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Views Clouded by Subjectivity

Consider a Top of the World property owner, his home studded by three large pine trees for decades, urged Larry Nokes, chair of Laguna Beach’s view equity committee. The homeowner fears if a view ordinance is enacted, the neighbor behind him will push for their removal....

Pros Drop in for Weekend’s Waves

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   This weekend sees the return of the 37th annual Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding, now known as The Vic, held at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Coast Highway, Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Touted as...

Cyclist Dies in Canyon Collision

A bicyclist was killed and his riding companion injured when a motorist hit the pair pedaling southbound on state Highway 133 near the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park nature center early this morning, Friday, June 28, authorities said. The vehicle driven by a 25-year-old female...

Fireworks Go off Early

By Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent   The mood of the Federal Club rally held at Laguna Beach’s ReMark’s restaurant was one of elation and relief. Smiles glowed on everyone’s faces Wednesday night, overjoyed to now be recognized as equal citizens in the eyes...

Crowds at Sawdust Festival Ring In Summer

  Painter and performance artist Deborah Paswaters earns special attention at this year’s Sawdust Art Festival, where every artist’s booth is decked out to lure the eyes of potential patrons. Paswaters, though, invites people to experience the painting of a live model who is...

Christy Acquires Laguna’s ‘Yosemite’

The acquisition of Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course was announced Thursday by a private investment group led by lifetime Laguna Beach resident and business owner Mark Christy. Terms were not disclosed. Laguna Beach Golf & Bungalow Village, LLC purchased the property from Aliso...

Green Light – The California Coastal Commission: My Likes and Dislikes

Recently I spent two 10-12-hour days at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Long Beach’s City Council Chambers.  Had my schedule permitted, I would have attended the third and final day of that meeting. I attended because of my growing interest in protecting the Golden...
Posted On 27 Jun 2013

Getting Out 6/28/13

Stepping Up for Mauli Ola Benefit    Taylor Hawkins, the Grammy-winning drummer from the Foo Fighters, along with his cover band Chevy Metal, will make an appearance Tuesday, July 2, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a Mauli Ola Foundation benefit concert at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna...

Art Auction Nets Hefty Heist for Art Lovers

“Here we are. We should be competitors, but really we are great friends,” said Laguna gallerist Carla Tesak at the outset of an annual art auction benefit she has previously hosted alone at her gallery, Salt Fine Art. This year, though, she collaborated with fellow Laguna Beach...

Making an Entrance With Nature

With the removal of invasive exotic plants and their replacement with native plants and oak trees, the first phase of a five-year habitat restoration project at Laguna Canyon’s Big Bend is completed, the Laguna Canyon Foundation announced Tuesday. The project, partially funded by...

Eye on Nature: Coyote Caution

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   In neighborhoods bordering Laguna’s wilderness, there’s a natural echo you often hear when fire engines answer a nighttime call.  The primal, high-pitched yips, yaps, yelps and howls of coyote packs riled by such urban sounds as sirens, alarms...

Community Datebook 6/28/13

Seedling Sale at Farmers Market Transition Laguna Beach Food Group will be selling vegetable seedlings at the Farmers Market, Saturday, June 29. The selection includes of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, horseradish, eggplant, herbs, kale and lettuce ready...

Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Due to its bright coloring and star shape, the ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) is one of the most beloved animals regularly seen along the Laguna coast. They live in ocean water of up to 300 feet deep but because they are tolerant of air...

Monica Sorce

Beloved Monika Sorce passed away to heaven on Friday, June 21. She was surrounded by her family and her animals. Sorce devoted her time to rescue animals and brought them to her home in Laguna Canyon. One of the dogs she rescued, Boomer, the amazing trick dog, was invited to the...

Pet Peeves: Kryptonite

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach is pretty as a picture.  But wait not so fast.  That can’t be.  I’m in the shot and someone’s tugging at Superman’s cape.  It makes takeoffs difficult.  And that’s not the first thing to go wrong. A decade ago telephone booths went to the...