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Refinance Allows Tax Break to Newport Coast Residents

A plan to refinance debt, approved by the Laguna Beach school board at a special meeting on Monday, will save Newport Coast property owners within the school district’s boundary about $100 on future property tax bills. The figure is based on an estimated annual savings of...

Locals Rule in Doubles

At the Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament, Laguna Beach’s Wendy Potter (left) and Shari Harris defeated the mother-daughter team of Y. Prinz and W. Yuwari by the score of 6-0 6-2 to win the 3.5 women’s doubles division.

Laguna’s Rising Track Star

Incoming second grader Mara Williams of Top of the World Elementary represented Laguna Beach and Orange County at the California State Track and Field finals July 21-22 in the 200-yard dash, finishing 13th in the state. One of 27 junior athletes competing for fastest in the...

Summer Still in the Swim

Laguna’s swim lesson program, which has hosted 345 participants so far this summer, has three more sessions left. Ten lessons cost $50 and sessions span July 23-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-17, and Aug.20-31. Levels include Parent & Me for six-month to three-year-olds, Water Exploration,...

Third Smithcliff Home Hit by Thieves

Residents of the gated, ocean-bluff Smithcliffs neighborhood in Laguna Beach found something extra on their doorsteps in the last week: an information bulletin from local police alerting them to jewelry heists inside their exclusive enclave. Last Tuesday, a third burglary was...

Street Beat

Bad Check Scheme Foiled by Postal Clerk   Carmela Marie Corral, 24, of Long Beach, was arrested for suspicion of burglary and insufficient funds around noon Wednesday inside Laguna Beach’s downtown post office. Police allege she is part of a larger ring of thieves...

Students Experience Art in Festival Field Trip

The Sawdust Art Festival hosts two groups of students from Project Access’s Family Resource Center and Warwick Square Apartments, low-income housing units in Santa Ana, to participate in a ceramics class on the festival grounds. The 10 students between the ages of 8-12 returned...

Special Guests Treat Club Members To New Experiences

Luna, the drug-detecting companion of sheriff’s deputy Lt. Doug Williams, sniffed out cigarettes hidden on the playground at the Boys & Girls earlier this month, dazzling club members and demonstrating the value of canine support to law enforcement. On Tuesday, July 24,...

Police Issue Warning in Smithcliffs

Residents of the gated, ocean-bluff Smithcliffs neighborhood in Laguna Beach found something extra on their doorsteps in the last week: an information bulletin from local police alerting them to jewelry heists inside their exclusive enclave. Last Tuesday, July 17, a third...

Stealing the Summer Fun

By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent   As summer climbs to its prime, Laguna streets become the perfect breeding grounds for theft —all variations of it. Last week at the Susi Q, a group of locals, mostly merchants, were poised for a fight against theft at the Chamber...

Soulful Sounds of Brazil to Benefit a Children’s Program

The soulful and sensual sounds of Brazil return to Laguna on Friday, July 27,  when award-winning local saxophonist, pianist and composer Dan Reckard hosts a benefit concert at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. The event, called “Zuzu: A Night of Brazilian Music with Dan...

Taking Stock

Weeding And Seeding Stocks appear to be firming up as if they were going to the gym for workouts instead of to their creditors for financial workouts. Some of their support is coming from an absence of any more dramatically bad news from Europe. Those troubled economies are...

Clash Over Prying Eyes in a Public Park

The California Coastal Commission is investigating whether the recent arrival of private security guards and posting of signs discouraging photos in Laguna Beach’s Treasure Island Park is a violation of the state Coastal Act. “These make the park appear to be private,” said...

Sudden Diagnosis Sends Penguin Family Reeling

Sabrina and Michael McMurray, owners of Laguna’s iconic Penguin Cafe, suffered a blow last Saturday when their only son, William, was diagnosed with an inoperable and fast-growing tumor called a brain stem glioma. Friends and family quickly rallied to support the McMurrays,...

Stabbing Between Friends Ends a Young Life

Jensen Gray, 27, died from multiple stab wounds allegedly inflicted by a Laguna Beach High School classmate in Santa Monica last week, an incident that has left his bereft parents, Tom and Kerry Gray, and friends reeling from shock and loss. Despite the tragedy, his father had a...