Laguna Beach

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Commies and Teabaggers Unite ... to Blame Obama for Saturday's Snarled OC Traffic

    Here's something all sides can finally blame on Obama: snarled traffic in parts of Orange County on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    On the Line: Rainer Schwarz Of Driftwood Kitchen, Part One

    Timing is everything, so being selected as one of the first to share Driftwood's concept also meant that we were privy to learn that it's less than a month out from opening its doors. I chat with Rainer about this and his restaurant group, among other topics. What can you tell us about Driftwood K ... More >>

  • Food

    December 5, 2013

    Selanne Steak Tavern Is No Duck Soup

    Teemu's steakhouse takes over French 75's old space in Laguna Beach

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Your Pothead Wish Was Granted: Clumps of Herb Wash Ashore at Irvine Cove Beach!

    Wanted: the South County pothead who blew out birthday candles, rubbed the genie bottle and got the large end of the chicken breast bone.Why? Because large clumps of cannabis started washing ashore in Laguna Beach this afternoon.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Thanks to KX-FM 93.5, Finding Cool New Music in Laguna Beach Isn't Impossible

    By: Dawn DiMare Thiery Considered a revered epicenter of fine art, the well-to-do city of Laguna Beach isn't known as a bastion of new music discovery (unless you're looking for surf rock or reggae à la Sublime). Grant Owens--a disc jockey at member-supported KX-FM 93.5--is trying to change that. F ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2013

    KX 93.5FM Casino Night Gala

    Surf & Sand Resort

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2013

    Laguna Beach Church To Get Parking Income Deal From County Supervisors

    Who says we can't have public-private cooperation?Or even government-church financial deals?On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a contract to help Laguna Beach United Methodist Church make some cash.County officials have rented space at the popular church since 1984 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    [UPDATED with Council Approval:] Laguna Beach Re-ignites Skateboard War

    See the update at the end of this post on the City Council approving the ordinance for all ages.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 16, 9:34 A.M.: The Laguna Beach City Council is poised tonight to pass an ordinance allowing police to remove a scourge of society from the streets.No, not meth, prostitutes or those g ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2012

    Tree-Killing In Laguna Beach

    [Moxley Confidential] The nanny state is alive in Laguna, where officials slyly back a new 'right' to an ocean view for the well-connected who want trees killed

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Nick's On 2nd Coming to Belmont Shore

    Strolling along 2nd Street over the weekend, we spotted signage announcing the arrival of yet another NickCo Restaurant. With locations in San Clemente and Laguna Beach, their culinary adventure continues this summer on the corner of St. Joseph Avenue.Focusing more on their original bar & grill ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 22, 2012

    Let's Get Physical

    [Hey, You!] Nice crashing into you today . . .

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Five Gas Stations In Orange County That You Don't Want to Fill Up On

    ​It used to be said that everything was more expensive in California. And until our housing market crashed, it might have been true. But at least one thing remains ridiculously overpriced here--gasoline. California's average cost of gas is now $4.34 for regular gas, while the national average is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Presenting This Year's Crop of New Burger Joints: More Umami, Another The Counter, And BurgerFi

    ​We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Marbel A. Para Popped for Poaching 42 Spiny Lobsters from Marine Sanctuary

    ​A Riverside County man was cited Sunday for allegedly poaching 47 California spiny lobsters from Laguna Beach waters within Southern California's new marine sanctuary zone that went into effect Jan. 1.State Department of Fish and Game warden popped Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland, off Heisler Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Laguna Beach May Change Internet Usage Rules After Police Arrest A Man For Watching Porn, Masturbating At Public Library

    ​There's a journalism aphorism that goes: when a dog bites a man, that is not news. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.In following that same concept, I'd argue that the story of a scruffy-looking guy jacking off to porn in a public library is hardly new. And yet, after the recent arrest of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for October 2011

    SWSH Facebook​Today, as we do every month, we take a look at what's new and what's passed on in OC's eating scene. The past 31 days saw not one, but two openings in the dynamic Diamond Jamboree, as well as the debut of Jollibee in Anaheim. We also witnessed a few closures, including the Arches, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for September 2011

    ​Let's get down to it, shall we? Here's our monthly roll call of what we like to dub "open and shut cases". This list compiles what we've observed over a month that saw the momentous opening of Batali's long awaited Mozza in Newport Beach and Broadway by Charlie Palmer protege, Amar Santana.See th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Starfish Opens Today in Laguna Beach

    Starfish​Nancy Wilhelm's Starfish opens today at the Albertsons plaza in Laguna Beach. As I said in an earlier post, if the name sounds familiar, she's the woman behind Tabu Grill and David Wilhelm's former wife.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    New High-Concept Restaurants Slated for Laguna Beach

    Starfish​Ah, Laguna Beach.  If there was a rallying point where the high-concept restaurants flock, it'd be here.  There are at least three new restaurants slated for the Laguna coast this year, all of them fit for a town that seems to demand a new restaurant or bar to go to every weeken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    [UPDATED] Downhill Skateboarders Facing Regulations and Limitations From Laguna Beach City Council

    Downhill skateboarding in LB will go on.​On Wednesday evening, a packed-house, three-hour City Council meeting in Laguna Beach presented what will be the future of downhill skateboarding within the city limits. After moving to more-or-less ban the high-speed recreational activity by trying to enfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Oliver Stone Bases Film on Laguna Beach Crime Thriller

    Hayek​It seems Hollywood can't get enough of Laguna Beach, our county's best seaside town.Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is building a cast for a crime thriller film based Don Winslow's Savages novel about two Laguna Beach marijuana growers who piss off a Mexican drug cartel. According t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Coastal Commisssion Votes in Favor of Medical Pot Clubs

    ​Not sure how we missed this, but kudos to The Orange County Register for reporting that the California Coastal Commission voted--against the recommendation of its own staff--to deny Laguna Beach's effort to seek its approval for a ban on marijuana dispensaries. The Jan. 19 story by Claudia Koerne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Ineffective Drive-Thru Robber With a Plastic Bag on His Head Caught in Laguna Beach

    All he needs now is a toy gun.​​We love stupid criminals. Which is why this story about a stupid, completely ineffective criminal is better than most.Last Tuesday, a man with a plastic bag over his head pulled up to a Fullerton Wendy's drive-thru window, pointed what appeared to be a gun at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Storm Damage: Mother Nature Owes OC $23 Million

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThere is substantial work to be done along the boardwalk at Laguna Beach.​Update, December 29, 4:22 p.m.: Photographic evidence of the storm-caused carnage at Main Beach in Laguna Beach. 

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    This Week in Food: Bad Tequila Bottles, Bánh Mì Rip-Offs, and Heather Graham!

    ​Here's another terrible tequila bottle to ponder: the so-phallic-it's-embarrassing Asombroso. I've had their tequila, and it makes gutter water taste downright Cabernet. Bad-looking tequila bottles were on the agenda this week, along with other issues, all after the jump!

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Transition Laguna Beach: Changing OC's Food Sources, One Garden At A Time

    Courtesy of Transition Laguna BeachIt doesn't get more local than your own backyard.​We're mocked a great deal in Orange County for our love of chain restaurants, convenience food and cheap, Sysco-type food. It doesn't seem to matter that our tastes mirror those of the rest of the country--the poi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    New Seafood Restaurant To Open Next Week in Laguna Beach​A few weeks ago Tommy Bahama Restaurant opened on the bottom floor of the Heisler Building in Laguna Beach. Now it's Rock'n Fish's turn to open on the top floor of the same building. The Laguna Beach sister of Rock'n Fish at LA Live and the original at Manhattan Beach will de ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Laguna Beach Skateboard Ban Wipes Out

    ​The skateboarding ban being talked about in Laguna Beach appears to have done a face plant.The Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee unveiled a final version of a proposed ordinance Thursday night that was missing something huge that had been in previous drafts: a boarding probi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Get Off My Lawn! Old People-Skateboarder Relations Go Downhill in Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach residents don't get riled up over too many things--who can get mad surrounded by all of that surf, sun and beautiful scenery?Thursday night was a different story, however. At the monthly public meeting of the beachside city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee, debates raged bet ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010


    777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    ACLU Honors Law Firm for Helping Quash Laguna Beach's Anti-Homeless Ordinance

    ​Just shy of a year after Laguna Beach agreed to settle a federal lawsuit over the city's treatment of disabled homeless people, a law firm has been honored for its "outstanding pro bono work" in the case. Irell & Manella, which has offices in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, recently received ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Las Brisas

    Flickr user debairdLaguna Beach.​ ​Got something to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Best Beachside Restaurant View?

    ​Apologies for the tardiness in this week's entry, and for paraphrasing the question...What is the best restaurant for a seaside view?The classic choice to take the Iowans near the sea, of course, is Las Brisas in Laguna Beach--that view is killer, plus you empty out to Heisler Park afterward for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Memorial Day: What to Do Today?

    Flickr user DClemmLaguna Beach: Doesn't this look like fun?​Bored? Why are you at home? Still have no idea what to do today? Check out our handy calendar listings for barbecues, free live music and more. 

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Flickr Photo of the Week!: A Sign of Things to Come

    Flickr user DClemmLaguna Beach.​ ​Got something to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010

    Orange County Noir

    Newport Beach Public Library

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Radio Star Nick Schou on KPFK-FM 90.7 TODAY at 3pm, Booksigning THIS SATURDAY in Laguna!

    ​My Weekly colleague and lunch buddy Nick Schou has been on quite the tear recently for his latest book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, which deals with Laguna Beach's Hippie Mafia of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Grea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Gallo's Italian Deli Opening Second Spot in Laguna Beach!

    From one greaser culture to another, we salute you!​If Fate ever takes me to Corona del Mar during the day and I don't want to drive down PCH to Husky Boy Burgers in Laguna Beach, I always stop by Gallo's Italian Deli and munch on subs: fat weights bursting with various cuts, lightly decorated, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Cocaine Bust Capped Dramatic Beach Rescue

    ​Perhaps you saw the dramatic photos or video from the nighttime rescue of three people stranded at high tide in a Laguna Beach cove Wednesday.Now, 20-year-old Giovanni Carlo Frizzle, who was one of those rescued, has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession and being under the influence ... More >>

  • News

    March 18, 2010

    Orange Sunshine

    In his new book, the Weekly's Nick Schou tells the tale of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, OC's notorious 'Hippie Mafia'

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Death: It's Not Just for Adult Sea Lions

    ​Dozens of sick and starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California shores. Many have not survived. Meanwhile, researchers have cast a wider net for causes of adult sea lion cancer deaths.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Orange County Chef Semi-Finalist for James Beard Award

    ​20 chefs were nominated in the category of "Best Chef: Pacific" for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards; but only one is from Orange County: Craig Strong of Studio at The Montage in Laguna Beach. Chef Strong is no stranger to the distinction, though. He was a semi-finalist last year too.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Drop In, Pedal Out, Bike-ON! Laguna Beach-Style

    ThereIFixedIt.comHome shopping network​Bike-ON! Laguna Beach holds a drop-in, community-wide bike ride Saturday.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Ann Mah Reading And Signing in Laguna Beach

    Ann Mah​Ann Mah, the Orange County-born author of Kitchen Chinese, will be reading from her novel and signing copies of her book at Laguna Beach Books, this Thursday at 6 p.m.If you're at all into food-oriented fiction (think Like Water For Chocolate), consider heading down to her signing.If Thurs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Laguna Beach Bike Task Force Wants to Change Gears

    ​The Laguna Beach Bike Task Force tonight will ask the City Council that formed it in 2009 to consider its first recommendations. No. 1: Change our name.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2010

    Muhammad Ali's Daughter Hails Laguna Beach

    Knockout for Laguna Beach​In a profile published today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Laila Ali--the second youngest daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali's nine children--loves Orange County's premier oceanfront community, Laguna Beach."I live in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite getaways i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    LA Times Calls Girls' Team "Stacked"

    ​​"Laguna Beach is Still Stacked" --Thursday's Coastline Pilot headline on reporter Matt Sabo's article about the well-respected Laguna Beach High School girls' water polo team.

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