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Laguna Beach environmentalists share Earth-loving tips, community additions

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach is a green and blue city, home to scores of ecology-minded residents passionate about ocean and...

KX FM founder will exit, all-women team to lead Laguna Beach radio station

KX FM 104.7 announced Tuesday that its founder and general manager, Tyler Russell McCusker, will step away from the station’s daily operations after a...

UPDATED: Shohreh Dupuis promoted to Laguna Beach city manager

The Laguna Beach City Council has tapped Shohreh Dupuis as the next city manager, following a nationwide search that failed to generate more impressive...

Laguna Canyon closed for hours after traffic collision sends wires onto road

Laguna Canyon Road was closed to traffic for nearly six hours on Sunday afternoon after a Tesla collided with a utility pole, sending overhead...

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2021 GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Opinion: Outside In

The Choices We Make By David Weinstein I had just handed in my column for the week when I got the news that Shohreh Dupuis had...

Opinion: Left of Center

Will Change Make Laguna Into Newport Beach South? By Jean Hastings Ardell Considering our town’s many controversies—the survival of downtown businesses, affordable housing, historic preservation, the...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

A New Beginning I haven’t written it before but this column is based on three tenets: That “meaning” essentially enriches our lives; that faith in...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

A Leap of Faith Most of us have faced life challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time. The remembering of those trying times usually includes...

Opinion: Village Matters

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow No, this column is not about historic preservation. For now, barring new events, everything to be said about Laguna Beach historic...

Letter: Response to For Many Lagunans Earth Day is Everyday

I very much enjoyed the article by Tom Osborne this week and fully agree with everything he wrote. If everyone treats everyday like Earth...

Letter: Statement By Historic Architecture Alliance Member

I’m a member of the Historic Architecture Alliance that joined with the Laguna Beach Historic Preservation Coalition to enforce state environmental law. Our case...

Letter: Regarding – For Many Lagunans Earth day is Everyday

How exciting it is to see the community of Laguna Beach showing great leadership in protecting our beautiful planet, mother earth, not just on...

Letter: Leaf Blowers Violations

I applaud the City for hiking fines for littering and drinking alcohol in public places.  And for environmental protection laws such as banning plastic...

Letter: 1890 S. Coast Highway Mixed Use Project

The conversion of the existing Sweetwater Hand Car Wash seems bogged down overview equity and neighborhood compatibility issues. One notable feature downplayed by some...

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Dish of the Week Filetto Di Salmone con Salsa Fresca Grilled Salmon with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, EVOO, seasonal vegetables, creamy mascarpone polenta $29 Rumari...

Laguna Beach author serves up empathy and escapades in new children’s book

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Author Gea Meijering has created a boy named Kees, whom she will introduce to the world next...

Laguna Art Museum recruits new director from Catalina

Laguna Art Museum has tapped Julie Perlin Lee, outgoing executive director of Catalina Island Museum, to lead the storied organization amid a pandemic that...

Laguna Playhouse to stream radio rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest

Laguna Playhouse announced Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley of The Skivvies will present their version of Oscar Wilde’s hit comedy, The Importance of Being...

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...

LETTERS

Laguna Sports Update: Breakers Basketball defeats Santa Fe Springs at home

Boys Basketball (8-0) Breakers set an 87-year school record this past Tuesday when they easily defeated Santa Fe Springs 73-44 at Dugger Gym to open...

Laguna Sports Update: Westminster Holds Off Laguna Football 27-21

Fall/Winter Sports: Football – Westminster Holds Off Laguna 27-21 In an entertaining contest on April 16 at Boswell Field on the Westminster High School campus, the...

Laguna Sports Update: Estancia runs past Breakers football, Girls tennis beats Marina

Fall/Winter Sports: FOOTBALL – Estancia runs past Breakers 28-10 Another contest of missed early opportunities, the Breakers let another very winnable contest slip into the loss...

Sports Update: Ocean View Rallies To Upset Laguna 28-21

Fall/Winter Sports: Football (1-2, 0-1) Once again the Ocean View Seahawks took the closing momentum to upset the Breakers and possibly earn another league title. Both...

Breakers boys basketball rallies to defeat Calvary Chapel

Fall/Winter Sports: Marina Rolls Breakers Football 59-40 The non-league contest with Marina (2-1) revealed the limitations of the small Laguna squad when facing a school with...

Laguna Beach USD consultant shares roadmap to confront institutional racism

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District, in partnership with a consulting firm, has taken the first steps to...

Laguna Beach USD OKs $2.8 million to refresh Thurston classrooms, athletic field

Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Thurston Middle School is slated to get modernized classrooms and a refreshed sports field, following the Laguna Beach Unified...

Laguna Beach USD taps another insider for third assistant superintendent job

Chad Mabery was named assistant superintendent of instructional services on March 11. Mabery has served as director of assessment and accountability in LBUSD since 2018....

After a year of COVID-19, Laguna Beach USD on track to reopen secondary schools on March 17

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Supt. Jason Viloria reaffirmed Thursday that the Laguna Beach Unified School District's middle and high schools are on...

Laguna Beach High, Thurston still set for March 17 reopening

The Laguna Beach Unified School District remains on track to reopen secondary schools to in-person classes on March 17 even though earlier this week...