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Laguna Beach police offer hiring bonuses, short-term overtime bump amid staffing gap

The Laguna Beach Police Department will join the numerous law enforcement agencies across the nation offering bonuses to new employees, following an uptick in...

Street Beat: July 20 to July 25, 2022

Wednesday, July 20 Bench warrant. Nicole Diana Adams, 31, of Mission Viejo was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor bench warrant. She was held on...

Laguna Beach native tapped to lead Chamber of Commerce

A third-generation Laguna Beach native has been named as the next president and CEO of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, officials said Monday. Erin...

LBUSD Taps New Assistant Principals

The Laguna Beach Unified School District named two new assistant principals this week. Brian Carlson has joined Laguna Beach High School as an assistant principal...

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Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach to celebrate 90th anniversary

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach will mark its 90th anniversary with a birthday bash from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 13...

Laguna Art Museum to host California impressionism lecture

Laguna Art Museum curatorial fellow Jean Stern will offer an introductory lecture on California Impressionist Style at 10 a.m. on Aug. 7. Stern will highlight...

La Playa Center to host free ESL classes

The La Playa Center will restart free adult English classes this fall at the Boys and Girls Club in Laguna Canyon Road on Sept....

LGBTQ pride festival returns to Laguna Beach

After a pandemic-forced hiatus, Laguna Beach Pride 365 will host the Summer of Pride Festival on Saturday. There will be over 12 specialty vendors, three...

Letter: Respect of Colleagues

What do these three people have in common? - Edward Lorr (1970-1974) - Bill Wilcoxen (1981-1982) - Peter Blake (2018-2022) Answer: These are the only Laguna Beach councilmembers...

Letter: Respect of Colleagues

What do these three people have in common? - Edward Lorr (1970-1974) - Bill Wilcoxen (1981-1982) - Peter Blake (2018-2022) Answer: These are the only Laguna Beach councilmembers...

Letter: Laguna’s Intermediate Little League All-Stars 

Heartiest congratulations to Laguna's Intermediate Little League All-Star squad. While your recent defeat means you won't be playing in the World Series, you certainly...

Letter: Sally’s Fund is Vital For Seniors

With the arrival of summer tourists and children out of school, the availability of the trolley and local van services for older residents like...

Letter: Response to Sam Goldstein Guest Opinion

Sam Goldstein states in his guest opinion that appeared in the July 15, 2022 Indy edition that those who support the Laguna Resident First...

Letter: Laguna at a Crossroads

Considering this council’s sweeping revisions to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) last year, the decision to oppose the LRF ballot initiative is sadly, unsurprising....

Laguna Beach sculptor joins selection committee for Florence art show

Laguna Beach sculptor Nick Hernandez feels like his career is getting a second wind. Hernandez, 76, has been named to the International Selection Committee that...

Booth builder recreates Sawdust’s magic for 25 years

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent  When the Sawdust Art Festival held its latest preview night, Laguna Beach residents lined up in excitement to...

Festival of the Arts celebrates its 90th anniversary with artists

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent The Festival of Arts celebrated its 90th Anniversary with its 2022 summer Festival of Arts showcase, recognizing the...

In a Laguna Beach first, Juneteenth comes to cultural arts center 

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center hosted the city’s first Juneteenth celebration on June 19. This date coincides with...

Laguna Dance Festival moves to Artists’ Theater

Laguna Dance Festival announces it will showcase Los Angeles-based dance group BodyTraffic and Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell at The Artists’ Theater at Laguna Beach High School...

Laguna Sports Update: July 29, 2022

SUMMER UPDATES Basketball – Basketball’s summer program ended last week. The previous week, Laguna went 2-1 at the Estancia Tournament defeating the Eagles and Westminster...

Laguna Beach Little League all stars wins first state title

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent  For the first time in Laguna Beach little league history, the town has won a state championship. The...

Laguna Sports Update: July 15, 2022

SUMMER UPDATES Basketball – Breakers were 1-4 last week in summer play beating Laguna Hills but dropping games to Foothill, Dana Hills, and Northwood. Girls Water...

Laguna Sports Update: July 8, 2022

SUMMER UPDATES Baseball – Jairo Ochoa has confirmed the core of his coaching staff is returning for 2023 led by Austin Paxson back for his...

Laguna Sports Update: July 1, 2022

SUMMER  UPDATES Boys Water Polo – Summer camp began on June 27 and runs to July 15. Girls Water Polo – Breaker players were involved in...

Laguna Beach USD Superintendent’s new salary exceeds $331,000

The top employee of the Laguna Beach Unified School District will see his annual salary increase to $331,813 starting Friday. A 3% pay increase and...

Innovative Laguna Beach High School English teacher retires 

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent In the months before the pandemic, English teacher Dawn Hunnicutt accomplished her goal of launching a Creative Writing...

Laguna Beach jubilant at Class of 2022 graduation

Laguna Beach High School capped the 2021-22 academic year with a graduating ceremony for its seniors at Guyer Field on Thursday night. Principal Jason Allemann...

Class of 2022 takes celebratory march through Downtown Laguna

By Timothy Hessen, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach celebrated the Class of 2022, who endured a high school career marred by a global pandemic,...

Laguna Beach USD talks student satisfaction, sustainability goals

By Megan Miller, Special to the Independent With the academic year coming to a close, results of a recent survey show 86% of students feel...

Laguna Beach teacher survives coma, sees upswell of community support

A Laguna Beach High School art teacher who reportedly experienced a medical emergency while behind the wheel in April has seen a GoFundMe campaign...