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Andrew Berner

Andrew Berner, 69, died at his home in South Laguna on Dec. 2, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Berner was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and attended Loyola High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a master’s and Ph.D. degrees from...

Santas in Training

Aaron and Shira Alcouloumre and other Laguna Beach High School seniors deliver presents on Christmas Eve to the homes of day laborers who congregate in Laguna Beach. The youths raised over $1,000 for the presents, wrapped them and delivered them to the children of laborers at...
Posted On 01 Jan 2015

Streetbeat

Monday, Dec. 22 Hit and run. 300 block of Forest Ave. 2:22 p.m. Jerry Lee Chaney, 35, of Newburgh, N.Y., encountered the hazards of an unfamiliar town when trying to turn around in the confines behind City Hall. He hit a detective’s car and fled the area, but was observed and...

Top News Photos in Laguna Beach for 2014

A selection of the best news images of 2014 from the Laguna Beach Independent.

Casting Call for Pageant Volunteers

Producers of the Pageant of the Masters’ 2015 show, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” are looking for men, women and children to volunteer in the summer production. People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the tableaux vivants and a casting call will be held Jan....

Dressler to Take His Last Bow

By Rita Robinson Across the now dark and empty high school quad, the song, “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” wafts through the breezeway. More than 50 sweaty and chatty students are spending their Monday evening letting elbows and knees fly in an audition for Laguna Beach High School’s...

Checkpoint Nets 7 Arrests

Police at a DUI checkpoint in North Laguna screened nearly 1,000 vehicles this past weekend, which resulted in seven arrests, including three drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Another 15 drivers were cited for license suspensions, four people...

An Early Christmas Delivery

Various Laguna Beach community organizations experienced an early Christmas thanks to gifts distributed at the annual holiday party for Village Laguna, a group that seeks to preserve village atmosphere. Among the recipients were the Friendship Shelter, represented by Gary...
Posted On 24 Dec 2014

Resolve to Explore the Wilderness Park

On Jan. 1 ages 15 and up can raise heart rates and spirits on a strenuous and fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike with 700-ft. elevation gain, over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park,...

Personnel File

Arts Groups Elect Pearson to their Board   Elizabeth Pearson, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Chorale in Santa Ana, has been selected to the board of the statewide arts advocacy organizations California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts. Pearson,...

John Parsons

  John V. (Jack) Parsons, a resident of Laguna Beach for 68 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Saddleback Memorial Hospital on Dec. 12, 2014 surrounded by love. Born in Grand Junction, Colo., on Nov. 11, 1934, he was the son of Floyd Sr. Parsons and Edna (Tuttle)...

Ocean Institute Begins Major Expansion

The Ocean Institute at Dana Point will begin an expansion of the learning center, which will include the addition of a hands-on interpretive center in the current courtyard and lobby area. The dock portion of the Seaside Learning Center opened in 2013 and installation of the...

Candles, Carols and Celebrations Fill the Town’s Churches

By Donna Furey | LB Indy On Christmas Eve at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr., operatic tenor Peter Nathan Foltz will perform a solo during the 7:30 p.m. service. Foltz, a resident artist with the Los Angeles and Pittsburgh operas, will be accompanied by...