Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Pivotal Thinking The word pivot means to change directions; to deliberately choose directions of vital importance. When...
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Opinion: Village Matters

Good Guys or Bad Guys? From the look of last week’s Independent the bad guys are...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

Let’s Bring Back Stoning This one is too good to pass up. As you may know,...

Opinion: For Whom the Law Matters

By Catherine Jurca The latest attack on historic preservation holds that the law is important—sometimes. Projects...

Opinion: Paid Parking at and Around Alta Laguna Park

By Gene Felder The City’s Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee will meet on April 22 to...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

This Old House Can I add my 2 cents to Laguna’s historic home preservation battle? Readers...

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Buddhist Retreat Begins Tonight

A workshop presented by Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Thubten Sherab, How to Love a Joyful Life and Prepare for a Peaceful Death will take...

Greenbelt Honors Elisabeth Brown

Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. will host a tribute to Elisabeth Brown, Ph.D. during its annual 7 p.m. meeting on Feb. 27 at the Neighborhood Congregational...


Indy on Vacation

The proliferation of online social media platforms has understandably depressed the number of vacation photos submitted to the Independent in recent years. So has...

July 4 Crowds Celebrate Freedom in Myriad Ways

By Allison Jarrell, Special to the Independent Hundreds of Laguna residents gathered on Brooks Street to celebrate the nation’s independence, honor local servicemen, and commemorate...


Obituary: Remembering Bill Gillespie

Bill Gillespie broke hearts all over Orange County when he died of natural causes Dec. 10 at the age of 79. By Lori Basheda   The beloved...

Obituary: Nancy French

It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy Miriam French announces her passing after a battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2019,...

A Tribute to Jean Raun

Our community lost a rare treasure on Monday, March 2, 2020 when (Edna) Jean Raun passed from this life. Jean died just shy of...

Neil F. Katz 1944 – 2020

Neil F. Katz passed away at his home on Feb. 17. Neil had been struggling with several health issues through 2019, but he was...

Margot Rosenberg 1929 – 2020

Margot Rosenberg(née Cohn), 90, died peacefully of cancer on Feb. 12, surrounded by her family in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Born Sept. 25 1929 in...