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Archive for March, 2012

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Is Laguna Bike Friendly?

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 whistling into the station, and myriad shops that display a […]

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New Work-Live Rules Drafted

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 recommendation to the City Council is the suggestion to consider raising building […]

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Turning Over an Edible Leaf

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 larger overhaul of the church’s landscaping into edible agricultural and […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 pre-gay notoriety between 1950-70, when actors […]

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Carving Up a Slice of Laguna

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 appetites. On the first Sunday of the month over the past two years, […]

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Taking Stock

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 expectations, this will probably initiate an extended period of periodically increasing payments. […]

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Delay for Emerald Bay’s Traffic Signal

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’ association, which sought required city approval for the project to proceed, performed two studies of […]

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A Welcome Heat Revives Eva’s Kitchen

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 this week in preparation for reopening, […]

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Unfurling the Garden for Guests

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!  

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Class Notes

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 theme “Diversity Means” celebrates creativity in art, literature, photography, filmmaking, musical composition and dance choreography.   Molly’s poem […]

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Rain Washes Out Track Meet

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 runners splashed their way around Eric Hulst track until organizers […]

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Spring Sport Roundup

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 the team’s leading scorer, earning team captain, MVP […]

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Blue Lagunas Win State Championship

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 they beat 8-0, allowing for advancement to […]

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Soccer Team Honors its Own

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 four-year varsity award to Alec Williams. On the junior varsity team, […]

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A Swan Remembered

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 former company dancers, Merilee Magnuson Blaisdell, Mary Hanf […]