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July 4 Crowds Celebrate Freedom in Myriad Ways

By Allison Jarrell, Special to the Independent Hundreds of Laguna residents gathered on Brooks Street to celebrate the nation’s independence, honor local servicemen, and commemorate a neighbor who lost his life 10 years ago protecting their freedom. Brooks Street resident and...

Narcotics Inquiry Leads to Two Arrests

Police arrested two 27-year-old Dana Point men, Michael Tyler Benson and William Anthony Hoglund, for suspicion of felony narcotic sales and possession on Wednesday, June 27. Both men are employed at separate Laguna Beach bar and restaurant establishments, police said. Hoglund,...

Council Approves Pay Raises, Revamps Design Review Appeals

The Laguna Beach City Council approved a 5 percent annual raise for itself and city commissioners and raised the threshold vote needed to allow a full-blown appeal of a Design Review Board decision.

Schools

Class Notes

Ten Boys Make Plans for School Year Cebreros, co-president of 10 Boys Who Care, set a goal of presenting $2,500 scholarships to a male and female athlete at Laguna Beach High School for the coming school year. They have a second goal of raising $500 more to help another school in...

Class Notes

New Venue Opens for Special Education Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School in Irvine will offer individualized educational support and resources for students in grades 8-12 with significant learning challenges. Students in the program will take courses with a designated teacher...

Class Notes

School-Lunch Sign Ups Begin Families in the Laguna Beach School district may apply online at LunchApplication.com for free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch. Households receiving a letter saying they qualify for the program do not need to turn in an application. If a...

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Street Beat

Beach Rescue Required for Slackliner

  A 20-year-old Dana Point man injured in a fall while “slacklining” on Table Rock Beach in South Laguna was airlifted to medical aid Sunday, May 21, authorities said. Unlike a rescue of an unconscious man in the same area last month where three helicopters circled, just a...

Seatbelt Scofflaws Beware

Laguna Beach police will conduct seat belt enforcement operations in a local campaign to help lower traffic deaths. Besides special patrols, officers on routine patrol will also be looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers. Safety statistics show that half of traffic deaths...

Streetbeat

Tuesday, May 2 Fight. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:50 a.m. Officers intervened in a fight between two homeless men and David Threadgold, 29, was arrested for suspicion of assault. Rape. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 3 p.m. A woman believes she was sexually assaulted while in a...

Letters

Gesture Builds Understanding

Editor, My family and I drove to Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach not because they were offering free coffee and desserts as part of a court settlement stemming from a law suit two years ago involving seven Muslim ladies who were dining at Urth Caffe and were asked to leave after they...

More Than Expected in Signs Story

Editor, I’ve been meaning to write to you ever since I saw the street sign article in last Friday’s Indy “Signs Point the Way to Town’s History.” I thought it was a fascinating and beautifully written piece; way more extensive than I thought it would be. Your research into all of...

Caltrans Holds Canyon Road Improvement Plan Hearing

Editor, While the city is busy with its high priced consultants trying to figure out the best language to place on the November ballot to tax us for undergrounding, and councilmembers are busy meeting with local community groups to advocate for higher taxes, Caltrans, in...

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