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Breakers Name Crawford Head Softball Coach

Players on the Laguna Beach High softball team stride onto the field with a fresh enthusiasm this season, an emotional shift from the embarrassment they felt when games were called early under so-called “mercy rules” when their opposition ran up huge leads.

Ti Amo’s Menu Now Seasoned by Barone

After two decades as the award-winning chef of Antonello's in Costa Mesa, Franco Barone’s loyal following gave him the confidence to take the culinary plunge and open his own restaurant with his wife, Donatella, in 2009.

Photos Capture Sealife From Above and Below

Winning entries in the sixth annual photo contest by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, dedicated to marine habitat preservation, captures the quicksilver nature of a shoreline that constantly changes.


St. Catherine Holds Open House

Prospective students and families are invited to an open house and dinner at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will have a chance to visit the campus at 30516 S. Coast Highway, meet the teachers and principal and learn...

Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Technology is changing so fast it’s almost impossible for parents to monitor.  In the past, parents knew the world in which their children were growing up and could guide and protect them accordingly.  This is no longer possible as the...

Class Notes

Shap Show Spotlights Student Talent Tickets are now on sale for the 26th No Suits Allowed concert, which returns to the LBHS Artists’ Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8, for the annual senior fundraiser, benefiting a safe and sober graduation night. Every winter, Gary Shapiro, an upper...


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Street Beat

Monday, Jan. 31 Fraud. 9 a.m. 500 block of Seaview Street. Another apparent victim in the credit-card skimming investigation claimed a $177 loss. Vandalism. 9:45 a.m. 900 block of Laguna Canyon Road. An incident of road rage resulted in the driver of one vehicle hurling anti-gay...

Accidental Fire Ignites in Home

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Fire. 11:05 p.m.. An accidental electrical fire ignited in the sub-floor of a kitchen in the 2200 block of Hillview Drive about 11 p.m. last Saturday, causing $50,000 in damage, fire Division Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. Though the home was equipped...

Serial Fast Food Robber Nabbed

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy   Police arrested a 48-year-old man suspected of 30 mostly failed hold-ups of fast-food restaurants after allegedly using a gun in another pair of unsuccessful heists last Thursday, Dec. 30, in Laguna Beach. David Brian Mattson pleaded not guilty...


Lang Park, Not Lang Pool

Editor, Once again Lang Park is threatened. The city has commissioned a study to see if a double-decked Olympic-sized pool and locker room atop a parking structure can somehow be crammed within the park’s confines. Something must be sacrificed and that appears to be the park’s...

Senior Welcomes Lang Pool

Editor, A new 108′ by 75′ foot city and school district swimming pool and a shallow teaching pool in Lang Park is a great idea. Our pool on Park Avenue would continue to operate, but alas our high school’s championship water polo teams would finally have a pool...

City Finances Should Shift Visitor Costs to Tourists

Editor, The city will be holding a long-term financial plan presentation March 6. That’s a good thing. Presumably a long tern financial plan includes a discussion of future revenues to the city and future costs to the city, a discussion of the sources of funds and the uses of...