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Street Beat: Oct. 15 to Oct. 20, 2021

Friday, Oct. 15 Traffic stop. 200 block of Broadway. 10:01 a.m. Duwan Tyrell Williams Jr., 43, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance while armed. He was held on a $40,500 bail. Saturday, Oct. 16 Physical...

Appeals court affirms decision to toss Laguna Beach USD board member’s discrimination complaint

A Laguna Beach Unified School District board member’s complaint of retaliation and discrimination by district leaders was recently thrown out of a federal appellate court. The three-judge panel with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial judge’s decision, holding the complaint filed by board member Dee Perry...

Laguna Beach OKs White House restaurant remodel for newcomer Finney’s Crafthouse

The Laguna Beach City Council approved a plan to renovate the 106-year-old White House bar and restaurant into Finney's Crafthouse late Tuesday. The 3-2 vote (Councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss dissented) came down after some heated exchanges between the historic property’s long-time owner Jules Marine, Councilmember Peter Blake, and...

Jane Fonda joins Laguna Beach rally for ending offshore oil operations  

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Actor and Activist Jane Fonda spoke in support of a ban on offshore oil drilling during a press conference at Main Beach on Monday.  The event at Main Beach was organized to support a commitment from state Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) to create legislation...

Summer classes, building fixes on tap for Laguna Beach USD as COVID-19 relief funds arrive

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously passed a spending plan for COVID-19 relief funds at its meeting Thursday night. The district expects to receive $1.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help “to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and...

Coastal Commission will take closer look at Pacific Edge Hotel major remodel

The California Coastal Commission unanimously voted Oct. 13 to find substantial issue with the major remodel and addition of guest rooms at Pacific Edge Hotel. In August, the Laguna Beach City Council voted to approve the remodel of Pacific Edge Hotel, including the addition of 25 guest rooms, new conference...

Street Beat: Oct. 6 to Oct. 11, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 6 Drunk driving. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. 10:40 p.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was held on a $2,500 bail. Friday, Oct. 8 Drink driving. Broadway and Forest Avenue. 3:04 a.m. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He...

Laguna Beach set to demand ban on offshore oil operations

The Laguna Beach City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday calling for an end to all oil operations off the California coastline. Mayor Bob Whalen and Mayor Pro Tem Sue Kempf proposed the resolution, which is expected to be approved by a panel voted in with a mandate for environmental...

Laguna Beach reopens ocean and shoreline after oil spill

Laguna Beach reopened public access to the shoreline and ocean at 8 a.m. on Thursday following an 11-day closure forced by a major oil spill. Laguna Beach and county officials have been concurrently testing ocean water for pollutants related to the oil spill, city officials said. A series of clean...

World Newsstand turns the page at new storefront

By Breeana Greenberg, Special to the Independent Heidi Miller’s World Newsstand reopened at a new South Coast Highway location on Saturday, after outdoor dining parklets crowded out the old location’s loading zone on Ocean Avenue.  With the Pacific Edge hotel being remodeled, and the newsstand reopening next door at 689 S....