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April 3, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Did former Rep. Gabby Giffords' stepdaughter do no wrong when her dog broke free from her in Laguna Beach and killed a baby sea lion? Was she so in the wrong that this should become a (literal) federal case? The 18-year-old had the American bulldog mix on a leash, as the law requires, while she walked him on the  beach. But when the dog saw the baby sea lion, he managed to pull the leash out of her hands. He then attacked the seal, and by the time the dog could be pulled off - by former astronaut Mark Kelly, Gifford's husband and the young woman's father - it already had inflicted fatal wounds.
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April 2, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A head-on traffic collision in Laguna Beach early Tuesday killed two people and injured another, forcing the closure of Laguna Canyon Road between El Toro Road and State Route 73. Authorities received calls reporting the accident around 6:40 a.m., according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus. Emergency personnel found two vehicles involved in the collision and debris scattered across the northbound and southbound lanes of the roadway, a police statement said. Two adult men inside a "severely damaged" Honda Accord were declared dead at the scene, officials said.
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March 28, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A sea lion stranded on the boardwalk in Newport Beach was safe Thursday after residents helped the animal by pushing it away from bicycle traffic and giving it water, officials said. Resident Fred Levine spotted the adult female sea lion leaning against his home's wall about 10 p.m. Tuesday about 1,500 feet from the ocean on the Balboa Peninsula. He left a Scooby Doo pail of water outside for the thirsty animal. Residents called police for help and the city posted signs that read, "Marine mammals rest on shore.
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March 25, 2013 | By Alisha Gomez
A dog that belongs to a relative of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attacked and killed a sea lion along the Laguna Beach shoreline, police said Monday. A video of the violent encounter shows Giffords' stepdaughter and husband trying to pull the canine from the limp mammal as the surf rolls in. A copy of the video was sent to The Times. Laguna Beach police received a call at 2 p.m. Saturday and arrived to find that the 65-pound American bulldog mix had broken free from its 18-year-old owner and attacked a beached sea lion on a public beach near the exclusive Montage Laguna Beach, Capt.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013
Original design details preserved in this gated Spanish Revival home include the owners' crests and emblems, hand-painted in the early 1940s, and the ceramic tiles of the fireplace. Among updates, the living room includes three plasma-screen televisions hidden behind canvases depicting bullfighting. Location: 1284 Temple Hills, Laguna Beach 92651 Asking price: $5.995 million Year built: 1940 House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,855 square feet Lot size: 0.4 acre Features: Media room with 10-foot screen, open-beam ceilings, wall murals, office/den, exercise studio, dual walk-in closets in the master suite, copper hammered tub, touch-pad entertainment and security system, multiuse sport court, swimming pool, live-in carriage house atop the three-car garage, motor court for additional parking, ocean and coastline views, olive trees, flagstone walkways, lawn About the area: Last year, 430 single-family homes sold in the 92651 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.273 million, according to DataQuick.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Now starts the march of spring wine events. And Laguna Beach is just one city that gets into the action with the second annual " Laguna Beach Uncorked ," billed as an "international wine and food fest. " Me, I'll take any excuse to revel in the sun and sea breeze at Laguna. If anybody else feels the same way, the event takes place on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and features tastings from 20 local restaurants and 30 wineries for the ticket price of $90 per person through Friday.
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February 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The sea lion pups jostled with one another in the small pool, diving for the herring and capelin being thrown at them and popping up with fish tails poking out of their little mouths. "The difference a month makes!" JoAnn Smith, a volunteer at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, remarked as the pups tangled in the water. "Amazing!" The months-old sea lions had come to the care center starving and struggling to survive. They were malnourished, lethargic, ribs and hip bones showing through their smooth dark fur. Their mothers had left them to forage for food, and they were stranded, fending for themselves.
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January 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
On sunny days, from the right spot in its terraced courtyard, future residents of Glennwood House of Laguna Beach will see two Catalinas. One, of course, will be the island itself, the familiar brown sliver visible on the distant horizon. The other sits atop the aquamarine waters of a seascape mural that artist Robert Wyland helped prospective residents of Glennwood paint. Glennwood Housing Foundation Inc. is converting a senior assisted living facility off South Coast Highway into a house that will provide services to about 50 young adults with developmental disabilities.
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November 19, 2012 | By Joanna Clay, Los Angeles Times
After hearing from about 40 residents, the Laguna Beach City Council agreed last week to move forward with a controversial law that penalizes parents who allow minors to use alcohol and drugs in their homes. The so-called social host ordinance, which was sent back to city administrators for minor revisions, would require first-time offenders to take an alcohol-awareness class and levy $1,000 fines for subsequent misdemeanor-level offenses. If passed at an upcoming second reading, Laguna Beach would become Orange County's fourth city to pass such a law, following Irvine, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
At $150 million and $65 million, two houses — neither being marketed through multiple listing services — are quietly defining the top end of the for-sale market in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Priced at $150 million is the pocket-listed Owlwood estate in Holmby Hills. The Tuscan-style mansion was once the home of '60s singing sensation Sonny and Cher and, before that, actor Tony Curtis. When the late billionaire Roland Arnall, founder of Ameriquest Capital Corp., and his wife, Dawn, bought it in 2002, they also nabbed two adjacent properties to increase the grounds to 10 acres.
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