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Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Alarmed by what seemed to be an abrupt disruption of cell phone service to AT&T customers in downtown Laguna Beach last Friday, Aug. 29, city officials returned to work after the three-day weekend poised to act. In their haste to remedy what seemed an urgent problem, they apparently misinterpreted […]

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Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead

Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The City Council signed off Tuesday on saving a historic sewer digester tower in a City Hall Parking lot, which sits on the proposed village entrance site. They also approved the estimated $300,000 makeover of the structure’s exterior, but redirected $1 million budgeted for its interior renovation to instead […]

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Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ

Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ

Republican candidate for governor and local resident Neel Kashkari will attend the inauguration of the new Laguna Beach Republicans’ Voter Information Center headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 13, local GOP leaders announced. Congressional Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will cut a ceremonial ribbon at a rally. He will be joined by Kashkari and local politicians for a 2 p.m. […]

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Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges

Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An investigation of the traffic death of Laguna Beach motor Officer Jon Coutchie last year concludes that a motorist was primarily at fault in the collision, but says Coutchie’s speed 30 m.p.h. over the posted limit was a contributing factor, according to findings in the report released Thursday. After […]

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 Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Join more than 200 Laguna Beach artists for entertainment and art activities leading up to the closing of the 48th Sawdust Art Festival. Visitors can paint, draw, make leather bracelets and create mosaics. Entertainment includes rock, bluegrass and reggae music along with magic and balloon artistry. On closing day, Sunday, Aug. 31, the final raffle […]

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Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and government by offering top salaries and benefit plans to key employees. The rankings include […]

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Caltrans Installs College Signal

Caltrans Installs College Signal

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Caltrans began work this week installing a traffic signal on Laguna Canyon Road at the pedestrian crossing where a Laguna College of Art and Design student was fatally injured in April, school officials said Wednesday. Caltrans estimates work will be completed by Oct. 16, an installation fast-tracked in the […]

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Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

Laguna Beach bike enthusiast Max Isles and friend Ryan O’Malley will set out Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a goal of pedaling 500 miles in five days to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association. Both cyclists have close family members that have suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia and hope their join effort raises awareness and funds […]

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Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

Seven candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council together faced a public audience Monday during the first of several candidate forums planned prior to the Nov. 4 election. While no candidate proved willing to become the standard bearer around a single paramount cause, several candidates said if elected they intend to […]

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LCAD Wants Do Over of Union Vote

LCAD Wants Do Over of Union Vote

By Daniella Walsh/LB Indy On July 15 of this year, Laguna College of Art and Design president Jonathan Burke acknowledged in an e-mail to staff that the college’s part-time and adjunct instructors had voted to join the Local 721 Service Employees International Union. Voters provided ballots on July 11. It was a close vote. According […]

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Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Donna Furey| LB Indy South county resident, Dennis Yang, 39, will be out of the blocks on August 25 starting his Great Reading Run 2014. He intends to run a carefully planned 11,000 course around the perimeter of the country through 35 states, beginning and ending in Santa Monica. The 18-month trip will follow a […]

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 LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

By Daniella Walsh/LBIndy “They took paradise and made it a parking lot….” goes a line in Big Yellow Taxi, a song performed by Joni Mitchell, decrying shrinking natural environments. The Laguna College of Art and Design has given the classic a contemporary twist by buying and thus preserving the parking lot adjacent to its visual […]

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Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Described as the most significant issue in the city and one that will be challenging to resolve, solutions to an “overly congested” Laguna Canyon Road will be vetted by an 18-member task force over the next three months at a cost of $100,000, as approved by the City Council […]

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HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next Thursday. After a week’s vacation in Hawaii, the well-liked principal said Wednesday she’s […]