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City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

  About 100 people attended an $85 per person fundraiser for Robert Zur Schmiede this past Sunday, kicking off his campaign for Laguna Beach’s City Council. The candidate, the current appointed chair of the city’s Planning Commission, outlined his top priorities, which included protecting Laguna Beach’s open spaces and beaches and invigorating its economy. Zur […]

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Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent On an outdoor stage, in a small, poor, dusty village in central India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved spiritual leaders, got a close up, personal glimpse of Laguna Beach’s generous spirit. In January, the Dalai Lama visited Norgyeling, a […]

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Lights Too Bright on Broadway

Lights Too Bright on Broadway

    Public deprecation of the overly intense lighting at the new Chase Bank at 310 Broadway St. seems to have cast a shadow on a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned at the branch for next week and prompted an informal inquiry by city staff. Residents and business owners spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]

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Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

The grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival will come to life for a weekend of live music March 29 and 30, a rare treat in a venue primarily dedicated to winter and summer visual art fairs where music is served up as a side dish. The Blue Water Festival is the brainchild of local tennis […]

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Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Laguna’s beachgoers, pedestrians and passing motorists may soon again behold an unobstructed view of Main Beach and the ocean beyond. If the new $7 million lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms open on schedule by mid-April, the temporary quarters marring Laguna’s signature vista will be removed shortly thereafter, according to the city’s project director, Wade Brown, […]

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Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Allan Simon may be a relative newcomer to Laguna Beach, but he’s clearly smitten by his adopted hometown, owning several commercial buildings and the burgeoning Firebrand Media company. Now, he’s investing in showcasing the town’s assets with a high-tech tourism center, One Laguna, using eye-dazzling digital displays to allow visitors to visually explore the seaside […]

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Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

The city’s Arts Commission selected four finalists to compete for a $75,000 commission to create a memorial for Gordon French and Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach police officers who died while on duty. The monument will be located outside the city’s police department, at the south end of City Hall. “This is one of the most […]

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Whale of a Ship Surfaces

Whale of a Ship Surfaces

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An ominous U.S. Navy warship cruising less than two miles offshore south Orange County’s coastline this past Sunday caught the attention of anyone with a view of the sea between Laguna Beach’s Main Beach and Dana Point’s harbor. The crew of the impressive U.S.S. Coronado, a 419-foot trimaran designed […]

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Price Spikes for Tennis Court Repairs

Price Spikes for Tennis Court Repairs

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Unexpected costs to replace a wheelchair ramp will hike the estimated price to renovate the high school tennis courts to $1.8 million with another $35,100 approved by a disgruntled school district board Tuesday. The latest expense adds to project costs that have hugely escalated from the original $620,000 estimate […]

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Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge whose architectural integrity had been compromised by lax code enforcement. In both cases Laguna […]

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Exhibit Reveals the Soul of Warriors

Exhibit Reveals the Soul of Warriors

  A seated man holds a hyena, an animal not exactly known for its docility, as if he were holding a lamb. Both man and beast appear at peace, having reached a common point of introspection. And, while the animal’s face has an articulated vaguely human look, the man’s face is more roughly rendered, save […]

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Violent Crime Drops by 30%

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week. Laguna Beach is not alone in reporting declines in crimes […]

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School Pay Will Post Online

School Pay Will Post Online

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy In an effort to promote financial transparency, total wages of all employees of Laguna Beach’s public schools will be posted online by early May. State Controller John Chiang’s office sent out a letter last month requesting all public schools to submit wages, including benefits, of every employee for public […]

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High Drama in High Seas Rescue

High Drama in High Seas Rescue

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Something about the body language of a young woman and a man with a surfboard striding toward Aliso Beach’s creek berm signaled to Matthew Barker that they were inexperienced in the water. When the couple purposefully got up and entered the ocean Saturday, March 1, swimming into 15-foot swells, […]