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Big Donations in Final Days of Council Race

With less than a week to go before the Nov. 6 election, candidates for Laguna Beach City Council continue to see contributions enter their campaigns’ war chests, but one local political action committee stands out because it’s invested more than $150,000 in supporting and...

Sales Tax for Burying Utility Lines in Voters’ Hands

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Measure P, a one percent sales tax hike billed by city hall leaders as a necessary step to put dangerous utility lines underground, and by opponents as a money...

Sports Swap Seeks Gently Used Gear

The PTA at Thurston Middle School of laguna Beach will hold its 10th annual Sports Swap at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the school gym. After 1 p.m., all items will be marked down by 50 percent. The Boys & Girls Club will be the recipient of unsold equipment.

Schools

Class Notes

TOW Students Win Spelling Bee Fifth grade students from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools competed in the annual Laguna Beach Elementary Spelling Bee Finals earlier this month. Lyric Hagen won the championship, with Max Reimers taking the second-place trophy home....

LBHS Students Receive National Merit Honors

Laguna Beach High School students Charlotte T. Hoffs, Joseph Ravenna and Benjamin R. Sharp were selected for $2,500 National Merit scholarships, the organization announced this week. Charlotte plans to pursue agricultural science; Joseph political science and Ben mechanical...

School District Honors Their Own

Laura Silver, an eight-grade language arts teacher, and Kristine Landrum, a special education assistant, were selected as the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s top employees of the year. They were to be recognized at the school board meeting this past Tuesday, May 8. Silver...

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Street Beat

Two Injured in Father’s Day Collision

  A driver and his daughter were injured in a Father’s Day collision near Three Arch Bay when their car overturned after being sideswiped by a suspected drunken driver, police said. The motorist at fault, Aaron Van Korlaar, 26, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for...

Human Smugglers Return to Crystal Cove

Suspected human smugglers came ashore at Crystal Cove State Park in the early morning hours of Monday, June 11. A 20-foot boat was found by lifeguards within park boundaries about 6:30 a.m., said Park Department spokesman Jorge Moreno. Tide charts show low tide ebbed at 2:24 a.m....

Two Men Suspected in Attempted Car Break-in

Two men with burglary tools were arrested in the 1500 block of Catalina Street in Laguna Beach early Sunday after a witness provided police with a description of people tampering with a vehicle in the Arch Beach Heights area. Dennis Michael Busch, 38, of Laguna Woods, and Brent...
Posted On 22 May 2018

Letters

Letter: Vote on Tuesday

Since the early 1970s, when my first pieces were published, I have encouraged people to vote. Next Tuesday is no exception. To the women who didn’t like what they witnessed during the recent Kavanaugh hearings, I say vote. Ditto to the women who support the new Supreme...

Letter: Leadership Testimonials

A testament of just how well Judie Mancuso interacts and works effectively with others for the better good is her recent candidacy endorsement by her 2016 city council rival Councilman Steve Dicterow. Councilman Dicterow’s support of Judie to serve as our next city council member...

Letter: Protect Public Property

I’ve lived in Laguna longer than most people have been alive. There have always been homeless people here but only recently have they been so bold in their takeover of public spaces. Authorities seem helpless to respond. To pick one of hundreds of examples, today, Oct. 26, I...

Videos

Hometown Girl Receives Royal Treatment

Hundreds turned out for a pool party welcoming Olympic gold medalist Annika Dries last Saturday.                    

Candidates Divided Over Open Space

With little disagreement on most issues, the only real divide between City Council candidates during their first public debate Tuesday was over supporting an open-space initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Originally supporting the tax measure to acquire more open space in Laguna’s...

Mauli Ola Rocks the White House

Laguna Beach’s Dunlop brothers, Charlie and James, this past Thursday kicked off three days of fundraising for their Mauli Ola Foundation with a rockin’ party at the White House featuring local and Grammy-winning drummer Taylor Hawkins. Laguna Beach’s Pacific...