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Development Threatens Canyon’s Rural Character

  Editor, 2013 is behind us. Memories of a city that prevented the over-development of Laguna Canyon by the Irvine Company are an even more distant memory. But look out in 2014! The Laguna Beach planning department appears to be on the verge of approving the first of what...

Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts’ facade may receive a $2 million makeover as early as next fall, according to board president Fred Sattler, who described planned renovations at the festival’s annual membership meeting last week, saying that the...

Tesla Driver Charged in Canyon Crash

By Jennifer Erickson and Andrea Adelson | LB Indy More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road claimed the lives of two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office last week criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert...

Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road that killed two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the...

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses...

Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

More children may have access to after-school programs through Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club if the City Council approves a proposal to lease the Lang Park Community Center for an expansion of The Laguna Club for Kids, known as TLC. If approved at the meeting tonight, Nov....

‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent Twenty years ago this month, a savage fire devoured 14,000 acres of Laguna Canyon wilderness and ravaged multiple neighborhoods. The fire that destroyed 391 homes and threatened more than 1,000 others at the time was believed to be the...

Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Faced with a probable tie vote, Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi asked for a delay of a Planning Commission decision on his proposed 30-unit artists’ work/live project last week, one of the first of its kind since the City Council amended an ordinance governing such...

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed...

Repairing a Lifeline to a Historic Laguna Enclave

Trash day proves much more of a chore than it used to be for Deborah Young and her neighbors in an unusual Laguna Canyon enclave. For the last six months, Young has dragged her garbage bins about half a block out to Laguna Canyon Road for the weekly garbage pickup. Engineers...

Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Editor, My husband and I have been residents of Laguna Beach since 1967 and home owners since 1969. We have participated in many community events and protests over the years, and I have spoken for and against many issues at the council meetings.  I am amazed and saddened at the...

Pursuing Other Measures

Editor, Downtown congestion! A constant theme of recent letters to local newspapers. And it’s true! It can take more than 20 minutes to drive from the top of the Third Street hill to Broadway Street. It should be clear to all (and that means you, too, City Council) that we need...

Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Springing into action after an unexpected power outage last weekend, a Pacific Marine Mammal Center board member managed to get a generator operating to prevent thousands of pounds of fish in the center’s freezers from defrosting. The 30-hour long outage only affected one...

A Step in the Right Direction

Editor: I do not understand the bitter and undeserving comments regarding the village entrance project financing recently approved by City Council.  I believe this is another key step in the history of Laguna Beach that will be looked at by future generations as a step in the...

Council Endorses Flex Pricing at Meters

The City Council green-lighted imposing flexible rates on Laguna Beach’s parking meters, among a series of recommendations in a parking management study considered on Tuesday. Other measures council members seemed keen on implementing soon included a shared valet parking system...