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Laguna Beach finalizes new street performer rules, greeter can stay on his corner

Laguna Beach will start new regulations of street performers on Aug. 26 but city officials say the greeter can still wave at visitors from his traditional street corner. Following a unanimous procedural vote by the City Council on Tuesday, the new law blocks buskers and other street performers from working...

Laguna Beach skateboarder competes at 2021 Olympic Games

A Laguna Beach man joined the U.S. Olympic Skateboarding Team in Tokyo to compete in the sport’s debut at the Summer Olympics. Four-time world champion Nyjah Huston, 26, fell four times at the July 24 event and wasn't able to add an Olympic medal to his trophy collection, The New...

After pandemic intermission, Laguna Playhouse set to open 100th season in October

Laguna Playhouse plans to open its 100th season in October following an 18-month closure prompted by COVID-19 restrictions, the theater's management announced Monday. For its fall production, the Playhouse will raise the curtain for “Sh-Boom! Life Could be a Dream” on Oct. 13. Audiences will visit Springfield and meet the...

Emergency generator for Laguna Beach sewer system boosted by FEMA grant

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved a pair of contracts on July 13 worth $282,500 for the engineering and construction of a new emergency power generator for a downtown sewer lift station that moves a million gallons of wastewater per day. The emergency generator is critical infrastructure for Laguna...

Street Beat: July 14 to July 18, 2021

Wednesday, July 14 Lewd conduct. 1000 block of Gaviota. 6:59 p.m. A white male was reportedly naked from the waist down and going through people’s belongings. The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs. When officers attempted to take him to the hospital for medical clearance, he ran...

These cousins are travelers, not tourists

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent Woods Cove resident Laurie Nassif and her cousin, Nance Ackerman, who lives in Nova Scotia, created Cousins Photo Tours with the idea of taking adventurous clients to far-flung world destinations. But they do more than tour. They create a travel environment that fosters...

Ballot initiative would let Laguna Beach voters decide fate of some developments

After a year-long delay due to COVID-19, a local political action committee recently submitted a ballot initiative that would afford Laguna Beach voters the right to approve or deny certain developments within the city limits. A previous effort by Laguna Residents First to collect signatures was stalled last Spring due...

Laguna Beach USD school bus yard eyed for potential housing site

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education and City Council discussed adding the school bus yard as a possible site for new housing at a joint meeting on July 15. “As everyone's aware here, we're very landlocked here in Laguna Beach,”...

Honarkar properties ordered back to receivership after creditor files $175 million complaint

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge appointed a new receiver Wednesday to assume control of a prominent Laguna Beach real estate investor’s companies, including the entity managing Hotel Laguna. In the previously unreported lawsuit filed June 25, Delaware-based Coastline Loans LLC demanded payment from corporations managed by Mohammad Honarkar...

Street Beat: July 7 to July 10, 2021

Wednesday, July 7 Disturbance. 200 block of Fairview St. 11:12 a.m. A gray Toyota Prius was parked in a red zone in front of the location. The driver was yelling at a female passenger as they smoked something out of aluminum foil. Logan Carson, 38, was cited on suspicion of...