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Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Diving 50 feet to the ocean floor off Laguna Beach’s coast was like landing on a desolate, evacuated planet.  There was no sign of life. Not even a lone, drifting kelp spore or a tenacious purple spiny sea urchin to devour it. “When we started, there was nothing there, nothing,”...

Bowl Game Crowds Rush the Town

While Newport Beach reaped an estimated $10 million in hotel and restaurant bookings by hosting the college football championship played at the Rose Bowl on Monday, Laguna Beach’s hotels, restaurants and shops reported a bountiful holiday season as well, partly from feasting on...

Looking Back on 2013’s Top News

  By Rita Robinson The 13th year of the 21st Century brought good luck as well as bad, victories and resignations, beginnings and abrupt endings.  Here’s the Indy’s list of the top 10 events for the year. #1:  San Onofre’s Shutdown Shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear...

Garden Property Sold

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The 11,000-square-foot lot in South Laguna, home to 53 raised garden boxes, twice as many urban gardeners and an array of vegetables, fruit and flowers for the past four years, recently sold for $1.2 million. The deal sinks the hopes of garden...

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the...

New Leader at School Board’s Helm

Jan Vickers, a school board member for 23 years and a former teacher, replaces Bill Landsiedel as president of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.  Landsiedel, an attorney, served for one year, as will Vickers, who previously served as the board’s clerk. The major emphasis...

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the stage at the Forum Theater...

‘Gnome Home

On the corner of High Drive and Cedar Way in North Laguna stands a little tiny village of welcoming and kitschy gnomes. The gnome village is the fond collection of a seemingly well-adjusted person, Jennifer Hart, the lone remaining occupant of the Laguna Playhouse costume shop....

Touring Laguna’s Underground

Getting past complaints over a five-year, $100 million project to widen a sewer tunnel and lay new pipeline in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs has been a major public relations hurdle for the South Coast Water District, which serves South Laguna and other cities. When the water...

Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for...

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public...

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts...

Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

A 30-unit, 20,000-square-foot, 31-foot-high artists’ work-live complex got its first concrete go-ahead, albeit  with conditions, Wednesday night with four out of five city planning commissioners supporting the project. Commissioners noted that the work-live artists’ residency is...

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts...

Broken But Not Shattered

West African Healer Brings True Intimacy to Laguna Beach Eight people formed the Ash Circle.  A man, an alcoholic, was one of the spokes.  His wife, her turn to speak, told him how his anger and criticisms cut her so deeply over the years that she no longer bleeds. Suppressed...