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Ruling Revives Call for Banning Plastic Bags

BYOB Gets New Definition At most local grocery stores, customers who bring in their own bags are still the odd-man-out. But a decision by the California Supreme Court earlier this month that upholds Manhattan Beach’s ban on plastic bags could require shoppers in Laguna to bring...

Woman Injured in Coyote Attack

Laguna Beach animal control officers continued to patrol Laguna Woods, tracking a pair of elusive, but aggressive coyotes that knocked over a resident while seizing her leashed pet Yorkie this week. Police continued to receive calls from residents about coyote sightings after the...

Water Quality Unchanged After Fireworks

Ocean water sampling in Laguna Beach after the July 4 holiday, ordered as a result of regulations believed to be the first of their kind in the nation, showed no significant impact, city officials said this week. Laguna’s water officials expect to issue a report next week. The...

Rodin Chaser Assails LCAD’s Exhibit

Florida printmaker and art dealer Gary Arseneau continues to earn his moniker “the Rodin chaser,” this time pursuing the record-setting Rodin exhibition at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Arseneau is a self-appointed sleuth hunting for forgeries among French sculptor...

Jazz Performances

East Bay Soul Sojourns South Greg Adams and East Bay Soul will light up the stage Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Festival of Arts, part of the “Jazz on the Green” series.   With East Bay Soul, Adams, a trumpet player who has worked with such headliners as Annie...

Street Beat

Monday, July 18 Traffic stop. 12:21 a.m. 800 block of Glenneyre St. Three teens were cited for curfew violations and their parents called to pick them up after a 16-year-old driver blew past a stop sign. A 15-year-old, whose backpack held two bottles of wine and a baggie of pot,...

One Summer Story

Ode to Yield When I was 17, I went to Newport Beach on a hot summer’s day with my brother.  I threw down my towel, ran straight into the ocean, dove through the surf and started to swim out. I left my brother standing on the sand, feeling a little cocky, like I was showing off. ...

Pumping Iron and a New Pursuit

For a guy still in his 20s, Doug Reinhardt already boasts an interesting career path: former baseball major leaguer, television personality, and boyfriend of Paris Hilton. He’s also the sibling of cupcake-shop entrepreneur Casey Reinhardt. But now the Laguna Beach resident...

Wanted for Posterity: Views Erased by Time (Part 2)

Authors on the hunt for ‘then’ and ‘now’ photo locations By Gene Felder, Special to the Independent   Readers are likely aware of the 2009 book “Images of America – Laguna Beach” by Claire Vogel published by Arcadia Publishing. The company also has a...

Village Matters

 Changing the baby with the bathwater   Remember the days when city hall’s offices would close for lunch?  So did Laguna Lumber. I hear that Laguna Lumber would also close for two weeks in the summer to allow its employees to have a summer vacation. And of course, until Ganahl...

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Aug. 1   Recreation Committee, 7 p.m., Community Center   Wednesday, Aug. 3 Housing and Human Services Committee, 5 p.m., Community Center   Thursday, Aug. 4 HIV Advisory Committee, 4 p.m., City Hall, Conference Room A

Corrections:

Clarification: In “Lifeguards Honor Their Own” in the July 22 edition about a reunion, identified several former guards who had died in recent years were listed, including Norm Anderson. Paul Norm Anderson, 84, a Laguna lifeguard from 1948-1950, remains alive and kicking....

Lack of Fairness in Parcel Tax Initiative

 Editor, What?  Am I understanding this correctly? The petitions for the purchase of remaining parcels of open space could be signed by any registered voter.  Is this correct?  Once enough required signatures are accomplished this process would move forward.  Seems logical to me....

The Spirit Lives

Editor,  Last week I went to Brooks Street to check the waves before work. Perla, my wild JRT was with me, and she demanded some beach time. So I rolled up the windows and was dragged to the sand. All went well until I realized that my keys were locked in the van. Coincidently...

Upholding Individual Liberty

Editor,                   The Orange County Superior Court’s order tossing the Laguna Terrace controversy to the California Coastal Commission should not escape close scrutiny (“Laguna Terrace Subdivision Thwarted,” July 15).    Free people have a fundamental right to own and...