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Laguna Beach locals roll up sleeves to boost spirits during pandemic

As the reality of COVID-19 came crashing down on Orange County a year ago, Laguna Beach native Jason Garza and Ashley Moseley were among many residents who hustled to find purpose during the crisis. “Usually what happens around town is they try to get over elaborate plans… but every single...

Laguna Beach hasn’t cited any businesses for flaunting stay at home order

Laguna Beach hasn’t fined any businesses for violating a regional health order that bans on-site dining at restaurants, the city manager shared Monday. An absence of enforcement action could reflect Laguna Beach restauranteurs' willingness to limit their operations to only delivery and takeout. “The City is still working with restaurants to...

Laguna Canyon trail takes beating from mountain bikers

Tex Haines considers the trails and hills behind his Laguna Canyon home to be his church. After years of hiking, the Victoria Skimboards co-founder has developed a keen eye capable of spotting a California whipsnake slithering through tall grass and a patch of pesky poison oak shrouded in scrub. He’s...

CIF Closure Dashes Hopes For Laguna Spring Sports

SPRING SPORTS UPDATES With the cancellation of the spring sport season the Indy will continue their look at what each of the spring sports accomplished this season. Last week, we recapped Baseball who ended their season ranked first in Division 3 and 32nd in California. They also appeared in the...

Judge Tosses Perry’s Complaint, Gives Her 30 Days to Detail Claims Against LBUSD

A Laguna Beach school board member recently suffered a setback in California federal court when the presiding judge tossed her complaint that the superintendent and fellow board members violated her first amendment rights and engaged in illegal retaliation. U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna dismissed without prejudice March 18...

Opinion: Common Sense

Laguna and Elections by-District It is hard to keep up with all the laws and regulations coming from Sacramento affecting our small town.  The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), while signed into law in 2002, could cause a major change to how we elect our City Council. The CVRA allows plaintiffs...

Indy Bids Farewell to Managing Editor

After two years with The Laguna Beach Independent, Managing Editor Allison Jarrell is returning to her home state of Michigan.

Letter: Can We Prevent Our Village’s Demise?

No, we can't, if we keep blaming and asking others to fix it for us. We're feeding an environment that nurtures stagnation. I wrote two op-eds about the dire condition of our Village, the first on becoming conscious about our situation. It had about 800 responses, 20 percent were residents....

School Resource Officer Named Among Top O.C. School Employees

LBUSD School Resource Officer Cpl. Cornelius Ashton was recognized by OC Parenting Magazine as one of the Top 25 Employees of Orange County Schools.

Guest Opinion: City Finance Fact Check

By City Manager John Pietig The purpose of the following fact check is to clear up misconceptions that appeared in columns and letters to the editor about financial oversight in the city. The city fiscal year ends every June 30. The books are reviewed by city staff and closed by the...