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Archive for October, 2010

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Democracy with Dispatch

Democracy with Dispatch

Editor,   Just wanted to let you know that the City Council and City Manager responded very quickly to my letter about responsibility for property issues (“Who’s Responsible for Deadbeat Property Owners?” Letters, Oct. 15.) The code enforcement officer went to the property immediately and has filed a code violation against the owner.  I greatly […]

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Loosening the Leash

Loosening the Leash

Editor, [This letter was also sent to the Laguna Beach City Council members on Oct. 13] I am a second generation, born and raised Laguna resident, and this is the first time I have written a letter to the council. I am writing to request that the city revise the summer dog restrictions along our […]

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LBHS Football

LBHS Football

Breakers Drop League Opener, 36-10 Breakers quest for another league title was derailed last Friday at Jim Scott Stadium in Costa Mesa as an energetic Estancia squad was determined from their first play to earn their first Orange Coast League victory over the Breakers since the league was formed five years ago. The Eagles took […]

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Diving into an Undersea Adventure

Diving into an Undersea Adventure

Marine biologist Nancy Caruso and 11 students from Garden Grove’s Pacifica High School took a kelp safari aboard La Vida Laguna kayaks offshore Laguna Beach last Saturday. The students are juniors and seniors in an AP environmental science class, and will be involved in the coming year cultivating abalone for Caruso, who hopes to re-populate […]

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St.Clair Still Looking Forward

St.Clair Still Looking Forward

Anyone who has seen a Pacific Symphony concert in the past 20 years knows the passion and energy that music director Carl St.Clair brings to his job. St.Clair’s animated conducting – moving with the music, leaning into his orchestra to coax the sound forth, sometimes closing his eyes and with his face skyward – is […]

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Homework on Skateboard and Complete Streets

Homework on Skateboard and Complete Streets

Editor,   Please google and read The Complete Streets Act for California and see how skateboarding may or may not be included as a part of this bill.   Not sure how skateboarding will save on fuel consumption and carbon footprint.  According to Councilperson Egly this bill does allow for skateboarding.   Read this bill […]

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Plenty of Christian Hypocrisy to Skewer

Plenty of Christian Hypocrisy to Skewer

Editor:   Hey! Ben Earl, thanks for sharing (“Koran’s Exempt from Desecration?” Letters, Oct. 15).  Contrary to the last sentence of your emotional tirade, “Oh well, I guess only the Koran gets special treatment,” on the contrary, it’s been the Christian Bible that has for too long received special treatment. I did not desecrate the […]

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Laguna Generosity Rules!

Laguna Generosity Rules!

Editor, Thank you Laguna Beach for once again rising to the occasion. We witnessed first hand the generous spirit of our town on Sunday, Sept. 12, as we hosted a benefit concert and silent auction at our home to raise funds for Materials Management Relief Corps (MMRC). Our daughter Erika spent three months as a […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

When and where generosity really counts   Picture a walk down a bark path, through a meadow to an old barn.  Then we turn into the north woods, past a woodland pond with ducks bobbing in the distance.  Deer cross our paths, delicately, unafraid.   Here and there are rustic benches, so although we feel […]

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Endeavors of the Heart

Endeavors of the Heart

Dedicated to Arts for Everyone Pop quiz time. What does LOCA stand for? Even if you’re familiar with the wonderful work of this organization, you may be guessing about the initials. That’s why president Bonnie Macmillan wants to end the confusion, getting all of us onboard that this award-winning non-profit community group is Laguna Outreach […]

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Weather or Not

Weather or Not

October Surprise! Mother Nature gave us an early wake up call in a big way Tuesday morning with a spectacular light show accompanied by ear piercing thunder and torrential downpours and even pea-sized hail to make things real interesting.   This is our second such event of this kind in the past three weeks. Thunder […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

Sizing Up Newcomer Tommy Bahama    Restoration of the historical Heisler Building downtown is near complete and tenant Tommy Bahama is set to open shortly. The store inventory and restaurant menu will vary significantly from other Tommy B locations in order to reflect the Laguna Beach beach lifestyle, we’ve been told. Menu items will be […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

Favorite Time of Year   Can someone please explain the Southern California phenomenon of the pumpkin patch that springs up in October in large parking lots? They have straw covering the blacktop and loads of pumpkins trucked in from real pumpkin patches. They have giant inflatable slides and bounce houses and farm animals for petting, […]

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At Work on a Different Court

At Work on a Different Court

By Cindy Obrand, Special to the Independent  Former Laguna Beach basketball standout Jesse Obrand, who recently passed the California bar exam, among just 37 percent who made the mark this year, has joined the family business. He has teamed up with his father, Michael Obrand, and established Dana Point’s Obrand Law Group, specializing in real estate […]

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LBHS Football

LBHS Football

Breakers Drop League Opener, 36-10   Breakers quest for another league title was derailed last Friday at Jim Scott Stadium in Costa Mesa as an energetic Estancia squad was determined from their first play to earn their first Orange Coast League victory over the Breakers since the league was formed five years ago.   The […]