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Display Steps Back in Time

Display Steps Back in Time

Santa Ana’s Old Orange County Courthouse is exhibiting “Orange County Circa 1889,” a collection of historic photographs taken 125 years ago documenting the county’s founding era. The exhibit opens July 14 with a free opening reception planned Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Historian Phil Brigandi will serve as the reception host and deliver a […]

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Nursing Scholarships Change Lives

Nursing Scholarships Change Lives

  Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Mission Hospital support group Valiant Women, 61 nurses were recently awarded scholarships to pursue professional development. Last year, one of these training sessions taught Mission Hospital nurses about newborn heart screening, says a statement from the hospital with campuses in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo. And […]

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Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

We are saddened by the death of our beloved husband and father, Louis Hezekiah Brown Jr. Brown, born in Havana, Kan., on Aug. 10, 1923, died July 3, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Juditha; daughters Wendy, Denise, Dominique and Tanya; sons Rolf and Tracy; and grandchildren and […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

Monday, 6/30 Pedestrian stop. Bluff Drive. 12:41 p.m. Robert Santoro, 58, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and held without bail because his act violated parole. Car theft. 3000 Nestall Rd. 1:25 p.m. A 2014 rental car went missing. Foot patrol. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 11:08 p.m. A 24-year-old […]

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They’re Outta Here

They’re Outta Here

Please tantalize those at home with a high resolution image from your adventures near and far. And thanks again to fans that save space for the Indy in their bags.    

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Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday, July 9, to subject the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon to its review at a future date, temporarily suspending permit approvals granted in May by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The commission, meeting in Ventura, found merit in an appeal by Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge, […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks […]

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Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all day,” said Capt. Tom Trager,  physically assisting swimmers and […]

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Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   Police Corporal Jason Farris, a community outreach officer assigned Laguna Beach’s homeless population as his beat, was recognized as a Top Cop in an on-field ceremony at Angel Stadium last month. Law enforcement officials from 10 other agencies also received accolades from the Angels organization, all nominated by […]

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Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out Friday, June 27, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, saw a 2 […]

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Jean Paul's Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul’s Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul Leguy will serve the last cup of his infamous café au lait and the last coveted almond croissant at his eponymous coffee and pastry shop, Jean Paul’s Goodies on Aug. 9, ending a 35-year run and leaving a hole in the morning routine of many locals. With a character some call eccentric and others […]

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Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The body of Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old Arcadia firefighter and paramedic, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks after being reported missing by fellow firefighter and paramedic, Taylor Byars, authorities said. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and […]

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Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

The remodel underway at The Ranch, the former Aliso Creek Inn hotel and restaurant in Aliso Canyon, is being challenged as unlawful in a hearing before the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, July 9, in Ventura. If the commission follows the recommendation of its staff, the project would be subject to a de novo review by […]

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Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Prior to an annual closed-door performance evaluation with the Laguna Beach school board, the district’s top administrator said during a public session Monday, June 30, that she is not seeking a renewal of her contract. Superintendent Sherine Smith, whose $234,000 a year contract expires in 2016, was unavailable for comment, said her executive assistant, Victoria […]