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Better Cell Coverage Adds a Visual Cost

Improved cellular phone coverage may be on its way for Verizon Wireless subscribers in Laguna Beach. The telecommunications company has submitted 18 applications for new wireless facilities within city and state rights-of-way to increase capacity for its data-hungry customers.

Schools Hire New Principal for LBHS

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent Dr. Jason Allemann is expected to be named as the principal of Laguna Beach High School during the school board meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Allemann is currently the principal of Dana Hills High School, a school he also attended. He is...

Shark Watch: Changing Times

Jeremy Frimond, marine protection officer for the City of Laguna Beach, noted, “Great white shark sightings are not as new an occurrence as some might think.


High School Sports Update

Boys Win League Champs   Laguna Seeded Sixth in D-4AA Playoffs Breakers entered the 2014 playoffs the highest ranked public school in the division and opened play this past Wednesday hosting Don Bosco at Dugger Gym. Should the seeding hold, Breakers (21-5, 10-0) will face...

School Principal Pursues Encore Career

Ron La Motte, Top of the World Elementary School’s long-time principal, will retire in June after 27 years in the district, though he’s not about to quit his profession. La Motte said he’s starting an “encore career” as director of the master’s program at Irvine’s Concordia...

Exchange Student Visits Laguna’s Newest Sibling

Selected for his excellent leadership and impressive work in fine art, Laguna College of Art and Design senior Christopher Ybarra, 21, was the first exchange student selected and sponsored by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association. Ybarra spent 10 days in San Jose del Cabo,...


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Spring Break Crime Spree

Two 17-year-old Laguna Beach boys, including one who is a resident of Three Arch Bay, were arrested on the first day of spring break for suspicion of burglary and theft late last Monday, April 18. Owners of at least 15 unlocked vehicles along S. La Senda, N. Portola Road, and S....

Street Beat

Monday, April 11 Vandalism. 9:46 a.m. 800 block of Balboa Ave. An unauthorized tree cutter caused $1,000 worth of damage to three trees and a deck. Burglary. 1:22 p.m. 1000 block of Tia Juana St. About $8,000 worth of home electronics was stolen while the owner was away when...

Street Beat

Legion Gets on Base Despite Steal by Thieves Pin stripe jerseys for 12 players on the American Legion Little League team, including socks, belts and hats, disappeared from a Skyline driveway last month, days before the season opened last month though the theft was only reported...


Life Hands Us Ideas

Editor, In the first article of mine that Stu Saffer published in the Indy I felt compelled to spontaneously write my thoughts about what had happened Aug. 21, 1996, and impulsively shot it off to Stu. It was in the paper the next Friday. (See the link in the letter online.)...

Push Back Over Canceled Stone Carving Class

This letter was addressed to LCAD’s board. My name is Randy Hunt and I have been a student in the stone sculpting class for over 10 years. The recent decision to suddenly and abruptly close the 40-year-old stone sculpting  program offered on weekends at LCAD needs to be reviewed...