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Democrat Harley Rouda edged past his Democratic opponent Hans Keirstead by a 62-vote margin in the still undecided race to determine who will challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November in the 48thCongressional District.

Two Injured in Father’s Day Collision

  A driver and his daughter were injured in a Father’s Day collision near Three Arch Bay when their car overturned after being sideswiped by a suspected drunken driver, police said. The motorist at fault, Aaron Van Korlaar, 26, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for...

Second Smuggling Boat Runs Aground

Authorities detained four men suspected of illegally entering the country through Crystal Cove State Park, the second instance of human smuggling via boat on the same coastline in as many weeks. Nearby El Morro Elementary was placed on a “soft” lockdown “out of an abundance of...

Schools

Class Notes

Top Musicians Earn Accolades Laguna Beach High School seniors Marco Lybbert and Andrew Keyser received the top two instrumental music awards for 2018 from instrumental music director Jeremy Chung at the Music Boosters’ annual picnic earlier this month. In recognition of superior...

Durand Hired As Schoolpower’s New Executive Director

SchoolPower named Sarah Durand as its new executive director, according to an announcement issued this week. Durand was chosen from a field of over 80 applicants during a search that began after Robin Rounaghi, the organization’s current executive director, announced that she was...

Students Receive $430,000 in Awards

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation awarded 140 graduating seniors $431,013 in the form of 152 scholarships at the annual Honors Convocation Friday, June 8. The foundation was established in 1947 by the women’s community service organization Ebell Club to support...

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Two Injured in Father’s Day Collision

  A driver and his daughter were injured in a Father’s Day collision near Three Arch Bay when their car overturned after being sideswiped by a suspected drunken driver, police said. The motorist at fault, Aaron Van Korlaar, 26, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for...

Human Smugglers Return to Crystal Cove

Suspected human smugglers came ashore at Crystal Cove State Park in the early morning hours of Monday, June 11. A 20-foot boat was found by lifeguards within park boundaries about 6:30 a.m., said Park Department spokesman Jorge Moreno. Tide charts show low tide ebbed at 2:24 a.m....

Two Men Suspected in Attempted Car Break-in

Two men with burglary tools were arrested in the 1500 block of Catalina Street in Laguna Beach early Sunday after a witness provided police with a description of people tampering with a vehicle in the Arch Beach Heights area. Dennis Michael Busch, 38, of Laguna Woods, and Brent...
Posted On 22 May 2018

Letters

Gesture Builds Understanding

Editor, My family and I drove to Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach not because they were offering free coffee and desserts as part of a court settlement stemming from a law suit two years ago involving seven Muslim ladies who were dining at Urth Caffe and were asked to leave after they...

More Than Expected in Signs Story

Editor, I’ve been meaning to write to you ever since I saw the street sign article in last Friday’s Indy “Signs Point the Way to Town’s History.” I thought it was a fascinating and beautifully written piece; way more extensive than I thought it would be. Your research into all of...

Caltrans Holds Canyon Road Improvement Plan Hearing

Editor, While the city is busy with its high priced consultants trying to figure out the best language to place on the November ballot to tax us for undergrounding, and councilmembers are busy meeting with local community groups to advocate for higher taxes, Caltrans, in...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...