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Waiting for the Right Wave

After waiting patiently for the ideal conditions, the 55th annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic finally hit the water Sept. 15-16.

Laguna Historian Captures 120 Years of Local Parks History in Video Series

Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) has released a video history of the county’s park system. The 14-part series covers the major milestones that marked the establishment of the county’s parks, harbors, beaches, historic sites, and trail systems commencing in 1897 with...

Remembering Sandpiper’s Chip Harrell

So when The Sandpiper Lounge announced last week that Chip had passed on Sept. 4, it should be no surprise that more than 100 community members and Sandpiper patrons from across the state, and the country, expressed their sorrow over the loss of a friend and a true fixture of the...

Schools

For Senior, a Final Exam Comes After Graduation

By Gabrielle Mix, Special to the Independent             Evie Cant is a self-determined Laguna Beach High School senior from Australia who truly does it all, and more.             She writes music, excels in sports and is an honors student. Next fall, she will move back to the...

Caps Off to LBHS Class of 2018

By Gabrielle Mix, Special to the Independent              “Perseverance is incredibly powerful and the great thing is, everyone has it in them,” Lauren Tran, Laguna Beach High School’s 2018 valedictorian, said in her address to graduating seniors.             The Irvine Bowl at...

Class Notes

Graduates Make the Grade Four Laguna Beach residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the spring semester. Olivia L. Clark, Maya J. Clemons, Rachel M. Freedman and Dominic B. Sadeghi attained at least a 3.5 GPA or were in the top 30 percent of their...

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Street Beat

Street Beat – Police Log

Saturday, Aug. 25 Traffic stop. 2:32 a.m. Boat Canyon Drive and North Coast Highway. A 22-year-old Virginia resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Traffic stop. 2:36 a.m. Legion Street and Glenneyre Street. A 21-year-old Foothill Ranch woman was arrested for DUI...

DUI Checkpoint Leads to Three Arrests

The Laguna Beach Police Department conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 18 in the area of Coast Highway and Aliso Beach between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Of the 2,162 drivers who drove through the checkpoint, 902 drivers were greeted, four citations were issued,...

City Reminds Residents to Leash Canine Companions

  The city of Laguna Beach recently issued a reminder to residents that dogs are prohibited on city and county beaches between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from June 15–Sept. 10. During that time, dogs can be on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., provided they are...

Letters

Letter: Liberate Laguna Touts Poor Land Use Policy Ideas

After seeing the full-page ad in the Indy sponsored by Liberate Laguna, I felt motivated to grab my black armband and head down to Main Beach to join the revolution. That was until I read the letter by David Raber in last week’s Independent. That letter clarified what this...

Letter: No One Favors Paving Laguna

Dave Raber’s letter demonizing Liberate Laguna contains the same old false “dog whistles” we hear over and over. I am a member of Liberate Laguna. I am not on the board and not authorized to speak for them. But I have attended their meetings and can assure you the leadership of...

Letter: TCA Should be Abolished, Toll Roads Freed

TCA Should be Abolished, Toll Roads Freed Orange County taxpayers need a break. The TCA is a for-profit agency. But they have yet to be able to do that, even after accepting a bailout of over $1 billion dollars from OC taxpayers. The money we all work hard for should have gone...

Videos

An Invitation to Break Out the Dancing Shoes

Two musicians of divergent piety are ready for their final judgment. St. Peter peruses his roster and says to the first, “Here my friend is your harp; welcome to heaven.” Collaring the other player he changes his tone. “I’ve been watching you. Here’s your accordion; welcome to...

Locals Greet the Season

  Photos by Mary Hurlbut   Sampling a Hospitality Night Tradition Go into the kitchen and see a behind the scenes video of tamale making sold on Hospitality Night in the Presbyterian Church. Here

Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...