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Huntington Beach Man Drowns While Attempting Rescue in Laguna Beach

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy A 27-year-old Huntington Beach man, Javier Vargas Cuellar, has been identified as the swimmer who died Sunday night after attempting to rescue a fellow swimmer at Table Rock Beach in Laguna. Sgt. Jim Cota, of the Laguna Beach Police Department, said...

Hotel Plans Expected Later this Month

The Laguna Beach City Council approved an agreement this week with Mo Honarkar’s Laguna Beach Co. that outlines the review of six major developments, including the renovation of Hotel Laguna and the proposed Cleo Hotel.

Wyland Resurrects Original Whaling Wall in Laguna

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy Wyland surprised residents and visitors to Laguna Beach this week as he began recreating his first ever whaling wall mural adjacent to his gallery. Wyland is known internationally for his 100 whaling walls that feature images of life-size whales and...

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Wildfire Report Outlines Threat, Safety Measures

Laguna Beach needs to consider installing air raid-style sirens, hydrants that can refill hovering helicopters, and undergrounding utility lines near evacuation routes and wild vegetation, according to a long-awaited city report published Tuesday.

School Board Member Threatens Suit Over Exclusion

A Laguna Beach Unified School District board member excluded from a new committee created to hear confidential matters has threatened to sue, escalating a fight that already had a litigious tone.

Rally Demands Closure of Detention Centers

More than 100 Laguna Beach residents and activists joined communities nationwide to demand the closure of U.S. child detention centers. Local organizers held a “Close the Camps” day of action on Tuesday, July 2, to demand the closure of...





Exploring Space and the Unconventional

Exploring Space and the Unconventional JoAnne Artman Gallery introduces two artists, Ellen Von Wiegand and Hugo G. Urrutia, who present an expressive formal approach to their work. Von Wiegand and Urrutia explore spatiality, the limitations of...

Girl Scouts Seek New Members, Volunteers

Robotics, camping, cooking, art, first aid, cyber-security and business skills are just some of the topics a girl can choose to explore in the Girls Scouts. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls who are confident, courageous, and strong...

Laguna Beach Sports Update

   Girls Water Polo Wins in Santa Barbara Breakers traveled to Santa Barbara last weekend to participate in the Summer Santa Barbara TOC, featuring 16 teams including many top schools. Breakers defeated Ventura 21-2, Agoura 17-3, Mater Dei 11-1, and San Marcos 13-3. Orange Lutheran finished...

The Kibitzer

The Squid Whisperers Many would say the risk was too great. In hindsight, I would have to agree. But on Tuesday, June 25, my daughter and I stuffed our belongings into two plastic boats and launched into the Mediterranean Sea on the northeast coast of Ibiza. I had been assiduously tracking the...
Posted On 11 Jul 2019

Finding Meaning

Laguna’s Churches In the search for meaning, it’s been my pleasure to attend all of Laguna’s churches. In truth, I haven’t been to a service I didn’t enjoy. Each church is a unique institution, with its own history, faithful adherents, and strong social bonds. Taken together, they’re a big part...

Does the Wet Suit You

Stinky Business Special Enterprise Districts are one of California’s oldest forms of government. Most folks don’t know they exist. They are the first form of government many communities form....

Pet Peeves

Bough Breaks Yikes. The OC Grand Jury released a report criticizing Laguna Beach as one of eight cities with a low number of publicly owned street trees. Laguna ranked third from the bottom, just...

Letter: Of Pride and Patriotism

It was so heartening to see the patriotic displays and pride in America on July 4! We were out of town in Lake Arrowhead spending time with family. The lake was overflowing with American flags...

Letter: A Caterpillar Pushes Back

One nice day, Caterpillar was out for a walk and came to Laguna Beach. “My, my!” said Caterpillar. “This looks like a very nice beach!” Caterpillar looked down the beach. “I do not see anyone...

Letter: Wait a Second…MOU?

Having lived in Laguna Beach for 48 years and seeing/listening/hearing all of the screams and yells of developers/home builders/remodelers/business applicants/chain stores and...

Letter: Fourth of July in Laguna

If you wandered the neighborhoods you probably saw painted faces, ice cream, watermelon, decorated bicycles and family BBQ’s all over Laguna. If you saw Main Beach, it was covered in colorful...

Letter: Much Ado about Nothing

I read with much amusement in the June 28 Indy, Village Laguna crowing about their $1,000 scholarship donation to a graduating senior this year. This is an organization that touts itself as being...

Letter: Superintendent’s Pay Raise is Unwarranted

Superintendent Viloria’s contract amendment along with, in my opinion, a generous 8.1 percent raise, is yet another action by our School Board that further puts into question their strength and...

Letter: In Support of Dee Perry

My daughter Makayla was a student at El Morro in Mrs. Perry’s third grade class, and my daughter adored her and so did I. We just saw her at high school graduation, and she gave my daughter the...

Letter: Time for Change on School Board

I read Michele Monda’s column in last week’s Indy and I am outraged by the behavior of the School Board and superintendent. To put the taxpayers/residents/children of Laguna Beach in a situation...

Letter: Unfair to Compare Laguna Trees to Rest of OC

I reviewed the Grand Jury’s Urban Forest Report—of the 12 cities in OC that responded, Laguna was the only coastal city. Laguna is so different in so many ways that to compare us to any city in...


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