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Lights Too Bright on Broadway

Lights Too Bright on Broadway

    Public deprecation of the overly intense lighting at the new Chase Bank at 310 Broadway St. seems to have cast a shadow on a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned at the branch for next week and prompted an informal inquiry by city staff. Residents and business owners spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]

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Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police cited four adults this past Saturday, March 15, for agreeing to purchase alcohol for a decoy, who told them they were under the age of 21, police said. Two decoys made similar requests of about 72 people in nine locations between 11 a.m.  and 4 p.m., […]

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Standing on Their Own Feet

Standing on Their Own Feet

Yoga instructors Christy Miele and Niki Smart know the powerful part yoga plays in helping at-risk Orange County teenagers attain much-needed mind-body peace. Through yoga sessions for Community Service Programs’ (CSP) Laguna Beach Youth Shelter residents, these ladies have provided mental and physical relief to thousands of homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth that have […]

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Finding Home

Finding Home

There are over 100 registered non-profits in Laguna Beach. Nearly every one of them supports the needs and interests of locals, and every one of them is constantly on the quest for funding to fulfill their missions. Today, every day, and year after year, non-profit organizations survive on the kindness and generosity of friends and […]

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Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

Inhaling a Scent-sational Garden

The public is invited to a free program on exploring the beauty and benefits of blooming and fragrant plants in a 10 a.m. workshop Saturday, March 22, in the South Laguna Community Garden, Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way. Gardener Silia Hatzi uses her own garden plot as an example and shares her knowledge of […]

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Obituary

Obituary

Barbara Painter 1934-2014 Laguna Beach icon and longtime resident Barbara Northam Painter passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014, with family and friends. She was born on Dec. 9, 1934, to Charles and Arline Baker in Albany, N.Y. Barbara was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y., as a young child. She moved to Pasadena and attended […]

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MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

Police Officers Luke Gilbertson, James Gramer, and David Gossamer were recognized by Tiffany Townson with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for removing drunk drivers from Laguna’s streets. Between the three, they arrested 152 DUI drivers in 2013. New Hedge Height Arbiter Named Tony Farr, the city’s code enforcement officer, has been assigned to replace Jim Dockstader, the […]

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Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

The grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival will come to life for a weekend of live music March 29 and 30, a rare treat in a venue primarily dedicated to winter and summer visual art fairs where music is served up as a side dish. The Blue Water Festival is the brainchild of local tennis […]

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Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Laguna’s beachgoers, pedestrians and passing motorists may soon again behold an unobstructed view of Main Beach and the ocean beyond. If the new $7 million lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms open on schedule by mid-April, the temporary quarters marring Laguna’s signature vista will be removed shortly thereafter, according to the city’s project director, Wade Brown, […]

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Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Allan Simon may be a relative newcomer to Laguna Beach, but he’s clearly smitten by his adopted hometown, owning several commercial buildings and the burgeoning Firebrand Media company. Now, he’s investing in showcasing the town’s assets with a high-tech tourism center, One Laguna, using eye-dazzling digital displays to allow visitors to visually explore the seaside […]

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Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

Four Finalists Selected for Police Memorial

The city’s Arts Commission selected four finalists to compete for a $75,000 commission to create a memorial for Gordon French and Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach police officers who died while on duty. The monument will be located outside the city’s police department, at the south end of City Hall. “This is one of the most […]

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Whale of a Ship Surfaces

Whale of a Ship Surfaces

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An ominous U.S. Navy warship cruising less than two miles offshore south Orange County’s coastline this past Sunday caught the attention of anyone with a view of the sea between Laguna Beach’s Main Beach and Dana Point’s harbor. The crew of the impressive U.S.S. Coronado, a 419-foot trimaran designed […]

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Price Spikes for Tennis Court Repairs

Price Spikes for Tennis Court Repairs

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Unexpected costs to replace a wheelchair ramp will hike the estimated price to renovate the high school tennis courts to $1.8 million with another $35,100 approved by a disgruntled school district board Tuesday. The latest expense adds to project costs that have hugely escalated from the original $620,000 estimate […]

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Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge whose architectural integrity had been compromised by lax code enforcement. In both cases Laguna […]

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Crazy for Cronuts

Crazy for Cronuts

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent For the locals who are regulars at South Swell Donuts, a new treat sits in the glass case at the front of the store. If you want to be sure to get one, call ahead and the owner will reserve one for you. A cross between a donut […]