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Prosecutors reject firearm case against Laguna Beach man probed by FBI

A Laguna Beach man won’t be charged for unlawful possession of a firearm found during an FBI search of his home last month, prosecutors...

More overnight Coast Highway closures slated for Caltrans project at Main Beach

Caltrans has scheduled a trio of overnight closures of Coast Highway this week to support its replacement of the 100-year-old stormwater box culvert at...

Laguna Beach police chief joins county’s top cops in condemning anti-Asian hate

Laguna Beach Police Chief Robert Thompson has joined Orange County’s police chiefs and sheriff in condemning acts of hate against Asian American and Pacific...

Security upgrades on tap for Laguna Beach City Hall and public works office

In the wake of a shooting that killed four people at a family-run business in Orange, Laguna Beach approved spending up to $185,000 on...

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Opinion: Dear City Council

By Christopher Quilter In a recent comment in the Indy, Michele Monda urged residents to make our voices heard concerning the next city manager. She...

Opinion: Outside In

Pretzel Logic By David Weinstein In the immortal words of Monty Python, “And Now for Something Completely Different.” (Spoiler Alert: I’m not going to talk about...

Opinion: Left of Center

Reflections on Education and Political Correctness By Jean Hastings Ardell Some of you may have seen the page one article in last Sunday’s New York Times...

Opinion: Leveling Up Laguna

I’m back from five weeks of travel and what do I come home to? Squabbling, extraordinaire. Why are we so addled, when we have...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

Home Sweet Home In Laguna, we rate our homes by their connection with the ocean. An ocean view is good, a white-water view better,...

Petrie-Norris introduced bill would modernize domestic violence hotlines

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) has introduced AB 689 which will support the expansion of domestic violence crisis hotline services to include computer chat...

Historical Society to virtually host talk on 19th century Mission Inn manager

  The Laguna Beach Historical Society will virtually host author and guest speaker Barbara Ann Burns for a Zoom webinar titled Suite Alice of Riverside,...

Laguna Food Pantry grateful for Sir Speedy donations

Laguna Food Pantry spotlighted one of its recurring donors Kathy Morgan, the owner of Sir Speedy Printing + Signs in Irvine. In January 2019, Morgan...

Laguna Beach honored again by Arbor Day Foundation, hosts youth art contest

For a third straight year, Laguna Beach was recognized as a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation. “Maintaining our Tree City USA...

Laguna Beach Democratic activist named volunteer of year by state party

Long-time Laguna Beach Democratic Club (LBDC) member Mary Carter was named a Volunteer of the Year by the California Democratic Party. Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik, regional...

Laguna Beach author serves up empathy and escapades in new children’s book

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Author Gea Meijering has created a boy named Kees, whom she will introduce to the world next...

Laguna Art Museum recruits new director from Catalina

Laguna Art Museum has tapped Julie Perlin Lee, outgoing executive director of Catalina Island Museum, to lead the storied organization amid a pandemic that...

Laguna Playhouse to stream radio rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest

Laguna Playhouse announced Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley of The Skivvies will present their version of Oscar Wilde’s hit comedy, The Importance of Being...

Laguna Beach performing arts partnership to broadcast return of Beth’s Tuesdays

Singer Beth Fitchet Wood is launching a weekly songwriter showcase on March 2 thanks to a partnership of Laguna Live! and Laguna Beach Cultural...

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Laguna Sports Update: Estancia runs past Breakers football, Girls tennis beats Marina

Fall/Winter Sports: FOOTBALL – Estancia runs past Breakers 28-10 Another contest of missed early opportunities, the Breakers let another very winnable contest slip into the loss...

Sports Update: Ocean View Rallies To Upset Laguna 28-21

Fall/Winter Sports: Football (1-2, 0-1) Once again the Ocean View Seahawks took the closing momentum to upset the Breakers and possibly earn another league title. Both...

Breakers boys basketball rallies to defeat Calvary Chapel

Fall/Winter Sports: Marina Rolls Breakers Football 59-40 The non-league contest with Marina (2-1) revealed the limitations of the small Laguna squad when facing a school with...

Laguna Beach Football blasts Jags 40-0 in 86th varsity season opener

Fall/Winter Sports: Football Blasts Jags 40-0 in 86th Varsity Season Opener Senior Will Bingham threw four touchdown passes and senior Jackson Golden ran for 151 yards...

Sports Update: Girls Water Polo Adds Three Wins

Fall/Winter Sports: Football Open at Jurupa Valley as Segerstrom Cancels Breakers were hit with another schedule change as COVID-19 protocols at Segerstrom forced their program to...

Laguna Beach USD consultant shares roadmap to confront institutional racism

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District, in partnership with a consulting firm, has taken the first steps to...

Laguna Beach USD OKs $2.8 million to refresh Thurston classrooms, athletic field

Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Thurston Middle School is slated to get modernized classrooms and a refreshed sports field, following the Laguna Beach Unified...

Laguna Beach USD taps another insider for third assistant superintendent job

Chad Mabery was named assistant superintendent of instructional services on March 11. Mabery has served as director of assessment and accountability in LBUSD since 2018....

After a year of COVID-19, Laguna Beach USD on track to reopen secondary schools on March 17

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Supt. Jason Viloria reaffirmed Thursday that the Laguna Beach Unified School District's middle and high schools are on...

Laguna Beach High, Thurston still set for March 17 reopening

The Laguna Beach Unified School District remains on track to reopen secondary schools to in-person classes on March 17 even though earlier this week...