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Legendary Artist Returns to the Sawdust

Bill Ogden happily returned to Laguna Beach and Sawdust Art and Craft the Festival this week. Here, he earned recognition as an era-defining artist whose vision made him a standard bearer for heady times when youth culture pushed hard against a prevalent art establishment.

Urth Caffe in Laguna Countersues Muslim Customers

Updated subsequent to the print edition, Friday, June 24. The Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach responded to a lawsuit filed by seven Muslim customers claiming religious discrimination by countersuing, alleging the patrons conspired to conduct a defamatory social media and public...

Grand Jury Examines Pension Liabilities

The amount of unfunded pension liability in Orange County — at about 70 percent — mirrors the median liability tally of other jurisdictions in the state, according to a June 15 Grand Jury report Going from a surplus in 2000 to a $4.5 billion liability in 2012, the...

Drafters of Short-term Rental Rules Invite Feedback

To affirm transparency of a subcommittee established to structure a law governing short-term rentals, Mayor Steve Dicterow called for an open meeting to air concerns and suggestions at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the Laguna Beach City Council Chambers.

Greeter Reveals His Heart

True to his multi-dimensional sidewalk performance, Minutoli says his greeting marathon will also serve several purposes: it will mark his fifth year greeting in Laguna, the first anniversary of his brother’s death and substitute for the lunch he never had with a young man who...

Anti-Nuke Group Puts Pressure on Edison

Urging local residents living near tons of stored radioactive waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to take action, five specialists presented views on safety dangers to more than 200 people last Wednesday, June 8, at the Laguna Beach City Council Chambers.

New Mural Embellishes Sawdust Art Festival

Artist Rolland Berry creates the mural "Heritage" as a gift to the Sawdust Art Festival, which opens its 50th season next Friday, June 24.

Endangered Species Returns to Laguna Park

A group of captive bred and still endangered Pacific pocket mice are re-introduced to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Laguna Playhouse Receives Grant for Education Programs

Laguna Playhouse has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from National Finance Partners (NFP) to provide support and for its year-round education programs.

City Mum on Voter Sentiment Survey

A survey to determine voter sentiment on city projects and proposals, including if residents are willing to foot the bill on a $180 million utility under-grounding project, is circulating through the email in-boxes of 6,000 Laguna Beach registered voters.

Champs at Last

  By Bill Norris, Special to the Independent After 78 years, the Laguna Beach High School baseball team finally got to have its dog pile. The Breakers scratched out two runs and pitcher Ashton Goddard made sure that was enough as Laguna Beach defeated Kaiser High School of...

Primary Election Returns

Laguna Beach voters felt the same degree of “Bern” that the rest of Orange County voters were feeling last Tuesday.
Posted On 09 Jun 2016

Raising Toxic Questions

A panel of eight experts and activists will provide their solutions for moving radioactive nuclear waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at a 6 p.m. presentation Wednesday, June 8, in the City Council chambers.

Champs at Last

By Bill Norris, Special to the Independent SAN BERNARDINO — After 78 years, the Laguna Beach High School baseball team finally got to have its dog pile. The Breakers scratched out two runs and pitcher Ashton Goddard made sure that was enough as Laguna Beach defeated Kaiser...

In Mock Trial, Fiction Comes to Life

It took Thurston Middle School students just an hour to unanimously convict Henry Tudor of murdering King Richard III in a mock trial last Friday, May 27.