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Archive for January, 2014

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Disgusted in Midtown

Disgusted in Midtown

Editor, I couldn’t agree more with Mark Miller’s letter (“Aggravated Over Asphalt,”) in the Jan. 24 edition. The pavement recently slurred on our street in mid-town is unbelievable. The only thing we experience is the mess. I sweep up more gravelly bits every week. Who ordered this job and who is responsible for such bad work? […]

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Is Density Everything?

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 overly dense artist live/work […]

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A Noble Cause in Wolf's Clothing

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 this so called artist […]

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Why No Siege From Village Protectionists?

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. Regarding this project at Laguna’s true gateway entrance? […]

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Support for Enhancing the Community

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 Beach. His comment as we were […]

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Standing Tall For Rural Preservation

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 is a 30-unit apartment building with 47 parking spaces. Or that his […]

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Indy Calendar Jan. 31-Feb.6, 2014

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 Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. Also 2/1. Crimson Crowbar, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 […]

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Personnel File

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 technician, Lopez served as a volunteer firefighter while working fulltime with a […]

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Diving Bird Arrives for Winter

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 displays its winter plumage with a dark gray […]

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Neighbors to Hold Disaster Preparedness Meeting

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 the Wesley zone distaster preparedness group at La Sirena Grill, […]

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Enid Greaves

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, Enid worked in the British war […]

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Repairs to Closed Trail Underway

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, re-routing and maintenance along with the installation of a 16-foot long wooden […]

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Director Infuses Youthful Energy in Music Fest

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 Carla Neuss, 27, whose already diverse portfolio fits the job […]

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

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 currently lives in Corona del Mar with her husband and young daughter. Saunders graduated […]

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Art Star Awards Night is Sure to Glitter

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 Cheryl Ekstrom and dance festival founder Jodie Gates are nominees in the artists […]