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Pet Peeves: Grieving for Plastic

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but now plastic bags are outlawed.  Oh no! Although we were forewarned almost a year ago, I wasn’t prepared for the loss of the phrase, “Will that be plastic or paper?” You see what I liked about the...

Indy Calendar, Jan. 25-31, 2013

Friday, Jan. 25 Sawdust Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 1/26. Dave Tyson, 9 p.m.-1 a.m, Marine Room 214 Ocean Ave. 949-494-3027 Nick I & A.D.D., 8:45 p.m.-midnight, Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy....

Plant Isn’t Worth the Risk

Editor, Thank you Rita Robinson for your timely article, “Group Calls for Keeping San Onofre Closed,” Jan. 18 edition. Many signs show SCE plans to restart one reactor dome in March. I have attended all of the NRC meetings held here in Southern California.  At the last one in...

Column Captures Historic Moment

Editor, I have followed Michael Ray’s musings forever and so glad he has landed at the LB Indy! This week’s piece (Musings on the Coast, “The Inauguration,” Jan. 18) took me right back to the joyous, proud-full, elated, tearful feeling I had at last year’s...

Design Review Failed to Protect His Neighbor’s View

Editor, I strongly support the City’s recent attempt to strengthen the View ordinance, as announced in your paper (“Council Sets Sights on View Ordinance,” Jan. 18).  At the same time, I think the city administration needs to get behind it and begin to support it...

Inconsiderate Dog Owners, Take Heed

Editor: I have had it.  Haven’t you? We have lived in Laguna Beach for nearly 20 years, and our community has always had an unspoken code that we dog lovers would walk our dogs on leash and carry a plastic bag to pick up their poop because we respected our neighbors. No more....

Local Currents: Positive Energy

“The universe operates through dynamic exchange… giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.” –Deepak Chopra   Over...

Celebrating a First Anniversary

  By Jinger Wallace   It’s hard to believe we are celebrating the first year anniversary of the Laguna Bluebelt and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It’s exciting to watch the marine life along our shores thrive.  The California gray whales are traveling south to the...

Thurston Takes Center Stage

Encouraging students to talk to their teachers anytime through emails, blogs and in person, and a teacher intervention team to lift up students who are slipping in some area are two key reasons Thurston Middle School took front-and-center this month when selected for the first...

Class Notes 1/25/13

Learning English While Making Friends Laguna’s school district offers adults English as a Second Language classes at all levels beginning Monday, Feb. 4. The sessions are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and meet in Room 90 across the street from Laguna Beach High...

Winter Sports Update 1/25/13

Boys Basketball (15-6, 4-0) The Breakers quest for a 10-0 league season continued as Laguna easily defeated Godinez (10-11, 3-1) in the showdown for the conference lead. Alec Wulff returned to action hitting on five second-half three-point shots to help seal the victory. Noah...

Trio’s Bonds Thicker Than Water

The shared life experiences of Lexi Del Toro, Makenzie Baldridge and Sydney Saxe make them much more than BFFs; they’re BFL—Bonded For Life. They grew up in the arms of a close knit community that encouraged their involvement in a sport that not only has become the glue that...

Girls Strike Gold in Santa Barbara

By Erich Fischer, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s 14-and-under girls’ water polo team surprised the competition by defeating a heavily favored Santa Barbara squad 5-4 in an intense gold medal game this past weekend. Despite losing six of seven starters from...

Homeless Man Found Dead in Park

Ben Gaudreault, a homeless man in his 30s believed to be from Colorado, was discovered dead in the Heisler Park gazebo about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Laguna Beach police said. Overnight temperatures that night dipped into the low 40s locally, according to Accuweather.com. The...

Teen Surprised by Burglar

A teenager fled to the safety of a neighbor’s house after encountering a burglar in her own home in the 800 block of S. Coast Highway about 6:27 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, police said. One or more thieves apparently kicked in the locked front door while she was showering, Sgt....