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Lawmaker Presses Laguna to Move Ahead With Granny Flats

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent A state lawmaker from Santa Monica has told the city of Laguna Beach it is misinterpreting a new state law he authored, meant to encourage accessory dwelling units or “granny flats,” on residential properties in California. In a...

Downtown Street to Transform into a Plaza

The concept, being called Park Plaza, is envisioned as an outdoor café-type setting, with tables, chairs, décor, plants and lighting.

Immunization Rates Up, Enrollment Down

Immunization rates in Laguna Beach public schools have improved dramatically and stand at 93 percent of student enrolled in the current school year, a marked improvement from the 86.3 percent in 2016 and the 71.1 percent rate in 2013.


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Organizer Cancels America First Rally

Johnny Benitez, of Lake Forest, who organized last month’s demonstration by the anti-illegal immigration group America First, informed local police last week he had cancelled another rally in Laguna Beach set for Sept. 24.

Village Steps in to Aid Hurricane Recovery

When Laguna local Josh Nuefeld read about an Israeli aid group making their way to Houston, he decided he, too, should lend a hand. He quickly mobilized friends and family to bring tools and cleaning supplies to hurricane-ravaged Texas...
Posted On 15 Sep 2017

Locals Recall a Day of Horror and Heroism

Laguna Beach marked the 16th anniversary of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil around a fragment extracted from the destroyed World Trade Center towers, a memorial in Heisler Park. The fire department’s Api Weinert led the ceremony, flanked by...


Green Light

Reading in on Climate Change Intervention Yikes, summer’s almost over, and I’ve read only one of the four books I intended to read cover to cover. I want to bring all four to the attention of readers by sharing a bit about each volume. The book...
Posted On 14 Sep 2017

Election 2018

  Candidate Rouda Hits Major Fundraising Target  Democratic businessman Harley Rouda’s campaign announced surpassing $500,000 in funds raised in his bid to unseat Republican Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher in the 48th District, which...

Survivor Celebrates a Special Moment

Laguna Beach resident Daisy Mae Blossom Messer celebrated her 70th birthday with a block party on Victory Walk in Laguna Canyon this past weekend with a special party organized by friends. The 47-year resident known for a crown of ribbons over...

Food Pantry Fundraiser Focuses on Dining

Laguna Food Pantry volunteers Sharon and Roger McErlane will open their home to kick off a new series of dining events to benefit the food bank. The first Come to the Table will be on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 3-6 p.m. “We’re gathering around our table so that all families in south Orange County are...

Chabad Announces New Year Services

To celebrate the Jewish new year, Chabad of Laguna Beach, 30804 S. Coast Highway, offers the following events and services: Tuesday, Sept 12: craft a beautiful Shofar from a genuine ram’s horn in a family workshop at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per shofar. Thursday, Sept. 14: Ladies Home Club...

Pool Supply Owner Plans His Exit

Dennis Mattes, the 30-year-owner of Laguna Pool Supply, intends to close his Coast Highway retail shop by Sept. 30 even though he intends to continue providing weekly pool service to his many local customers. “He’s one in a million,” said Nikole Guzman, who befriended Mattes over their shared...

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LCAD Revives Alumni Association Julie Butler, a 2003 Laguna College of Art and Design graduate, has been appointed the first full-time alumni relations coordinator. Butler, who has worked on the...

Pet Parade Soon Steps Off

A royal couple named Duke and Duchess currently make their home at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, where they arrived after the passing of their owner. The Royal Pekingese-Chihuahuas don’t need...

Wyland Ties Up in a New Venue

An exhibit by the Laguna Beach-based marine life artist Wyland, “Hope for the Ocean,” recently opened to the public at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The curated exhibition of marine life in...

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