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GOP Presses for Skatepark

Laguna Beach parents have been fighting for a skatepark in town for so long that the kids of early advocates are now adults. Initiatives and petitions have flared up and died down, and now Laguna Beach Republicans have taken up the torch. Fletcher Berryman, the newly elected...

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...

Disability Biz Kicks Off Fundraiser

St. Patrick’s Day marks 51 years since local resident Andy Leaf dove into a wave, hit a sandbar and broke his neck. The injury left him paralyzed from the neck down. After 20 years of helping other disabled people start their own businesses, Leaf founded the Seed Business Network...

Doing Good

Fundraiser Serves Women in Need Flamenco guitarist Clif Miller will entertain visitors at the 1 p.m. Spring Into Healing party Sunday, March 22, a fundraiser for Patty’s House, serving low-income women with medical needs. Admission is $15 at the door of the private ocean-view...

Learn How to Prune With Company

Volunteers join together from 9 a.m. to noon to care for the South Laguna Community Garden Saturday, March 21, pruning under the guidance of landscape expert Gilbert Briseño. Briseno’s recommended pruning shears will be available for purchase for $32 or bring your own hand...

Indy on Arts

Friday March 20 “Bye Bye Birdie,” 7:30 p.m. LBHS Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave. 949 497-7769. Also 3/21 and 3/22 at 2:30 p.m. Student tickets are $10, adults $15 and reserved seating $20. Tijuana Dogs, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. The Strangers, 9 p.m.,...

Streetbeat

Monday, March 9 Fraud. 300 block of Broadway St. 3:16 p.m. A friend wrote a $2,160 check to repay a loan on a closed account. Fraud. 1500 block of Caribbean Way. 4:21 p.m. A victim reported someone had opened up various credit accounts in her name. Tuesday, March 10 Fraud. 600...

Former Mayor Blackburn Dies

Longtime Laguna Beach resident and a former mayor, Kathleen Blackburn, died Monday, March 16, from compounding medical complications resulting from a car accident 34 years ago, said her husband, Bill Blackburn. She was 71. Mrs. Blackburn was a former Laguna Beach City Council...

Trolley Ridership Rocks Expectations

Over 7,000 people hopped on Laguna Beach’s free trolleys for their inaugural non-summer run last weekend, according to Deputy City Manager Ben Siegel, an amount that far exceeds the minimum ridership of 1,800 required to ensure continued grant funding for the service....

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...

Wheel on Down to the Bike Rodeo

Cyclists of all ages are invited to learn safe cycling at a bike rodeo that will feature pro stunt riders beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22, in the parking lot near City Hall. The rodeo also features stations highlighting bike safety issues, including bike and helmet...