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Touring Laguna’s Underground

Getting past complaints over a five-year, $100 million project to widen a sewer tunnel and lay new pipeline in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs has been a major public relations hurdle for the South Coast Water District, which serves South Laguna and other cities. When the water...

Stitching Together Holiday Cheer

By Dona Harman, Special to the Independent The Susi Q NeedleArts Guild was busy last Friday, Nov. 22, wrapping over 75 hand-knit and crochet accessories to bring cheer this holiday season to residents of Friendship Shelter and Glennwood Home as well as the homeless through their...

Community Datebook

Summer’s End Marked With Flapjacks The Laguna Beach Exchange Club plans its annual Labor Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, in Heisler Park, staffed by local police and firefighters. Police along with fire personnel serve as cooks for Monday’s park...

Gunman Upset Over a Divorce

The gunman who barricaded himself in a car and prompted an hours-long shutdown of Coast Highway in Laguna Beach last week, was upset about a possible divorce, police said. Lawndale sheriff’s deputies brought Edward Ernest Uribe’s wife to Laguna’s police department during the...

Laguna Beach Standoff With Gunman Ends in Arrest

A five hour-long standoff with a handgun-toting motorist who claimed to have booby-trapped his car ended late Wednesday with Laguna Beach police taking the a 41-year-old man into custody outside the gated community of Three Arch Bay. No explosives were found, Sgt. Louise Callus...

Tunnel Project’s Demolition Set to Start

Next week, South Coast Water District workers will remove a small 1928 house and detached garage on property at Fourth Avenue and Coast Highway in preparation for a five-year, $50 million sewer replacement project. No one has lived in the dilapidated house since 1974, according...

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Highway

A homeless man from Oklahoma suffered severe injuries last Saturday, Nov. 3, when struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Coast Highway outside of a crosswalk near Laguna Beach’s Three Arch Bay, police said Monday. The injured person, who was not further identified, was...

Tree Book Author Schedules Talks

Gil Thibault, Laguna Beach resident and newly minted author of the children’s educational book “Bristlecone Pine Tree, The World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree,” will be sharing his expertise in local talks. On Oct. 3, he will be at the Dana Point Library at 7 p.m.; before the Laguna...

A Family in Need of a Safety Net

The Salty Suites, the Nitty Ditty Dirt Band with Chelsea Williams and the PawnShop Kings will perform Friday, Sept. 21, in a benefit concert for Laguna Beach’s Genesta family, according to promoter Rick Conkey. John and Lisa Genesta face a dire financial situation, including a...

Bobcat Hunting Laguna’s Pets

Police issued a warning today about a bobcat estimated to weigh 35 pounds that has taken up residence in Three Arch Bay and is suspected in the killing of three or four local pet cats. When another domestic cat was seized early this morning, animal services officers responded to...

Village Matters: Who Started This Anyway?

It’s complicated, but South Laguna has lost its power to vote on the running of the water district that the community established in the 1930s. Way back in 1910 when the Egan family homesteaded 40 acres where West Street and Paso del Sur is now, they managed to get water from a...

Signal Supporter Outlines His Argument

Editor, (The letter was also addressed to top city administrators and elected officials.) I write in support of installing the proposed traffic signal at Emerald Bay and Coast Highway. My opinion is informed by personal history. I lived in Three Arch Bay before there was a...

Unlocking Three Arch Bay’s Secret Gardens

Magical gardens, the stuff of fairytales, exist in Laguna Beach if one knows where to look. Those with tickets to the Laguna Beach Garden Club tour on May 4 will need only follow the pixie dust between eight such gardens during the annual tour, which this time threads through the...

Million-Dollar Trolleys Roll in the Red

The city’s fast-growing fleet of 12 novelty trolley buses, which shuttled 582,000 riders around town during the summer art festival season last year, is anything but a free ride. On Tuesday, the City Council agreed to “raid” the city’s parking fund, established to create new...

Making Movies In Laguna

As film lovers flock to see the Newport Beach Film Festival’s 350-film line-up showing through May 5, The Indy rewinds for readers a splice of local film history. By Jane Janz, Special to the Independent For Hollywood filmmakers Laguna Beach had something special to offer. They...
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