Gas Shut off at Thurston Middle School

An emergency contract to repair gas lines at Thurston Middle School was approved this week after pin-sized gas leaks were detected and service cut to the campus April 4.

Familiar Face Bids for School Board

After years critiquing the actions of Laguna Beach school board members, Howard Hills now wants to join them.

Finally, Gelson’s Opens its Doors

A line of around 200 eager customers stretched down into the underground parking structure, waiting patiently for the Laguna Beach Gelson’s to open for business this past Thursday, April 27.

Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless

Police will start picking up homeless people sleeping under the Main Beach boardwalk in Laguna Beach during the early morning hours in a new four-seat golf cart big enough to hold their belongings.

T-Shirt King Receives a Crown

Tillman Segal, known by some as the t-shirt king of Laguna Beach, has promoted the town’s brand with souvenir merchandise for over 35 years. Former employees, business associates and friends plan to help Segal, 77, celebrate his legacy with a “surprise” party at 2 p.m. Saturday,...

Lighting Entrepreneurs Flip the Switch

A decade since opening lighting shop Lightopia in Laguna Beach, the store will relocate by June to the Costa Mesa design center Soco and will hold a warehouse liquidation sale Saturday, April 30, at 1043 N. Coast Highway. Floor merchandise will be discounted over the next two...

Check Out Yoga and More at a Free Open House

Neighboring schools Cho’s Academy and Bala Shala, Yoga for Kids, will host the Woods Cove yoga collective open house offering free classes and activities for adults and kids on Saturday, April 30. Adult yoga classes will run from 9a.m.-12:30p.m. at Cho’s, 1966 S....

Ronald F. Amberg

Ronald Frederick Amberg, 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in New York City and grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Amberg lived in Laguna Beach for many years and had many great friends who will sorely...

Yogi Bear

On April 13, 2016, we lost our beloved chow chow, Yogi Bear. He was not just our “only child,” but he was also our best friend and protector. Almost everyone living in North Laguna Beach knew Yogi as he was frequently seen being walked or sitting in the passenger seat...

Hotel Owners Roll Out New Welcome Mats

Longtime owners of the Hotel Laguna, the Andersen family, has extended its hospitality to Dana Point with the opening of their new restaurant, Two Left Forks. Hotel Laguna’s Executive Chef Rob Hines will offer a menu featuring hazelnut-crusted goat cheese croquettes and bone-in...

Indy on Arts

Friday, April 29 “Below C Level,” 7 p.m., No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St. Also 4/30. Spring Dance Concert, 7 p.m., Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave. Also 4/30. “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets; 949 497-2787. Through 5/22....


Monday, April 18 Grand theft. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 4:56 p.m. Someone took musical equipment worth $2,100 from a garage. Traffic collision vs pedestrian. 400 S. block of Coast Hwy. 8:42 p.m. No details were available. Tuesday, April 19 Stolen vehicle. 300 block of Jasmine St....

More Jobs, Higher Home Prices Forecast for South County

The economy in south Orange County is “getting better,” but, to stabilize, more people are needed, said the author of an economic forecast specifically for the region.

Memorial Under Newly Watchful Eyes

After the latest of three incidents of vandalism to “Semper Memento,” the memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Laguna Beach police recently installed a surveillance camera in its vicinity in Heisler Park.

Mountain Biker Injured in Cliff Fall

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent Mountain biker Chris Hukill is in critical condition after a 200-foot fall from a Laguna Beach trail Friday, April 22, which required rescuers reach him through steep terrain before he was airlifted for medical treatment,...