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Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A search is currently underway in the Los Padres National Forest for Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old off-duty Arcadia firefighter and paramedic. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and his family still resides in town, though he has been with the Arcadia fire department since 2007. […]

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The President Rolls Through Town

The President Rolls Through Town

The buzz about a presidential visit started building in the North Laguna neighborhood around Ledroit Street last Thursday when temporary “no parking” signs sprouted in yards. The signs warned residents their vehicles risked being towed if not removed from the streets by 5 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Up until President Barack Obama’s motorcade swept towards […]

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Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A search is currently underway in the Los Padres National Forest for Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old off-duty Arcadia firefighter and paramedic. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and his family still resides in town, though he has been with the Arcadia fire department since 2007. […]

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Obama Talks to UCI Grads

Obama Talks to UCI Grads

President Barack Obama challenged graduates at UC Irvine to fight cynicism and climate change during his commencement speech at Angel Stadium on Saturday, fueling them with the inspirational word that defined his 2008 presidential campaign and resonated with youth who helped sweep him into office. “Cynicism is a choice,” Obama said. “Hope is a better […]

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Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. accident with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. Cyclist John Greg Colvin was traveling northbound on the right side of Coast Highway when for an unknown reason he was struck by a […]

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10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

Before this group of philanthropists gave away $3,500 in scholarships, they were out on the grass, shirttails flying, neck- and bowties askew, working up a little sweat and messing up fresh haircuts.  They were playing “Catch 500” with a tennis ball. Less than an hour later, they were debuting as the youngest group of scholarship […]

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Scholars Awarded

Scholars Awarded

The scholarships awarded to Laguna Beach High School’s 2014 graduating seniors are as follows, in alphabetical order: A Dream for the Future’ Scholarship $10,000.00 Aria Askaryar Andrew Landsiedel Anya Miller Taylor Romatoski Alexzandra Segall Stephannie Zarate A Good Sportsman Scholarship $3,500.00 Jordan Hartman Tyler Metez Grant Wilhelm A. H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship $500.00 Hannah Martin […]

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Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

By Dawn Price During the past few months our proposal to permanently house Laguna’s most vulnerable homeless people has sparked a lively community conversation.  At the same time, some important work at Friendship Shelter has proceeded, largely unnoticed. Well known is the fact that, along with our development partner, Jamboree Housing, we are proposing to […]

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Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to better accommodate the needs of all three groups, and that many people would be […]

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Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

The 59th annual Men’s Laguna Open volleyball tournament last weekend “was deep with talent and saw some of the biggest crowds since the national sponsor money days of the 80s and 90s when the prize purses were much larger,” said organizer Kirk Morgan. Since he took over running the tournament in 2012, Morgan has been […]

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Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Merchants in South Laguna and southbound commuters both are suffering from the consequences of emergency pipeline repairs in Coast Highway that are expected to last another week. To lessen weekday afternoon congestion that has generated a two-mile long back up to Nyes Place, traffic control officers will now be on the scene daily waving cars […]

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Council Rejects Building Moratorium

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the Council, with roughly half seeking a halt on development and the other half asking that, moratorium […]

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Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Lucille McElroy, 92, and Sylvia Dolby, 85, can tell stories about Laguna Beach before it was beset by parking problems, astronomical rents or crowded beaches. Even so, their own stories are equally remarkable, revealing women of determination. Sylvia Dolby, who lost her right leg below the knee several years […]

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New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to think the ordinance is too weak, with parameters that exclude guest houses […]

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Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control and emergency radio service. The City Council will hold a second public hearing at a […]