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Will Old Remedy Solve Modern Housing Crisis?

Updates to a state law that went into effect Jan. 1 are meant to combat the shortage and encourage Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats,” on residential properties.

‘Grand Tour’ Offers a Feast for Eyes, Food for Thought

Paris, Rome, Florence, Naples and Milan. Those were must-see destinations for young 18th century English aristocrats sent abroad to round out their formal education and give them the requisite cultural veneer. In that era, of course, aristocrats meant lords, not ladies. Produced...

Change Afoot Over Canyon Development Rules

A discussion about development and land use in Laguna Canyon will again take center stage before the Planning Commission next Wednesday, July 19, likely the last opportunity for residents and city planners to offer input before the commission settles on recommendations for City...

Schools

Author Shares Writing Secrets Beyond Plot Twists

A small class of students enrolled in Introduction to Nonfiction, a Laguna College of Art and Design literary survey course, received some practical advice from best-selling author and Newport Beach resident Dean Koontz last week. “You need to know about the business,” Koontz...

Class Notes

McKenna Learns Her Way Around the Capitol   Laguna Beach reident Halland McKenna served as a summer intern for Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina. Halland gained experience working in Washington, where she attended committee hearings, led tours, and assisted office...

Teen Absorbs Lessons in Leadership

By Carol Bennion, Guest contributor When informed that she had been nominated by Laguna Beach High School faculty and staff to interview with two of her peers to compete for a single spot at California Girls State, Delaney Basile had no idea what she was getting into. “None of us...

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Street Beat

Thief Suspected in Burglary Spree Arrested

A 54-year-old man suspected in four recent Laguna Beach burglaries was arrested Sunday, July 16, when surveillance cameras picked up the whereabouts of his wanted vehicle, police said. The most recent break-in linked to the spree occurred 15 hours earlier when a restaurant...

Pedestrians Flee from Erratic Car

Beach-goers on the Main Beach cobblestones at twilight Sunday escaped injury when a motorist drove through the heavily populated area and across the sidewalk to flee southbound on Coast Highway, according to police. When police located the erratically driven vehicle nearly four...

Streetbeat

Sunday, June 25 Traffic collision. Oak Street. 4 p.m. A bicyclist who ran into a gardening truck and was knocked unconscious was transported to Mission Hospital-Mission Viejo for a possible head injury. He has since been released. Monday, June 26 DUI. Pearl Street. 8:40 a.m....

Letters

Village Laguna’s Track Record Reflects its Values

Editor: Since when are ad hominem attacks on an opponent an acceptable form of debate or responsible journalism?  Two letters in last week’s Indy come to mind.  One from Jay Rousseau and the second from Ganka Brown. Jay Rousseau accuses Village Laguna and its president of bei...

Village Laguna and its Leaders Practice Transparency

Editor, Re: the letter “Village Laguna Critic Piles On” in the July 14 edition. The letter was filled with untruths about Johanna Felder and Village Laguna. There are no secrets about Village Laguna, as a non-profit organization, or how they use the funds that are collected...

One CVS Is Enough

Editor, The atmosphere of our downtown changes its look and feel from the early morning, afternoon to the late night hours.  Our downtown and Main Beach become a loitering place for the homeless late at night. The last thing residents need downtown are the bright florescent...

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...