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Historical Society Looks Back at Laguna Canyon Project

he publisher and creators of the 2018 book, “The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism,” invite all to a panel discussion, talk and slideshow at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third Street. The Laguna Canyon Project was a multi-phased...

Planting the Seed

The city of Laguna Beach held its second annual Arbor Day celebration at Main Beach Park on Friday, March 8. The event included a tree planting ceremony, during which city officials, local activists and students planted a New Zealand Christmas Tree in the park. The city was...

Hip District to Hold ‘Old School Laguna Day’

The shops on South Coast Highway, between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, banded together several years ago to form the Hip District, also referred to by some shop owners and locals as “The Cool Part of Town.” Tourists and locals have slowly discovered the area,...

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

Billie Lou Quam

Billie Lou Quam, affectionately called “Mom Quam” or “Me-Mom” by her family, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019 at the age of 92. Billie, born in Laguna Beach on October 25, 1926 to William and Mary LucilleSwitzer, grew up loving to dance and living for the beach. She was a...

Obituaries

Frances Heussenstamm Frances was a longtime Laguna Beach resident and was an enrichment teacher on over 40 cruise ships for the last decade. Besides being a world traveler, Frances was a professor of art and education at Sierra High School, Cal State Los Angeles, and at Columbia...

Obituary

Paul Prewitt Dr. Paul Prewitt passed away on Feb. 26, 2019, at the age of 73, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Paul was in the loving presence of his immediate family at the time. Paul was born in New York to Millard and Hortense Prewitt, where he spent his...

Columns

Finding Meaning

Remembering the Cabrillo Laguna’s long-gone Cabrillo Ballroom fascinates me. A century ago romantic dancing—a man and a woman embracing as they moved to music—became popular. It’s sadly now out of style, but it was once part of the Laguna experience. The 1918 Laguna city...

Does the Wet Suit You

June Gloom The coldest winter Mark Twain ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. You could just as easily say that about the weather in Laguna during June. It defies physics when the temperature feels like freezing but the thermometer reads 64 degrees. In most places that would...

Pet Peeves

Short Story Short-term lodging (STL) was front and center at a recent City Council meeting. One resident cried, “You can’t make me, as a property owner, rent to only short people.” Another citizen piled on. “It’s discriminatory. I’m tall. Are you telling me that I couldn’t rent...

Common Sense

The New Anti-Semitism “Anti-Semitism is hostility towards or prejudice against the Jewish people.” We are fortunate to live in a community which is populated by tolerant people who are overwhelming not anti-Semitic, or for that matter, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT or any other group or...

Village Matters

Why Do They Move Here? It’s a high bar. House prices are higher for a smaller and older house than someone could buy elsewhere. Lots are small and neighborhoods are crowded. Traffic is difficult. Parking is challenging. Yet new Lagunans can’t wait to move in. Why? I heard a new...

Finding Meaning

Remembering Dad Last Sunday’s baccalaureate, the religious service that honors our graduating seniors, made a big impression. Held in Laguna Presbyterian Church’s lovely chapel, students read scripture important to them, sang songs of inspiration, and spoke. Seniors Caleb Hardy...