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Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Nuclear Waste

A lawsuit asks a state court to order the removal of nuclear waste stored at San Onofre to the Mojave Desert.

Quick Reaction Saves a Student in Distress

“He’s choking,” yelled a student in Tauna LaPierre’s second grade class at Top of the World Elementary in Laguna Beach.
Posted On 29 Nov 2015

Chinese Restaurant Receives Mixed Reviews

Significant uproar over a new proposed restaurant at 680 S. Coast Highway, ..., caused the Planning Commission... to put off consideration of the project

Century Old Town Wrestles to Define What’s Historic

Emily Sparkuhl’s 440 Aster St. home is a charming 1919 bungalow that sits on the city’s Historic Inventory List. Sparkuhl, who splits time living in San Francisco and Laguna Beach, currently rents the property to her brother, Jason Wineinger. “We both grew up there,” said...

Water District Forecasts New Rates

South Coast Water District expects to reset its water rates by July 1 and begins a series of public workshops beginning Monday, Nov. 23, to review operating cost forecasts and use by residential and commercial customers. The water district, which serves 35,000 customers between...

Search Starts for New Schools Leader

...Sherine Smith, whose final annual salary with benefits was $269,032. Smith announced her intention to retire in June with an annual retirement pay of approximately $150,000.

Updated: Objections Stall Deal for Haggen Store

Closed Haggen grocery stores in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad remain in limbo this week...

Artists Re-imagine a Winter Fantasy

In his last semester at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Scott Milton Brazee, 26, has secured his first booth at the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy, which opens Saturday, Nov. 21. Brazee’s passion is portraiture of people and animals, as one of a fox with sartorial...

Updated: Short-Term Rental Restrictions on the Horizon

More than 300 properties are currently listed on Airbnb, Inc. for a stay this weekend in Laguna Beach, the majority unpermitted and in violation of the city’s current moratorium prohibiting the permitting of short-term rentals. The ban, in affect through October 2016, was left in...

Short-Term Rental Regulations Put Off

A moratorium on issuing new permits for converting homes into vacation rentals will remain in place, the Laguna Beach City Council decided Tuesday, Nov. 17, while staff continues to develop recommendations to revise regulations that currently forbid unpermitted home rentals of...

Hang-Up for Gelson’s in Bagging Haggen Stores

Closed Haggen grocery stores in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad remain in limbo, while a bankruptcy court approved the sale of six other locations to Gelson’s Markets and 28 more to Smart & Final LLC. An objection to the sale of the Laguna Beach and Carlsbad stores was submitted by...

Kelp Forests Wither from El Nino

Warm water temperatures for nearly two years are starting to take a toll on the health of Laguna Beach’s offshore kelp forests, marine experts say. El Nino conditions are bringing warm-water surface currents up from the coast of Mexico. The currents are transporting colorful and...

Lasers Light Up Main Beachgoers

A green beam of light shot along the shore at Main Beach, striking a straight line through the dark water. As the next wave crested, it broke the beam, shattering the green light like so many shards of dancing glass, reminiscent of phosphorescent tides. It was an eye-popping...

Homeless Struggle to Re-Enter Mainstream

By Deirdre Newman, Special to the Independent Tony, a 48-year-old homeless man, misses his wife. They used to take shelter at night together in his car, but he wanted better for her, so she went to live with her mother. He became unemployed and homeless after a construction...

View Restoration Ordinance Gains Clarity

In city council chambers on Monday night, the View Restoration Committee’s latest attempt to finalize a view ordinance for the maintenance of public trees finally was met with success. In the latest iteration of a process, which committee member Ara Hovanesian said was occurring...