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Pop Art Invades Via Mars JoAnne Artman Gallery hosts Robert Mars first solo exhibition: “Mars Attacks!” at 326 N. Coast Highway through Oct. 31 The mixed media artist explores Americans’ fixation with the iconic. By using symbols from mass media culture, Mars both critiques our...

Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Editor, We need a new police chief who will enforce speed limits not only on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road but on residential streets, too. Let the chips fall where they may. I live near Wesley Drive and while you are reading this letter, drivers are going through the...

Ideas to Remake a Bike-Safe Highway

  Editor, I assure you my view will not be popular but it is realistic and will save lives. It’s not politically correct to think what I write below in Laguna. I have biked Coast Highway through Laguna for 30 years. The only way to make the highway safe fo...

Carve Out a Space for Life

Editor, We’ve got a long way to go. Drive through east side Costa Mesa or downtown Long Beach and there are dedicated and even buffered biking zones.  Here we must jostle along parked cars on Coast Highway while tremendous metal beasts going 40-50 mph bear down upon us....

Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper...

Church Blesses Scout’s Benches

Church member Brantlee Griffith, who built three courtyard benches for the Neighborhood Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout service project, will be honored Sunday, Aug. 17, at the 10 a.m. worship service. “I wanted the benches to reflect the community. One uses skimboards...

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Rarely Seen Paintings On Display Gallery McCollum opens “A California Tradition” exhibition, featuring 12 of the top California landscape artists, spanning three generations, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. The artists range from two historical California painters including...

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....
Posted On 31 Jul 2014

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to...

Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Editor, They say we break the record for bicycle and pedestrian deaths for a town our size. If you look in the concrete gutter in front of the “dirty bird,” (Sandpiper Lounge) you’ll see the contractor’s impression indicating Coast Highway was built in 1927....

Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast...

Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Announcing his intention to run for City Council this week, Paul Merritt says the city of Laguna Beach needs to become more progressive regarding the safety of residents and tourists and tighter with collecting owed business fees from major corporations. Progressive and, at the...

Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

About 200 helmeted cyclists and bareheaded pedestrians spilled over the lawn in front of City Hall Tuesday night to decry their unsafe passage through Laguna’s streets and roadways. Appropriately, the rally took place a month to the day after Laguna Beach cyclist John...

Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Billy Fried, Max Isles and Tamara Hlava are fed up with the city’s dearth of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. For the trio, the car-on-bike accident that fatally injured 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist John Greg Colvin on North Coast Highway June 17 served as a...

Say No to Car Deaths

Editor, How lovely to drive along the Coast Highway, rays of sun painting the waves, shimmering, the white crests pounding onto the sand. If you are fortunate you may even see a formation of pelicans, gliding on the air, inches above the sea. Their instinct guides them to a safe...