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Doctor Receives Probation in Double Fatality

A Laguna Beach physician pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter in a head-on crash that killed two landscapers four years ago. Robert McFarland Pettis this week reversed himself after initially pleading not guilty to two felony charges of manslaughter...

Collisions Twice Close Canyon Road

Updated Oct. 23. Laguna Canyon Road was closed twice this past Sunday, Oct. 15, due to two separate collisions that resulted in injuries to two motorists. The second collision forced a 15-hour closure after a delayed response by utility crews to mend wires knocked down when a...
Posted On 16 Oct 2017

Trees on Private Property to be Exempt from Permit Rules

Property owners in Laguna Beach will not need to obtain a permit to take down trees on privately owned property, unless the tree holds heritage or city-reviewed status or is city-owned in the public right of way.


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Cottage Owners Wait in Historic Preservation Limbo

“I thought I was making an heirloom for my children and I was going to breathe 100 new years into this cottage, and it was going to be something my children would go to forever,” Slee said, catching her breath between tears. “But maybe I won’t...

After 50 Years, a View from the Top of the World

Columns of colorful balloons punctuated the blue sky when former students and staff returned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Top of the World Elementary School last Friday. Founding principal Al Haven visited with dozens of attendees from...

Behind the Scenes of ‘Lagunatics’

With the house lights on in Legion Hall, home to No Square Theatre since 2009, the cast of “Lagunatics” chat in groups of two or three. Kristen Matson, a cast member for two years running, just returned from this past Tuesday’s City Council...


Guest Opinion Fails to Capture the Whole Picture

Editor: I was astonished to see the guest column by Jeff Bardzik last week because it was not an accurate representation of the Wesley District meeting held Sept. 20 to discuss issues pertinent to this neighborhood with Mayor Iseman. This...

Comparison Shows an Outdated Historical Ordinance

Editor, Over the years many Lagunans have been critical of Laguna’s historical preservation program. On Oct. 18 the Planning Commission will try again to draft a revised ordinance. But there seems to be confusion and a lack of clear direction. I...

Town Teems with Delayed Decisions

Editor, It was sad to see the pepper tree cut down. But after all the discussions, controversy, arguments, payments to arborists, is it hard to see if a tree is dying, diseased or dead?  After all, everything on this planet is getting old and...

Keep Up Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling

Editor, I was happy to hear the Surfrider Foundation recently hosted a meeting on the perils of offshore oil drilling along Laguna’s coastline.  Having served as the coordinator of the No on Offshore Oil Drilling coalition of cities and the county in 1985, I have a deep appreciation for...

Taking Stock

The Wild Blue Yonder Off we go with all three major stock averages at or near record high levels. On some days, they form a trifecta with all three setting records. Their content differs. The popular Dow Industrial Average reflects changes in thirty selected blue chips, the S&P 500 Index a...

Village Matters

Sometimes the Answer is ‘No’ Last week, the Planning Commission made “No” very clear to the Coast Inn applicants who sought a roof deck and other large additions in the context of a historic restoration to the 1930s hotel. This project sells itself as a historical restoration of a 24-room hotel...

Upcoming Events



Youth Shelter Gala Features Scout Service Project

By Sharael Kolberg, Special to the Independent   Brother-sister scouts from Laguna Beach teamed up to start a sewing program for a youth shelter as part of their Eagle Scout and Girl Scout...

Husband-Wife Artists Speak at Business Club

Local Laguna sculptor Jon Seeman and his wife, author Lorraine Passero, will be guest speakers at the Laguna Beach Business Club on Thursday, Oct. 19. Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast...

Philanthropists Receive More Praise

Laguna Beach residents Suzanne and James Mellor are to be celebrated as outstanding philanthropists on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy...



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