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Coastal Commission green lights Surf and Sand Resort remodel

The California Coastal Commission narrowly approved Surf and Sand Resort’s proposed disability access improvements and aesthetic upgrades, plus after-the-fact approval of a 2001 addition...

South Coast Water District OKs 6% salary increase, bonus for general manager

The South Coast Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved a 6% raise for its general manager, giving him an annual base salary of...

OCFA ends investigation of 11-acre brush fire in Laguna Beach, cause remains undetermined

An investigation of the June 16 blaze that burned 11 acres off State Route 73 has concluded and the cause remains undetermined, an Orange...

Amid state’s housing crisis, Laguna Beach streamlines ‘granny flat’ rules

By Lou Ponsi, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach homeowners wanting to construct accessory dwelling units on their properties will now face fewer restrictions following...

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Letter: Save The Canyon – 1989 Walk in the Canyon

November 2021 is the 32nd anniversary of the Walk in the Canyon. During the spring of 1989, Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield gathered support including...

Letter: Regarding ADU Reporting

The new Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance balances complying with the state mandate and preserving all that is special about Laguna Beach. As the vice...

Laguna Beach veteran grateful for state honor

Laguna Beach resident Chris Kreymann was named among six Orange County veterans honored Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) during a Nov. 3 ceremony at...

Hospitality Night returns to downtown Laguna Beach on Dec. 3

Hospitality Night 2021 will bring the holiday spirit to the downtown from about 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 3. The festivities will begin...

El Hathaway remembered at bench dedication

Dozens attend the Nov. 14 dedication of two ceramic benches near Las Brisas restaurant in honor of former school board member Clifford “El” Hathaway. The...

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Letter: Save The Canyon – 1989 Walk in the Canyon

November 2021 is the 32nd anniversary of the Walk in the Canyon. During the spring of 1989, Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield gathered support including...

Letter: Regarding ADU Reporting

The new Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance balances complying with the state mandate and preserving all that is special about Laguna Beach. As the vice...

Letter: Peter Chang-Savior of Marine Mammals

Editor’s Note: the writer of the following letter is an 11-year-old resident of Irvine The world is suffering from climate change, pollution, and overconsumption. Therefore, many...

Letter: Veterans Day in Laguna

Growing up as a “Military Brat” living on bases in Japan, Spain, Bermuda and various U.S. bases, I fondly remember attending patriotic events such...

Letter: Be Careful What You Ask For

In response to Tom Papa’s letter to the editor on Nov. 12 entitled, “Bureaucratic Laguna Overlay Zone”. I agree with you in principle but...

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Lagunatics Returning to No Square Stage

No Square Theatre’s annual parody show, “Lagunatics Remaskered”, will be showcased at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 through Dec. 19. This year’s show takes aim...

Ann Wareham to exit Laguna Playhouse 

Ann Wareham will depart the Laguna Playhouse by Dec. 31 after an 11-year-stint as artistic director. “It has been a tremendous honor to be able to...

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center showcases artists, raises over $10k at Halloween fundraiser

After its inaugural Mask-a-Rad Bash, the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center has kicked off its Season of Giving to keep the arts alive and...

LCAD opens The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton exhibition

Laguna College of Art + Design, in collaboration with Moulton Museum, held a Nov. 4 reception to open The Art of Nellie Gail Moulton,...

Coast Film Festival to present U.S. mainland premiere of Duke Kahanamoku documentary

The Third-Annual Coast Film Festival (CFF) will present the U.S. Mainland premiere of “Waterman,” an original documentary on the life of Duke Kahanamoku, the...

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Sports Update: Laguna Cross Country Girls 9th, Boys 12th at CIF

Cross Country Laguna Girls 9th, Boys 12th at CIF The Boys and Girls cross country teams' seasons concluded on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College...

Laguna Beach Football to hold tryouts after inaugural season

Laguna Beach Football Club will hold tryouts for boys and girls born between 2010 and 2015 take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on...

Sports Update: Breakers football miscues at Claremont, LBHS recognizes Signing Day 2021

Football (10-2) Breakers Football Miscues At Claremont - Breakers lose 38-7 Early jitters on their center snaps dug a big hole for the Breakers in...

Sports Update: Breakers Defeat Chino, Play at Claremont on Friday

Football (10-1) Breakers opened the 2021 Football playoffs seeded No. 1 in the 16-team D9 of the 14 playoff divisions for the 372 schools that...

Sports Update: MacCallums Wave League Champions

Girls Tennis (9-4, 6-0) Wave League Champions Sarah MacCallum and her sister Jessica MacCallum teamed up to sweep to the Sunset Wave League doubles title...

Laguna Beach teacher recognized by Navy for mentoring sailor

Laguna Beach High School teacher Jonathan Todd, was surprised in his classroom on Nov. 4 with the Navy’s Impact Influencer Award. This service recognizes educators...

Laguna Beach High School students present authentic research proposals

Laguna Beach High School’s Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) Program students presented their project proposals during a special class session on Oct. 13. Teachers and students...

Anneliese Names New Head of Willowbrook Campus

Anneliese Schools has tapped Wendy Bana as Head of School of the Willowbrook Campus, the private school announced in a press release Wednesday. Bana returns...

Laguna Beach PTAs announce 13th annual sports swap

The Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School PTAs will hold their annual Sports Swap at 8 a.m. on Nov. 6 to collect...

Laguna Beach USD won’t require COVID-19 testing for students

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education voted Sept. 9 against requiring all students to get...

A New Language School Steeped in Encouragement — and Love

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Laguna Beach Independent “Bravo, come parli bene!” (“Wow, how well you speak!”) Sean Cook heard this often as a...