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City Appeals to Edison to Bury Lines

  Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and Southern California Edison President Pedro J. Pizarro met face-to-face last week to discuss the public-safety risk of the utility’s above-ground power lines and to press for a plan to remove them citywide. “We had a very good opening...

Pelvic Floor Muscles: What’s the Big Deal?

The third pillar of health is movement or exercise. Movement that keeps the curves in the right places and trims the places that need to be trimmed. I’m not referring to cookie-cutter, generic exercise programs. I’m talking about exercise and movement that awakens...
Posted On 04 Sep 2015

Owner Deluged by Offers on Theater

The owner of the only movie theater in Laguna Beach, which closed Sunday after an 80-year run, said she’s inundated with offers to buy or lease the historic building across from Main Beach. Refusing to say whether any of those offers include another movie theater, Leslie Blumberg...

A Letterman’s Charm Offensive

Between tokes on a cigarette and phone calls, street artist Ben Eine wields cans of spray paint that transform walls into vibrant murals of typography across London, Dubai and New York. Amid last Friday’s heat wave, Eine finished up the second of two murals he created for Laguna...

Study Adds Fuel to Fire Safety

In natural ecosystems, fires ignite every 30 to 150 years. Yet over the last century, blazes in the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Coast have ignited far more frequently, devouring native plant communities faster than they can regrow and allowing fire-prone invasive species to...

Urth Serves Up Some Un-Earthed Treasures

The grand opening party may be a month away, but Urth Caffé founder Shallom Berkman anxiously awaits welcoming back the community to kick off a new life for the craftsman bungalow at the corner of North Coast Highway and Aster Street, just north of Main Beach. “Along with the...
Posted On 30 Aug 2015

Pushing Public Art in a New Direction

Should an arts commission that selects public art projects be comprised of arts professionals with knowledge of public art here and elsewhere? Should the City Council be allowed veto power over public art projects on aesthetic grounds even if a project is deemed controversial?...

Laguna Fest Dances Across the Natural World

“Biophony” may have entered into the lexicon of music, but not common usage. It describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and...

Diver Dies Off Crystal Cove

Authorities say the body of a diver was found offshore Crystal Cove State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The coroner’s office identified the man as Wesley Kim, 27, of Reseda, who was unresponsive in the ocean while snorkeling or free diving. An autopsy will be conducted , the...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Aug. 2 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Laguna Plans to Ban Short-Term Rentals

Laguna Beach is moving closer to enacting a total ban on short-term rentals and on Tuesday extended a moratorium on granting new permits for another year. In order to iron out details, the City Council didn’t act to impose a ban, but unanimously signaled their intent to draw up...

Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The momentous 2015 Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show will be remembered for breath-taking fashion worth savoring. “Oh,” exclaimed the audience, taken by surprise at the artistry that adorned each of the seven models....

Diver Loses Consciousness in Laguna’s Crescent Bay

A 29-year-old Anaheim man in an early morning diving class at Crescent Bay Beach ascended too rapidly and lost consciousness Sunday, Aug. 16, police said. The diver was brought ashore by an instructor about 8:58 a.m. and treated by fire personnel before being transported to...

Police Surprise Bar Patrons With Vouchers

Local police are trying a tactic other than handcuffs to discourage drinkers from getting into the driver’s seat. Test-driving a program called “Know Your Limits,” officers managed to convince 50 bar patrons, one third of whom were locals, to take an alcohol...