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Sweat Lodge Concerns Heat Up

The sweat lodge and tipi in Andrew Soliz’s Bluebird Canyon backyard, target of some complaints by nearby neighbors, must meet city building standards or be subject to fines or forced removal, according to city officials. Soliz says the structures at 932 Meadowlark Dr. are sacred...

Campbell Snubbed by OC Conservatives

Rep. John Campbell, an Irvine Republican representing the 48th Congressional District, which includes Laguna Beach, failed to receive the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County at a central committee meeting Monday. The vote of 41-22 fell short of the two-thirds...

Eavesdrops

The Patriot I know why we have a parade on Patriot’s Day.   You do?   Yes. It’s to honor people who have made sacrifices that resulted in the continuation of American freedom.   Wow! That’s pretty good. Where did you get that.   In school.   Do you have...

Taking Stock

Euphoria Warning Investors now seem almost obsessed on when the Dow Jones Industrial Average will pass through 13,000. That’s an interesting tidbit for those in search of sound bites but it is both inevitable and of only passing significance. Like the breaking of the four-minute...

Girls Lose to Newport in OT 7-6

For the second year, Laguna Beach High’s girls’ water polo squad lost in overtime at the Division I semifinals on Wednesday. It took a hot Newport Harbor squad (26-4) on a 15-game win streak to stop the Breakers (23-7) while last year undefeated Dos Pueblos pulled out the win....

Winter Sports Update

Boys Basketball Basketball concluded their season with a 48-33 loss to the county’s sixth ranked J Serra in a Southern Section, Division 4 AA CIF contest last Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Dugger Gym.   Breakers seemed a little tentative in their shots early on against the taller...

Indy Globetrotters

Send readers a postcard with a highlight from your travels. Pack an Indy and send a hi resolution image to www.lbindy.com. We’ll do our best to get them in print. Happy travels.     Bora Bora   Arab        Colorado     New York  ...

Village Matters

Much hinges on Stonehenge   The historic “Stonehenge” house, marked by the octagonal cupola and sunroom just north of Laguna Royale, was stripped of its interior without permits in June of 2009.  Then in 2010, demolition resumed, also without permits, removing the exterior...

Spring Teams Dig in to Rebuild

Most of Laguna Beach High’s nine spring sports programs have tough acts to follow after last year’s incredible run of success. Six of those nine won league titles. One made it to CIF quarterfinals. Two were CIF runners up. And one took home a regional state championship.  ...

Sign-up for Girls Basketball

Registration for girls basketball for grades K – 9th has begun at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Player evaluations are mandatory and will be held the week of March 5-9 by coach Hans Laroche.   Weekly one-hour practices start on April 2. Volunteer opportunities...

Police Tactics Unfairly Pressure Homeless

Editor, The homeless population did not change appreciably while citations tripled (“Homeless Citations Triple,” Feb. 2 edition.) The shelter capacity dropped from 60 persons to 45 persons during this time, forcing more homeless into the surrounding area. The majority of...

Two Cheers for Hedden

Editor, We have lived in Laguna Beach for many years and particularly love reading the Indy History Pages. Andy Hedden’s article in last week’s issue, “A Little off the Top,” (Limelight, Feb. 17) was fun and infromative.   Rudy Campos and the other barbers and...

Answer to Missing ID

Editor,   In the Feb. 17, paper, the unidentified patron (in the Limelight story “A Little Off the Top”) is our son Jesse Bartels in the photo on page 8 getting his hair cut by Rudy Campos.   It was either 1988 or 1989 when he was in high school.  Great to see!  ...

Questionable Spending

Editor, I am glad the Independent reported on the city council decision to reimburse council members the cost of attending certain social events (“City Picks Up the Tab for Events,” Feb. 17 edition). It would have been easy to say “yes, but it’s only $450″ and...

Plastic bags aren’t meant for poop

Editor, I’d say that justifying the use and promotion of plastic bags for the picking up of dog poop is quite far-fetched in the article, “Plastic Bag-Ban Bad News for Pet Owners?” There are numerous alternatives.   As stated, biodegradable bags are such a better...