The Lead

Divisive Issues Fill First Forum

Eleven candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council made their cases at a Sept. 6 candidate forum for how they’d address homelessness, complaints about the Design Review Board, and economic development.

Momentum Builds for Estuary Restoration

A plan to restore Aliso Creek Estuary to a more natural state will likely require the creation of a joint powers authority—consisting of the city of Laguna Beach, the county and the South Coast Water District

Laguna Beach Mourns Sandpiper’s Chip Harrell

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy Laguna Beach is mourning the loss of Chip Harrell, who was the longtime owner of The Sandpiper Lounge with his brother, Chuck. Harrell’s uncle opened the Sandpiper in 1942, known affectionately by locals as the Dirty Bird, and owned it for about...


Have a Blast at El Morro’s Fall Carnival

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent In a community infused with art, local artwork is often on display. Homegrown talent will be clearly visible at El Morro’s Boo Blast next Friday, Oct. 27; t-shirts for this event feature a drawing done by a young Laguna artist. This year, 80...

Class Notes

Cheer Clinic Preps for Field Performance   Girls and boys in elementary school and sixth grade have a chance to learn a cheer, chant and dance with the award-winning Laguna Beach High School cheerleaders at a morning clinic beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21....


  Girls Volleyball (10-5, 6-0) Breakers continued to serve their league opponents off the court and play the entire bench. On Oct. 4 the Breakers swept Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana 25-12, 26-24, 25-17 with Lexi McKeown leading the squad with 15 kills and Piper Naess recording...


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Street Beat

Drivers Take Note: Checkpoint Planned

Police say they will conduct a DUI and drivers license checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 26, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Law enforcement officials aim to educate drivers that DUI applies to prescription drugs and marijuana,...

Resident Arrested in Suspected Road Rage Assault

In an incident police describe as “road rage,” Laguna Beach resident Kevin O’Neill was arrested for allegedly using his vehicle to try to run over two bicyclists, who escaped without injury. O’Neill was arrested Sunday, Aug. 13, when officers spotted a vehicle identified as...

‘Doctor Shopping’ Patient Arrested

A Mission Hospital case manager in Laguna Beach who recognized a former patient admitted at a sister facility under a different name led to the arrest of a woman suspected of drug fraud, police said. When police searched the would-be patient’s handbag, they found discharge papers...


Letter: Candidates: What are They Really About?

I’ve been taking some time to learn about the candidates, met with some of them, saw some of them speak at the forums and wondered how or why they are running, what are their reasons, their positions, and what backgrounds do they have to be effective, finding out what is real or...

Letter: Candidates’ Responses not Truthful at Suzi Q Forum

Previous forums wouldn’t allow debate among candidates on audience questions. That changed for the better with Council incumbent Iseman, Planning Commissioner Kempf, and Former Council member Christoph’s answers. Question #1 to Toni Iseman: “Do you think the City Council should...

Letter: Twenty Years of Iseman is Enough

In 2013, the $65 million parking garage was opposed by Let Laguna Vote on grounds of cost scale and size. Toni Iseman joined LLV to oppose the structure, until she proposed a parking garage of her own design at less cost and smaller size. Year after year, advocates for less auto...


The Winner Tips His Hat to the Hatter and Billy Joel

"Dan the Piano Man from Sunny Laguna" wins the Pacific Symphony's concert. See video below.

Redemption Song | Playing For Change

This video is a version of “Redemption Song” performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday. We have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a felling of rising above the past and moving forward...

Resident Michael Spencer Taylor’s video about Laguna’s continuing efforts to regulate skateboarding.

Another moment in time! From Moments in Time Films! Please come and Support the 2-1-2011 City Council Meeting in Laguna Beach Tues 6pm!!!!! or E mail [email protected]