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Taking Stock

No News May be Good News Recent news events in Japan, the Middle East and Portugal pounded the stock market, yet the overall dip was only around five percent. With major uncertainties still prevailing, stocks seem stabilized. Still 2% off their 2011 highs, they are ahead 4% for...

More Streets Off-Limits to Skateboarding

Bombing Hills Becoming a Bygone Pastime After hearing nearly three hours of requests to stop a ban against skateboarding on steep streets in Laguna Beach, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to move ahead with prohibiting downhill skateboarding on eight blocks with...

Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists

Since 2003, a wall-sized mural created by Laguna College of Art and Design instructor Mia Tavonatti and her students brightened a building near the campus occupied by Laguna Canyon Winery.   During the last week of February, it suddenly disappeared under a thick coat of gray...

Public Access to School Track Improved by An Hour

After a dozen local track users expressed their dismay earlier this month about new restrictions over field use, the school board voted unanimously Tuesday to slightly modify its policy.   With their vote, they rescinded restrictions that barred the public from the track for...

First Gay Candidate Bids for the Presidency

Longtime GOP strategist and Laguna Beach gay activist Fred Karger officially entered the 2012 presidential contest this past Wednesday, the first openly gay candidate for the nation’s highest office in history, his spokeswoman announced. In filing paperwork with the Federal...

Teens Helping Teens, One Ride at a Time

Navigating the eerily quiet hallways of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach on almost any Friday or Saturday night during the school year are several Laguna Beach High School students. From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., their destination is a small, nondescript room, barely large enough to...

In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor

The still child-actress Elizabeth Taylor, center, visited Laguna Beach’s Shaw’s Cove in 1946 with her friend Gay McEldownly, left. Locals with the famous teen, right, included Judith Ayres and Bernadette Hartman, bottom left, and an unidentified girl. Photo courtesy Jane Janz

Musings on the Coast

It Can’t Happen Here By Michael Ray We do not think it can happen here. I live above Diver’s Cove in a house that is at an elevation a good 50 feet above the ocean.  Let me be specific.   My house is on a lip of land 20 feet above Cliff Drive, which runs below the house; on the...

Follow-up to an Apology

On March 11, The Indy printed an apology for an article in the Coastal Real Estate Guide insert that contained a misrepresentation and initiated an investigation. The investigation is now complete. The article incorrectly stated that a Laguna Beach businessman had been a Navy...

Museum Volunteers Elect a Docent Standout

Tracy Young joined the Laguna Art Museum docent corps in 2009, motivated by her passion for art and the museum. “I studied architecture in college and had my own graphic design studio for 20 years,” she said. “I have always been drawn to creative occupations and people.” A real...

Laguna Observed

Discovering a Treasure Trove I went to the Woman’s Club Art Fair last Sunday…and spent money. I hadn’t wanted to spend. I hadn’t expected to spend. To that end, I only had two dollars in my wallet. But I did have my checkbook. I don’t usually carry my checkbook. The only reason I...
Posted On 24 Mar 2011

Getting Out

Chamber Musicians Pierce the Fourth Wall The public is invited to Sonatasia, a special musical, vocal and dance performance in an architecturally distinctive private home, at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26. “Our concerts combine a variety of disciplines into a dynamic performance,...

Art Seen

Sculpt a Sea Lion Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is now taking reservations for an Art and Sea Lions class at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon.  Participants will take home a miniature sea lion sculpture. The activity features a...

LBHS Spring Sports Update

Breakers’ Streak  Continues Baseball is 9-0 Laguna’s historic season continued as the Breakers thrashed league rival Calvary Chapel 11-0 this past Tuesday at Skipper Carrillo Field. Jackson Rees (3-0) went five innings giving up three hits in the pitching outing. Jake Herbert and...

Little League

Morgan Stanley Defeats Legion 16-8   By Jennifer Sweet, Special to the Independent   Little League’s AAA division team Morgan Stanley defeated American Legion when the teams faced off March 15 at Riddle Field.   Cameron Garcia started as pitcher for American Legion...