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Laguna Beach voters may decide hotel worker wage hike, hotel projects’ fate

Two more ballot initiatives collected enough valid signatures from Laguna Beach voters to qualify for the ballot, the Orange County Registrar of Voters said Wednesday. The first would set an $18 per hour minimum wage for hotel workers and see that wage annually increase by a dollar per hour until...

Sean Cook to keynote Laguna Beach Business Club breakfast

Sean Cook, founder of Ciao Languages, will keynote the monthly breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club on April 21. The Business Club holds a 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting the third Thursday, hosting speakers that discuss how they’ve achieved success in their personal and professional lives. Cook will talk...

Orange County awarded $3.9M to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Orange County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB) has received $3.9 million in state funding to offer grants to underserved microbusinesses and entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19. The County will provide payments of $2,500 to microbusinesses and entrepreneurs facing barriers to accessing capital including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, individuals without...

Kim Carr to run for 36th State Senate District

Huntington Beach councilmember Kim Carr announced her candidacy for the newly drawn 36th State Senate District, which now includes Laguna Beach, on Tuesday. The district now runs along the Orange County coastline from San Clemente to Seal Beach and stretches inland to several West County cities. Karr plans to run...

Winners announced for 2021 Laguna Bluebelt photo contest 

During the endless pandemic, 63 photographers turned to the ocean for solace, solitude and inspiration in capturing the beauty and biodiversity of Laguna’s Bluebelt – a network of State Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The 2021 Laguna Bluebelt Photo Contest awarded over $2,000 in cash and prizes to contestants, encouraging them...

Judge ends Honarkar’s latest receivership after creditor request

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ended the receivership overseeing a prominent Laguna Beach real estate investor’s companies, including the entity managing Hotel Laguna. Judge James C. Chalfant dismissed the case brought by Delaware-based Coastline Loans LLC, the latest creditor for a group of entities controlled by 4G...

Letter: Development Done Right

With Laguna threatened by mega-development schemes, many residents are looking for development done right. Look no further than 496 N. Coast Hwy.– a newly renovated building featuring offices and a wine tasting room. Designed by architect Morris Skenderian and built by Oligino Construction (both Laguna businesses), this building represents...

Letter: Councilmember Peter Blake Calls Johanna Felder a Liar

Your readers should be interested in an exchange of emails that I recently had with Laguna Beach Councilman Peter Blake. Aug. 27, 2021 Gene Felder email to Peter Blake: Councilman Peter Blake, At the Aug. 24, 2021 City Council meeting, from the dais, you interrupted my wife Johanna Felder from providing public...

Exclusive Pageant of the Masters Experiences Return to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

  Make It an Unforgettable Summer By LB Indy Team Member   Escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with two exclusive overnight experiences celebrating the beloved Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy premium tickets and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pageant, one of the most unique productions in the world...