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Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out...

Personnel File

Visit Laguna Beach Hires From Within Visit Laguna Beach’s eight-year marketing director Ashley Johnson was promoted to succeed Judith Bijlani, the president and chief executive who announced her resignation earlier this year. Johnson’s new title of director of brand marketing and...

Film Legend Shares Her Story

Stage and screen star Leslie Caron speaks about her long and illustrious career in an intimate conversation at The Laguna Playhouse on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Caron and longtime friend and producer Vincent Curcio will engage in a question-and-answer...

Community Datebook

Hotel Staffers Invited to Learn Laguna Visit Laguna Beach offers front-line hospitality staff training about Laguna Beach’s most popular attractions, historical landmarks, new businesses and upcoming events. These sessions, ranging from simple parking tips to planning the most...

Personnel File

Accomplished Firefighter Wins Top Honor By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach’s firefighter of the year David Lopez is a man who welcomes a challenge. After graduating from Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, where he studied to become an emergency medical...

Visit Laguna Beach Puts Stopper in ‘Uncorked’

Laguna Beach will continue to entice foodies and gourmands with an annual epicurean event in March, as they have since the inaugural Laguna a la Carte food and wine fest in 2011. Even so, the wildly popular signature Uncorked kick-off event, a wine and food tasting on the...

Changes Underway for City’s Cheerleader

The nine-year president and chief executive of the organization that embraces the task of wooing year-round visitors to Laguna Beach will leave the post effective Friday, Jan. 24. The departure of Judith Bijlani, who intends to pursue other opportunities, including travel writing...

Community Datebook 10/25/13

Stepping Out Against Bullying The public is invited to join the National Association of People Against Bullying and San Clemente High School’s Cool to be Kind Club to a 5 p.m. march against bullying at Main Beach on Friday, Oct. 25. The purpose of the march is to bring awareness...