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Medical Pot Initiative Still Not Finalized

An initiative that would make Laguna Beach the only location for a medical marijuana dispensary in south Orange County will come up for consideration again in a special City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 8, in an urgent move by city officials to finalize a November ballot measure.

Food Pantry Board Elects Student Volunteer

When Samantha Berk was 10 she delivered food trays with her family on Christmas day to police and fire stations in her hometown of Trenton, N. J. “To see their faces meant a lot to me,” Samantha said.

Town Crier


Johnson Basks in the Limelight

Mayor Steve Dicterow conceded that Anne Johnson always proved better prepared than he when they served together on the city’s recreation committee. Former council member Elizabeth Pearson captured Johnson’s can-do character. “When you’re in...

Festival Backs Pendleton Workshop

Sawdust artist Jamie Bichler is set to host a jewelry-making class for spouses of active military personnel at Camp Pendleton in October. In addition to learning jewelry-making techniques, participants will receive the jewelry tools and...

Pet Peeves

Donkeys in the Room I don’t know if I can lift another shovelful. I just cleaned up after the elephants of the Republican National Convention. Now I’m off and following donkeys, aka (asses) at the Democratic National Convention. Different...


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Famed Surfer Drops In on Laguna

By Lindsey Paige | Special to the Independent Waterman Laird Hamilton will make a special appearance at the Rivera Hotel in Laguna Beach this Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a stand-up paddleboard demonstration, said Steve Owen,...

Breaker Boys Collect Medals at Jr. Olympics

Cole Paxson made it back from Havana in time to collect a gold medal as his club team, Balboa Bay 17-1, took top honors in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics in Dallas. He joined five other Breakers with hardware from the annual volleyball event...

How Breakers Won a Title

Breakers Southern Section CIF title victory June 4 was the first in 78 seasons for baseball at Laguna Beach High School and the school’s 42nd all-time crown. Head coach Mike Bair survived some second-guessing by school administrators that held...

Indy on Arts

Friday, July 29 Art-a-Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. weekdays. 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. $7.50. Free to residents. Thru Aug. 28. Festival of Arts, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road; free to residents. Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., ticketed. (800) 487-3378or...

Style and Substance Florish Even in the 84th Year

Jordan Dimitrov made his first replica of a ship at age 8 and remains fascinated with maritime history and sailing vessels plowing the seven seas to this day. Thirty-two years later, three of his meticulously life-like model ships can be seen at this year’s Festival of Arts,...

Collaborative Shows Opens at Forest & Ocean

Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave., will present an exhibition of individual and collaborative art works by new resident artists, David Gallup and Nansi J. Bielanski, with a reception Saturday, July 30, from 5-8 p.m. Plein-air painter Gallup works on location in national...

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Complaints a Cover for Intolerance

Editor, It’s very sad to see over and over again your paper prominently presenting (re: this week’s front page) the views of a few paranoid South Laguna residents purporting to...

Uncivil Behavior Antagonizes Neighborhoods

Editor, As a Sunset Street South Laguna homeowner I read the excellent “Visitors Overwhelm South Laguna Beaches” story (July 22) with interest. But one overlooked item: the takeover of the...

Top Cop Knows Her Beat

Editor, Police Chief Laura Farinella knows more local history than many locals, astutely citing MTV’s Laguna Beach show among factors shifting tourist demographics over the last decade (“Visitors...

Eat & Drink


Steak Tavern’s Wine List Receives Praise

The Selanne Steak Tavern, a Laguna Beach restaurant owned by retired ice hockey player Teemu Selanne and partner Kevin Pratt, received its first Wine Spectator award of excellence. The industry publication has honored restaurants with extraordinary wine programs since 1981....

Pre-Pageant Dining

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Pageant of the Masters is an experience that nearly defies description: People dressed and posed as tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) that recreate larger-than-life versions of classic and contemporary works of art....

Exploring the Fourth Pillar

In this video log, Patty examines the fourth element of her four-part series exploring the Four Pillars of Health. It is discovering your Purpose & Dream in which these questions, and others, are asked: what is your dream and what is your...
Posted On 02 Oct 2015

Pelvic Floor Muscles: What’s the Big Deal?

The third pillar of health is movement or exercise. Movement that keeps the curves in the right places and trims the places that need to be trimmed. I’m not referring to cookie-cutter, generic exercise programs. I’m talking about...
Posted On 04 Sep 2015

Quiet Time: A Pillar of Health

This week’s post is a follow up from last week’s blog entry, titled The Four Pillars of Health. Today, I share the second pillar of health: quiet time. To me, quite time means meditation, rest and proper sleep. Do you take precious time...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

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