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LBHS Lacrosse Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Inappropriately Touching Players

Laguna Beach High School lacrosse coach Robert Sant, 37, of Irvine, was arrested last week for three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children. On Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m., School Resource Officer Cpl. Cornelius Ashton was advised by two female LBHS students that their...

City Hits the Breaks on Electric Vehicle Rentals

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A proposal to add an electric vehicle rental shop in North Laguna Beach was killed Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the Laguna Beach City Council, which argued the commercial use was not a good fit for the neighborhood. Residents of...


Laguna Student Launches Film Career

By Amy Orr | LB Indy Michael Tanaka loves everything about Laguna Beach. “I was born in Laguna. It’s an amazing place with so much to do” Tanaka said. Tanaka’s short film “24 Hours” showcases his feelings about the town and its residents. The...

Real Estate News

Newport Beach Manager Receives Coldwell Banker’s President’s Award Debbie Lewandowski, the branch manager of the Newport Beach, Lido Isle and Balboa Island offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has won the President’s Award for...

‘Debris Free Seas’ is Theme for Annual Kelpfest

Laguna Ocean Foundation’s Kelpfest 2019 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the south end of Main Beach. This free annual festival celebrates Laguna’s unique coastal ecosystem and informs visitors and residents that...




LGBTQ Alliance Presents ‘Diversity and the Creative Economy’

Registration is open for “Diversity and the Creative Economy,” a symposium featuring international bestselling author and urbanist Richard Florida to be held on Monday, April 29, from 8 a.m. until noon at Montage Laguna Beach. Presented by the...

Laguna Dance Festival Announces 15th Season, New Venue

Fall festival Sept. 27–29 heads to Irvine Barclay Theatre Laguna Dance Festival has announced its 15th season, presenting a trio of performances Sept. 27–29 by the Parsons Dance Company from New York City, RUBBERBANDance Group from Montreal, and...

Award Winning Poets to Read at Laguna Beach Books

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, will host an evening of poetry and conversation with poets Kate Buckley, Jodie Hollander and Elena Byrne from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Buckley, former poet laureate of Laguna Beach whose work...

Red Telephone Booth Sculpture Rotation

On Monday, April 22, the installation “Nine Billion” by artist Douglas Turner will be removed from the red telephone booth on Forest Avenue, concluding its two-year exhibition. The telephone booth will be cleaned and repainted in preparation for a new temporary installation, “Super Hero...

Celebrate Easter with Brunches, Bunnies and Hunts

  In Town Favorites At Harvestat the Ranch, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the menu, brioche French toast, croissants and assorted pastries, breakfast meats and potatoes and omelets. For reservations call 949-499-2271. At Sapphireon Easter Sunday, brunch will be served...

LBHS Women’s Short Board Team Wins State Championships

Coscino, Booth and Danbara Lead the Way By LBHS Surf Coaches Alisa Cairns and Scott Finn On Saturday, April 13, the Laguna Beach High School Women’s Shortboard Surf Team was crowned team champion at the Scholastic Surf Series High School State Championships for the second year in a row. The...

Class Notes

  LBHS Plays Carnegie Hall   By Kathleen Fay, LBHS Band Boosters President The Laguna Beach High School Wind Ensemble was honored to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 1....

LBHS Sports Update

Tough 3-2 Loss at Marina Baseball (16-10, 3-3) Payton Fullerton pitch a great game but key second inning defensive infield lapses allowed host Marina to score three runs that proved to be the...

Street Beat

Sunday, April 14 Traffic stop. 1:18 a.m. 200 block of Cliff Drive. After reportedly driving the wrong way down the street, Cody Michael Baumgartner, 28, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested on...

Laguna Beach Police Cars Will Keep Their Stars and Stripes

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The stars and stripes will continue to emblazon Laguna Beach police cars following a whirlwind of national media attention this week about a...

Letter: Bluebelt Supports AB 65 for Sea-level Rise and Green Infrastructure

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition supports AB 65, introduced by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, to significantly invest in the use of natural, or “green,” infrastructure along the...

Letter: School Board Denies Its Record of Retaliation

My neighbors are still talking about our School Board’s bad example to kids by not following rules or being fair to others. Everyone knows denying Dee Perry equal participation on the Board is...

Letter: Local Moms Run in Marathon

Yep, she’s done it again. Two years in a row now, Soomi Nahm, a great mom with four wonderful kids and a great neighbor, just completed another successful run in the LA Marathon. She completed...

Common Sense

Local Accountability As my husband, Emil, did in his first column for “Common Sense,” I too would like to thank the Indy in my first column for giving us both the opportunity to discuss issues of...

Guest Column

No Threatening Political Language in Laguna Politics is a contact sport. Candidates understand there is no trophy for simply showing up. With these thoughts in mind, is it any wonder chants like...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals   BUICK LE SABRE, Year 2000 – Custom points all over this excellent machine – owner/driver has all records. Asking $5,000 in a cashier’s check. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity....

Does the Wet Suit You

Read Me For $185 An Hour If you are not getting paid $185 an hour to read this column, you’re not a consultant for the toll road. Nobody was paid that kind of money for producing it. If you are...

Finding Meaning

Palm Sunday I write as the Indy traveling correspondent to little Midway, Utah. It’s a picturesque village high in the Wasatch range of the Rocky Mountains. Swiss emigrants helped settle Midway...


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