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Archive for March, 2011

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

An Easy Night Out March is my new favorite month and it has nothing to do with the weather. Turns out that the first break from team sports we’ve had since August happened in March. I couldn’t believe it when I realized it. We had been on the go every Saturday morning since school began […]

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Unlikely Labor Leader Behind the Wheel

Unlikely Labor Leader Behind the Wheel

Gina Beck, a school bus driver in Laguna Beach, skipped work earlier this week to participate in a White House event held in remembrance of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire that also recognized women’s roles in the labor movement. “They treat you like a rock star; it was really cool,” said Beck, 41, of Whittier, who […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Winter Of Discontent; Spring Of Promise Stocks managed a nice 5% gain in the first quarter of 2010. This was a particularly commendable showing in the face of a winter of discontent with unsettling news from the Middle East and Japan as well as continuing economic softness in Southern Europe. This performance reflects not only […]

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Still Groovy After All These Years

Still Groovy After All These Years

Shakespeare to Rock’n Roll at No Square Theatre As the lead singer-guitarist of a popular Laguna Beach rock band, Jason Feddy felt upstaged when he learned his wasn’t the only act hired for a private party. Turns out the host also brought in a master of ceremonies whose shtick is turning William Shakespeare’s monologues into […]

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Despite Setbacks, Aliso Beach Café Reopens

Despite Setbacks, Aliso Beach Café Reopens

Gearing up to take advantage of potential spring break crowds, Michael Weiss plans today to reopen Aliso Beach’s Sands Café, the only food and beverage concession at the county’s second most popular beach. Weiss’s plan to cash in on the exclusive 10-year concession was not as successful in his first season as he hoped due […]

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Kudos Over Footloose

Kudos Over Footloose

Dear Editor, Last weekend I took my daughters to see Footloose at the Artist’s Theater. What a wonderful show! those high school students acted, sand, danced, and changed sets and lighting like professionals. We were completely entertained. Bravo to our fantastically talented high school students. They make me proud of our schools. With such craft […]

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Gratitude for Beautiful Words

Gratitude for Beautiful Words

Editor, This comment is for David Vanderveen, in response to Local Current’s column “Social Harmony,” March 18. Your thoughts and words were beautiful. Here are a few of my favorites: the words “Social harmony”; in regards to the Japanese culture, internal peace is a cultural commitment where “keeping harmony in relationships is more important than […]

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Umbrage Over Lost Art

Umbrage Over Lost Art

Editor, Regarding the mural that was recently destroyed in the canyon… (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25 edition) I feel like there has been a premeditated murder in town and this winery should be boycotted by our townspeople and the artists.   Karen Petty, Laguna Beach

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Current Debate Mirrors an Earlier One

Current Debate Mirrors an Earlier One

Editor, The recent debates over solutions to a few making noise in a residential area abutting a commercial zone and the skateboarding debate reminds me of an incident that occurred on the south end of Glenneyre about a decade ago.   For those not familiar, there are some rather sharp turns where a reasonable driver […]

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Embrace Our Skateboarding Heritage

Embrace Our Skateboarding Heritage

Editor, First, let me say that I have no horse in this race: I do not skateboard; I do not have children; I do not live on any of the hill streets. Last night (March 22) I watched the City Council meeting on television. There were a couple of dozen people who spoke against the […]

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Democracy at Its Finest

Democracy at Its Finest

Editor, Last night in Laguna Beach [March 22] a town came together. Democracy was out in full force, and a community banded together around their children. It was truly a thing of beauty! I felt it only fair to write to the papers with something positive to report. As I have written in the past […]

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Commentary of a Sidewalk Surfer

Commentary of a Sidewalk Surfer

Editor, Skateboarding illegal? Really? What happened? A few self absorbed drivers get distracted from a text forcing them to actually drive? Skateboarding is a non-issue. Not anyone’s business. Skaters don’t hurt anyone. I’ve three decades skating Laguna qualifying my opinions. What’s next? City Hall telling me I can’t surf when the waves are big? Mind yours, I’ll do the […]

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Skateboarding Originated Here

Skateboarding Originated Here

Editor, In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we used to skateboard the sidewalks and streets, packs of us sometimes 15 strong. The police loved us! As Laguna got more popular and MTV took over, the City Council squeezed skateboarding off the streets and sidewalks and downtown area of Laguna Beach, without a people’s vote.   As […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

Difficulties   “Life is difficult,” M. Scott Peck, “The Road Less Traveled.”   The wonderful paradox of M. Scott Peck’s classic work is that once we accept the truth of life’s difficulty, we can transcend it and it ceases to be as difficult. A few of life’s difficulties intertwined last week and became less so […]

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Bailout At Mach 1.05

Bailout At Mach 1.05

An aviation first occurs just off Laguna’s coast By Christopher J. Lynch | Special to the Independent Photos courtesy of the Boeing Historical Society   George Franklin Smith never knew he would be flying into aviation’s history book that fateful day of Feb. 26, 1955. The Manhattan Beach resident and North American Aviation test pilot […]