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Top Arts Groups Reap a Budget Windfall

In a last minute addition to a wish-list of city expenditures, the Laguna Beach City Council preliminarily agreed Tuesday, Jan. 12, to issue $1 million matching grants to both Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Art Museum over four years.

Mission Hospital CEO to Leave Post in February

Kenneth McFarland, chief executive officer of Mission Hospital, will leave his post effective Feb. 5. McFarland has been with Mission Hospital for 18 years and served as chief executive since 2011.

Casting a Net for Tidepool Docents

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is seeking volunteer tide pool docents with a willingness to educate the public about preserving the intertidal habitat and the coastline’s natural resources. The next class training will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Ocean...

Wake Set for Andy Leaf

Local disabled entrepreneur Andy Leaf was recognized by the Laguna Beach City Council last October for his years spent mentoring the disabled in business. Two months later, he slipped the surly bonds of earth. Now his life, friendships and accomplishments will be celebrated in a...

Ocean Educator Makes Waves at Business Club

Wendy Marshall, Ph.D., director of education and public programs of ExplorOcean, will be the guest speaker for the Thursday, Jan. 21, Laguna Beach Business Cub breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Programs at ExplorOcean include field trips,...

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

Woman Robbed by Knife-wielding Thief

A thief pushed a woman to the ground and stole her purse while brandishing a knife she walked home alone on Coast Highway about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, police said. Investigators are reviewing video from several locations, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said. The attack took place near Ruby...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, Jan. 15 David Ligare and Canyon Project exhibits, Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. Closing Jan. 17 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Robert Jon & the Wreck, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. The Strangers, 9...

Coyote Trapping Contract Wins Approval

Since baited snare traps were set in Laguna Beach last month, six coyotes have been captured and killed and sightings have dropped markedly, the city’s animal control supervisor said. The controversial trapping plan will be suspended this week because animal control officers...

Bobcat Decimates School’s Pets

A bobcat killed 12 chickens, a swan and three doves inside an aviary in the Laguna Canyon campus of Anneliese Schools on Sunday, Jan. 10, police said. Many of the animals were rescues and longtime pets of the school, which were cared for by a volunteer aviary specialist,...

Laguna Still Misses Water Target

Water conservation by the 19,121 customers in the Laguna Beach County Water District remains short of a state-mandated 24 percent cutback, according to statistics released Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Ditching Corporate Stress for Backyard Farming

Broming assesses the amount of moisture and microbes in the soil for a soon-to-be vegetable patch

Local Philanthropist on Fire for Girl Power

Laguna local Kylie Schuyler will introduce Global G.L.O.W. (Girls Leading Our World), a non-profit in Santa Ana she founded five years ago
Posted On 09 Jan 2016

Bluebelt Kicks Off Annual Photo Contest

    To showcase Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas, the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition invites photographers to submit to its fifth annual photo contest. Winning photographers will be invited to exhibit at Laguna’s Gallery Q and honored at an artist reception. Photos...

Two Arrested for Drug Charges on New Year’s Eve

Two 18-year-olds who must have been sampling the goods got themselves arrested on New Year’s Eve in Laguna Beach, but long before the midnight countdown. Sgt. Tim Kleiser says officers pulled over a car driven by the teens about 4 p.m. because a passenger was leaning out of a car...