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LBHS Sports Update: Girls Volleyball Competes in Top Division

Coach Raul Papaleo’s era opened with a fifth place finish in the elite division at the fourth annual Queens Court Tournament played last weekend at Anaheim’s American Sports Center. The two-day tournament shows that the Breakers will be in the Division IA title race and can...

Schools Prepare for Opening Day

While students anticipate the leisure days of summer in June, the school district’s facilities department gears up for its busiest time. When students return next week, their handiwork will be in evidence, said the district’s construction director Ted Doughty, Jr. These include...

Street Beat 8/30/13

Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said. Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said...

Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

He appears on stage slowly, his movements precise and slightly exaggerated to focus the audience’s attention on his presence. Then the stage blacks out. Somewhere in the corner of one’s vision, the dancer moves with dizzying speed, making perhaps scores of leaps in mere seconds....

Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District

The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said. Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said operated Relaxbar at 1276 S. Coast Highway, was charged with...

Exploring Tactics to Get Around Laguna With Ease

Before the year’s end, motorists near Laguna Beach High School may get the chance to roll through the town’s first traffic-easing roundabout thanks to a City Council vote Tuesday. Combined with another decision to award a contract for development of a mobility plan for...

Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

A demand by administrators of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) to raise retirement contributions from employers as much as 50 percent over the next seven years has already been factored into city budget planning and labor negotiations, according...

Changing Lives, Making a Difference

By: Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent There’s selfless acts happening around you; more than you may think. Marla Hodes and her brother-in-law, Dr. Rick Hodes, are proof of that. Dr. Hodes, a CNN Hero, has spent 30 years volunteering in Ethiopia, dedicating his time...

Leaving the Strands Behind

After nearly 30 years, the owners of The Bead Shop, one of Laguna Beach’s two long-lived stores for beads and jewelry-making, are moving on. The sale of the shop is still in limbo, but Peggy Smith and her husband George Harney, who helps run the store, are moving together to Port...

South Laguna’s Trees Lose Heritage Standing

An attempt to clarify the murky status of a list of mature South Laguna trees culminated with the City Council deciding Tuesday against extending to them the city’s special heritage designation, which confers certain preservation protections. The 3-1 vote, with Council member...

Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Since nearly everyone I know is weighing in on the proposed new village entrance, so will I. But first a note on my qualifications: I am a property developer.  I know how to build parking structures and I know about soil problems.  My opinion about such matters is educated. I am...
Posted On 23 Aug 2013

Pet Owners Schooled on Scaring Off Coyotes

“Never turn your back on a coyote,” warned Laguna Beach resident Mona Roberts. She should know. In the year since her Lhasa apso Tally was grabbed from the deck of her Dunning Drive home by a coyote, Roberts has become a self-taught expert on coyote behavior and...

A Long-lived Home for Late Bloomers

  As daughter of renowned illustrator Ben Stahl, Gail Stahl predictably would inherit a predisposition for ink. Instead she worked 25 years as a special education teacher before taking up brushes herself. Now 78 and a 17-year member of the Quorum Gallery artist cooperative,...

Getting Out

Stars’ Shimmer Along With Car Winner   Multiple Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee James Ingram and actress and former resident Heather Locklear will host the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ season-ending gala and car give-away on Saturday, Aug. 24....

Injecting a Spiritual Pigment on Canvas

Entering Laguna Beach’s Floating Cloud Gallery or artist Wai-Sin Tong-Darbonne’s summer location, at Booth #42 at this year’s Festival of Arts, might change one’s life view, according to the artist. Viewers recognize the artist’s loving nature and her passion for life while...