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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 […]

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Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the Laguna Beach City Council. “I’m always concerned about the individual,” […]

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Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The California Coastal Commission effectively lodged a stick in the wheels of progress for the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon last week. A letter to co-owner Mark Christy informed him he risks enforcement action if ongoing work on the property doesn’t cease until the Coastal Commission […]

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Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure

Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Residents of three hillside Laguna Beach streets could not leave their homes with ease last Saturday while a small army of trucks maneuvered on the narrow lanes to right a 48-ton crane that had overturned and damaged a house. While the cause of the mishap continues to be investigated […]

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Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Local resident Sam Goldstein will require more patience to learn if his petition for a rooftop deck on the Heisler Building can proceed. Last week, the Planning Commission put off resolving the matter, granting a continuance until Sept. 10, rather than deny the request entirely as recommended by […]

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Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Laguna Beach police arrested a 39-year-old Gardena motorist at gunpoint Friday, July 25, who fled pursuing officers for 2.6 miles and collided with two other vehicles, injuring another driver. Hector Chavez was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI and evading, and held for $100,000 bail, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The driver who […]