LAGUNA BEACH (   —  The street attack in Barcelona — following similar attacks here and abroad — show the need to protect pedestrians against weaponized cars and vehicles.

CBS2’s Michele Gile says Laguna Beach is doing just that.The city is putting up barricades to keep drivers from intentionally doing harm to pedestrians.

This weekend, two demonstrations are planned — not to mention the thousands who just like hanging out in the area.

“We’ll place K-Rail anywhere there’s not a car because the cars are a natural barrier. We want to make sure we protect everybody,” said Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella.

Today’s street attack in Barcelona is fresh on Farinella’s mind.

She knows there are key spots that are vulnerable. One such spot — he popular main beach on Pacific Coast Highway. An anti-immigration rally is set for Sunday.

Concrete carriers will go up to block a car from jumping the curb into a crowd.

“Sometimes when you get a lot of people on a crowded sidewalk they want to cheat and go into the street and we want to avoid that from happening. So that in addition to any vehicles coming up over the sidewalk to strike a pedestrian is what were trying to prevent,” said Farinella.

The iconic Laguna location is a gathering place. A driver who has an accident on this stretch of PCH or a purposeful attack like the ones on the promenade in Nice, France or on London Bridge would be devastating.

Said one Laguna Beach visitor, “As you look at it, obviously you’re scared and you’re nervous about the potential of it happening here as well..easily a feasible thing to happen in a very idyllic and beautiful spot.”

Another visitor, this one a Londoner, hasn’t changed his routine as the world changes but he’s vigilant.

“Just normally..just carry on as I would. Normal day today. do what I’d always do,” says Andy Cross, “just be a little bit more conscious and aware.”

Comments (39)
  1. That street is Coast Highway. It’s not called PCH or Pacific Coast Highway anywhere in Laguna Beach.

    1. Richard Frey says:

      Johanna:……..It’s still PCH to the rest of the 3 million Illegals in Southern California, your in a Minority……..

    2. You are wrong. State Highway 1, aka Pacific Coast Highway (formerly Roosevelt Highway) starts in Dana Point, goes north through Laguna Beach, ending north of San Francisco in Willets, CA. Wikipedia it.

      1. I was surprised to learn this also… whether you like it or not, it is not called Pacific Coast Highway anywhere in Laguna Beach. The Community Development Department of the City of Laguna Beach confirmed the name of State Highway 1 in Laguna Beach is:
        “North Coast Highway” (north of Broadway)
        “South Coast Highway” (Broadway to Nyes Place)
        “Coast Highway” (south of Nyes Place)

  2. You’d have to be as dumb as a democRat to think that’ll protect you from the Mooslum deathcult.

    1. It’s a start. More effective step would be restricting Muslim immigration. Orange County already has TOO MANY Muslims as it is.

    2. Mass immigration from the world’s most troubled places obviously brings those problems home. Loads of evidence in Europe and here already. Obvious too.

      People that share our values and are good for our country can come from anywhere, be of any faith and any race. However, the odds of us getting someone that like aren’t uniform across the world. Obvious. Sourcing people from places like Somalia where conflict is normal and cultural norms are extremely at odds with modern values should be done only with great caution.

      We can no longer afford to house these 3rd world invaders. It’s too risky. America is struggling enough as it is. Most of us are making below living wage and had our health insurance forcefully taken away by Obama. My healthcare is up to $520 per month; compare this to my $25 per month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $10/month life insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Dems). Do we really want our tax dollars aiding these terrorists?

      Right now, we dumbly don’t screen for values. We blindly assume people come here because they share our values, not in spite of them. That needs to change.

    3. Absolutely correct! This is dealing with the SYMPTOMS, not the CAUSE. Essentially Americans and Britons are HOSTAGES in their own land!

  3. cdavidreed57 says:

    This is the same old B.S. It’s not anti-immigration, it’s anti-ILLEGAL immigration. Way to go media for spreading the false (fake) narrative.

  4. Great idea!! More towns should protect themselves against the scourge of Islamic terrorism.

  5. Gregory Kay says:

    Are you going to prevent armed communist mobs from blocking the streets and attacking passing cars this time too?

  6. Thank you to the Democrats and their vote and govt dependence manufacturing strategy called multiculturalism. America was founded as a multi-racial, mono-cultural nation. Our American culture was created from many cultures from all over the world over our nation’s history. We were quite proud of that and it proved to work very well until the advent of multiculturalism here – especially as compared to other nations and their cultures.

    But for the last 20-30 years, American culture has been torn to shreds by the Left and, as along with European and the UK cultures, blamed for world’s ills.

    America has taken in more immigrants legal and not over the past 50 years than any other nation on earth, by far. Our population is skyrocketing and our government-dependent underclass at an unprecedented rate.

    We will have 1 Billion people in America in about 85 years. Look around you. For every person you see, there will be two more in that crowd and they will likely hate America, white-people and Western culture.

    Fun fact: We cannot even build enough housing for an additional 750 million people in 80 years. You’d better get used to very intense over-crowding.

  7. .

    It sure would be much easier AND much cheaper to just round up the muslims and send them back to their homeland.

  8. OK, Main Beach has K-rails now. What about all the other crowded streets full of pedestrians like Forest Ave? It is near impossible to stop someone with a vehicle in So. Cal. or anywhere else who is hellbent on carnage. There are just too many so-called soft targets.

  9. Paul Wenum says:

    Thought California did not want a wall and all were sanctuary cities. Now that reality hits you now change your mind? There are people that wish to hurt us all dearly. Are you reading, listening? From what I have read so far, the answer is No.

  10. we’re not supposed to be concerned about muslim “refugees”.
    that’s why they’re putting up barriers in laguna beach. they’re not at all concerned.

  11. Max Branaum says:

    Cheaper and MORE EFFECTIVE to stop importing Muslims.

  12. Why would a Muslim terrorist want to bring murder and mayhem to Laguna Beach? Southern California is already LOADED with so many Arabs and Iranians (just look at all of the BMWs and Mercedes) and so many markets selling halal foods, that it would be like a Muslim defecating where it eats. Truly the Land of FrUiTz and NuTz!

  13. Joe Boyett says:

    The most vulnerable spots are the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego; less than one million acres with 50% of California’s population.

    The logical defense is a wall around them with very few entry-exit points.

    That should also satisfy those crying for secession because we could prevent them from leaving those three areas.

    There, fixed that! NEXT!

  14. Kate Craig says:

    Think of how much our lives have been altered because of the muslim threat? Makes me think President Trump was right to stop muslim infiltration.

  15. Peter York says:

    DANG IT! (oh, uh, I mean, Allah Be Praised!)

  16. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  17. Dale Warren says:

    Should we consider the move to protect Californians from radical Muslim terrorists while refusing to protect Californians from criminal illegal aliens merely characteristic radical, hard Left, anti-American, socialist, Progressive Democrat inconsistency or something much more ominous like anti-Muslim bigotry?

  18. Susan Vue says:

    It would be easier & safer for all legal Americans if we deported the Muslims

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