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Chinese Restaurant Receives Mixed Reviews

Significant uproar over a new proposed restaurant at 680 S. Coast Highway, ..., caused the Planning Commission... to put off consideration of the project

Rotary Names Student of the Month

Stuart Webb, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, was honored as student of the month in the mathematics department by the Laguna Beach Rotary Club. Stuart earned placement on the superintendent’s honor roll an the OC all-league tennis team. He plans to attend UC Irvine and...

Century Old Town Wrestles to Define What’s Historic

Emily Sparkuhl’s 440 Aster St. home is a charming 1919 bungalow that sits on the city’s Historic Inventory List. Sparkuhl, who splits time living in San Francisco and Laguna Beach, currently rents the property to her brother, Jason Wineinger. “We both grew up there,” said...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Nov. 27 Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival through Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 935 Laguna Canyon Road, 949 494-3030. Also Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29. Nick I & ADD, Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. The Higgs, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast...

Updated: Objections Stall Deal for Haggen Store

Closed Haggen grocery stores in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad remain in limbo this week...

Storm Upends Pageant, Surf Contest

Tropical moisture from Hurricane Delores that drenched Laguna Beach last weekend rained out the Sunday production of the Pageant of the Masters, only the third cancellation since 1933. Storm-generated surf also built up anticipation that the 52nd annual Brooks Street Surfing...

A Primer on Buying Flood Insurance

By now most people know that weather forecasters are predicting one of the largest El Niño’s on record, perhaps rivaling the storms of 1982-1983 and 1997-1998. Even the latest storm in 2010 caused heavy flooding damage to properties and infrastructure around Laguna Beach. Are you...

Brewing a Cauldron of Wicked Fun

While the annual Boo Blast carnival at El Morro gives local children an early sample of the year’s spookiest holiday, the main event arrives at sundown Saturday, Oct. 31. A witch’s cauldron full of events are brewing to keep goblins, ghouls and ghosts amused. Festivities After...
Posted On 31 Oct 2015

City Dismisses Preventative Flooding Ideas

Editor, In response to my letter published in the Indy Oct 9 regarding El Niño flood preparedness, I was contacted by Public Works Director Steve May. His email told me that council member Rob Zur Schmiede and city manager John Pietig had asked him to meet with me about my...

Laguna’s Coyote Strategy Falls Short of Best Practices

Editor: I would like to register my disappointment with your interview with Jim Beres of the Animal Control Department in “New Weapons to Battle Coyote ‘Infestation,’” published Oct. 23. A number of us who have been deeply concerned about this issue have talked to Jim on numerous...

New Weapons to Battle Coyote ‘Infestation’

This week, animal control officers with water-filled paintball guns started blasting coyotes that are getting too close for some people’s comfort. The idea is to teach the coyotes to be afraid of people so they’ll keep their distance, said Jim Beres, who supervises the city’s...

A Few Details Emerge in Gelson’s Store Bid

Digging into the details of Gelson’s proposed purchase of eight southern California Haggen grocery stores, including the one in Laguna Beach, provides a clearer picture of the transaction, and perhaps the motive for the purchase. Gelson’s bid for Haggen’s leases, improvements and...

Organic, Lower Prices Top Shoppers’ Grocery List

Even as Gelson’s plans to take over where Haggen left off in Laguna Beach, some shoppers are hungering for an alternative to a grocery store chain that harkens back to the town’s natural-living roots. Since Haggen filed bankruptcy earlier this month, a question on some residents’...

Revamped Ranch Quietly Reopens

In the past several weeks, some parts of the renovated hotel at the Ranch at Laguna Beach have quietly reopened after a two-year hiatus, and the resort in Aliso Canyon appears to be on track for a full opening in 2016. The revamping of the former Aliso Creek Inn & Golf...

Salon Owner’s New Lease Renews Her Own Life

Renewal is a common theme in spa treatments and it could not be truer for Nance Jack Garber who has brought new life to the former Athena Day Spa and to herself as well. Two years ago, Garber’s 19 year-old daughter, Eden Ablid, had an epileptic seizure while showering and...
Posted On 17 Oct 2015