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Race for House Ascends to Top Dollar

Candidates and political action committees spent nearly $12.3 million before the June 5 state primary in the hotly contested congressional battleground of District 48, which spans the Orange County coast from Seal Beach to Laguna Niguel.

Museum’s Art Colony Exhibit Chronicles Laguna Life

Museum Director Malcolm Warner said the theme for“Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association 1918-1935”came naturally.
Posted On 15 Jul 2018

Restoration Underway on City’s Oldest Art

Local bronze sculptor Gerard Stripling took on an unusual project this week, restoring the oldest work of public art in the city’s collection.


With New Sports, Athletic History Starts Afresh

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent Athletes and fans will have more to cheer about this year as Laguna Beach High School adds two new sports to its athletic line-up. Wrestling squads will appear at LBHS this winter and lacrosse teams will play in the spring. The school board...

Class Notes

LBHS Students Among National Merit Contenders Students Charlotte Hoffs, Andrew Keyser, Joseph Ravenna and Ben Sharp have been named semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships. These seniors will compete among 7,500 of their peers for National Merit Scholarships worth more than...

Gwen Myers receives Spirit of Laguna award

Thurston Middle School attendance and student records specialist Gwen Myers received the 10th annual Spirit of LBUSD award at a welcome breakfast for staff last week. The award honors a staff member who exemplifies extraordinary service. Myers, a graduate of Laguna Beach High...


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Monday, June 12 Traffic collision. 11:14 a.m. Ninth Ave. A bicyclist suffered a leg injury in a collision with a car. Traffic stop. 700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. After failing to yield to police and a short foot pursuit, officers arrested Oscar Mendoza, 24, of Palmdale, for...

Updated: Police Say Burglar Tried on Store Lingerie

A man suspected of breaking into a Laguna Beach lingerie store was seen in a store surveillance video wearing some of the shop’s women’s intimate wear, police said. Five days after the break-in, police arrested Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, who police recognized in the store...


Monday, May 22 Vehicle burglary. 31800 block of Eighth Ave. 9:48 a.m. Someone broke into a locked vehicle and stole high-end purses, shoes, and sunglasses valued at $20,000. Grand theft. 1300 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:13 p.m. Make up, jewelry, clothing and perfume valued at $1,500...


Caltrans Addresses Just a Section of Utility Poles in Laguna Canyon

Editor, In a letter published in the June 22 edition (“Caltrans Holds Canyon Road Improvement Plan Hearing”),  the writer seems to ask that the town and city council wait for Caltrans to underground utilities along Laguna Canyon Road, as Caltrans now proposes to do on a short...

Unintended Racism Sprouts an Olive Branch

Editor, I really enjoyed the letter to the editor by Fareed Farukhi regarding the Urth Caffe’s gesture to Laguna Beach and other communities in response to the court settlement that was recently decided. Urth Caffe opened their doors to everyone who would come in response to that...

Thumbs Up for Coverage of Auto Racers

Editor, Thank you very much for including the news item about Laguna Beach’s Michael Lewis in the June 8 edition of the Laguna Beach Independent. I really enjoyed reading about fellow PWC competitor Nicolai Elghanayan in the same edition. You and your team always do a great...


Staff videographer Ted Reckas attended last summer’s final Bluebird Park concert.

The outdoor event is a great way to cap off the weekends throughout July and August. Locals and visitors show up hours ahead of time to reserve their spot with a picnic blanket.

Staff videographer stops by a Thalia Surf Shop birthday party

Local surfers gathered at Thalia Surf Shop to celebrate Andy Davis’ birthday and art.