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Laguna Loses Toni Leech

Scores of Toni Leech’s friends shared fond memories and funny stories about the popular local who passed away on Aug. 12 at her home in Laguna Beach with her husband of 41 years by her side. “Toni was one of the facets in the jewel that is Laguna Beach,” Mark Christy said.

The 44th Annual Laguna Open Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament

The 44th annual Laguna Open women’s beach volleyball tournament took place at Main Beach on Saturday, May 11. (L-R): Hitting is Tessa VanWinkle, blocking is...

San Diego Man Arrested in Laguna Beach Hit-and-Run

At about 9:26 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, Laguna Beach Police and Fire responded to Cleo Street and South Coast Highway to a report...

Restaurants Still Awaiting Design Guidelines to Expand Outdoor Dining Space With “Parklets”

By Bradley Zint A pilot program intended to help struggling Laguna Beach restaurants add new outdoor dining space is still winding its way through City...

‘Camouflage House’ Pops Up at City Hall

Los Angeles-born sculptor and installation artist Tom Fruin recently returned home to the West Coast to take on his first temporary installation in Laguna Beach.

Carolyn Wood Safeguarded Laguna Beach’s History, Environment

Carolyn Wood, described by Laguna Beach environmentalists as the “brain trust” of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, died Nov. 1 at 90 years old.

‘Enchanted Garden’ Loses Its Sorcerer

Customers juggling intended purchases and wine-filled glasses stood eight-deep at the Laguna Nursery cash register last week. Such a sight apparently proved as rare at...

June Neptune Remembered for Her Generosity

June Neptune, known for her generosity to nonprofit organizations in Laguna Beach and her kindness to animals, has died at 95.

Pastor BJ Beu Says Adieu

Neighborhood Congregational Church Rev. B.J. Beu said he has resigned following a vote of the congregation asking him to leave.

Judge Upholds Order to Remove Seawall

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent An Orange County Superior Court judge recently upheld a cease and desist order from the California Coastal Commission...

Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy About 60 people diverted their holiday weekend plans for a tribute at the Sandpiper Bar in Laguna Beach to...

Rouda Steps Up to Challenge Rohrabacher

Laguna local and first time candidate Harley E. Rouda intends to challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for the 48th Congressional District, he announced today, Thursday,...

Study Confirms 6.3 M Visitors

A new study verifies that 6.3 million people visited Laguna Beach last year, and most of them are locals.
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City: Bad Cell Service, Other Factors Hindered Sewage Spill Response

The technical report on the estimated 1.87 million gallon spill caused by a breach of the so-called North Coast Interceptor, a 4.1-mile transmission pipeline that channels raw sewage to the Coastal Treatment Plant, is the city’s official account of what happened last Thanksgiving and the following days.

The Stand Changes Hands

The Stand, the original home of Hav’A Chips and a favorite surfers’ stop for carrot juice, avocado sandwiches and date shakes, has been sold...