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Ban Reversed on New Pools

The 54 homeowners whose plans to build a pool or spa in Laguna Beach were put on hold by a 45-day moratorium can breath a sigh of relief. After hearing public testimony Tuesday, the City Council unanimously repealed the unpopular measure imposed last month. At the same time, to...

Marathon Splashes Off After Sunset

Tom Hale, his daughter Faith, and their relay team of mostly Laguna Beach locals, expect to set off from Catalina Island tonight, Friday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. and start swimming for home. In one to two hour shifts, they intend to cover 33.5 miles of open ocean and reach Main Beach...
Posted On 06 Aug 2015

Injured Body Surfer Rescued by Helicopter

A 19-year-old body surfer who suffered injuries when tossed by the waves into a rocky South Laguna beach had to be airlifted out for treatment Tuesday, Aug. 4, authorities said. The swimmer went over the falls in an area known as Secret Cove, a narrow inlet accessible to the...

Schools

A Dramatic Pairing: the Bard and Charlie Brown

The public is invited to two overlapping student productions, beginning with the contemporary Broadway musical comedy, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” in performance now through Nov. 13 in the Black Box Theatre at Thurston Middle School. Student actors in Willi...

Diving into an Undersea Adventure

Marine biologist Nancy Caruso and 11 students from Garden Grove’s Pacifica High School took a kelp safari aboard La Vida Laguna kayaks offshore Laguna Beach last Saturday. The students are juniors and seniors in an AP environmental science class, and will be involved in the...

At Work on a Different Court

By Cindy Obrand, Special to the Independent  Former Laguna Beach basketball standout Jesse Obrand, who recently passed the California bar exam, among just 37 percent who made the mark this year, has joined the family business. He has teamed up with his father, Michael Obrand, and...

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Officer’s Actions Fall Within Police Protocol

Editor, While on patrol that fateful Saturday night two years ago, Officer Jon Coutchie received a radio report that another officer had observed a vehicle racing through our crowded streets in a reckless manner at high speed. Such drivers are often under the influence of...

Seeing Laguna Through a Cop’s Eyes

Editor, Whether you love them or “not so much,” the Citizen’s Police Academy is a course you should take. I was a graduate of their Spring 2015 class. I had worked for the city so I started the class with a very positive impression of our local police. Others in our class said...

Praise for Elsa Brizzi Comes From Every Corner

Editor, Laguna Beach came together to honor Elsa Brizzi at its annual Woman of the Year event sponsored by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. The gala luncheon was decorated by Liz Roger in bright yellow and blue table clothes with yellow sunflowers and blue wild flowers. The...

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