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It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The annual Pageant of the Masters production lures its audience from great distances, but its volunteer cast members generally are from close to home. They include Luke Pacheco, 12, of Laguna Beach, in his third consecutive year in the summer show that opens July 6 and which was […]

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New Planner to Lead Development Department

New Planner to Lead Development Department

The former deputy community development director for Rancho Palos Verdes, who supervised its view restoration services, was hired to lead Laguna Beach’s community development department. Greg Pfost (pronounced Post), will be responsible for supervising planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement services, City Manager John Pietig announced last week. In Palos Verdes, which served as the […]

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Paltry Turnout for Primary Election

Paltry Turnout for Primary Election

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Just 17 percent of registered voters showed up or mailed a ballot in this week’s primary election, where the most popular two candidates for state and national posts regardless of party will compete against one other in the November general election. Laguna Beach local Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury […]

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City Improves Park Amenities

City Improves Park Amenities

Soccer players at Moulton Meadows Park can expect a level playing field soon. The city expects the Los Angeles-based company STL Landscape to begin renovations of the park cresting the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood in mid-June and complete construction by September, said Assistant City Engineer Mark Trestik. The same company should complete improvements to Lang […]

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Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

There’s good news for residents and visitors who cavort around town on the free trolleys all summer, then rue the day that service ends when the summer art festivals close in September. They’ll be rewarded next March when Laguna Beach starts off-season weekend trolley service, supported by a grant. But there’s one catch. An average […]

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Local Hosts Trekker Walking for Charity

Local Hosts Trekker Walking for Charity

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Stephen Hnilca walked through Laguna Beach on Wednesday, May 28, nearly a year since his journey began from New Port Richey, Fla., to raise money for charity. Since departing on May 25, 2013, he has covered 3,000 miles en route to his Seattle, Wash., destination and hopes to […]

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Fundraisers Set for Local Music Legend

Fundraisers Set for Local Music Legend

After experiencing a heart attack in the middle of a set earlier this month, a local musician is expected to be shown some love for his considerable talent in two fundraising musical extravaganzas.   The first, a musical feast of local artists, will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, at Mozambique Steakhouse, 1740 S. […]

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Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

Pedestrian Dies in Accident’s Aftermath

A 48-year-old pedestrian died over the weekend after being struck by a car in a late night collision in Laguna Beach last Wednesday, May 21, the second pedestrian fatality this year, police said. Regan Hess, identified by police as a member of the local homeless population, suffered head trauma after being struck by a motorist […]

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Songs, Flags and Salutes Mark Memorial Day

Songs, Flags and Salutes Mark Memorial Day

One of the largest crowds in many years assembled for the 87th annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 26. Organized by the Laguna Beach American Legion Post and led by Adjutant Richard Moore, the program included solemn rituals, patriotic flourishes and a touch of hometown culture. Post Commander Bob McIntosh, VFW Commander Arnie Silverman […]

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Schools Add New Science Classes, Bus Route

Schools Add New Science Classes, Bus Route

With $180,000 earmarked for new classes and $25,000 for an early-morning bus service, a $46.8 million budget received preliminary approval Tuesday from the Laguna Beach school district board. The 7.3 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget of $43.6 million is due to rising property taxes, the district’s primary revenue source, according to fiscal services director […]

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Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

A public hearing to discuss a possible moratorium on development projects in Laguna Canyon, originally scheduled for a special City Council meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, will likely now take place Tuesday, June 3, the city manager says. Any so-called urgency ordinance would require a four-fifths Council vote and […]

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In Post-Season, Baseball, Volleyball Still Alive

In Post-Season, Baseball, Volleyball Still Alive

Richie Nunis hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift Laguna Beach High School’s baseball squad (26-2) to a 2-0 victory over Alhambra in a CIF Division 4 second round win before an overflow crowd at Skipper Carrillo Field on Tuesday, May 27. Preston Grand Pre went the distance for the pitching win […]

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Holiday Marked by Flapjacks, Candidates and Patriotic Tunes

Holiday Marked by Flapjacks, Candidates and Patriotic Tunes

  Republican State Senator and congressional candidate Mimi Walters will be the keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 26, taking place at 11 a.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Dr. Preceding the ceremony, Laguna’s Exchange Club will hold its annual Memorial Day fundraiser breakfast, also in Heisler […]

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Die-Off Spawns New Sea Stars

Die-Off Spawns New Sea Stars

After a monumental die-off of millions of adult sea stars from Alaska to Baja California over the last year, scientists on the Central California coast are now seeing a massive influx of baby sea stars. The “reproduction bout” may spring up in Southern California waters soon, said UC Santa Cruz marine biology professor Pete Raimondi, […]

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New ABCs for Paddle Board Lessons

New ABCs for Paddle Board Lessons

Starting in July commercial stand-up paddleboard operators will need to pay fees, follow safety regulations and show proof of insurance in order to offer lessons and tours in Laguna Beach, under rules approved this week. The law omits limiting hours of operation, as staff had pushed for, and capping the number of operators allowed, a […]