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Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Two pedestrians were injured in two separate vehicle collisions on Coast Highway within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries when struck by a southbound pickup while crossing Coast Highway on a […]

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Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two pedestrians were injured in Laguna Beach in two separate Coast Highway collisions within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries while crossing Coast Highway on a skateboard when struck by a southbound pickup, police said. Seconds earlier, […]

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New Chief Climbs Aboard at Height of Fire Season

New Chief Climbs Aboard at Height of Fire Season

Edward Valdez stepped into the position of Laguna Beach fire division chief and fire marshal this week, a post vacant since December when Dan Stefano left to become chief of the Costa Mesa Fire Department. The responsibilities of a fire division chief include enforcing the California Fire Code and overseeing inspections of every business in […]

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Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Last summer, Dean Hodes went with his uncle, a medical doctor in Ethiopia, on his rounds at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for destitute children in Addis Ababa, the African country’s capital city. The young Hodes fed, played with and started teaching “Simon Says” to a few 7- and 8-year-old blind […]

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Police Chief To Retire

Police Chief To Retire

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy   Police Chief Paul Workman, 60, retires this month after five years in the department’s top job and a 38-year police career devoted solely to Laguna Beach. “As a young man, I could have never imagined that I would have had the opportunities that Laguna Beach provided me,” said […]

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Pay Parking Ends Earlier for Sawdust Patrons

Pay Parking Ends Earlier for Sawdust Patrons

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Sympathetic to pleas from Sawdust Art Festival board members and exhibitors, the City Council Tuesday agreed to make an exception for pay parking spots on the festival’s frontage road, reversing a weeks-old policy change that extended meter hours until 9 p.m., two hours past the traditional cutoff time. Meters […]

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Council Approves Festival Facelift

Council Approves Festival Facelift

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts will open their 2015 season with a brand new look, thanks to the City Council’s unanimous approval Tuesday of permits for proposed renovations to the public park. Constructed of plywood and foam 14 years ago under a temporary building […]

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	Local Lifeguards Stand Tall in State Contest

Local Lifeguards Stand Tall in State Contest

In the annual California Surf Lifesaving Association Regional Lifeguard Competition, Laguna Beach lifeguards led by team captain Gina Nourmohamadian, finished first place in its division, placing third overall, at Huntington State Beach. Nineteen lifeguard agencies took part in the competition held on Saturday, July 26. Laguna’s team was represented by 26 athletes. Ally McCormick led […]

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Surf Film Chronicles Pipe Dreams

Surf Film Chronicles Pipe Dreams

The South Coast Regency Theater will screen an unusual surf film Thursday, Aug. 14. “Beyond Sight, The Derek Rabelo Story” chronicles the three-year journey of Rabelo, born blind in Guarapari, Brazil, who endures grueling mental, physical and spiritual training to achieve his dream of surfing the Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Along the […]

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Stars Turn Out to Support Ocean Conservation

Stars Turn Out to Support Ocean Conservation

  Actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio is this year’s special guest at the SeaChange summer party Saturday, Aug. 16, taking place at a private home in Laguna Beach. DiCaprio will walk the red carpet when doors open at 6 p.m. The annual Orange County event benefits Oceana, founded in 2001 to focus on ocean […]

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Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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Fleeing Truck Sets Off a Hot Pursuit

Fleeing Truck Sets Off a Hot Pursuit

A high-speed police pursuit over 10 miles through Laguna Canyon in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Aug. 6, ended without injury and the arrest of an allegedly drunk driver in Irvine, police said. Joshua Caleb Bucklin, 28, of Irvine, was charged with suspicion of felony evading and drunk driving, Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz said. […]

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Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

Trio of Lawsuits Resolve in Laguna’s Favor

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach won victories in three separate lawsuits, one of which exposed the city to as much as $100 million in damages, City Attorney Phil Kohn said Wednesday. In that case, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision, which refused to certify […]

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Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Divers, snorkelers and recreational fishing enthusiasts alike are reporting increasing numbers of fish off the local coastline. This summer’s catch of sport fish – yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tunas as well as dorado – has not been seen since 1997, said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing […]