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Ocean Creatures In Hot Water

People might be frolicking in the warmer ocean waters lapping along Laguna Beach’s coastline in recent weeks, but for some ocean plants and creatures, they’ve been too long in the stew. According to Laguna Beach’s Ocean Foundation, which strives to protect the town’s ocean...

Police Employees Endorse Rollinger, Whalen for Council

Candidate Robert Whalen and incumbent Verna Rollinger received the endorsement of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association in the November race for election to Laguna Beach’s City Council, President Larry Bammer said Monday. “It was a difficult decision. Both Mayor Jane Egly...

Football, Volleyball Kick Off Fall Season

The 79th sports season is here for the Maroon and White as Laguna’s fall sports got underway the week prior to school’s opening day. First to meet competition will be girls volleyball and football. Girls Volleyball Coach Lance Stewart’s squad, ranked No. 8 in the county and No. 1...

Terrace Park Presses its Lot-Line Dispute

Two different legal developments last week have amped up an ongoing dispute between the owners of Laguna Terrace Park and the California Coastal Commission over the approval by the Laguna Beach City Council in 2010 to subdivide the ocean view mobile home park into individual...

Looking for Safer Footfalls

Lori Mitsuka put her toddler in a stroller and walked her kindergartener to Top of the World school at least twice a week last year.  She lives in Arch Beach Heights at the other end of a mile-long trail connecting her neighborhood with the Top of the World community.  She said...

Glennwood House Comes Closer to Reality

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   After years in development, the Glennwood Housing Foundation turned over its first shovel full of dirt on Saturday, Aug. 18, at last beginning refurbishment of the property at 2130 S. Coast Highway. On hand were the co-founder...

Opportunities to Meet Candidates Abound

Village Laguna invites the public to get to know the candidates running for City Council in November at a 7 p.m. forum Tuesday, Aug. 28, at City Hall. The public is asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. as the program will begin at precisely 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Cox...

Imperiled Garden Ever Fertile for Community Life

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Two Carlsbad residents, John Deane and Erin McGrath, visited Laguna Beach on Monday and finding the South Laguna Community Garden on their way to Papa’s Tacos. Both were impressed by the raised beds overflowing with tomatoes, chard,...

Survival of the Fittest in Laguna Canyon

Laguna College of Art and Design took the wraps off its newest housing expansion for its freshman class last Friday, a near doubling of housing for 40 students at least 100 miles from home. Adjacent to the Tivoli Too grounds and controlled by the owners of event space Seven...

Taking Stock

Facebook Or Apple? Quality counts. This is true in most things, including the stock market. The difference is clearly shown in the recent performance of Apple and Facebook. Apple set record new highs while Facebook slumped, becoming one of the least successful initial public...

A Night With Stars Under the Stars

Award-winning Christopher Cross will perform in concert Saturday, Aug. 25, at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts and Marcia Gay Harden will also pull the winning raffle ticket at 8:15 p.m. for a $50,000 2013 Acura. The evening’s festivities begin at 5 p.m. when attending celebrities...

Folkies Return

Back by popular demand, The Lonesome Travelers return to the Laguna Playhouse for one week only, Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. There are only nine performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday matinees and a special 4 p.m. matinee o...

Tossing Off the Dust for Design

The Sawdust Art Festival clothing guild will host a fashion show on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. on the Grill stage. Eight Sawdust clothing and textiles artists will have the opportunity to feature three fashionable looks each. Sawdust designers featuring their unique outfits on...

Second Generation Artists Carry Torch

With over 45 years of history, the Sawdust Art Festival is now seeing its second generation of artists achieve careers as successful Sawdust artists. The second generation of artists, who have learned the majority of their creative skill-set simply by growing up on the festival...

Art Seen

Gallery McCollum,
206 N. Coast Highway, hosts a book signing Saturday, Aug. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by an artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Author Mickey Munoz will be signing the Patagonia-published book, “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Munoz.” Artist...