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Big Bend Undergrounding Hits Road Block

A plan to improve the safety and beauty of Laguna Canyon Road by burying utility poles underground hit a roadblock Tuesday due to the projected costs and necessity of road closures. Design for the project to place the utility wires beneath the ground along the Big Bend section of...

Authorities Press to Silence Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and county parks officials met with leaders of the Full Moon Drum Circle recently to move or end the long-running tradition at Aliso Beach that was set to reconvene Saturday, April 3, even as spring break crowds have inundated local beaches for the past two...

9/11 Memorial Struck by Vandals

Laguna Beach monument to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took a beating at the hands of vandals for the second time. During a stroll through Heisler Park this past weekend, its creator, local artist Jorg Dubin, discovered that the shiny sphere at the center...

He Keeps a Foot in Each World

By Donna Furey | LB Indy A group from Laguna Beach United Methodist Church refused to abandon their mission to visit Kenya even after a church they intended to help burned to the ground in the wake of a contested election. “We already had tickets on Air Kenya, so I looked for...

Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs

With Gov. Brown announcing emergency statewide water restrictions this week, pumping out free rain barrels by local water agencies is one way to make a dent in the drought when and if it does rain. To help customers grab every drop of rain or drip of dew, the Laguna Beach County...

Task Force Tackles Canyon Road Blocks

When a task force began a review of six alternatives for improving safety and access on Laguna Canyon Road last week, it became clear that they will need to clear a few hurdles before reaching a consensus. Their goal is to evaluate the pros and cons of five road configurations, A...

Free Trolleys and Fee Hikes Reduce Congestion

Fee Hikes Aim to Discourage Downtown Parking Banking on the success of last summer’s efforts to tame congestion, the City Council signed off on similar measures for the upcoming festival season. These include rate hikes for parking meters and lots taking effect in July to...

Cycling’s Rise Outraces Park Resources

Part 2 Mountain biking is on the rise locally, and both trail users and environmentalists are concerned about threats to sustainability and safety. The resources of OC Parks, which has responsibility for park preservation, have not kept pace, despite the steady trek of bikers...
Posted On 29 Mar 2015

Scientists Know Why Sea Lions Are Starving

Nearly 130 stranded and starving sea lions are once again pushing recovery cages and pools to the maximum at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon, the organization says. More than 1,900 sea lions have been stranded along California coasts since January, the highest...

Grocer Bags Its Conversion

Most customers seemed pleased by the whirlwind makeover that took place earlier this week inside the former Albertsons supermarket that anchors the Aliso Creek Shopping Center. Inside the newly rechristened Haggen supermarket, 12-year Laguna Beach resident Patty Barnett said she...

GOP Presses for Skatepark

Laguna Beach parents have been fighting for a skatepark in town for so long that the kids of early advocates are now adults. Initiatives and petitions have flared up and died down, and now Laguna Beach Republicans have taken up the torch. Fletcher Berryman, the newly elected...

Main Beach Closed to More Public Art

Upon discovery of an overlooked exclusion discouraging permanent art installations in Main Beach Park, the City Council Tuesday reversed last month’s approval for the installation of a sculpture within its prized “window to the sea.” Staff will work with the Arts Commission to...

Mountain Biking Goes Viral

Part I By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent In the winter 2014 issue of Das Gravity, a German biking magazine, Laguna Beach was ranked the second-best mountain biking destination in the world, after La Palma, Italy. Entitled “Mutterland des Bikers,” the motherland, weather...
Posted On 22 Mar 2015

Council Approves First Complete Street

Pedestrians, bicyclists and cars will soon share Laguna Beach’s first complete street following a City Council decision Tuesday, March 17, to allow separate lanes for each on Monterey Drive, one of the town’s few one-way streets. The issue came up after residents complained...