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School Leaders to Confront Critics of Common Core Standards

Editor, Local school board candidate Annette Gibson used her campaign to sound the alarm about new federal and state curriculum standards being imposed on public schools to nationalize education in America. The response by the school board and their pyrotechnic superintendent was...

Writer Questions GOP Involvement in School Race

Editor, I read with some amusement Laguna Beach Republicans board director Christopher Kling’s letter regarding our recent school board election. In that race, an unconnected, unqualified, single-issue candidate lost by more than five points to the three qualified and capable...

Where’s the Next Police Chief?

Editor, I have commented many times that John Pietig, or King Johnny as I call him, is not qualified to head the search for a new police chief. Besides not having the proper character to be a judge of good character, what is taking the king so long to announce something,...

Musings on the Coast

Tired Of Politics I’ve written about politics in several columns and I am tired of it. Politics is only “real” in the short and medium terms, and subject to radical collateral damage that can be really ugly. Only family lasts forever. Or if you are from a peculiar culture, make...

Swayne, a Role Model for Philanthropy, Dies at 73

Judy Kjellberg Swayne was born April 4, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., and died on Nov. 29, 2014, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She resided in Laguna Beach from 1970 until 2012 at which time she became a resident at Silverado Memory Care in San Juan Capistrano. Judy...

Pet Peeves

I read with sadness in the Indy that Rock’N Fish was closing. I liked this restaurant. Let’s pay our respects and have a moment of non-eating. Quit chewing readers. It’s only a moment for crying out loud. From now on, we will refer to this restaurant as Fish’N Rocks. Others have...

Wisdom Workout

Coming Home   Thanksgiving. Slowing down. Letting down. Taking time off. Does the thought disturb you? You are not alone. We live in a culture that is obsessed with image, speed and change. We are driven, goal oriented and striving for perfection. Our intellect identifies the...

Nature Works Its Magic on At-Risk Kids

By Carol Carlson, Special to the Independent What did Orange County look like before the arrival of the plow, the cow and the bulldozer? Most residents of Orange County can only imagine, while others point to photographs catalogued in some archive. Yet most Friday mornings since...

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

    Editor’s Note: Look for more holiday stories in coming weeks from the students of local resident and creative writing instructor Christine Fugate.   “Mommy, mommy, I see a crab!” Heather peered closer into the clear waters of the tide pool and cautiously extended a...

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves I was marveling over the new look of the digital Indy when I ran into the story about someone driving onto the porch of the Historical Society on Ocean Avenue. It was hard to tell what kind of car it was due to hanging branches over the hood. I’m going with Porsche on...

Development Interest Never Abates

Editor: When it comes to politics, I am always a skeptic. So, I was thinking about the twin exercise conducted this past month in Laguna. One was to solicit public comments on changes to the Downtown Specific Plan. The other was meetings of the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force on...

The Righteous Cure for Lupus

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...