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Newport Beach Doctor, Girlfriend Charged With Rape, Sexual Assault

A Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend were arrested last week on multiple felony sexual assault counts, the Orange County District Attorney reported this week.

Candidates Discuss Measure P, Laguna Canyon

Eight candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council made their cases Monday for why they should be elected in November during the latest forum hosted by the nonprofit advocacy group Village Laguna.

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.

Schools

Garden Club Seeds New Gardens

The Thurston Middle School Eco Club will create a butterfly garden for the planter in front of the school. El Morro Elementary uses garden-themed lessons to enhance math, science, nutrition, reading and writing. And Top of the World Elementary students will soon learn about the...

Creating a Culture of Kindness

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent Wearing blindfolds and following guides through an obstacle course, El Morro Elementary students got a chance to walk without the use of their eyes. Youngsters also learned how to give simple greetings in American Sign Language. Some felt...

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Street Beat

Homeowner Interrupts Thieves

A Driftwood Drive resident who arrived home at midday last Thursday, Aug. 31, interrupted a burglary in progress and confronted two thieves fleeing from his home, police said. The burglars fled in a car before officers arrived in the 30900 block of Driftwood, said Sgt. Jim Cota,...

Homeowner Interrupts Thieves

A Driftwood Drive resident who arrived home at midday last Thursday, Aug. 31, interrupted a burglary in progress and confronted two thieves fleeing from his home, police said. The burglars fled in a car before officers arrived in the 30900 block of Driftwood, said Sgt. Jim Cota,...

Property Manager Suspected in Client Burglary

In one of the largest home burglaries in Laguna Beach in years, a property manager was arrested for allegedly breaking into a vacation home of a client and stealing jewelry valued at $765,912, police said. Detectives are currently conducting follow-up inquiries at other...

Letters

Letter: In Response to Doug Cortez’s Sept. 28 Letter

Doug Cortez purchased two separate parcels of land that were not connected. As shown on the County’s tract map, his properties were separated by a Platted Public Walk as defined and dedicated in the subdivision plan of 1923. That Platted Public Walk was accepted by City Council...

Letter: Attack on Professional Background was Baseless

Recently a letter was published from an individual questioning my professional background. In response to this individual criticizing me as well as other candidates on Nextdoor, I reached out to speak to her about her concerns but was declined. One would imagine if this...

Letter: New Ideas on City Council

At first glance, who could be against “new ideas?’’ Unfortunately, a lot of those so-called new ideas are not new at all. They are just the product of shallow thinking. When someone running for City Council says, “That’s easy! We just need to do X!” it usually means that person...

Videos

Dance Festival Springs to Life

The arrival of spring this year coincides with the expansion of the Laguna Dance Festival season, staged in the fall of previous years. Though dancers set the mood with audience-teasing performance snippets in galleries during this past Thursday’s Art Walk, the real attraction...

Throwing Down a Contest for Skimmers

Despite near perfect shoreline conditions for skimboarding in Laguna Beach, the town lacks frequent skim competitions, save for the large annual Victoria contest at Aliso Beach. Skim boarders Paulo Prietto and Steve Taylor decided to remedy the situation by organizing some...

Laguna Dance Festival

  Here is a preview video from Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson, who will be performing in Laguna Beach April 14-17 as part of the upcoming Laguna Dance Festival.   Four different programs are scheduled April 14-17 at the Laguna Playhouse, with an...