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Another Pedestrian Hit on Coast Highway

Another Pedestrian Hit on Coast Highway

A Surf and Sand hotel employee trying to cross Coast Highway without the benefit of a crosswalk was struck by a southbound vehicle Tuesday, Sept. 30, about 4:58 p.m., police said. The accident is the 24th collision between a vehicle and pedestrian so far this year in Laguna Beach, nearly double the collision rate of […]

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New Owner Nets Big Fish

New Owner Nets Big Fish

Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein, owners of The Bungalow restaurant in Corona del Mar, say they acquired of The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer and will rename the popular Laguna Beach restaurant Big Fish Tavern effective Nov. 1. The deal announced Thursday, Oct. 9, saves the planned closure of the restaurant, which […]

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Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Sixteen years after a woman’s body was discovered in Laguna Canyon, law enforcement investigators early Wednesday, Oct. 8, arrested her son-in-law as the suspect in the cold-case homicide about 7 a.m. as he was about to enter an Aliso Viejo gym. John Edward Gutierrez, 46, who police interviewed early in the investigation, was being held […]

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Hold the Roast

Hold the Roast

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent By now, Laguna Beach residents would have been clamoring for tickets to the 23rd annual “Lagunatics,” the homespun production that delights audiences by skewering Laguna life and people using original lyrics matched to popular music. However, No Square Theater’s annual ”Roast of the Coast” is on hold until […]

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Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Chad Nelsen, the new chief executive officer of the Surfrider Foundation, says it’s time for his team of ocean-protection advocates to pull up those board shorts and lead changes rather than wait to react when problems arise. “It’s really important to go from being reactive, which is stopping bad […]

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A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as Laguna Beach County Water District prepares to raise rates over the next five years to pay for the escalating cost of supplying local customers with 1.5 billion gallons of imported water annually, local resident Michael Beanan sees a solution in what he describes as a “goldmine”: 4 billion […]

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Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Is this a three-ring circus I’m in, or what?” asked incumbent City Council candidate Kelly Boyd about midway through a boisterous debate hosted by Firebrand Media, owner of the Indy, Tuesday night at City Hall. Firebrand owner Allan Simon fired provocative questions at the seven candidates vying for three […]

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‘Diploma’ Raises Questions Anew Over Candidate

‘Diploma’ Raises Questions Anew Over Candidate

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims cannot be independently verified, this week went on the offensive and produced one of two college diplomas that he says demonstrate the veracity of his resume. Even so, the authenticity of the document Madison produced only […]

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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Arthurs Raise Funds for Hall Lisa and Gary Arthur are hosting a fundraiser for City Council candidate Michele Oliver Hall at their home, 773 St. Ann’s Dr., Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Children are welcome at the fundraiser where a $99 per person donation is suggested.   Firefighters, Police Endorse Zur Schmiede The […]

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Rotary Shows Off Motor Spirit

Rotary Shows Off Motor Spirit

The 11th annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show returns on Sunday, Oct. 5, with 140 vintage and antique cars on display from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the city parking lot opposite the Festival of Arts on Laguna Canyon Road. Hundreds of car enthusiasts will attend this invitational event organized by Laguna Beach Rotary […]

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Survivor Appreciates Every Day

Survivor Appreciates Every Day

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Laguna Beach resident Stephan Chapman had just started a new job and was settling into a new apartment when he was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma last January. The 25-year-old’s goals, such as returning to Saddleback College and enjoying surfing, immediately changed. Without medical insurance and unable to work, friends […]

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Garden Club Unfurls a Novice Rose Show

Garden Club Unfurls a Novice Rose Show

Garden Club members and the public are invited to enter the club’s novice rose show, 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, on the Laguna Presbyterian Church patio, 415 Forest Ave. Exhibitors are encouraged to enter a single stem rose starting to unfurl. Rose entry must be on the Exhibition Table in Tankersley Hall by 9:55 a.m.  All […]

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Benefits and Benefactors

Benefits and Benefactors

A Cool Cat Throws Party Enjoy Blue Cat Martinis, appetizers, desserts and raffle prizes at the Meow Mixer at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Highway from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased at www.bluebellcats.org or by calling: 949-547-2222. All proceeds will benefit the community cat […]