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    Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

    Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public input on four issues that underpin the direction of improvements for the area […]

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    Big Changes in Small Packages

    Big Changes in Small Packages

    By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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    Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

    Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the Orange County Registrar’s office last week and […]

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    Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

    Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

    By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach-based arts nonprofit TIMOTCA (The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Art) hopes to display panels of postcards created by children from around the world at various locations in September, according to the charity’s founder, Ed Solomon. Children from around the globe send in postcards to the […]

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    Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

    Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

    By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast Highway. The sobering demonstration […]

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    Iseman Seeks Re-election

    Iseman Seeks Re-election

    Laguna Beach City Council member Toni Iseman, whose fifth consecutive term ends this fall, has announced that she will run for re-election in November. “In just three months our voters will determine who will lead Laguna Beach, making decisions that will direct the future of our town. I want to be your representative on the Laguna […]

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    Indy Calendar

    Indy Calendar

    Friday, July 25 Final weekend: “[title of show],” 7:30 p.m., No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St., nosquare.org or 949 715-0333. Also July 26, 27. Albert Lee, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 496-8930 Slingshot, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., 949 494-3027 Saturday, July 26 Farmers Market, […]

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    Art Seen

    Art Seen

    Artistic Partners Share Fringe Benefits The benefits and challenges of creating work together will be discussed by Betty Haight and Stephanie Cunningham who have been Festival of Art exhibitors for six years. The discussion takes place from 12-1 p.m., Thursday, July 31 at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Tickets are $4-$7 […]

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    Jazz on the Green Introduces Fusion Artists

    Jazz on the Green Introduces Fusion Artists

    Hailed in the United Kingdom as the “kings of jazz/funk fusion,” Down to the Bone performs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Concerts are free to residents or a Festival admission of $4 to $7.     Iconic Film, North Shore Screens in San Clemente […]

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    Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

    Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

    Where young adults congregate, from Main Beach to the corner coffee house, the observant will likely see evidence of a tattoo artist’s effort. The morphing of tats from outer fringe to mainstream was not lost on Renée Bangerter, who opened the Laguna Inkspot and Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2012. Keen on merging her artistic […]

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    A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

    A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

    Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons. Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon […]

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    They’re Outta Here

    They’re Outta Here

    Please tantalize those at home with a high resolution image from your adventures near and far. And thanks again to fans that save space for the Indy in their bags.    

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    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water, before moving on to the second and third events. A run-swim-run […]

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    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    By Ron Chilcote Perhaps the most pristine and precious of all the canyons in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laurel Canyon nestles in a hollow shielding it from the adjacent San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, a barrier to the free flow of wildlife that introduces sounds of traffic to the wilderness.           […]

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    Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

    Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public input on four issues that underpin the direction of improvements for the area […]

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    Big Changes in Small Packages

    Big Changes in Small Packages

    By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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    Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

    Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the Orange County Registrar’s office last week and […]

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    Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

    Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

    By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach-based arts nonprofit TIMOTCA (The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Art) hopes to display panels of postcards created by children from around the world at various locations in September, according to the charity’s founder, Ed Solomon. Children from around the globe send in postcards to the […]

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    Pet Peeves

    Pet Peeves

    Hey Buddy Hey buddy, whaddaya say? I think there’s something wrong with my hearing. My ears are on the fritz. Don’t roll your eyes at me readers. This is the place to tell you. It’s Pet Peeves. I complain here. Old people are expected to talk about their ailments. We have nothing else, but the […]

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    Shore Scene

    Shore Scene

    Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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    Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

    Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

    (This was also addressed to council members.) Editor: I want to share this safe bike transportation program that the OCTA has developed for cities. It’s so clever. Check:  octa.net/BikeShare I would also like to add my voice for separate bike lanes with a barrier from cars. NYC has changed beautifully. Check:  Street Films.org (Google ‘Street Films’ to […]

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    Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

    Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

      Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Laguna to the water district road leading to Aliso Viejo.  Such […]

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    Grant Fuels Big Dreams

    Grant Fuels Big Dreams

    Monica Magana, 21, was one of two Laguna College of Art and Design students who received the Festival of Arts Foundation Scholarship for 2013-2014. These funds allowed her to stay on track for graduation in 2015. “When I first toured campus, I knew this was the place,” she said. “But when I was accepted, my […]

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    Class Notes

    Class Notes

    Local Families Sought to Host Exchange Students The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls 15 to 18 years old for the upcoming high school year or semester.  They are conversant in English and anxious to learn about this country through living with a local […]

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    New Vision for Batting Cages

    New Vision for Batting Cages

    It was an early Saturday morning at the Laguna Beach Batting Cages on Laguna Canyon Road. A beehive of maroon-and-white clad 8- and 9-year-old boys with shiny, helmeted heads was hovering around the boxed-in batting cages. They were swinging their bats and waiting to take their stance before the unpredictable catapults of the pitching machine. […]

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    The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

    The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

    By Donna Furey | LB Indy Nineteen-year-old Chris Garau graduated with honors from San Juan Hills high school and soon will be competing in the water polo Junior Olympics. This summer is his first as a rookie Laguna Beach lifeguard, stationed on Main Beach. But lifeguarding and community service in Laguna Beach are a tradition […]

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    	Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

    Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

    Laguna Board of Realtors’ Charitable Assistance Fund surprised Laguna Food Pantry chair Andy Siegenfeld with a $12,000 check at an awards presentation last month, far surpassing the grant amount requested. “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of this grant,” said Siegenfeld. “It gives us an enormous boost that will help us meet our operating costs, […]

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    Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

    Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

    The South Laguna Community Garden Park welcomes garden lovers to its annual summer garden festival and potluck from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. There will be live music by Tony Bisson and friends. Donations welcome toward a permanent garden. Information at SouthLaguna.org/garden.   Commissioner Examines Drug Court’s Effectiveness […]

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    Personnel File

    Personnel File

    Public Relations with a Side of Yum Laguna local Melinda Morgan Kartsonis, founder of Morgan Marketing and Public Relations, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Morgan-Kartsonis has donated more than $100,000 worth of pro bono work to many organizations, including Human Options, The American Cancer Society, Share Our Strength, and St. […]

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