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Community Datebook 11/23/12

Adopting a Family For the Season Laguna Resource Center is seeking residents, churches, and businesses to adopt local low-income families for the holiday season. Laguna Resource Center currently has far more families requesting help than donors. Families who may be adopted are...

Two City Boards Seeking Additional Members

The City Council is accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Commission, which will be vacated by City Council member elect Robert Whalen. The term extends to June 30. The council is also accepting applications from residents for an upcoming vacancy on the...

LBPD Awarded Grant

The Laguna Beach Police Department has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on local roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. While traffic deaths statewide...

Goat Lady Returns to Nepal

Former Laguna Beach resident Rosalind Russell departs on Dec. 7 for Nepal, where she will deliver dozens of pregnant goats to rural village women, giving them a chance to earn money to improve their lives. Because of Russell and her R Star Foundation’s goat-giving project, over...

Local Heroes Inspire Unusual Tree Theme

Girl Scout Troop 834, 145 and their little brothers dedication their Christmas tree at the Sawdust Art Festival this year to local Laguna Beach fire fighters. They decorated with a fire hose, handmade fire engines and stockings for each fire fighter, including a very special one...

Indy Calendar, Nov.16-22, 2012

Friday, Nov. 23 Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway St. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com . Also 11/24 The Luis Olivart Trio, 9 p.m-1 a.m. Marine Room 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027. NIck I & ADD, 8:45 p.m.-midnight, Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy....

Issues Omitted from the SHO Debate

Editor, The Social Host Ordinance known as SHO takes the combination of greed and ignorance that are now common with the Laguna Beach City Council into a new playing field, the legal system. State judges don’t care about local ordinances, because they don’t compare to...

Egly Goes Back on a Pledge

Editor, At the City Council meeting on Oct. 16, Mayor Jane Egly stated that she wanted to support the South Laguna Community Garden, but that she needed to know about the soil contamination and to see an appraisal. Specifically she said, “I need to have the answers to those two...

Who are these guys?

Editor, They come once a month or once a week. They are mostly male but once a female came. It is usually in the afternoon. I never see a vehicle. They walk boldly up to the front door, ring the bell and knock on the door. They look clean but not OC hip. They could be a bagger at...

Gratitude for Perfect Placement

Editor, Thank you so much for publishing Susan Velasquez’s column “Opportunity Knocks” on the School’s page of the LB Independent, Nov. 16. It was the perfect placement to attract readers who care about schools and the education of our children.  I am also grateful that you...

Local Currents: Government in the Sunshine

“The public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this...

Mothering Heights: The Turkey Fail

I’ve obviously failed as a mother. Come Thanksgiving and my kids only want to eat chicken tenders and French fries. There’s no respect (or desire) for the roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, and puddle of gravy.  Just mention cranberry sauce and saliva drools down my chin. Th...

Setting Course for a Hawaii Show

The award-winning high school wind ensemble and jazz orchestra are setting their sights on the deck of the USS Missouri in Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor Museum and are holding a fundraiser Dec. 2, hoping for community support. Band parents will host an adult-only $30 cocktail party and...

Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

As part of the Coffee Break series on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Dr. Jerry Weichman, a clinical psychologist and adolescent specialist, will be speaking on parenting today’s teens and pre-teens at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The presentation will include the...

Calling to a Colonial Day

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   The transformed multipurpose room at El Morro Elementary this week was again home to Colonial Days, squiring students back in time to the earliest days of European settlement and colonization in America. A variety of stations...