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Council Approves Festival Facelift

Council Approves Festival Facelift

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts will open their 2015 season with a brand new look, thanks to the City Council’s unanimous approval Tuesday of permits for proposed renovations to the public park. Constructed of plywood and foam 14 years ago under a temporary building […]

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Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach won victories in three separate lawsuits, one of which exposed the city to as much as $100 million in damages, City Attorney Phil Kohn said Wednesday. In that case, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision, which refused to certify […]

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Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Divers, snorkelers and recreational fishing enthusiasts alike are reporting increasing numbers of fish off the local coastline. This summer’s catch of sport fish – yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tunas as well as dorado – has not been seen since 1997, said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing […]

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Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the Laguna Beach City Council. “I’m always concerned about the individual,” […]

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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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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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Iseman Seeks Re-election

Iseman Seeks Re-election

Laguna Beach City Council member Toni Iseman, whose fifth consecutive term ends this fall, has announced that she will run for re-election in November. “In just three months our voters will determine who will lead Laguna Beach, making decisions that will direct the future of our town. I want to be your representative on the Laguna […]

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New Vision for Batting Cages

New Vision for Batting Cages

It was an early Saturday morning at the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Road. A beehive of maroon-and-white clad 8- and 9-year-old boys with shiny, helmeted heads was hovering around the boxed-in batting cages. They were swinging their bats and waiting to take their stance before the unpredictable catapults of the pitching machine. […]