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Museum’s Art Auction Celebrates ‘California Cool’

Members of the Laguna Art Museum began streaming into the California Cool Art Auction preview party on Thursday evening to view works by over 100 artists that are on display at the museum, all awaiting new homes. The 37th annual auction takes place this Saturday, Feb. 16, from...
Posted On 14 Feb 2019

Rouda to Host First Town Hall

Laguna’s Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48) will host the first town hall of his term on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 p.m. at the Estancia High School Gynasium, located at 2323 Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa.

City Sets Top Priorities for 2019

Community development and wildfire protection are two areas the Laguna Beach City Council identified as its top legislative priorities in 2019 during a five-hour workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9 with city administrators.



Local Artist’s Memory Honored with Sculpture Studio Dedication

By Craig Lockwood, Special to the Independent During a gala event, Friday, Feb. 1, at Laguna’s College of Art and Design, college president Jonathan Burke recalled Laguna Beach artist and ceramist, Jane Callender, a valued contributor to the...

Playhouse Opens ‘Blues in the Night’ Feb. 24

“Blues in the Night,” with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal, will begin previews on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. The show, conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, will open on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m....

Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding

A eucalyptus near the Montage Resort fell during this week’s storms.

Does the Wet Suit You

Don’t Come Here, You’ll Drown Laguna Beach is where the right hand often doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, even when they’re both connected to the same council member’s brain. Take traffic and parking for an example.  Our issue of too...

Finding Meaning

The Summer of ’34 This is a true story dug from Laguna’s past. A story about love, and how it shapes our lives. In the summer of ’34, five people crossed paths in Laguna. Four were married, and neighbors. Gigi Parrish, an aspiring actress...

Wisdom Workout

Moonlight Becomes You The current rains have turned our city green and lush, with the majestic hills as a backdrop and the dynamic, vibrant ocean sparkling in the sun. Our outer surroundings supply nourishment in the pursuit of fulfilling the...
Posted On 14 Feb 2019

Pet Peeves

Bored Review Design When we came to Laguna, the neighborhood welcome wagon put sticks and flags on our house. I asked, “What are those things for?” The Wagon’s self-appointed spokesman said, “It’s a local custom. Like bringing a pie over in other places.” “Oh, I like pie. Would it be too rude...

Laguna Bluebelt Photo Contest Returns

The 8th annual Laguna Bluebelt photo contest, conceived to raise awareness of Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas, is now accepting entries. Photos taken between Feb. 15, 2018 and March 15, 2019 can beuploaded to www.contest.lagunabluebelt.orguntil March 15. Photos can be taken of the beach,...

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LBHS Sports Update

Breakers Face CdM in D1 CIF Finals Girls Water Polo (28-1) Tea Poljak scored three goals and provided two key assists to lead the Breakers to a 9-6 win over Foothill (21-7) this past Wednesday...

Letter: Regarding the Covington Students

Hypocrisy is what upsets me the most. I don’t care if you are a liberal or a conservative, the hypocrisy must stop. I’m proud of the Covington boys, the parents and their Catholic school. In his...

Letter: Traffic Schmaffic

  No one wants to talk about traffic, because few really understand the problem. Traffic seems so complicated, that our hope remains that the city or another party will fix it somehow....

USPS: Weather Impacts Mail Delivery in Laguna Beach

Customer pick-up available for non-deliveries only Recent storms, flooding and road closures have interrupted mail service in some parts of Laguna Beach, according to the United States Postal...

Letter: In Support of Protecting Ocean Views

At a Jan. 8 City Council meeting, during the consideration of an appeal from a Design Review Board decision, Councilmember Peter Blake, made the following comment: “I think the person who is...

Letter: Park Plaza Torpedoed

It’s stunning that, while downtown retailers are looking to activate their streets and are using the word experience, City Council voted last Saturday to put Park Plaza on the ba...

Letter: Perry Denied Presidency by School Board

Dee Perry taught two of my children and ran for the school board to promote educational excellence for all Laguna Beach students while bringing an openness to the deliberations of the board. She...

Village Matters

Follow the Coffee In politics recently we’ve heard a lot about “following the money.” Here in Laguna we can also “follow the coffee.” It tells the story about respect and cooperation—or not so...

Guest Opinion

Sen. Klobuchar the One to Watch in 2020   Having left the comfort of Orange County to help produce a televised presidential debate from Des Moines in 1984, I know first-hand the significance...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals READY FOR THE BIG ONE? I am a well-known survivalist who will help you learn the secrets of surviving the big one. I’ll supply you with all you need to live throug...

Street Beat

Traffic stop. 12:15 a.m. 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Road. Yanira Wendy Zeigler, 36, of Long Beach, was arrested for DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to one prior offense. Traffic stop. 1:32...

City Looks to Improve Design Review Process

Tuesday night, the Laguna Beach City Council asked city staff to return with recommendations for improving the city’s design review process, which some residents, architects and developers feel...