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Updated: Mountain Biker Injured in Cliff Fall  

They scanned the area and by chance looked over the cliff edge. Burridge saw Hukill’s bike lodged in a tree 50-feet below the edge and immediately called 911. 

Gas Shut off at Thurston Middle School

An emergency contract to repair gas lines at Thurston Middle School was approved this week after pin-sized gas leaks were detected and service cut to the campus April 4.

Familiar Face Bids for School Board

After years critiquing the actions of Laguna Beach school board members, Howard Hills now wants to join them.

Finally, Gelson’s Opens its Doors

A line of around 200 eager customers stretched down into the underground parking structure, waiting patiently for the Laguna Beach Gelson’s to open for business this past Thursday, April 27.

Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless

Police will start picking up homeless people sleeping under the Main Beach boardwalk in Laguna Beach during the early morning hours in a new four-seat golf cart big enough to hold their belongings.

Hotel Owners Roll Out New Welcome Mats

Longtime owners of the Hotel Laguna, the Andersen family, has extended its hospitality to Dana Point with the opening of their new restaurant, Two Left Forks. Hotel Laguna’s Executive Chef Rob Hines will offer a menu featuring hazelnut-crusted goat cheese croquettes and bone-in...

More Jobs, Higher Home Prices Forecast for South County

The economy in south Orange County is “getting better,” but, to stabilize, more people are needed, said the author of an economic forecast specifically for the region.

Memorial Under Newly Watchful Eyes

After the latest of three incidents of vandalism to “Semper Memento,” the memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Laguna Beach police recently installed a surveillance camera in its vicinity in Heisler Park.

Mountain Biker Injured in Cliff Fall

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent Mountain biker Chris Hukill is in critical condition after a 200-foot fall from a Laguna Beach trail Friday, April 22, which required rescuers reach him through steep terrain before he was airlifted for medical treatment,...

Merritt Protests Ballot Revisions

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Paul Merritt knows his candidacy for the U.S. Senate is a long shot, but he’s incensed that in his view the California Secretary of State has made the odds longer.

Next Generation Cultivates New Activists

“You see the same 40 people all the time,” says Aaron Talarico, founder of Laguna NextGen, an independent organization urging civic and philanthropic participation and a social networking group for young business people and professionals. “We want to see new faces.”
Posted On 24 Apr 2016

Sick Animals Again Crowd Marine Center

Once again the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach is rescuing large numbers of distressed pinnipeds and is seeking financial help to replenish supplies needed to rehabilitate the animals
Posted On 23 Apr 2016

Short-term Rentals Owned by Out-of-Towners

More than half of the legally permitted vacation rentals in Laguna Beach are owned by people who don’t live here, according to a city planning report.