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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,...

Forever Indebted to The Material Girl

Three years ago, Cathleen Falsani and Maurice Possley traveled to Africa thanks to a ticket won in a raffle, returning home to Chicago transformed...

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing...

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...

Hotel Laguna and 14 West Reopen After Court Issues Honarkar Temporary Restraining Order 

The Orange County Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order to Mo Honarkar on May 5 restricting the local real estate developer, and those...

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.

Laguna Beach bartender pleads not guilty in Tatum Goodwin murder case

Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, faces death penalty if convicted  Tatum Goodwin's family and friends packed the front rows of a small Orange County Superior Courtroom early...

Doctor Enters Not Guilty Plea in Tesla Accident

Laguna Beach physician Robert M. Pettis entered not guilty pleas in Orange County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 27, to felony charges stemming from...

Ex-Hotel Operator Breaks Her Silence

Responsibility for the deteriorating condition of Hotel Laguna and its abrupt closure last month lies with the Central Valley farm family that has owned the property since the ’70s, according to the hotel’s longtime former lessee, Georgia Andersen.

Artist Adds to Museum’s Collection

Artist Wayne Thiebaud donated a painting and a group of six prints to Laguna Art Museum, which presented him the museum’s California Art Award...

Aliso Creek Estuary Restoration Closer to Reality

The mission to restore the Aliso Creek estuary, spearheaded by Laguna Ocean Foundation two years ago, received a second gift from the California Coastal Conservancy this holiday season, a $400,000 grant to implement the plan’s next phase.

Business Partner Convicted of Killing Laguna Man

Edward Younghoon Shin, 41, of Irvine, was convicted on Friday, Dec. 7, of murdering 33-year-old Christopher Smith, of Laguna Beach, on June 4, 2010.

Updated: Missing Teen’s Body is Found

Describing her son’s death as a “freak accident,” Jennifer Parnell said she still harbored hope that her son remained alive up until his body...

Arts Commission OKs Village Entrance Art Proposal Amid Mixed Community Reaction

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A shade structure proposed for the Village Entrance resembles undulating mushrooms with white stalks and rainbow-colored caps that...

Mountaineer Dies Hiking Devil’s Backbone

Updated: Just seven weeks ago, Lloyd Charton, 69, returned home to Dana Point after an ascent of 16,067-foot Mt. Vinson on the glacial ice of...