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Shore Scene

Torpedoes of the Sea For the last nine months, Laguna Beach and much of Southern California has been experiencing higher than normal water temperatures. Associated with this warm water event, El Niño, is the appearance of some marine visitors that are usually found in tropical...

Homespun Fun Lights Up the Fourth

Independence Day excitement started long before nightfall in South Laguna, with a three-block long midday parade and neighborhood party. Food eating contests and water balloon tosses figured in the fun organized by Cynthia Jenkins, Melissa Durant, Mike and Jennifer Blanchard,...

Indy on Arts

Friday, July 10 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Streetbeat

Monday, June 29 Stolen vehicle. 31700 block of Fairview Rd. 2:39 p.m. The owner said a known person has failed despite repeated requests to return her 2006 Toyota Sienna since last December. Tuesday, June 30 Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 2:43 p.m. Someone took a kitchen...

Human Error Led to Sea Lion Poisoning

Investigators determined that an employee’s unintentional mistake accidentally over-chlorinated a Pacific Marine Mammal Center pool in April that injured 17 sea lions and have dropped their criminal investigation, police said Thursday. Police initially suspected someone with...

Court Ruling Affirms Local Couples

Friday, June 26, “was probably one of the most thrilling days of my life,” said former Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Gentry, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affords same-sex couples the constitutional right to marriage. “Most of my generation of gays...

A Radical Rises Again

Laguna Beach artist G. Ray Kerciu believes political correctness motivated South Carolina’s governor to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state’s capitol. The decades-old debate over a flag symbolic of racism reignited following a racially motivated shooting...

In the Footsteps of the Dalai Lama

The streets were newly paved. A shelter was built to protect hundreds of visitors descending on the tiny Tibetan refugee village from the unrelenting sun. Red, blue, green and gold prayer flags were hung, the corners turning up in the dry breeze. People from across the world...

Prepping for the Fourth

To accommodate the anticipated influx of fireworks’ spectators and beach-goers on Saturday, July 4, Laguna Beach is stepping up staffing of lifeguards and traffic control. Free trolleys will operate on Independence Day beginning at 9:30 a.m., but halt at 7 p.m., long before...

Survey Assesses Housing Needs of Seniors

Some local residents will soon receive a survey about an issue of concern to aging baby boomers and one that should concern their children, too. The survey probes establishing a concept in Laguna Beach that could help seniors remain in their own homes with the support of an array...

Picture This: Photo Contest Winners Announced

Indy photo contributor Mitch Ridder took first place in the city’s “My Laguna” photo contest in the adult category. Second and third place went to Allard van der Graaf and Cheyne Walls, respectively. In the youth category, winners were Charlie Dickerson, Chloe Mansour and Deja...

New Venue Offers Music, Art Classes

Creative Identity, an organization providing art and music education to the developmentally disabled since 1996, has opened a Laguna Beach branch at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Currently five students from the organization’s Anaheim branch are attending the local class,...

Personnel File

Laguna Women Celebrate the Joy of Giving   Laguna local Karen Wilson will serve as chair of Impact Giving, a women’s giving collective that funds non-profit organizations around the world. Recently, the organization made grants totaling $125,000 at its sixth annual awards...

Mark Patrick Hanley

Sept. 14, 1962- June 18, 2015. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Mark Patrick Hanley passed away Thursday, June 18 with his mother, Constance, at his side. Born in Sharon, Penn., Mark was 3 years old when his family moved to Southern California. He attended Laguna...

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards, 37, died peacefully June 23 with her dad and mom by her side. Loving family and her amazing circle of supportive friends surrounded her with love in the hours and days preceding her passing. Richards loved Laguna Beach intensely and adopted h...