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A New Sunset Viewing Spot Opens Shortly

Occupancy permits still await final signatures at Skyloft, the newest rooftop restaurant in Laguna Beach, expected to open in a restored historic building overlooking Main Beach next month. Even so, local resident Sam Goldstein exudes confidence that permits will finalize in time...

Hop Aboard For a Coastal Tour

Village Laguna will sponsor a coastal tour of Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 aboard the Ocean Institute’s research vessel Sea Explorer, casting off from 24200 Dana Point Harbor. Take in the beauty of Laguna’s Marine Life Protected Area while guest...

Burglars Raid Downtown Boutique

A break-in at a specialty jeans store in downtown Laguna Beach early Monday, Oct. 12, has police detectives on the hunt for thieves with a discerning eye. Officers who responded to a 3 a.m. alarm in the 200 block of Forest Avenue found a broken glass door at Robin’s Jeans and...

Youth Pastor Struggles With Another Suicide

By Sam Ellis, Special to the Independent Can I be honest with you? Before I was called to serve as youth pastor at Church by the Sea, the departing pastor told me Laguna Beach can be like peeling an onion. As you pull back the layers, you start seeing past the beauty. Keep...

Burglars Raid Downtown Boutique

A break-in at a specialty jeans store in downtown Laguna Beach early Monday, Oct. 12 has police detectives on the hunt for thieves with a discerning eye. Officers who responded to a 3 a.m. alarm in the 200 block of Forest Avenue found a broken glass door at Robin’s Jeans and...

Court Offers Plea Deal Over Cyclist’s Death

Relatives of cyclist John Colvin, killed by a motorist in a collision in North Laguna two years ago, read statements that struggled to capture the enormity of the loss they endure during a court hearing on Monday, Oct. 5. The hearing in Superior Court in Santa Ana was for Dylan...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Oct. 9 “Lagunatics,”, 7:30 p.m., Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. $60. (949) 715-0333. Also Oct. 10-11. Nick I & ADD, Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Joe Brooks, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino...

Suspect in Car Break-ins Arrested in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police chased down a 25-year-old Santa Ana man Tuesday, Sept. 29, who allegedly had fled from a stolen car filled with items reported missing from cars by Laguna Beach and Newport Beach residents, police said. Five different Laguna victims have been identified and...

Paddle Out to Honor a Local Teen

Friends and family plan a paddle out honoring Hunter Schwirtz at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Oak Street Beach lookout and a remembrance celebration throughout the afternoon. Pastor Sumo Sato of H20 Community Church of Huntington Beach said he will lead the service. Schwirtz...

Teens Arrested in Park Robbery

Teens from out of the area were arrested for suspicion of robbing a Bluebird Park visitor Sunday, Sept. 27, about 8:13 a.m., according to police. Police spotted and stopped a car outbound on Laguna Canyon Road that matched the description of the fleeing thieves. The victim said...

The Slant

Welcome to Urth, an Interview with its Leaders Last Sunday, Urth Caffe had its first unofficial open day to the public. Laguna Beach residents were invited by mail to come and enjoy food and beverage in party like atmosphere. Generous samples from their menu were given including...

Icon Passes to Next Generation

  After his father’s death, Stefan Andersen resumed hotel management studies and a part-time job as banquet manager at a 450-room Marriott in Denver. He also squeezed in a second job as a chef on a gourmet food truck, rising at 5 a.m. to prep ingredients and packing up at...

Streetbeat

Tuesday, Sept. 8 Suspicious vehicle. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 10 a.m. Andrea Suzanne Gilmour, 44, of Lake Forest, was arrested for outstanding drug warrants. Traffic accident. State Hwy 73. 11:23 a.m. A cyclist was clipped by a car, a matter under investigation. Fraud report. 1200...

Montage Passes Into Blackstone’s Hands

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., which owns the Montage resort in Laguna Beach and the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point as well as 15 other high-end properties, will be sold to New York-based Blackstone Group for $6 billion. The deal announced Tuesday, Sept. 8,...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, Sept. 11 Laguna Dance Festival’s Malpaso Dance Company, 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787. Americana performer Michael Ubaldini, 5:30 p.m., Sunset Serenades in Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique,...