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Is Laguna Bike Friendly?

Editor:   While teaching for UC Davis, I’ve enjoyed walking the streets of that quaint university town. I like Davis; the energy of the young reaching for knowledge, the weekly family picnic at the farmers’ market adorned with colorful veggies from local fields, the train...

New Work-Live Rules Drafted

After more than a year revising land use rules to smooth the path for development of affordable work-live spaces for artists, the Planning Commission last week approved new modifications and conditions for a proposed ordinance. Also debated but not included in the formal...

Turning Over an Edible Leaf

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Thanks to Transition Laguna volunteers, the Neighborhood Congregational Church will soon be able to grow the organic vegetables they cook up in soup for those in the homeless shelter during winter.   A first step towards a...

Musings on the Coast

The Reawakening   Laguna Beach used to be a gay Mecca.   We had our own goodly district of gay bars, restaurants and clubs.  Then time and local demographics changed that and now the Mecca has moved.  It went mostly to Palm Springs.   Palm Spring’s reached its height of...
Posted On 23 Mar 2012

Carving Up a Slice of Laguna

Sid Fanarof believes Zpizza’s franchise success was baked into its origin in Laguna Beach, catering for 26 years to a clientele of artists, leftover hippies and locals who appreciate the take-out joint’s gourmet entrees, natural ingredients and attention to gluten-free and vegan...

Taking Stock

A Good Apple Apple celebrated the arrival of Spring with an eagerly awaited dividend announcement. Holders will receive a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share sometime during Apple’s third fiscal quarter, which begins in July. Apple being Apple with its record of understating...

Delay for Emerald Bay’s Traffic Signal

Despite the Emerald Bay Community Association’s financial support for a $2.7 million Coast Highway traffic signal near the gated main entry, Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday delayed its installation and instead called for an independent traffic study. The homeowners’...

A Welcome Heat Revives Eva’s Kitchen

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   They did in three weeks what was supposed to be done in six months.   After a fire in the storage area of Eva’s Caribbean kitchen closed the south Laguna restaurant late in February, owner Eva Madray returned to her kitchen...

Unfurling the Garden for Guests

The Hortense Miller Garden holds its annual open house Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with shuttle bus service from the First Church of Christ Scientist, 635 High Dr.   Families are invited. Bring cameras and walking shoes. Donations gratefully accepted!  

Class Notes

Thurston Students Win PTA Competition   Thurston Middle School students, eighth-graders Austin Fickman and Molly McMillen, recently received awards in the PTA Reflections contest in the county’s fourth district division.   The nationwide contest based on the the...

Rain Washes Out Track Meet

Hundreds of shivering and soaked athletes from as far away as Hawaii battled each other and the elements Saturday, March 17, at Laguna Beach High, hoping to salvage the 44th running of the Trophy Invitational.   It wasn’t long before standing water reigned victorious, as...

Spring Sport Roundup

Rare Honor in Girls Soccer   Marina Paul, Laguna’s Georgetown-bound senior, picked up all-CIF honors this week being named to the 23-player honor roll for Division IV.  She led Laguna to their first league title in the 31- seasons of the sport at the high school as t...

Blue Lagunas Win State Championship

Laguna Beach’s Blue Lagunas girls under 10 AYSO soccer team fought their way to a state crown in one of youth soccer’s most competitive divisions on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.   The team of 10 locals in the Extra program would first face Riverside’s Red Lightning, whom...

Soccer Team Honors its Own

  The end-of-season awards banquet for the LBHS boys’ soccer team honored 18 seniors. In addition, on the varsity squad, Reece Barton was named MVP, the coaches awards went to Taylor Davidson, Brogan O’Bryan and Miles Shirley; the players’ award to Joseph Rousseau; and...

A Swan Remembered

Lila Zali and the Laguna Beach Civic Ballet will reclaim the stage during the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. Presenting the program will be Kathy Kahn along with two...