An Inside Look at Who Makes the Cut

Every year, the Newport Beach Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions, but only accepts about 10 percent. The rest are indeed cut.

‘Orange Sunshine’ Explores an Often Forgotten Era

By Richard Chang, Special to the Independent Books lead to movies all the time, but it’s rare when a book inspires an art exhibition. That appears...

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is...

Commission Requests Fewer Rooms in Hotel Proposal

Laguna Beach planning commissioners sent a plan to redevelop the Holiday Inn as a 112-room boutique hotel back to the drawing board on Wednesday, Nov. 7, partly because it would require eliminating a cap on hotel density from the municipal code.

Laguna Beach Pays Tribute to Veterans at Heisler Park

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 and American Legion Post 222 organized a celebration of Veterans Day and the 77th anniversary of VFW...

Artists Create Couture that Astonishes

By Loreen Berlin - Special to the Independent Local artists currently exhibiting their specialties in the Festival of Arts also applied their talent to other...

Indy Calendar Sept. 20-26, 2013

  Friday, Sept. 20 Sawdust Art Festival Classes: 2 p.m., tidepool bracelet with Linda Ames.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 9/21. Jazz on the Patio, 6:30 p.m., Zinc Cafe,...



Taking Stock

It Just Keeps Rolling This old bull market just keeps rolling along. The current bull run celebrated its eighth birthday in March and is now...

Rescued Sea Lion is Later Euthanized

An injured sea lion that had evaded rescuers in Dana Point Harbor since last week was successfully picked up Wednesday, Sept. 6, by the Pacific...

Charges Filed in Laguna Beach Traffic Deaths

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two motorists last week in two separate traffic fatalities that occurred in Laguna Beach in 2014, police said today. In...

Students Sample Their Own Harvest

Citrus trees, herbs, vegetables and flowers in Top of the World Elementary’s outdoor classroom create a popular hands-on learning experience. In addition to horticulture...

Musings on the Coast

Climate Change Comes to Laguna The other day I went to an event for Cottie Petrie-Norris, the newly-elected State Assemblywoman who represents Laguna Beach. She...

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last...

Poem submission: Sunset in Laguna

Sunset in Laguna Submitted by George Chandy The sturdy brown-haired boy, Enraptured by grey clouds Tinged by the setting orb, In silence awaits The starry firmament, Nestled in Grandpa’s...