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Rain On My Parade

It was reported that Wayne Baglin has been selected citizen of the year and will lead the Patriots Day Parade this coming March.  “It was a close race,” leaked a confidential informant (CI). “It was hard to hear everything over the hum of the electrical box, but there were three...

Council Raise Smoking Fines, Approves Memorial Grant

Anyone caught smoking or starting an open fire in so-called “hazardous fire areas” where such actions are prohibited will be subject to a $1,000 fine, a steep increase from the previous cost, the City Council unanimously decided Tuesday. Prohibited areas include the...

Ring of Fire

I’m very excited to go see the “Ring of Fire” at the Laguna Playhouse.  But a word to the wise, do not scream “fire” in the theater no matter how excited you become over the Johnny Cash song.  If the lyrics and beat overwhelm you, then yell “recall,” like Cash should have done...

Ring of Fire

  I’m very excited to go see the “Ring of Fire” at the Laguna Playhouse.  But a word to the wise, do not scream “fire” in the theater no matter how excited you become over the Johnny Cash song.  If the lyrics and beat overwhelm you, then yell “recall,” like Cash should have...

Another Home Ignites in Fire

A Laguna Beach resident was displaced from their home due to fire this week, the second structure fire in seven days, the fire department reported Wednesday. The most recent blaze, which caused an estimated $150,000 damage, broke out at 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Buena Vista Way...

Another Home Ignites in Fire

A Laguna Beach resident was displaced from their home due to fire this week, the second structure fire in seven days, the fire department reported Wednesday. The most recent blaze, which caused an estimated $150,000 damage, broke out at 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Buena Vista Way...

Firefighters Ignite Spark of Love

This year marks the 20th anniversary of firefighters’ Spark of Love toy drive and Laguna Beach’s fire stations are participating in the collection. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through Dec. 24 at all four stations: 501 Forest Ave., 285 Agate St., 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd....

Fumes From Fireplaces Worse Than Fire Pits

Editor, Why must it always be too little too late for this town? I do believe Laguna Beach can do better than always following Newport Beach’s lead. The new startling discovery for the townsfolk is bad air from “fire pits” (“Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn ...

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public...

The Mason and the Potter, United by Clay

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the current “Adam Silverman: Clay and Space” exhibit at Laguna Art Museum, a mason and potter blended their talents to create a sensory installation that wraps viewers in the artistic expressions of both. To view Silverman’s...

Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Two longtime employees of Laguna Beach’s fire department will leave next month, City Manager John Peitig announced. Division chief and fire marshal Dan Stefano, who joined Laguna Beach as a reserve firefighter in 1995 and became a full time firefighter in 1997, will become fire...

A Tale of Two Kitties

Indy readers provide the best chance for giving two cats a chance to live out their nine lives. Local resident Rachel Uchizono’s Savannah cat, Bubsy, went missing last Friday, Nov. 15, around Bluebird Canyon, and she seeks the public’s help in her safe return. The four-footed...

Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

It was the day after the 1993 fire. There were fragments blowing in the wind. Half burned pieces of paper, part of someone’s life, fluttered down like sooty snowflakes.  In the parking lot behind my office, I picked up one of them. There it said, “Reason” in large type. It was...

American Legion Hosts Veterans Day Celebration

The Laguna Beach Police Color Guard posted the colors to start off the Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary of the Laguna Beach American Legion Post held at their Legion Post on Monday, Nov. 11. Mayor Kelly Boyd, a veteran, attended the event,...

Live-Work Project Erodes Canyon’s Character

Editor, Please come to the Planning Commission meeting Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and express your views about the planned 30-unit apartment style housing project that looks like a dormitory right in the middle of our rural, primarily residential, neighborhood. This part of the canyon has...