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Archive for January, 2012

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Rollinger and Council Act on Climate Change

Rollinger and Council Act on Climate Change

Three cheers for Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger and our City Council! Enthusiastic attendees, like me, were not always able to conceal our jubilation when the Council voted overwhelmingly on Jan. 24 to adopt Ms. Rollinger’s thoughtful, practical agenda bill calling for four specific actions aimed at implementing the city’s 2009 Climate Protection Action Plan. […]

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Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

  Real estate is always a good news – bad news story: what is best for the seller is not necessarily best for the buyer, and visa versa. However, despite high levels of inventory, downward pressure on prices, and a large number of distressed properties, 2011 ended with a significant improvement in the Laguna Beach […]

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Eco-Philosopher Joanna Macy Inspires People to Embrace ‘Work That Reconnects’

Eco-Philosopher Joanna Macy Inspires People to Embrace ‘Work That Reconnects’

By Michele McCormick, Special to the Independent Well meaning environmentalists may push rhetoric devoid of action when they urge us to “create sustainable futures for our children.” Sounds good. But what does it mean? Such heady talk from academics meant to turn us green often leaves me with the blues. However, I ditched my lethargy […]

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Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

        This panoramic photo of “Heisler tidepools at moonrise” by Eddie Yerkish recently won first place in the Open category of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition’s photo contest to celebrate the new marine reserves and Underwater Parks Day. Visit the coalition’s web site at http://lagunabluebelt.org/photo-contest-entries/ to view all of the winning photographs.

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City Budget Sees $3 Million Mid-year Windfall

City Budget Sees $3 Million Mid-year Windfall

People are spending more in Laguna, adding to an unexpected $3 million bonus to city coffers, according to the city’s mid-year budget report to the City Council Tuesday. The windfall to the city’s general fund is partly due to an increase in sales tax revenue, which means people are shopping and eating out more, specifically […]

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Bob Whalen Joins Race for City Council

Bob Whalen Joins Race for City Council

Laguna Beach resident Bob Whalen, an attorney and active community volunteer, officially announced his candidacy for Laguna Beach City Council earlier this week, throwing his hat in the ring with three other candidates so far who will compete for the two open slots on the council in November. Incumbent council member and mayor pro tem […]

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Laguna Art Museum Glams Up For 2012 Art Auction

Laguna Art Museum Glams Up For 2012 Art Auction

The Laguna Art Museum Art Auction 2012: California Art Lounge will feature 100 works of art by a blue-chip roster of California artists. But, this year organizers have changed the usual auction format of food and cocktails, silent auction, live bidding, and everyone pick up their treasures and go home, for a raucous, evening-long party. […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Fulfillment Factor Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and overwhelmed? On the other hand, if you decide to live within a closed, overly protective attitude, your wellspring of curiosity, positive anticipation, and willingness to engage, […]

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And the One Word That Describes Laguna Is. . .

And the One Word That Describes Laguna Is. . .

The suspense ends Saturday, Jan. 28, with the public unveiling of the single word chosen from 1,100 words submitted by Laguna Beach residents to describe their hopes and aspirations for their city. This one powerful word will form the theme for a new mural produced by Laguna College of Art and Design students on the […]

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Art Walk Events

Art Walk Events

LCAD Exhibit at City Hall Launches Art Walk Anniversary   The 14th anniversary celebration of First Thursdays Art Walk on Feb. 2 kicks off with a pre-event at 5 p.m. at Laguna Beach City Hall, featuring “Visual Tales from Eire and England,” an exhibition of work by Laguna College of Art and Design students, inspired […]

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India Travelers Welcome Donations

India Travelers Welcome Donations

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Five big-hearted and open-minded seekers will be traveling to India next month, visiting spiritual sites and delivering humanitarian aid. Local Laguna residents Pam Wicks of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, Julien Kheymour, Susan Brown Madorsky and Everett Hoffman of Cleveland, Ohio, will join leader Tenpa Dorjee of Laguna […]

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Newsmakers

Newsmakers

Former LAM Director Making Waves at Surfing Foundation   The Surfing Heritage Foundation has hired Bolton Colburn, former director of Laguna Art Museum, as their new executive director. Colburn, 56, who left his position at Laguna Art Museum in May 2011, plans to work with the foundation’s board and staff to lead development efforts and […]

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eWaste Drive Spares Landfills, Saves Trees

eWaste Drive Spares Landfills, Saves Trees

Surterre Properties collected about 14,096 pounds of electronic waste at their Jan. 14 eWaste drive. Additionally, approximately 6,500 pounds of confidential documents were shredded on site by ProShred, saving about 60 trees. A free service to the public held quarterly in different areas of Orange County, Surterre’s eWaste drives offer community members a chance to […]

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Indy Calendar, Jan.27-Feb. 2, 2012

Indy Calendar, Jan.27-Feb. 2, 2012

Friday, Jan. 27   Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. Tidepool bracelet w. Linda Ames; 2 p.m. Silver earrings w. Lorraine Hornby, ceramic birdhouse w. Ora Sterling.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030.   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com   Jazz Monsters Christian Jacob & The Big Band Theory w. Denise […]

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Shap Show Rallies Support for a Safe and Sober Grad Night

Shap Show Rallies Support for a Safe and Sober Grad Night

The Laguna Beach High School senior class of 2012 will perform the 24th annual Shap Show, “No Suits Allowed,” on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at LBHS Artists Theatre. The 2012 graduation committee hopes this special one-night event will help them achieve their goal of raising about $20,000 so that all graduating seniors will […]