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New Owner Nets Big Fish

New Owner Nets Big Fish

Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein, owners of The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar, say they acquired of The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer and will rename the popular Laguna Beach restaurant Big Fish Tavern effective Nov. 1. The deal announced Thursday, Oct. 9, saves the planned closure of the restaurant, which […]

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Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Sixteen years after a woman’s body was discovered in Laguna Canyon, law enforcement investigators early Wednesday, Oct. 8, arrested her son-in-law as the suspect in the cold-case homicide about 7 a.m. as he was about to enter an Aliso Viejo gym. John Edward Gutierrez, 46, who police interviewed early in the investigation, was being held […]

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Hold the Roast

Hold the Roast

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent By now, Laguna Beach residents would have been clamoring for tickets to the 23rd annual “Lagunatics,” the homespun production that delights audiences by skewering Laguna life and people using original lyrics matched to popular music. However, No Square Theater’s annual ”Roast of the Coast” is on hold until […]

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Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Chad Nelsen, the new chief executive officer of the Surfrider Foundation, says it’s time for his team of ocean-protection advocates to pull up those board shorts and lead changes rather than wait to react when problems arise. “It’s really important to go from being reactive, which is stopping bad […]

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A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as Laguna Beach County Water District prepares to raise rates over the next five years to pay for the escalating cost of supplying local customers with 1.5 billion gallons of imported water annually, local resident Michael Beanan sees a solution in what he describes as a “goldmine”: 4 billion […]

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Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Is this a three-ring circus I’m in, or what?” asked incumbent City Council candidate Kelly Boyd about midway through a boisterous debate hosted by Firebrand Media, owner of the Indy, Tuesday night at City Hall. Firebrand owner Allan Simon fired provocative questions at the seven candidates vying for three […]

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‘Diploma’ Raises Questions Anew Over Candidate

‘Diploma’ Raises Questions Anew Over Candidate

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims cannot be independently verified, this week went on the offensive and produced one of two college diplomas that he says demonstrate the veracity of his resume. Even so, the authenticity of the document Madison produced only […]

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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Arthurs Raise Funds for Hall Lisa and Gary Arthur are hosting a fundraiser for City Council candidate Michele Oliver Hall at their home, 773 St. Ann’s Dr., Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Children are welcome at the fundraiser where a $99 per person donation is suggested.   Firefighters, Police Endorse Zur Schmiede The […]

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Updated: Document Raises New Questions About Candidate’s Claims

Updated: Document Raises New Questions About Candidate’s Claims

Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims could not be independently verified earlier this month, on Monday said he has obtained one of two college transcripts that demonstrate the veracity of his resume. Even so, the authenticity of the document Madison produced only raised more skepticism. The Cornell University […]

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Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Annette Gibson gets fiery when she talks about changes in education policy, a subject she thinks is slipping into classrooms without close scrutiny. Gibson, 47, a first-time candidate for the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, passionately opposes any dictums from the state or federal government about […]

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Surviving the Eye of the Storm

Surviving the Eye of the Storm

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Friends call Eric Parizek “Lucky Boy.” Now, after surviving the ferocity of Hurricane Odile while visiting in San Jose del Cabo last week, the 42-year-old Laguna Beach resident concedes the term of endearment suits him. “It was the first time in my life I thought I was going to […]

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Divers May Snag a Research Grant

Divers May Snag a Research Grant

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Local Amber Jackson and her scuba diving partner Emily Callahan are finalists in Expedition Granted, National Geographic’s search to find the next generation of explorers. One of the ten finalists will win $50,000 to fund their dream expedition, the magazine announced last week. Jackson, a UC Berkeley graduate, met […]

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Police Capture Memories for Perpetuity

Police Capture Memories for Perpetuity

      About 200 residents joined most of Laguna Beach’s 84-person police department this past Sunday at the dedication of “Eternal Legacy,” a sculpture installation in memory of two police officers who died in the line of duty 60 years apart. Constructed of glass and brass, materials both fragile and strong, the work is […]

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Candidates Support a New Arts Center

Candidates Support a New Arts Center

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A year-round cultural arts venue, nudity in public art and the city’s role in fostering a creative environment were among the issues addressed by seven City Council candidates at a forum held last Saturday, Sept. 20. The candidates all proclaimed their strong support for the arts in general, though […]