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McWeather or Not

Summer As it Should Be Howdy, weather fans, hope you have enjoyed the first third of summer 2011. This time around there’s been plenty to enjoy. Lots of sunshine, minimal marine layer, three healthy south swells which already equals all last summer’s output, and much warmer...

Relay for Life’s Queen Reigns Over Battle Against Cancer

Laguna Beach residents will once again converge on the El Morro Elementary School field for the 10th annual Relay for Life fundraiser on Aug. 6 and 7. When longtime Laguna Beach resident and speech pathologist Julie Pendleton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she chose to remain...

Engagement

Mayumi Kawashima and Darius Kharabi   Mayumi Kawashima and Darius Kharabi of Laguna Beach are to be married July 30, 2011, by Pastor Dr. Mark Brewer at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Calif.   Kawashima, 31, was a senior consultant at a human capital consulting firm...

Guest column

Dog Days of Laguna  By Mark D. Crantz   I love Laguna because Laguna loves dogs. Dogs are special.  Spelled backward its God.  Makes you wonder about cats. Tac? Got me? I’m sticking with dogs. Dogs are unconditional love personified.  Whoever you are, the good, the bad or...

Culture Karma

Mother Knows Best By Randy Kraft   I grew up in New York and spent most of my Saturday afternoons at the Metropolitan Museum or at elegant uptown galleries. If it was free, we were there. My mother was an immigrant, determined to expose her only daughter to what she believed...

Art Seen

Co-ed Pieces Light up Summer Showcasing the sparks between male-female relationships between artists and audiences, Artists Republic for Tomorrow, AR4T Gallery presents its exhibit, “Girls vs. Boys: The Summer of Love”at 210 N. Coast Highway. Opening July 29 at 7 p.m. and on...

The Write Stuff

Latitude 33 Slashes Prices For a limited time only, Latitude 33 Bookshop is offering a 33 percent discount on all new books in stock. Stop by for first pick of the most lovingly selected inventory before the shop at 311 Ocean Avenue closes next month. Visit...

Embracing Competition

Editor,   How refreshing to read the comments of Chris Keller, president of the City’s Chamber of Commerce, in which he welcomed the new high profile restaurant called Katsuya (“New Hot Spots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation,” July 8).   Unlike the recent...

Awaiting for the Next Shoe

Editor, News travels fast in this new wired world. By the time the sun rose over the Pacific, the news of the betrayal by Mission Hospital of its Laguna Beach neighbors was big news even in Shanghai. I read the electronic pages of the Indy with growing incredulity over Mission...

High Fives to Mission Hospital

 Editor, A very high five to Mission Hospital for purchasing the vacant land inland of their campus. Mission Hospital has done this (south) Lagunan and every citizen of Laguna Beach a great favor. First of all, Mission Hospital exercised its right to simply buy the property at an...

A Boast of Good Tidings?

Editor: Back in the 1950s when a police officer was shot and lay dying, we had no hospital to rush him to. The incident helped galvanize the community to build a hospital. We called it South Coast Community Hospital.  The key word, of course, was and is, community.   Residents...

Dive In

Editor: Marine Reserves can’t come soon enough for me. I’m with Norm Cole (“Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery,” July 15); leave the weapons behind and snorkel out to our kelp forest. Over the July 4 weekend I witnessed a number of violations to our marine habitat....

Praise for Comic’s Profile

Editor, The story you wrote about Lola was excellent (“Only the Truth is Funny,” July 8 edition) Thank you so much. We really enjoyed it. She is such an amazing lady.   I was wondering if you saw the outstanding exhibit of Daniel Oropeza’s metal sculptures at the...

Jet Overflights Require Intervention

Editor,   After reading Don Knapp’s letter in the current edition of Indy (“Flying Through the Flight Pattern,” Letters, July 15) I want to add my comments.  I certainly agree with everything he states in his missive. He is to be congratulated on assisting in the actions...

City Hall Meetings

 Monday, July 25 Arts Commission, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers   Environmental Committee, 6 p.m., Community Center   Wednesday, July 27 Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force, 4 p.m., Community Center   Thursday, July 28 Parking, Traffic, Circulation Committee, 6...