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Downtown Revival Plan Comes Into Focus
News 6 days ago
Downtown Revival Plan Comes Into Focus

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A plan to plant street trees and spruce up the streetscape in downtown Laguna Beach inched forward...

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Letter: Residents Continue to Subsidize Tourism Industry
News 6 days ago
Letter: Residents Continue to Subsidize Tourism Industry

Laguna is robbing Peter to pay Paul, however in this case, you the resident, is Peter and the tourist is Paul. As pointed out many times by John...

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Tennis Players Rally to Block FOA Expansion
News 1 week ago
Tennis Players Rally to Block FOA Expansion

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Festival of the Arts is once again eyeing two tennis courts for future expansion, a proposal...

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City Hires New Director of Community Development
News 1 week ago
City Hires New Director of Community Development

City Manager John Pietig announced this week the hire of Marc Wiener as the city’s new Director of Community Development. Wiener is succeeding Greg...

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Commission OKs Downtown Plan
News 2 weeks ago
Commission OKs Downtown Plan

City Council to review Downtown Specific Plan next month After a third review of the final draft of the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)—a document...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 2 weeks ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Rejuvenating Downtown By Michèle Monda Tommy Bahama just closed its store and restaurant, leaving more empty windows in Laguna. The one thing...

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Letter: Developers with a Vision for Laguna
News 3 weeks ago
Letter: Developers with a Vision for Laguna

As I read Skip Hellewell’s Nov. 1 Finding Meaning column in which he pays tribute to Howard G. Heisler on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 1 month ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Fickle Friends By J.J. Gasparotti Last week’s column discussed the notion that hotels can be Laguna’s friends. At least in the sense that they help...

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Letter: Dependability Key to Increase Public Transportation Ridership
News 1 month ago
Letter: Dependability Key to Increase Public Transportation Ridership

As a 20-year TOW resident, I have been a frequent user of Laguna’s bus service, which is only becoming more essential in this time of increasing...

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Award-Winning Circle of Friends® Memory Care Arrives in Orange County
News 1 month ago
Award-Winning Circle of Friends® Memory Care Arrives in Orange County

Belmont Village Senior Living introduces nationally recognized program for residents An award-winning, leading edge memory care program, Circle of...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 1 month ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Hotels Are Our Friends By J.J. Gasparotti The Museum Hotel’s plans received their obligatory initial thumping at a recent Planning Commission...

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Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception
News 1 month ago
Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception

Planning Commission says project should adhere to city’s General Plan By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Planning...

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Letter: Museum Hotel and Community Psychology
News 1 month ago
Letter: Museum Hotel and Community Psychology

Perhaps community psychology doesn’t have time for stacked problems or naysayers on NextDoor? Maybe, in a world of its own, it has time for...

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Letter: Are We Losing Our Community's Soul?
News 1 month ago
Letter: Are We Losing Our Community's Soul?

We used to care deeply about open space and small scale, pedestrian-friendly structures. In the early ’70s, we adopted a 36-foot height limit for...

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Letter: Updated Downtown Specific Plan Could Generate More Traffic
News 2 months ago
Letter: Updated Downtown Specific Plan Could Generate More Traffic

Few residents say they want more traffic and congestion, but the Downtown Specific Plan Update, which is nearing approval by the Planning...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 2 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Taste of Lagun By J.J. Gasparotti Were you among the crowd of smart or lucky folks who attended last week’s Taste of Laguna, held at the festival...

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Commission Backs City's Response to Downtown Plan Critics
News 2 months ago
Commission Backs City's Response to Downtown Plan Critics

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Planning Commission on Tuesday agreed with city staffers’ analysis that most public comments on...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 2 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Loopholes for Changing Downtown By Michèle Monda Property rights is one of my core beliefs. You should be able to do with your property what you...

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Weekend Neighborhood TrolleyCanceled Amid Declining  Ridership
News 2 months ago
Weekend Neighborhood TrolleyCanceled Amid Declining Ridership

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach will cancel its extended weekend neighborhood trolley service effective Sept. 30 after...

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Tahirih Justice Center  Gala Returns
News 2 months ago
Tahirih Justice Center Gala Returns

The Tahirih Justice Centerwill host its second annual gala at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, and...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 2 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Laguna Beach residents Jason and Gorjana Reidel, the husband-and-wife owners of successful and growing Gorjana jewelry brand. After initially...

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City Council Upholds Bluebird Canyon Farms’ Approvals
News 3 months ago
City Council Upholds Bluebird Canyon Farms’ Approvals

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Bluebird Canyon Farms can continue to host events and add 17 beehives following the City Council...

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County Supervisors OK Search for General Aviation Services at JWA
News 3 months ago
County Supervisors OK Search for General Aviation Services at JWA

By Daniel Langhorne | NB Indy The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with a request for proposals from fixed-based...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 3 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Mixing It Up By Mark D. Crantz There are a growing number of residents unhappy with changes to the Downtown Specific Plan. I asked one resident to...

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Community Development Director Announces Retirement
News 3 months ago
Community Development Director Announces Retirement

After five years with the city, Director of Community Development Greg Pfost intends to retire on July 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of City of Laguna...

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Arts Commission OKs Village Entrance Art Proposal Amid Mixed Community Reaction
News 3 months ago
Arts Commission OKs Village Entrance Art Proposal Amid Mixed Community Reaction

A rendering of artist Marc Fornes’ proposed pavilion-style sculpture for the Village Entrance. Image courtesy of the City of Laguna Beach. By...

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Vision Forms for Downtown Laguna
News 3 months ago
Vision Forms for Downtown Laguna

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A majority of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission signaled Wednesday during its review of the...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 3 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

The Big Hoax By Michael Ray There is a big hoax in Laguna: the reason why our downtown has so much awful and/or vacant retail is because landlords...

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City to Review Long-awaited Downtown Plan
News 3 months ago
City to Review Long-awaited Downtown Plan

Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Planning Commission is expected to get its first look Wednesday at a draft of the...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 3 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Aunt Minnie’s Dream By J.J. Gasparotti Ron Sizemore requested that this column address those open spaces generously distributed around town and...

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