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Rouda Candidacy Gains Momentum

Laguna Beach resident Harley Rouda has raised more than $100,000 from independent donors since declaring his candidacy earlier this month for California's 48th Congressional District, which includes Laguna and Newport Beach, says a statement issued by his campaign.
Posted On 18 Mar 2017

Teacher’s Action Saves His Student

Without warning, Sam’s heart apparently stopped and he fell to the floor.

Perseverance, Luck Propel Laguna Actor to ‘Neverland’

Noah Plomgren bounced around a stage at age 5, playing a robot named Calcium in a children’s repertory group. “I did not understand the concept of the show, but loved the experience of being on stage. It was magical,” the Laguna Beach native recalled recently. At age 9, he fully...


Kudos for Surf Team’s Top Athletes

The boys’ high school surf team league finals were held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at San Onofre’s Upper Trestles and Dana Point’s Salt Creek Beach. First round participants, freshman Colton Bryant, senior Nathan Kravitz and junior Shane Chapman, advanced to the quarter finals before...

Of Gifts, Giving, and a ‘Prayer’ to Remember

Laguna Beach teen, Tessa Mansour, sings a duet with beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli By Tad Heitmann, Special to the Independent The holiday season evokes a time of special magic, of generosity and gratitude, of unexpected blessings, and, of course, wonderful music. This season...

Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Five students of Laguna College of Art and Design were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club during its lunch meeting earlier this month. The annual spring fundraiser Grapes for Grads funded the scholarships, which were awarded to Bryant Santamaria and Paulina Michel, both...


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Exhibit Review Earns Praise

Editor, Thank you for the very clear overview of the “Incarceration” exhibit. It is a historically significant and a timely issue that certainly deserves more attention and discussion. Knowing that the “Homage to Oscar” room would be controversial for the general public, I...

Participant Disputes Columnist’s Description

Editor, This is in regards to the guest column by Jennifer Zeiter titled “Lesson in Intolerance.” Her description the events of that day is a gross mischaracterization. I was out on the sidewalk (near her) very often during the March. I struggle with anxiety when in a crowd. It...