Merritt Protests Ballot Revisions

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Paul Merritt knows his candidacy for the U.S. Senate is a long shot, but he’s incensed that in his view the California Secretary of State has made the odds longer.

Second Lumberyard Mall Tree to Fall

Yellow ribbon will mark trees in the future intended for cutting   With four arborists saying the tree’s roots are decayed to a dangerous point, the second towering eucalyptus tree in a downtown shopping area will be removed as early as today, Friday, April 22, the City Council...

Initiative Would Overturn Laguna’s Ban on Medical Marijuana Stores

An initiative has qualified for the Laguna Beach city ballot that if approved would reverse the town's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Suspects Arrested in Burglary of Designer Boutique

For the second time in six months, thieves target a downtown Laguna Beach designer jeans store.

Alliance Celebrates 10 Years of Art Stars

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual Art Star Awards by acknowledging and rewarding the best and brightest on the Laguna Beach art scene with elegant statuettes created by sculptor Louis Longi this past Sunday, April 3. It also...

Artist’s Quest Transforms Himself

Artist Russell Pierce plans to portray them and others in a portfolio project he calls “Change Agents.”

Commuters Confront More Road Work

Another major road project in Laguna Canyon begins next week and is expected to slow traffic even more along an already congested thoroughfare into Laguna Beach.

Taking Stock

Change For A Quarter  Stocks wrung in the New Year with the worst 10-day start in market history. Those gloomy days followed a disappointing year that ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down two percent. Many investors are overly influenced by the most recent market...

Greeter Fans Hope to Restore His Sculpture

The artists who carved a wooden likeness of Laguna Beach greeter Eiler Larsen hopes to restore it.

Reimagining a City of the Arts

A year-round cultural center for visual and performing arts, a new international art festival, and peer review of public art commissions are among the recommendations of a report assessing the Laguna Beach art community.

Police Chief Receives What She Asks For

In her first official request as the city’s chief of police, Laura Farinella asked the City Council for more full-time police officers, a plea made by the police union for years.

Easter Services Set

An array of Easter celebrations are planned by the churches of Laguna Beach this weekend. Also listed are non-religious events associated with the holiday.

Public Safety Trumps View for Burying Wires

Public safety has usurped visual aesthetics as the motivation to underground utility cables citywide, says a report presented to the City Council Tuesday. A huge undertaking if pursued, costs are expected to run in the hundreds of millions and would require voter-approved taxes...

Friendly Audience Cheers ‘Greeter’ Film

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent As guests arrived on the red carpet for the debut of the independent “Greeter Documentary,” they had the chance to meet the star of the show. Michael Minutoli, Laguna Beach’s current greeter, pedaled his famously photographed...

Musings on the Coast

The Future Is Now It is 1994. California Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is running for re-election. He is losing. His challenger is Democratic state Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Kathleen is scary smart, beautiful, articulate and more: she is part of the illustrious Brown family...
Posted On 26 Feb 2016