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Newport Beach Doctor, Girlfriend Charged With Rape, Sexual Assault

A Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend were arrested last week on multiple felony sexual assault counts, the Orange County District Attorney reported this week.

Candidates Discuss Measure P, Laguna Canyon

Eight candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council made their cases Monday for why they should be elected in November during the latest forum hosted by the nonprofit advocacy group Village Laguna.

Waiting for the Right Wave

After waiting patiently for the ideal conditions, the 55th annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic finally hit the water Sept. 15-16.



Does the Wet Suit You

Burning Jackets Work has just begun on the $11.1 million-dollar Village Exit and controversy has already started. There’s the historic sewage sludge digester tank with its 60,000 gallons of toxic waste and 40 cubic yards of toxic sludge. Always...

Finding Meaning

A Kinder Laguna Did you notice in the Indy that Councilman Steve Dicterow, concerned about the decline of civility in public affairs, is starting a kindness campaign? Most would agree our society is unusually polarized today. From Washington...

Chip Harrell Celebration of Life Set for Sunday

A celebration of Chip Harrell’s life will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. until dark in the courtyard area near the Sandpiper. Harrell and his brother, Chuck, owned The Sandpiper Lounge together—known affectionately by locals as the...

Local Photographer Captures Rare Orca Activity

Laguna Beach photographer Rich German witnessed and captured three orca encounters over a four-day period last week in Laguna. “The highlight of the first encounter was seeing them fly out of the water as the sun was setting,” German recalle...

Robert Lawerence Gamez

On Monday, Aug. 27, Robert Lawerence Gamez passed away at the age of 74.  In his professional life, he had a successful CPA practice in Laguna Beach for 47 years, but his passions were mountain biking, surfing, climbing mountains and...

Peter Godfrey Leibfred

Peter Godfrey Leibfred, 80, a more than 50-year resident of Laguna Beach, died at his home in Laguna Beach on Aug. 26. His nephews, Dale and Keith Poller, were with him as he peacefully took his last breath on earth. A very special and blessed...

Pet Peeves

One…Two…Three Whenever something bad happens I’ve been told to scream, “May Day, May Day!” So imagine my surprise after reading the Indy’s “City Officials Encourage Participation in National Preparedness Month.” What? Are they now telling me to scream “September Day, September Day,” when the...

Wisdom Workout

How To Escape the Loneliness Trap Penetrate deeply into the secret existence of anyone, even those who seem particularly happy, and their interior landscape will house pockets of emptiness and heart hurts that have left rough scar tissue and abandoned memories from past traumas, struggles and...

LOCA Invites Community to Annual Brunch

LOCA invites everyone to its annual meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Healy House on the Sawdust Festival grounds. Attendees will enjoy brunch and meet LOCA’s board of directors. Updates on LOCA’s community service programs, such as arts in schools and Wayfinders...

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Exhibit of Beloved Local Artist’s Work Opens

A reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, opens an exhibit of Mark Chamberlain’s work, at BC Space, 235 Forest Ave. The exhibition and sale of  “Mark Chamberlain Cibachrome Prints,” created and...

Letter: Post-Coastal Cleanup, Let’s Focus on Microplastic, Sustainable Living

Sept. 15 was another record-breaking Coastal Cleanup Day. Orange County Coastkeeper reports 44,000 pounds of trash were collected, up from 32,000 pounds last year. Cheers to the community effort!...

Letter: Candidates on the Record for the Sales Tax

Finally, at the first candidate forum, we got to find out which candidates are for the 1-cent increase in your sales tax. Remember residents – this tax will be on any purchase you make in town,...
Posted On 20 Sep 2018

Letter: In Defense of Design Review

I would like to speak up in defense of our town’s Design Review Board.  I hear many complaints about this group in conversations, in City Council candidate forums, and I read disparaging comments...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Touts Poor Land Use Policy Ideas

After seeing the full-page ad in the Indy sponsored by Liberate Laguna, I felt motivated to grab my black armband and head down to Main Beach to join the revolution. That was until I read the...