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Is Density Everything?

Editor, If most artists can’t afford to rent, what is the criteria for getting on the list to rent the remaining 22 units not available to low income. It’s de ja vu when an older neighborhood with a specific plan is given the status of being the last resolve for a...

A Noble Cause in Wolf’s Clothing

Editor, I am a longtime resident and artist living in the canyon. I know how hard it is for artists to find housing let alone work space in this artist colony. The canyon has always been home to many artist because of its affordability and creative spirit.  But I cannot support...

Why No Siege From Village Protectionists?

Editor, Am I the only one who is wondering why the usual protectors committed to preservation of Laguna’s quaint village character haven’t shown up en masse to oppose this project? When it’s their personal target, they show up in droves, submit lots of letters to the papers....

Support for Enhancing the Community

Editor, My father, an ex-senator and attorney from Texas, was visiting me for the first time since I moved to California. I wanted to drive down Laguna Canyon Road to show him the artist’s areas such as the Sawdust Festival, Pageant of the Masters, and the village of Laguna...

Standing Tall For Rural Preservation

Editor, In response to last week’s Speaker’s Corner (“Art Studios are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?” in the Jan. 24 edition). Well, here we go again. If we speak out against this massive development we’re “mis-informed.” Nowhere does the developer mention the project...

Indy Calendar Jan. 31-Feb.6, 2014

  Friday, Jan. 31 Sawdust Art Festival: Bezel setting gemstones at 10 a.m.-noon; tidepool bracelet at 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 2/1. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason...

Personnel File

Accomplished Firefighter Wins Top Honor By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach’s firefighter of the year David Lopez is a man who welcomes a challenge. After graduating from Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, where he studied to become an emergency medical...

Diving Bird Arrives for Winter

In addition to the winter migrants willets and sandpipers, the eared grebes (Podicep nigricollis) have arrived to Laguna. Being the most abundant species of grebe, the smallish bird averages 12 inches in size, has a small dark bill and red eyes.   When it is seen locally, it...

Neighbors to Hold Disaster Preparedness Meeting

Laguna Beach residents who live between Aliso Circle and lower Nyes Place are invited to meet with members of the Community Emergency Response Team on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2-4 p.m. Community organizers from the city’s Disaster Preparedness Committee hope to meet with members of...

Enid Greaves

Enid Patricia Greaves, 91, a 49-year resident of Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood passed away Jan. 16, 2014 due to a sudden bout with pneumonia. Born on the Mediterranean island of Malta in 1922, she was known as “Paddy” to all her close friends. As a young woman,...

Repairs to Closed Trail Underway

Restoration is underway of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s Emerald Canyon Trail, which was closed due to heavy rains in 2010. The repair project will include construction and installation of two bridges, according to an OC Parks statement. The work includes trail trimming,...

Director Infuses Youthful Energy in Music Fest

  She plays piano and the viola, but majored in English literature at UC Berkeley and medieval literature in Oxford, England. At a South Coast Repertory internship in stage management, she helped produce plays, but in London she juggled budgets for a tutoring firm. Meet...

High School Alum, Actress Takes the Stage in L.A.

Laguna Beach High School graduate Amanda Saunders is featured in the upcoming premiere of “Firemen” opening Friday, Feb. 7, at Los Angeles’ Atwater Village Theatre. Saunders directed plays and taught drama classes for 10 years at Laguna Beach High School; she...

Art Star Awards Night is Sure to Glitter

Laguna Beach High School’s performing arts director Mark Dressler will receive a lifetime achievement award during the annual Art Star Awards on Sunday, April 6, the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts announced last week. Photographer and gallery owner Mark Chamberlain, sculptor...

Taking Stock

The January Barometer Stocks stumbled in January. As the month ends, the S&P 500 average is down 3%. The “January Barometer,” which holds that as January goes, so goes the full year, would be worrisome if the correlation of this “indicator” with actual market performance were...