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Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

  The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local airport. […]

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Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

Editor, Just wishing Culverhouse well is not enough. Our School Board’s statements on the departure of the LBHS Principal fail to give expression to the significance of this unexpected change, and the loss it portends for what little continuity and stability there has been in stewardship of our public schools. A more honest acknowledgment that […]

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Enough is Never Enough for Mozambique

Enough is Never Enough for Mozambique

Editor, Apparently, enough is never enough for Mozambique. As a 25-year Woods Cove resident, area residents and I have witnessed firsthand the brazen and unrelentless fashion in which Mozambique restaurant has pushed its agenda into the city. Self-described as a “family steakhouse with jazz music” when it opened almost a decade ago, Mozambique continues to […]

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Views on Transportation Workshop

Views on Transportation Workshop

Editor, Good luck to those who plan to attend the next transportation workshop next week. I will not be among them. I attended last time, along with several others who hoped that ideas from all residents would be welcome. But those of us who wanted to focus on resident concerns were by and large ignored […]

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Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Editor, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, formerly Aliso Creek Inn, is in the midst of an environmentally sensitive restoration project that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission. Resolution of this type of appeal can take months or years. It could force unwarranted long-term delays or literally stop the sale, renovation or construction of any […]

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Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina, Ike, or Sandy paid a visit? What […]

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Martha McCluskey

Martha McCluskey

A gracious lady, wife, mother, grandmother with two great grandsons, Martha McCluskey died in her beach cottage and entered eternal rest with the loving God and His people at age 82. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Florence and Hiram Webster.  Her family moved to California in the 1940s. Martie had an amazing gift for finding […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Peeping at a Prickly, Purple Pincushion Who would suspect that a prickly, purple pincushion looking thing we see on the rocks would hide a beautiful pale green shell that we find rolling in the waves? This is the test (external skeleton) of the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) that remains after its death. The animal […]

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Artist Finds New Focus in the Wild West

Artist Finds New Focus in the Wild West

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent   Photographer now works to save wild horses After20 years as a court reporter and business owner, Nancy Holly reconnected with her love for photography, developed while growing up in Laguna Beach. In midlife she not only embraced a new career as a professional photographer, her entire focus […]

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Eye on Nature

Eye on Nature

No Butts About It: Earth Day is Everyday By Ellen Girardeau Kempler By the time you read this, Earth Day 2014 will be history. The now-annual observance that started in 1970 has become a touchstone for campaigns around a host of causes from water conservation to land preservation, bees to whales, rainforests to wetlands. Many […]

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Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne, 83, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in Dana Point. Born in London, England, Kyne began his successful career in television as a young man at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He briefly joined the Royal Navy before returning to the BBC. […]

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Memorial

Memorial

Maureen Rose Olsen (“Mauri”) June 29, 1966 – Aug. 16, 2013 Not a day goes by that we do not think of you Mauri – your empathy, generosity and unconditional love, your way of making everyone feel special, your sense of humor, your big beautiful blue eyes. You continue to inspire us. You are deeply […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Big Boomer It was a bad day at the office. Well, his moving office to be exact. I read with interest the Indy article, “Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” My eyes aren’t so good and I thought I read, “Crantz Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” Imagine my relief when my wife hit me upside the head, […]

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

Editor, Our family has had our family home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 a.m. in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought earthquake, until we heard cussing and screaming. My son answered the door […]

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Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their home or they were not able to get into their homes. The […]