Court Rebuffs Hotel Laguna Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled this week to dismiss in part a lawsuit by the operator of Hotel Laguna against its landlord and three local investors that seek control of the historic property in downtown Laguna Beach.

Winter Fantasy Unveils its New Art World

The 23rd annual Winter Fantasy, “A Whole New World of Art,” begins Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over...

Mohammad Honarkar’s creditor seeks $195.5-million foreclosure order

By Bradley Zint & Daniel Langhorne A prominent Laguna Beach real estate investor is on the brink of foreclosure on a $195.5-million loan backed by...

Authorities Recover a Body from the Ocean

Lifeguards on Wednesday recovered a body near Three Arch Bay presumed to be that of missing teen Anthony Parnell. The 18-year-old was swept out...

Laguna Beach responds to 3,000-gallon sewage spill, avoids beach closures

A sewer spill estimated at 3,000 gallons prompted an emergency response in Laguna Beach but didn't force beach closures on Friday. Around 8 a.m., Laguna...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor...

STEM education for girls supercharged by $1M pledge to Project Scientist

Sandy Marshall, founded Project Scientist in 2011 out of her guest house in Charlotte, North Carolina, partly out of exasperation with the lack of...

Slice Pizza and Beer Releases Third Laguna Beach Artist-Designed Box

Since her canvas was a pizza box, when Laguna Beach artist and Sawdust exhibitor Lisa Mansour was commissioned by Slice Pizza and Beer to...

Home Again for Local Actress

When Erika Whalen Schindele presented the Art Star lifetime achievement award to her former high school teacher and mentor, Mark Dressler, last April, the...

Contest Spotlights Best in Marine Photos

Professional Tustin photographer Alex Cowdell, known for his imagery of Maui’s cliff divers, captured another sea-going creature and won first prize with “Henry the...

Laguna Beach’s Petrie-Norris takes early lead over challengers

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) took a significant early lead in her reelection campaign as the first results came in Tuesday night in coastal...

Uber to Pull Into John Wayne

Soon, John Wayne Airport passengers will be able to depart for home or their travel destination without hailing a cab or a shuttle but...

Council Vows to Limit Scrutiny of Appeals

After revisiting the public appeal process to challenge decisions made by the Design Review Board, the City Council decided Tuesday to maintain the current...

Coastal Commission Reapproves Artist Work/Live Complex

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent After almost 10 years, a landowner’s proposal to build an artist work/live space in Laguna Canyon has been...

Theft Suspect Caught with ‘No on P’ Signs in Car

On Friday, Oct. 19, at 10:31 a.m., officers responded to the area of Forest Avenue and South Coast Highway to a call regarding theft of political signs.