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A Fire Victim Who Refused to Return

By Sean Orfila, Special to the Independent Venola Imrie’s journey to Laguna Beach was a familiar story for those moving here during the 1950s. Her husband Watson Imrie, an avid photographer, aspired to live closer to photographer William Mortensen, who operated a studio and...

Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

The terrible Laguna Beach wildfire was 20 years ago, taking place on Oct. 27, 1993. This unsolved crime touched the lives of most all Lagunans. The Laguna Beach Historical Society program on the fire is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will include photos and a report on the 1993...

Speakers’ Corner

New Law Discriminates Against Skateboarders I have been asking myself why the Laguna Beach City Council has decided that they are more qualified to govern the local skateboarders then our already existing state laws. The state of California’s vehicle code section 21212 read...

A Failure to Act on Their Own Conclusion

Editor, Not many people attended the last City Council meeting, so few could bear witness to what I heard. One of the issues before the council was the ongoing dilemma of whether or not Skyline Drive should be banned from skateboarders. We skateboard supporters had been given 60...

Guest Column

The Good Fight   This week marks the end of a 60-day period where Laguna Beach’s City Council gave us (who is us? Parents of skateboarders? Supporters of skateboarding?) the task of trying to resolve ongoing complaints about skateboarders. A year ago, the current...

Groms Get 60-Day Reprieve

Blaming it on the younger generation, “older” teenage skateboarders swayed Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday to keep a hilltop street slated for closure open to downhillers. As a result, Skyline Drive, a narrow, mile-long descent from Thurston Middle School to Park Avenue...

Skateboarding on Skyline Heads Downhill

Skyline Drive may be added to the existing list of eight Laguna Beach streets where skateboarding is prohibited if the City Council adopts the staff recommendation this Tuesday. Since enacting a skateboarding ordinance last April, which banned skateboarding on certain streets and...

Goats Get Downsized

Most people have grown used to waking up to outside sounds of accidentally triggered car alarms, barking dogs, noisy crows, even police and fire sirens.  But in few places in county other than Laguna do the hills come alive with the sound of…“maaaaa.” Despite that fall is...

A True Story

Editor, On Monday, March 28, at approximately 7 p.m., a newer, small model Mercedes Benz car, black, with very dark tint pulled out of Bounty and proceeded down onto Skyline Drive. Two minors, both seventh-graders at Thurston Middle School were skateboarding on Skyline Drive. The...

Shameful Behavior

Editor, On Monday, March 28, at approximately 7 p.m., a newer, small model Mercedes Benz car, black, with very dark tint pulled out of Bounty and proceeded down onto Skyline Drive. Two minors, both seventh-graders at Thurston Middle School were skateboarding on Skyline Drive. The...

Step Up to a Ban on Skyline

Editor,   We are residents of Laguna Beach living on Skyline Drive.  It is distressing that the City Council recently banned speedboarding on certain steep Laguna streets but exempted Skyline Drive.   A steep public road, blind curves, autos and heavy equipment in daily...