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Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The California Coastal Commission effectively lodged a stick in the wheels of progress for the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon last week. A letter to co-owner Mark Christy informed him he risks enforcement action if ongoing work on the property doesn’t cease until the Coastal Commission […]

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Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure

Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Residents of three hillside Laguna Beach streets could not leave their homes with ease last Saturday while a small army of trucks maneuvered on the narrow lanes to right a 48-ton crane that had overturned and damaged a house. While the cause of the mishap continues to be investigated […]

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Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Local resident Sam Goldstein will require more patience to learn if his petition for a rooftop deck on the Heisler Building can proceed. Last week, the Planning Commission put off resolving the matter, granting a continuance until Sept. 10, rather than deny the request entirely as recommended by […]

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Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Laguna Beach police arrested a 39-year-old Gardena motorist at gunpoint Friday, July 25, who fled pursuing officers for 2.6 miles and collided with two other vehicles, injuring another driver. Hector Chavez was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI and evading, and held for $100,000 bail, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The driver who […]

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Some Leap!

Some Leap!

Summer campers observed a pair of humpback whales leaping out of the water and waving their flukes about two miles offshore Laguna Beach on Tuesday. The Ocean Institute in Dana Point offers whale-watching trips for school children during the week and for the general public on weekends onboard its RV Sea Explorer, said spokesman Jim […]

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Trafficking Expert Describe Modern Day Slavery

Trafficking Expert Describe Modern Day Slavery

“What Human Trafficking Looks Like in Orange County and What We Can Do” is Sandra Morgan’s talking point at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Ave. The public is invited to hear Morgan, the director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice who has served served […]

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Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Investigations supervisor Louise Callus retired from the police department on Thursday, July 31, capping a 30-year career with Laguna Beach that began with a temporary summer job in 1984 as an unsworn parking control officer. After getting rehired fulltime that fall, Callus stayed in that position three years and then retreated indoors to work four […]

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Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Thanks to the conservation policies of the two water districts supplying Laguna Beach, residents may not feel as keenly the impact of recently mandated statewide curbs on outdoor water use. Prompted by dire drought conditions, the state Water Resources Control Board last week adopted several emergency water-saving regulations, setting […]

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Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public input on four issues that underpin the direction of improvements for the area […]

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Big Changes in Small Packages

Big Changes in Small Packages

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the Orange County Registrar’s office last week and […]

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Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach-based arts nonprofit TIMOTCA (The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Art) hopes to display panels of postcards created by children from around the world at various locations in September, according to the charity’s founder, Ed Solomon. Children from around the globe send in postcards to the […]

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Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast Highway. The sobering demonstration […]

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The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Nineteen-year-old Chris Garau graduated with honors from San Juan Hills high school and soon will be competing in the water polo Junior Olympics. This summer is his first as a rookie Laguna Beach lifeguard, stationed on Main Beach. But lifeguarding and community service in Laguna Beach are a tradition […]

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	Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

Laguna Board of Realtors’ Charitable Assistance Fund surprised Laguna Food Pantry chair Andy Siegenfeld with a $12,000 check at an awards presentation last month, far surpassing the grant amount requested. “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of this grant,” said Siegenfeld. “It gives us an enormous boost that will help us meet our operating costs, […]