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Downtown Laguna theater project gets green light after appeal is withdrawn

An electric vehicle dealer’s plan for Laguna South Coast Cinemas will move forward after a historic preservation group withdrew an appeal to the Laguna...

‘Let’s take care of it.’ Laguna Beach man starts graffiti clean-up at Thousand Steps sea cave

A Laguna Beach man started removing graffiti Monday from a sea cave near Thousand Steps Beach after reading a thread of comments on a...

City mulls sewer pipeline redo after $1.5M penalty

The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the first steps to mitigate damage and assuage a $1.5 million state fine resulting from...

Small businesses opened last year in Laguna Beach, undeterred by pandemic’s crush

While thousands of small businesses across the state have been forced to permanently shut down due to COVID-19—some 19,000 according to a September Yelp...

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Opinion: Before There Was Black Lives Matter, There Was Arnold Hano

By Trudy Josephson February is Black History Month and many communities around our nation embrace it in different ways. Laguna Beach has but a few...

Opinion: A Win-Win at the Rivian-South Coast Theater Project

By Catherine Jurca At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the Laguna Beach Historic Preservation Coalition withdrew its appeal of the project to rehabilitate the South Coast...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Energize Your Attitude John Gottman is a researcher who created a system to determine the success rate of relationships by studying videotapes of couples interacting.  He...

Opinion: Left of Center

Black Current Events Month By Jean Hastings Ardell At the annual Año Nuevo Retreat my husband and I attend in Pacific Grove our group likes to...

Opinion: Inside Out

A Closer Look at Traditions By David Weinstein If you’ve read my bio, you know I live in Newport Beach. And while I’ve spent time in...

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour Returns May 1

Laguna Beach Garden Club will resume its 15-year tradition of a spring Gate & Garden Tour on May 1 at the Laguna Beach County...

Laguna Beach Democratic Club to host expert on confronting disinformation

Emerson Brooking, a national expert on identifying and calling out disinformation on digital media, will speak with the Laguna Beach Democratic Club on Zoom...

Laguna Beach performing arts partnership to broadcast return of Beth’s Tuesdays

Singer Beth Fitchet Wood is launching a weekly songwriter showcase on March 2 thanks to a partnership of Laguna Live! and Laguna Beach Cultural...

Nationally-recognized poets mentor Laguna Beach High students

Laguna Beach High School students enjoyed a virtual performance Tuesday by renowned spoken word poets Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay. The duo also led a...

Letter: Historical Resources and Heritage

The City commissioned "Historic Experts" for the 1981 Historic Resources Advisory Board, was the historic preservation planning firm of Heritage Orange County, which had...

Laguna Beach performing arts partnership to broadcast return of Beth’s Tuesdays

Singer Beth Fitchet Wood is launching a weekly songwriter showcase on March 2 thanks to a partnership of Laguna Live! and Laguna Beach Cultural...

Holiday Digest

  The Laguna Beach Independent is proud to once again partner with the Third Street Writers, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting writing and literary...

Festival of Arts Raises Nearly $300,000 at Virtual Gala

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, producer of the Pageant of the Masters, raised nearly $300,000 at its first-ever virtual gala on Dec....

Festival of Arts offers seat naming rights in Irvine Bowl

The Festival of Arts has launched a limited-opportunity fundraiser to name seats in the iconic Irvine Bowl Amphitheater for the first time. Patrons, art-lovers, and...

Laguna Dance Festival launches winter season with virtual flamenco show

The Laguna Dance Festival will present its 16th winter season as a virtual event series designed to get supporters on their feet and dance,...

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Breakers Cross Country drops meet at Los Alamitos

  The talented Los Alamitos Griffins edged the Girls Varsity Cross Country squad 26-29 on Feb. 20 at the winner’s campus. Los Alamitos freshman Hallie...

Laguna Beach cross country officially opens the 2020-21 sports season

Laguna’s Boys and Girls cross country teams became the first school sports team to compete officially this season as they traveled to face St....

Are Laguna Beach winter sports back on?

Playoffs may be cancelled but a sudden California State Department of Health rule change this past week will now allow competition for Boys and...

New California guidelines sink prep sports

High School Sports in California were delayed even longer as new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health ignored the wishes of the...

Sports Season Delayed, Officials Mull Mid-January Start

High school sports in Southern California entered their tenth month of shutdown as much of the U.S. enjoys the traditional sports seasons with Fall...

Nationally-recognized poets mentor Laguna Beach High students

Laguna Beach High School students enjoyed a virtual performance Tuesday by renowned spoken word poets Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay. The duo also led a...

LBHS Students Deliver Care Packages to the Homeless

By Justine Amodeo   The memory of a homeless woman sitting in the cold on a bench eating a hot dog in front of the Laguna...

Laguna Beach USD to survey parents on schooling during pandemic

By Daniel Langhorne | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Unified School District will resume distance learning on Aug. 24, following parents’ mixed reaction to a...

Class Notes

School District Presents Dr. Marc Brackett On Thursday, March 12, the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) invites the community to “LBUSD Presents: Dr. Marc...

Class Notes

SchoolPower to Host Dinner Dance Benefiting Students SchoolPower, Laguna Beach’s Education Foundation, will host its 35th Annual Dinner Dance and auction at Montage Laguna Beach...