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Hotel Laguna remodel appeal heads to Coastal Commission

The pending remodel of Hotel Laguna will be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission on May 12 after the agency’s staffers found substantial errors...

Street Beat: April 22 to April 24, 2021

Thursday, April 22 Traffic stop. 700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:48 a.m. A blue GMC Yukon was towed and put into a 30-day hold....

Laguna Beach environmentalists share Earth-loving tips, community additions

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach is a green and blue city, home to scores of ecology-minded residents passionate about ocean and...

KX FM founder will exit, all-women team to lead Laguna Beach radio station

KX FM 104.7 announced Tuesday that its founder and general manager, Tyler Russell McCusker, will step away from the station’s daily operations after a...

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Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Mothering Matters New mothers are subjected to an endless bombardment of parenting advice. Parenting experts get asked questions that would have been unheard of in...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

Mothers Remembered There’s a lovely cemetery in Sacramento that is the final resting place for four Hellewell generations. It’s sacred ground to the Beautiful Wife...

Opinion: Village Matters

Warning Signs Unheeded for Too Long “It can’t really be that bad,” we say to ourselves. Our human nature seems to be inherently optimistic. How...

Opinion: Hotel Laguna turmoil shows city leaders asleep at the wheel

By Paul Freeman Editor's Note: Freeman released a somewhat lengthier version of what runs below this past Monday. On Wednesday, the city announced it was...

Opinion: Outside In

The Choices We Make By David Weinstein I had just handed in my column for the week when I got the news that Shohreh Dupuis had...

Local rental group invites public to try stand-up paddle for free

A free community sunset paddle will be held at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Baby Beach in Dana Point. The event is hosted by...

R Star Foundation ships personal pads for Nepali girls

The R Star Foundation of Laguna Beach announced the first shipment of personal pad solution kits, washable and reusable pads for rural girls, was...

Barefoot Canyon Classic returns to The Ranch

SchoolPower, Laguna Beach’s education foundation, will host the fifth annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic & BBQ, at the Ranch at Laguna Beach on...

Laguna Beach author Kaira Rouda will discuss latest book on May 7

Laguna Beach Books invites the public on May 7 at 5 p.m. to join a free Zoom virtual event with award-winning author Kaira Rouda...

Laguna Presbyterian, El Ranchito offer a year of weekly meals for youth shelter

Laguna Presbyterian Church and Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican restaurant are teaming up with Waymakers Youth Shelter Laguna Beach to provide the shelter’s clients with...

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Dish of the Week Filetto Di Salmone con Salsa Fresca Grilled Salmon with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, EVOO, seasonal vegetables, creamy mascarpone polenta $29 Rumari...

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...

Holiday Digest

  The Laguna Beach Independent is proud to once again partner with the Third Street Writers, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting writing and literary...

LETTERS

Sports Update: Laguna Girls Soccer Stuns Newport, Playoff Bound

Girls Soccer (4-1, 6-3) Jordan Sprague delivered a 38-yard free kick “golden goal” that the Newport Harbor keeper mishandled to deliver the Breakers to a...

Laguna Sports Update: Breakers Basketball defeats Santa Fe Springs at home

Boys Basketball (8-0) Breakers set an 87-year school record this past Tuesday when they easily defeated Santa Fe Springs 73-44 at Dugger Gym to open...

Laguna Sports Update: Westminster Holds Off Laguna Football 27-21

Fall/Winter Sports: Football – Westminster Holds Off Laguna 27-21 In an entertaining contest on April 16 at Boswell Field on the Westminster High School campus, the...

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...

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...