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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.
letters to the editor

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.
Laguna beach police log

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.

Free Home Wildfire Consultation

Laguna Beach residents can sign up for a free wildfire consultation by the Laguna Beach Fire Department by calling (949) 497-0700 or visiting lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/sign_up.htm ...

‘Blue Wave’ Predicted by Democrats Officially Hits Orange County Voter Rolls

Democrats officially outnumber Republican registrants in the historically Republican stronghold of Orange County,

Review Process of Village Entrance Art Proposal Begins

The Arts Commission will start the review process of a proposal by artist Marc Fornes for an Art in Public Places installation at the...

Pet Peeves

Holy Moly We just got our first look at architectural drawings for the proposed Museum Hotel and Cleo Hotel. They look great. Even the people...
letters to the editor

Letter: Rebutting A Column

May I ask why you give so many column inches to Billy Fried's one-sided political column? He consistently makes false claims. If he desires to...

LCAD Eyes Move to Arts District

LCAD President Jonathan Burke said the idea to consolidate the campus, which occupies buildings on both sides of Laguna Canyon, was floated in the past by city officials and other individuals. 

Wyland Resurrects Original Whaling Wall in Laguna

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy Acclaimed marine life artist Wyland surprised residents and visitors to Laguna Beach last week as he began recreating his...

School Board Member Threatens Suit Over Exclusion

A Laguna Beach Unified School District board member excluded from a new committee created to hear confidential matters has threatened to sue, escalating a fight that already had a litigious tone.

Guest Column: Time to Tackle, Strike Out and Dunk Homelessness 

By Denny Freidenrich USC football coach Clay Helton and his wife, Angela, recently attended a luncheon hosted by WISEPlace, the only nonprofit organization in Orange...

Pet Peeves

Best Made Plans I was delighted to read the Indy’s “Laguna Leaders Receive Recognition for Landscape Plans.” The American Planning Association (APA) presented its 2019...

The Kibitzer

Something to Chew On I’m deep in Ibiza, the White Island, one half—along with Formentera—of Las Pitiusas (the Pine Islands), also part of the Balearic...

Laguna’s Local Heroes

Laguna Beach lifeguards from across the decades suited up Saturday for a run-swim-paddle relay at Main Beach to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Marine Safety Department.