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Fans Return to Applaud Dressler

After 25 years of building an acclaimed student drama program at Laguna Beach Unified School District, Mark Dressler is expected to experience another outstanding showing. More than 150 former students, parents, friends and theatrical associates are planning to attend Dressler’s...

Media Owner Gives Employees a Parting Gift

Ownership of the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, Laguna Beach Magazine and other publications of Firebrand Media will soon shift to 10 of its employees. Owner Allan Simon, who since 2009 has invested $7 million in expanding the company’s portfolio with new titles, announced...

Schools Receive Sizeable School Power Gifts

Two longtime school fundraising organizations awarded the Laguna Beach Unified School District some of its largest gifts ever this past Tuesday, May. 26. A check for $316,117 was gifted to the district by School Power, a volunteer fundraising group that augments the school’s...

Quakes Continue to Unsettle Nepal

As aftershocks shook the house where he was writing last week, Rabindra Sitaula, program manager for Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation, sent a progress report about supply deliveries to quake hit villages. Sitaula had just come from Khampur, Bagultar, where he distributed...

Memorial Day Activities

Veterans Stage 88th Memorial Day Ceremony Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the 88th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of their comrades who died in wars and conflicts protecting our country at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25, at Monument Point...

Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...

Pressure Rises to Cut Water Use

Water use in the Laguna Beach County Water District needs to shrink by 24 percent or 200 million gallons over the next nine months in order to comply with statewide mandatory reductions, the first in state history, local water officials announced this week. To meet the mandatory...

Fee Increases Help Fund Safety Measures

By hiking fees for community development services in coming months, the City Council will be able to fund most requests competing for an undesignated balance in the proposed nearly $80 million budget that begins July 1. Far from frivolous, the largest demands outlined in a budget...

Moratorium Halts More Short-Term Rentals

The explosion of unpermitted short term rentals in private homes coupled with complaints from residents about their impact on neighborhood character led the City Council Tuesday to impose a 45-day moratorium on issuing any more short-term lodging permits. The city will later...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...

Spruced Up Garden Welcomes Visitors

By Donna Furey | LB Indy This year visitors to the annual spring open house at the Hortense Miller Garden on Saturday May, 30 will be treated to an art exhibit as well as the usual delights of the 2.5 acre garden nestled on the steep slopes of Boat Canyon. International artist,...

Budget Encourages Restraint

In a summary of Laguna Beach’s proposed nearly $80 million budgets for the next two years, City Manager John Pietig describes the city’s revenues as “meeting or exceeding levels experienced prior to the recession.” Even so, Pietig advocates fiscal restraint and cautions...

Claims Will Test View Rights

  Public sentiment skewed to extremes as Laguna Beach spent months fine-tuning and redrafting its view ordinance, which took effect last December. Some residents predicted a stampede of claims by homeowners seeking to restore vegetation-choked vistas and speculators trying...

Sewer Project Blocked by a Lone Hold-Out

Five more feet of easement is all South Coast Water District needs to begin its massive pipeline replacement and tunnel improvement project under the ocean bluffs of South Laguna, according to Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager. A closed meeting was to be held...