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Laguna Beach OKs $125M budget boosting staff pay, fire safety

By Megan Miller, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach unanimously approved a final round of budget revisions Tuesday, finalizing the $125 million plan for the...

Laguna Beach taps Sacramento deputy chief to lead fire department

A Sacramento deputy fire chief has been tapped as the next Laguna Beach fire chief, city officials said Wednesday. Chief Niko King brings almost three...

“A hero to kids”: Celebration of Chris Duddy’s life draws crowd

El Morro Principal Chris Duddy was eulogized Monday as a loving father and husband and an educator who had an innate ability to connect...

Woman’s Club honors Dee Perry as Woman of the Year

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach honored 2022 Woman of the Year, Dee Perry, at its first celebration...

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Messy Church returns to Laguna Beach United Methodist Church

Messy Church will bring back its monthly get-together at Laguna Beach United Methodist from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 21632 Wesley Dr....

St Mary’s Episcopal Church Women to host summer concert series

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will present Kayla K and her Black Orchid Trio as a kickoff a summer concert series on Saturday. Last...

Laguna Beach author tells story of teenage surfer

Laguna Beach author Lynnette Beers will release her newest novel “Caught Inside” about a teenage surf champion on July 1. The main character Maddie Fong...

Letter: Laguna Wildfire Main Culprits

Laguna Beach Independent columnist and Liberate Laguna PAC major donor Michael Ray once again has trouble with the truth. After the 1993 wildfire there...

Letter: Rent Free for 85 Years at Taxpayers’ Expense

Why do the citizens of Laguna Beach provide free office space to the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce (CoC)? To hear CoC representatives tell...

Letter: Laguna Wildfire Main Culprits

Laguna Beach Independent columnist and Liberate Laguna PAC major donor Michael Ray once again has trouble with the truth. After the 1993 wildfire there...

Letter: Rent Free for 85 Years at Taxpayers’ Expense

Why do the citizens of Laguna Beach provide free office space to the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce (CoC)? To hear CoC representatives tell...

Letter: Ballot Initiative is Simpler Than Downtown Specific Plan

Some people concerned about the residents’ ballot initiative contend it is too complicated. The resident’s ballot initiative is simply a zone change. It’s no...

Letter: Hooray – I’ll be a Grandpa Soon

This Father's Day marks the end of an era for me. By this time next month, I will have graduated to the Grandpa Club. ...

Letter: How to be an LGBTQ Ally

Being an ally to any marginalized community is more important in affecting real change than many people realize. However, developing oneself as an ally is...

In a Laguna Beach first, Juneteenth comes to cultural arts center 

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center hosted the city’s first Juneteenth celebration on June 19. This date coincides with...

Laguna Dance Festival moves to Artists’ Theater

Laguna Dance Festival announces it will showcase Los Angeles-based dance group BodyTraffic and Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell at The Artists’ Theater at Laguna Beach High School...

Laguna Beach poetry trail launches

The Laguna Beach Poetry Trail is launching from a grant funded by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission from a donation from the Wayne Peterson...

Kathleen Dunphy spotlighted in plein air show

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association will present a special “Artist in Residence” solo exhibition by signature artist Kathleen Dunphy from through July 4. “Outside Insights” will...

Laguna Beach city hall to host art-to-go reception

The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts will host the 2022 Art-To-Go exhibition, “What the World Needs Now,” from June 2 until June 28...

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Laguna Sports Update: June 24, 2022

Playoff Divisions Southern Section CIF released the tentative playoff assignments for the 2022 fall sport season last week. The final assignments will be posted in...

Laguna Sports Update: Conkey exits LBHS Tennis

COACHING CHANGES TENNIS After six seasons at the helm of Boys Tennis and five seasons with Girl Tennis, Rick Conkey is giving up the post as...

Sports Update: 2022 Breaker All Sport Awards

Laguna Beach High School recently announced their 2021-22 season all-sport award winners following a format that has been in place for 16 seasons. 2021-22...

Sports Update: Kelly, Houlahan honored by OC athletic directors

  Laguna’s Will Kelly and Ava Houlahan were selected by the Sunset Conference Athletic Directors as two of the conference’s four athletes of the year....

Sports Update: May 27, 2022

Laguna’s Spring teams wrapped-up their seasons this past week with the annual team and all-league team awards announced. Baseball Breakers held their banquet this past week...

Innovative Laguna Beach High School English teacher retires 

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent In the months before the pandemic, English teacher Dawn Hunnicutt accomplished her goal of launching a Creative Writing...

Laguna Beach jubilant at Class of 2022 graduation

Laguna Beach High School capped the 2021-22 academic year with a graduating ceremony for its seniors at Guyer Field on Thursday night. Principal Jason Allemann...

Class of 2022 takes celebratory march through Downtown Laguna

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach celebrated the Class of 2022, who endured a high school career marred by a global pandemic,...

Laguna Beach USD talks student satisfaction, sustainability goals

By Megan Miller, Special to the Independent With the academic year coming to a close, results of a recent survey show 86% of students feel...

Laguna Beach teacher survives coma, sees upswell of community support

A Laguna Beach High School art teacher who reportedly experienced a medical emergency while behind the wheel in April has seen a GoFundMe campaign...

Laguna Beach High School seniors to parade in Downtown Laguna

The Class of 2022 will parade through the downtown at 3:30 p.m. on June 8. Graduating seniors are planning to walk from City Hall...