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Courts Curb Operating Hours

Effective Monday, July 30, and except as provided below, the regular hours of operation for Orange County Superior Court’s clerk will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding judicial holidays, a court spokesman announced this week. Financial constraints imposed by...

Gala Tops Historic Goal

Over 300 people attended the Boys & Girls Club’s 12th annual Art of Giving gala earlier in the month, the most successful in the club’s history. Event chair and board member Carrie Click set the “Rio Samba” theme at the Montage resort with dancers, exotic birds, signature...

Hinkle Retrospective Reveals His Modern Touch

One of Laguna Beach’s streets bears his name, like just a few other lanes christened with the monikers of other early fellow artists William Wendt, Frank Cuprien and Rosa Bonheur. Yet despite his early influence, Clarence Hinkle has not been the subject of a major retrospective...

Art Seen

Take Your Own Laguna Art Tour Experience art at your own pace on a self-guided tour of Laguna Beach’s gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, entertainment and refreshments during First Thursday’s Artwalk, Thursday, June 7, from 6-9 p.m. The event is free to the...

Getting Out

Fresh Start Concert Features Top Local Talent Local guitar playing singers Jason Feddy and Beth Wood join Maryanne Reall’s jazz trio on Friday, June 6, at Laguna Beach’s Marine Room in an 8 p.m. fundraiser to give Reall a fresh start. Fire that destroyed the Irvine home of Reall...

Leader of Pet Rescue Accused of Stealing Funds

Elizabeth Katherine Bauer, the former president of P.U.P. Laguna (Protecting Unwanted Pets), was arrested last week for suspicion of embezzling nearly $72,000 from the pet rescue’s accounts, police said today. Bauer, 40, of Mammoth Lakes, served as president of the mostly...

Battle Over Beach District

A clear divergence of beliefs piled up between Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, a Republican from Costa Mesa, and political newcomer Robert Rush, a Newport Beach Democrat, as they answered queries during a forum for candidates stumping for votes in the newly remapped 74th state...

Eavesdrops

Smart Aleck Your great grandfather told about a woman, Who, when he was a child, Thought that after her house had been converted to electricity, Every outlet had to have a plug in it or the electricity Would run out into the room.   Grampa the lady just didn’t understand the...

Concert Band Poised for a Larger Stage

What better way to celebrate summer’s unofficial Memorial Day weekend kickoff than to head for Main Beach to absorb the rays and rousing tunes performed by the Laguna Concert Band on Monday, May 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For those with other plans that day, there’s a chance to...

Stoked to Carry on a Local Surf Tradition

Photos and Text by Kathy Ochiai, Special to the Independent About 100 surfing fans came out on Saturday, May 26 to watch their hometown favorites compete in Laguna Beach’s 11th annual Spring Surfabout at the Thalia Street break. A nice little wind swell popped up overnight and...

Caltrans Says Signal or Nothing for Now

If there’s no signal at the main entrance to Emerald Bay, no other road improvements can be pursued there, Caltrans officials said Wednesday. The statement came a week after the Laguna Beach City Council rejected a left-turn traffic signal proposed by the gated community intended...

The Plant Man

Unsolicited Campaign Advice The big secret to winning elections is to get more votes than your opponent. 
     –Jesse Helms   As an interested party (not to be mistaken as a candidate or a Tea Party member) during Laguna’s biennial silly season (the City Council election), I...

Candidate Who Skips Forum is Scolded in Absentia

Republican candidate Leslie Daigle, a Newport Beach City Council member, will not participate in a candidate’s forum for the 74th state Assembly District in Laguna Beach on Friday, May 25, which will go on in Council Chambers without her, said an organizer. An empty chair and...

Getting to Know Allan Mansoor

By Jean Ardell This is the third in a series of columns about the candidates running for the 74th Assembly District. Next week I’ll offer my reflections on the three candidates and my opinions on the needs of the 74th.   Allan Mansoor, a Republican, is the declared...

Memorial Day: Summer’s Kickoff

Expect pageantry, pancakes, patriotic songs and police patrols Local resident and U.S. District Judge David O. Carter is the guest speaker at the 85th Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 28, hosted by Laguna Beach’s American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The remembrance of...