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Laguna CEO Charged in Admissions Scandal

Federal authorities revealed a wide-reaching college admissions scam this week that included millions paid in bribes, as well as falsified exam scores, achievements, and athletic accomplishments. Authorities charged 50 people Tuesday—including a Laguna Beach CEO—in connection...

Festival Introduces ‘Fresh Faces’

Twenty-four new artists whose work will be showcased in the 2019 Festival of the Arts were introduced last Saturday at the “Fresh Faces” exhibit and reception in the upstairs gallery of the Wells Fargo building on Ocean Avenue.
Posted On 14 Mar 2019

School Officer Shines Spotlight on Students

School Resource Officer Cpl. Cornelius Ashton admitted to being nervous on his first day at Laguna Beach High School.


Marine Mammal Strandings Unusually High

Keith Matassa and the veterinary staff at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center have been working nearly around the clock for the last couple of weeks to rescue and care for sick dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions stranded on Orange County...

Laguna’s Lighthouse

The Hills are Alive On March 8, Laguna photographer Mitch Ridder ventured high above downtown on a vertical hike to capture this idyllic image.

Does the Wet Suit You

Pay or Plague Only a prolonged plague would solve Laguna’s persistent parking problems. A new garage near the downtown bowl certainly isn’t going to do it. Nope, that garage is intended to solve a specific problem associated with all the...




Finding Meaning

Luck of the Irish To honor St. Patrick’s Day, I should tell the story of John Monahan, a son of Ireland no longer with us. I worked for John at a Procter & Gamble plant that used to be in Long Beach. I was starting my career; he was nearing...

‘Heisenberg’ Celebrates Complexity of Relationships

In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of mid-70s British butcher Alex. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, she sends the suspicious man’s life reeling. As Alex is...

Planting the Seed

The city of Laguna Beach held its second annual Arbor Day celebration at Main Beach Park on Friday, March 8. The event included a tree planting ceremony, during which city officials, local activists and students planted a New Zealand Christmas...

Letter: Buyer Beware: Snake Oil Salesman in the Neighborhood

As an opponent to the legalization of marijuana I read with interest, “Know What You’re Getting: CBD, THC or Medical Marijuana” published in the March 1 issue of the Indy. I agree with many of the remarks made by Dr. Gregory Smith, M.D., especially regarding the assumption that products...

Letter: Laguna Deserves Better Restaurants

I had to get off my duff and write in this week thanks to a quote from Toni Iseman in last week’s Indy article regarding proposed reform to historic preservation laws. Toni said: “I’ve talked to restaurant owners who say there are too many restaurants right now, and if you look at the...

Letter: School Board Represents Community, Not Education Bureaucracy

We were hoping for some original new ideas from new School Board member James Kelly, but my wife and I were disappointed by his “Positive Outcomes” letter (March 7, Indy). Instead of enlarging community schools narrative, he’s seemingly fallen into lock step with same old shrill chorus trying...

Letter: City Needs Historic Preservation Expert

It was disappointing to read that a number of City Council members are not in favor of hiring a historic preservation planner, which has been supported both by the Task Force and the Heritage...

Letter: Tourist Saturation Warrants City’s Attention

Columnist J.J. Gasparotti and UCI research professor Jim Danziger provide compelling arguments exposing the flawed narrative that six million visitors per year is a net positive for Laguna Beach...

Guest Column: What If It Happened in Laguna?

Don’t kid yourself. Last week’s anti-Semitic turmoil in Newport, Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa could have happened here in Laguna. If you need a briefing on what transpired, here is...

Village Matters

Less Laguna in Laguna? “Less design review and less heritage is what we’re looking for,” pronounced Councilmember Peter Blake at the last council meeting. Less oppressive bureaucracy, less...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals DEAR AL – I know the truth about you and really want to forgive you for the fraud you perpetrated on me. I should have known better about having an online relationship with a...

Pet Peeves

Monkey Business It was date night. My wife says it helps our marriage. Usually, date night consists of dinner and a movie. We can never agree on where to eat or what movie to watch. So, we go our...

LBHS Sorts Update

Boys Volleyball Sweeps Santa Margarita Ranked 20th this week in the SSCIF poll, Breakers showed they belong in the top 20 with a pair of competitive road games On Wednesday, March 13, Laguna won...

Two Virtual Kidnapping Incidents in 24 Hours

The Laguna Beach Police Department reported this week that two “virtual kidnapping” scams occurred in Laguna on March 7 and 8. Virtual kidnapping is an extortion scheme that tricks victims into...

Local Endurance Swimmer Competes in Russia

Tom Hale is no stranger to swimming in cold, even dangerous waters, but last week he took on a new challenge—competing in the second St. Petersburg Big Neva Winter Swimming Cup.
Posted On 07 Mar 2019

Annual Literary Luncheon Returns, Featuring Three Female Authors

Three women authors will share their stories of the writing life at the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) 32nd Annual Literary Luncheon to be held at the Surf and Sand Resort on...

Council OK’s Roadmap to Reform Historic Preservation Law

Laguna Beach took a step forward Tuesday in reforming its controversial historic preservation ordinance, including the abandonment of Laguna Beach’s unique rating system and instead using...

City Pursues Improved Community Development Service

Laguna Beach presented its game plan Tuesday for how it will improve customer service at its Community Development service counter, including hiring a new customer service supervisor and closing...


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