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Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to better accommodate the needs of all three groups, and that many people would be […]

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Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

The 59th annual Men’s Laguna Open volleyball tournament last weekend “was deep with talent and saw some of the biggest crowds since the national sponsor money days of the 80s and 90s when the prize purses were much larger,” said organizer Kirk Morgan. Since he took over running the tournament in 2012, Morgan has been […]

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Correct Email for India Donations

Correct Email for India Donations

Editor, I was so happy to be featured in last week’s paper. However my email address was incorrectly noted. It is actually [email protected] My phone number is  949 892-9997. I will be leaving for my third volunteer trip to India on June 23, where I will continue my work assisting doctors with surgery in a rural hospital, […]

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Oneth by Land

Oneth by Land

The British et al. are coming. The British et al. are coming. Oneth by land. Twoth by sea. Threeth by trolley. Yikes, another summer season is upon us, and there will be visitors everywhere, including our parking spaces. What limey nerve. Keep stiff upper lips residents. Show the Brits what we’re made of.  Keep parking […]

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HIP District Kicks Off Summer

HIP District Kicks Off Summer

Many of the HIP District’s 100 plus shops, located on S. Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Road, are offering June promotions and special events to kick off the summer season. Gina’s Pizza will stay open later, Subway will deliver lunch to the beach, and Laguna Beach books hosts special author events. Visit […]

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Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Merchants in South Laguna and southbound commuters both are suffering from the consequences of emergency pipeline repairs in Coast Highway that are expected to last another week. To lessen weekday afternoon congestion that has generated a two-mile long back up to Nyes Place, traffic control officers will now be on the scene daily waving cars […]

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Council Rejects Building Moratorium

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the Council, with roughly half seeking a halt on development and the other half asking that, moratorium […]

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Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Lucille McElroy, 92, and Sylvia Dolby, 85, can tell stories about Laguna Beach before it was beset by parking problems, astronomical rents or crowded beaches. Even so, their own stories are equally remarkable, revealing women of determination. Sylvia Dolby, who lost her right leg below the knee several years […]

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New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to think the ordinance is too weak, with parameters that exclude guest houses […]

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Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control and emergency radio service. The City Council will hold a second public hearing at a […]

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It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The annual Pageant of the Masters production lures its audience from great distances, but its volunteer cast members generally are from close to home. They include Luke Pacheco, 12, of Laguna Beach, in his third consecutive year in the summer show that opens July 6 and which was […]

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New Planner to Lead Development Department

New Planner to Lead Development Department

The former deputy community development director for Rancho Palos Verdes, who supervised its view restoration services, was hired to lead Laguna Beach’s community development department. Greg Pfost (pronounced Post), will be responsible for supervising planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement services, City Manager John Pietig announced last week. In Palos Verdes, which served as the […]

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Discover a New Medium at Art-A-Fair

Discover a New Medium at Art-A-Fair

New for the 48th season of Art-A-Fair, a rotating slate of five street artists will create 6′ x 8′ chalk masterpieces each Sunday on the grounds at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Opening on Friday, June 27 and running through Sunday, Aug. 31, Art-A-Fair will showcase 125 juried artists and master craftsmen working in oil, acrylic, […]

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City Improves Park Amenities

City Improves Park Amenities

Soccer players at Moulton Meadows Park can expect a level playing field soon. The city expects the Los Angeles-based company STL Landscape to begin renovations of the park cresting the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood in mid-June and complete construction by September, said Assistant City Engineer Mark Trestik. The same company should complete improvements to Lang […]

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Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

There’s good news for residents and visitors who cavort around town on the free trolleys all summer, then rue the day that service ends when the summer art festivals close in September. They’ll be rewarded next March when Laguna Beach starts off-season weekend trolley service, supported by a grant. But there’s one catch. An average […]