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Counterprotestors Overwhelm Planned Rally

Hundreds of demonstrators, reacting to the eruption of violence in Virginia last weekend, swarmed into Laguna Beach on Sunday to stand in solidarity against racism, vastly outnumbering the anti-immigration group known as America First that initially organized the rally....

Tips on Solar Eclipse Viewing

Locally, Laguna Beach will be able to view between 60% and 70% of the obscuration of the sun by the moon,

Hundreds Rally in Pre-emptive Peaceful Protest

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Nearly 300 peaceful protesters took to Main Beach Saturday morning, chanting messages of diversity and equality ahead of an anti-immigration protest planned for Laguna Beach Sunday evening. Through a megaphone, organizers led...


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Musical Discord in the District

The surprising resignation of jazz band teacher Matt Witek, just weeks before the start of the new school year, has some parents wondering whether district administrators truly value the music program.

Police Ready For Weekend Protest

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach police say they are ready for two rallies this weekend that could bring hundreds of clashing protesters to Main Beach on Sunday evening.  Police Sergeant Jim Cota said the Laguna...


Indy on Arts

Friday, August 18 “A Night with Janis Joplin,” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Through Sept. 10. 949 497-2787. Renown Muzic, 5 p.m., Laguna Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949 494-4514 Terron Brooks, 5:30 p.m., Festival of Arts, 650...

Approval of Artist Units May Reshape Laguna Canyon’s Future

Harding is talking about the possible impacts the newly approved 28-unit artist work/live compound directly adjacent to her property will have on Laguna Canyon. The project was given the green light at the Aug. 9 meeting of the California...

Resident Arrested in Suspected Road Rage Assault

In an incident police describe as “road rage,” Laguna Beach resident Kevin O’Neill was arrested for allegedly using his vehicle to try to run over two bicyclists, who escaped without injury. O’Neill was arrested Sunday, Aug. 13, when officers...

Only Hate is Unwelcome Here

Editor, Our beautiful and friendly city annually welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world.  We welcome all ethnicities, religions, sexual preferences, economic backgrounds, ages, clubs, groups, etc.  We have proven through the years a supportive and caring community. We are a city...

Laguna will remember Charlottesville

Despite the fact it’s about 3,000 miles from Laguna to Charlottesville, Va., plenty of people in town have been talking about what happened there last Saturday. It is beyond a crime when someone makes himself judge, jury and executioner.  That is exactly what a KKK sympathizer did when he...

Time to Walk the Talk

Editor, At the last Laguna Beach City Council meeting, I listened to about 30 people speak relative to the details of the City’s decision to support our country’s initial endorsement of the Paris Climate Change agreement.  The comments were all in support of the council’s...

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Ideas to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Editor, Knowing that the most immediate way to reduce climate change is to reduce automobile exhaust emissions, here are a few ideas for the city to consider in meeting its current or new Climate...

Laguna Remains Ahead of the Curve

Editor, At the Aug. 8 City Council meeting, our mayor and city councilmembers took steps to reaffirm our city’s position as an environmental leader in Orange County, California, and globally. At...

What Traffic Problem?

Editor, Now that members of the City Council have decided that we have a major traffic congestion problem, something needs to be done. They have ordered the city manager to come up with answers...

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