stimulus payments and unemployment relief, has created a new set of issues for restaurant owners.

While Laguna Beach restaurants are now allowed to serve at 100 percent capacity inside and out, many are struggling to find enough staff.

Three firefighting helicopters jointly leased by the Orange County Fire Authority and two other regional fire agencies h...
06/14/2021
Expanded helitanker fleet returns to confront O.C. wildfire threat - Laguna Beach Local News

Three firefighting helicopters jointly leased by the Orange County Fire Authority and two other regional fire agencies have arrived in Los Alamitos and are available to suppress wildfires in Laguna Beach and across Southern California.

Four firefighting helicopters jointly leased by the Orange County Fire Authority and two other regional fire agencies have arrived to suppress wildfires.

Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are nixing the controversial “4 by 4” schedule change, for now. Inst...
06/11/2021
Laguna Beach USD tables schedule change for 1 Year - Laguna Beach Local News

Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are nixing the controversial “4 by 4” schedule change, for now. Instead, similar to the initial 2019-20 academic year schedule, students will have six periods with the option of a zero period.

Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are nixing the controversial “4 by 4” schedule change, for now.

K-9 Ranger, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, and his handler Cpl. Zachary Fillers were honored Wednesday with a salute...
06/11/2021
Laguna Beach police K-9 dies following cancer diagnosis, honored by O.C. agencies - Laguna Beach Local News

K-9 Ranger, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, and his handler Cpl. Zachary Fillers were honored Wednesday with a salute by law enforcement employees with Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Placentia, Irvine, Brea, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department during their last walk at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.

A Laguna Beach police K-9 officer was humanely euthanized Wednesday following a months-long battle with cancer, according to a press release.

06/11/2021
Poll - Laguna Beach Local News

Should lawmakers take action to preserve beachfront hotel rooms affordable to low- and middle-income families?

Weigh-in for this week's poll. To vote, click the link below.

Hospitality workers and environmental advocates held a small protest Wednesday near the waterline at Surf & Sand Resort ...
06/10/2021
Hospitality workers rally, canvas residents amid remodel plans at Laguna Beach hotels - Laguna Beach Local News

Hospitality workers and environmental advocates held a small protest Wednesday near the waterline at Surf & Sand Resort to attract the public’s attention to construction underway or proposed at a group of Laguna Beach beachfront hotels.

Hospitality workers and environmental advocates held a small protest Wednesday near Surf & Sand Resort regarding Laguna Beach beachfront hotel remodels.

The family legacy began when Stoeckmann, a licensed optometrist and master optician in his native Germany, immigrated to...
06/05/2021
Visionary Laguna Beach retailer celebrates 47 Years - Laguna Beach Local News

The family legacy began when Stoeckmann, a licensed optometrist and master optician in his native Germany, immigrated to Milwaukee in 1958. He came west to escape the cold and found work in Los Angeles optical shops. On a visit to Laguna Beach, he fell in love with the sleepy beach town “full of hippies” and opened his business in 1974, becoming renowned as the shopkeeper who was a whiz when it came to repairing glasses.

European Optical, one of Laguna’s oldest family-run businesses, is marking its forty-seventh year as it shakes off pandemic-related malaise.

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