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Special Veterans Day Transit Service 

  Laguna Beach Transit will be modifying service on Monday, Nov. 12. Coastal Services and services in Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, North and South Laguna neighborhoods will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular service will resume on Tuesday,...

Teen Service Group Collecting Unwanted Halloween Candy

The Laguna Beach Chapter of Lion’s Heart Teen Service Group—Girls Class of 2019 is collecting unwanted Halloween candy to donate to Operation Gratitude from Nov. 1-9. Collection bins are at the Laguna Beach Library. Operation Gratitude sends over 200,000 care packages...

Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia to Visit Ocean Institute

After a 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to Northern California using traditional non-instrument navigation, solar and wind-powered voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew have been sailing down the coast of California and will be making a stop at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point...

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 Lawerence Gamez

On Monday, Aug. 27, Robert Lawerence Gamez passed away at the age of 74.  In his professional life, he had a successful CPA practice in Laguna Beach for 47 years, but his passions were mountain biking, surfing, climbing mountains and woodworking.  Robert was adored by his many...

Peter Godfrey Leibfred

Peter Godfrey Leibfred, 80, a more than 50-year resident of Laguna Beach, died at his home in Laguna Beach on Aug. 26. His nephews, Dale and Keith Poller, were with him as he peacefully took his last breath on earth. A very special and blessed man, Peter was a long-time member of...

Daniel Day Freeman

Daniel Day Freeman passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 at the age of 75. Born in Los Angeles in 1942, he was drawn to the ocean in his youth and spent 50 years as a resident of Laguna Beach. He was dearly loved and is survived by his siblings Toni Stuart, Sue Stratton and John Lawrence...

Columns

Finding Meaning

Divine Resolutions The best argument for a divine origin of us humans? New Year’s resolutions. Plain and simple. It defies mortal reckoning, the way we annually will ourselves to rise above ourselves. Remember the poetic phrase, “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps?” We...

Musings on the Coast

The Attack on Young Families Youngish families are leaving California. The stats are depressing. People aged 26 to 44, in prime family-forming age, no longer can afford to buy a home here, so they leave. They do not want to leave, but if they want the American dream,...
Posted On 20 Dec 2018

Does the Wet Suit You

Le Plage Laguna Bonjour, my name is Pierre Le Poodle. Perchance we have met before. I live in Laguna with Brion, my person. Today I found out we live with Brion’s parents. For years I thought we lived in Brion’s house and that the old people who lived with us were a couple Brion...

Finding Meaning

Christmas Kindness  Are you searching for that true meaning of Christmas? It’s elusive, easily lost in the hustle and bustle. The true spirit can catch you unawares, when least expected. If you all shared an account of your very best Christmas, it would make a great book. A...

Pet Peeves

P’s & Q’s Attention law and abiding citizens: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekend, foot and bike police patrols will be increased on Main Beach, weather permitting. Mind your P’s and Q’s. The rest of the alphabet is not your responsibility. Attention lawless and non-abiding...

Wisdom Workout

Holiday Magic The front of the card said: “Christmas Therapy Group.” It pictured a caricature of a psychiatrist sitting in front of a semi-circle that included Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer, and an elf. The dialogue bubble over Santa’s head read, “I don’t...