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Putting Kindness on the Political Agenda

Laguna Beach Councilman Steve Dicterow recently shared his concerns and spoke about a plan to make life a little better in Laguna, and on Sept. 11, the city of Laguna Beach is slated to take what Dicterow calls a “step in the right direction.”

School’s Back, Bullies Be Gone

He knows a bully when he sees one.

Rock On

Luci Francis took her usual walk up Rim Rock canyon with her dog on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and found a delightful surprise awaiting her—little rocks, painted with upbeat and encouraging words lined the path culminating with a community of rocks at a bench.
Posted On 08 Sep 2018


Class Notes

Top Musicians Earn Accolades Laguna Beach High School seniors Marco Lybbert and Andrew Keyser received the top two instrumental music awards for 2018 from instrumental music director Jeremy Chung at the Music Boosters’ annual picnic earlier this month. In recognition of superior...

Durand Hired As Schoolpower’s New Executive Director

SchoolPower named Sarah Durand as its new executive director, according to an announcement issued this week. Durand was chosen from a field of over 80 applicants during a search that began after Robin Rounaghi, the organization’s current executive director, announced that she was...

Students Receive $430,000 in Awards

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation awarded 140 graduating seniors $431,013 in the form of 152 scholarships at the annual Honors Convocation Friday, June 8. The foundation was established in 1947 by the women’s community service organization Ebell Club to support...


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  Sunday, Aug. 5 Traffic stop. 2:04 a.m. 2400 block of Laguna Canyon Road. A 47-year-old Santa Ana woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Pedestrian stop. 2:10 a.m. Coast Highway and Montage Resort Drive. Jason Charles Dunkel, 38, of Nevada, was arrested for battery...


Excerpts from Police Logs   Domestic Violence Report-Turned-Standoff Ends in Arrest A Laguna Beach man was arrested Monday, July 30, following a report of domestic violence that escalated into an hours-long standoff, according to Laguna Beach Police officials. Just before 9 p.m....

Trio in Bar Assault Receive Jail Time

Three men arrested for felony assault charges stemming from a fight that injured three patrons of a Laguna Beach bar last summer pleaded guilty and were sentenced in Orange County Superior Court earlier this month. The suspected combatants, who are all friends, were identified as...


Letter: A Call Out to South Laguna and Beyond

The liquor store on South Coast Highway across from Coyote Grill and next to Papa’s Tacos has lovely, friendly new owners. It is now called The Abbey, and you will be greeted by owners Lisa and Troy or James when you enter. Remember when it was Arch Bay Liquor back in the...

Letter: School Calendar Change Could Cause More Stress

I continue to be made aware of community concerns regarding student’s stress levels and social and emotional needs from parents, community leaders, district employees and students. Yet I hear little regarding the calendar start date as the cause. Subjects including marijuana and...

Letter: Thanks to Candidates for Seeking Ocean Pollution Solutions

Its’s great that City Council candidates like Judie Mancuso and others are reaching out to knowledgeable locals for sustainable solutions to ocean pollution. As a first step, let’s upcycle Laguna Beach’s 1.67 million gallons per day of wasted wastewater...


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...