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Tasting and Toasting the Town

Celebrate Good Taste, billed by promoters Visit Laguna Beach as a three-day culinary adventure, takes place March 7-9, with prix fixe menus, dinners with food and beverage pairings, and seating at chef’s tables in many Laguna Beach hotels and restaurants. March 7: The Rooftop...

Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

A nearly 17-mile pursuit of a reckless motorist by Newport Beach police Thursday afternoon drew a slew of onlookers along Coast Highway and Broadway Street, and ended in the Festival of Arts parking lot where police used a stun gun to subdue the driver, police said Friday. The...

New Year’s Eve Lowdown

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Choices abound for New Year’s celebrations in and around Laguna Beach this year, including two different Gatsby-themed costume parties, an ‘80s party, and a murder mystery dinner. To make life easier on beleaguered partiers, several...

Seeking Solutions to Eliminate Sewer Gas

Editor, I am writing in regard to the foul smell of sewage around our town.  Lately the smell has been worse and I have noticed it on Glenneyre, Forest Avenue and most especially inside my house early in the morning hours right before I wake up. It is so pungent that it can...

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally...

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally...

Old Phones Build Nepal School

Several local businesses are accepting donations of discarded cell phones for the benefit of a rural school in Nepal established by Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation and its founder, Rosalind Russell. Laguna Beach collection sites include: Robert McGraw Architects, 305 N....

Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Editor: Please consider the impact on the public should the Rock ‘n Fish Restaurant’s owners’ requests for the following be approved by the City Council: 1. To extend the hours of live entertainment and dancing Sunday through Wednesday, from 12 a.m. until 1...

Pearl Merchants Light Up the Night

The public is invited to the Pearl Street District’s first annual holiday celebration,  Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m. Merchants welcome visitors with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, carolers and promotional gift cards. Carolers from Neighborhood Congregational Church will sing for the...

In Favor of Rabble Rousers

Editor, As I read Mr. Hill’s article (“Overkill by Entrance Opposition,” Oct. 4) decrying the misbehavior of the anti-entrance lobby, I could not help but think that their behavior was precipitated by a sense of the threat people are feeling as our personal rights are being...

Art Seen 10/18/13

Amalfi Coast Artist Describes His Work Pacific Edge Gallery will host a special one night reception for artist Bryan Mark Taylor on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., 540 S. Coast Highway. Taylor will discuss his current exhibition painted on location on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The...

Parking Garage as Antiquated as the Horseless Carriage

Editor, Self-driving cars are coming. Consider: August 2012 - Google announces completing over 300,000 accident-free autonomous-driving miles. September 2012 - California becomes the third state to legalize street testing of self-driven cars. August 2013 - General Motors...

From Fine Food to Sweet Stories, HIP Shops Enrich the Highway

  As the pumpkin spice flows and the Halloween lights glow, HIP District merchants are celebrating fall in Laguna Beach with promotions and special events. Located south on Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, Laguna’s HIP District is comprised of...

Squeezing in More Spaces

Editor, If Laguna Beach removed all parking space lines which are now painted with extra space between the parking space lines, added parking kiosks dispensing receipts for dashboards, and let as many cars park more tightly on the streets (car sizes differ dramatically-many...

Public Memorial Today

Police Salute One of Their Own A phalanx of fellow motorcycle officers escorted the body of Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie back to familiar turf in Laguna Beach this past Tuesday, days after his death in the line of duty as a result of a traffic collision. The entire...