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Utility undergrounding contruction starts on Laguna Canyon Road

Southern California Edison (SCE) contractors have started construction to underground the overhead utility lines along Laguna Canyon Road between El Toro Road and the SR-73 toll road. Southbound Laguna Canyon Road traffic will be detoured to the southbound toll road onramp to El Toro Road from 9 p.m. to 6...

Capturing beauty in Laguna’s marine protected areas

As the California Fish & Game Commission evaluates the state's network of 124 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which represent only 16% of coastal waters, talented photographers recently presented evidence of Laguna Beach's success in restoring and enjoying sea life within an urbanized community. Ten years ago, state officials were skeptical...

Laguna Beach Sister Cities announces 2024 Young Artists & Authors Showcase winners

Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSC) has picked the winners of the 2024 Young Artists & Authors Showcase (YAAS). This year’s competition, themed "CLIMATESCAPE: RESILIENT CITIES for TOMORROW’S CLIMATE," brought together the creative talents of local youth, who explored innovative solutions for sustainable urban development through their artistic expressions. The YAAS...

OCMA director releases new book

A reading of "Why Art Matters: The Bearable Lightness of Being" by author Heidi Zuckerman was held in front of a packed Good Together House last Thursday, June 27. Zuckerman, the CEO and director of the Orange County Museum of Art, is a Laguna Beach resident whose home has been featured in...

Town Crier: Week of July 12

Top of the World Neighborhood Association to Hold General Meeting The Top of the World Neighborhood Association (TOWNA) General Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the TOW Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room at 21601 Treetop Lane. The new Laguna Beach City Manager...

Letter: NCC’s housing application draft process requires community’s patience

For decades, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) thrived, serving the needs of Laguna Beach families. But today, we live in different times. Churches all over the country are closing as they struggle to remain relevant to millions of Americans who identify as spiritual but not religious. In 2020, our congregation decided...

Letter: No bang for the buck

Why would the city council take away the celebration of being American and watching fireworks? The environment? Cost? Sad dogs? If the environment is concerning the city council, they could put solar panels on city buildings like other cities. All city cars could be electric. If Laguna Beach really aspires...

Letter: Response to Ketta Brown’s guest opinion

Having read Ketta Brown’s guest opinion in the Laguna Beach Independent last week regarding the proposed low-income housing project at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, I would like to highlight a few points she made. Ketta claims that this project will go through “the ‘normal’ design review process.” I believe this to...

Letter: Who’s looking out for us?

At the July 2 Audit Committee meeting, we learned that the city had decided to change auditors, had solicited potential new firms and had closed the bid process. We learned that the reason for the change was the desire of the City Council for a speedier turnaround of the...

Letter: Fourth of July in Laguna Beach 

The City’s drone show was a unique way for our village to celebrate Independence Day with lights and action without contaminating the air with gunpowder smoke or littering the ocean with thousands of pieces of plastic and paper debris from the exploding canisters or re-creating the terrifying sound pollution...