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The Righteous Cure for Lupis

By Tracey Smith, Special to the Independent Music possesses a myriad of unique attributes that can elevate a mood or improve motivation, but it also has beneficial healing properties as well. This holiday season the gift of song will be given to residents, patients and fans by...

Alumni Report: Laguna grads compete in collegiate fall sports

If you caught “The Game” on TV Saturday, Nov. 22, Robert Clemons III ’13 was a starter for Yale in the football rivalry for the Ivy title. Yale got revenge in women’s volleyball, defeating Harvard for the Ivy’s berth in the NCAA D-I playoffs. Caroline Holte made 2nd Team All-Ivy...

Marje Adams

Active in Laguna Beach senior life and well-known around town, long time resident, Marje Adams died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 20, surrounded by family and friends. She was 87 years old. Born Marjorie Ann Bernell Johnson on Nov. 26, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., she had two older...

Surf Team Rides Into the Finals

The Individual League Finals Surfing Championships were held at T-Street in San Clemente last Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21, and the Laguna Beach High School Surf Team was well represented making nearly all of the division finals. Laguna went up against San Clemente, Dana Hills...

Breakers Fall In So Cal Quarters

Girls Tennis (20-6, 10-0) Laguna’s run through the ultra-competitive Southern California Regional Tennis Championships ended with a quarterfinal 5-2 loss to Corona del Mar on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Claremont Club in Claremont. Earlier in the week, Laguna traveled to Pacific...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Should All Pay the Price for a Private School’s Needs?

Editor,   The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at LCAD has created unbelievably bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at non-peak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of...

All Users of the Road Must Be Part of the Solution

Editor,   This letter is in response to the Nov. 7 article, “Grant Aims to Change Behavior Behind the Wheel,” about the use of the grant money received from the state Office of Traffic Safety. For all the reasons cited in the article, we cannot fail to take action in...

Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Reflections on Elections

Editor, Seeing elections in a mirror (“From the Rearview Mirror,” Indy Nov. 14), no wonder Michael Ray gets everything backwards. Instead of honoring our small town democratic ritual during a bizarre campaign season, Ray tells us he was “distinctly nauseated” by our 2014...

Show Some Compassion

Editor, Recently the Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig, who makes $1,000 plus a day (2012 salary and benefits – $297,000) sent a memo to the transit coordinator (2012 salary & benefits – $100,000) telling him to make sure that most of the year-round city bus...

Ray’s Rants Filled by Contradictions

Editor, Re: Musings on the Coast, “From the Rearview Mirror“, Nov. 14 edition. I can’t agree more with Michael Ray’s statement “Political parties of any type, stay out of Laguna Beach. We are doing quite nicely without that kind of crap.”...

Gibson’s Race for School Board Elevated the Debate

Editor, 2014 was perhaps the first time ever that the school board race was more interesting than the City Council election.  The debate on school issues focused on high stakes substantive policy, instead of the same old petty politics and anachronistic rivalries we saw in the...