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Laguna Beach OKs White House restaurant remodel for newcomer Finney’s Crafthouse

The Laguna Beach City Council approved a plan to renovate the 106-year-old White House bar and restaurant into Finney's Crafthouse late Tuesday. The 3-2 vote...

Jane Fonda joins Laguna Beach rally for ending offshore oil operations  

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Actor and Activist Jane Fonda spoke in support of a ban on offshore oil drilling during a press...

Summer classes, building fixes on tap for Laguna Beach USD as COVID-19 relief funds arrive

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously passed a spending plan for COVID-19 relief funds...

Coastal Commission will take closer look at Pacific Edge Hotel major remodel

The California Coastal Commission unanimously voted Oct. 13 to find substantial issue with the major remodel and addition of guest rooms at Pacific Edge...

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Raised gardening beds available at South Laguna Community Park

The South Laguna Community Garden Park currently has openings for gardeners interested in growing their own raised beds. Created from a vacant lot in 2009,...

Learn sketchbook journaling at Heisler Park

LOCA Arts Education invites the public to a special series of outdoor art classes at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. Workshops are offered Nov....

St. Mary’s to host Indigenous peoples celebration

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Laguna Beach will host a special Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 to welcome Indigenous people, and to...

Letter: 20+ Years of Annual Secret Santa

Hello Laguna Beach friends, community and out of county/state donors, This year we will be doing a Secret Santa for 2 Laguna Beach families that...

Letter: City council votes to end offshore oil drilling

Given that all five city councilmembers attended Monday's offshore oil press conference, it's no surprise the council voted Tuesday evening to officially adopt a...

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Letter: 20+ Years of Annual Secret Santa

Hello Laguna Beach friends, community and out of county/state donors, This year we will be doing a Secret Santa for 2 Laguna Beach families that...

Letter: City council votes to end offshore oil drilling

Given that all five city councilmembers attended Monday's offshore oil press conference, it's no surprise the council voted Tuesday evening to officially adopt a...

Letter: First or Fiction

It is trick or treat time in our fair hamlet and from what I continue to read in our local papers, it seems that...

Letter: District attorney takes remedial action on Brown Act violation

After sending a Sept. 21 letter threatening potential prosecution of the City Council for violating state open meeting laws, the DA has given the...

Letter: Divest From Big Oil

It is time to help move our world away from pollution and climate change. One practical solution is divestment from big oil and big...

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Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center to host “Mask-A-Rad” Halloween Bash 

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) will host its first annual “Mask-A-Rad” Halloween Bash fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30...

Plein air painters return to Laguna Beach vistas

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association expressed excitement and gratitude for the overwhelming support received during the 23rd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational...

After pandemic intermission, Laguna Playhouse to open 100th Season on Sunday

Laguna Playhouse plans to open its 100th season on Sunday following a 19-month closure prompted by COVID-19 restrictions. For its fall production, the Playhouse will...

Laguna Art Museum to host circus day event

Laguna Art Museum will host a circus-themed day with art-making and a special performance from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater from 11:30 a.m. to...

LOCA Presents Learn Still Life Painting Workshop

Laguna Outreach for Community ARTS (LOCA) will host a two-part workshop on still life painting on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 from 1 to...

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Sports Update: Quick start breakers rout Lions 54-12

Football (7-1) The Breakers' quest for their 15th league title in football began with an electrifying 94-yard opening kickoff return by sophomore player Jacob Diver...

Sports Update: Breakers Force Tie-May Earn Playoff Spot

Girls Volleyball (15-15, 3-3) On Tuesday, the Breakers celebrated Senior Night honoring their six senior players then swept Los Alamitos 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 to earn...

Sports Update: Breakers Air Assault Sinks Jaguars

Football (5-1) Will Bingham passed for 346 yards – fourth best ever by a Laguna quarterback to help propel the Breakers to a 27-14 victory...

Sports Update: Jack Arntz Runs past Calvary – Scores 4 TD’s

Football (5-1) Laguna went to the ground last Friday night in the 25th meeting between Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana and the Breakers as the senior rushed...

Sports Update: Bingham’s 6 Touchdown Passes Leads the Breakers To Win

Football (4-1) Bingham’s 6 Touchdown Passes Leads the Breakers – A 48-26 Win Senior quarterback Will Bingham delivered some key passes to lead the Breakers to...

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...

Laguna Beach PTAs announce 13th annual sports swap

The Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School PTAs will hold their annual Sports Swap at 8 a.m. on Nov. 6 to collect...

Laguna Beach USD won’t require COVID-19 testing for students

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education voted Sept. 9 against requiring all students to get...

A New Language School Steeped in Encouragement — and Love

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Laguna Beach Independent “Bravo, come parli bene!” (“Wow, how well you speak!”) Sean Cook heard this often as a...

School Board Debates Mandated COVID Testing as Cases Rise

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent At a special meeting last Friday, the Laguna Beach School Board discussed mandating testing and directing staff to...