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District’s ‘Go to Guy’ Resigns

Darrin Reed, longtime, well-liked and highly efficient administrative assistant at Laguna Beach Unified School District for the past 15 years, officially resigned from his job, district officials announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Reed worked for a series of...

Coast Highway Collision Claims Cyclist’s Life

A bicyclist died after colliding with a minivan on Newport Beach’s East Coast Highway earlier this week, police reported Wednesday. Debra H. Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach was riding her bicycle westbound on Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday afternoon, Newport Beach Police...

Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Reportedly, on average 3 million gallons of pollutants empty into Aliso Beach daily–rain or no rain.  Motor oil, fertilizers, animal dung, and more contaminate this much-used public beach and the waterway that flows into it.  Imagine the impact of this on public health; put...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

“I’m pleasantly surprised we will be moving forward with the initiative,” said local resident Paul Merritt, describing the outcome of a discussion this week with the city attorney. Once City Attorney Phil Kohn settles on the language, the intended ballot measure over the downtown...

Speaker’s Corner: Will Council Lead?

We named this guest column – “Speaker’s Corner” – in homage to the renowned debating location of the same name in London. To speak on any subject, one took his soap box to the location in the park, stood, opined , answered questions, and sat down. In Laguna, there are subjects...

Art Seen 8/30/13

Artists Who Remake the Grand Tradition When a brush cannot be found, use a brick. Saltfineart presents an exhibit of artists who are revolutionizing the grand tradition of painting through forward leaps in style, content and technique. An opening reception is set for Thursday,...

Getting Out 8/30/13

Sawdust Signs Off With a Raffle As the Sawdust Art Festival’s 47th season ends, 200 local artist-exhibitors and staff prepare for a final weekend of festivities. These include the Sunday, Sept. 1 raffle for a Suburu. Visitors still have a chance to enter the 4 p.m. drawing, which...

The Write Stuff 8/30/13

  Library Hosts Local Author   Thomas Osborne, local author and columnist for Laguna Beach Independent, will be at Laguna Beach Library on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will answer questions and sign copies of his most recent work, “Pacific Eldorado,” which...
Posted On 29 Aug 2013

Playhouse Gets Down With Motown Gala

The Laguna Playhouse’s Motown-themed gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and organizers are still seeking sponsors. Proceeds raised during this event will go towards helping sustain The Laguna, a 93-year-old icon and the oldest...

Tying the Knot Strengthens Another Bond

By: Christine Carpenter, Special to the Indy Paula Hornbuckle and her soon-to-be husband Brad Arnold sent an unusual proposal to guests they invited to their wedding next month. Since this is Arnold and Hornbuckle’s second trip down the aisle, and they both already possess the...

Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Extra! Extra! A new shop in Laguna Beach shares its marquee with Beverly Hills, New York, and Ibiza, Spain, the epicenters of design and hardly the centers of shabby chic. Robins Jeans is a whole new sort of shop on Forest Avenue. Shabby? Decidedly not. Chic? Oh yes. The retailer...
Posted On 29 Aug 2013

Community Datebook

Summer’s End Marked With Flapjacks The Laguna Beach Exchange Club plans its annual Labor Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, in Heisler Park, staffed by local police and firefighters. Police along with fire personnel serve as cooks for Monday’s park...

Indy Calendar Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2013

Final Weekend at the Festivals: Sawdust Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949-494-3030 www.sawdustartfestival.org Fri. Aug. 30: 11:30 a.m., Michael Ubaldini, George Lawton; noon, Trevor Green; 5 p.m., Nate Hancock, Mike & Selly -The Two-Oh!; 5:30 p.m.,...

Personnel File 8/30/13

    Local Choir Director Earns National Post   Linda White, director of chancel and bell choirs at Laguna Presbyterian Church, was installed as president of the National Association of Church Musicians in July.             Local...

Speaker’s Corner: A Vision, Not a Dream

By: Jessica DeStefano We contribute to drought victims in Somalia, earthquake victims in Afghanistan and tsunami victims in Japan. We build schools in Haiti, save children in the Philippines, dig wells all over Africa. Yet right here at home we shame and stigmatize our own...