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Iseman, Blake and Kempf Elected to Council

After a contentious and crowded City Council race for three open seats, incumbent Toni Iseman came out on top Tuesday night and will serve a sixth term at the dais. Joining Iseman on the Council will be gallery owner Peter Blake and former Planning Commissioner Sue Kempf. With...

Laguna Loses Renowned Artist, Arts Advocate

Anne England passed away Oct. 29 at her home in Laguna Niguel with family by her side. She was a Festival of Arts and Sawdust Festival exhibitor and tireless advocate for the arts and artists in Laguna Beach. She was founder of The Festival of Arts Artists Fund, the Sawdust...
Posted On 08 Nov 2018

Updated Election Results: Iseman, Blake and Kempf Lead Council Race

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy The results of the 2018 midterm election began rolling in just past 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 after polls closed throughout California. In the Laguna Beach City Council race, with 4 of 16 precincts reporting as of 9:30 p.m., incumbent Toni Iseman...

Schools

Camp Opportunities

No Square Lifts the Curtain on Theatre Camp A two-week musical theatre camp for young performers ages 5-18 of all skill levels begins Monday, July 23, at No Square Theatre, 384 Legion S Direction is by Ella Wyatt and musical direction is by David Jayden Anthony. Kids 5-8 will...

For Senior, a Final Exam Comes After Graduation

By Gabrielle Mix, Special to the Independent             Evie Cant is a self-determined Laguna Beach High School senior from Australia who truly does it all, and more.             She writes music, excels in sports and is an honors student. Next fall, she will move back to the...

Caps Off to LBHS Class of 2018

By Gabrielle Mix, Special to the Independent              “Perseverance is incredibly powerful and the great thing is, everyone has it in them,” Lauren Tran, Laguna Beach High School’s 2018 valedictorian, said in her address to graduating seniors.             The Irvine Bowl at...

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Street Beat

Laguna Detectives Arrest Man Suspected of Stealing Over $585K

In November 2016, a Laguna Beach resident reported to the Laguna Beach Police Department that he had been the victim of check fraud. Detectives began an investigation, which revealed that the victim’s maintenance repair man, Jose Angel Martinez Casillas, was the suspect. After a...

Street Beat – Police Log

  Sunday, Sept. 2 Traffic stop. 2:43 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. A 45-year-old Van Nuys woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Saturday, Sept. 1 Traffic stop. 12:31 a.m. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. A 38-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested...

Street Beat – Police Log

Saturday, Aug. 25 Traffic stop. 2:32 a.m. Boat Canyon Drive and North Coast Highway. A 22-year-old Virginia resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Traffic stop. 2:36 a.m. Legion Street and Glenneyre Street. A 21-year-old Foothill Ranch woman was arrested for DUI...

Letters

Letter: Laguna Doesn’t Need a Commercial Makeover

Most of us feel this place is special, and it’s not just the coastline. Unlike the towns around us, very few of our houses are similar, not many of our streets are straight, our Canyon is still pretty wild, each beach has its own personality, and our commercial districts are...

Letter: ‘No on P’ Sign Theft

Ms. Zeiter (Letters, Oct. 26, 2018) wrote the Indy to report the theft of “No on P” signs by an individual described as “resident James Kretzschmar.” Mr. Kretzschmar was stopped by LBPD with no resulting arrest or citation, in spite of the stolen signs being in the rear seat of...

Letter: Something Fishy about Liberate Laguna PAC

We know that four big fish real estate developers and commercial property owners have contributed almost all of the nearly $100,000 raised by the PAC, and that of that, $55,000 comes from related but opaque entities. (Theme for another day.) Their five issues are parking...

Videos

Incumbent Vickers Seeks Re-election

School board incumbent Jan Vickers describes how she intends to proceed should the school-funding measure Prop. 30 fail as well as how foster parenting has increased her empathy for the necessity of early intervention.  

Tammy Keces, School Board Opposition Candidate

Check out the Indy’s interview with the second opposition candidate seeking election to Laguna Beach’s school board.  

School Board Candidates Face Off

  A candidates forum held last week at Top of the World Elementary School offered Laguna voters a deeper look at the positions of the two incumbents, Jan Vickers and Bill Landsiedel, and two challengers, Tammy Keces and Dee Perry, who are running to fill two seats on the...