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Agate Street Beach Access Reopens

A ribbon cutting will mark completion of the makeover of the Agate Street beach access point at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. The $1 million renovation includes a new wheelchair-accessible overlook at the entrance, complete stair replacement and drought-tolerant landscaping. The...

Take a Free Seat on the Pitch for World Cup Final

Fans are invited to enjoy the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final from the Orange County Soccer Club pitch at the Orange County Great Park on Sunday, July 15. Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 7 a.m. with pre-game festivities until the broadcast begins at 8...

Non-Profit Receives Ueberroth Foundation Grant

The Ueberroth family of Laguna Beach has awarded MOMS Orange County a $50,000 grant. The nonprofit annually helps 3,200 at-risk mothers and their families birth healthy babies. The Ueberroth Family Foundation assists organizations that focus on programs for at-risk youth and...

Limelight

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

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Obituaries

Robert Tyler Faia

Robert Tyler passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Laguna Beach at the age of 92. Bob served in the Navy during World War II.  He was married to Eleanore Catherine “Kay” Hines from 1952 until her death 1997. Bob and Kay raised their three children in the home he...

Skip Conover

Skip Conover, who never missed a performance during 17 years narrating the summer-long Pageant of the Masters production, died Friday, June 15. Seated in his soundproof booth at the back of the Irvine Bowl every night, he reveled in entertaining his audiences with stories of...

Kim Harley

Kim Harley passed away peacefully on June 2, 2018,  in his Laguna Beach home. A 42-year long resident of Laguna Beach, Kim was known for his love of the outdoors, but even more so for his love of fishing. Being out on the water was his favorite place to be, however, it did not...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Whiteout Author’s Note: The following article was one of 45 entries in the inaugural Laguna Art-Inspired Writing Contest. Mine did not win. But hearty congratulations go out to the winners. Theresa Keegan’s “Karma” won for prose and Ellen Girardeau Kempler’s “Sunlight Path” won...

Wisdom Workout

It Takes Courage to Be Happy   One day, when I was in my mid-20s, my insightful boss/mentor turned to me and said, “Are you happy?” I was surprised by the question because it seemed out of place. My answer was vague and rambling and my mind was caught off guard. At that...

The Kibitzer: It’s Carnival Time

Besides the prospect of flipping our 48th district in November, as well as the House, we also have a chance to flip our own City Council, with possibly three new members It’s a crowded field, with a record 13 candidates, so the vexing question is how to distinguish between them?...
Posted On 23 Aug 2018

Just for Laughs

MOTOR HOME for sale. Heavy smoker/drinker must sacrifice beautiful older model for sale. No longer able to drive or travel. Needs work which I can’t afford. Interior needs to be replaced and updated. Kitchen and bathroom need repair. Travel the world and take your hous...

Finding Meaning

One-Step Authenticity The word of the week is “authentic,” the flip side of hypocritical. Two weeks ago, I wrote that Mark Twain’s writing reflected his search for truth and authenticity. Twain, though wary of religion, had a spiritual perspective and enjoyed long friendships...

Does the Wet Suit You

Historic Holdup 2.0 Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s historic. Using age as a prime criterion to include a property on the inventory of historic resources casts too broad a net, and often impacts the rights of property owners for no public benefit. Almost all the...