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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.

Tips for Summer Parking, July 4

The Summer Breeze Bus Service to Laguna Beach begins this Saturday, June 30, but only operates weekends, so will not be available for use during the upcoming July 4 holiday.


Seniors Stride Into Their Future

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent After four years in high school, the senior class of 2017 embarked this week on a new journey. Before departing, though, seniors arrived by buses in droves to a familiar but newly remodeled space, the grounds of the Festival of Arts,...

Student Musicians Hit the Right Notes

Laguna Beach High School seniors Elijah Meisse and Jack Smith won the top two instrumental music awards for 2017 from the school’s instrumental music director Jeremy Chung at the Music Boosters’ annual band picnic on Saturday, June 10. Jack received the John Philip Sousa Award,...

Class Notes

Locals Named to Dean’s List Three Laguna Beach residents, Eleanor M. Blott, Olivia L. Clark and Kara E. Mcclements, have recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the spring semester. While schools set their own dean’s list criteria, students generally...


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Street Beat


Monday, April 10 Stolen vehicle. Nyes Place. 9:40 a.m. Christopher Paul Mack, 49, identified as homeless in Laguna Beach, was arrested and held for $20,000 bail for suspicion of stealing a car in Laguna Woods. Traffic collision. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 3 p.m. A Tesla...


Monday, April 3 Pedestrian stop. 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 9 a.m. Michael Hays Matekel, 28, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants. Warrant service. 1100 block of Glenneyre St. 9:53 a.m. Joel Cruz Herrera, 37, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for three drug...


Monday, March 27 Traffic collision. 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 11:29 a.m. A motorist who had reached for on item on the floor drifted off the road and into a pole. She was not transported for treatment. Drug activity. 200 block of Broadway St. 2:12 p.m. Francisco Israel...


Fans for ‘Finding Meaning’

Editor, I just read the short article “Finding Meaning,” by Skip Hellewell. It’s nice to see spirituality addressed here; something deeper and more hopeful where so much despair wins so much of our attention.   Boad Swanson, Laguna Niguel

Microfiber at Sea Isn’t a Micro Problem

Editor, There have been a lot of cheers on the several bills in Sacramento on reducing plastic pollution, among which AB 2379addresses the biggest but least-known problem. It requires clothing made from fabric that is composed of more than 50% synthetic material with a warning in...

Parking Tickets

Hello council members- In the past many months I have observed the excessive and unnecessary over-ticketing of the parking meters on that part of Aster Street near the Urth Caffe. These tickets involve the two mornings of street sweeping in this particular commercial district...