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City to Review Long-awaited Downtown Plan
News 4 days 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 5 days 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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Laguna Beach Local News
News 1 week ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Holy Moly By Mark D. Crantz We just got our first look at architectural drawings for the proposed Museum Hotel and Cleo Hotel. They look great....

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Letter: What's Wrong With This Place?
News 1 week ago
Letter: What's Wrong With This Place?

What’s wrong with Laguna? As with anything, it depends on whom you ask. If you ask a surfer they might say that we need more consistent waves. If...

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City Releases Plans for Developer's Two Hotel Projects
News 2 weeks ago
City Releases Plans for Developer's Two Hotel Projects

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The 118-room Museum Hotel proposed by the Laguna Beach Company would redevelop the ocean side of...

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

Laguna Beach is a city filled with some of the warmest, most caring people in the world. We selflessly give our time, talent and treasure to all...

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Hotel Plans Expected Later this Month
News 1 month ago
Hotel Plans Expected Later this Month

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The City Council approved an agreement this week with Mo Honarkar’s Laguna Beach Co. that outlines...

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Farm Persists as Peaceful Outdoor Classroom
News 1 month ago
Farm Persists as Peaceful Outdoor Classroom

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Bluebird Canyon Farms owner Scott Tenney is proud to be teaching students life skills and...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Comida Por Turistas By J.J. Gasparotti Reports by Laguna’s hospitality industry clearly show, with great detail, how important that industry is to...

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Letter: Questioning Dicterow's STL Vote
News 2 months ago
Letter: Questioning Dicterow's STL Vote

On June 4 at City Council, Councilman Steve Dicterow voted “no” on the second reading of the revised Short-Term Lodging (STL) ordinance that is an...

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City Kicks Revised Short-term Lodging Law to Coastal Commission
News 2 months ago
City Kicks Revised Short-term Lodging Law to Coastal Commission

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent After more than a year and a half of wrestling with the California Coastal Commission over short...

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Laguna Beach Raises Trash Bills, Residents Push for Competitive Contract
News 2 months ago
Laguna Beach Raises Trash Bills, Residents Push for Competitive Contract

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach homeowners can expect their trash bills to annually increase by more than $5 for the...

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Woman’s Club Names Toni Iseman ‘Woman of the Year’
News 2 months ago
Woman’s Club Names Toni Iseman ‘Woman of the Year’

By the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, Woman of the Year committee City Councilwoman Toni Iseman is the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach 2019 Woman of...

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

Lighten Up by Lighting Up By Billy Fried Our little town is bifurcating along two ideological lines: those who make their living off visitors, and...

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Letter: In Support of the Revised STL Ordinance
News 2 months ago
Letter: In Support of the Revised STL Ordinance

We should not be deceived by the argument that allowing Short Term Lodging in a residential neighborhood will help keep the wolf from the door of...

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Letter: Regarding the STL Vote on June 4
News 2 months ago
Letter: Regarding the STL Vote on June 4

Laguna residents need to contact each member of the City Council and ask them to support the Short-Term Lodging ordinance on June 4. This is the...

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Woods Cove Undergrounding Moves Forward
News 2 months ago
Woods Cove Undergrounding Moves Forward

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent About 50 Woods Cove residents cheered for the Laguna Beach City Council’s vote Tuesday to spend...

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Letter: Support the STL Ordinance
News 2 months ago
Letter: Support the STL Ordinance

On Tuesday, June 4, City Council will vote on a second reading of the compromise between the city and the Coastal Commission on an ordinance that...

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City to Review New Rules for Cell Towers
News 3 months ago
City to Review New Rules for Cell Towers

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach City Council cautiously asked city staffers Tuesday to explore imposing new...

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Garden Club Tour Nets $25K for Community Projects
News 3 months ago
Garden Club Tour Nets $25K for Community Projects

Karen Nelson served as the tour director for the Laguna Beach Garden Club’s 15th annual Gate & Garden Tour on May 3. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach...

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Letter: Residents Want a Level Playing Field
News 3 months ago
Letter: Residents Want a Level Playing Field

While the Laguna BeachChamber of Commerce is a vital part of our community, it is notrepresentative of the majority of Laguna’s residents.In fact,...

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Laguna Loses 15 Low-income Senior Studios
News 3 months ago
Laguna Loses 15 Low-income Senior Studios

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A proposal to convert 15 studio apartments, which have served low-income seniors for 30 years, to...

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Summit Rallies Residents Worried about Development
News 3 months ago
Summit Rallies Residents Worried about Development

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Growing concerns about a slate of hotel and other commercial developments in Laguna Beach brought...

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Laguna Beach Local News
News 4 months ago
Laguna Beach Local News

Local nonprofits to celebrate women architects Ten women architects from Orange County will be part of the “Women and the Art of Architecture”...

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Letter: Pay Parking in Our Neighborhoods?
News 4 months ago
Letter: Pay Parking in Our Neighborhoods?

I have envisioned how my street (Catalina) would be different with the pay-for-use parking spaces proposed by Jim Danziger for all streets within...

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Tattoo Shop Inks a Future in Laguna
News 5 months ago
Tattoo Shop Inks a Future in Laguna

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A new tattoo parlor is set to open at 2940 South Coast Highway after a majority of the Laguna Beach...

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Letter: Tourist Saturation Warrants City’s Attention
News 5 months ago
Letter: Tourist Saturation Warrants City’s Attention

Columnist J.J. Gasparotti and UCI research professor Jim Danziger provide compelling arguments exposing the flawed narrative that six million...

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City Pursues Improved Community Development Service
News 5 months ago
City Pursues Improved Community Development Service

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach presented its game plan Tuesday for how it will improve customer service at its...

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Letter: Fried’s Column Needs Corrections
News 5 months ago
Letter: Fried’s Column Needs Corrections

It wasn’t 30 units in 2007. It was 15 in 2010. City up zoned M1-b commercial property without EIR. CEQA violation. 8 feet of water in 2010 maybe,...

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Letter: Fried’s Depiction of Longi Project Not Appreciated
News 5 months ago
Letter: Fried’s Depiction of Longi Project Not Appreciated

Billy’s whining characterizations about the Longi project aren’t appreciated. Longi’s property has flooded several times, because he bought a small...

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