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Archive for November, 2012

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Community Datebook 11/23/12

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 selected from Laguna Food Pantry patrons or recommended by long-term community volunteers. Most […]

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Two City Boards Seeking Additional Members

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 Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board. Applicants for both posts […]

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LBPD Awarded Grant

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 declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 and DUI’s remain the […]

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Goat Lady Returns to Nepal

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 3,000 Nepali women, are now able to pay for […]

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Local Heroes Inspire Unusual Tree Theme

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 for local fire fighter Steen Jensen who recently died […]

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Indy Calendar, Nov.16-22, 2012

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. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Guitarist-singer Jason Feddy, 8:30-11:30 p.m, Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. […]

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Issues Omitted from the SHO Debate

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 the programs the courts already have. But we as a city should […]

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Egly Goes Back on a Pledge

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 questions before I can say yeah. […]

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Who are these guys?

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 […]

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Gratitude for Perfect Placement

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 published her column in its entirety on that page.  […]

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Local Currents: Government in the Sunshine

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 State do not yield their sovereignty to […]

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Mothering Heights: The Turkey Fail

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. This ‘fail’ (as my girls say) must be due to […]

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Setting Course for a Hawaii Show

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 auction at the Photographie @ Cress Studios, 1294 D […]

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Taking Up Teen Talk At Coffee Break

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 latest trends in the teen environment, how to parent more […]

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Calling to a Colonial Day

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 were set, filling the room with an approximation of pre-revolutionary occupations […]