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Street Beat: July 14 to July 18, 2021

Wednesday, July 14 Lewd conduct. 1000 block of Gaviota. 6:59 p.m. A white male was reportedly naked from the waist down and going through people’s...

These cousins are travelers, not tourists

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Woods Cove resident Laurie Nassif and her cousin, Nance Ackerman, who lives in Nova Scotia, created Cousins Photo...

Ballot initiative would let Laguna Beach voters decide fate of some developments

After a year-long delay due to COVID-19, a local political action committee recently submitted a ballot initiative that would afford Laguna Beach voters the...

Laguna Beach USD school bus yard eyed for potential housing site

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education and City Council discussed adding the school bus yard...

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The Canyon Club will tee off benefit golf tournament

The Canyon Club of Laguna Beach will host its 5th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 10 at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa...

Brooks Street Surfing Classic may return to surfline in August

The 56th annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic will open its waiting period on Aug. 6. Brooks Street was first held in 1955 and could be...

Laguna Beach Historical Society reopens downtown headquarters

The Laguna Beach Historical Society is open again on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Murphy Smith Bungalow, 278 Ocean...

Community Art Project presents “Summer Lift” at City Hall

Seven California artists will exhibit their work from travels to near and far locations during Community Art Project’s latest show “Summer Lift” at Laguna...

Junior artists celebrated at Festival of Arts

Despite the uncertainties presented by COVID-19, the Festival of Arts celebrated its youngest artists with the Junior Art Exhibit on July 11. The event was...

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Letter: Regarding A Republican Speaks for Left of Center

Last week, Jean Ardell, turned her column over to her husband, Dan. Dan started out with an autobiographical note about playing baseball for USC’s...

Letter: Response to Attack on Rouda and Councilmembers

Christopher Kling’s July 16 letter to the editor attacking Harley Rouda and our City Council would be funny if it weren’t so distressing. Kling...

Letter: Is it Moronic to Believe in American Traditions? 

The last person Congress needs is another divider. Last week Harley Rouda called 74 million Republicans, “Morons”; “The fact that 6 million more morons...

Letter: Regarding Laguna Forward

As someone with 20 years of experience in public service working with “local developers”, calling the founders of Laguna Forward “local developers” is a...

Letter: Regarding Michael Ray’s “Musings”

In a break from complaining about Village Laguna, this week Ray seeks to promote the idea that there are many divergent sets of tribal...

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After pandemic intermission, Laguna Playhouse set to open 100th season in October

Laguna Playhouse plans to open its 100th season in October following an 18-month closure prompted by COVID-19 restrictions, the theater's management announced Monday. For its...

Local graffiti art puts Laguna Beach on the Kobe Bryant mural map

Chalk it up to faith, or Kobe Bryant or Astrid Chitamun of European Optical in Laguna Beach. Whatever the inspiration, graffiti artist Hung Tran’s...

Festival of Arts reopens after pandemic hiatus

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach welcomed hundreds of patrons on Saturday to enjoy an evening of fine art and live music following...

O.C. set to rollout COVID-19 relief grants for art nonprofits, small businesses

Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated the budget for No Square Theater's upcoming production of "Cry Baby."...

Festival of Arts Foundation grant to support plein air painters association educational programs

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received a $4,000 grant from The Festival of Arts Foundation to help fund its educational projects. These funds will...

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Sports Update: Girls Water Polo at Junior Olympics

The talented girls water polo players for Laguna Beach High School were at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics held last week at Orange...

Sports Update: Patchell Off to Brooklyn

Shawn Patchell, Laguna Beach girl’s volleyball coach for the past five seasons has been hired by Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York to...

Laguna Sports Update

Bianchi Wins “State” 3,200 Title at Arcadia Matt Bianchi ran his best 3,200 meter run of the season with a 9:02:03 for the event (eight...

Sports Update: 2020-21 Laguna Beach sports season at a glance

Laguna finished their third season in the Sunset Conference finishing seventh out of eight schools in league titles won after being tied for top...

Sports Update: Mateo Bianchi CIF Champion

Track & Field Senior runner Mateo Bianchi closed out his Laguna career capturing the Division 3 1,600 meter run in his final meet representing the...

Laguna Beach USD school bus yard eyed for potential housing site

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education and City Council discussed adding the school bus yard...

Laguna Beach High School Class of 2021 Scholarship Awards

Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation presented scholarships to 99 graduating students on May 21. The funds awarded total $355,125. A. H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship...

Laguna Beach USD tables schedule change for 1 Year

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are nixing the controversial “4 by 4” schedule change, for...

Laguna Beach High School seniors to join Main Beach parade on June 9

Families and friends of Laguna Beach High School’s Class of 2021 are invited to cheer for graduating students as they wear their caps and...

Laguna Beach USD board considers letter directing staffers to deflect board member inquiries

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education recently discussed sending a letter reminding district employees that...

Parents and students rally for Laguna Beach USD to nix proposed schedule change

More than 60 Laguna Beach parents and students waived colorful signs and chanted at Park Avenue and Legion Street on Friday to protest a...