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Main Beach Closed to More Public Art

Upon discovery of an overlooked exclusion discouraging permanent art installations in Main Beach Park, the City Council Tuesday reversed last month’s approval for the installation of a sculpture within its prized “window to the sea.” Staff will work with the Arts Commission to...

Mountain Biking Goes Viral

Part I By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent In the winter 2014 issue of Das Gravity, a German biking magazine, Laguna Beach was ranked the second-best mountain biking destination in the world, after La Palma, Italy. Entitled “Mutterland des Bikers,” the motherland, weather...
Posted On 22 Mar 2015

Council Approves First Complete Street

Pedestrians, bicyclists and cars will soon share Laguna Beach’s first complete street following a City Council decision Tuesday, March 17, to allow separate lanes for each on Monterey Drive, one of the town’s few one-way streets. The issue came up after residents complained...

Updated: Blackburn, Former Laguna Mayor, Dies

Updated March 20: Kathleen Blackburn, 71, died Monday, March 16, from lingering medical complications resulting from a car accident 34 years ago, said her husband, Bill Blackburn. Mrs. Blackburn served on the Laguna Beach City Council from 1992 to 2000, and was instrumental in...

Updated: Turbulence Hits Blue Water Festival

Updated March 27: Barring any other unforeseen complications, the Blue Water Music Festival should open Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, on the grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Canyon, but without the top headlining acts promised, promoters say. Only...

Ranch Makeover Contested in Lawsuit

Two months after the California Coastal Commission granted a coastal development permit to allow Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy to continue renovation of The Ranch, a neglected hotel and golf course in Aliso Canyon, the project has hit another potential snag. Lawyers...

Where Some See a Blessing, Others See a Curse

Ross St. Clair, grandson of Aubrey St. Clair, the renowned Laguna Beach architect who designed such prominent structures in town as the City Hall, the Fire Department and Laguna Beach Water District, is all for preserving his progenitor’s legacy. Yet he now finds himself in...

The Stand Changes Hands

The Stand, the original home of Hav’A Chips and a favorite surfers’ stop for carrot juice, avocado sandwiches and date shakes, has been sold for the first time in 40 years. The new owner, Alizabeth “Alisa” Arciniaga, says she intends to keep the vegan outdoor eatery...

Parade Steps Off With Last Year’s Lineup

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The 49th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade, scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, will closely mirror what was planned in 2014 for the 48th parade, which was cancelled due to rain. A definite bonus for this year’s parade goers are the free...

Laguna’s Greeters Inspire Novice Filmmaker

Former Canadian ice hockey pro Martin Yewchuk moved to Laguna Beach from Calgary to fulfill his self-described goal of becoming “a famous Hollywood producer who makes films that change how people view the world.” Little did he know that his first film subject would...

Doctor Settles Kickback Allegation

Dr. Charles R. Denham, of Laguna Beach, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that he accepted kickbacks to promote use of a surgical antiseptic in national guidelines for hospitals, the Justice Department announced Monday, March 2. The settlement does not include a...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Uber to Pull Into John Wayne

Soon, John Wayne Airport passengers will be able to depart for home or their travel destination without hailing a cab or a shuttle but by summoning Uber, a web-based car service that up to now has been banned from airports. The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved...
Posted On 05 Mar 2015

Council Vows to Limit Scrutiny of Appeals

After revisiting the public appeal process to challenge decisions made by the Design Review Board, the City Council decided Tuesday to maintain the current approach, but with a renewed determination to follow the letter of the law. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow asked for a...

Canyon Planning Takes Center Stage

Even as urban planners presented their progress in scrutinizing downtown planning guidelines and reviewing land use issues in Laguna Canyon, the City Council Tuesday also heeded suggestions from an increasingly well organized group of canyon residents, who want a seat at the...

Author’s Research Unearths a Family Treasure

  By Donna Furey | LB Indy When Katie Lang was 17 she learned that her dad spent his boyhood in Meiningen, Germany. Luckily for her father, Fred Lang, relatives in the U.S. paid for his fare to leave his homeland in 1934 as Jews then were forbidden from taking money out of...