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City Settles Suit Over Water Violations

Laguna Beach city officials reached a court settlement with an environmental watchdog group that requires multi-million dollar improvements to the city’s sewer system to prevent spills in coming years.

Residents Agree to Fund Their Own Improvements

When all the ballots were counted, property owners in Coast Royal and the historic Sara Thurston Park overwhelmingly voted to tax themselves to finance infrastructure improvements...

For One Family, Concert Carries a Special Tune

By Christine Fugate, Special to the Independent When Laguna Beach resident Robyn Sherain came home from work last December, her boyfriend, Jay Spence, had surprised her by beautifully decorating her house with Christmas lights and a homemade wreath. He had hot cocoa ready and...

Court Rejects Ranch Appeal

A recent court decision rejected Mark Fudge’s latest attempt to block renovations at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a hotel and golf course in Aliso Canyon. Undeterred, the Laguna Beach resident pushed on by filing an appeal against coastal regulators over its approval of the...

In Rare Vote, Council Closes Downtown Shop

In an unusual vote, the City Council voted to uphold revoking the operating permit of a downtown skin care boutique due to aggressive sales tactics by its staff.

Sea Lion Pups In Trouble Again

With the lowest body weights ever documented, California sea lion pups are not only starving from lack of food, they’re infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics, said the director of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The rehab center in Laguna Canyon is gearing up to...

Hospitality Night Magic

Hospitality Night kicked off with the City Hall tree lighting and Santa Claus escorted by Snow White and Cinderella. Afterwards, crowds flowed freely along Forest Avenue, anchored by the Kenny Garcia band at the far end, a faux ice rink on Glenneyre and the Laguna Community Band...

Updated: Gelson’s Seals a Deal for Laguna Haggen

                          High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties, those in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief...

Local Merchants Find an Antidote to Black Friday

Overall, sales at brick and mortar stores across the county was down on Thanksgiving and Black Friday to $12.2 billion from $13.6 billion last year, according to the retail analyst ShopperTrak.

Gelson’s Seals Deal for Laguna Haggen

High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief Executive Rob McDougall said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not announced. “We have many...

Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Nuclear Waste

A lawsuit asks a state court to order the removal of nuclear waste stored at San Onofre to the Mojave Desert.

Quick Reaction Saves a Student in Distress

“He’s choking,” yelled a student in Tauna LaPierre’s second grade class at Top of the World Elementary in Laguna Beach.
Posted On 29 Nov 2015

Chinese Restaurant Receives Mixed Reviews

Significant uproar over a new proposed restaurant at 680 S. Coast Highway, ..., caused the Planning Commission... to put off consideration of the project

Century Old Town Wrestles to Define What’s Historic

Emily Sparkuhl’s 440 Aster St. home is a charming 1919 bungalow that sits on the city’s Historic Inventory List. Sparkuhl, who splits time living in San Francisco and Laguna Beach, currently rents the property to her brother, Jason Wineinger. “We both grew up there,” said...

Water District Forecasts New Rates

South Coast Water District expects to reset its water rates by July 1 and begins a series of public workshops beginning Monday, Nov. 23, to review operating cost forecasts and use by residential and commercial customers. The water district, which serves 35,000 customers between...