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City: Bad Cell Service 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.

Concert Band Celebrates Memories

"Thanks for the Memories," a free concert marking the 20th anniversary of the Laguna Community Concert Band, will take place at 2 p.m. on...
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Village Matters

On the Front Lines We’ve talked a lot about the difficulties applicants have navigating the plan check process at city hall and their frustrations at...

‘Camouflage House’ Pops Up at City Hall

Los Angeles-born sculptor and installation artist Tom Fruin recently returned home to the West Coast to take on his first temporary installation in Laguna Beach.

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.

Can You Stand Still for 90 Seconds?

The pageant's casting call will be held at the Pageant of the Masters amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road during the following dates and times: Friday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m.and  Sunday, Jan. 12, 2-5 p.m.

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.

Landslide Temporarily Closes Laguna Canyon Road

Caltrans closed Laguna Canyon Road last Friday while workers suspended from ropes used pickaxes, shovels, and their hands to clear debris from a cliff disturbed by last week’s storm.

Wisdom Workout

A Sanity Assessment Instead of making a list of New Year's resolutions, maybe it is time for another approach. Knowing where you are is the...

Former Laguna Resident to be Honored in Rose Parade

The City of Laguna Beach honored former Laguna Beach resident and Plano, Texas firefighter, Brody Fleming, at a community event on Thursday, Dec. 12

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.
letters to the editor

Letter: Questioning Councilman’s Involvement with Village Entrance, Downtown Specific Plan

Since Councilman Peter Blake owns property across the street from the Village Entrance project, we were surprised when he participated in the recent vote...

Laguna Beach Mobilizes for High Wind Events

Laguna Beach residents remembered the 26th anniversary of the 1993 wildfire this week while white-knuckling during the city's second Red Flag warning within six days.
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Letter: A Tricky Decision on Trolleys and Traffic?

Since problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them, let’s be straight for once about Laguna’s traffic. We are...

Councilman’s Wife Appointed to Airport Arts Commission

The wife of a Laguna Beach City Council member was appointed to the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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Laguna Receives $1M for Wildfire Defense

Nearly all of Laguna Beach and the 16,000 acres of wilderness that surrounds it are designated by CalFire as a “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.”

Jive Comes to LBHS

Laguna Generational Jive, an entertaining evening of song and story featuring Laguna Beach High School alumni stars with performances by the LBHS Jazz Band...

Local Nonprofit Aims to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

Local nonprofit, International Sanctuary, is celebrating its twelfth year empowering girls and women escaping human trafficking

Class Notes

PTA to Hold First ‘Coffee Talk’ of the Year The first PTA Coffee Talk of the year is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 8:30-10:15...

OCTA Plan Reduces Public Access at Pacific Horizon Preserve

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Mountain bikers and hikers could lose access to part of the Pacific Horizon Preserve if the California Coastal...
letters to the editor

Letter: Working Locally on the Climate Crisis

The fires are raging in the Amazon, which until now yielded 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, and President Bolsonaro of Brazil is refusing...
letters to the editor

Letter: Proposed Pavilion Inappropriate for Village Entrance

I can’t find enough words to express my objection to the proposed Village Entrance Pavilion. I'm someone who has been involved in the arts...

Does the Wet Suit You

Nowhere to Go A disgusting complaint you hear about tourists, aside from the fact they cost us $4 each, is their predilection for urination and...

School Board Member Won’t Sue District at This Time

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach school board member Dee Perry said through her attorney Tuesday that she will not move forward with...

Planning Commission to Review Long-awaited Downtown Plan

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission is expected to get its first look Wednesday at a draft of the Downtown Specific Plan, a hugely consequential document that will guide redevelopment in the historic core for decades, which has been in the works for about seven years.