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“I’ve never felt these emotions before” — Fire dims new year for young family, business owners

Amanda Wilde settled in for the first night back in her ocean view studio after spending about a month in the hospital with her...

Laguna Beach OKs 10-year housing plan, shrugs off resident concerns on hospital site

The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Housing Element update, a document that will guide housing development in the City...

Laguna Beach receives signatures for ballot initiative aiming to check development

A Laguna Beach resident-driven ballot initiative that would require voter approval of certain development projects took a step toward the ballot box on Monday. Laguna...

Street Beat: Dec. 29, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022

Wednesday, Dec. 29 Disturbance. 300 block of 3rd St. 1:06 p.m. The reporting party stated there was a female patient throwing chairs outside the location...

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Laguna Board of Realtors installs 2022 Board of Directors

The Laguna Board of Realtors recently installed its 2022 Board of Directors and honored the Realtor and Affiliate of the year during a virtual...

The Ranch at Laguna Beach launches guest-driven tree donation collective

The Ranch at Laguna Beach now offers guests the opportunity to add a donation to their room charge that will pay for a tree...

Laguna Beach artist’s design featured on Slice Pizza boxes

Slice Pizza & Beer has released its fourth artist-designed box, which features a collage created by Laguna Beach interior designer Lauren Howell. “In keeping with...

Letter: Look For a Better and More Feasible Solution

Tuesday evening the City Council responded to public requests for two studies into the Laguna Residents First (LRF) ballot initiative. If LRF’s initiative is...

Letter: Who Are You Going To Believe?

The world’s most dangerous propagandist once deluded an entire nation by stating that if you dominate the media and tell a big lie often...

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Letter: Look For a Better and More Feasible Solution

Tuesday evening the City Council responded to public requests for two studies into the Laguna Residents First (LRF) ballot initiative. If LRF’s initiative is...

Letter: Who Are You Going To Believe?

The world’s most dangerous propagandist once deluded an entire nation by stating that if you dominate the media and tell a big lie often...

Letter: Laguna Residents First Submit 2,679 Signatures

On Jan. 10, 2022, Laguna Residents First submitted to City Clerk Ann Marie McKay 2,679 signatures for a “Beautiful Laguna Overlay Zoning District” ballot...

Letter: Response to Michael Ray’s column

Mike Ray’s column last week, Goodbye Liberate Laguna, is disingenuous at best, mendacious at the very least in my opinion. To expect anyone to...

Letter: Save the South Laguna Community Garden 

Last summer I moved back to south Laguna after many years away. I found out that I remember every street, every beach, every part of...

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Laguna Playhouse awarded $50,000 from O.C. COVID-19 relief fund

The Laguna Playhouse recently received a $50,000 grant through Sup. Lisa Bartlett’s Arts Related Small Business and Nonprofit Grant Relief Program. In 2020, many arts-related...

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center to showcase 3 artists who captured a historic year

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center will hold an opening reception for “2020: Three artists respond to a historic year” from 7 to 10 p.m....

FOA Foundation names Kathy Jones as new president

Kathy Jones was recently tapped as the next president of the FOA Foundation’s board of directors. “Kathy Jones joined the FOA Foundation two years ago....

Laguna Community and Jazz Bands To Stage Free Holiday Concerts

The Laguna Jazz Band plays its holiday blend of jazz and pop standards, Latin, funk, and salsa at two free concerts in December. They’ll be...

Laguna Playhouse to Premiere “Robin Hood & Maid Marion”

Laguna Playhouse will showcase “Robin Hood & Maid Marion: A Holiday Panto” starting Friday through Dec. 29. Produced by Bonnie Lythgoe Productions, “Robin Hood &...

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Sports Update: Fall 2021 Laguna Beach High School Athletic Awards

CROSS COUNTRY 2021 was not the season the teams were hoping to have as they fell short in qualifying for the State Meet after three...

Laguna Sports Update

WINTER SPORTS Boys Basketball (7-5) San Juan Hills (13-2) proved to be another difficult opponent as the Stallions easily ran past Laguna 66-37 in a contest...

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WINTER SPORTS Boys Basketball (7-4) Hot shooting Dana Hills jumped out to a 37-19 half-time lead and went on to bury the Breakers 65-46 in a...

Laguna Sports Update

WINTER SPORTS Boys Basketball (7-3) Laguna went 3-1 at the Corona del Mar tournament last week as the squad continue to prepare for a very tough...

Sports Update: Breakers win season opener 23-3

Boys Basketball (4-2) Breakers won two more games in the Portola Tournament before losing on the final day to Los Osos 44-37.  On Dec. 2, Laguna...

Laguna Beach USD opts to keep in-person board meetings amid COVID-19 surge

Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the outcome of the school board's vote. The Independent regrets...

Laguna Beach USD names 2021-22 employees of the year

A Thurston Middle School social studies teacher and district human resources assistant were selected as the 2021-22 employees of the year for the Laguna...

Anneliese School animals programs bring the classroom to barnyard

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent The Animal Learning Program at Anneliese Schools is a point of pride at the private institution whose hallmark...

Laguna Beach teacher recognized by Navy for mentoring sailor

Laguna Beach High School teacher Jonathan Todd, was surprised in his classroom on Nov. 4 with the Navy’s Impact Influencer Award. This service recognizes educators...

Laguna Beach High School students present authentic research proposals

Laguna Beach High School’s Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) Program students presented their project proposals during a special class session on Oct. 13. Teachers and students...

Anneliese Names New Head of Willowbrook Campus

Anneliese Schools has tapped Wendy Bana as Head of School of the Willowbrook Campus, the private school announced in a press release Wednesday. Bana returns...