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Laguna Couple Proposes Senior, Disabled Dog Adoption Center

Laguna Beach residents Amy and Julian Mack were living in Chicago when they adopted a three-legged pug named Carlo. The charismatic canine suffered a serious injury to one of his legs before being rescued from the streets and had to undergo amputation.

Costume Change for Playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse is slated for a major makeover this fall, thanks to recent city approvals of a building design that includes new colors, textures, and modern elements such as an angular origami pergola.

Laguna Firefighters Help Battle Mendocino Blaze

Six Laguna Beach firefighters, one battalion fire chief and two engines were first dispatched on July 25 to help battle the Cranston fire in southwest Riverside County. On Aug. 2, they were further deployed to the Ranch fire in Mendocino County, and have since been working to...



12 Vie for Council Seats, Five for School Board

Laguna Beach voters will have plenty of choices to make Nov. 6, with 12 candidates competing for three seats on the City Council, five candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach Unified School District board, and a city sales tax...

Johnny Rockets to Close Sunday

After more than two decades of serving up burgers and shakes in downtown Laguna Beach, Johnny Rockets will close its doors for good on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Finding Meaning

One-Step Authenticity The word of the week is “authentic,” the flip side of hypocritical. Two weeks ago, I wrote that Mark Twain’s writing reflected his search for truth and authenticity. Twain, though wary of religion, had a spiritual...

Does the Wet Suit You

Historic Holdup 2.0 Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s historic. Using age as a prime criterion to include a property on the inventory of historic resources casts too broad a net, and often impacts the rights of property owners for no...

Free Lecture on Proposed Aliso Creek Estuary Project

The city of Laguna Beach will host a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, to present proposals for an estuary restoration project at Aliso Creek and its implications for the future. The lecture will be held in the community room...

Pet Peeves

Tempest in a Teapot  I held my breath while reading the Indy’s “Coastal Commission Hits Laguna Beach Couple with $1M Fine for Illegal Home Construction.” I let out my breath when I realized it wasn’t my wife and me. “See honey, those macramé hanging baskets almost did us in. They have no place...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals MY BIG FAT OVAL TRAMPOLINE for sale.  My kids nagged me to buy it for years.  Nobody uses it anymore.  $300 OBO. Above ground pool is also for sale – only $600.  Let’s make a deal for both – good price/bargain.  #IWantMyYardBack LOST: MY HEART to a pretty gal with blue eyes...

Laguna Bids Farewell to Local Volleyball Legend

Rolf Julius Engen-  Aug. 5, 1929- July 31, 2018 Rolf Engen passed away peacefully at his home in Laguna Beach, surrounded by his loving family. He was five days short of his 89th birthday. Rolf was raised in Santa Ana, California, and was a life-long athlete, playing basketball and then...

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Girls Volleyball (1-0)

Breakers opened their 47th season under CIF sponsorship this past Tuesday with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 sweep of former league rival Calvary Chapel at the Eagles gym. Breakers were never threatened...

Girls Tennis

The squad hosts Rancho Mirage on Aug. 17 and 18 in a scrimmage, with non-league play starting on Sept. 4.

Local Lifeguard Competes in Molokai Paddleboard World Championship

By Aaron Garcia, Special to the Independent During the last week of July, Laguna Beach lifeguard John Taschner was on-duty and making rescues at Wood’s Cove. The first weekend of August, Taschner...

Laguna Racer Wins Twice in Utah

Laguna Beach native Michael Lewis came out on top in his Bryan Herta Autosport No. 98 Hyundai i30 N TCR race car this past weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus during the Pirelli World Challenge...

Letter: Climate Remedies Should Include Changing Our Diet

Dear Editor, With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the west and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the east, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These...

Letter: We are the City’s Money Tree

Editor: Here’s one more reason to oppose the city’s proposed 12.9 percent sales tax increase in November. Look at the City Council’s approval last week of the $11.1 million Village Entrance, at...