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Archive for August, 2014

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 Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Join more than 200 Laguna Beach artists for entertainment and art activities leading up to the closing of the 48th Sawdust Art Festival. Visitors can paint, draw, make leather bracelets and create mosaics. Entertainment includes rock, bluegrass and reggae music along with magic and balloon artistry. On closing day, Sunday, Aug. 31, the final raffle […]

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Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and government by offering top salaries and benefit plans to key employees. The rankings include […]

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Caltrans Installs College Signal

Caltrans Installs College Signal

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Caltrans began work this week installing a traffic signal on Laguna Canyon Road at the pedestrian crossing where a Laguna College of Art and Design student was fatally injured in April, school officials said Wednesday. Caltrans estimates work will be completed by Oct. 16, an installation fast-tracked in the […]

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Memory of A Day Past

Memory of A Day Past

  By Arnie Silverman On Sept. 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, England and France, allies of the overrun nations declared war on Germany. That year started out well for me. I managed to get a job as a newsboy. Those were still rough, economic times, and even in D.C. with the […]

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Indy Calendar

Indy Calendar

Friday, Aug. 29 Robert Jon &The Wreck, 6 p.m. Cliff Restaurant. 577 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956 Steve Tyrell, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 496-8930 Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777 ADAAWE, 5:30 p.m., Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Saturday, […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments… “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” Daniel Burnham.  This advice from one of the designers of the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, may have been taken too seriously by our governmental policy makers.  Big projects have been proposed in Laguna Beach, time after time, […]

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‘Something’s Gotta Give’

‘Something’s Gotta Give’

Editor, I took special notice of your front-page lead photograph of Aug. 22, framing four road bicycles (“roadies”) bound southwest on the Laguna Canyon Road. What needed to be photographed was one of the many weekender, outlaw, wolf-pack, roadie pelotons (groups) of 25, 50, 75 or 100 who come blasting through our town at full throttle. They […]

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Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) emergency shelter:  There seem to be many misconceptions about the current program at the ASL on Laguna Canyon Road […]

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Ideas to Remake a Bike-Safe Highway

Ideas to Remake a Bike-Safe Highway

  Editor, I assure you my view will not be popular but it is realistic and will save lives. It’s not politically correct to think what I write below in Laguna. I have biked Coast Highway through Laguna for 30 years. The only way to make the highway safe for bicyclists is widening the highway or making it one lane […]

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 Carve Out a Space for Life

Carve Out a Space for Life

Editor, We’ve got a long way to go. Drive through east side Costa Mesa or downtown Long Beach and there are dedicated and even buffered biking zones.  Here we must jostle along parked cars on Coast Highway while tremendous metal beasts going 40-50 mph bear down upon us. Dropping the deplorable designation as one of the […]

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Citizen Submits Query to Candidates

Citizen Submits Query to Candidates

Editor: The candidate forum scheduled for Aug. 25 invites guests from the audience to ask questions of the candidates for City Council. The moderator of this forum will accept only written questions for our candidates so I have submitted my questions herewith. Will each candidate post their written position paper prior to the election citing […]

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Bare Area Lacks Flood Control Measures

Bare Area Lacks Flood Control Measures

Editor, According to the article (“El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness,” Aug. 15) the city of Laguna Beach is taking measures for potentially heavy rainfall this winter and therefore averting the danger of local flash floods. “Winter storm preparations are well underway throughout town” However, around the Laguna Beach High School athletic field, bordered by […]

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Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Editor, Okay, who ordered the targeting of Laguna Beach residents’ parking stickers? For as long as the parking sticker has been available, the grace period to renew has been the month following the expiration, right? Well, I got a ticket for expired meter on Monday, Aug. 26. I went to the Police Department and asked, […]