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Archive for October, 2012

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Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Educational consultant Cindy Muchnick described practical can-do philosophies for parents to put into practice as they support their kids through high school during last week’s PTA-sponsored parent seminar, Coffee Break. She was preceded by high school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, who introduced Naviance, an online college search service provided […]

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Football now 7-0-1

Football now 7-0-1

Eagles Trounced in Homecoming Rout, 56-13 The biggest homecoming victory in 45 years delighted the overflow crowd at Laguna Beach High School’s Guyer Field last Friday as Breakers scored on all seven first half possessions plus an interception return to take a school-record 56-0 halftime advantage. Drake Martinez started the onslaught with a 90-yard run […]

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Fall Sports Update

Fall Sports Update

Girls Golf (6-6, 6-10) Breakers finished the season tied with Calvary for second place. Jackie McMahon advanced to qualify for the Southern Section CIF individual playoffs that were played last Wednesday in Long Beach.   Girls Tennis (10-0, 14-5) Laguna completed another undefeated league season sweeping Costa Mesa on Thursday, Oct. 18, 16-2 and Calvary […]

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Street Beat 10/26/12

Street Beat 10/26/12

Recent Grad Suspected in String of Burglaries An 18-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for suspicion of breaking into two unlocked homes and two cars in Laguna Niguel last week after he was seen walking shoeless near a condo complex in the early hours, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies who detained Cameron Bilbrey around 5:10 a.m. […]

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High Wind Warning Issued for the Weekend

High Wind Warning Issued for the Weekend

Guest columnist Sam DiGiovanna, Special to the Independent Wildfires are a major concern for us beginning today, Thursday, Oct. 25, and into the weekend, according to  Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna, of Aliso Viejo. The reason: warm temperatures with wind gusts anticipated to reach up to 60 mph in wind prone areas with relative humidity expected […]

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Vandals Leave a Costly Trail of Wreckage

Vandals Leave a Costly Trail of Wreckage

Sheriff’s deputies arrested two active duty Marines for suspicion of felony vandalism early Sunday in Dana Point, suspects in a 30-minute spree that caused thousands of dollars in shattered windows along nearly nine miles of coastline. At least eight storefronts and windows of 17 vehicles in between Dana Point and  Newport Coast were smashed by […]

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Sidestepping Expected Bias, Rohrabacher Skips Forum

Sidestepping Expected Bias, Rohrabacher Skips Forum

Scores of people went away disappointed from a congressional candidates forum at Laguna Beach’s City Hall last Friday because Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the seated congressman in a newly redrawn district, did not show up. “It was embarrassing,” said Jean Raun, Laguna Beach organizer for the League of Women Voters, which has hosted several political forums […]

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Little Known Heroes Gain the Spotlight

Little Known Heroes Gain the Spotlight

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent As a teen-age Laguna Beach lifeguard, Jacquelin Reed was responsible for keeping beachgoers out of the water on days when bacteria was present or due to the presence of contaminated urban runoff.  From then on, she pledged to do what she could and find a career where she […]

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School Board Candidates Face Off

School Board Candidates Face Off

  A candidates forum held last week at Top of the World Elementary School offered Laguna voters a deeper look at the positions of the two incumbents, Jan Vickers and Bill Landsiedel, and two challengers, Tammy Keces and Dee Perry, who are running to fill two seats on the district’s school board. The local chapter […]

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Council Stays Mum on Teen Drinking Law

Council Stays Mum on Teen Drinking Law

The heated debate over fining parents for minors who imbibe at parties on their property, known as the Social Host Ordinance, spilled into Laguna Beach’s campaign for City Council on Tuesday when residents presented a petition to the current elected officials, demanding to know how they intend to vote on the measure. The proposal is […]

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Taxpayers Endorse Dicterow

Taxpayers Endorse Dicterow

The Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association will oppose Measure CC, the Laguna Beach Open Space Acquisition and Preservation Parcel Tax Measure, on the Nov. 6 ballot and endorsed challenger Steve Dicterow for election to the City Council. The measure “would not be sound tax policy, would trigger wasteful spending, and would not result in continuity or […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Stocks, Elections And The Long-Term Perspective  The stock market is a curious beast. It attracts a large number of observers, some of whom attributed market weakness in the days preceding the first Presidential debate to increasing polling strength by Presidential Obama. This seemed odd as most of Wall Street is linked to the Republicans. The […]

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Green Light

Green Light

Finishing a Legacy Begun by Others The open space initiative on this year’s ballot has raised questions and inspired debate. People naturally want to know how it would work, while some argue that it’s not necessary. For those with questions, I encourage you to visit the campaign website, lagunaopenspace.com. You’ll find that Measure CC would […]

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Noted Gallerist Fills in His Own Landscape

Noted Gallerist Fills in His Own Landscape

Laguna Beach gallerist Ray Redfern, a collector and dealer of blue-chip California Impressionist and turn-of-the-20th-century California art, described his journey recently in a rare public appearance at the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts’ annual meeting. For the lucky audience, Redfern drew on his gallery’s elegant repository of works by some of Laguna’s best-known Impressionists, the […]

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Culture Karma: Feeding a Literary Appetite

Culture Karma: Feeding a Literary Appetite

Laguna is known for the arts. Fine arts. We also have a lot of good music, compliments of Laguna Beach Live, and fabulous dance, via Laguna Dance Festival. But I’m a wordsmith and I find myself often in search of literary arts that are harder to find. Yes, there are hundreds of book groups. Yes, […]