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New Council Takes the Helm

Outgoing Mayor Kelly Boyd is known in Laguna Beach as a man of few words. So when it came time for his swan song on Tuesday, Dec. 4, after 16 years of service on the Laguna Beach City Council and three terms as mayor, his fellow cast members at No Square Theater sent him off by...

Citizens Group Aims to Be Forum on Laguna Issues

In the wake of her unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Laguna Beach City Council, artist Allison Mathews coordinated the first meeting Monday, Dec. 3, of a new Citizens Committee that aims to find solutions to perennial problems of affordable housing, homelessness, and traffic.

Holiday Fiction Digest

Dear Hanukkah Bunny I miss the Hanukkah bunny. When my girls were little, the pitter-patter of small rabbit feet would climb up the stairs while we were lighting the candles and eating latkes. At bedtime, the girls would squeal with delight as they found Barbie dolls and Miss...



Santa to Visit Laguna Tonight

Hospitality Night 2018 will be held on Friday, Dec, 7 from about 5-10 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2 between Ocean and Forest Avenues), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree...

Eight Holocaust Survivors Honored at Menorah Lighting

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Fashion Island held a public menorah lighting in honor of the Festival of Lights at a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Fashion Island’s Atrium Garden Court, the largest community celebration in Orange County.

Finding Meaning

A Day of Infamy Some dates are especially fraught with meaning—like today, Dec. 7. Forever linked to the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Congress it would “live in infamy.”  Roosevelt’s prior speeches had been met by...

Does the Wet suit You

Laguna Beach has a Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and City Council that start out saying no to every new proposal while all too often ending up approving things they shouldn’t. There’s a citizenry that thinks Laguna should stay...

Holiday Sing-along at the Garden Park

Join in the holiday festivities at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your singing voices and snacks to share to this free public event. Music direction by the Garden Band, song books and funny hats...

‘Coastline to Canyon’ Mural Dedication This Sunday

Neighborhood Church in Laguna Beach invites the public to a mural dedication ceremony Sunday, Dec. 9, at noon. The mosaic, titled “Coastline to Canyon,” fronts Glenneyre Avenue at Saint Ann’s Drive. “More than 700 people participated in the...

Pet Peeves

Good Times Coming The Pageant of the Masters has selected its 2019 theme. Stand still for it. Hold that pose. Ta da. Let’s hear it for “The Time Machine.” No. No. Stop clapping. Stay in character.  That’s better. No reaction. Ah, picture perfect. The Pageant of Masters director, Diane Challis...

Breakfast with Santa at Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy

  Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy continues this weekend, featuring a special event with Santa and the Laguna Beach Fire Department. On Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 a.m., enjoy a pancake breakfast cooked up by local firefighters while spending time with Santa. Starbucks will also be...

LCAD Raises Over $300K at Collector’s Choice Gala

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, Nov. 16, at Montage Laguna Beach. The college also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD....

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Street Beat

Sunday, Dec. 2 Drunk driving. 12:33 a.m. Canyon Acres Drive and Laguna Canyon Road. A 27-year-old Hollywood woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Saturday, Dec. 1 Traffic stop....

Letter: Seeking Information on Jeanne Lattin

I am a poet and essayist who is writing a book about Jeanne Lattin, a forgotten media sensation who fell from the public eye around 1913. Based on what I’ve found in ancestry databases, it...

Letter: In Response to ‘Orange is the New Blue’

A column by Billy Fried is bound to combine arrogance with a political message. There is no need to go into the content of his column, as it is obvious he is a devotee of the liberal office...

Letter: Nationalism is not Patriotism

I am the “Indy reader” Howard Hills referred to in his letter last Friday. Clearly, we differ on the influence Bob Dylan’s iconic song “The Times They Are a-Changin”...

Letter: Not Impressed by Blake’s Social Media Etiquette

I was surprised by Billy Fried’s column in the Nov. 16 edition of the Indy in which he praised Peter Blake for his responsiveness on social media during his campaign. The responses I saw from...

Letter: An Idea for Reviving Student Interest in School Lunches

In response to Amy Orr’s piece regarding the lunch programs and the hard work behind them—I have an idea and also some perspective from a mom whose son would rather stick needles in his eyes than...