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Candidate Filing Period Opens

No one has yet formally stepped forward as a candidate for the five-member Laguna Beach school board, where three terms expire in November, according to the registrar of voters.

Pressure Builds on Rohrabacher

This week, a spokesman for Rohrabacher confirmed that he led a congressional delegation to Moscow in 2015 where Maria Butina arranged a meeting with a senior Russian official. Federal prosecutors this week indicted Butina for conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent.

City Trees to Undergo Inspection

On a clear day with little wind, a red ironbark eucalyptus tree of more than 30 feet toppled into one of the city’s busiest entrances on Broadway Street and damaged two cars, prompting a city investigation of the other trees on the block.



Falling Boulder Injures Beach-goer

A 500-pound boulder that dislodged from a beach bluff seriously injured and trapped a teenager on the south stretch of Emerald Bay Wednesday, July 18. Lifeguards applied a tourniquet to the 15-year-old boy’s severed right arm and firefighters...

Does the Wet Suit You

Too Much of A Good Thing   Did you enjoy the fireworks display on the 4th? The city had just enough wind to keep its show visible. Poor Emerald Bay couldn’t catch a breeze and thousands of dollars in fireworks went up in a cloud of smoke....

Musings on the Coast

The Secret My niece Mary (not her real name) and her husband John (not his real name) live in Maryland and work for companies that work exclusively for the CIA. Neither will tell me what they do except engage in “research.” We were sitting...
Posted On 19 Jul 2018

Finding Meaning

Home Cooking  The meaning of one’s life can be found in the stuff we accumulate.  You get a cultural impression when first entering someone’s home.  The Beautiful Wife wants to see fresh flowers, pictures of loved ones, signs of caring.  I...

Agate Street Beach Access Reopens

A ribbon cutting will mark completion of the makeover of the Agate Street beach access point at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. The $1 million renovation includes a new wheelchair-accessible overlook at the entrance, complete stair replacement and...

Rave Reviews for City’s Records

The city of Laguna Beach for the third consecutive year received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. The award from the Government Finance Officers Associate represents the highest form of recognition in...

Personnel File

Scouts Honor Local Leader  Laguna Beach resident Melinda Masson will be honored as one of the Girl Scouts of Orange County’s leadership honorees in October. Masson, chief executive of the digital fundraising company Scripsense in Aliso Viejo, has also established several organizations in the...

Pet Peeves

I subconsciously put off reading the Indy article “Ballot Measure Decision Put Off.” To bury or not to bury wires puts me off.  Only village entrance articles put me off more.   I get so frustrated by the eternal discussions that I wonder how I’ll get out from under this funky feeling of...

Historical Preservation Task Force Interrupted

Editor, After many long meetings regarding the Historical Preservation Ordinance, the City Council voted in favor of forming a task force of residents to study and ultimately make recommendations back to them for action. Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman volunteered to act as...

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Rohrabacher’s Russia Visit

Editor, Should we be worried about the Russians? Absolutely. It was shocking to see our president standing on stage next to Vladimir Putin saying he believed the Russians over our own American...

Short Term Rental Supporters Ignore Nuisance Laws

Editor, Coastal city short-term rental proponents ignore legally-binding land use concepts, typically using meritless, fatally flawed arguments at hearings. They’re good for business?...

Guest column

Most Prepared City Campaign Needs You In a recent column for the Independent, James Utt recounted his momentary panic during the recent Aliso & Wood Canyon fire when he wasn’t sure he...

Another Chef, Another Menu for Las Brisas

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy “Third time’s the charm.” That was my hope when I was invited to Las Brisas recently to sample the restaurant’s new patio menu courtesy of new executive chef Jay...

Performances Enrich the Festival of Arts’ Experience

Brian Bromberg leads a 10-piece band at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, on the Festival of Arts’ grounds. He commonly uses as many as 10 or more basses on his recordings, using different tunings,...

Artman Gallery Blooms with Flora

JoAnne Artman Gallery exhibits “Urban Flora II,” depictions of nature and urbanity. Featured are the oil on canvas, fantastical works of Anna Kincaide, mixed media works of Greg Miller and paper,...