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Director Plans for Additional Position in Costa Rica

  Pacific Symphony Music Director and local resident Carl St.Clair, who celebrates his 25th anniversary with the orchestra next year, has accepted a one-year appointment in Costa Rico. St.Clair will serve as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica...

Parents Schooled in Common Core Methods

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Laguna school Supt. Sherine Smith and other district leaders discussed the newly adopted Common Core curriculum standards that emphasize analytic thinking over memorization during Coffee Break’s kick-off session last week. Full...

SchoolPower’s Hall of Fame Award goes to Rubel Jewelers

  Downtown jeweler Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers has received SchoolPower’s Hall of Fame Award, recognizing 10 years of commitment to the educational foundation and Laguna’s schools. Rubel said that his business’ support for SchoolPower will continue for years to come. Donating...

Indy Calendar Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2013

    Friday, Sept. 27 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 2 p.m. Fold formed bracelet w. Annette Doreng-Stearns.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 9/28 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jazz on the Patio, 6:30 p.m. Zinc Cafe, 344 Ocean Ave. 949-494-2791...

Street Beat 9/27/13

Monday, Sept. 19 Grand theft. 900 block of Wilson St. 11 a.m. A $500 tablet computer and cash were taken. Traffic collision. Cress St. 1:10 p.m. An out of town visitor was struck while crossing Cress in the sidewalk. No charges have been filed. Traffic collision. S. Coast...

High School Sports Update 9/27/13

Girls Volleyball (9-7) Breakers 22nd out of 64 teams at Durango. What could have been a very tough transition proved to be less disruptive than many would have thought last week as Laguna started the week without returning kill leader Alyse Wallace Ford, injured due to knee...

Taking Stock

Congress Vs. The U.S. Economy Stocks paused for breath after a strong rally, quietly sliding for a week but remaining well ahead for September. Their big rally followed the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to continue its monthly $85 billion stimulus measures. With that issue...

The Band Will Play on at Laguna’s Cliff Restaurant

Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit Wednesday, Sept. 25, for live, amplified music to continue at the Cliff Restaurant with some time restraints, giving a green light to the venue’s weeknight Music Matters concerts that have become a favorite...

Finding Solace on the Open Sea

Laguna Niguel resident Will Schmidt streaked across the Catalina Channel to Dana Point Harbor from Avalon aboard a 14-foot standup paddleboard in less than eight hours last Friday, Sept. 20. If confirmed by the World Paddle Association, his time of 7:47:33 will establish a new...

Officer’s Body Receives a Royal Escort

A large motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie back to familiar turf in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, two days after his death in the line of duty as a result of a traffic collision, police said. The entire department was...

Can Laguna’s Cliff Keep Music Playing?

  The right to amplified music during the Cliff Restaurant’s Music Matters weeknight concerts comes under the Laguna Beach Planning Commission’s scrutiny Wednesday night when they consider an amendment to the venue’s conditional use permit at their regular...

Laguna Mourns Officer’s Death

Flags were raised only to half-mast in Laguna Beach in recognition of the service of Officer Jon Coutchie, who died in the line of duty in a traffic collision late Saturday, the city manager announced on Monday. Informal shrines overflowed with flowers and flags at Cleo Street...

Laguna Police Officer Dies in Collision

A 42-year-old Laguna Beach police officer and Iraq war veteran was tragically killed in a traffic collision late Saturday, Sept. 21, the department’s second death of an officer in the line of duty in 60 years. Jon Coutchie, a four-year officer with the department who was assigned...

Raising a City Standard

Chad Cooper presented a Laguna Beach flag of his own design to the City Council on Tuesday, testament to a community of creative and generous spirits. Four years ago when Cooper’s father asked him for a Laguna Beach flag to fly at the family farm, he discovered to his great...

Planning for the Unlikely Tsunami Flood

A test alert will go out to the telephone numbers of all Laguna Beach residents at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the city of Laguna Beach’s Alert OC system, which warns residents of emergencies affecting the town. The test alert will verify the effectiveness of the mass...