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Urban Designers Pitch Their Ideas

A professional urban design team will soon take a role in shaping Laguna Beach’s development policies in downtown and along Laguna Canyon. Which one isn’t yet clear. Three teams of top-notch professionals presented their credentials and their visions to the public and city staff...

Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Allan Simon may be a relative newcomer to Laguna Beach, but he’s clearly smitten by his adopted hometown, owning several commercial buildings and the burgeoning Firebrand Media company. Now, he’s investing in showcasing the town’s assets with a high-tech tourism center, One...

Publisher Expands With Another Medium

As general manager and co-founder of Laguna Beach’s FM radio station KX 93.5, Tyler Russell rousts himself before dawn to fill the 6 to 10 a.m. weekday slot with irreverent banter about community affairs and music from indie bands. Since taking to the airwaves in October 2012,...

New Shop Aims to Market Laguna

A vacant Forest Avenue storefront will soon transform into a street-level gallery and an innovative bricks-and-mortar e-commerce marketplace for Laguna Beach merchants. The city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a temporary use permit for One Laguna,...

Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Educational consultant Cindy Muchnick described practical can-do philosophies for parents to put into practice as they support their kids through high school during last week’s PTA-sponsored parent seminar, Coffee Break. She was preceded...