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Expect Another Downtown Traffic Disruption

Verizon will begin removal of an underground diesel storage tank at Beach and Broadway Streets on Monday, April 18, which is expected to reduce traffic on Beach to a single lane in each direction. The new traffic pattern will be in place 24-hours per day for three weeks....

Citizen Academy Graduates Celebrate

Laguna Beach Police Department’s Citizen Academy graduated its 22nd class last month, adding 17 new members. The 12-week course gives citizen’s insights into the department’s operation. Academy members also shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. The...

Club Hosts Celebratory Breakfast

To celebrate its 12 years in Bluebird Park, the Boys & Girls Club welcomes the public to the park from 8 to 10:30 a.m. for its annual Harry Bithell pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9. Admission is $5. For children, the event will also provide park games and arts &...

Limelight

Life in Laguna during ‘the War’

by Regina Hartley, Special to the Independent The story of Bill Hartley begins in Ontario, Calif., where his father, William Hartley Sr., managed what became the Sunkist packing plant, but from 1911 was the West Ontario Citrus Association. In 1925,William St. was sent to the east...

The Building that Babb Built

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent The Babb Building, venerably situated on the corner of South Coast Highway and Thalia Street, was erected in 1936. It has been home to many, commercially and residentially. Buzz about the Babb Building started in its first year in the...

Phoenix Rising: A Brief History of LCAD

By David Randel, Special to the Independent This account of the school that became the Laguna College of Art & Design, prepared to honor its founding 45 years ago by a group of community leaders, would not be complete without mention of several reasons for its success. The...

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Obituaries

Frank L. August

Frank L. August died the weekend of Nov. 8. He was born in Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University School of Architecture. The summer prior to his graduation he came to Laguna Beach and worked for an architect here. He loved Laguna and returned in December 1961, again...

A Principled, Exemplary Leader

Bill Rihn (1930-2015) By Tom Osborne Civic valor defined Bill Rihn. Steadfastly, for 11 years (2003-2014) he served with distinction as president of the South Laguna Civic Association. Almost single-handedly he achieved the removal of South Laguna’s only remaining billboard along...

Water District Leader Scherer Dies

Bruce Scherer, a local resident who served on the board of the Laguna Beach County Water District, died Nov. 11. He was 80. Scherer was appointed to the board in 1976, which began his 39-year tenure protecting and ensuring Laguna Beach’s water supply. When the district became a...

Columns

Wisdom Workout

The Sympathy Trap   Are you concerned that your caring about the complex problems of others is getting you down? Do you wish you could shut off the worry valve? When you can’t stomach hearing about another insurmountable problem, do you feel judgmental and irritated or...

Taking Stock

Risk, Gain, Loss, All Four-Letter Words Four-letter words have a clouded reputation. “Good authors, too, who once knew better words/Now only use four-letter words” (Cole Porter, Anything Goes) Unfortunately, many investors view “risk” as a four-letter word to be avoided without...

Village Matters

Some Gave All The mayor is usually asked to give a speech at the Monument Point Memorial Day ceremony in Heisler Park.  In 1994 I was mayor so that request came to me. “What to say?” I wondered. “Here I am in this wonderful city, safe, with the worst attacks being verbal ones....

Guest column

Medical Records Bill Moves Ahead Again  Imagine getting diagnosed for a disease like cancer and being told by your doctor that your medical records were destroyed without your knowledge?  Remarkably, except for a few isolated legal requirements, doctors do not have to hold onto...

Guest column

What is the price tag for school safety in Laguna? It’s 4 a.m. and I should be dreaming about drinks with little umbrellas instead of writing about gun violence in our schools. I guess you could say the latest massacre that happened in Texas last week, where a teacher and...

Finding Meaning

Being Spiritual Over a century ago, in Los Angeles, a little-known Black evangelist named William J. Seymour started a revival on Azusa Street. The setting was humble, but he was a spirit-filled preacher and in his sermons, began to speak in unknown tongues. Others joined in and...