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Lee Rocker’s rockin' Moroccan spread in Laguna Beach returns at $10.5 million

Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and his wife, fashion designer Deborah Drucker, have put their longtime Laguna Beach home back up for sale at $10.5 million. Tucked away in Emerald Bay, the Moroccan-vibe mansion was previously listed for sale at $11.5 million, or for lease at $40,000 a month. Records...

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  • Laguna Beach's Taco Bell celebrates 50 years on Saturday

    Laguna Beach's Taco Bell celebrates 50 years on Saturday

    While restaurants have come and gone in Laguna Beach, one brick-walled building with arched windows emblematic of a Spanish mission has endured the decades by satisfying taco and burrito cravings. The Taco Bell at 699 S. Coast Hwy. can't compare in historical significance to California's mission...

  • Bennett: Gunwhale Ales beer balances nautical and nice

    Bennett: Gunwhale Ales beer balances nautical and nice

    It's hard for breweries to find a sense of place. Unlike wine or coffee, which rely for flavor on the whims of the soil and climate in which the beans or grapes are grown, beer is a completely man-made product, its final taste mostly a testament to the skills of the brewer. But as experimentalism...

  • Bennett: LSXO takes Vietnamese food to a whole new level

    Bennett: LSXO takes Vietnamese food to a whole new level

    Tin Vuong is a perpetual people pleaser, which for a chef with a restaurant empire as ambitious as his is meant as a hearty compliment. Over the last five years, the San Gabriel Valley native (along with business partner Jed Sanford) opened a wild array of distinctly different and wonderfully executed...

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  • Surfer dies after being pulled from the water at Sunset Beach

    A 46-year-old man drowned while surfing off 19th Street in Sunset Beach, according to Orange County coroner’s officials. Eric Reno of Sunset Beach was pulled from the ocean at about 1 p.m. Friday and was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m., according to...

  • Edison's Coach 'Mac' is staying strong through breast cancer battle

    Edison's Coach 'Mac' is staying strong through breast cancer battle

    A sign posted on the fence greeted those who came to the Edison High turf soccer field on Saturday morning. “Some people are strong,” the sign read. “Very few are #MacStrong.” When Kerry “Mac” Crooks walked through that gate just after 10 a.m., it surprised some in attendance. The longtime Chargers...

  • Green Day's Mike Dirnt is ready to part with two coastal California homes

    Green Day's Mike Dirnt is ready to part with two coastal California homes

    Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band Green Day, is ready to beat it out of two coastal California neighborhoods. He’s put homes in Newport Beach and Montecito on the market for $3.8 million and $4.8 million, respectively. The Newport property, built in 1967 and recently updated, sits on a corner lot...

  • Coastal Commission investigates Brightwater developer's incomplete habitat restoration effort

    Coastal Commission investigates Brightwater developer's incomplete habitat restoration effort

    State authorities are investigating whether a developer that built a 349-home community near the Bolsa Chica wetlands overlooked its mandate to fully restore some area habitat. According to Andrew Willis, an enforcement supervisor for the California Coastal Commission, the agency is probing whether...

  • Newport commission pulls back on Mariners' Mile widening

    Newport commission pulls back on Mariners' Mile widening

    The Newport Beach Planning Commission could put the brakes on a possible widening of West Coast Highway through Mariners’ Mile. City staff and its consultant say the proposed road widening and a revitalization plan for the area are distinct issues, with the revitalization not contingent on widening...

  • Laguna Beach estate once home to actress Diane Keaton lists for $16 million

    Laguna Beach estate once home to actress Diane Keaton lists for $16 million

    An oceanfront home once owned by actress Diane Keaton has come on the market in Laguna Beach for $15.989 million. Built in 1928 for J. Roy Smith, whose family operated a large orange ranch in San Juan Capistrano, the renovated house sits on a quarter-acre bluff with sweeping ocean views. A private...

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