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Archive for June, 2009

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Leaders Endorse Citywide Fishing Ban

Leaders Endorse Citywide Fishing Ban

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to request that the California Department of Fish and Game give Laguna the highest possible level of marine protection, barring fishing of any kind in Laguna’s coastal waters by declaring the city’s entire seven-mile coastline a State Marine Reserve. Council member Toni Iseman, who initiated the measure, said, […]

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Celebration Begins as Lessons End

Celebration Begins as Lessons End

By Dinah Shields, Special to the Independent It isn’t exactly your ordinary end of school party.  For one thing, many of the students have their children with them.  Also, Laguna Beach council member Jane Egly is here, as is David Peck, chair of the Cross-cultural Council. Where are we?  At La Playa ESL (English as a […]

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Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Southern California’s kelp forests, essential to the health of the marine ecosystem in California, have taken a beating in recent decades. Natural cycles of growth and decline have been skewed toward decline by El Nino events, algal blooms, polluted water, and populations of kelp-eating urchins unchecked by predators, among other things. Nevertheless, a small number […]