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Meet the Only Republican in the Race for Governor

John H. Cox, the Republican candidate for governor of California, speaks to Laguna Beach Republicans at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Woman’s club, 286 St. Anne’s Dr. In addition to running for governor, Cox is sponsoring an initiative modeled after the legislative process of...

St. Clair Family Returns to the Spotlight

Laguna Beach Historical Society presents a free talk about the St. Clair Family’s influence on Laguna’s art, film, and architecture Wednesday, May 10, as part of the city’s Heritage Month activities. One of St. Clair’s best-known buildings, 222 Ocean Ave., now...

Bike Rodeo Rides Again

In a push to halt bike and pedestrian fatalities, police invite the public to attend the free Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo and to test out their safety skills on a bike obstacle course. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Sunday, April 30, takes place in the parking lot next to City...

Limelight

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

Hospitality Night Magic

Hospitality Night kicked off with the City Hall tree lighting and Santa Claus escorted by Snow White and Cinderella. Afterwards, crowds flowed freely along Forest Avenue, anchored by the Kenny Garcia band at the far end, a faux ice rink on Glenneyre and the Laguna Community Band...

Indy on Vacation

                                                Please share a postcard from your latest trip with arm-chair travelers at home. Pack an Indy along with your...

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Obituaries

Margaret Prickitt

May 4, 1916 – April 3, 2017 Margaret Flora Shomate Prickitt, the beloved mother of John, Joe and Nancy Prickitt, passed away peacefully at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs in Dana Point on April 3, 2017. Margaret, who was born in Bakersfield on May 4, 1916, and lived in Laguna Beach...

Doris Fox Marcom

Doris Fox Marcom, 98, a 50 plus year Laguna Beach resident, passed away March 27, 2017. Born in Ballinger, Tex., and raised on a large sheep ranch, she and her husband Roy Marcom Jr. moved to Laguna Beach from Shreveport , La., in 1948 , establishing the Roy Marcom Jr. Insurance...

Dennis Junka

Jan. 1, 1949 – March 28, 2017   Laguna Beach artist and business owner Dennis Junka died at home on March 28. He was 68. Junka, a native of Ohio, spent most of his life in Southern California. He attended Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts...

Columns

The Kibitzer

Two Paddleboards Adrift This is the story of two lost paddleboards and their trans-European adventure. It’s also a parable of how one industry is continually cutting costs to pursue profits. And how the very nature of capitalism as it is presently configured is an unrelenting...
Posted On 01 Jun 2017

Guest Column

History is Relative My hometown in Texas—population 1,275—celebrated its 50th year anniversary the summer after I graduated from high school. The celebration was a big deal—days of contests for best costumes and beards — ending with a live band and dancing on Main Street....

Heart Talk

A Shining City One of the advantages of being in the autumn of my years is that I can look back over several decades and report first hand on dramatic changes that have affected our nation. One might think that technological change would be the first thing that comes to mind. But...

Pet Peeves

Rongo Brothers When I was growing up…scratch that. I never grew much. So, when I was a little boy before I became a little man, I knew brothers named Rongo. They loved airplanes. Making paper airplanes. Building model airplanes. And flying remote controlled airplanes. The boys...

Taking Stock

Stay On Target Stocks finished May with a gain for the month of 1.2% on the S&P 500, bringing its progress this year to 10%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead slightly, holding above 21,000. The Nasdaq, which includes more technology stocks, was ahead 2.5%. This was...

Musings on the Coast

Shark Attack!   By now, you’ve read, seen videos of and heard about great white sharks in the local waters. The papers and TV stations are going nuts. Surely you saw the video of the sheriff’s helicopter looking down at 15 great whites directly off Capo beach. The funniest thing...
Posted On 25 May 2017