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Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday, July 9, to subject the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon to its review at a future date, temporarily suspending permit approvals granted in May by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The commission, meeting in Ventura, found merit in an appeal by Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge, […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks […]

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Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all day,” said Capt. Tom Trager,  physically assisting swimmers and […]

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Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   Police Corporal Jason Farris, a community outreach officer assigned Laguna Beach’s homeless population as his beat, was recognized as a Top Cop in an on-field ceremony at Angel Stadium last month. Law enforcement officials from 10 other agencies also received accolades from the Angels organization, all nominated by […]

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Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out Friday, June 27, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, saw a 2 […]

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Jean Paul's Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul’s Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul Leguy will serve the last cup of his infamous café au lait and the last coveted almond croissant at his eponymous coffee and pastry shop, Jean Paul’s Goodies on Aug. 9, ending a 35-year run and leaving a hole in the morning routine of many locals. With a character some call eccentric and others […]

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Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The body of Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old Arcadia firefighter and paramedic, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks after being reported missing by fellow firefighter and paramedic, Taylor Byars, authorities said. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and […]

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Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

The remodel underway at The Ranch, the former Aliso Creek Inn hotel and restaurant in Aliso Canyon, is being challenged as unlawful in a hearing before the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, July 9, in Ventura. If the commission follows the recommendation of its staff, the project would be subject to a de novo review by […]

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Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Prior to an annual closed-door performance evaluation with the Laguna Beach school board, the district’s top administrator said during a public session Monday, June 30, that she is not seeking a renewal of her contract. Superintendent Sherine Smith, whose $234,000 a year contract expires in 2016, was unavailable for comment, said her executive assistant, Victoria […]

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Lowdown for Today’s Holiday

Lowdown for Today’s Holiday

  The city sponsored Fourth of July fireworks show begin at 9 p.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park tonight. That area of the park will be closed all day, Friday, July 4.  At noon, picnickers in the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at […]

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Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Billy Fried, Max Isles and Tamara Hlava are fed up with the city’s dearth of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. For the trio, the car-on-bike accident that fatally injured 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist John Greg Colvin on North Coast Highway June 17 served as a catalyst. “We were all so outraged that we decided […]

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SoLag Skimmer Wins Third Vic

SoLag Skimmer Wins Third Vic

Last Sunday at Aliso Beach, the United Skim Tour’s number two-ranked Sam Stinnet beat number one-ranked Austin Keen to capture his third Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding title in the past four years. “It’s an insane feeling. I can’t even describe it,” said the eight-year pro, a SoLag native and two-time tour champion. “This […]

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Council Raises Pay of Top Manager

Council Raises Pay of Top Manager

The City Council adopted changes to the city’s 2014-15 budget last week, finalizing proposed uses for a $1.3 million windfall thanks to higher revenue estimates. The revisions, along with other tweaks, bring the budget to $51.7 million, up from the $49.7 million originally outlined in the two-year budget adopted last year. The newly budgeted items […]

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Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Considering options to reduce sewage spills, the City Council rejected a controversial proposal to require home sellers to inspect their own sewer connections with video cameras, a measure opposed by realtors. Instead, they asked city staff to draw up an alternate proposal that might require all property owners to examine their sewer lines with video […]

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Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Tempers flared during the second of three community forums hosted by the Friendship Shelter last week to discuss their permanent supportive housing proposal. Thursday’s meeting targeted the project’s impact on Laguna Canyon, but at the outset many of the 45 or so canyon residents who showed up seemed more interested in opposing its location in […]