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Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Political Briefs The recent disclosures of falsehoods in the biography of a candidate for City Council have eviscerated “the honor system” in Laguna Beach’s political culture, as one elected official put it, intensifying scrutiny of every candidate’s claims. Residents are quick to find flaws in statements from the seven candidates seeking election to Laguna Beach’s […]

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Fire Prevention Sparks an Unexpected Nuisance

Fire Prevention Sparks an Unexpected Nuisance

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy When law enforcement began regularly patrolling around the Top of the World neighborhood park in late June because of heightened fire danger, they discovered that Yelp reviews had made the area a very popular nighttime hangout for young people involving drugs, alcohol and other hazardous behavior. Since June 21, […]

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Defrocked Pastor Shares His Story

Defrocked Pastor Shares His Story

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister in Pennsylvania who was defrocked for refusing to renounce his support for same-sex marriage, will speak at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Schaefer’s visit comes at a historic moment for the gay rights movement, a week after […]

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Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy City Council members gave up their short-lived perk of a lifetime shopper’s permit when they voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 7, to rescind the reward they approved for themselves and former elected colleagues in June and modified in August. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson had previously agreed that it would be a […]

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School Candidates Split Over State Standards

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three vacancies, voters can choose from two candidates who […]

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Christy Rounds Up Support for Ranch

Christy Rounds Up Support for Ranch

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A standing-room only crowd and elected Laguna Beach officials turned out for a Coastal Commission hearing Wednesday in Newport Beach to support remodeling of The Ranch golf course and hotel in Aliso Canyon, which is now under commission review. Three elected City Council members, Laguna’s city manager, and a […]

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Benefits and Beneficiaries

Benefits and Beneficiaries

Women’s Collective Opens Sixth Grant Season     Impact Giving will be accepting grant application requests – sponsored by Impact Giving partners – now through Nov. 10. Founded in Laguna Beach, Impact Giving is a women’s collective giving group that in the last five years has awarded $606,000 to 33 local and global nonprofit organizations, […]

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Racers Brave Big Surf in Paddling Contest

Racers Brave Big Surf in Paddling Contest

By Robert Campbell | LB Indy Hurricane Simon brought relentless overhead sets to Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point last Saturday and Sunday, turning the seventh annual Battle of the Paddle into a wild free for all, as hundreds of men, women and children of all ages and skill levels battled the breakers to compete […]

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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 […]