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School Candidates Split Over State Standards

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three vacancies, voters can choose from two candidates who […]

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School Candidate Touts Her Budget, Hiring Prowess

School Candidate Touts Her Budget, Hiring Prowess

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Hiring the person best qualified for the job rather than the best of the bunch at hand is an ability school board candidate Carol Normandin says she can bring to the Laguna Beach school board. She also says she isn’t just the best of the lot; she fills the […]

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Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

Little Fanfare Greets New Principal

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Without so much as a single handclap, Chris Herzfeld, a 12-year Laguna Beach resident and veteran educator, was unanimously confirmed as the new principal of Laguna Beach High School at a special meeting of the Laguna Beach school board Tuesday, Oct. 7. He replaces much-liked Joanne Culverhouse, who was […]

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Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

Time to Get Serious, Says Surfrider’s New CEO

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Chad Nelsen, the new chief executive officer of the Surfrider Foundation, says it’s time for his team of ocean-protection advocates to pull up those board shorts and lead changes rather than wait to react when problems arise. “It’s really important to go from being reactive, which is stopping bad […]

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Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Annette Gibson gets fiery when she talks about changes in education policy, a subject she thinks is slipping into classrooms without close scrutiny. Gibson, 47, a first-time candidate for the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, passionately opposes any dictums from the state or federal government about […]

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133, More than A Winding Road

133, More than A Winding Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Imagine gathering together eight of your favorite local musicians, each with big talent and often a big personality (some strong and brooding, some strong and loud), most of whom you’ve known a good part of your life, and creating a new band? First, you’ve got to have some bucks […]

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Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy South Coast Water District shut down its groundwater recovery plant in Dana Point Monday because there’s little to no water coming from the source, the San Juan Groundwater Basin, district officials announced Tuesday. The Dana Point facility produced 15 percent of the district’s drinkable water, or 400 million gallons […]

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Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Scientists are at odds and still at a loss in their attempts to pinpoint the culprit behind the massive die-off of sea stars along the California coast this last year. Water pollution is surfacing as a suspected cause, they say, while research continues. Meanwhile, local ocean observers are sighting […]

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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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Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Described as the most significant issue in the city and one that will be challenging to resolve, solutions to an “overly congested” Laguna Canyon Road will be vetted by an 18-member task force over the next three months at a cost of $100,000, as approved by the City Council […]

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HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next Thursday. After a week’s vacation in Hawaii, the well-liked principal said Wednesday she’s […]

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Newcomers Join Race for School Board

Newcomers Join Race for School Board

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the 11th hour deadline, two newcomers officially became candidates for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, meeting the Orange County Registrar’s Wednesday filing deadline. Carol Normandin will join another first-time contender, Annette Gibson, and two other candidates in vying for three positions available on the […]

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Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Last summer, Dean Hodes went with his uncle, a medical doctor in Ethiopia, on his rounds at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for destitute children in Addis Ababa, the African country’s capital city. The young Hodes fed, played with and started teaching “Simon Says” to a few 7- and 8-year-old blind […]

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Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Divers, snorkelers and recreational fishing enthusiasts alike are reporting increasing numbers of fish off the local coastline. This summer’s catch of sport fish – yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tunas as well as dorado – has not been seen since 1997, said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing […]

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Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the Orange County Registrar’s office last week and […]