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Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Announcing his intention to run for City Council this week, Paul Merritt says the city of Laguna Beach needs to become more progressive regarding the safety of residents and tourists and tighter with collecting owed business fees from major corporations. Progressive and, at the same time, fiscally more alert, much like he said he sees […]

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New Cafe Un-‘Urth’s a Landmark

New Cafe Un-‘Urth’s a Landmark

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Urth Caffé officially broke ground at the historic former Cottage restaurant in North Laguna Beach for the Los Angeles-based chain’s sixth storefront. After nearly two years in development, the cafe hopes to open in December, said Shallom Berkman, who co-owns the chain with his wife, Jilla. Urth Caffé […]

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Local Taps Social Media to Offer Legal Services

Local Taps Social Media to Offer Legal Services

Like many business owners, Ellie Ortiz, owner of Laguna Beach Legal, has tried to tap social media to develop potential business prospects. Unlike the usual coupon discounts that pop up on Facebook, Ortiz is offering a far more serious service: a living trust package valued at $750. Her office is located in Boat Canyon at […]

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

About 200 helmeted cyclists and bareheaded pedestrians spilled over the lawn in front of City Hall Tuesday night to decry their unsafe passage through Laguna’s streets and roadways. Appropriately, the rally took place a month to the day after Laguna Beach cyclist John Colvin succumbed to fatal injuries after being struck by a motorist near […]

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MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

The City Council selected the urban planning team assembled by San Diego-based MIG to help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road, giving a pass to Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. Generally approved by the vocal public, the decision Tuesday did incur a few detractors. When the two firms, along […]

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Hobie Goes Home

Hobie Goes Home

  “Hobie,” a California sea lion named in honor of the surfing and sailing icon Hobie Alter, successfully recovered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and was released last week. The sea lion was rescued on April 1, days after Alter’s death. She was found underweight and wounded resting near the pier in Newport Beach. […]

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Donation Electrifies Foundation

Donation Electrifies Foundation

Longtime local resident Lynn Lowry recently met with Laguna Beach Community Foundation Executive Director Dan Pingaro and presented him a $60,000 contribution. Its origin is as unusual as its benefactor. Lowry purchased a Tesla Model S a year ago with the intention of driving it for 12 months, selling it and donating the proceeds to […]

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Drought Forces Goat Furlough

Drought Forces Goat Furlough

Since little vegetation has grown on hillsides due to the ongoing drought, goats used to thin brush in zones near homes will be moved out of the city to avoid overgrazing and until needed, the city manager’s report says. Police Memorial Installation Approaches Loma Terrace, a small street bordering City Hall and the police department, […]

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William Powell

William Powell

Retired real estate broker William “Bill” Powell passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014, in his hometown of Shreveport, La. Powell was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Shreveport and lived there until he attended Loyola University in New Orleans. After college, Powell proudly served in the US Coast Guard before moving to Bakersfield, Calif., to […]

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A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons. Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon […]

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Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers Friday, July 18, between 6 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19. In the previous three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 37 crashes that injured 52 people, Lieutenant Jeff Calvert […]

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Susan Estelle Spivak Bollingmo

Susan Estelle Spivak Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]

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Part-time LCAD Teachers OK Union

Part-time LCAD Teachers OK Union

Part-time adjunct instructors at the Laguna College of Art and Design agreed to join the Service Employees International Union’s Local 721 in a 35-32 vote announced this week. A group of adjunct instructors, those hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position, initiated the union-organizing effort because they were […]

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Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

The decision about which urban planner will help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road comes down to the wire tonight when the City Council is expected to choose one of two finalists: San Diego-based MIG or Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. The two firms, along with one other, presented […]