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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.

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...
Laguna beach police log

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.

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.

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.

Who Owns Hotel Laguna?

Investor Group Recently Claims Control of Laguna Beach Company's Assets over ongoing business dispute According to recent reports, at least some of Laguna Beach Company's...

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...

Laguna Beach Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing His Mother

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A 34-year-old Laguna Beach man who prosecutors allege killed his mother pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder...

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.

A New Champ Skims to Shore

                      And division winners, according to the Vic website: Pro men’s division Tim Fulton Austin Keen Blair Conklin Max Bourne Sammy Stinnett Teddy Vlasis Johnny Salta Perry Pruitt                               Pro women’s division Keiao Gucwa-Bucasas Casey Kiernan Alexandra Badie Pipa Pinto Silvia...

School Board Elects Wolff President

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Trustees reorganized at its Tuesday, Dec. 17, meeting, with members electing Peggy Wolff as president and Carol Normandin as clerk.

Tennis Players Rally to Block Festival of Arts Expansion

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Festival of Arts is once again eyeing two tennis courts for future expansion, a proposal that has...

Laguna Beach Mourns Loss of Toni Leech

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Word of longtime Laguna local Toni Leech’s passing on Monday spread quickly across the city this week. She and her...

Laguna Looks to Buy Library Property from County

Laguna Beach will pursue purchasing a nearly 6,300-square-foot parcel of land underneath the Laguna Beach Library from the County of Orange.

Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday sent the developer of the proposed 118-room Museum Hotel back to the drawing board, saying the project should meet all requirements of the General Plan.