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Planners Reject CVS in Downtown

The Planning Commission voted unanimously, 5-0, to deny CVS Pharmacy entrance into downtown Laguna Beach at a hearing this week. The national retail pharmacy sought to take over Laguna Drug, which operators say has struggled to turn a profit.

Updated: Plans for a Downtown CVS Spark Outcry

This story was revised June 7. By Lauren Korduner, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach city staff recommends denial of a bid by CVS Pharmacy to replace Laguna Drug in the downtown area. The application for a conditional use permit comes before the Planning Commission on...

Shoring Up a First Step for Immigrants

Now, the Trump administration’s immigration policies – stepping up deportations, restricting entry from specific countries, plans for a border wall and an executive order blocking funding for sanctuary cities – is rippling into the local economy in an unexpected way.


Class Notes

  Laguna Native Shines in the Midwest Bella Carracino, an elementary education major and a resident of Laguna Beach, is on Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year at Butler University in Indianapolis.  Art Lessons Celebrate Whale Season As part...

Rolling Out a Magic Carpet

Laguna Beach’s elementary schools and district office will serve as drop-off locations for gently used children’s books Feb. 1-14, intended to introduce preschool children to the magical world between the covers. “Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in...


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Suspected Gang Members Arrested After Car Stop Police arrested four suspected Costa Mesa gang members on an array of felony charges after their vehicle was pulled over in the 200 block of Cliff Drive last Wednesday, March 16, Sgt. Louis Callus said. A stolen loaded handgun was...

Firefighters Douse Blaze They Also Discover

En route to work last Friday, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse spotted and reported a 7:30 a.m. blaze, but also pounded on the door to personally evacuate the two occupants, who were still sleeping. “He man-handled us out of the house,” said homeowner Gene Gratz, who with his...

Teens Abandon Ill Friend

Police detained six teen-agers from Lake Forest who left a companion showing signs of an overdose at a home on Tia Juana Street and then fled last Saturday, March 5, about 7:48 p.m. Occupants of the home called for paramedics, who transported the 15-year-old female victim for...


Utt Nails It

Editor, Regarding your article “Furry Hats and Sculpture Trios,” May 12, “I loved it! You hit the nail on the head on so many things. However, you missed the boat in not mentioning the entrance to Main Beach from the north on the Coast Highway, the dullest building in town....

Thank You, Village Laguna

Editor, In years past, when we went on the Charm House Tour, organizing it looked like a picnic. Find a few nice houses, print up some flyers, and serve cold lemonade. How hard could it be? This year, we were honored to have our house included, so we got a peek behind the...

Uber Incentive Should be Unrestricted Use

Editor, I am pleased to hear about the planned collaboration between the city of Laguna Beach and Uber for the benefit of local seniors. I hope the program works and expands. I note though that the emphasis currently seems to be on transporting seniors and the disabled to and...