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Summer Trolley Service Starts June 17

Summer Trolley Service Starts June 17 Residents and visitors alike can kick off summer early by hopping aboard the Laguna Beach Trolley, with service starting daily on June 17. Canyon service runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Coastal service runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m....

Walk for Water This Sunday

The annual Walking for Water fundraiser, run by 25 local high school students, is set to take place Sunday, June 2, from 12-3 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School track. Walking for Water, a project of Wisdom Spring Inc. is run by Laguna Beach High School students and raises...

Town Crier: Robot Builder Shares Secrets at Library

Meet Mike Senna, skilled prop builder, hobbyist, computer programmer and maker of an exact working replica of R2-D2, at the Laguna Beach Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18. Senna’s R2-D2 robot was used for charity events and has brought joy to children since its...

Limelight

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, which took place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Travis Booth, 16, won the pro/am division, the youngest participant to take the contest’s top...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

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Obituaries

Obituary: Darren Edward Esslinger

Darren Edward Esslinger Darren Edward Esslinger, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2018, at Hoag Hospital after a battle with cancer that began only 18 months earlier. Darren was 53. Raised in Newport Beach, Darren excelled in football at...

Obituary

Omaya Hassan Charaf Johnson Omaya Hassan Charaf Johnson was born in Damascus Syria, on April 23, 1923, to a Lebanese mother and a Syrian father, Hassan Mahmoud Charaf M.D. He was a physician to (and rode with) Prince Faisal of Arabia and T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) during the Arab...

Obituary: Tony DeLap

Tony DeLap Nov. 4, 1927 – May 29, 2019 Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, and Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Tony DeLap at the age of 91. Born in Oakland, California, in 1927, DeLap’s 70-year-plus career...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Book ‘Em Danno “Book ‘Em Danno.” The Laguna Beach police investigated three house thefts. Two suspects are believed to have posed as potential house buyers during open houses. One suspect would distract the listing agent, while the other suspect roamed the house looking for...

Does the Wet Suit You

The Builders Usually this column focuses on issues that are, in essence, Laguna’s first world problems. Independence Day with its fireworks displays and throngs of tourists would be the perfect occasion for such an exercise. This holiday weekend Laguna Beach will spend tens of...

Finding Meaning

Slim Summerville The power went out in South Laguna the other night, a rare occurrence. Rare enough that I was uncertain how to respond. The Beautiful Wife, in succession, turned on her cell phone light, found a battery-powered lantern, and began producing candles from a closet....

Musings on the Coast

The Cry Bullies of Laguna Beach Village Laguna is a group of mostly liberal and well-intentioned people advocating what they think is right for Laguna. And for more than 30 years, they’ve pushed their own candidates for City Council, and by and large, those candidates have won....
Posted On 03 Jul 2019

Common Sense

School Board’s Action a Danger to Democracy On June 11, when the Laguna Beach School Board decided by a 4-1 vote to create a subcommittee to deal with confidential information and exclude Dee Perry, they institutionalized a lack of transparency. They also violated voter’s right...

Village Matters

The Difficult Path to Delight “Whenever I’m driving through a neighborhood and see a (landscaper) truck with orange cones set out on each end, and out come the guys in orange vests, I try to put my blinders on—I know something bad will be happening to plants—and there is nothing...