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‘Grand Tour’ Offers a Feast for Eyes, Food for Thought

Paris, Rome, Florence, Naples and Milan. Those were must-see destinations for young 18th century English aristocrats sent abroad to round out their formal education and give them the requisite cultural veneer. In that era, of course, aristocrats meant lords, not ladies. Produced...

Change Afoot Over Canyon Development Rules

A discussion about development and land use in Laguna Canyon will again take center stage before the Planning Commission next Wednesday, July 19, likely the last opportunity for residents and city planners to offer input before the commission settles on recommendations for City...

Little Lifeguards Learn Water Confidence

Local lifeguards understand the city’s curving coastline and know how to handle it, according to Marine Safety Captain Tom Trager.

Schools

Teen Absorbs Lessons in Leadership

By Carol Bennion, Guest contributor When informed that she had been nominated by Laguna Beach High School faculty and staff to interview with two of her peers to compete for a single spot at California Girls State, Delaney Basile had no idea what she was getting into. “None of us...

Seniors Stride Into Their Future

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent After four years in high school, the senior class of 2017 embarked this week on a new journey. Before departing, though, seniors arrived by buses in droves to a familiar but newly remodeled space, the grounds of the Festival of Arts,...

Student Musicians Hit the Right Notes

Laguna Beach High School seniors Elijah Meisse and Jack Smith won the top two instrumental music awards for 2017 from the school’s instrumental music director Jeremy Chung at the Music Boosters’ annual band picnic on Saturday, June 10. Jack received the John Philip Sousa Award,...

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Street Beat

Pedestrians Flee from Erratic Car

Beach-goers on the Main Beach cobblestones at twilight Sunday escaped injury when a motorist drove through the heavily populated area and across the sidewalk to flee southbound on Coast Highway, according to police. When police located the erratically driven vehicle nearly four...

Streetbeat

Sunday, June 25 Traffic collision. Oak Street. 4 p.m. A bicyclist who ran into a gardening truck and was knocked unconscious was transported to Mission Hospital-Mission Viejo for a possible head injury. He has since been released. Monday, June 26 DUI. Pearl Street. 8:40 a.m....

Suspected Stalker Arrested

Police say they arrested a 28-year-old Laguna Beach man who earlier this month allegedly broke into the home of an ex-girlfriend that he had harassed with a barrage of threatening text messages. Investigators obtained a confession from Gregory Murray, who was detained at his home...

Letters

Public Sector Payouts Pose a Risky Burden

Editor, Laguna Beach, Orange County and California have enormous unfunded pension liability. A large significant portion of this is due to pensions for public safety employees. Chief LaTendresse may be worth his final salary of $279,000 per year, however what is no longer...

Another Layer in the Conversation Over ‘The Hot Blond’

Editor, Loved reading Michael Ray’s hilarious tongue in cheek column “Hot Blonde.” It had us laughing at the Village Laguna references, all too true. We call them the Village of Ni, this small, aged band of Betty Busybodies and Johnny Jammers who, like Monty...

Village Laguna Critic Piles On

Editor, So sorry, Mrs. Felder, president of Village Laguna, but I have heard worse perceptions of your group from many, many people in our town.  They refer to the Heritage Committee and the issue with hostile takeover of property with or without a homeowner’s knowledge or...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...