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Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

The decision about which urban planner will help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road comes down to the wire tonight when the City Council is expected to choose one of two finalists: San Diego-based MIG or Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. The two firms, along with one other, presented […]

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The Beach Boys Bring 'Good Vibrations' to Laguna

The Beach Boys Bring ‘Good Vibrations’ to Laguna

The Beach Boys, one of the world’s best-selling bands whose early successes tapped into Southern California’s youth culture of surfing, cars and romance, will perform Sept. 27 in the Festival of Arts’ amphitheater in Laguna Beach. The first rock concert on the grounds in 12 years will serve as a benefit for the Laguna FM […]

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North Laguna Trail Re-Opened

North Laguna Trail Re-Opened

The Emerald Canyon Trail, was one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, reopened, park officials announced last week. The train was closed in 2010 during a record rainstorm that washed out two large gullies in the middle of the trail and flooded Laguna Canyon and downtown Laguna Beach. […]

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New Summer Camp Taps a Familiar Name

New Summer Camp Taps a Familiar Name

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The newly established Laguna Club opened last month and already has a following, with 45 out-of-school children enrolled in its summer recreation program. Half the youth are rotated daily between the club’s temporary headquarters at the Woman’s Club on St. Ann’s Drive and the “playground,” the town of Laguna […]

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Two Hands Make a Difference

Two Hands Make a Difference

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The Wholistic Caring and Counseling Centre has a name evocative of a bright clean facility with soothing rooms, crisp linens. Maybe if it were in Irvine. The actual building, a combination orphanage, school and crisis center for young mothers in Ruiru, Kenya, is so dilapidated that it brought despair […]

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Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy About 60 people diverted their holiday weekend plans for a tribute at the Sandpiper Bar in Laguna Beach to honor their friend William Poovey, who died in a freak accident in Zimbabwe on Friday, July 4. Poovey, 43, suffered fatal injuries when a tourist tram near Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls […]

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Canyon Residents Link Arms

Canyon Residents Link Arms

Several independent neighborhood associations in Laguna Canyon have established an umbrella coalition, the Laguna Beach Canyon Alliance of Neighborhoods Defense Organization (CANDO), to serve as a common advocate for residents who live along Laguna Beach’s principle artery, according to the organization’s website. A flurry of larger-scale development proposals in the past year — from an […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National […]

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Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday, July 9, to subject the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon to its review at a future date, temporarily suspending permit approvals granted in May by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The commission, meeting in Ventura, found merit in an appeal by Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge, […]

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Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Returns to the Spotlight

Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Returns to the Spotlight

The Buddy Holly songbook — from “Peggy Sue,” “That Will Be the Day,” and “Well All Right” – is imprinted in the memory banks of baby boomers even if they don’t consider themselves fans. Serious Holly aficionados include Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Elton John, who took inspiration from the young singer-songwriter and guitarist […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks […]

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Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all day,” said Capt. Tom Trager,  physically assisting swimmers and […]

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Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   Police Corporal Jason Farris, a community outreach officer assigned Laguna Beach’s homeless population as his beat, was recognized as a Top Cop in an on-field ceremony at Angel Stadium last month. Law enforcement officials from 10 other agencies also received accolades from the Angels organization, all nominated by […]

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Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out Friday, June 27, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, saw a 2 […]

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Jean Paul's Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul’s Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul Leguy will serve the last cup of his infamous café au lait and the last coveted almond croissant at his eponymous coffee and pastry shop, Jean Paul’s Goodies on Aug. 9, ending a 35-year run and leaving a hole in the morning routine of many locals. With a character some call eccentric and others […]